donnasusan's Reviews

Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat Center

Listed in Ayahuasca, Integration, Spotlight

+55 (73) 99988-5785

Spirit Vine, Itacare, BA, Brazil

Reviewed on February 3, 2019. #1 of 160 Reviews

I was privileged to visit Spirit Vine in January 2019 with 15 others seeking answers to why their lives were running loops of annoying, often destructive behaviour. No matter how much work we’d all done on ourselves, some of these loops had become so ingrained they seemed impossible to break. I don’t know of any other medicine or practice that has so completely lifted me out of these grooves and given me the opportunity to look at everything from a fresh perspective. A totally brilliant experience and a feast for the senses from the food, the music, the care and attention from Sylvia, Tio and Noor, the jungle noises, the beautiful clean bungalows, the plants, the pond, the yoga, the massages… it was so rejuvenating in every possible way.

One thing I would like to emphasize is, there is no ego apparent in the leadership here. The group sessions are guided by Sylvia and Tio, but it’s 95% the group and the group energy. There is no fawning over the leaders, or cliques, or favourites as I have witnessed in other groups that meet regularly. Sylvia is only interested in your healing, not in being praised for the incredible retreat she has worked years to create, and maintains with love and consistency. That in itself is extraordinary, as well as her ability to focus on everybody’s share and draw out something relevant and personal for that person. But she really comes into her own during the ceremony nights, sitting in silent witness, but speaking to each of us through her haunting, beautiful, passionate music which forms the architecture of the visions. It is the most exquisite expression of attention and love.

I am so happy to have found this place and cannot stress how important it was for me to have the follow up sessions and the professional care on hand when a buried trauma surfaced 24 hours after the third ayahuasca ceremony. If I had been on a weekend retreat, I would have been in trouble, with unresolved issues hanging. It’s really worth giving yourself the full 9 days with this deeply healing medicine and with people who know and respect it’s power.

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