Nice People, Horrible Retreat
Reviewed by Mr N. 5 months ago
Trust me, stay away. Waste of time, waste of money. Makes Ayahuasca feel like a con artist’s circus trick. You think it’s cheap until you get there and they upsell you on all kinds of stuff, one drug after the other like it’s a psychedelic rollercoaster. The FOMO will get to you and there’s no integration in the world that can make any sense of the psychological exhaustion you’ll experience after. Irresponsible cash grab from well intentioned, naïve people.
Participants in ceremony: 12
Facilitators in ceremony: 2
Participants per Facilitator: 6
Follow up integration
Visited Monday, May 16th 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.