The World’s First and Only Female-Led and Ceremony-Focused Mushroom Retreat
Winter & Spring
Join us in the magical oceanic jungle of Tulum, MX
March 28-April 3rd
Join us at the ocean front Copal Retreat Center in Paamul, MX!
Intention. Ceremony. Joy
These three words describe the goal of The Buena Vida retreats.
We are a LEGAL, SAFE, and most of all CARING group of leaders trained to guide you through this epic journey. We are the only female-led and Ceremony-focused Psilocybin retreat in the world.
We use sacred plant medicines to heal past traumas, unveil creativity and inspire gratitude. Sound bowl vibrations, magical meditations, and a judgement-free community surround our work. Take a safe, secure adventure into the most mystical area of the universe: your inner self!
Are you ready to experience a magical, mystical Shamanic sound journey?
Is this retreat for me?
Are you tired of going through the motions each day and feeling unfulfilled?
Do you have a sneaking suspicion there’s something MORE out there for you?
Are you sick all the self-help books and not getting the results to finally overcome the limiting mind patterns holding you back from your greatest potential?
Do you find that your regimen of mental health, SSRI and SSNI medication is just helping you “get by” but not truly BREAK THROUGH?
The Buena Vida Retreats want you to be safe, comfortable and secure enough to LET GO.
We know that 3 powerful ceremonies in a week is a very deep dive into this medicine. We want every other aspect of your journey to be luxurious, comfortable, joyful, and peaceful.
7days/6 nights in a private luxury property directly on the Caribbean ocean
3 Powerful & Legal Mushroom ceremonies lead by musically gifted Shaman as well as loving facilitators.
3:1 ratio of leaders to guests to ensure your safety, comfort and joy.
Daily Ceremony Integration & meditation
Yoga, Ecstatic Dance and workshops
2 exciting day trips to a local Cenote freshwater swimming area and a beach club in Tulum! BOTH included
Chef-prepared local cuisine, fresh juices & snacks
Closing Fruit Ceremony & Bonfire with new friends
7 Day Online “Preparing for the Psychedelic Journey” Course: eases your mind and sets intention.
Kind, intimate community; maximum of 15 guests
Dedicated time for swimming, rest & nature
Transportation to and from the Cancun (CUN) airport.
What’s not Included
Optional snacks, food or souvenirs.
Extra days/nights in the area or transport outside the airport shuttle.
Copal Retreat is located on an ocean-front villa in the Riviera Maya. Our rooftop studio space offers panoramic views of the Caribbean ocean, perfect for daily sunrise and sunset practices.
Our acclaimed in-house chef delivers three meals a day with an exquisite menu offering deep Mexican roots with contemporary style influences, local and ethical ingredients, and will follow any dietary restrictions you may have.
The itinerary we offer is thoughtfully curated your hosts and local tour guides. The itinerary offers tours to fresh water jungle sinkhole cenotes, Mayan ruins, a pristine Tulum beach club, beach massages, and a night out on the famous Fifth Avenue in Playa del Carmen. We have brand new beautiful ocean-front and courtyard suites.
Each group consists of a 3:1 ratio of guests to leaders. We cater to those wanting a luxurious, pampered and caring retreat that allows a deep dive into this sacred medicine.
All-Inclusive week-long retreat packages: $3,350
Psilocybin in Mexico
We understand there is a lot of good and bad information about traveling in Mexico. Please remember, this is a very large country and, like almost any other, has some safe and some not-so-safe areas. As of April, 2006 all street drugs are legal to be carried in small quantities by individuals in Mexico. Specifically, sacramental or traditional use and cultivation of fresh mushrooms is legal. This is in line with the interpretation of the UNODC Bulletin allowing the sacramental use of psychotropic preparations. We work with a local, indigenous shaman who is familiar with the local laws, law enforcement and medicine community ensuring that we are always acting in accordance with the highest standard of the law.
Privacy and Security
Our retreat is on private, gated and secure land. We will not be interacting with the public or carrying the mushrooms on our person while outside the center. We are working with open-minded, loving individuals and volunteers that are dedicated to healing and health. You can feel 100% confident that our medicine is the freshest and energetically peaceful fungi that our shaman can find. We only source from Mexico.
Healing with Psilocybin
I’ve been hearing a lot about psilocybin, but I’m honestly not sure what it does?
The active ingredient in “magic mushrooms” is psilocybin. This is a non-toxic element. Though you may have heard that your reaction to mushrooms is a form of poisoning, much like alcohol, this is simply not true. This chemical interacts with your serotonin system to produce the psychedelic effect. In fact, psilocybin is one of the least toxic substances you can ingest that will change your consciousness. It has been shown over and over that psilocybin promotes neurogenesis, the growth of new brain cells and can repair physiological damage to the brain.
Good & Bad Trips
Because magic mushrooms are somewhat easy to grow and find, many of us have tried them either at a young age or at a party or festival. These fungi open up our energetic field so that all circumstances around us are amplified. Most truly "bad trips" stem from a ill-planned physical setting or a non- purposeful mindset going into the journey. At The Buena Vida we know how to properly prepare you and make sure your physical and energetic space is properly held, ensuring you the best possible container for a meaningful and safe trip. While there may still be difficult parts of the journey, when you know you're safe, you can navigate through these areas and take the lessons from the experience. Even guests who may report that part of their journey was “bad” or “difficult” always can see the purpose or reason for this situation within the first few days after the trip.
I’m dealing with depression and anxiety. This scares me, but I’ve also heard it can help?
We are lucky to be living in a time where the healing effects of psychedelics are finally allowed to be properly studied. Scientists from Imperial College London concluded that giving managed doses of psilocybin to subjects who were previously resistant to treatment by common anti-depressants led to “enduring reductions in symptom severity”.
As is commonly known, much of depression stems from living in the past and much of anxiety stems from living in the future. Psilocybin mushrooms help us to become fully present. We're able to observe the world and ourselves exactly as they are at this moment. The result is usually a more care-free and open attitude toward our lives. We can stop for a moment to learn gratitude for our many blessings.
What if I suffer from severe mental issues?
There are a few serious mental issues that need to be disclosed before taking psilocybin. Those with a history of schizophrenia, suicidal behavior and some other mental states are advised against psychedelics use without a specific recommendation from their medical doctor. However, physical risk with psilocybin is extremely low. Please be honest in your application so that we can have full knowledge to let you know if our retreats are the right medicine for your healing. We can answer these specific questions in a private email.
What is the dose we will be taking?
This is an interesting question because age/height/weight seem to have almost no effect on proper dosing of psilocybin. Since potency of psilocybin mushrooms can vary widely from each batch, it is best to dry, mix and encapsulate them in order to make equal doses.
Our leaders are always testing and dosing our mushrooms to be sure of their strength. Psilocybe mexicana is very strong. For the first ceremony, we will be dosing about 1.5-3 grams per person. We will counsel with guests to see where they'd like to be after that. Most likely, people tend to go up to 3-7 grams the following nights. Luckily with psilocybin, there is not much nausea other than possibly 10-20 minutes towards the beginning and even high doses are very safe with the right facilitators.
On-site Security and Physical Safety
How do you screen guests and make sure they are right for the retreat?
Our screening process is one that Amanda has used with over 500 clients at 4 different psychedelic medicine retreat centers throughout the world. Our first step is the application process which gives us information about physical/mental and emotional health and history. After this, we do a Skype session with each potential guest to further clarify their intentions, goals and also screen medically for any potential issues. Once approved, guests are required to sign a medical waiver that consents to the medicine our shaman serves and also that they are off of certain medications during the retreat. For unexpected medical emergencies, of which there are very few, our locations for retreats are always within 20 minutes of a local emergency room. We always have 1-2 completely sober facilitators during the ceremonies that can drive and assist guests if need be. Luckily psilocybin is incredibly physically safe for many people, especially in comparison to some other plant medicines.
How do you keep my privacy and identity safe?
For our confidentiality, we take privacy and security extremely seriously. Our venues are quiet, private and usually away from all other potential interactions with non-members of the retreat. All hosts and properties have worked with plant medicine and are 100% clear on our intent and ceremony. Guests sign a waiver that they will not post of images of other guests on any public forum. We have private WhatsApp groups set up for guests to remain in contact. None of our information is shared with any other organization, group, team or person.
Is this a therapy or psychotherapy retreat?
At The Buena Vida, we have several specialized advisors including behavioral therapists, neurological specialists, ethnobotanists, and shamans/elders in plant medicine study. However, it’s very important to stress that this is NOT A THERAPY OR TRAUMA retreat. We will not be employing traditional, western modalities of psychotherapy. The goal of the retreat is to safely (emotionally, physically and spiritually) “stay out of the way” of the healing each guest receives from the mushroom journey. All of our leaders have been trained on all modern modalities of harm reduction, emotional wellness safety as well as having sat with many guests during the process. It’s our opinion that, in this world of psychedelic healing, training and experience is of utmost importance.
Questions about Psychedelics?
Where can I read more about scientific studies being done?
There are too many studies and scientific findings to list here. Please visit our Psychedelic Research page. All of the studies basically have the same conclusion: Psilocybin is safe and highly effective when taken correctly and with proper safety.
The Buena Vida and Sol Medicine does not supply, manufacture, distribute or condone the use of any illegal substances. The goal of Sol Medicine Retreats is to facilitate access to trained, indigenous shamans who work with sacred plant medicines within an accepted, sacramental and ceremonial context. The shamans personally evaluate each guests’ needs and work strictly within the laws of their training and all local and national laws where the retreats will take place. We do not guarantee any results or outcomes, specific medicine usage, etc. Each participant is responsible for informing themselves about possible pharmaceutical drug contraindications, including but not limited to SSRI and other stabilizing medication. They assume all responsibility for due diligence required for their participation. For more information and additional resources, email firstname.lastname@example.org