Ayahuasca is a powerful medicine and teacher plant that brings deep multi-level level healing physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. This is serious work that should not be entered into lightly - It certainly is not for recreation or amusement. Ayahuasca is not a cure all or magic bullet. While a very large number of issues may be addressed with ayahuasca and other medicine plants, some problems will not be helped at all, and as with all treatments there will be varying results among individuals.
It is very important one feels a strong call to work with this medicine. This may be the most challenging and difficult experiences of your life and it definitely should be chosen from the heart. The process requires courage, commitment, trust and surrender to receive the deepest healings. Trusting the medicine and surrendering to whatever it brings during ceremony, is how we get the most benefit from ayahuasca. Allow it to do whatever it wants during ceremony, regardless of how unpleasant it may be.
Working with ayahuasca also involves adherence to a special diet which prepares your body, mind and spirit to incorporate the healing energy of the brew. The diet we follow at The Hummingbird is in keeping with the teachings of ayahuasqueros from across the Peruvian Amazon. Diet and healthy eating are important components of your preparation for working with ayahuasca. Eating pleanty of leafy green vegetables, fresh fruit, eating a minimal amount of meat, reducing sugar, salt and greasy foods all the typical guidelines for healthy eating and lifestyle will have a positive impact on the experience and results one gets from ayahuasca. At the Hummingbird we have seen very clearly that those who have been eating well and taking good care of their body for a few years tend to go directly into the beautiful things ayahuasca has to show us. The cleaner one's body is when they arrive the nice and more productive thier time with the medicine can be.
To get the most from your time with ayahuasca please abstain from the following foods both before and after your retreats: