This review is in two parts as it is too long. I did 3 ceremonies with Inner Mastery. The 1st 1 was a one off and I had a very good experience, it was an amazing journey. This led me to sign up for 3 days over new year this year. They were running an 11 day retreat with people coming and going. One day, 3 days, some people staying for the full eleven days. I went on the Friday which was supposed to be the 1st night of a 3 session retreat, (I can't say ceremony as what they do is far from ceremonial). On the Friday morning I woke with a cold starting, I took a cold remedy without thinking then texted the 'Ireland director' to ask if it was still OK to take the Ayahuasca after this, she assured me it was fine. I went in the evening to the house where they hold their sessions. My cold had worsened by now but I was assured that this was just my body beginning to heal pre session. I drank the medicine and had an OK journey, nither particularly good nor bad, it was led by a Mexican guy who seemed to be able to manage the energies alright. Physically I was getting sicker as the night went on, it was becoming apparent I was ill with more than just a cold. When I got up on Saturday I informed the woman who is running the Ireland show that I felt I needed to see a doctor so I was going to go home and go to see the out of hours doctor. This organisation has a house in my home town so this was easy to do. The 'Ireland director' told me to come back afterwards as it is quite OK to drink with antibiotics...... When I got to the surgery the doctor told me that I had a severe respiratory infection and needed super strong antibiotics. I went home, went to bed and stayed there for 2 days. On the Monday I was feeling a bit better so I called this woman and she assured me it was fine to come back to the retreat. I take full responsibility for the fact that I went back. This is where my real problems started...... I did a session that night, it was against my better judgement but I wanted the convenience of having the mother a 10 minute drive from where I live. The Mexican man had left that day and that evenings session was led by a 28 yr old girl with no idea what she was doing, I actually overheard her say that she was very nervous, maybe this was her first time leading? Whatever. Please see second review for the rest of the story

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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