Pre-Ayahuasca Detox & Healing Retreat Diet

What not to eat before your Retreat

In order to pass through your retreat successfully, clients are required to follow a special pre-Ayahuasca diet before their detox and healing retreat. In the Amazon the word 'diet or dietas' is used to refer to a period of fasting from certain foods, so that one can experience a more powerful detox and healing with La Madre Ayahuasca.

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
- 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


- 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


Drug Restrictions

You are advised to abstain from the following list of prescription and recreational drugs which may cause severe illness and/or are not compatible with Ayahuasca if consumed before your Ceremony. It is recommended that where possible, you abstain from them at least four weeks before and after your Ceremony. You must fully inform us of any current or past drug use, especially anti-depressants, antibiotics and recreational drugs such heroin and cocaine, prior to booking your Ceremony.

Western Drugs

- Antidepressants containing Selective Serotonine Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI's) such as the herb Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum) and pills such as paroxetine (Seroxat), fluoxetine (Prozac), citalopram (Cipramil), fluvoxamine (Fevarin) and sertraline (Zoloft)
- Sleeping-pills
- Anaesthetics
- Migraine medicines
- Allergy medicines
- Paracetomol and Panadol
- Over the counter cough medicines
- Cocaine
- Amphetamines (speed)
- Mescaline cacti (peyote and san pedro)
- Alcohol - Ephedra/ ephedrine (EPH)
- Pseudoephedrine (PSE) – commonly found in decongestants
- Macromerine
- Phentermine (This appetite suppressant drug is known by numerous commercial names. For clarification, please check your medication or ask your doctor)
- Nasal sprays (Vicks Sinex, Prevalin or Otrivin)
- Other MAO-inhibitors


Other Restrictions

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.