Review for Ayahuasca International • Inner Mastery International

Money Hungry and Deceptive

Spain

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I paid my deposit 2 weeks before the retreat, then 9 days before the retreat I started realizing the horrible reviews they have online, so I didn't have a good feeling about it and requested for a refund, only to realize that they don't do any refunds! Instead, the woman responsible for the retreat started blaming me for not trusting them and made it impossible to trust them again. I would highly recommend you don't go for this retreat, as there are many others that are much more authentic and truthful. It's definitely not the type of people you want to be around when you're vulnerable.

Participants in ceremony: 40

Facilitators in ceremony: 4

Participants per Facilitator: 10

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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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