A mixed bag really! Part Three
Reviewed by Alabaster Jones 3 years ago
So in a nutshell the pros are: Nice participants, a chance to get involved in some group therapy, great vegan food, access to aya, bufo, kambo etc, easy to get to location and the mystery that the cosmos may present itself to you (which the Bufo did deliver on). The cons are: Smug occasionally arrogant facilitators, terrible beige music , huge egos, spandex bottoms, inexperience, cultish tendencies and behaviours, very costly for what is essentially a bunk bed, some vegetables and some drugs, regular sale pitches to become a facilitator yourself, no medical practitioners present except for once and that person was a participant who had paid to be there and lots of other small and slightly irksome things that aren’t really worth mentioning. The issue with the Child being present is a tricky one. He is a lovely well-mannered and helpful boy who is clearly very much loved, well looked after and is very happy indeed. It may not be a conventional upbringing but I personally don’t have much of an issue with that. I never once thought that he was not in a safe place. I know that there are many people who will disagree and that is fine too. I’m not here to judge and don’t feel the need to. If I had any advice to offer after my experience with Inner Mastery it would be this. Ayahuasca is cheap and easy to make. It would cost around £50 to make between 10 to 20 portions (depending on what hits the spot for you). If you have a group of friends whom you trust and are prepared to share the experience with you, then you would be as prepared as you would be at an inner Mastery retreat but with better music and more manageable egos (hopefully) than you’d experience. I wouldn’t say to people to avoid Inner Mastery, but I would say that you are your own best therapist and if you use these medicines carefully you can achieve great things without having to subscribe to an organisations philosophy. Do your research and trust your own judgment and most of all be safe!
Visited Thursday, December 27th 2018
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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.