Medicine Ceremonies

An invitation for deep healing and reconnecting to the sacred at this time.

Working with sacred plants as the teachers, the invitation is to micro-dose or drink incremental bigger doses to journey within, and together, in ceremony.

We are here to walk together-in with intention, and to integrate out also.

Currently offered

Once a month, an intimate group ceremony all night long
(no more than 12),

or

1:1 micro-dose ceremony
(mornings availability)

What to expect…

A deeply feminine space (held for all genders, unless otherwise stated for a particular event), in reverence to Mother Earth, to re-address our balance with the masculine and ALL at this time.

Cleansing arrival

Intention sharing circle

Ceremony – with micro-dose, and incremental increase if called to by the medicine. You are invited to remain seated throughout the ceremony to show reverence and respect for the beauty of the medicine and it’s messages.

Sunrise closing flower wash

Circle of integration and sharing for what we wish to carry forwards

Notes:

  • This may be different to any ceremonies you have taken part in thus far. We are entering into deep work together, the space is fully held for you to let go and, also to remain present with the medicine.
  • We are here to be in deep respect of one another, the space, the medicine and ultimately ourselves. Only show up if ready to walk on the deeper sacred path.
  • See FAQ below.

Preparation

Cleansing, media fasting and intention walking-in at least 2 weeks prior.
You decide how deeply you wish to prepare and receive.
See below, and more personalised detail provided upon submission.

Upon submission it is best if we can meet before in-person or online a group ceremony to check-in together at least once.

Exchange

Exchange for ceremony is chosen between minimum
$50 – $300

This is for you to decide and check-in from your heart.
What do you feel called, and are able, to give as right exchange at this time?

Spiritually the payment signifies your commitment and value to the medicine, the land, and ultimately yourself.

Traditionally money was never exchanged for medicine and ceremonial work, however, in this modern world context money has become the signifier of value, and worth – and can often represent an initiation for how much you prepare and show up for an experience.

You may be left with your last $300 and this is what you are called to give from the heart – in all likelihood you will experience the most important ceremony of your life if this is the case. Or, otherwise you may only have $50 to give at this time, and will show up with all your energy, attention and presence to make the difference.

Give from the heart and with love, and do not carry any shame, guilt or feelings of inadequacy. We are here to take part in cleaning the money system at this time – trusting it will flow to where it is needed most.

As the ceremony guide, I will only ever receive $50 as direct exchange for myself and to cover costs, all surplus money raised will support indigenous women, communities and land protectors where needed.

What to bring and not to bring:

– White clothes (if available) to wear during the plant medicine ceremony.
– Warm layers in-case needed during the night.
– Flashlight
– Sarong or blanket to sit on.
– Personal water to drink.
– Any offerings for the alter.
– Fresh fruit for the morning.

Please do not bring anything that will distract you from remaining present.

Post-Ceremony

We will plan for at least one check-in, in the weeks post-ceremony. If wishing to continue working deeper together to integrate, heal and carry forwards into all aspects of life – 1:1 sessions are available for you to book at additional cost.


Submission Questions

If you feel this deep experience is for you, please answer the following questions in a returning email:

The “work” we do with the sacred medicine is very powerful, deep and often life changing, likened to years of psychotherapy in a few hours. If you have never taken the medicine before we are here for you to answer any questions and advise you on how to achieve the best experience from the ceremony. Please do not hesitate to send us an email.

Please take some time to fill out the following questionnaire, as we like to get a sense of who you are and what your intentions are for participating in this healing retreat. When you are finished, please copy this questionnaire in a new document and send it back to us.


Name:
Age:
Tel:
Email:

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. What inspires you? What do you love to do? What makes you happy?

2. Have you had any previous experience with fasting? If yes, how many times, where and with whom?

3. Have you had any previous experience with plant medicines in a ritualistic context or psychedelics in general? If yes, please explain.

4. What is your motivation for participating in this ceremony?

5. Do you have a spiritual practice (yoga, meditation, singing, dancing, Tai Chi, etc.)? If yes, what and how often?

6. Do you have a history of any physical or mental/emotional health issues? If yes, please explain.

7.Have you taken any prescription or over-the-counter medications in the last 3 months? If yes, please explain.

8. Have you had any major surgery in the last 6 months? If yes, please explain.

(** VERY IMPORTANT: Your honesty in answering the above questions is absolutely crucial. Please note that recent use of recreational drugs such as cocaine or ecstasy etc, current use of anti-depressants, or a history of schizophrenia or other severe mental illness can lead to very strong, adverse and even dangerous reactions when mixed with Plant medicine. For this reason, if any of these apply to you, unfortunately we have to lovingly ask that you withdraw your request to join the ceremony. Please contact us if you have any questions about this.

Send to hannahruthdyson@gmail.com

Personal responsibility:

Medications:
The previous or ongoing use of antidepressants, antibiotics and all other medical conditions must be announced in advance. It is best to stop all medications, including homeopathic/natural medications, (with consent from your doctor of course) at least 4 weeks before the ceremony. Any psychiatric disorders, mental problems, diabetics, heart problems, also in the past needs to be addressed to us. The use of antidepressants (SSRIs, IMAO etc) and the herbal supplement Ginko Biloba and St Johns Wort can cause interactions and unwanted side effects such as high blood pressure and headaches and must be interrupted at least 4 weeks before the ceremony. Please be sure that this is not to treat any psychiatric or medical condition and that you take full responsibility for your own health and by signing up to this you also agree to that the responsibility for your well being is all on yourself and that you do your best to keep the diet clean and follow our instructions before and after the ceremonies.

Dietary preparation before the retreat:

The reason of the preparation is to purify yourself before the ceremony, and to avoid things that could interfere with your experience. Below, are all recommendations to allow you to receive the full experience.

Individuals who have a previous history of serious physical or mental illness, bipolarity, schizophrenia and or are using antidepressants of any kind up to this date are not allowed to participate. Please don’t hesitate to contact us in case of doubt. If you have used antidepressants previously you should be free from medication at least three months prior to the retreat.

Recommendations 2 weeks or more before:
No:
Alcohol, Marijuana and other substances like ecstasy, mdma, amphetamine, cocaine, etc and or other psychedelics. Marijuana can be very contradictive with the medicine and can choke with it. Restrain from these substances at least two weeks before and even after the retreat.

Recommendations 1 week before:
Avoid refined sugar, red meat and “junk food”, fermented foods and dairy products. This is a perfect time to do fasting to help clean your body from any toxins. The less toxins you have the better you will be prepared for the retreat.

Also prepare mentally by avoiding upsetting information like violence on the TV/ books etc. If possible, avoid all film and TV, news and social media to connect within.

Avoiding all sexual activity is recommended to work with all this energy for your own deep healing and experience within the ceremony.

3 days before:
As above No coffee, spicy food, red meat, sugar, less salt, avoid citrus fruits, liquid and powdered protein dietary supplements, Dairy products, products made out of soy beans. Dairy will make it harder for the uptake of the medicine since it leaves a sludgy film inside of your body and lemon and other citrus fruits are used as antidote and will cut out the effect of the medicine.

24 hours before:
Maintain the diet as the days before but make sure to cut out everything that contains TRYAMINE which carry the risk of rising the blood pressure. Please avoid those products at least 24 hours before the retreat and during.

Tryamine is for example found in:
Alcohol, alcohol-free beer, yeast extract, protein dietary supplements, l- tryrosine, marmite, tartex, aged cheeses, chicken liver, salami, cervelat, sausage, smoked meat, poultry and meat extracts. Soy bean products, broad beans, miso soup, chocolate, sauerkraut, ripe avocado, caffeine, raspberry jelly, certain nuts, dried fruit and over ripe fruits (especially bananas).

After the diet:
We recommend that you eat with care and keep a clean diet also after the ceremony, at least for a week or more. The longer you keep your body clean after the longer you can enjoy the effect of the medicine. The better “detox” you do the better experience you will have.


FAQ

What plant medicine do you share?
We work with the plant medicines that are available to us in the jungle, and on our land, on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Since Ayahuasca came to us in a dream, and the next day we were gifted her vine and chacruna seeds to plant, we share her medicine with deep responsibility and respect at this time. This may be along with 100s of herbal teas, medicines, flowers, roots and leaves that are available to us and speak to us to share during a particular ceremony and time of year.

Will I get the same experience if only micro-dosing?
The truth is, we do not need to take anything outside of ourselves to travel into deep healing and ceremony. You decide how far you wish to go. The less you need anything outside of yourself, the more you will also build trust within yourself, and carry these tools and awareness into all areas of life.

Plant medicines are here as our allies and teachers, they will speak to you personally for how much to consume – we are most interested in developing this relationship, and guiding you also to it.

Our modern culture had become addicted to big doses, extreme experiences, and escapism – this doesn’t necessarily lend to the deepest and most profound experiences.

Indigenous leaders at this time are sharing how the spirit of Ayahuasca, psilocybin mushrooms, or any other plant medicine decides to not show up if not respected and met with intention. We are learning how to reconnect with the sacred in all things, and to walk with intention through this life.

Group size
We will never allow more than 12 to a ceremony to ensure the space can be held, and each individual can journey within themselves without distraction and overwhelm. Reserve your space in right timing to ensure your space.

Group ceremony vs. One to One
The main differences are that group ceremonies are held all night long, and the energy is created and shared with the particular group of individuals who join.

One to one’s are in the morning starting from 9am, to Midday. These are more personalised, and only micro-doses of medicine are ever offered – this can be a deep, emotional and profound experience, to allow a space held for just you to journey.

I feel I need further support and guidance to integrate into life – what should I do?
You can book additional 1:1 sessions, join our year-long apprenticeship journey beginning each Spring Equinox, and also ask for suggestions for other healing modalities and practitioners we recommend working with.

What is your intention for guiding these ceremonies?
My own intention is to support the deep healing needed at this time, for us all to show up as right allies for the Earth, one another and learn to show up where we are guided to offer our unique gifts. All hands, hearts and voices are needed at this time to make the change for the world. I am deeply honored to offer this space, and feel the deep responsibility of holding it with integrity, clear boundaries, protection and respect for all.

What is the difference with an indigenous-led ceremony, or any other westerner-led ceremony?
To sit in an authentic, and true intention-led indigenous ceremony is one of the greatest privileges and gifts we can receive in this lifetime. Medicine men and women, who have been raised with this medicine, are initiated, dedicated, and are held accountable by their community – are the master teachers and wisest guides we may ever meet.

These master teachers may also not be accessible to us, and may not choose to work with people outside of their own communities. It is also our job to clean up our own psyches, communities and reconnect to the sacred at this time – we cannot expect indigenous people to do this work for us. We do not always have a right, and an invitation to receive their medicine, guidance and wisdom.

My own apprenticeship has included witnessing, experiencing and understanding the ways these ceremonies and plants can be abused, manipulated, distorted, made superficial, and become disconnected from their true source of power over the past 8 years. So much so, that I felt the greatest resistance to working with Ayahuasca, and perhaps this is also why I am asked to guide it.

This is the plant and messenger many people understand as signifying deeper healing, and work, and therefore offers the right invitation you may understand. Again, we do not need to take anything to access this deep work, and much of my apprenticeship has also been without anything – meeting with death, spirit, ancestors and ‘other worlds’ and navigating my way with them.

I understand the important need for boundaries, protection, support, guidance, witnessing, seeing-all, cleaning my inner house and remaining without ulterior motives. I understand the paths in and the paths out, and can guide you into the path of healing, with love and integrity.

The main question to ask for all ceremonies are

– Do you trust the person guiding it and holding the space?
The answer should come from your body and spirit, not necessarily the mind that can sometimes convince you otherwise from outside appearances and words. Trust your initial instincts always, never feel afraid to walk out last minute if something feels wrong.

– Do you believe the guide to have a backbone, to hold boundaries, and only allow others to support alongside them, to hold the space in the utmost integrity?
You may trust the main space holder to have good intentions, but do you trust all other space holders present? Unfortunately, abuse and misuse of power has taken place sometimes by the supports in ceremonies. It is my own commitment to only allow other support, and space holders I deeply trust to be there with the utmost integrity, and accountability on-going.

The ‘new-age’, so-called conscious community can be littered with spiritual bypass, avoidance, abuse and delusion…

– ‘All people have good and bad inside’. Yes, but not all are mentally fit, spiritually healthy, and ready to hold space for deep healing for others. This can muddy peoples experiences, and leave them feeling more confused and disorientated, once leaving a ceremony.

– Remaining sexually clean. Unfortunately, a large amount of sexual abuse, manipulation large and small, conscious and unconscious, with sexual energies mixed in with healing, can take place within ceremonies and healing spaces.
It is in the utmost importance that the guide is highly aware and attuned to their own sexual energy, and works with integrity to never bring that energy to others. Participants can sometimes feel like they’re falling in love with a healer. However, this is in all-likelihood the experience with themselves they are falling in love with. A guide out of integrity, or simply not in charge of their own sexual energy, can use this for their own benefit and ego.

– The guide takes full responsibility of the space they hold. This means maintaining boundaries, being unafraid to turn participants away if their not ready at this time, and having the ability to have uncomfortable conversations if necessary before the ceremony begins.

Once we begin…
you will want to feel held, supported, able to let go fully without interference, be safe and therefore, also able to experience the utmost bliss, regeneration, healing, and witness your own power rising. It is then your own responsibility for how you work with that power in the world.

For all additional questions please email hannahruthdyson@gmail.com

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