What To Know When Selecting Your First Ayahuasca Retreat | Our 11 Top Tips

Brandon Evans
15 min readJan 11, 2023

Ayahuasca is a powerful, sacred psychedelic tea that can transform a person’s life. It doesn’t matter if you’re Aaron Rodgers or someone far less famous; the Medicine of ayahuasca can remind you what it means to be the best version of yourself.

But taken for the first time (or anytime) in a harmful or dangerous environment can leave someone worse off than when they entered their ayahuasca retreat.

At 1heart, we’ve hosted over 500 conscious creators, leaders, and entrepreneurs in our transformational ayahuasca retreats over the last five years. We’ve even received 145+ 5-star reviews on WeTravel from our Guests.

Given our experience and successes in the ayahuasca retreat space, we felt called to share our top 11 tips you need to know when selecting your ayahuasca retreats.

1. Preparation Program

Ayahuasca preparation is a serious undertaking. And the organization facilitating your ayahuasca experience should support you in several ways before you’ve met each other in person or drank your first cup of sacred plant medicine.

“Chance favors only the prepared mind.” — Louis Pasteur

Bringing Everyone Together Before The Journey Begins

Some retreats might wait until the day before your first ayahuasca ceremony to bring everyone together.

We believe the best ayahuasca retreats use technology to their advantage and begin creating these connections before meeting each other in person. Whether through Zoom or WhatsApp, building rapport with the people who you’ll be drinking Medicine with can support everyone’s process.

Having at least one week, ideally, two, to get to know each other catalyzes the connections to come when you inevitably meet one another.

Giving You The Tools To Elevate

At 1heart, we provide all of our Guests a 25-page elevation guide full of journal prompts, recommended resources, questions that a life coach might ask you, and support to better understand why you’ve come to our transformational ayahuasca retreat while meeting you right where you’re at.



Brandon Evans

Recovering Type A | Aspiring Type Be | Chief Elevation Officer + Co-Founder @ 1heart.com | Coach & Guide to Heart-Led Entrepreneurs | brandonevans.be