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It is very important to follow ALL of the dietary requirements listed below. This "dieta" will help you better connect with the traditional Amazonian plant medicine and progress through the healing process. 


TWO (2) WEEKS PRIOR and FOUR (4) WEEKS POST the retreat participants should abstain from:

  • All street drugs (cocaine, amphetamines, LSD, MDMA, MDA, MDEA, PMA, DXM etc.);

  • Alcohol of any kind;

  • Cannabis/marijuana;

  • Pork products;

  • Hot peppers, hot sauce and spicy foods;

  • Ice, popsicles, ice cream, cold yogurts, any other ice cold drinks.

ONE (1) WEEK PRIOR and TWO (2) WEEKS POST the retreat participants should abstain from:

  • Junk or processed foods;

  • Red meat;

  • Animal fats, lard, oils;

  • Fermented foods;

  • Dairy products;

  • Refined sugars, sweets, candies, chocolate;

  • Salt, pepper, vinegar, spices;

  • Caffeine or any other stimulants;

  • Sodas, diet sodas, energy drinks, non-alcoholic beer,  any other carbonated drinks;
  • The following herbs: St. Johns Wort, Kava, Kratom, Ephedra, Ginseng, Yohimbe, Sinicuichi, Rhodiola Rosea, Kanna, Boswellia, Nutmeg, Scotch Broom, Licorice Root;
  • Sexual intercourse, activities or stimulation of any kind (including masturbation).

24 HOURS BEFORE and AFTER the ceremony participants should abstain from:

  • Onions, garlic, ginger;

  • Any meat that is not fresh;

  • Any fish that is not fresh (smoked, fermented, pickled and otherwise aged or dried fish, lox);

  • Sausage, bologna, pepperoni, salami, corned beef;

  • Aged cheeses (cottage cheese and cream cheese are safe);

  • Protein extracts;

  • Liquid and powdered protein dietary supplements;

  • Brewer’s yeast, yeast vitamin supplements, or yeast extracts;

  • Fermented tofu, fermented bean curd, fermented soybean paste, soy sauce;

  • Canned soups, or soups made with protein extracts or bouillon;

  • Miso soup (contains fermented bean curd);

  • Shrimp paste;

  • Sauerkraut;

  • Fruits that are bruised or even slightly overripe, especially bananas and apples; raisins and other dried fruits, fig newtons, etc;

  • Guacamole. Avocados, if ripe or overripe (slightly under-ripe avocados are fine in moderation);

  • Aspartame (Nutrasweet)

  • Fava beans, especially if overripe

  • Peanuts, raspberries, spinach – in large quantities.

The best preparation for your medicine plants' retreat is to eat healthy, exercise and avoid the use of drugs and alcohol. Eat plenty of fruit and lightly cooked or raw vegetables. The more cleansed your physical body is when you arrive the more gentle, deeper and productive your ceremonies will be leading to more profound results.




During the retreat participants will only be having dietary food like rice, fish, peas, plantains - without salt, sugar or spices. Eating a simple and clean diet without processed sugar or heavily fried food, prepares your body to be in a vibration that helps you to connect more easily with the energy of plant spirits and have a more gentle and pleasant experience. 

A cook, interpreter and other staff members will be on site at all times. Participants cannot take certain medications until the retreat is over. Please let us know if you take any medications, supplements, or have dietary preferences. 

Addiction Recovery Retreats Dietary Guidelines

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