Private Psilocybin Healing
Retreats and Weekends tailored to you!
What can I expect from my retreat?
These three words describe the goal of The Buena Vida retreats. We use sacred pant medicines to heal past traumas, unveil creativity and inspire gratitude. Sound bowl vibrations, magical meditations, free-flowing dance and a judgement-free community surround our work. Take a safe, secure adventure into the most mystical area of the universe: your inner self!
Private retreat offer a hyper-focused and dedicated time just for you! You’ll not only experience the magic of ceremony, you’ll have dedicated time with leaders throughout your entire retreat.
This type of retreat is for those seeking: Privacy, Security, Anonymity, Special Care, Intimacy, and a completely tailored experience.
Private Locations throughout Mexico
Choose your Own Adventure
2-4 Day Private Retreat
7-day Online Preparation Course that will help you set intentions and prepare.
2-3 Plant Medicine ceremonies lead by trained, caring and musically gifted Shaman as well as loving facilitators.
Dedicated, personal space and time with leadership to assist you through the entire process.
Integration meetings with shaman and facilitators.
Guided meditations and instruction.
Time for journaling, swimming, rest, and nature connection
PRICE: $2,000-3,000 per guest
2-4 Day Private Retreat
All of the above PLUS:
Private, safe location for the perfect set & setting included
Transportation to and from your local airport
Private chef cooking meals to your dietary specifications
Retreat tailored specifically to your schedule & time limitations
PRICE: $3,00-6,000 per person
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Leaders & Facilitators
Meditation Leader, Plant Medicine Healer
Amanda's goal as a facilitator is to protect the practice of North and South American Spiritual traditions, ceremonies, and sacred practices. As an advocate of the safe, responsible use of psychedelics, she strongly supports the continued scientific research into their healing potential and medicinal use.
Amanda recently she spent 3 years learning about plant medicine and healing with various shaman in Ecuador. During her stay, she was able to study modern mindfulness meditation & native healing modalities while leading a group of volunteers at the retreat center. In Ecuador she facilitates Ayahuasca and San Pedro/Huachuma cactus medicine. She also facilitates medicine journeys with MycoMeditations in Jamaica. Her work here includes trip guidance, energetic movement & healing, guided meditations, lay counseling, and psychedelic integration.
Amanda splits her time between her home in Seattle, WA and Mexico. She works with various groups and retreat centers around the world.
Shamanic Musician & Healer
Shamanic Musician, Oracle & Healer; Ceremony Leader Kate is a certified Sound Healer, 200Ryt Vinyasa teacher, Reiki attuned and shamanic initiate of Peruvian Shipibo tribe plant healing. She shares her practice, plant spirit medicine meditations, sound healing events and self care healing retreats in Seattle, Washington and around the world.
"I am Kate Ryan; Songbird, Oracle & Shamanic Musician. My Maternal Grandmothers maiden name was Jakku. Throughout my life I have been called to heal with a relationship to the great divine feminine. I believe when we heal ourselves, we heal our family & ancestors. I carry the lineage of strong women forward to build a legacy of love. A graduate with a BFA in Theater, my 20 years of performance work focused on Ritual, trance practice & social engagement.I am currently sharing my practice through classes, workshops & self~care healing retreats based in Seattle Washington."
At The Buena Vida, we admire those willing to go through the process of self-healing with psychedelics. We’re sure that you’ve already had quite a serious journey that leads you to this decision. We want to make you feel safe, secure, and well supported during your retreat.
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions and concerns that we hear. However, there are always more! Contact us with any concern and we will be sure to respond personally and in private.
Plant Medicine 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 Mushrooms
I’ve been hearing a lot about medicinal mushrooms, but I’m honestly not sure what it does?
The active ingredient in “magic mushrooms” 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, is it is one of the least toxic substances you can ingest that will change your consciousness. It has been shown over and over that fungi promote 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 mushrooms 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. 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 a dose. 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 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.
Our leaders test our mushrooms to be sure of their potency. For the first ceremony, we will be dosing about 2-3 grams per person. We will counsel with guests for increasing dosages for subsequent ceremonies. Luckily with mushrooms, 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.
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: Mushrooms are safe and highly effective when taken correctly and with proper safety.
I can’t make it to the January or March retreat, will there be more?
We are happy to say that many people are ready for mushroom healing! After our initial retreats with winter, we will decide if we wish to keep hosting the retreats at Ozen center in the future and will likely start up again in October of 2019. Sign up below to stay on the list!
The Buena Vida and Sol Medicine does not supply, manufacture, distribute or condone the use of any illegal substances. We do not give out, supply or sell any specific substance. The goal of Sol Medicine Retreats is to plan, organize and produce healing retreats. We 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