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Ayahuasca Retreat Diet Guidelines
If you are thinking about embarking on a life-changing experience with the plant teacher Ayahuasca, you must know that it is extremely important to follow some guidelines before, during, and after your ceremony.
Although the number of factors that can influence your experience with Ayahuasca is enormous, you can and should influence some of them, to facilitate your healing process and ensure your safety.
While some of the following guidelines are recommendations, some of them (especially the dietary ones) are necessary and extremely important to follow, and not following them can have detrimental effects on your health.
These guidelines are coined from information that has been passed down from generation to generation by Shamans that work with Ayahuasca and combined with the information that comes from decades of practice in the Ayahuasca community.
Like with many spiritual practices, a lifestyle alteration must happen so that one can reach a state that is conducive to openness, growth, information accessibility, integration, and deeper awareness and understanding. This ceremony is meant to have deep-reaching effects on your being, but that can only be accomplished with your participation, your desire for it, and your intent. By doing your part and preparing your mind and body for the encounter you open the path for the plant medicine to work with you and do its work properly, so you should do your best at respecting the following guidelines.


  1. Any medications that react with MAOI INHIBITORS for (1 month), (6 weeks) for Prozac.
  2. No sex (3 days)
  3. No alcohol (3 days)
  4. No pork (2 weeks)
  5. No illicit drugs minimum (2 weeks)
  6. No marijuana (1 month)


  1. No alcohol
  2. No sugar
  3. No salt
  4. No chillis
  5. No pork
  6. No citrus
  7. No drugs
  8. No sex
  9. No coffee
  10. No sweet fruit


  1. No chilis or hot peppers
  2. No drugs or alcohol
  3. No caffeine
  4. No sugar
  5. No sex 8 days
  6. No fruit
  7. No citrus
  8. No pork
  9. No dairy (Cheese, milk, butter, etc.)
  10. No egg yellow

Physical Preparation:

The Diet before, during, and after your first Ayahuasca ceremony is very important first of all for your safety and well-being, and secondly, the stricter the diet the more lasting and profound the impact of the plant medicine.
The recommended diet before an Ayahuasca ceremony is a healthy, light, and almost exclusively plant-based diet. Animal products and fried, heavy foods should be consumed as little as possible.

Basic guidelines and recommended periods:

•  NO PORK two weeks before your first ceremony
• No red and heavy meats (pork, beef, sheep, tuna, eel) for two weeks before, during, and one week after the ceremony 
• No hot food such as chilies and peppers for at least 2 days before, during, and 2 days after the ceremony
• No fermented foods for at least one day before, during, and one day after the ceremony
• Very little to no consumption of sugar/honey and salt for at least 3 days before and after and none at all during the ceremony
• No citrus, caffeine 

You can and should eat:

• Fresh or cooked vegetables
• Rice, oatmeal, and other grains
• Beans and lentils
• All nuts
• A little natural vegetable oil
During the retreat, our staff will take care of providing you with the best selection of foods. Please do not bring any food from the outside into the retreat.
It is recommended to avoid all dairy, gluten, and sugary carbohydrates for at least one week before the ceremony.
We also recommend that you do not eat anything for at least 5 hours before your ceremony. You can drink water or herbal teas.

Drugs and alcohol 

You should refrain from all street drugs and alcohol for at least 2 weeks before the ceremony(if possible even more), during the ceremony, and one week after. Also, avoid marijuana for a month before the ceremony.

Sexual contact and stimulation

!Sex is a powerful exchange of energy that can deplete the body and inhibit the effectiveness of plant medicine. Therefore, you should refrain from sexual activity, be it with a partner or masturbation, for at least 3 days before your ceremony, during the ceremony, and 8 days after.

Mental, emotional, and spiritual preparation 

Everything we put into our body is energy, but that is also true about every thought we think, every emotion we exercise, and everything else that we do or experience; everything comes about with a certain vibration. Everything in our environment leaves a certain energetic trace on our spirit, mind, and body. So, before your experience, if possible, try to get good rest, engage in pleasant activities, avoid conflicts, surround yourself with beauty and art, spend time in nature, and practice meditation, yoga, or other mind-expanding techniques. Avoid places that are busy and drain your energy. Center yourself in your heart, open your mind, and set some clear intentions before the ceremony. What do you want to find out about yourself, your relationships, or your life path? What do you want to change in your life? Is there anything that is bothering you that you wish to resolve? Try and answer these questions and set some clear intentions. If you are armed with motivations and clear intentions, plant medicine can help you reach a higher understanding, integrate your truth, and find self-empowerment and spiritual freedom.

MAOI Interaction Food List 

Foods that interact with the MAOI inhibitor harmaline that is contained in the Ayahuasca vine, should be avoided at least 24 hours before your ceremony and not consumed during your retreat. These foods are listed below:
 These foods can have a dangerous reaction when combined with MAOI inhibitor found in the Ayahuasca vine:
-aged cheese
-protein extract
-shrimp paste
-miso soup
-protein supplements
-canned soups, soups with bullion or protein extract
-yeast extracts, vitamins, or brewer’s yeast
-sausage, pepperoni, salami, corned beef
-soy sauce, fermented tofu, fermented bean curd, fermented soybean paste
-smoked, pickled, or fresh fish
-meat that is not fresh
-fava beans
-miso soup
-wine, beer, and ales
-dairy if close to the expiry date
-avocados if ripe or overripe
-fruits that are bruised or even slightly overripe(especially banana or apple) and dried fruits 
-all drinks that contain caffeine