Since Summer 2019 we work at the Sacred Voyage with a new plant medicin combination: Voyahuasca. It combines the best of two worlds: the vine Caapi (first ingredient of Ayahuasca) and psylocibine (truffles) and is 100 % legal. The voyage of the combination of mao-inhibitor and psylocibine lasts about 5-10 hours. A psylocibine voyage lasts only 4-6 hours. So the mao-inhibitor makes the voyages last longer and makes it deeper. It's a magical combination reconnecting you again with your magical child and creativity. And of course also you feel bodily sensations and releases of emotions and blockages.
Compared to Ayahuasca no diarrhea.
The music in these retreats will be totally different from our Ayahuasca retreats. The music is magical, deep and with dreamstate tunes. Lars has searched for thousands of hours to the right music for these cereremonies. And it will take you smooth and deep into your voyage.
In the short film we have made, we captured also experiences of the first voyagers with Voyahuasca. So see for yourself! (it will soon be published here as well)
Lars and Tanja will facilitate these retreats and of course also our ceremonial leaders. Check our calendar for dates.
For more than 15 years we work succesfully in our practice with different plant medicins. From 1 October 2019 we stopped working with Ayahuasca. Instead we start working since Summer 2019 with Voyahuasca. This is 100% legal in The Netherlands.
Voyahuasca: what can you expect?
Voyahuasca exists from the jungle vine (Banesteriopsis Caapi), the most important ingredient from Ayahuasca. This plant works as MAO inhibitor and opens the body. In the Amazone this process is seen as the most important part of the healing properties of the plant medicin. Caapi is absolutely legal. As alternative we also work with Syrian Rue (Peganum Harmala) which is also legal in the Netherlands.
In a Sacred Voyage we use as a second component the magical truffles (ninõs sanctos). Another beautiful and powerful substance. Together with the Caapi or Syrian Rue we make the right setting for deep profound Voyages guided safely by our experienced ceremonial leaders and guides.
The effects of the drink can be incredibly intense - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Users often experience an energetic cleansing and working through and resolving of traumatic experiences. People also often discover their own place in the world.
Set and setting
The right mindset (expectation, intention, motivation, state of mind) and setting (circumstances in which Voyahuasca is drunk, guidance, ritual, music, and so on) largely determine the outcome of your experience. The Sacred Voyage provides a safe setting for your journey inwards. You can read extensively about set and setting in the free-to-download book, The Sacred Voyage. We ask you to read this book in preparation of a weekend and/or ceremony with us.
A Voyahuasca ceremony is particularly effective for people who have already undergone a degree of personal development of their lives. People who are prepared to come face to face with both their light and shadow sides. Experience with, among other things, bodywork, meditation, mindfulness, focusing and other techniques in which attention is directed towards the inner processes for a long period is almost a condition to truly benefit from the Voyahuasca experience. In our practice’s approach and methodology, we additionally emphasise being able to focus on physical sensations, combined with shamanistic techniques. Additionally, it is desirable for you to “carry” your own process, and to be friendly and respect towards your own feelings and those of others.
An open mind, the capacity to keep your attention on your inner world for a prolonged period, a loving attitude towards yourself and others, and the need for a deep experience with the potential to transform are a few of the characteristics that people participating in our sessions share.
Guidance during your Sacred Voyage
Our care for you doesn’t end after a weekend or retreat. We remain available for you if you have questions concerning aspects that have opened up after a weekend or retreat. And if you want to explore matters more deeply or are confronted with areas that you feel unable to deal with, we also offer individual coaching sessions. For this, we have two coaches from our team - Lars Faber & Joannie van Rijswijk - available who can guide you in personal coaching sessions in this.
More about Plant Medicine and inner work
Prepare for the ceremony with the free e-book, The Sacred Voyage
The book, The Sacred Voyage, is about rediscovering your own essence, but also how to deal with entheogenic substances in an inspired and beneficial manner. You can download The Sacred Voyage book for free.
About Ayahuasca & Voyahuasca
Ayahuasca has been traditionally used for healing and divination in shamanistic traditions. Shamans explain that Ayahuasca has the potential to help you (re)discover your essence; a process which is transformational for both your body and your mind. Over the years, we have been able to guide thousands of people in this special search for their essence, which many believe goes much further than the more common forms of therapy in the West.
Ayahuasca is offered in the Amazone. Unfortunately in Holland we don't facilitate ceremonies anymore with Ayahuasca.
For our healing weekends and retreats, we use since 1 October 2019 in the Netherlands only Voyahuasca: a combination of MAO inhibitor (Caapi and/or Syrian Rue) and Psilocybine. Over the years, in working with thousands of participants within the safe setting of The Sacred Voyage, we have experienced and discovered that using plant medicin and all the other work we facilitate has often a life changing and transformational effect.
Contra indications for the use of Voyahuasca
The use of Voyahuasca cannot be combined with various forms of medication. Medicines such as antidepressants, beta blockers and blood-pressure reducers are contraindications, because Voyahuasca contains a MAO inhibitor that does not combine with these medicines. When in doubt, we always ask you to consult your attending physician. Psychiatric indications, such as borderline, schizophrenia and (a disposition towards) psychosis are also contraindications. People being treated (not of their own initiative) by a psychologist or psychiatrist must first discuss their desire to participate in an Voyahuasca ceremony with their attending psychologist or psychiatrist and provide a written statement of advice prior to participating in a ceremony.
Medical indications, such as heart disease and high blood pressure, are contraindications for the use of Voyahuasca.
Pregnancy and lactation are also contra indications for the use of Voyahuasca.
What is Voyahuasca?
Experiences of Voyagers
In this film we explain what Voyahuasca is, what the experiences were from Voyagers, who the trainers will be and when it will be facilitated.