Soltara Healing Center: Playa Blanca – 8 Day Ayahuasca Retreat

8 Days

Overview

Soltara Healing Center invites you for an 8 day Ayahuasca retreat in Playa Blanca, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Our retreats embody the unification of emotional, energetic, and spiritual aspects of healing. Soltara Healing Center empowers every guest, helping them to bridge the gap between mind, body, and spirit. Our end goal is elevate your being by becoming a more fully embodied, integrated, and connected versions of yourself.

Fire pit at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Fire pit
  • We work with a highly experienced preparation and integration support team who have a foot in both Western and traditional medicine practices, understanding health from a holistic perspective that incorporates the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies. We offer individual and group sessions to help you get the most out of your experience.
  • We provide high-quality videos, informative content, and educational resources surrounding holistic healing, shamanism, indigenous culture, psychedelic science, spiritual practices, and tips for preparation and integration, among others.
  • We invite you to co-create a community with us that fosters open dialogue and a safe platform for people to connect, learn, heal, and share their processes with each other. We at Soltara have found, through our experience, that so much of healing comes from being vulnerable, breaking down walls, letting people in, and holding space for others to do the same. When we authentically share stories, struggles, and ideas, we open up the space to figure things out on a deep level and remember that we are not alone.
Common area by pool at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Common area by the pool.

At Soltara, we work with indigenous Peruvian Shipibo female and male healers, and have decades of combined experience working at top-rated ayahuasca retreat centers in the Peruvian Amazon. We are honored to promote the expansion of plant medicines and holistic health in an accessible, respectful, informed way. We fuse indigenous healing methods with Western therapeutic models. Peruvian, Shipibo healers guide participants while journeying on the Amazonian plant medicine ayahuasca. We also work with clinical psychologists. Our staff psychologists each have rich plant medicine experience that supports an integrative approach to healing like no other.

The beach at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
The beach

You will find our seaside haven in the mountainous, tropical forest of Costa Rica, the ideal place to do your life’s most important work. Our lush sanctuary calls the high mountain, Amazon rainforest home. In this pristine setting, we provide a framework for you to dig deep. What will you find? We help you uncover the energetic roots of obstacles, self-limiting beliefs, and self-defeating habits that may be hijacking progress in your life. We help you to release all of them to step into the best version of yourself. Holding ceremony and space, along with doing medicine work gives us decades of experience. This allows you to realize full-spectrum healing in a caring, comfortable and loving environment.

Sign post at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Which way to the beach?

Our retreats are immersed in nature, helping us to offer farm-to-table meals. Retreats vary in length and we regularly host renowned, psychospiritual luminaries. Our plentiful expertise and experience enables you to find your personal solution and realize your truest self. Our highly skilled, gentle, loving Shipibo healers and facilitators help, guide, and assist you through an amazing process of growth and self-discovery. You achieve self-actualization through medicinal plant healing, supportive holistic modalities, and modern psychotherapeutic practices.

The garden at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Green space

Post-retreat, our preparation, aftercare, and integration support gives you a support pillar to lean on. You can utilize individual and group therapeutic support before and after your retreat. You can also find support via our private online community platform (themaloca.com). The community platform provides resources, groups, and regular live events. In addition, opportunities for reciprocity, collective healing, and a trusted network of practitioners and teachers for integration support and beyond, are all available at your fingertips.

Trail sign at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Watch out for lizards!

We nurture a deep respect for the land, while instilling an ethos of safety, integrity, and reciprocity that tempers our work. Our commitment to individual and global healing calls us to service during this newfound spiritual and psychedelic awakening. We strive to create a culture and community founded on balanced, practical, accessible information grounded in a spirit of cultural awareness and education.

Cactus at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
A cuddly cactus at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
A hammock at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Relax in the hammock and enjoy the view.
Trail entrance at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Go for a walk along our trails.
View of the outdoor common space at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
A view of our pool and common space.
The pool area Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Relax by the pool.
Enjoy the pool at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Come take a dip in our pool.

Highlights

  • Discounted sessions with our psychotherapist.
  • Thorough medical and psychological intake screening process, resources for preparing physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually
  • Online community to connect with others on their healing journey
  • Each guest receives a copy of our integration journal, published by Soltara in collaboration with clinical psychologists, and follows a psychological treatment framework adapted to the ayahuasca experience
  • Post retreat, we follow up with guests with 3 months of weekly resources, virtual integration circles, 1-on-1 sessions with our psychotherapists, and a virtual community of loving and incredible souls, all of whom are also going through their own healing journeys, to welcome you with open hearts to share in the integration process and expand your knowledge base.

Our Processes

Intake Process

Our extensive medical intake process ensures every guest a safe and fulfilling experience, mitigating any risk of contraindications (psychological and medical) when working with ayahuasca. It includes:

  • A thorough medical and psychological intake questionnaire reviewed by a psychotherapist and medical doctor.
  • A follow-up psychological screening with our therapist as needed.
  • A brief physical exam by a doctor in our on-site clinic at the beginning and end of your retreat.
  • Resources for preparation including guidelines for physical, mental, and emotional preparation (including dietary recommendations)
  • Discounted preparation sessions with our psychotherapist to help address anxieties, clarify intentions, and support the guests in setting the foundation for the work to be done while on retreat

Ceremonial Process

The maloca at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat Paquera Puntarenas Costa Rica

Entrance to the maloca at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Entrance to the maloca.
The maloca at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
The maloca.

Accommodations

Our guests sleep in the Nature Temple after doing a ceremony, it’s an amazing space to gaze at the stars and wake up in the morning. A comfy bed with warm bedding set is placed in the outer ring of the space. In general our accommodation has all benefits of following a natural lifestyle.
During your stay you go back to basic at our off grid centre, although our sanitary facilities are clean and easy to use.

The view from a balcony at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Outdoor desk.
Guest accommodations at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Queen bed in a guest room.
Washroom sink at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Washroom sink
Guest accommodations at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Guest room
Small kitchen in a guest room at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Small kitchen in guest room
Outdoor desk at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Outdoor desk and workspace
Sitting area in a guest room at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Sitting area in guest room.
Sink in washroom at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica.
Washroom sink.
Guest room at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Guest room
Workspace in a guest room at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Workspace in a guest room.
Queen-sized bed in a guest room at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Queen-sized bed.
Outdoor sitting area at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Outdoor sitting area.
Guest accommodations at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Guest accommodations – double bed.
Guest accommodations at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
The guest accomodations.
Guest buildings at Soltara Healing Center Ayahuasca Retreat in Paquera, Costa Rica
Outside of guest buildings

Retreat Sessions

TRIP DATES PRICE
April 18, 2024 - April 25, 2024 $3,625

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Arrival
  • Orientation
  • Dinner
  • Vomitivo
  • Ayahuasca Talk
  • Health Checks
  • Flower Baths
  • Pre Ceremony Yoga
  • Ceremony
  • Yoga
  • Consultations with Healers
  • Pre Ceremony Yoga
  • Ceremony Two
  • Morning Yoga
  • Arkana/Post-Diet/Integration tools
  • Flower Baths
  • Ceremony Three
  • Shipibo Market
  • Group Photo/Group Share
  • Health Checks
Day 6 :
Departure
  • Breakfast
  • Departure

Costs

Which costs are included in the retreat price?

Which costs are not included in the retreat price?

  • All programming
  • Food
  • Accommodations
  • Pick up and drop off from Tarapoto town

FAQs

What is included in a retreat?

– Ayahuasca ceremonies with experienced Peruvian male and female Shipibo healers. These skilled facilitators have decades of experience in ceremony, helping your journey through the healing process.
– Small group sizes with a maximum capacity of 21 visitors, ensuring 1 on 1 attention from healers during ceremonies.
– A low guest to facilitator ratio.
– Numerous integration workshops and group sharing circles.
– A copy of The Hero’s Journal, our integration book, to assist you in your Hero’s Journey. The Hero’s Journal, is published by Soltara in collaboration with clinical psychologists, provides you with a psychological framework that we adapted to the Ayahuasca experience.
– Fresh daily ayahuasca-friendly meals made from locally-sourced organically grown food.
– Airport pick up and drop off for SJO airport.
– Daily yoga classes for all levels of experience.
– Meditation sessions and Pranayama breathwork, breathing exercises developed for mental focus rejuvenation, purification, and healing.
– Medicinal plants baths.
– Multiple walking trails that immerse you in one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.
– Access to our jungle gym, creative spaces, on-site pool, two semi-private beaches along the Gulf of Nicoya.
– In room air-conditioning.
– 10% discount for all return visits.

Do I need any vaccines?

If you’re getting vaccinated, we recommend at least 2 weeks in-between vaccination and your
retreat to ensure no interactions with the medicine
If you have the COVID-19 Vaccine, we still require an Antigen or PCR test taken within 36
hours of arrival to enter the retreat

How do I get to and from the retreat?

To catch our shuttle, book your flight to the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San José, Costa Rica
• We offer free group pickup on Day 1 of your retreat at 11:15 am (for 12 pm sharp departure) from the Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel, 15 minutes from SJO Airport
– If you plan to fly in on Day 1, your flight must land by 9 AM on Day 1 for enough time for customs (could take up to 2 hours) to get to the Wyndham for the 11:15 AM meet-up
– We highly recommend arriving the day before, to ensure smooth arrival
– You will arrive at Soltara around 4:00 pm, after a 90-minute drive through the beautiful rolling hills of Costa Rica, and catching the 2:30 pm ferry ride from Puntarenas to the Nicoya Peninsula.
– Dropoff, after your retreat, is on the last day at The Wyndham Hotel

Are there any medical guidelines?

– Based on our experience with Ayahuasca, it is recommended, if possible, that participants stop most medications, four (4) weeks in advance of their visit to the retreat. Having said that, we acknowledge this may not be feasible for all participants. It is imperative that you talk to your doctor about any medication you may be taking in order to determine how it reacts with MAO inhibitors. Be sure to keep track of any medication that has a health risk if you discontinue taking it.

– While it is not 100% necessary to discontinue medications prior to your retreat visit, its very important to discuss the use of Ayahuasca this with your primary care physician, as well as being 100% transparent with our staff when filling out the medical portion of your intake questionnaire prior to booking your retreat.

– It is important that you understand that some medications are clearly contraindicated with Ayahuasca use and unlike the consequences of food allergies/interactions, Ayahuasca interaction with prescription and over the counter pharmaceuticals as well as certain herbs can be potentially fatal. In particular, the drugs and medications listed below can be hazardous when mixed Ayahuasca and should be discontinued at least 4 weeks prior to coming to the retreat:

– Other monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’s). These include drugs like Isocarboxazid (Marplan), Phenelzine (Nardil), Selegiline (Emsam), Tranylcypromine (Parnate).
– Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s).
– Any high blood pressure medicine (Antihypertensives).
– Diet pills/appetite suppressants.
– Medicine for bronchitis including antihistamines, cold medication, sinus medication, hay fever/allergy medications.
– Drugs with dextromethorphan: Found in cough suppressants.
– Central nervous system depressants like Xanax or Ativan
– Vasodilators: medications that dilate blood vessels, often use for hypertension
– Antipsychotics: Used to manage symptoms of psychosis, including delusions and hallucinations. Often used to treat those with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.
– Barbiturates: Class of drugs that have a depressant effect.
– Cocaine: a stimulant.
– Amphetamines/ephedrine/MDMA/MDA, MDEA, PMA: Nervous system stimulants.
– Opiates like heroin, morphine, codeine, and opium: Opiates are used for pain management and are depressants.
– Mescaline
– Kratom
– Kava
– 5-HTPand St. John´s Wort
– Cannabis

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Soltara Healing Center: Playa Blanca – 8 Day Ayahuasca Retreat

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