Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth in Orlando Florida

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13 reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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Min. Cost: $500.00 for a weekend retreat
Max. Cost: 1000.00 for a 5 day 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.

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13 reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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 Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth in Orlando Florida 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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