The ceremony are performed by our ayahuasquero, Matt. It is very imprtant that you feel comfortable with your facilitator as they will essentially set the tone and pace for the whole experience. The energy and music are the most important elements of any ceremony.
The process will begin with rituals to help clean/prepare our space and for protection. Once this is complete, we will begin giving each person their dose of ayahuasca brew. Every guest is started with an introductory dose on the first ceremony with an opportunity to drink more about an hour into the ceremony. This gives us a chance to see how sensitive you are to the medicine and to be sure we are serving responsibly.
Once dosing is complete, we will sit in silence together for about 30-45 minutes while the medicine begins to take effect. Matt will sing Icaros, or traditional medcine songs through out the night. He will support his icaros with a variety of instruments including the gong, guitar and drum and Jeanae will assist by playing the native american flute.
We start ceremony around 6pm and they typically last about 3 hours. At the end of the evening, Matt will blow smoke on each individual and bring the ceremony to a close which point participants are welcome to sleep in the ceremonial space or return to their rooms. If weather permits, we also have a fire at the end of the night where guests can gather and continue to process the experience. Ceremonies also include the use of mapacho (jungle tobacco) and florida water.
The day following ayahuasca ceremonies will start with breakfast and an informal sharing session around the breakfast table. Most people are anxious to share their experiences and insights from the ceremony but no one is obligated to discuss their experience. The morning after the first ceremony is when we visit the local waterfall.