Frequently asked questions
How to prepare prior to my retreat?
Please read our medical guidelines!
What about the diet, there are so many different views on this?
We don't require you to go on a hardcore diet before your retreat, however we encourage you to eat as healthy as possible, always :)
You don't need to exclude salt or sugar or oils, but if you normally have a high intake you can reduce them, and stay away from processed foods as much as you can, this way you might experience less physical purge, and can jump directly to the mental and spiritual purges.
We do strongly recommend you to stay away from pork meat at least 1 week prior to your retreat and 48 hours prior you should avoid alcohol and sexual activity.
The diet is much more important once you have the medicine in your body, to let it process properly, and once your retreat starts you will be served a diet that is optimal for the medicine to do it's magic.
The reson for this is, when we exclude salt, sugar and oils, we open up and become very sensitive to absorb any energies around us. This is of course great if you are at a safe and peaceful place, like our center in the jungle, but could be potentially harmful if you're living in the city and are around all kinds of energies that you wanna be protected from.
Traditionally the shamans do all their dietas in isolation for this reason. Doing it around people in the city or when spending time on airports generally not a great idea unless you want to absorb those energies.
On the other hand, once your retreat starts you will also start your diet here, and after your retreat it's important to stay away from a few things for some time so that you don't cut the process of the medicine. You will get your post-diet restrictions from our shamans the last day of your retreat in order to be able to integrate and incorporate all the light and healing energies that you have received from mother ayahuasca during your stay.
What to bring to la Luna?
Torch/Headlamp. We recommend a good headlamp with a red light option!
Rain boots and rainwear, it can get wet and muddy on the tours and trails as well on our retreat center. We also recommend swimming clothes when we go visit the pink dolphins!
Airport pick up, leaving day, stay in Iquitos?
Yes, we can arrange airport pick up for an extra fee, please send us an email for more information.
On your last day you will be back in Iquitos around 11.30am, but we are only 1ish hour away from Iquitos and can be flexible to fit your flight schedule.
Do you offer translations?
We always have English–Spanish translators available. Other languages offered at the moment is: Swedish, and English–Chinese
What about vaccinations?
Talk to your vaccination doctor. Generally it's not recommended with yellow fever vaccine or anti-malaria pills. But if you continue your travels deeper into the Amazon always check with your MD.
I want to trip balls, is La Luna the right place for me?
This is a great intention for getting disappointed. La luna del amazonas is a healing center, and our shamans use the medicine for healing. While its true that ayahuasca sometimes produce visions, it's certainly not a guarantee, nor is it needed for the healing to take place. Many times the medicine work in very subtle ways balancing your auric field and your chakras. Once your energy field is restored, you can open your third eye and receive visions. This is a very individual process, for some participants it happens the first time, and for others it might take 20 ceremonies to get there. The healing from the medicine is in any case always received.
What are the accommodations like (ie bed, bathroom, etc)
Private screened bungalow, with additional mosquito net over your bed. Shared or a few bungalows with private bathroom.
Do I need to bring sleeping bags, buckets, etc?
No, our retreats include everything you need, apart from your personal items.
What days are the ayahuasca ceremonies?
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
What happens at the end of the ceremony?
We remain in silence until next day, and there will always be at least 1 facilitator staying in the temple for aftercare.
Does the ceremony end at a certain time or when the journey is complete?
The ceremonies usually last 3-5 hours.
How many guests are you expecting for this duration?
We will have maximum 12 participants in the ceremonies.
How many shamans/care-takers in proportion?
1-3 shamans and 1-2 facilitators (not drinking).
How many bathrooms are there in the ceremony room?
Is there any aftercare or integration help?
Yes, there will always be at least 1 facilitator staying in the temple for aftercare, and shamans stay when needed. There is a sharing circle the day after the ceremony as well as opportunities for 1-on .1 meetings with shaman.
Is there a diet to follow after the ceremony?
Fasting is required until breakfast the next day. All meals are ayahuasca diet. At the end of your retreat you will get an individual diet to keep for some time after.
What other plant medicines do you offer, aside from Ayahuasca?
Our shamans are not only ayahuasqueros, but vegetalistas working with many other medicinal plants from the jungle.