Food interaction(s)

For at least two weeks prior to ceremony, it is vital to clear the mind and body of as many impurities, poisons and intrusions as possible, so you may approach this deep work with your energy intact and strong. In addition, this will help your endurance for the long nights in meditation with the medicine.

If you are a seasoned mediator, sit for your longest sustainable time, every day leading up to your arrival at the Temple. If you are a beginner, or new to meditation, try sitting for 10 minutes a day and working up to a half hour over the two weeks. The Temple has clearly outlined the dieta in this document and elsewhere. It is to be taken seriously and followed to the absolute best of your ability – especially regarding medicinal supplements.

All retreat participants are advised to abstain from the following food items 24/72 hours before and after your Ayahuasca Detox & Healing Retreat:

Spices and Herbs
- Salt
- Pepper
- Spices
- Chillies or other hot peppers
- Ginger
- Ginseng
- St. John's wort
- Lysergic Acid Amide (LSA) found in Morning Glory and Baby Hawaiian Woodrose seeds MDA related herbs (nutmeg, sweet flag)

- Chocolate
- Sugar and sweets
- Ice cream

Animal Products
- All meat, fish and eggs which are not fresh
- Red meat
- Pork (please abstain for a minimum of two weeks before and after ceremony)
- Dry and fermented sausage (bologna, salami, pepperoni, corned beef, and liver)
- Pickled herring and salted dried fish
- Meat extracts

- Oils (if you must use oil, use olive oil very sparingly)
- Fat (including lard etc)

- Cultured dairy products such as buttermilk, yogurt, and sour cream
- All aged/mature cheese (exception: cottage cheese, cream cheese)

- Fruits that are bruised or overripe including raisins, prunes or other dried fruits
- Bananas
- Avocados very ripe, witht fermentation OK
- Canned figs
- Red plums
- Pineapple
- Raspberries

- Sauerkraut
- Broad beans and pods (lima, fava beans, lentils, snow peas and soya beans

Other Food Items
- Tofu
- Nuts
- Yeast extracts/ brewer's yeast (Marmite)
- Soy sauce

Drug Restrictions

Drugs and Medications
Herbal Medicine and Supplements

Sexual Restrictions

Please note that it is important not to engage in any form of sexual intimacy, (this includes masturbation, oral sex, telephone sex, viewing of pornography etc.) for at least 7-14 days before coming on your detox and healing retreat.

Smoking & Drinking

Please do not smoke cigarettes or consume alcohol inside of the Ceremonial Sanctuary. People can smoke the Shamanic Tobacco, during your detox and healing Ceremony for smudging and purifying your aura from negative energies.

- Alcohol – You should abstain from drinking alcohol for a minimum of one week before and after your ceremony
- Fizzy drinks (including "diet" sodas, as these contain NutraSweet/Aspartame and other sweeteners)
- Beer and non-alcoholic beer
- Caffeine drinks including coffee, tea, cola, Guarana and energy drinks
- Ice or ice cold drinks

PLEASE NOTE: The above list is by no means complete. We will review everything you are taking before we confirm your booking.

CRITICAL NOTE: Due to a very limited number of past guests who have not adhered to dietary restrictions after leaving a workshop, we need to re-emphasize that maintaining the diet is an absolutely essential factor in the healing process.

The three most fundamental restrictions after a workshop are street drugs (cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, etc.), sexual activity, and pork. If a guest decides to not adhere to this critical advice after leaving the Temple, we cannot be held liable for the consequences (which can be severe psychological and energetic damage).

Please consider the work of the healers like a ‘healing mirror’ that is delicately woven onto the system of our guests. In the first two weeks immediately preceding a workshop, if the three key restrictions are not adhered to, then the mirror can be ‘smashed.’ To repair the mirror and the potentially fractured psyche is then an extremely difficult process.

Is it really dangerous to combine some pharmaceutical drugs with Ayahuasca?

Foods to avoid with MAOIs

Medical Contraindications with Ayahuasca
How long do you have to stay off contraindicated drugs before and after an Ayahuasca ceremony?

Depends on the drug. May be 24 hours, may be six months. For over the counter drugs (like antihistamines), 48 hours before and after is more than enough. For prescription drugs, two to six weeks is typical, but do not guess. Find out for sure from your doctor. Your doctor may be unfamiliar with Ayahuasca specifically, but tell him or her that you are planning to take a reversible MAOI. . Some people who plan to drink Ayahuasca in a country where it is not legal are concerned that the doctor will ask questions about the source of the MAOI and learn about an illegal activity. Doctors are bound by doctor-patient confidentiality and they would prefer to know about anything their patients are taking, legal or not. But if your doctor feels that he or she needs more information about Ayahuasca, you could refer him or her to this thread and other informational resources in this forum.

Medical consultation is especially important if you are taking Prozac, Paxil, Wellbutrin, Effexor, Zoloft or other antidepressants that affect serotonin levels, i.e. serotonin selective re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI), because these substances must be reduced gradually. Fluoxetine (Prozac) requires 8 weeks (56 days) and most other SSRIs five weeks (35 days) to clear the system.

For a general idea, look up your med by name on Wikipedia, find out the half-life, and multiply it by 5. For example, if the half-life is 8 hours, you should be off the med for 40 hours.