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46 reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

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Min. Cost: $600.00 for a weekend retreat
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Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth is a spiritual learning and healing center focused on providing the community with service, education, spiritual fellowship, healing practices and guidance. We believe in the rights of Mother Earth, and in protecting the practice of Mother Earth-based South Native American spiritual traditions, ceremonies, and sacred indigenous natural medicines. What is of the earth is our holy sacrament, and we retain the rights as citizens of this nation to use plant medicines as tools for the benefit of our physical health, spiritual growth, and personal evolution.

Our Indigenous Sacred Ceremonies are with the use of traditional medicinal plants, including but not limited to Ayahuasca, Rapé, Kambô, and Sananga. All natural substances and their derivatives, minerals, herbs, and plants. We also work to protect the spiritual ceremonies, sacred practices, and healing ways of ancient northern and southern Native American cultures, spiritual traditions that revere Mother Earth, God, and Goddess as one. Our ceremonies work with your personal living conditions and integrate your individual ceremonial experiences after the sessions.

We do not charge for the medicine, but for the work of accompaniment and supervision, for meals and accommodation, and for the translation of the facilitators from the country in which you are staying **All participants will be required to sign up as a member of Soul Quest Church of Mother Earth Inc Membership form and Waiver before attending, No exceptions. There will be a 10% membership fee added to each booking**

Ayahuasca Ceremony: The donation for our retreats will be $600 for a 3 day 2-night weekend retreat. This includes 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies ” two night and one Saturday daytime ceremonyBreakfast, lunch, Yoga, Breathwork, Rapé, and Integration.

Once you have booked your retreat please call for your Medical evaluation

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46 reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

December 4, 2018

I have been to soul quest twice and cannot recommend it enough. They have an amazing Titah and they all show unbelievable respect to the medicine. The integration they have available is the most important part of working with the medicine to change your life. There is so much healing and everyone is so supportive. I felt safe and surrounded throughout the entire process. I cannot recommend it enough! They also make their own medicine and it is very strong. They have more than enough staff to accommodate the group sizes.

  • Member Since: December 3, 2018

December 3, 2018

Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth is one of the most beautiful magical places on earth. (What you might ask makes this so?) The answer is the beautiful conscious loving beings holding space as angels there. The unconditional love from the staff – from Chris and Verena, the founders… to Dr. Scott, a master healer… from Taita Pedro, a pure soul Shaman… to all of the volunteers called to be guardian angels to souls ready to be awakened to their beauty, awakened to the Love of Mother/Father/Spirit of the Universe and the truth that We are One. The healing of one heals all of us and the pain in one is in all of us. Thank you Soul Quest for the beautiful sacred community you have given birth to, a sacred place for the healing of all of us- If you are reading this is because the medicine is calling you. Listen & Trust and know that Soul Quest is a safe loving home to experience this magical journey. Have courage and accept the gift, the miracle of love, of unconditional Love.

  • Member Since: November 29, 2018

November 28, 2018

My time at Soul Quest was absolutely wonderful. I received monumental blessings. Now I am super charged and more focused than ever in my walk of life.

The place is beautiful, it holds such good vibes. It’s a sublime atmosphere full of vibrant meditative art, there are so many cool things to look at. They had beautiful spiritual music playing the whole time and a cozy fire burning continually while we journeyed.

The shamanic breath workshop and yoga class we’re so good, I was able to take home many new techniques, inspiration, and wisdom.

Our day trip in the oak grove was truly divine. I’m remembering the radiant streams of sun rays shining through the trees, the angelic peaceful loving presence of the facilitators, and the glorious joy that bubbled up. I definitely experienced some of the most blissful moments of my life that day.

They had food after the ceremonies if you wanted a nice clean bite to eat. The best was the feast after the daytime ceremony, it was the best meal I’ve ever had, I could taste all of the love that was put into it as I sat outside gazing at the sky.

The people that work there are very good people, they are kind loving precious souls. I was able to trust them, they stuck it out with us through the nights, graciously helping out when we needed it. After ceremonies I was able to connect with them and they selflessly shared deep knowledge and truth with me, I learned so much and felt like I got the elevated association that I’ve been needing. I’m deeply humbled to have been blessed by their beautiful presence.

There is so much love at Soul Quest, they care for our souls, I felt at home. They help so many people, I saw so many radical true transformations in myself as well as in others that attended. The medicine is excellent and combined with their expert staff and the refined space they hold makes it a truly marvelous experience. It’s a very valuable place in this universe on this planet worthy of going to many times as a spiritual oasis. I am so blessed to have found Soul Quest. God loves us. Go to Soul Quest. Let God open your soul. Be Blessed.

P.S. Rapé and Kambo are awesome! Do it!

  • Member Since: November 20, 2018

November 20, 2018

Is there a way I can leave a 10 Star review??? No? That’s a shame, because I would in a heartbeat! I don’t even know where or how to begin. My husband and I just got home today from the Nov. 16th-18th, 2018 weekend. I am having trouble finding the words to adequately describe my experience or my feelings about it.
Adjectives- transformational, healing, loving, mind blowing, healing, liberating, exceptional, miraculous..and so many more.

Everyone at Soul Quest is incredible, the Shaman,the staff, the volunteers, Aya (the amazing feline spirit), and circle that shared this experience with us, all of whom I have a deep and abiding love for that I will carry in my heart forever.

The location is beautiful, serene and perfectly planned out to make guests comfortable, cared for, and loved throughout their entire experience. This was my first Ayahuasca experience and my heart is so filled with love and gratitude, I can barely contain it! It may have been my first, but it will not be my last!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

November 18, 2018

I am a kinder and more loving person now because of my experience at Soul Quest with the plant medicine ayahuasca.

The center is very comfortable and beautiful. The staff was outstandingly welcoming and radically inclusive in their treatment of me and all of the men and women in attendance.

The plant medicine worked to show me, in the most patient and forgiving way,my deepest flaws, the harmful patterns of my ego, and allowed me to make the changes necessary to living my most authentic and loving life. I was held in mama ayahuasca’s infinitely tender and unconditionally loving embrace and I’ve never known such ecstasy.

Through watching the experiences of the others (some painful, some difficult) I learned and gained profound insights into the nature of love and suffering on this planet.

I came into this experience angry and bitter about the circumstances of my life. I came out of this experience at peace and full of understanding about the meaning and purpose of my life, of life on this beautiful earth, and

  • Member Since: October 23, 2018

October 23, 2018

Soul Quest is a more than a retreat, it is where you go to find the knowledge you need in order to heal yourself. All the staff are the most caring team I have ever met, they are Guardian Angels and with you every step along the way. If you seek knowledge to help you on your quest to be the best version of yourself than look no further than Soul Quest in Orlando, Florida. If you hear the calling, this is the place for you. It is perfection in an imperfect world.

  • Member Since: October 20, 2018

October 20, 2018

I have been at Soul Quest 2 years ago and recently! I had both visits the most amazing time and just love the people and the energy there!

But I also wanted to say that I have witnessed so many amazing changes. They really came a long way and worked hard to be were they are at now!

The work and details they put in the facility itself – it was nice before but it looks so beautiful and precious now.

Their professionalism is beyond words. The new integration concept with weekly calls is so helpful to feel supported even after you leave!

Thank you Soul Quest Team for all the work you do! I will be back in March for your 5 day retreat!

October 16, 2018

5 stars!!!! this place was truly amazing. Kind staff, attentive, everything flowed with ease. So nurturing ..It felt like coming home. Grounds were really beautiful and quiet. So many other healing modalities to help me in my healing journey. I’ve been to another retreat center out of the country, and it was great and all, this place was soooo reasonably priced that I could afford to go and attend in the states, have stronger medicine and rape’, which I liked, and I am already planning to attend in Jan. as soon as they come up with the schedule. I would visit here if you can. You must come here.

  • Member Since: October 1, 2018

October 1, 2018

My first time taking the medicine, or really, doing anything like this before at all. I signed up for the 3 day weekend retreat at SoulQuest and the experience I received was beyond anything I could have ever imagined, I was not expecting the lessons mother ayahuasca taught me. During my first ceremony it was as if she knew exactly what I needed to learn in order to take full advantage of everything SoulQuest was offering, because like I said I had never done any of this stuff before, never done yoga, or breath work, and since my body was exhausted, I could see my old self easily dismissing certain things and not participating in them (I do love sleep after all). But instead, my first journey with her, she came to me and taught me about maturity, responsibility, accountability, and just how strong of a person I was. After that night, I powered through ever obstacle I came across. I felt so invigorated and empowered, even when I felt weak, I regained my power and my strength to press on. That in itself would have been enough of a lesson to change my life, but then I did yoga and breath work and a day time ceremony, and one more night time ceremony. Every activity I took part in showed me more and more about myself. My ultimate take away from my lessons were self care, strength, and responsibility. Not including the countless other things I was shown. The staff and volunteers were so, so wonderful. These people are doing god’s work. They seem to know exactly what you need whether it’s tenderness and understanding or to just step back and allow you to work things out for yourself, they are there for you every step of the way. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about all this again.
The difference between ayahuasca and western techniques for healing is, ayahuasca creates the potential for you to heal yourself, as opposed to a life time of pharmaceuticals and therapists trying to heal you. I never truly understood that I had the power to heal me until my weekend at SoulQuest. I will be back, as a member for even more healing, but also as a volunteer. Watching other people experience their own miracles is so moving and wonderful. I can’t wait to be apart of this new world I’ve been shown. If you happen to live in a Western country, I would not feel bad about suggesting to you to start with SoulQuest first before going to a South American retreat. I myself will one day go to a South American retreat but for my first time, SoulQuest did not disappoint (in fact it was more than I could have ever expected), my experience was not lessened just because it took place in the United States, and the cost was very fair. It really it a great stepping stone and an easy way to transition into a more spiritual lifestyle without it being a huge culture shock. I seriously cannot wait to go back and dig deeper inside myself. This was the greatest thing I’ve ever done for myself. Thank you so much to all the wonderful people who were there, who worked hard to keep us newbies safe and secure. You’re such a gift to this world. Thank you to Verena, Chris, Dr. Scott, and Charlie for allowing this place to even exist. So much love to you all. Can’t wait to see you in the future.

  • Member Since: July 23, 2018

July 23, 2018

I have never been to a place and experienced so much pain and so much love at the same time. The experience is very therapeutic and in many cases very personal for everyone. This means that participants must make the experience their own.

1. I went by myself and I am a shy person. I always felt safe and cared for by the staff and volunteer facilitators. Everyone welcomed me with love and respect.
2. The website information is accurate. The facilities are just as they appear. This isn’t a five star hotel. Bring what you need to feel comfortable (pillows, a special blanket, and any other personal items).
3. There were scheduled activities such as Yoga, counseling, and psychotherapy. I took my first Yoga class and it was absolutely wonderful. Some activities will be extra cost so consider bringing cash. If you don’t sign up immediately on the website for any extra sessions, you may have an opportunity to do so if you change your mind. They can easily charge your account, so the process was simple. Many people did this while I was there.
4. There was absolutely no pressure from anyone to participate. This is your individual journey and you make the choices. This also was a judgment free zone.
5. By the end of our weekend, we all felt a bond. Many people shared contacts, pictures and became friends. Again, there’s no pressure to do so if you choose to remain to yourself.
6. The integration sessions – a time the next morning after each ceremony to share your experience – are nicely facilitated by Dr. Scott were wonderful. This wasn’t a group therapy session, just a time to express your feelings and experiences if you desire. Attendance is mandatory, but you are not pressured to share. I found it helpful to help process your experience.
7. On my weekend there was at least one person who didn’t have a positive experience for one reason or another. That is ok. We are all unique people with unique personalities and needs. You need to come with an open mind and make the experience your own.

This was an experience I will never forget. I am so humbled to have had it and grateful that I found a place and some wonderful people who ensured that I felt safe to experience it. We all were on our personal journeys that eventually got us there. Some had been there before. We all made the choice to go to deal with the emotional baggage we have been carrying, and in some cases, struggling with for many years. I found the experience helpful to make sense of it all. Good luck on your journey! I hope you find what you are looking for.

July 18, 2018

This place is amazing! They made me feel so welcomed from the wonderful hug before I even walked through the door to the tear filled hugs on the way out. The beautiful beings of Soul Quest Church and Mother Ayahuasca are here to help us all. The experience cannot be quantified with mere words, because it is different for everyone.Take the time to get to know yourself, you are worth it.

July 12, 2018

I have had an absolutely amazing first time experience with ayahuasca at Soul Quest over the weekend in Orlando. I would like to express the utmost gratitude to Chris Young, his staff and all the volunteers for their exceptional work and loving care. It was a busy rainy weekend interrupted with flooding but seems like there is nothing they can’t handle. At first my concern was the volume of the people attending but it was no problem or any inconvenience at all. My personal journey was extremely intense and exciting, getting attention from shaman at exactly the right time. Taita is absolutely awesome, he knows his stuff and made me feel like him and Chris were on this wild journey with me. I was able to rest and recover (the holotropic breath work with Dr. Scott was amazingly healing) after exhausting 1st night to do it all over again, only this time mother Ayahuasca took good care of me herself. I can’t express enough how much this experience meant to me. I will definitely be returning and i recommend it to everyone who feels the call. Do not hesitate and dive in, you’ll be glad you did, it’s worth every penny.

July 9, 2018

The staff here is exemplary! The location is fabulous and I was treated with love and respect from time I walked in, until I left. I even got a message from one of the staff to check and see how I was hours after leaving. I’d recommend this for anyone looking to advance their spiritual journey. I’m not the same person I was when I arrived. I feel healthier, happier, and filled with love.

  • Member Since: July 10, 2018

July 9, 2018

Beautiful place, beautiful people, beautiful experience…

I did not know what to expect upon arriving to Soul Quest. This was my first Ayahuasca retreat and I have to say I was blown away by the love I received from the staff and people on this journey with me. We had an amazing group of people. Everyone was in it together. My experience with Ayahuasca is unexplainable. Getting home after the retreat, I feel calm and more at peace. Thank you so much for an amazing opportunity to grow spiritually and connect with others who are looking to better themselves!

  • Member Since: July 6, 2018

July 6, 2018

I had that life changing ayahuasca experience at Soul Quest! It was my first time to Soul Quest and 8th experience with ayahuasca.

The staff and volunteers at Soul Quest are so wonderful. They create a welcoming and healing environment, provide that watchful eye, and gently “heard the cats” to keep the schedule moving along. Just seeing how much they care about others, respect ayahuasca, and how hard they work, is enough to touch one’s heart. They are exactly the people that you want around when things start getting “intense”.

Dr. Scott is a wealth of knowledge and experience, he is an absolute sweet heart and sincerely wants to help people. Do his breath work class, and if you smoke those nasty cigs then go talk to him about kicking that habit.

The brother and sister that facilitate the day ceremony are magical, I can’t believe I can’t remember their names. I had my life changing experience during this ceremony. They created such a beautiful, loving, peaceful space. I am so grateful for this because it allowed me to experience the world with a new perspective. I felt like I was a guest who was visiting this magical world they live in, and if I pull my head out of my ass, I too could live each day in that world.

Tatia Pedro is the real deal, he has such positive energy, he is something really truly special. During the day ceremony he literally read my mind, and told me what I was experiencing. He impacted so many others too. Everyone who received a cleansing from him had such incredible testimonies. They actually looked like much lighter, peaceful people after their cleansing.

Xiomara is so cool, she brings that Mom vibe to the group and works so hard. You can just tell she puts her heart and soul into this and is there because she believes in this process. If you start missing your mom or feel like you need your mom, then seek out Xiomara.

Carlos brings that dad vibe, he’s so calm and solid. You literally can’t sneak away from him. I thought I managed to wander off a couple of times but nope, Carlos was standing right there, patiently waiting and watching over.

Jessica Joy busted her ass the weekend I was there. This woman never stopped cooking, cleaning, and helping people. The only time I saw her sit down was when almost everyone had left, and even then she only sat down for like a minute. She also has this cool earthy feminine energy that she brings to the group. I did not have enough time to get a tarot card reading from Jessica or I would have, she kept blowing people’s minds with her readings.

I will for sure be back to Soul Quest. The formula that they have works! Such an incredible experience, that I can’t explain with words. If you’re thinking of trying ayahuasca, go to Soul Quest, you’ll be in good hands.

  • Member Since: July 6, 2018

July 5, 2018

A warm and welcoming spiritual and healing center The staff and volunteers are delightful and caring. They offer loving guidance, tender assistance, and a watchful eye during ceremonies. Shaman Taita worked his magic throughout the night and also provided individual attention to several members who shared that it was exhilarating. Dr. Scott Irwin is a rare gem who radiates love, compassion, intelligence, wisdom and brings his amazing skills to the retreats that makes it extraordinary. He engages people in a magical way. I feel very fortunate to have him there. He also leads Holotropic Breath Work that is wonderful.
Chris Young shared helpful advice and shared some of his experiences that I needed to know. He skillfully managed to lead the ceremonies in new and different settings when an unexpected downpour of rain flooded the ceremony area. I recommend that you join. I witnessed so much healing and life-changing experiences. I am glad I joined. I went as a single female and never once felt vulnerable or uncomfortable. I was safe and received much attention. We had an amazing group from all over the world and a full moon that made the weekend special. I learned from every member and will remember the retreat with fondness. I look forward to meeting up with the members again in the future.


June 18, 2018

I’ve just completed a 3 day and it was incredible by every since of the word..Remember when you are seeking GOD and wanting to know your purpose GOD will place you in caring arms as he did for me and thousands of others at Soulquest in Orlando. First rate facility, with attentive and equally knowledgeable staff that’s there for ‘YOU’. I bid you GOD speed on your journey.. Terry

May 30, 2018

I attended a 3 day ceremony recently, and had some profound experiences. The staff was very attentive and professional- they create a safe, nurturing environment and the integration sessions are very well-run. They include holotropic breathwork, which I found to be key to my experience. It is a casual, peaceful place, and it was easy for me to settle in and connect to the experience. This is a great option if you can’t travel abroad for a longer ceremony experience. I plan to return for another 3 day ceremony, and have been recommending them to my clients and friends on the path.

May 23, 2018

It has been 3 weeks since my journey and I am still feeling the wonderful healing. I have lost almost 15lbs and quit smoking cigarettes because I want to love myself and not hurt myself / my temple anymore. I am practicing breath work a little more each day and taking up Yoga as I was 250lbs with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sweating and out of breathe ao easily. I am not where I want to be but thank God I am not where I used to be. These new practices all came after the medicine and I have been keeping in touch with a few leaders in the church who have really been a huge support. As far as the medicine, I have gone deep deep deep before at other places but never have I experienced the “healing” power so much that I needed help, had such an ego death and almost wanted it to stop lol. Thats AYAHUASCA! I am truly thankful to my Lord and Savior for using Chris Young and his team of angels and providing me with such an amazing medicine!!! I look forward to returning every few months…

May 23, 2018

Walking in I felt disconnected. Walking out I felt like a new person. I wasn’t anticipating the confidence boost it would give me just to reconnect with my soul and others in love and light. I truly feel like this experience has changed my life and set me back on a spiritual path. I am forever grateful to the selfless staff, the shaman and the medicine. I am so looking forward to the future! And who knows…I will probably be back.


May 20, 2018

Soul Quest is a game changer, the staff and team bring thousands of years of tradition to the U.S. which is much needed; big pharma would rather keep us on prescription pills and sick for the rest of our lives. The staff does an amazing job in creating the perfect setting to allow plant medicine to heal all. I am very fortunate to have been graced with the presence of Shaman – Taita Pedro Davila as he brought his family lineage of Plant Medicine and Shamanism that is passed down to him from Ecuador. Along with Dr. Scott Irwin who holds several degrees ranging from Transpersonal Psychology to being a Master Reiki teacher, who lead us on an amazing Holotrophic Breathwork session. Also the founder Chris Young, who has held the space for thousands of healings to take place. His heart and soul is in the right space as you heal and learn from mother Aya, no detail was left out, down to every song for the perfect setting to allow healing to take place. The volunteers/ light workers also radiate in love, helping to raise the consciousness of humanity as we bring upon a new earth that radiates with love and compassion of all sentient beings. You will leave this place healed and beaming in love. I plan to return several times per year to reset and retune myself.

May 16, 2018

Soul Quest was awesome. The most profound spiritual experience Ive had. Mother Atahuasca goes right to the wounds. The staff is amazing. Very professional and loving.

  • Member Since: April 6, 2018

April 6, 2018

I 100% recommend the experience. Whether you’re weighted down by anger and blocked with old emotions, like I was, and you want to let go or you want to receive something you need from the Universe (or God or Gaia or whichever higher power you connect with), it will happen. I left with a faith I’ve never had, I let go of so much anger and negative energy, I’m lighter, I’m full of love and I learned how to be uncomfortable. I love myself now and I’m conscious in daily decisions. It strengthened my yoga practice. I connected with my breath, with prana, for the first time during the ceremony. I experienced a still mind for the first time. All the things I knew going into the weekend, I now believe. It’s like a God-given reset button for our souls and bodies.

March 17, 2018

I had a great weekend with Chris and his crew. They are very professional and supportive of your journey. I would recommend Soul Quest to anyone to experience Mother Ayahuasca in a safe environment.

March 14, 2018

The experiences were transforming as I internalized new understandings of my place in the universe and my value, being held by a higher power. The community reflected the diversity of God’s peaceable realm, people of every race and creed, people with differing sexual orientations, sharing reverence for the mystical, healing energy that works miracles. It was especially good to see women in leadership, and to share the sacrament with people of different ages. There is an unspoken humility and a clarity of purpose that are sincere spirituality. Life is renewed. Thank you Soul Quest.

  • Member Since: March 13, 2018

March 12, 2018

I came with a lot of expectations most important was all about my pain and why this happened ( in last 18 month I had 4 surgeries 10 hours of anastasia planty of screws and same implants in my back, nerve damage…). I was angry I couldn’t think/talk about my situation without filling bad. And then one night in Soul Quest has changed my life… I had a vision that all of my anger is taking from me. From the very next day I can talk about my past without anger!!!… I took me another a couple of days to be sure that my pain was taken from me too!!!
I have experienced total happiness where every cell in my body was happy ( and still IS , when I am thinking about this righ now) , after 2 years of extreme pain it is truly blessing.
Please do not believe me, I did not believe others, but I had nothing to lose ( life on pain drugs is not life… I do not remember last 2 years of my life) it is the best what I did in my life.
Sorry for my English – it is my second language

March 11, 2018

Amazing experience, caring staff and welcoming community – I am so glad I went to the retreat. I highly recommend it to everyone! Thank you Chris and staff for your kind support. – DR

March 9, 2018

I visited Soul Quest in December of 2017. I had an amazing experience and got much more than I expected. Chris and the staff are absolutely amazing, caring, nurturing, compassionate people. I cannot recommend them enough. Great facilities, great environment, great people. I am a member of the Church and plan on returning soon to experience it all once again. If you choose Soul Quest, you’re in great hands. Much love and peace.

  • Member Since: February 28, 2018

February 28, 2018

I had a life-changing experience on my first encounter with this powerful plant medicine, that opened me up to the spirit world, and opened me up in general, by hightening my sensitivity to the subtle energies of the Universe, to the subtle energies of myself and of my surroundings. I am still wrapping my head around the experiential knowledge that I received from my journey — so many insights and mind-blowing phenomena that I received.

The facility itself has good space and has good energy. 5 acres of land surrounded by trees, to bring in that loving earth energy — a great space to start or to strengthen your spiritual journey, and/or to continue your healing process. After my fist ceremony ended at 2 a.m., I was wide awake, and I just sat up looking at the stars and listening to the sounds of the night, full of awe and gratitude, until dawn greeted us with light-yellow, peach and orange colors on the eastern skies.

The staff is professional, welcoming, kind and caring. They’re cleaning our vomit and other bodily fluids — that already says a lot about the type of work that this crew has agreed to. They know they are in charge of our bodies while our minds and souls go on journey, and they take great responsibility for it.

No, it might not be the most traditional shamanic experience that you might have read about, heard about or experienced. But there is no disrespect to the Mother, here. In fact, there is great reverence. It’s co-creative. We all take part in the creation of the ceremony. It’s what we bring into the space. If we bring the sacredness with us, Spirit already recognizes it, and enters into the space with all its healing powers and its gifts. As an artist, I know that tradition is only there to guide us, not to put shackles on us and forcing us to do anything in only one specific way. It’s up to us to use our intuition and work with Divine Guidance in creating the best new way forward. I’m thankful for Chris for being a trailblazer and for introducing this powerful healing and transformative medicine to this part of the country — for making it accessible to somebody like me, who would never dream of venturing into the jungles for this type of experience.

February 26, 2018

I am so lucky to find this hidden treasure just 30 minutes from home. I received love and kindness from Chris and the staff at Soul Quest. They were very helpful helping me to work with the medicine. My journey was not easy but I found healing in the process and left with a feeling of gratitude and humility. I am very grateful!

  • Member Since: February 20, 2018

February 20, 2018

The ayahuasca ceremonies at Soul Quest in Orlando have been life changing events for me. Chris Young (founder) is an amazingly kind and humble human being– as well as a trailblazer in this country with regard to this sacred plant medicine. May God bless him for this. The staff/facilitators are also wonderful and truly care about all those who walk through the doors of Soul Quest. Medical safety is clearly a priority for them, as they keep a close watch on everyone during and after each ceremony. Facilities are kept very clean. My sincere gratitude to the wonderful healers at Soul Quest.

  • Member Since: February 8, 2018

February 8, 2018

Awesome place and experience at Soulquest. Chris and his staff are above and beyond in hospitality and knowledge. Just an unbelievable experience that words can not describe. I cant wait to go back and have another great time

January 22, 2018

I recently participated in a day program at Soul Quest and had previously participated in the weekend program. I find the staff very knowledgeable and very committed to participants healing experience.
I think the medicine is of good quality and staff take care to work with you to determine a good dose. I’m 65 and am interested in continuing my work with Mother Aya because of the healing qualities of detoxification and the effect on depression.
I went to the mother to heal mother/child relationship and was shown unconditional comfort and love. The test is in the living afterward and I feel a shift in my relationship and reactions. This medicine is a gift , and I am grateful to Mother Aya and to Soul quest staff, thier intentions are sincere in sharing medicine with as many people as they can

November 23, 2017

Utmost gratitude! Before coming to Soul Quest I only existed. For years I existed. I continued to live for the sake of my parents. I could not find a reason to live for myself. I was in the belly of depression. I spent most of my time in bed, favored the night, and was drawn to dark subject matters. Years ago I went to a psychiatrist. He placed me on medication after medication in an attempt to find the correct cocktail. I grew weary of the process and stopped taking the medications. I decided to treat myself. I took St. John’s Wort to no avail. I began drinking excessively day and night in an effort to escape the despair I felt. I made a point of keeping alcohol readily available. After leaving work in the morning I knew where to go to purchase it. If I awakened late at night to empty bottles, I made sure to purchase more before 2am.
In June of this year Mother Aya led me to Soul Quest. I was desperate for change and knew that I was slowly killing myself. The weekend of June 2nd my life was forever changed. Mother Aya counseled me in such a loving and beautiful way. She reminded me that I was enough and said to me that I had been holding my breath for a long time. She told me that I did not need to put up a wall, withdrawing from people. Among other things, she let me know I didn’t need alcohol. As she spoke to me I could not see her but I could feel her presence. She let me know that I was safe. It was as if my head was resting on her lap as she gently stroked my hair and smiled lovingly down at me. My heart was filled with such love and gratitude. For the first time in years I felt hopeful. My future was no longer bleak. As I gathered my belongings to return home I became emotional. I did not want to leave. I could hardly believe what I had found–a haven. The sheet I used for the ceremonies had been stained with ayahuasca. I didn’t want to wash it and so I decided to have it framed along with a plaque to commemorate that fateful weekend.
As of to date I’ve attended ten ceremonies. With every visit to Soul Quest she illuminates a blindspot. I no longer believe I need alcohol, something I once that was not possible. I no longer spend my days in bed. I’ve adopted a healthier lifestyle and I’ve lost over thirty pounds. I’ve attracted a number of positive experiences.
Thank you Chris for listening to your heart and establishing Soul Quest. Thank you to Anthony and Nischala for your love and support. Also thank you to the rest of the facilitators and volunteers. Your energy is beautiful and you all take such great care of everyone as they make their journeys. I’ve found my tribe!

Love, Melissa

November 17, 2017

I recently went on a retreat there with a couple of my Veteran brothers, and we all had a positively life changing experience. The staff was knowledgeable and welcoming from the moment we stepped foot on the property. Even though there were well over 30 people there we were all comfortably accommodated and well fed on a vegan menu that had me seriously rethinking my stance on cheeseburgers. All in all it was a great weekend and I strongly recommend it for anyone who is interested in getting away, clearing their mind, improving their lives or about Ayahuasca in general. You will be extremely pleased with your choice.

November 9, 2017

I drank here in the beginning and waited to post this because I didn’t want to diminish any healing that other people received. I’m incredibly happy for them. I also don’t want people to think it’s all rainbows. I’ve been asked to post this so here it is. I believe they are business first healing center second with that I decided it wasn’t the place for me after drinking there multiple times. The medicine is… was good but during my last retreat I attended the founder watered it down so he had enough which I thought that was super disrespect but these are just my beliefs and experiences. He said his supplier told him to but he didn’t do it until he realized he didn’t have enough for everyone, which sounded like hogwash to me. I realize everyone doesn’t view or respect the medicine the same way as I do. They also don’t have a curandero (English we say “shaman”) to guide ceremony and they do overcrowd like 20-25/30 people at a time with no true guidance or able to clear the space beside sage. If one does show up they usually don’t work with them for very long. The facilitators are nice and have good intentions but there also have been poor intentions there as well which have caused the two different entire staff to quit at once but new people join on that had good experiences. From my knowledge young women have been what I feel were taken advantage of and inappropriately treated in other subtle ways. People serving medicine shouldn’t mix with attendees in romantic ways as the guest have such a high status view of the server. I’m not saying people aren’t going to get healing there because I saw some beautiful things happen but I also saw some disgusting things happen that turned me completely off. Do your own research and see how it feels to you these are just my experiences from drinking there about 13 times looking for something that wasn’t there. It did get me to travel to Peru and have a life changing experience for this I am grateful it was a somewhat ugly stepping stone.
And to me it’s not about being hokey or not it’s doing one of the, if not the most powerful psychedelic which is traditionally always given with guidance until we learn to navigate the medicine ourselves. But again just my beliefs.
In the end, we follow our hearts to where it leads us.

Response from #1 Ayahuasca Retreats in the USA on November 15, 2017

Dear Lance,
Although your review comes to us over a year and half after your last retreat with us we are sure there is value in it, as with all reviews. We love and appreciate all of our members and are always open to hear suggestions on where we could use improvement.

Please accept our sincere apology we are truly sorry to hear you had a negative experience. When you were with us almost 2 years ago we were operating as a different organization, at that time we were Soul Quest of ONAC which we are no longer. We are now Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth and much has changed since that time. Over a year and half ago, we relocated our church to a more spacious and accommodating property on 5 acres of land. We have a new staff with a new set of staff guidelines which we adhere to very strictly, we also have several new private accommodations to create a more comfortable experience for our ever growing group of members.

When you were here last, we were a brand new church with much growing to do and as with anything that has never been done there are always mistakes to be learned from and growing pains along the way. We are often making changes to better our Church and the Services that we offer to our human family. Since we changed locations and became Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth we have had over 500 ceremonies at our new location and have been blessed to be able to help many members get much needed healing. Even though we do not claim to be holding strictly traditional ceremonies such as you would find Peru, Brazil and throughout South America we often have visiting Medicine Men and Women come to guide and teach us. Our Peruvian Shaman Maestro Gaspar, who has well over 40 years of experience, visits us quarterly to lead workshops and to share the teachings of Grand Mother Ayahuasca. You can be sure that our staff and members are ALWAYS learning and growing!

Soul Quest was founded with the vision to make Ayahuasca available to all souls who are called to experience her transformative healing as she spreads outside of the Amazon Basin. Before, during and after every one of our ceremonies we do our best to go above and beyond to make sure everyone of our members feels safe, loved and at home. Furthermore, we keep our phone lines open to all who may need assistance with their integration process once they return home. Our wish is that everyone whose life has been touched by Soul Quest will find and maintain true transformative healing within themselves and within their lives.
Once again we are deeply sorry your experience was less than ideal and we would love for you to come join us for Ceremony in the future so that you can experience for yourself how much Soul Quest has grown. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us. May Your Journey Be Blessed.

September 3, 2017

I had great experiences at Soul Quest. The staff is professional, they exceeded my expectations! The ceremony is a bit different than the ones in Peru, the reason in my opinion is that it is adjusted to the cultural differences and this way can serve a modern human being better. There is no belief system forced on the members, this way it allows to experience raw spirituality and religiousness which is personal and unique for everyone.

  • Member Since: August 30, 2017

August 30, 2017

This was an extremely empowering experience, shattering lack of self love and self confidence. The mother guided me through my darkest areas and showed me that no One can put out the fire inside me. We are the fire, the light and pieces of the source. We are all connected to the planet and it to us. While this is not Peru, a five star resort, or the Amazon with 30 year shamans it is bringing healing to a country that desperately needs it. While guidance from a life long shaman would be optimal, not all of us living paycheck to paycheck and really in the struggle have 4k set aside for a 14 day trip to the jungle. Shamans do sometimes attend spirit quest however Chris and his staff are well versed in the medicine brewing it on site. Chris sits with the plants all day protecting them as he prepares the aya. The ceremonies are performed with care and anything you need if you voice it they will help you attain. Hats off to them for standing up for humanity as a beacon of light in the darkness. Do not fear, change is one choice away.

  • Member Since: July 28, 2017

July 28, 2017

I have done several ceriomonies over the past couple of months at Soul Quest. The experiences were incredible and the staff were totally amazing. Everything about the Aya Cerimonies was handled with utmost care and respect. Participants are given very loving guidance along the way. The staff are all very experienced and have a tremendous amount of heart and compassion. There is also a very strong sense of community.

July 28, 2017

If Mother Ayahuasca is calling you, find her here.
I am so glad I found Soulquest for my first Ayahuasca journey.
And I absolutely intend to return when I can.
The medicine was as powerful as I needed.
The facilities felt safe, clean and comfortable.
The staff were very experienced, knowledgeable and kind.
My fellow church members were incredibly intelligent, compassionate and supportive.
They soon felt like brothers and sisters to me.
The medicine is treated with respect and honor.
I experienced powerful healing that has made lasting changes in my life.
It is quite a blessing to have Soulquest available to us.
Thank you Chris for this gift you’re sharing with the world.
The healing is much needed.
I hope to see you all again soon.
Aloha Ke Akua

June 5, 2017

amazing place and people. They really are into a mission to help humanity…. Love the team and the location. Thanks so much guys

May 22, 2017

Everything about the retreat was absolutely incredible. The medicine gave me the breakthroughs I needed and helped me let go of pain that I was completely unaware that I was holding. I originally went to Soul Quest for consciousness expansion and left with that and so much more. I feel as if I lived a lifetime in one weekend and it blew the doors of my awareness wide open. In addition to the medicine, the staff was especially incredible. Any questions I had were answered immediately, the facilitators were extremely kind, loving, and radiated positive energy. The facilities themselves had everything you could ask for (clean showers, clean bathrooms, multiple different residency choices), and the vegetarian meals they provided were delicious. I highly recommend the Soul Quest experience for anyone who wishes to have an experience with Mother Ayahuasca. This retreat is perfect for anyone from beginners on down to those with vast psychedelic experience. I will definitely be attending and volunteering in the future. Soul Quest has had an extremely profound impact on my life in just three short days, and I am extremely grateful for the experience.

  • Member Since: May 20, 2017

May 20, 2017

I had my first experience of Amazonian medicine at Soul Quest. I am indefinitely grateful for Soul Quest and Chris (the owner). I had hoped this medicinal plant might change me somehow but my experience at Soul Quest was beyond anything I could’ve hoped for. I had figured out a few options of traveling over-seas to a traditional place in the rainforest before I discovered Soul Quest, and I am SO grateful to have found this place and took the chance! I was not sure if Chris would be able to provide the Amazonian experience I was seeking but it was the BEST experience of my life! I can’t imagine how uncomfortable and scared I may have been the first time if I was in a foreign country without many English speakers. I felt very comfortable and safe at Soul Quest and with the facilitators. It was everything I needed, spiritually and emotionally. I felt so transformed by my experience at Soul Quest, being a local at the time, I continued to participate in multiple ceremonies.

If anyone has ANY complaints about their experience at Soul Quest, then they obviously did not voice their issue to any of the facilitators so that it could be addressed. Chris and his team are all amazing, loving and caring souls with beautiful energy that will do everything in their power to make you comfortable and help during your journey. I learned, achieved and experienced more than I thought possible within a very short period of time at Soul Quest than all my many years of spiritual study and practice. It has been LIFE CHANGING for the better. I made more genuine friends and spiritual family members there than I have in my entire life. Though a ceremony in the amazon had always been my dream, I was able to have the spiritual experience I always wanted and needed at Soul Quest and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Chris has an amazing selection of appropriate music for journeying that he plays via speaker system. Live drums, rattles and other instruments are also used during ceremony.

There’s such amazing, powerful, loving energy at this place that if you don’t enjoy yourself then you seriously have some things you need to work through. Soul Quest will hold space for you and help facilitate your journey but you must do your own self work with the medicine. I also recommend doing the day ceremony, I never knew such a magical connection to nature was possible!

May 18, 2017

Soul Quest is a solid and safe option for experiencing and working with Ayahuasca within the borders of the United States. Chris and his team ensure each participant a secure environment so they are able to understand their work with the medicine. I have personally sat with Ayahuasca in Costa Rica, Peru, the US and under the Santo Daime tradition. Based on my varied experiences I feel confident in advising Soul Quest as a responsible and capable home to find your journey. The medicine is spirited, the space is nice, the price is right and the care is there.

May 7, 2017

I visited this retreat. I am a member. It totally changed my life. Plus it was a cheaper route for me and in the United States. Good food, good people, clean facilities.

  • Member Since: December 2, 2016

December 2, 2016

I attended a weekend retreat here at soulquest. It was very unprofessional. No shaman, no live icaros, the one’s doing the ceremony do not even take the medicine. The first night me and my wife attended the ayahaucca ceremony. We knew it wasn’t right but discussed it and agreed we had already paid so decided to go forward. Chris the owner said he tries to give people an aya experience without all the dogma. Which is fine if you just want to party but I would not advise to disrespect mother ayahaucca in that manner. Without the proper guidance ayahaucca and other shamanic medicines can be very very dangerous. I’m not going to go into detail what happened to me during my stay but I was up for 5 nights and almost ended up in the hospital. Although Chris and the staff are very nice people and might have good intentions. This in not a drug and should not be played with. I’ve spent over a month in Ecuador with very skilled and respectful people to the medicines and participants. [Gaia sagrada ] and spent a small time with teachers from the shipibo tribe in Peru. This happened to me with experience, it can happen to anyone. Please, I advise to be very careful. Especially if this is your first time. Just because something is cheaper and more covenant, doesn’t mean it’s better. Do your research. Make sure the people know what they are doing so you leave with the healing and love you went there for. Aho

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