Ayahuasca is given as part of a ritual, traditional form used over thousands of years and with the utmost respect for the plant beings. The ceremonies take place in the dark of the night, in a group and in silence, and are led by an experienced ayahuasca healer – Ayahuasquero/a with healing songs – Icaros, as well as aids such as tobacco, incense and cleansing perfumes, directed.
The effects of Ayahuasca (“mareación”, dizziness) start after about half an hour and last about 3 to 5 hours. Depending on intention or momentary “need”, Madre Ayahuasca works on the different levels of our being, which is why it is so difficult to describe the effect universally. The effects range from physical cleansing (“purga”), through visions, to multiple processes on the emotional level. It works on our consciousness and our relationships with our fellow human beings and our environment. Ayahuasca cleanses, heals, and shows us what we need right now.