Who leads the ceremonies in Medellín?
Our Ceremonies are guided by the healer Sergio Henao, a philosophy professor who now works and heals with the herbal medicine – the blessed Ayahuasca – for over 15 years.
He was personally trained by the Colombian-wide known Taita Mama Concha from the Kamentsa Biyá tribe.
Her medicine tradition has been passed on for many generations
He is particularly characterized by his gentle modesty and deep humility. According to his estimation, this healing art is about meeting the shaman of one’s own soul so as not to lose oneself in spirituality or continue to seek answers in the outside world in vain.
Sergio Henao and our team, with extensive and proven levels of experience, take you into our care by providing you with personalized attention during the ceremony, focused on your specific needs and purposes.
When does the Ayahuasca ceremony begin and how is our process?
The ceremony starts between 10pm and 11pm and the gate remains closed until morning, because it is not advisable to leave the ceremony during the ritual once the medicine has been taken.
As a preparation before each Ayahuasca ceremony, we place special importance on integrating together. We all arrive together and first get to know each other a bit. Before the ceremony, everyone finds a comfortable place and sits down to relax. When we start the ceremony, we drink the first cup of sacred Ayahuasca together. After that you can drink as many cups as you like. If you do not yet have direct access to the medicine and your inner self, you may need to drink several cups before the effects of the Ayahuasca become apparent. After you drink the Ayahuasca, it may take 30 to 90 minutes for it to really take effect. It’s best to make sure you don’t throw up in the first 10 minutes so your body can absorb the medicine. Also, it is advisable to sit during your Ayahuasca ceremony, so that the Kundalini energy can flow upward.
What do I need to bring to the ceremony?
Be sure to bring a warm jacket or poncho (ruana) as the nights in Giradota can get cold.
In general, you should dress comfortably and cozy to be as comfortable as possible.
You can also bring your own comforter as well as a sleeping mat, although the plan is to stay awake together throughout the night.
Feel free to bring some fruit, bread, and fluids (electrolytes are best; you can get them at any pharmacy or drugstore here) so you can rehydrate in the morning. Because dehydration can be an effect of medicine.
Where do our Ayahuasca ceremonies take place?
The Ayahuasca ceremonies take place in Giradota (Antioquia) near Medellín (Colombia) in the house of the curandero Sergio Henano – the Casa Vientre. In the middle of Colombia’s heart you can not only connect with the origins of your soul, but also with the roots of the beautiful nature.
Drive in the direction of the Inder sports complex. Then drive towards the village of Mangarriba until you reach the Las Sombrillas stadium. Then go up the tracks on the left and turn right until you reach the sports field. The house of the shaman is in front of the court, on the right side.
You can reach Las Sombrillas by taking the Mangarriba bus, which runs hourly and leaves at the corner of Banco de Bogotá, or one block from the park, at the corner of Junin Pharmacy, on the right at the Expreso Girardota parking lot. You can also take a cab or mototaxi from Girardota Park (next to Banco de Bogotá) following the instructions above.
From Medellín, you can take an Uber or cab. The cost is 60,000 pesos; that’s about 12 $ for a ride of about 40 minutes.
Recommendations for an Ayahuasca ceremony
Here are a few recommendations which you should take into consideration before participating in a ceremony:
- You should not have used strong drugs in the past week. These include: Heroin, LSD, acids, etc.
- Try to eat healthy at least three days prior to commencement of the ceremony. Ideally with a diet low in red meat, nuts and dried meat.
- If antidepressants or antibiotics are taken, please consult us so that the doctors who accompany the ceremony can determine whether it is feasible to take the medicine.
- If you have any type of heart, respiratory or any other type of disease, please consult a doctor or us upfront, so we can determine whether you can take the medicine.
- During the week of the ceremony you should avoid sexual intercourse and the consumption of liquor, marijuana or any other similar substances.
- On the day of intake, eat lightly, avoid citrus fruits, meat, and dairy products. Eat frugally. You can have a good lunch and in the afternoon eat something light until 4 pm. However, you should not go into the ceremony on an empty stomach, because you need strength to endure the night.
Note: Fasting is voluntary, if someone is in the physical and spiritual condition to do it, there is no problem to do so.
- Bring a good coat and toilet paper. If you want, you can also bring a mat, although the idea is to stay up all night.
- Bring fruits, bread and liquid (whey, if you prefer) to share and hydrate in the morning. One of the effects of the medicine is dehydration, although it is not severe.
- And most importantly, please remember that the medicine is not a “psychedelic experience” or a “strong hallucination”. The Yagé is a medicine of the indigenous ancestral knowledge of different people of the Amazon and Putumayo jungle. It is taken for a healing purpose, be it mental, spiritual, psychological, energetic or physical. It is not exclusive for those who are sick or in trouble, but also for those who seek to find a path of light and harmony, of understanding and universal unification. The plant, as Taita Guillermo says, “provides knowledge to the person” for which it is essential to receive it with respect and conviction. As conceived by the grandparents of the old tribe, the Yagé is a gift from God and as such it must be received.
How many people attend an Ayahuasca ceremony?
An ideal group size for our Ayahuasca ceremonies is 8 to 10 people, as everyone should have their own space to be able to relax and enjoy the ceremony to the fullest.
If you prefer to experience a private ceremony, of course that is also possible. Talk to us about it or send us a message.
How much does an Ayahuasca ceremony cost?
The cost of our Ayahuasca group ceremony – with about 8 to 10 people – is 80 $ per person.
A single ceremony is 300 $. For a private ceremony for two, the cost is 250 $ per person.
We also offer group weekends and 6-day jungle journeys in small groups for 1090 $ per person, where you will not only experience a journey of life and the origins of nature, but also a journey to yourself.
Ayahuasca is a powerful healing medicine from the native jungle of the Amazon (Colombia, Peru, parts of Venezuela, Ecuador). Intense experiences are inevitable in an Ayahuasca ceremony and a lot of energy is transformed there. Therefore, the ceremony should be performed by someone who has extensive experience in taking Ayahuasca and knows exactly how to react to certain situations. We are companions of the Kamsá family, who have shared their sacred Ayahuasca for millennia.
The Ayahuasca ceremony fulfills an important function in taking the sacred medicine, as the ritual environment is particularly important for drinking Ayahuasca.
Our Ayahuasca ceremonies focus on your spiritual process. You drink the plants to learn with them and heal through them. It’s not about having fun or having a psychedelic experience, it’s about the spiritual goal you are pursuing in your process. Each of our ceremonies will help you expand your consciousness.
Expand your consciousness with our Ayahuasca ceremony
In our Ayahuasca ceremonies you will be able to heal your emotional wounds, perceive your feelings clearly and free your consciousness. Our Ayahuasca is known as the plant juice of self-knowledge. The first effect can occur at the beginning of your ceremony; the second effect extends throughout the night of your Ayahuasca ceremony. The most important effect, however, is the one that occurs during the following days. Therefore, we recommend that you always enter our ceremonies with a purpose and drink the medicine with a purpose. So please prepare yourself mentally for this special moment. Your own intention has repercussions on the effect you will experience in the Ayahuasca ceremony. If you are not clear yet about your own path (for example, dealing with losses, traumas, psychological injuries from childhood, family conflicts or various mental illnesses), your first Ayahuasca ceremony is about finding a way to deal with these problems.
Let the light enter your heart to see what you have, what you want and what is missing in your life. Ask your soul what it is looking for on the night of your Ayahuasca ceremony. In other words, do you know why you want to take the medicine?
How do I integrate what I have learned in the Ayahuasca ceremonies into my life?
Integrating the knowledge from the Ayahuasca ceremony into your daily life is the most important step in the overall expansion of your consciousness. What will you take with you from your Ayahuasca ceremony, and how will you change your life after the ceremony? Ask yourself what kind of relationship you have with yourself, your family and friends. How do you react to situations that provoke you? Are you active in your day? Are you incorporating new habits into your daily life? These are some questions to measure how far your Ayahuasca ceremony has really taken you on your path.
As a beginner, it is not that easy to maintain the high state of consciousness of Ayahuasca in your daily life. But you can use the new energy that Ayahuasca gives you to free yourself from your previous habits. Be sure to experience your day with heightened awareness and your world will be transformed.
Music in our Ayahuasca ceremonies
Many of our Ayahuasca ceremonies are accompanied by musical sounds, especially at night. Drums, guitars, flutes and rattles are the most common instruments played in our Ayahuasca ceremonies, however, the sacred songs of our shamans will also have a healing effect on your process.
Basically, the music in an Ayahuasca ceremony has a particular healing effect and helps you to transform your energy. You will feel the music in your own Ayahuasca ceremonies on different levels and each time it will be a particular phenomenon itself. It can happen that your personal process is only activated by the music. Step by step, it will accompany you on your way through the transformation. You will feel how the vibrations of the instruments that are played softly, harmonize the energy of the space.
Why is music important in an Ayahuasca ceremony?
Singing and music are particularly important at certain moments of an Ayahuasca ceremony because they have a harmonizing effect. For example, when someone is not feeling well, music can be soothing, even outside of a ceremonial setting.
Besides, the chants of our shamans contain a precise message. The lesson learned will illuminate your path. It will help you understand, grow and heal. In the circle of music you can come out of your darkness and gain new strength.
Imagine the song of a mother lulling her child to sleep. It has a calming effect and has the power to heal her child.
In the ceremony, Ayahuasca medicine should be considered as the mother. She is mother, grandmother and great-grandmother at the same time. She is mother nature, lulling us, healing us and helping us to understand the connections of life.
Often, a chant is also a prayer with its own power; a mantra, so to speak. Our grandparents’ chant invokes both, the spirits and the energies of the cosmos and nature. It is a magical request for healing and support within our Ayahuasca ceremonies.
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