Listed in Ayahuasca
- Medellin, Colombia
We are a foundation interested in the recovery of ancestral knowledge, providing a space and ideal conditions for experimentation, teaching and learning of different rituals and workshops that enable our visitors to share with us the way to the sun.
We offer bi-weekly 3 day Ayahuasca retreats just outside of Medellin, Colombia.
We also offer bi-monthly Ayahuasca retreats in Southern California, and other locations throughout the US.
I went to their first three day retreat in Colorado about six months ago. Everyone there is incredible! Over 80% of my PTSD symptoms had disappeared after just two ceremonies. I will be going again for their weeklong May ’17 retreat. They take very good care of you the entire time – bringing water, emotional support, etc. Music is great too! Also I didn’t get her name down but the massage girl is awesome!! Really helps with cleansing the body and getting all of the bad energies out.
Following a significant amount of online research and discussions with others about their experiences, I decided Fundacion Camino Al Sol seemed fitted to what I was looking for in an Ayahuasca retreat. Unlike a vast number of other organisations / businesses, what you get is not a highly commercialised experience, you receive a traditional, caring and holistic weekend which is utterly transformative in all dimensions.
In summary, I can’t recommend this retreat enough to anyone who is considering an ayahuasca retreat. You will be welcomed into a non-judgmental, loving community with elders and shamans who are extremely experienced, in an environment which provides everything you need to have a deeply spiritual experience.
The retreat is based on Samuel’s beautiful, large property in Santa Elena (just outside of Medellin), it is set up with a well-equipped house for attendees which overlooks the hut and outside area where the rituals take place. A great breakfast and lunch in-keeping with the prescribed diet are provided each day (they also cater for vegos/vegans!).
The weekend was the most incredible, spiritual experience I have ever had. It was enlightening, transformative, difficult and decisively humbling. You drink two cups (if appropriate) each of the three nights and for me each medicine provided a completely different pathway and thus distinctive emotional, psychological and physical insights.
Going into the retreat, I was mostly curious and had a very general question for my focus. Throughout the weekend, I was astounded at how the medicine firmly and seamlessly weaved a vision (whether it be emotional, visual, auditory, hallucinatory etc) into a meaning that explored pertinent issues in my life (in my case issues which I previously wasn’t consciously aware of). I had warm, glowing appreciative moments and I had times where I felt my entire identity had been deconstructed. This might sound daunting but the shamans, with their kind and gentle natures, were there to provide support and guidance any time it was needed. There were female shamans attending every night which was great, it really added a special, unique energy as a woman attendee. This is something I considered prior to the weekend but honestly the male shamans were so trustworthy and lovely anyway that I didn’t really think about it at all during the weekend other than to appreciate the amazing qualities of Alexandra and other female community shamans. There is a night where many community members attend and drink the medicine alongside you which is an absolute asset to the experience that I don’t think any other organisations I looked at provided. It is so special to be able to be surrounded by others who drink ayahuasca / yage as part of their tradition. In some ways, you are able to contribute to their experiences as much as they contribute to yours. If you have questions, the shamans are always happy to sit down during the day and discuss essentially anything with you.
You have the choice of several different areas, all of which are (unobtrusively) monitored by the shamans, including the hut where people can sit or lie down, the campfire outside and also a number of tents which are set up if you’re feeling like some quiet time.
The music that is played on a handful of instruments ranging from harmonica to guitar is so beautiful. I am not particularly musical but it was another experience in itself to feel how music can alter and support you in it’s own way. Of course a large part of that is the knowledge and skill of the shamans who play the instruments.
All in all, this is an experience with an organisation that I highly recommended and will continue to recommend. Hoping to return next year.
I love everything about the Camino al Sol retreats and everyone involved. The locations in nature that they pick, the shamans and healers that they bring and the energy are perfect for a safe and wonderful healing experience. Authentic, with beautiful music and lots of knowledge. I’m in bliss every time I leave and counting the days until they return. They’re family!!!
I was searching for months to find an ayahuasca retreat in the Los Angeles area, as you know they are very exclusive and hard to find in any area of the US. When I found Camino Al Sol I didn’t know what to expect but I went to the retreat alone and with an open mind. When I got there everyone was so warm and welcoming I didn’t feel out of place, I felt comfortable and at home by the evening time. It was such an amazing experience, mind blowing, and one that I will never forget. And because everyone was genuine and kind I have already planned to attend another retreat this year. I learned a lot about myself and most importantly about the plant medicine, yage and the rituals of the indigenous tribe from Colombia, as well as, the amount of healing that one can obtain from such a spiritual experience. The music was amazing, the people were welcoming, and the whole experience indescribable. Highly recommend Camino Al Sol for your ayahuasca experience!
I’m from western Canada, where ayahuasca ceremonies (aka yage’) are done underground and facilitated by “gringo” shaman with questionable experience and skills. I also am on hyper-tension meds, and many retreat organisers in Peru would not allow me the opportunity to participate in their retreats. I am, therefore, extremely grateful that I was led me to the Camino Al Sol group last year, for the healing and transformation that I have experienced because of this group has been truly amazing. I have had the privilege of attending 3 retreats with this group (November, February and April) and each experience was unique, sacred and very safe. The dose of yage’ I was given was altered to suit my needs, but I do not feel like I have had “less” of an experience; indeed, “The Mother of all Plant Spirits” has given me the insights and healing I was seeking, and my gratitude runneth over! I trust this group implicitly…and the musical performance goes until the wee hours of the morn and is also out of this world! Best live concert I’ve ever attended:) Do yourself a favor..book a retreat with Camino Al Sol!
I joined this group for a retreat near Los Angeles this past April. I’d have to say it was a life changing experience for me. I’ve been hearing the call of mother for the past two year, and was suppose to go to a different retreat, but it was cancelled so that I would be able to attend this one. I feel as if I was suppose to meet these amazing people. The shamans were very easy going happy professionals who made me feel like I knew them for lifetimes. I will be attending the retreat again this August, and I am very excited to hear what the spirits have to tell me. If your are reading this, you’re not doing so for no reason. Will you accept the call?
I joined this group for retreat in Los Angeles California and was blown away. They are a large traditional group and was so surprised to find such an authentic retreat offered in the US. They are not white folks pretending to be Shaman, they are indigenous folks from Colombia. The retreat location was better than expected, a kids summer camp, but it was beautiful and peaceful. I felt well cared for and I feel part of their family now, I will be joining them again.