To begin with, it is important to start cleansing before. by altering your food habits. It is suggested you start a diet without salt, pepper, ginger, sugar, animal fats, red meat and pork, dairy products, aged and cured food and over ripe fruit (in effect, anything containing tyramine). Avoid alcohol and drugs including marijuana and sweets. This diet should be started 1 to 3 weeks before arrival, the longer the better. We suggest you start by reducing quantities and move gradually to a tighter regime. As an absolute minimum you should cleanse for at least 2-3 days before coming, at least to minimize purging and discomfort during ceremonies.
Any anti depressants, tranquilizers, sleeping pills are not only incompatible with the ingestion of medicine plants but can also be dangerous to your health, so should be stopped at least four weeks before arrival. You should inform us of any medication you are taking regularly and please also consult with your doctor if in doubt. You should not ingest medicine plants if you have a history of heart problems and/or hypertension. You should also inform us and consult with us if you are being treated or have been treated in the past for mental disorders. These do not mean you should not come, it just means we should be aware of them beforehand.
Pregnancy as well as nursing a baby is not compatible with Ayahuasca. Refrain from sexual activity (including masturbation) for at least 2 days before coming, but it is best (but not necessary) to abstain for 1-3 weeks, same as the duration of your diet.
We suggest you avoid any inoculations or malaria pills. Malaria is practically nonexistent in Peru as well as yellow fever and any rare occurrence usually has to do with importation from another country. These treatments will make you ill for no reason and are incompatible with the ingestion of Ayahuasca.
The second and most important part of the preparation is to decide and meditate on your primary intention, the intention for which you are coming to the center. This is especially important if you will be attending a Mythic Voyage. A good method to decide on your initial and primary intention is to ask yourself: “If I had the opportunity to get one question answered fully, what would that question be that would most liberate me, empower me and allow me vision for my life?”
Avoid “Why?” questions which never really help or matter and use a “How?” question. For example not “why am I not able to….?”, rather “how will I be able to…?” Once you know the most important question you need answered, build your intention strongly around finding this answer making it the main reason for your voyage. If you find a more important question on the way, please do not hesitate to change, but be observant of any tendency to fluctuate and a lack of commitment for your intention.
Try to make no serious, binding commitments for your life in the time preceding your voyage because everything may change and it most probably will!