Plant medicine RETREAT 

Featuring Sound Healers, Shamanic Ceremony, Ecstatic Dance & More!

March 11-14th, 2019

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Intention.Ceremony. Joy.

These three words describe the goal of Sol Medicine 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!

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Our retreats feature the safe, sacramental use of Ayahuasca. We work only with trusted shamans that have held this medicine passed down from a tribe elder or family member. They have served the medicine for over 7-10 years to many different groups of people all over the world.

  This retreat is different from our others in that it’s shorter and also simplified. There will be 2 ayahuasca ceremonies. We will still have preparation, integration and also yoga as well as healthy, “ayahuasca friendly” food. Guests are limited to 5-10 people so that it’s intimate. 

Our private jungle location is unique and quaint. There’s a cenote on the property! Here’s the website:

The rooms are all shared due to their large size and multiple beds.

   Most importantly, the preparation, integration and sense of community that will be provided at Sol Medicine will provide a safe container for your journey. You'll have the opportunity to learn from those around you and receive counsel from our dedicated leaders. Be sure to bask in the glory of unspoiled nature and remember what its like to live a life of happiness and gratitude. 

What is Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca is an ancient ceremonial brew that originated in the Amazon Basin more than 10,000 years ago. The medicine has been made for centuries by indigenous groups in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil. The tradition was taken up by Mestizos in the last century, and in the last decade, it has gone global. The medicine is quickly spreading light, healing and consciousness around the globe and into the hearts of those who hear the calling.

Ayahuasca is a mixture of the Banisteriopsis caapi (Ayahuasca vine) and the Psychotria viridis (Chacruna) leaf. We work ONLY with shamans that do not add anything else to the brew! The Ayahuasca vine’s active alkaloids include harmine, harmaline, and tetrahydroharmine, all of which are MAO inhibitors. These alkaloids allow the DMT in the Chacruna leaf to be orally active and to induce the visionary properties of the Medicine. One would experience no affects from the Chacruna if it was ingested without the vine.

What can I expect from a Ceremony?

 Ceremonies are led by shamans or highly respected medicine workers who have deep understanding, experience, and sophistication with plant medicine.

We will be sitting together in a sacred space at the retreat site, as the curandera or shaman (medicine man or woman) explains the logistics of the ceremony.

 After an amount of time where the curandera recognizes the presence of the medicine in the group, she will begin to let us enter into our own inner landscape. There will be Icaros, or ceremonial medicine songs, drumming, and other instruments used to guide us through the process. The curandera and her assistants keep a close eye on all participants to make sure everyone remains safe. They will often come around to each participant in the temple and offer individual healings with singing, sound, floral and energy work. Ceremonies can last from four to eight hours.  

 We sit comfortably through our own individual journeys as the plant medicine guides us through the work we must do. We are supported by the shaman, the curandera, her music, her energetic offerings and guidance throughout the ceremony. You will feel safe and held throughout the experience.

In closing, the candles or fire will be lit once again as we are slowly invited back into the earth space. Closing prayers of thanks with tobacco will be said. Fresh fruit will be brought out as we re-adjust to the light and waking consciousness. All guests are supported until the end of their journey, even if it lasts longer than the closing of the space.

Scroll through the gallery to see La Cueva Tapir, the accommodations, our teachers and the beautiful jungle where we will take our journey.

What's Included in your Retreat

  • 4 days/3 nights in a safe, private jungle location near Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

  • Group counseling & guidance sessions with our dedicated, experienced leaders.

  • 2 Ayahuasca ceremonies lead by trained, caring and musically gifted Shaman as well as 4 loving facilitators.

  • Guided meditations and instruction to continue your healing.

  • Blissful Yoga, Ecstatic Dance and Integration meetings.

  • Fresh, local home-cooked vegetarian meals that suit the Ayahuasca diet.

  • Kind and authentic community; maximum of 10 guests

  • Dedicated time for journaling, swimming in the cenote, rest, fireside hangouts, & nature connection

What’s not Included

  • Optional Guided trips to local Cenotes.

  • Optional snacks, food or souvenirs outside of the center.

  • Transportation outside of the dates of 2/11 and 2/14 to/from CUN airport


Comfortable, shared Jungle Housing

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March Ayahuasca Pricing

Transportation, accommodations, 2 ceremonies, meditation, workshops, meals, and snacks all included.


Jungle Private-1 room Available Matrimonial Queen Bed in Private room; shared bathroom;

PRICE: $1800 Single Occupancy

$1200 Double Occupancy (couples/partners/friends only)

Shared Room: Double Bed

PRICE: $1300 Single Occupancy

$1100 Double Occupancy

Shared Room: Twin Bunk Bed

PRICE: $1200 Single Occupancy

$1000 Double Occupancy

Leaders & Facilitators


Amanda Schendel

 Retreat 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. She also facilitates plant medicine ceremonies journeys with MycoMeditations in Jamaica. Her work here includes trip guidance, energetic movement & healing, guided meditations, lay counseling, and integration. She has personally sat with, facilitated & integrated over 200 psychedelic journeys for more than 600 guests.

Amanda splits her time between her home in Seattle, WA and Mexico. She works with various groups and retreat centers around the world.  Please contact her for setting up a private retreat or session.

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Jessica Grotfeldt

Curandera Healer, Chinese Medicine Specalist, Ceremony Leader

Jessica Grotfeldt is a shamanic healer, Chinese Medicine Specialist and highly experienced traveler in Mexico. She feels connected and called to this beautiful medicine and has held private and small-group ceremonies all over the US. She has lived for over 5 years in Mexico and desires to preserve the Mexican healing traditions in her work. 

Jessica has been practicing herbalism, acupuncture, healing massage, sound therapy and shamanic journeying in New York City for the past 8 years. Her private practice, Curandera Acupuncture, seeks to combine her passion for traditional indigenous Mexican healing and her studies with Eastern medicine. 



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 of plant medicine. 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 using medicine 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 that our shaman makes. There are absolutely NO additives to this medicine, simple the vine and leaf.

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 plant medicine 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 June 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. 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