Tikkun Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat



WE INTEND to provide for the transformation, evolution, and healing of human beings seeking enlightenment in communion with the Divine Creator through the ceremonial and sacred use of natural entheogens.

OUR PURPOSE is to promote the transformation, evolution, and healing of beings who seek enlightenment by communing with the Divine Creator.  In order to effectuate our purpose, we shall organize retreats and sacred ceremonies related to the expansion of consciousness through the sacramental consumption of natural entheogens, in addition to other guided relaxation and expansion practices of ancestral consciousness.

WE BELIEVE that natural entheogens were manifested through the Divine Creator in order for all humans, regardless of religion, race, sex, or gender, to facilitate communion with the Divine Creator.

WE BELIEVE through the ceremonial and sacred use of natural entheogens our members are able to access their divinity from within.

WE BELIEVE that many of our experiences has shown us that the sacramental use of natural entheogens within an appropriate spiritual context, far from being a dissociative experience for the mind and detrimental to the health of the individual or of society, is, on the contrary, an activity beneficial for the expansion of consciousness, and in turn, positive for the purposes of our individual spiritual quests.

WE BELIEVE our love and connection to all things is enhanced and better understood through the sacramental consumption of natural entheogens.  More specifically, sacramental consumption of natural entheogens often evokes mystical experiences, which takes us to higher spiritual realms/dimensions where we interact with the Divine Creator.  This higher spiritual realm can become more accessible for humans through the sacramental use of natural entheogens.

WE BELIEVE that through mystical experiences, we seek and receive answers and guidance to specific and ultimate life questions.  Additionally, we believe that mystical experiences, induced by the sacramental consumption of natural entheogens, unite us through love, understanding, and greater connectivity to other beings in the universe.

WE BELIEVE the overarching message we receive from the Divine Creator, through the sacramental consumption of natural entheogens, is that unconditional love is one of the most  powerful forces in the universe and is the nature and essence of the Divine Creator.

WE BELIEVE that the sacramental use of natural entheogens teach us and empowers us to become more in tune and/or more related to mother nature.  More specifically, we believe that the sacramental use of natural entheogens restores us to a more symbiotic relationship with nature.  As such, we believe that, to the best of our ability and as practicable, we are to conduct ourselves in such a way as to respect and preserve mother nature and encourage others to do the same when feasible.

WE BELIEVE and we are aware that the sacramental use of natural entheogens is a very ancient practice.  In regards to ayahuasca and San Pedro, ancient practices and ceremonies date back to over 2,000 years ago.  To the best of our ability, we adopt and implement these ancient and sacred practices.

WE BELIEVE that by engaging in the sacramental use of natural entheogens and entering higher levels of consciousness and higher spiritual realms, we become comfortable in the spiritual realm, thereby allowing us to overcome our fear of death.  By overcoming layers of fear and/or anxiety relating to death, we are better able to focus our efforts on loving other beings and making the universe a better place for all living beings. 

WE BELIEVE that, at all times, our members have a moral and ethical obligation to approach every life situations from a place of peace, love, and understanding and in a manner consistent with the general and individual messages innately present within the Divine Creation and the spiritual realm.

WE BELIEVE that other religious texts and teachings, insofar as they are consistent with the Divine Creator and the spiritual realm, provide guidance for how we should live our lives and in how we should love and be tolerant of other beings.



Ayahuasca is a mixture of Amazonian herbs, capable of inducing altered states of consciousness, usually for 4 to 8 hours after ingestion.  The experience can range from a mild stimulus to extreme visions. Ayahuasca is used primarily as a medicine usually at a ceremony under the supervision of an experienced guide or teacher.

The main ingredient of this jungle tea is a climbing vine , the cipó mariri (Banisteriopsis caapi).  The tea itself is also called ayahuasca (meaning “soul climber” or “climber with soul”). The secondary ingredients are chacruna (Psychotria viridis), or chagropanga (Diplopterys cabrerana) – plants with a relatively high content of the psychedelic substance (Di Methyl Tryptamine).

No one knows for sure when humanity first started drinking this plant medicine. The first known contact with the West occurred in 1851, through Richard Spruce, the famous English ethnobotanist. When we consider the comparative archaeological evidence of the native use of the plant, it seems that the consumption of this plant medicine dates back at least two millennia ago.

Quite unique in relation to ayahuasca is, that its effects depend on a specific mixture of two plants: cipó mariri (Banisteriopsis caapi) and chacruna (or chagropanga, depending on the region). It is unknown how and when the mixture of these two plants was discovered by Native Americans, although many tribes and shamans have their own mythical stories explaining the origins of the medicine ceremonies.

The main ingredient of chacruna or chagropanga is also a neurotransmitter found in all humans, and plays a key role in all cases of unusual states of perception. This neurotransmitter is called dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, is found in the brain, blood, lungs, and other parts of the human body. There is strong evidence pointing to the pineal gland (“the third eye” in esoteric traditions), located in the center of the brain, as being the main source of naturally present inhuman DMT. In addition to being found in humans, DMT can also be found in all mammals and in a variety of plants.

The use for religious / spiritual purposes of the psychoactive ayahuasca that unites two native plants of the Amazon, has its origin in the ancestral traditions of the native people of South America. It has been used in religious ceremonies, shamanic healings and therapeutic practices for thousands of years. In many acientancient cultures the religious use of entheogens has been standard practice since the earliest days of mankind.

Some of these traditions have preserved and renewed such practices. Among them are all the Western initiators who contacted these indigenous cultures through the humble activity of rubber tappers who, in the early twentieth century, in contact with Indians and shamans, in the heart of the Amazon forest, received knowledge about their achievements. 

The ritual of consecration, where the use of the sacramental drink takes place, carries within itself a universal message of peace, fraternity and love, valid for all the peoples of the earth. If the Eucharistic sacrament of our religious / spiritual rituals is presumably a psychoactive drink, without prejudice, and in the light of the equity that the Law of religious practice consecrates and by a jurisprudential approach. 

Our experience tells us that the use of sacramental drink within an appropriate spiritual context, far from being a dissociative experience for the mind and detrimental to the health of the individual or of society, is, on the contrary, an activity beneficial for healing, evolution and the expansion of consciousness, and in turn, positive for the purposes of spiritual quest that we aim for.


The indigenous people call San Pedro, wachuma, huachuma or grandfather, which means “to be without a head, to cut one’s head, to cut rational thought, to cut the ego”. This sacred cactus offers you the possibility of living a unique and fulfilled life experience, can cleanse your body of toxins it accumulates which proved relief after going through this cleaning process. San Pedro has long been considered by many indigenous tribes in the Americas a powerful agent for healing and change, making it a central component of these sacred ceremonies.

Huachuma is one of the 5 sacred plants that offer us the ability to connect with the other plane or world through masculine energies, that which is beyond what we can commonly perceive with our senses.  San Pedro (Echinopsis pachanoi), basioniem: Trichocereus pachanoi, is the best known from the Trichocereus family. According to researchers like Backeberg, there are 47 species, all of which originate in South America.  However, the quantity depends on the species and the age of the cactus.

San Pedro is a plant medicine for personal growth both enlightenment of mind, and strength of the heart and sexual organs.  Through spiritual growth this medicine has the ability to open the subconscious which facilitates the feeling your power through an open heart.  A San Pedro ceremony is an inward journey that elicits deep insights into the self expansion of perception in yourself and the universe helping you to heal, to grow, to learn and awaken.  This in turn assists us in reaching higher states of consciousness, enhances creativity and tends to dissolve preconceptions and elicit fresh perspectives on reality.  Mescaline, the main ingredient in San Pedro is known to foster compassion and gratitude, while alleviating psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression, PTSD and addiction.

About 1-2 hours after consuming San Pedro, the active substance mescaline will become palpable and will reveal itself to the user.  The effects can then lasts for 8-15 hours.  These effects include extreme visual, sensing and light sensitivity; you will be able to see and feel every ray of light and even ‘see’ people and things.

Lost memories can return and you can hear sounds and see things that come from afar. San Pedro can strengthen and patch up interpersonal bonds by gaining a newfound emotional fluency and ability to express own emotions.  The medicine can also help one to identify the struggles of others, increase a personal sense of universal understanding, a connection to yourself and with others to work out suppressed and learned patterns, triggers and limited beliefs. 


Psilocybin mushrooms are perhaps the most ancient and sacred sacrament on planet earth.  It is our belief that psilocybin mushrooms have been consumed by man for tens of thousands of and perhaps hundreds of thousands of  years.  We believe that psilocybin mushrooms allowed early man to commune with the spiritual realm, whereby early man received information downloads that allowed him to better survive on planet earth by building communities.  There is evidence of ancient use of psilocybin mushrooms spanning the entire globe.  Psilocybin mushrooms are found on almost every continent and its ancient use transcends time, geographic location, and culture.

Mushrooms are known as the internet of nature.  Social beings, capable of awareness and consciousness.  Similar to our brain they build a neurological network with information sharing membranes. Those membranes are able to react to change and collectively have the long-term health of their environment in mind.  Of the thousands of mushrooms existing all around the globe our ancestors and modern scientists have identified several dozen that have unique combinations of healing talents, which improve our health.  Some of the main benefits are treating depression like PTSD, helping manage smoking, alcohol, cocaine addictions, obsessive-compulsive disorder, cluster headaches, and cancer-related or other end-of-life psychological distress.

The compounds psilocybin and psilocyn have mind altering effects similar in some aspects to mescaline and DMT.  The chemicals have a structure very similar to the structure of serotonin, a chemical messenger with important roles in our brains and digestive systems.  Because of this similarity, psilocyn can bind to receptors in the brain that are meant for serotonin.  Even though still classified as a hallucinogenic drug, the therapeutical and healing long term effects of this miniature pharmaceutical factories are no longer deniable.  Moreover, it is our belief that the chemical structure of psilocybin was designed by source in order to allow man to commune directly with it via the serotonin receptors.

The term “mystical experience” has been coined by modern researchers to describe the high dose psilocybin experience.  To date, researchers have been unable to pinpoint exactly what causes and/or what exactly is the “mystical experience.”  We believe the “mystical experience” is where the person consuming the psilocybin mushrooms communes directly with the spiritual realm, thereby escaping a logical or scientific explanation for the experience.

The factors that help determine whether a ceremonial journey is rewarding or “nightmarish” is the concept of ‘set’ and ‘setting’.  A person’s ‘set’ (or mind-set) includes their mood, disposition, thoughts and expectations.  A person’s ‘setting’ is the specific place and social situation in which they take this plant medicine.  Psilocybin should be taken in a ceremonial setting in a calm and familiar place or being in nature.  Our psilocybin ceremonies will comport with other ceremonial traditions surrounding the ingestion of natural entheogens, and will be structured in such a way as to allow the participant  with the optimal opportunity for interaction with the spiritual realm.  As with all other natural entheogen ceremonies, it is recommended, but not necessary, that this ceremony begin with a prayer and a blessing of the sacraments. 


In Central and South America, 5-MeO-DMT is most often sourced from Anadenanthera peregrina (yopo or cohoba) and Virola theiodora. It’s also found in the milky white venom of the Colorado River Toad (Bufo alvarius/Incilius alvarius), which is native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.  In keeping with its ceremonial use among indigenous Amazonians, 5-MeO-DMT shows great promise in the treatment of certain medical conditions. A single inhalation of the substance has been shown to greatly improve general well-being and mindfulness as well as reduce the symptoms of psychological disorders.  Typically, the experience a person has after ingesting or inhaling 5-MeO-DMT, is described as feeling unified with the universe or some holy, transcendent “other.” The perception of bright colors and recursive patterns are often associated with the experience.

Bufo allows the participant to come in direct contact with Source.  The Bufo experience is perhaps the most sacred of all natural entheogenic experiences.  Bufo opens the participant up both spiritually and energetically, allowing the person to completely cleanse their negative emotional attachments to their past.  Subsequent to the ceremony, the pathway to the divine of the participant will be opened.  During the two weeks following the Bufo ceremony, the participant should avoid negative energies and influences to maximize their integration of the experience.

A recommended prayer and blessing commence the ceremony.  The participant then sits on a tapestry on the ground.  Then the participant takes a deep breath and blows out.  The participant then inhales the smoke, while the Bufo is lit and pipe held by the practitioner.  Once the participant has fully inhaled the volume of Bufo, they are laid down on the tapestry.  It is very important that several other ceremony participants and facilitators watch over the Bufo ceremony participant as sometimes the process can be very intense. However, the upmost attention to safety is always practriced.  Once the participant is fully out of the Bufo experience, they are allowed to walk around while monitored by the facilitatorssacred ceremonies and shall also promulgate safety protocols and procedures for sacred ceremonies.