Ayahuasca Retreat Reviews

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David Israel

If you feel like trying Ayahuasca, you found the right place ! I m going back every year to this same place not because I don’t want new adventures or discover new places , it is simply because it is THE perfect setting . You are in the jungle , surrounded by magically colored butterflies twice the size of the local hummingbirds , light up by the infinite stars and fireflies , lift up by the incredible soundtracks of the ceremony and the symphony of the jungle animals , fed by this delicious local grown organic food , rested in these confortable and beautiful eco bungalows , you will be few steps from dream like virgins beaches and waterfalls and helped and directed by two specials individuals Silvia and Rohan that ayahuasca choose as facilitators . This June retreat was my fourth time in 3 years and my experiences there helped me to live a life I would never dreamed of before I took these first step towards pure happiness. Thank you again Silvia and Rohan for making our lives magical . If you feel the call to try ayahuasca just go there , everyone I meet want to go back , everyone that tried other places say this place is the best …. much love … david

Matthias, 53, Zurich
Matthias, 53, Zurich SWITZERLAND


Preamble When my husband asked me to come with him to an Ayuhasca Retreat in Brazil I was first quite reluctant. Brazilian Jungle? Me? At my age? Hmmm….. Traveling across the Atlantic to get eaten up by mosquitoes while I could enjoy myself in a Fife-Star resort somewhere in Europe? I thought my „wild years“ where gone long time ago and therefore was not particularly interested in a revival. However, since my husband was already going for the third time I trusted him and went with him. As a matter of fact the two previous retreats at SpiritVine had changed his life in such a profound and positive way that was almost miraculous and I was a speechless witness of that change. I will be eternally grateful to him for insisting for me to come with him since my experience at SpiritVine has opened my eyes and heart, has changed my perception of myself and the world in a way I would honestly not have expected at all. That is why I am writing this review.

The Compound First things first: The beauty of the center and its setting has blown me away. The Spirit Vine Center is located near the surf town Itacaré in Bahia, Brazil, with all its pristine beaches. It is harmoniously nestled in the „mata atlantica“ – a jungle-like forest. The compound is secluded enough to cut you from all man made noises so that you are able to immerse in the odors, sounds and magic of the jungle but is still close enough to all amenities of civilizations should a need arise. Arrival and departure is therefore easy and very comfortable which was important to me. You arrive with the plane in Ilheus, take a taxi and 1 hour later you are at the gate of SpiritVine. The whole trip from Europe has not taken more then 16 hours.The Center itself is nestled in a forest clearing. It is composed of 7 to 8 private wooden bungalows each of them separate enough to enjoy privacy, all with their private bathrooms and hot water, a meeting and restaurant center, a ceremony temple and a pond with a deck, where you can swim and relax. You have access to WIFI if you need to communicate with the world. Everything is very well maintained and clean. The food is mouthwatering and the service impeccable.

The Hosts Silvia and Rohan are very experienced hosts. They are loving, supportive, friendly and caring but never overbearing. They would be there for us when we needed them but otherwise let us be when we needed space. They would attentively listen to us, let us express our emotions but never interfere in our private process unless we wanted them to. They would make us feel at home and welcome us in their family but never impose on us. Thank you very much to both of you for this elegant mix of presence, care and discretion.

The Experience Ayuahasca is an age-old medicinal and visionary plant, used by the native tribes for hundreds if not thousands of years. The ceremonies in the beautiful temple accompanied with mind- and heart openin music has brought me deep insights about questions like who and what I am, has shown behavioral patterns of mine of which I was not aware, has given me a new perspective to life itself and my relationships with other persons and last not least … has shown me how real bliss feels like. Thank you.

Conclusion I will come again to SpiritVine simply because I could not imagine making this deep and intimate experiences in a better setting and with kinder hosts. I can warmly recommend it to everyone.

Ab Germany

I can honestly say that I have never experienced a retreat like Spirit Vine. In short, it is very high quality in all aspects and you should have no qualms about attending a retreat in the resort. Here some more details:

Aya experience: The guides (Sylvia and Rohan) are very experienced, professional, intuitive and intelligent. I found that Sylvia’s professional training combined with a deep pool of personal experience with the plant made her the ideal guide. She can find a connection and mode of communication with very different personality types and does a fantastic job sensing limits and helping you feel safe. The tea itself is very high quality and safe as it production is supervised end to end.

Housing: Gorgeous bungalows, clean showers and bathrooms, comfortable. Picturesque views. Really nothing to be desired. And the location, surrounded by forest, nature, green everywhere. A lagoon that you can swim in. Really unbelievable.

Food: Delicious breakfast and healthy, hearty meals. Prepared to be vegetarian, no added sugar and salt. The retreat is not only a special experience for the mind, but also a cleanse for the body.

Overall: Honestly, this is the place to go if you are serious about spiritual development but also dont mind a bit of comfort 🙂 Cannot recommend it more, really a special place.

Katie USA

My time at spirit vine was very special. Sylvia is an incredible woman living her bliss in a green jungle paradise. Rohan, a volunteer, is also amazing because he is so patient and in tune with people around him. The two of them worked very well as a team, and I felt totally comfortable going to either of them for questions, guidance, or just fun conversation. The place is run so well down to the last detail, you are cared for, considered, and encouraged to grow. This is a place for healing, and there are few things as magical as that. The rooms are gorgeous, the food is delightful, and the workshops are intelligent and unexpectedly useful. If you are ready to grow, learn, and trust this is the perfect place to do it. I had such a wonderful time here I plan on returning as soon as possible.

Victoria, London
Victoria, London ENGLAND
…Sometimes in life you need to do things that you’re not entirely comfortable with. The things that stretch your comfort zones and remind you of your vulnerabilities. I felt like this when I arrived at SpiritVine. I was nervous, with a heart full of confusion and desperate to reawaken from the spiritual slumber that had somehow crept upon me. The minute I arrived, I knew I was in the right place. Silvia, the group, the glorious jungle, they all reminded me how beautiful the external world is, once you get to understand – and appreciate – the limitless one inside yourself. I have grown more in one week than I thought possible. I am still growing…
Tiina, Helsinki
Tiina, Helsinki FINLAND

Spirit Vine retreat was a beautiful and deep experience in many ways and levels. The place is absolutely magical and calming – it’s easy to let go, be in the present moment, recognize and remove obstacles that diminish your true potential and essence to manifest.

Silvia has plenty of tools to help people to balance and decode their mental programming. That’s also a key factor to develop consciousness in the long run. Her way of working and being herself is something I haven’t experienced before. I absolutely recommend Spirit Vine to everyone who is open minded and hearted to get to know her/his higher self better. So for you reading this, follow your curiosity and be ready for multidimensional adventure.

Now I feel like I’m shining my true unique light much brighter – I am more openly and honestly me. Feeling good and happy! And from my point of view it’s much more important to be a happy person than to argue who knows the truth best. We will never know the truth, but we can definitely feel it – be it. When connecting to your inner truth and guidance, there’s no point suffering or being a victim anymore. Life is a gift and we are meant to enjoy it fully!

Thank you Silvia

Merve, Istanbul
Merve, Istanbul TURKEY
…I get shivers all over remembering the magical experience we had in your heaven, and since we left, it seems that life is showing little signs here and there to remind us of its magic…

…I believe that each and every one person at the retreat was carefully chosen by life to be there this time together. The synergy that came out of love…. Words are not enough…. I smile each time i remember your appearing outside the bathroom on the last tea party and taking my hand and carrying me like an angel back to the room. And the sound in my head of “one hour” makes me laugh, i miss it so much…

…The sound and smell of nature is fresh in our hearts. What you have created there is so full of love and touches so many people’s hearts like this, sharing the love and the beauty of life; it is indescribable…

…It was the whole thing together that made everything so real…

Vedat, Istanbul
Vedat, Istanbul TURKEY
Beloved Silvia, …The precious days we have spend all together were turning points in my life to wake up on certain issues to redeem and release myself for many new exciting chapters in my life to come…

…İt is a very comforting and soothing feeling, knowing you and your sanctuary exists in this channel in case we need some oxygen or reconnecting with our higher being (sometimes we may forget that it exists) due to our hectic life in a city like Istanbul…

Lucas R.

All of my life I felt like I was swimming against the current, or dancing with two left feet. Now I know the rhythm of life, its a beautiful song that is always playing, we just have to pay attention in order to hear/feel it. Sylvia and Alistair are incredibly gifted facilitators whose messages resonate.

The amount of safety, comfort, and trust I felt allowed me to explore and understand my spirituality on a profound level. If you feel as though the sacred vine is calling you, I can think of no better place to cleanse your body, mind, and soul.

Michael (aka Tapper)
Michael (aka Tapper) USA

I find myself repeatedly coming back to the quote from Einstein, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”

I am still taken with the profound sense of gratitude I feel towards all participants in the December 2011 retreat. Most obviously to Sylvia as what has been accomplished at TheVine Center is astounding. I respectfully disagree with how the website identifies “The Temple” as where the ceremonies take place. I view all of TheVine Center as a Temple, complete with a spectacular Ceremony Hall. As I walked around, swam in the lagoon and shared wonderful meals with fellow travelers I was constantly struck with how it was all sacred ground. Complimented by sacred music during the ceremonies – hats off again to the “DJ”!

Thanks also to Alistair for the practices which were so helpful before, during and after the ceremonies. Your words were with me each time and I am certain played an important role in my overwhelmingly positive experiences. And last but not least, thanks to the group. It was a privilege to spend time with each of you and I truly hope to see you all again.

I had a most beautiful and mysterious time, rapt in awe.

Robert F.
Robert F. USA

Thank you so much! You have created a place that not only changed my life but had a major influence on the direction of my life. All is going very well for me. I am physically the healthiest I been in years. I will see you again soon!

Mathias K.
Mathias K. UK

If you feel drawn to drink Ayahuasca and reignite your spirituality, I couldn’t imagine a better place for it. Silvia has created an exceptionally beautiful, serene and loving environment which is extremely supportive throughout this fascinating – and sometimes challenging – experience.

Edwin S.
Edwin S. USA

We had a wonderful time…. at Spirit-Vine with you and the rest of the staff who took such good care of us. I want to thank you for being a terrific spiritual guide. The path and direction are difficult even with the help of the plant. What made it possible for me to have a successful retreat was the care and sensitivity with which you helped me find the right intention, the right questions and the right energy to interpret the visions. There is much work ahead for me to practice a daily life which aligns with direction I received. I look forward to it with anticipation and excitement.

Alex A.

Thank you Silvia. What a profoundly eye opening experience. My perception of the world and myself has been altered. I look forward to returning hopefully sooner rather than later. No one should go through life without experiencing this. Please give Bianca a scratch for me.

Richard G.
Richard G. USA

I am entertaining the idea of returning…. At two weeks since I left Brazil, I am still living an enhanced existence. This is evident in all avenues of perception. Colors are brighter. Hearing is more acute. Exercise is more fun. My dreams are filled with developed characters involved in coherent actions, startlingly real. Emotions are peaked. Logical functioning and reasoning are operating at peak performance, the revelations still unfolding. I have tried to tell the story to a few close friends, but I haven’t been able to do much more than scratch the surface. This thing is big, real big. .Please tell me if there is room for me. Thank you very much. And give my love to Zoe.

Serge C.
Serge C. USA

I lack words to describe the deep loving emotion I feel for the entire retreat experience. The spiritual impact is still with me and my wife says I have new light in my eyes. I definitely feel a positive change in my personality. I find it so much easier to let go, to accept things as they are. If I feel negative emotion such as fear or anger I am better at facing it (and I imagine I vomited the feeling). I often go back to the vision and deep emotion of Love I experienced in the last ceremony. And I feel there is still room to go deeper. The ceremony music you played for us was out of this world. I feel there is so much more I want to study and experience about the Spirit world. I found Zoey’s website a great source and reference point. I am reading Strassman’s “DMT: The Spirit Molecule” and I am really impressed with his concern for and connection to his volunteers. My wife and I would like to come together to a retreat, perhaps in the spring. She also says she can help you with translating with a group of Russians. I hope to keep my Spirit-Vine lessons close to my heart as we run our crazy American middle-class family schedule at full speed. Wishing you all the best. I hope you caught up on your sleep by now!

Ana C.
Ana C. USA

When I came to Spirit Vine Retreats the first time a few years ago, it was entirely beyond my expectations – closer to a dream come true for me. I think of my life now as before I came to Spirit Vine and after, as my life so completely changed. Hard to describe – I feel lighter, more clarity, more connection to my source. So… I always knew I would come back and it was my secret dream to bring family with me. This last time (June 2011) my dream came true as my son was really excited to come and so I brought my son and his girlfriend – all the more joy to spread around! Well, their experiences were similar to mine, absolutely beyond expectation, not to mention the surroundings are like something from a dream of paradise. The people at Spirit Vine I feel I have known forever and make you feel so absolutely comfortable, like family. I am coming back again in just a few months, this time bringing my boyfriend. I would recommend Spirit Vine to any and everyone seeking a truly enchanted adventure.

Casten N.

When I came to Spirit Vine Retreats the first time a few years ago, it was entirely beyond my expectations – closer to a dream come true for me. I think of my life now as before I came to Spirit Vine and after, as my life so completely changed. Hard to describe – I feel lighter, more clarity, more connection to my source. So… I always knew I would come back and it was my secret dream to bring family with me. This last time (June 2011) my dream came true as my son was really excited to come and so I brought my son and his girlfriend – all the more joy to spread around! Well, their experiences were similar to mine, absolutely beyond expectation, not to mention the surroundings are like something from a dream of paradise. The people at Spirit Vine I feel I have known forever and make you feel so absolutely comfortable, like family. I am coming back again in just a few months, this time bringing my boyfriend. I would recommend Spirit Vine to any and everyone seeking a truly enchanted adventure.

Shelley S.
Shelley S. USA

I went to Spirit-Vine Retreat Center with one goal – to drink Ayahuasca. In the past I have battled drug and alcohol addiction. I was worried that the use of Ayahuasca would trigger problems with substances. Not only was that not a problem, but I saw myself in a new light. For the first time ever I saw what a strong and loving person I really am. Ayahuasca helped me see how wonderful my life is and how small my problems really are. My Ayahuasca experience was just the tip of the iceberg. There were also many programs and presentations. While there I learned how to connect with my higher self, meditation techniques and FINALLY put some painful childhood events behind me as well. The retreat Center is on the most beautiful and almost magical property. So green and full of life. From what I saw you and your staff are very in-tune with the plant and animal spirits and support a healthy ecology of the land. While at the Center I was fortunate to be with some wonderful people from other counties and walks of life. Without visiting the Center I would not have had the opportunity to share such meaningful events with our new friends. I can’t wait to go back!!!

Dave S.
Dave S. USA

I can remember feeling strongly at the first ceremony at Spirit-Vine that this is what an Ayahuasca experience is supposed to be like. The setting for an Ayahuasca ceremony is very important in my opinion. The peaceful and loving environment provided by Silvia and the staff removed all sense of anxiety from the Ayahuasca experience. The individual attention paid to each of the participants was amazing. Silvia and the other facilitators helped me before and after each ceremony to explore what that experience meant to me. The meditation classes helped me reach a new level of inner peace and Higher Self realization. The food at the center was excellent. Being vegan I was worried about the menu I would have to choose from. The staff was made aware of my dietary needs and happily made special (delicious) dishes just for me. I wanted a safe place to share the Ayahuasca experience with my wife in a warm and loving environment. Silvia and the Spirit-Vine staff far exceeded all expectations we had. I would highly recommend Spirit-Vine retreats for anyone interested in exploring the wonders of Ayahuasca and their Higher Self. Thanks Silvia for sharing your paradise with us.

Alistair A.
Alistair A. UK

People who’ve done it before all talk about the Plant’s weirdly healing powers. Healing in a psychic sense. The visions you get on the brew aren’t just the random oddness of mushrooms or LSD, they seem to articulate the key issues of your mind in electrifying detail. And most importantly for me, the power of the trip then continues working once you’ve woken up. This idea of waking integration really turned me on. In fact, that was the single most important reason for coming. In the distant past I’d done a fair amount of recreational drugs. What had finally made me tire of them was the fact that their benefits were so limited. Once the drugs had leached out of your system, the joy, the love, the whatever was also gone. The transience of their happy effects actually left you feeling profoundly miserable. What made Ayahuasca seems so interesting was this idea that the insight you had during the big trip then translated into some permanent change in your “normal” life…. The extraordinary thing about the Ayahuasca experience is that the drug allows the brain to run real experiential vision: hallucinations which actually access the emotional experience of a given situation. I could vividly feel what it was like to be picked up from my cot and held by my Mum circa 1972 (a time when I was 2 and she was grieving for her Mum). Not only that but it creates the space for you to simultaneously see the psychological pattern that experience sets up and – if necessary – how to defuse it…. How amazing. How weird. How the hell am I going to be able to tell anyone about this!?

Fiona M.
Fiona M. USA

I so enjoyed getting to know you, and spending time with you, and am determined that it will reoccur. I think about Brazil and all my new friends there every day, and I know I will come back in the not too distant future. I really am looking forward to reconvening with Mother Ayahuasca. My experience this year participating in the Ayahuasca Healing Retreat was life-changing. I came in search of solutions to a long-term intense chronic illness; this retreat started a path of healing that is still unfolding four months later. Through the guidance of the retreat leaders, I was able to have a thrilling encounter with this sacred plant, and experience a connection with a profoundly loving and intelligent entity unlike anything else I have ever known. Silvia and Gary were wise, compassionate, generous, and loving. I was able to satisfy my original quest in coming to the retreat – to rediscover the strands of authentic personal energy and life force that will eventually lead me back home to health and happiness.

Tony, London ENGLAND
I have recently spent 8 days on the retreat, I thought the retreat was very beautiful, Loved the spring water pond that you can swim in. Our hosts Silvia and Michael were very accomdating. The food was excellent . A normal cermony day consisted of Yoga for 1.5 hours first thing followed by breakfast, then we could go to the beach or chill around the retreat. We then had light lunch followed by a workshop session that set the scene for the night time cermony. We then grabbed a few hours sleep before meeting at 9pm in the fabulous cermony room. What can I say about my Ayahuasca experience, I have read many self development books and been on many self development seminars, nothing compares to this experience, its like learning years and years of spiritual knowledge in a few days. Thoroughly recommend this experience. Our hosts Silvia was exceptional in her knowledge and help in this experience If you needed any assistance it was on hand straight away. I have come away from my time there feeling at peace and have a knowing of who I am what my lifes purpose is.

Thankyou very much Silvia and Michael , will definitely go back. http://openmindtrips.com/retreats/brazil/state-of-bahia/itacare/ayahuasca/spirit-vine/#comments

Dan, Telaviv Israel
I’ve attended the 8-day retreat at Spirit Vine in October 2014, looking for a safe, supportive and instructive environment for my first Ayahuasca experience – and I was not disappointed.

Silvia is an experienced guide, with background not only in the use of Ayahuasca but also in Psychoanalysis and various philosophies of mind. This has enables her to create a program of self-exploration in which consumption of Ayauhasca is but a part, with complementing activities before and after ceremonies. Such activities seem to me essential in order to deal wisely with the experience of Ayahuasca as it occurs, and in order to fully understand it in hindsight. Otherwise, instead of being enlightening, the experience might be merely entertaining, frightening or confusing, or with only vague insights that eventually fade away without a lasting impact.

Yet Silvia is only a facilitator; the main teacher at Spirit Vine is first and foremost the Ayahuasca itself. This is not trivial: at other places you might find yourself at the mercy of the Shaman, with relatively little control or understanding of the situation.

The accommodation is quite luxurious; the surrounding is beautiful and inspiring.

I believe all of this is a recipe for a responsible and enlightening Ayahuasca experience, and indeed my stay at Spirit Vine seems to have had an enormously positive effect on me and my life. It was the most amazing thing I’ve done – the strangest, the most exciting, the most difficult and the most rewarding. I’ve learned a lot, and have realized how much more I have to explore. And I have little doubt that I’m a better person than I was – more helpful and less detrimental to living beings around me, less constrained by imaginary bounds and petty concerns, more in accord with the values I hold to be true, with more faith in myself and in the ultimate benevolence of the cosmos.

Thank you Silvia and Michael and the maids, and thank you my fellow participants.




Vic Toria, England London
I searched for a very long time to find the perfect retreat (for me) to have my first Ayahuasca experience and after visiting SpiritVine I’m so very pleased that I did. Run by Silvia, this has got to be the safest, most pleasant and fulfilling retreat around. The healthy food, the lagoon, the day time workshops and evening discussions are all a massive bonus that I wasn’t really expecting.

I thought the highlight would be the ceremonies, but actually the whole experience was so much more than I could have wished for. It felt like a home from home and as a single woman travelling to the depths of the jungle, I can’t imagine anywhere safer than how i felt here. If you want to have your Ayahuasca experience somewhere unforgettable and with a group of people with decades of experience and knowledge, then this is the place to do it.