Avoid, facilitators are not trained, AVOID
Reviewed by Sean 2 months ago
The most unprofessional and frankly dangerous setting I've ever been part of for ceremony. I'm so sorry I didn't fully research your organisation before, but unfortunately you prayed on my illness and I fell for it. I've attended many ceremonies in Ireland, Peru and the USA and always stayed for the full duration because of they're professionalism and clarity. The facilitators I met are frauds, it's so clearly evident. The guy issuing me kambo hasn't a clue, the main guy doesn't know what he's talking about and it's so clear he's full of buzz words to get his point across. My only regret is I didn't investigate your organisation fully. I'm so glad I left yesterday instead of staying and putting myself in danger with frauds. Please see below 1 of the many genuine reports online: https://www.ayahuasca.com/amazon/an-open-letter-in-support-of-the-cofan-people-and-against-the-activities-of-alberto-jose-varela/
Participants in ceremony: 5
Facilitators in ceremony: 2
Participants per Facilitator: 2.5
Visited Thursday, December 8th 2022
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Disturbing reports associated with Ayahuasca International
Ayahuasca International (originally Ayahuasca Internacional) is also known as Inner Mastery International S.L.U.
Important: Always look for motivations and many recommendations prior to choosing who to drink with!
For reports and resources concerning activities from disrespectful to unethical to downright horrible, see the following links:
- Official ICEERS statement: Cofán speaking out against Varela’s activities and they say he has had absolutely NO training through them, nor any of his facilitators with Ayahuasca International; that he forged documents and has lied about many associations, such as having any sort of blessing from this indigenous group of true Colombian shamans or their peoples.
- Sexual abuse testimony, and reported unorthodox practices with his small daughter around often; Cofán speaking out about his illegitmacy, as he claims to have been blessed and trained by these people; Varela’s own psychologist, who sounded a bit unorthodox himself, reportedly pushing for sexual exploration as well, is said to no longer be by Varela’s side due to Varela’s lack of ethics.
- Very interesting article detailing many astounding and unsafe practices of Varela, such as oﬀering the tea to everyone without any sort of screening or preparation, has highly advertised an illegal practice for monetary gain, including discounts for children; it is questioned where he sources his brew and whether it is in fact ayahuasca; certainly Varela’s commercial efforts are terrible for sustainability of these sacred medicines.