Terms & Conditions
It is the customer’s responsibility to check the reservation and ensure that the particulars contained therein are correct.
The customer shall pay Vikara Retreat a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit in the sum of 30% of the total amount due for each person named in the reservation.
The balance monies due shall be paid by the customer on the day of arrival.
We recommend that all customers have adequate travel, cancellation and medical insurance for the duration of the trip.
Vikara Retreat can accept no responsibility for delay or cancellation of any flights, train, buses or other forms of transport.
In the event of cancellation by the customer, regardless of the circumstances, the deposit is non refundable.
By coming to Vikara, you are declaring that you are in a physical and mental condition appropriate to the activities described in the Retreat, and agree that you participate at your own risk and that we cannot accept liability for any accident or injury. We need to offer this advice and insist on these conditions in order to assure your personal safety and the overall welfare of the group.
Plant Medecines Retreat
Our Medicine Team
We only work with experienced medicine people that have trained for years with plant medicines (Ayahuasca,San-pedro,Pyote, and other power plants). Our compassionate and well-trained healers share their teachings, healings, songs, capabilities with integrity and honor.
Our ceremonies are limited to a maximum of 8 participants in order to make sure that the Medicine- man and facilitators can take care of everyone individually during the ceremony.
Mental & physical preparation
All our activities of the Ayahuasca retreat are focused on preparing our participants for the plant ceremonies. This includes the daily yoga practice, breathwork, meditation, nutrition, spiritual guidance and time for self-reflection. We advise all participants to have confidence in the process and staying calm and present even if unfamiliar sensations arise. All sensations are only temporary you will feel normal again within a short period of time.
Certain drugs and medications have been found to not be compatible with ayahuasca. It is essential to stop taking the following substances, and give your system sufficient time to remove them from the body, before you begin a workshop. Please consult your doctor if you are in any doubt: you certainly should not suddenly stop taking prescribed medications (including antidepressants) without consulting your doctor. We advise you to stop taking medication at least 5 weeks before coming to the retreat.
Any medication that contains Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’s). These medications are known to cause dangerous side effects when taken in conjunction with ayahuasca. It is critical that you stop taking these drugs and allow plenty of time for your system to be cleared of these substances.
Any medication which has an effect on the serotonin system, including Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) (i.e. antidepressants such as Wellbutrin, Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor, etc). Combining these medications with ayahuasca can induce serotonin syndrome – Please note that the herbal antidepressant St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum) also must not be taken directly prior to working with ayahuasca.
Other medications you must suspend taking are decongestants, cold medications, allergy medications, antihistamines, sedatives, tranquillizers, amphetamines (including Adderall), some hypertensive medications, sympathomimetic amines including pseudoephedrine and ephedrine, carbamazipine, methylphemidate (Ritalin), macromerine, phenelanine, tyrosine, tryptophan, asarone/calamus, asthma inhalers and diet pills.
Before booking to attend a workshop, it is important that we have full disclosure of all medications/drugs and the length of time any guest/volunteer has been taking them.
At Vikara, we advise you to take a good diet before attending a ceremony. We are aware that in certain retreats, especially in the Amazon, the diet can be really strict. Our take on that is that as much as you are here to heal, we would like you also to enjoy your vacation, and food is a big part of it. We will create a healthy menu for you that works well with the ceremonies.
If you have any concerns or questions please contact us.
Mental health and Ayahuasca
The appropriate use of Ayahuasca results in the support and improvement of psychological trauma and its resultant symptomatology. At the same time, potential guests with a close / strong family history of bipolar mood disorder, schizophrenia and depersonalization should realize they themselves are at an increased risk for the expression of these symptoms and it is conceivable (although highly unlikely) that ayahuasca can unmask such symptoms in predisposed individuals. Consequently, people who meet this criteria should undertake this type of work with due consideration and at their own risk.
Please notify us if you have history of psychosis in your family.
Our Commitment To Privacy
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Vikara Retreat may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from September 2018.
What we do with the information we gather?
We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:
Internal record keeping.
We may use the information to improve our products and services.
We may periodically send promotional emails about special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
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