Our priority for each yagé ceremony is to provide a secure and sacred space. Our Taitas are experts in holding ceremonies according to the traditional practices of the Putumayo region, and we adhere to these ancient procedures.
Yage activates an innate healing intelligence that brings to the surface images, memories, feelings, emotions and experiences in order for the individual to work through trauma, imbalance and dysfunction. Shadow material will emerge from the deep subconscious/unconscious. The Taita will give an in-depth ayahuasca talk before your first ayahuasca ceremony, clearly explaining the work with the medicine, how to get the most from your experience, insight into the world of traditional Putumayo plant medicine and a background on the Siona tradition. The ceremony space will be held by the traditional medicine man.
Participants are served medicine individually. The dosage is lower in the first ceremony in order to ensure that our guests are not thrown into an experience that is too difficult to handle without any prior contact with ayahuasca.
From the second ceremony, we step up the dosage so that by the third ceremony we are working at the optimum dosage for each guest . The healers then drink and the lights are put out, leaving the maloka in darkness. There is then typically a period of 45 minutes until the healers and generally the participants begin to feel the effect of the medicine.
When the Taita begins to sing the ikaros, he slowly enter into the world of the medicine. This is standard practice every ceremony.
Siona ayahuasca ceremonies are always held at night in the maloka.
We suggest bringing to ceremony: Jacket and a blanket, a headlamp and a bottle of water.
Protocol during ceremony:
- We hold the maloka as a silent space for the hour leading up to the ceremony and afterwards.
- No visual or audio recording during ceremony.
- Remain inside the space of the maloka until the close of ceremony.
- No talking, singing or clapping during ceremony.
- No physical contact with other guests during ceremony.