What to Expect at an Ayahuasca Ceremony

What to Expect at an Ayahuasca Ceremony

According to recent studies, the number of people attending Ayahuasca Ceremonies has tripled over the last decade.  With its origins in Peru, the Ayahuasca is an ancient medicinal plant. It was first described as being ‘ the work of the devil ‘ by Christian missionaries who had happened to stumble upon the plant in South America.  Here is a look at an Ayahuasca Ceremony.

It is derived from Caapi, a vine that grows deep inside the Amazon rainforest. This vine is then blended with plant leaves, giving it its hallucinogenic attributes.  The Ceremony consists of drinking that particular blend under the guidance of a respected Shaman for the singular goal: to communicate with higher intelligence and an understanding of one’s true self.  In order to partake this voyage, the following steps must be taken in order to be best prepared.


During the period, you must tend to your mind and body in order to be ready to absorb the Ayahuasca divinity and its teachings.


In order to nourish and strengthen your body and mind for the journey that it is about to undergo, you must give up all toxic diet elements which include packaged inorganic food and alcohol.  Red meat and spices along with tobacco and any other drugs are also forbidden.


Abstaining from any kind of sexual activity is a crucial part of training for the ceremony.  The Ayahuasca Ceremonial experts believing that this brings about the clarity of mind and heart and connects you to the higher beings.


In order to not be distracted during the process, it is highly recommended to practice meditation the week preceding the Ceremony.


The Ceremony begins by the Shaman cleansing the room that the ritual is set to take part in.  After blessing the participants in that particular room, he invites them to take a shot of the brew.  The Ayahuasca then gives way to hallucinations as you begin to feel yourself enter into a dream-like realm. It usually takes around 30 to 90 minutes for this to occur.


As time goes by, you will feel truly great from all points of view.  This state of well-being that you find yourself in is what will lead you into the start of your new life.   You may even venture out to share the knowledge and wisdom that you have gained during this experience.

What is Peruvian Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca (yage) is a psychoactive substance and a traditional, spiritual medicine with centuries old origin that is widely used among tribes of Amazon basin during their healing ceremonies. This entheogenic brew is derived from the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, in combination with at least one other plant such as the Psychotria viridis leaf.

In Peru, the other plant is usually chacruna. Although it had been in usage for centuries by the native tribes but recently, it has become excessively popular among tourists. Today, Peruvian Amazon holds particular attraction for tourists because of the ‘Ayahuasca Sessions’ held in its deep jungles where the plant is natively grown.

Usage and Purpose

The deep healing effects this vine is believed to invoke inner wisdom and deepen your inner connection with self and the Universe. You will find its users reporting powerful effects ranging from spiritual discernments and revelations to life-altering experiences at large.

Strong hallucinations and altered perceptions characterize the experience you will have with the usage of this mystical medicine.

Side Effects

Although mostly the usage has been reported to produce positive experience overall, yet you may experience some kind of toll on your body.

This usually comes in the form of vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and heart palpitations. Especially when used with other drugs, you may experience strongly negative reactions and syndromes.

Ayahuasca Ceremony in Peru

Ritually performed in group settings, these ceremonies usually take place in jungles where the plant grows natively; the participants gather in a circle and initiate with a protection prayer. Ayahuasca tea is then distributed among the participants while the shaman performs some chants to summon the healing spirits, tobacco smoke and instrumental drums are also considered an integral part of the entire ritual.

Vomiting is believed to be a source of cleansing for mind, body and spirit and is thus, deemed to be a norm in these ceremonies. Duration of the experience varies from person to person leading to the ‘re-birth’, as is believed.

Some Important Tips:

  • Overall, you might infer that taking Peruvian Ayahuasca for a specific need and purpose is unique in itself and varies its nature and expression for person to person. The experience can be totally life-changing for one and entirely risky for another. Hence, you need to be quite aware of the purpose why you are choosing to take the drug and especially when you intend to combine it with some other drug/s.
  • It is highly important to well plan where you are intending to take the ceremony. On the internet many websites provide sources of information about these hubs and jungles in Peru but you need to carefully and wisely base your decision on reviews from other tourists before indulging yourself in this altered experience.