Achantal's Reviews

Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat Center

Listed in Ayahuasca, Integration, Spotlight

+55 (73) 99988-5785

Spirit Vine, Itacare, BA, Brazil

Reviewed on June 15, 2018. #1 of 160 Reviews

I am so happy that I chose Spirit Vine for my Ayahuasca retreat!

I’ve wanted to do Ayahuasca for years because I’ve struggled with trauma-related anxiety and depression. I chose Spirit Vine after doing a ton of research and I’m happy to say that it was the perfect place for me. I always assumed I’d do my retreat in Peru, but I went a few years ago and didn’t like what I saw of its enormous Ayahuasca industry. So many places seemed to prioritize profits over healing, and I worried about being complicit in the erosion of local indigenous communities. Additionally, I heard and read about instances of impure/mixed brews and even sexual misconduct. I didn’t want to worry about any of that during my first Aya experience (or ever!) and at Spirit Vine, I didn’t have to. It’s run by a woman—Silvia—who has decades of experience, extensive spiritual AND psychological knowledge, conducts her work with integrity, and makes your safety—both physical and emotional—a priority. I felt safe, nurtured, inspired, and connected, from the moment I arrived.

Silvia and Rohan are experts at what they do, and they are very wise and kind. I loved all the workshops, which supported the work we were doing at the center and prepared us to integrate what we learned upon returning home. Spirit Vine only hosts one retreat a month with a set number of people, so Silvia and Rohan are very invested in each participant; there’s not risk of getting “lost” in the group, and there’s plenty of personal attention should you want or need it.

Because Spirit Vine emphasizes deep healing, it attracts very committed and interesting individuals. This was important to me, as I wanted to be with people who were taking the experience as seriously as I was. Of course, Ayahuasca isn’t a “party drug,” but I wanted to avoid people who were just doing it for kicks. Our group of 9 was full of super cool people who were wanted to grow and know themselves better and were extremely supportive of each other. We had lots of great conversations and, despite the heavy nature of what we were doing, managed to laugh a lot. Keep in mind that who you’re with is a big part of your experience and you’ll get to know them very well.

The grounds and facilities are GORGEOUS, and the area’s beaches are stunning—it was so nice to be able to play in the ocean on “off days.” I paid extra for a private room (a two-person bungalow, but we each had our own bedroom and bathroom) and it was even nicer than I thought it would be. Like, incredibly nice. While the dorms are more than fine, I appreciated having my own space; that said, the center has plenty of places for relaxation or quiet contemplation. There’s so much space that no one is ever on top of each other.

My time at Spirit Vine was wonderful and beyond profound, and I continue to be grateful for it. While I can’t compare it to other centers, I believe that the cosmic-yet-intentional combination of Silvia and Rohan, the lush, beautiful setting and excellent facilities, and the people it attracts, culminates into an energy and experience that can’t be found elsewhere.

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