Plant Medicines Retreats - Vikara in Ecuador

Plant Medicine

Plant medicines have been at the core of human health care as far as human history dates back. The indigenous Amazonian tribes consider the plants to have spirits, and those spirits to be the source of great power and healing. The plants help us guide towards understanding how to free ourselves from internal blockages and connect to the energy and essence that lives within us. Simultaneously, plant knowledge reconnects us to the humility, intention and integrity that underlies our existence.

At Vikara, we strive to provide a safe space for participants to continue their journey of transformation and experience the ancient wisdom and healing potential of plant medicines.


Plant Medicine Retreats dates

January 9, 2020 

Febuary 12, 2020



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Ayahuasca is a powerful and sacred medicinal tea-like brew from the Amazons. The psychoactive ingredient in the brew is dimethyltryptamine (DMT) - a chemical that occurs naturally in the brain and is associated with dreaming and visions. Because of its divinatory potential, Ayahuasca is classified as a plant entheogen, a substance that allows discovery of God within.

Visitors to retreats today usually seek out the ceremonies to be cured of afflictions that range from chronic depression, drug addiction or alcoholism, to physical illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, psoriasis and cancer. Clinical researchers are investigating the healing claims of Ayahuasca. There is compelling evidence that shamanic ceremonies are especially effective for emotional and psychological issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Ayahuasca is normally consumed in a group setting as part of a ceremony conducted by one or more shamans. A ceremony usually lasts about four to six hours and takes place at night. At the end of the ceremony, the shaman formally closes the event with a prayer or incantation.


San Pedro

San Pedro

San Pedro is a traditional Andean medicine dating back hundreds of years, containing a variety of alkaloids, including mescaline. San Pedro also has medicinal value, especially as treatment for alcoholism, depression and PTSD. It is normally consumed in a ceremonial setting similar to that of Ayahuasca. It is a beautiful and unique way to work on behavioral patterns, open energy blockages, release toxins from body and generate vitality.



Temazcal is a form of sweat lodge which originated with pre-Hispanic indigenous peoples in Mesoamerica. Hot rocks are placed inside a pit located in the center. Water is periodically poured over the heated rocks to create a hot and steamy room.

The sweat ceremony is intended as a spiritual reunion with the creator and a respectful connection to the earth itself as much as it is meant for purging toxins out of the physical body.

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How does it works ?

How does it works ?

Safety and wellbeing are our main priorities at Vikara. We creating an environment you feel comfortable in and accompanying you through the entire process.

Our Shamans:
We only work with experienced shamans that have trained for years with plant medicines. Our compassionate and well-trained healers share their teachings, healings, songs, capabilities with integrity and honor.

Our Shaman, facilitator and team is here to prepare and guide you through the process. We offer consultations with the Shaman and facilitator before and after the Ayahuasca experience to discuss questions and your experience. We are also available for post-experience consultations via Skype.

Group size:
Our ceremonies are limited to a maximum of 8 participants in order to make sure that the Shaman can take care of everyone individually during the ceremony. This creates a very unique and personalized atmosphere which separates us from other retreat centers, who work with bigger groups.

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, 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.

La dieta:
La dieta describes dietary and behavioral regiments that allow to work safely and effectively with plant-based medicines. They are originated as a plant-based practice for developing attunement to the currents of the spirit world and are part of a broader system of human-plant relationships. La dieta typically includes a vegetarian diet excluding onion and garlic, acidic fruits, fermented foods, alcohol and other stimulants such as excessive exposure to exercise, sexual activities and negative influences. At Vikara, we usually start a strict diet 3 days prior to the ceremony but advise that you adhere to the dieta before coming to the retreat at least 1 week prior to the ceremony.

Alcohol, recreational drugs and antidepressants: Ensure you avoid alcohol, recreational drugs before attending our retreat.
We advise that you stop taking SSRIs and MAOI antidepressants ( i.e. Wellburtin, Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor etc).. for at least 5 weeks before you consume ayahuasca. Combining these medication with Ayahuasca can induce serotonin syndrome that can lead to severe reactions. Please consult your doctor if you are in any doubt: you certainly should not stop taking prescribed medications (including antidepressants) without consulting your doctor.


Please contact us if you have any concerns and questions about the subject.
We will make sure to take the necessary time to discuss all details and preparations prior to your retreat.


Heart Condition- please report to us on any heart condition or chronic high blood pressure.


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.


Please contact us if you have any concerns or/and questions.
We will make sure to take the necessary time to discuss all details and preparations prior to your retreat.

Let the nature be your teacher