Review for Ayahuasca International • Inner Mastery International

Money makers without empathy




I have booked a retreat close to Barcelona with them and few days before that I got sick. I contacted the organiser Paula to apologise and ask for the refund(I couldn´t go on another dates as I was moving from Barcelona that month), and instead of showing any glimpse of empathy she started convincing me to come even with flu symptoms, saying that it is just my body resisting the experience!! I don´t know how much she knows about flu medicine interaction with ayahuasca and the potential side effects to be able to advise that. It was extremely unpleasant conversation, she seemed to only want the money without caring about the real experience of the people. I never got the money back and she never replied to my message with medical transcript proving my illness.

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Disturbing reports associated with Ayahuasca International

Alberto José Varela and 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.
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