Glamorous Tents, that will not feel like you are camping. These tents have all the luxuries of a high-end hotel. Hot running water for showers, flushing toilets, even Moroccan rugs to soften your steps. This is where we will be for our“journey” with ChocoAya. The remaining nights will be in various parts of the country at top-notch Riads and other unique resting spots.
We open the ceremony with a prayer and setting intentions. You will be asked prior to coming a list of questions you desire to have answers to. This will be important as your anchor during the journey.
Each ceremony starts at 6 pm where we will sit in a circle and set intentions. The environment will be calm and peaceful in a relaxed communal family-style setting. A comfortable mattress will be provided for the journey.
At all times during the ceremony, you will be closely monitored by our experienced Shaman and support facilitators.
Much of what Mother Aya has to offer is thru powerful visuals that one experiences. It is different for every person and will also be different each night you journey. In a traditional Ayahuasca brew, there are two plants at work, two separate entities: Ayahuasca and Chacruna. Chacruna is typically what causes the skeletons in your closet to come front and center. She is what will most likely cause your visual show and it is usually very personal. It is different for each person, but most likely Chacruna works in the shadow to show you her sacred geometry. These visuals usually occur in the first 90 minutes if they are going to appear. No one truly understands why these types of visuals occur. It has been said that it is a way of throwing our brains into a mixing bowl to allow for a purge to happen. This then allows her partner Ayahuasca to come in with the opening, so the awareness and valuable downloads can come thru. When these visuals come on it is often helpful to not fight it. Accept what you are being given in that moment, breathe and try not to be fearful. Chacruna gives us fear to release it and allow the illumination to happen.
Mother Aya then will descend upon you to shed light, open doors and speak with us through the subconscious. Sometimes the messages leave much for interpretation and it is best not to try and make sense of them in the journey. Other times Aya, can be very blunt and obvious. It helps to be aware of the effects on your body, not your mind and keep your heart open. We often give a heart opener at the beginning of the ceremony before the journey begins to assist with this.
It is common after the ceremony to think, now what do I do with these visuals? It’s important not to take the visuals too literally. Aya and her gift is to reveal, she reveals patterns and beliefs, in hopes we will start to have self-awareness around these things. Mother Ayahuasca gives us exactly what we need at the moment in time.
The Teachings – Post Journey
The Ayahuasca journey and effects themselves can be anywhere between 2-15 hours, but average for most last from 4-6 hours.
After Ayahuasca transformation comes, whether it seems like it or not. It’s important to take the wisdom and knowledge learned and put it into practice.
This process is called Integration. It is probably one, if not the most important things to incorporate post-ceremony. Revela Retreats takes this part very seriously and we offer one on one coaching sessions, that are part of the initial offering. This process awakens us to certain ways we have behaved, patterns and where we may have been stuck. To continue the transformation process, it is important to maintain your connection to the medicine and work you have done.
Integration services will help you understand how to work with your new-found feelings and emotions, as well as release what no longer serves you. We offer something unique to help you develop natural intuition by changing brain wave cycles to a more relaxed theta brain wave state. Essentially we are helping you to re-wire part of your brain where an old story exists and re-wire it for a new one.
Some of the helpful things you can do on your own, as integration support are:
- For the days following ceremony usually 3-7, be as kind and gentle to yourself as possible.
- If possible it helps to take a day or two off work, for rest, relaxation and self-care.
- Time in nature, self–reflection
- 5 HTP which you can buy at any grocer or health food store. It is a natural supplement that helps restore and boost serotonin. If you feel any tiredness, fogginess, drowsiness, or emotional imbalance we recommend you take this right away for a few days. Do not take this supplement with SSRIs or other antidepressants.
- A swim in the ocean – the saltwater can be very grounding, cleansing and energizing. Or Epsom salt or mineral salt baths, if you have no ocean in close proximity. Our bodies are made of about 70% saline water and it is a good way to restore that balance.
- Journaling is also a good way to become more grounded
- Reach out, connect with others of like mind and heart and those whom you have shared this experience with.
- Receive bodywork, acupuncture, and or chiropractic care. This is also grounding and can help integrate your experience on a deeper level. (These services will be available at the retreat facility.)