The diet is an important work that involves the inner self and gives a good result only if people accept the commitment to follow some simple rules. Failure to respect these rules can nullify the effect of plants but also result in energy crossings ("cruzadera") with serious physical, mental and spiritual consequences. It is a process that requires an assumption of responsibility.
The first thing to do in a diet is a purge session, which is before the retreat in the jungle.
The diet starts with a ayahuasca session. There are no ayahuasca sessions after the diet since it is necessary to process the material that has arisen and experience proves that it is not helpful.
The diet is followed by a post-diet process that is as important as the diet itself. It involves dietary rules and restrictions for a minimum of 2 weeks as well as one month of sexual abstinence after the end of the diet. This is the necessary time for the assimilation and integration of the energy of the plants incorporated during the diet. Undertaking the diet involves committing to those recommendations that are mandatory. Failing to follow them can lead to energetic complications with physical, mental or spiritual manifestations.
The energy charge of menstruating women is not compatible with the energies mobilized during an ayahuasca session, so if they are menstruating they will not be able to participate in the ayahuasca session that precedes the Retreat/Diet. Please take this into consideration when choosing the date in order to fully benefit from the experience in Takiwasi. No exceptions can be made. Nevertheless, the menstrual period does not affect the participation in the purgative plant intake and in the actual Retreat/Diet process.
During the Retreat/Diet it’s not possible to use any beauty or cleaning products (soap, perfume, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, repellent, essential oils, etc.) since the slightest smell can seriously affect the energy work. This includes all the products that can have an odor like oils, nail polish, candles, incense, etc. At your disposal you will only have water and a special soap made for the occasion by the Takiwasi’s laboratory. Other items that you cannot bring with you are music equipment, radio, cellphone, watch, money or personal documents.
Takiwasi shall not be held responsible for loss or deterioration of valuables that you take with you to the retreat.
You should bring with you cotton clothes, towel, coat, flashlight and spare batteries, 2 or 3 books and a notebook to write or draw. Extra food in addition to the one proposed by the Center is not allowed. Please bring white or light-colored clothes for the ayahuasca ceremony.
We will provide you with: two sheets, a blanket, pillowcase, mineral water, perfume-free soap, toilet paper, mosquito net for the bed, and a hammock.