Our 3 day ayahuasca retreats have been developed with both Andes Qero and Amazonian Shipibo Shaman. The retreat is run in a traditional manner extending from the way the plant medicine is prepared to the ancient knowledge and customs of…
The safety of our guest is our number one priority. We have carefully designed safety protocols that protect the safety of our guests; physically, emotionally and mentally, both inside and outside the Ayahuasca ceremony. Feeling safe and comfortable will allow you to open up and receive the full benefits of the ceremonies. For that reason, we integrate professional medical staff in our retreats ensuring the safety of guests. Etnikas is different from other retreat centers in that the medically trained staff work together with indigenous healers in diagnosing and analysing physical and psychological health issues. Our healers have many years of experience and are expert in holding responsible Ayahuasca ceremonies in the traditional manner. The founder of Etnikas has been working and healing with Ayahuasca for 40 years.
Before you drink Ayahuasca it is important that you are aware of the restrictions and risks associated with mixing Ayahuasca with other substances. Some medications and substances are contraindicated with Ayahuasca and can cause permanent damage including death.
For this reason it is important that no medications, illicit drugs, vitamins, supplement, natural or otherwise, are taken four – two weeks before, and during the retreat. If you are currently taking medication they should be disclosed to the Etnikas staff. Please consult your doctor as to if it might be viable for you to stop taking medication over this period.
The interaction between the potent monoamine oxidase-inhibiting harmala alkaloids in ayahuasca and the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class of antidepressants may induce a serotonin syndrome with potentially grave outcome. Caution is advised when combining ayahuasca with certain pharmaceutical drugs.
Here is a list of specific drugs that should not be combined with Ayahuasca;
Actief, Amantadine Hydrochloride (Symmetrel), Amoxapine (Asendin), Benadryl, Benylin, Bupropion (Wellbutrin), Buspirone, Carbamazepine (Tegretol, Epitol), Clomipramine (Anafranil), Cocaine, Cyclobenzaprine, Cyclizine, Desipramine, Dextromethorphan, Disopyramide, Doxepin Sinequan), Ephedrine, Flavoxate Chlorhydrate, Fluoxetine, Imipramine, Isocarboxazid, Levodopa, Loratadine, Maprotiline, Meperidine, Methylphenidate, Nortriptyline, Oxybutynin Chloride, Orphenadrine, Parnate, Paroxetine, Phenergen, Phenelazine, Procainamide, Protriptyline (Vivactil), Pseudoephedrine, Quinidine , Selegiline, Sertraline, Tegretol, Temaril, Tranylcypromine, Tricyclic antidepressants, trimipramine, Yohimbine.
And also: San Juan, Kava, Ephedra, Ginseng, Yohimbe, Sinicuichi.
*Note: If you are using any of the medications listed above and would like to perform an Ayahuasca ceremony, it is important you consult with your physician as to how to ween yourself off the medication or substitute it for another medication that has no interactions with Ayahuasca. In any case the Etnikas staff should be notified we are able to take the necessary care in each case.
Ayahuasca ceremonies hold potential risk for participants and are not equally well suited to all individuals. We would like to clearly outline the type of physical and psychological conditions that increase a patients risk. Individuals with these conditions should refrain from the consumption of Ayahuasca.
Individuals with severe behavior and personality disorders with one or more of the following diagnoses:
Patients with cardiovascular and endocrinological disorders with the following diagnoses:
Any medical conditions should be disclosed to the Etnikas staff so they are aware and able to deal with any potential issues should they arise.