The Buena Vida Retreats

Our mission is to bring sacred psychedelics and ceremony into the wellness space.

We aim to promote and give a platform to the many women healers working in psychedelics. We do this by highlighting the Mexican spiritual traditions and modern applications of these sacred plant medicines.

We are known for our humorous, light-hearted approach to even serious, deep healing. We believe that in a supportive environment, we can release our deepest trauma and bring joy back into our lives.

Our retreats include classes in mindfulness meditation and in certain areas employ the help of sacred teacher plants such as Ayahuasca, psilocybin mushrooms, San Pedro cactus and cannabis.

Each retreat 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.

We combine the sacred with the modern; the traditional ways with a fresh perspective; the divine with the everyday.

What are The Buena Vida Retreats?

The goal of The Buena Vida Retreats is to provide safe access to healing plant medicines within the context of ritual and ceremony. We believe these plants are tools that can help humanity awaken to their creativity, joy and inherent ability to heal themselves.  Our retreats aim to give a holistic container to healing; one that uses sound, movement, and most importantly, a sense of community.

While we know that the plants can heal deeply, we also know that they are just a tool in our vitality tool belt. Try on the the unique beauty of vulnerability and sharing in a non-judgmental community. We introduce a type a meditation that you can fully understand and utilize. We’ll dive deeply into our inner selves to discover the personal ways in which mind, body and spirit need to thrive.

The plants open the heart, the sound moves energy and our leaders provide a space to be your authentic self.

Founder Amanda Schendel

Founder Amanda Schendel


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