Heart of the Jungle: 7-Day Bluestone Ayahuasca Retreat in Cancun, Mexico - January 2018

If you have a sincere desire to change and the courage to look within, this retreat is for you.

We are a family, a tribe of the soul, and we hail from all over the Americas. We believe that change in the world begins with change in us and that Ayahuasca is one of the most powerful tools for evoking that change. Ayahuasca drops the barriers between your conscious self and your subconscious giving you a unique glimpse at what you really feel and why, allowing you to broaden your perception and heal the distortions holding you back. 



The Ayahuasca given in our retreats is prepared by the Shipibo in the Peruvian Amazon, the culture that has been working with Ayahuasca for over three millennia; it is then hand-carried to Mexico. Those who give the medicine, the ayahuasqueros, have the compassion and wisdom that come from years of working with Ayahuasca. They trained with the Shipibo and continue to do so. They are savvy, committed and prepared. The rest of us all take Ayahuasca for personal work and know what it means to go through a process. 

All of us at the retreat take the medicine. We embark on this journey and return from it, together. We are there for you as you need us. We are good companions for this experience, so whether you come as a novice or an advanced taker of medicina, you’re in good hands.

"Change your perception, change your world"

~ Sharon Van Bramer

Finding myself in the middle of a retreat at Xochipilli was a fantastic experience. The people, the place, the food were more than great, seven days of self-discovery. Thank you all very much.

~Juan Manuel Leon



  • Three Ayahuasca ceremonies with an option for a fourth
  • Live music at all ceremonies
  • Three temazcals (sweat lodge) 
  • A rejuvenating massage
  • Yoga or other body movement sessions
  • A day trip to a cenote deep in the jungle for swimming and relaxation
  • Sessions of integration with the ayahuasquero and facilitators
  • Unlimited use of the on-site pool and other center facilities
  • Nutritional homemade vegan meals based on organic ingredients (special needs respected}
  • Refreshing fruit and vegetable juices
  • Unlimited purified bottled water
  • Lodging (double occupancy)
  • Airport pick up and drop off


“Vines and trees will teach you that which you will never learn from masters.” 

                     Bernard of Clairvaux ~ Honey and Salt: Selected Spiritual Writings

The Retreat Site: 

The Xochipilli Retreat Center is located in the jungle on the outskirts of Cancun in an area called El Ramonal. It’s surrounded by the beauty of Mother Nature, far from the madding crowd and all distraction.    

How We Operate:

Day one of the retreat is dedicated to arriving and getting settled. There’s time to explore the center, meet your fellow participants and get acquainted with us. We share a welcome dinner, discuss the week ahead and answer any questions you may have. We pay close attention to the group dynamic as it evolves and the energies that are moving and make small changes in the order of activities as required. All Ayahuasca ceremonies are done at night and we have a temazcal the afternoon prior to each ceremony.  

Skill Level: 

✔ Beginner

✔ Intermediate

✔ Advanced

Daily Schedule:

 For Ceremony Days: Subject to change. Additional activities integrated into the non-ceremony days.

  • 7am: Self-serve tea available in the mother house  
  • 9am: Yoga or body movement session
  • 10am: Breakfast
  • 12pm: Temazcal
  • 2pm: Light lunch
  • Free time and resting before the ceremony
  • 7pm-4am, approximately:  Ayahuasca ceremony


The optimum diet for working with Ayahuasca is vegan which we modify slightly with the occasional fish or egg dish.  Our meals are homemade, right down to and including the tortillas.  We work with regional fruit, vegetables and herbs in novel and traditional combinations. You’ll enjoy vegan tacos, gazpachos, vegetable soups, pastas, seawood wraps and more. Some light fasting on ceremony days is required.

*If you have special dietary needs, advise us and we’ll work with you.


The bungalows have two double beds each, a fan over each bed and a bathroom with a shower. The mother house has two bedrooms with king size beds and a shared bathroom. Bathrooms are also located around the pool next to the maloca (the ceremonial structure used for the ceremonies).


Fly into the Cancun International Airport. The ride from the airport to the retreat center is about 40 minutes and we meet your plane. Google Maps: El Ramonal, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico 


"Attending a Bluestone retreat was the most powerful gift I have ever given myself and the miracle I needed to heal my soul. I was welcomed into a family that embraced me and held me through my process with such freedom and no judgment. I left with clarity, and the tools to make the changes I was seeking in order to be the better version of myself that I had lost through depression and anxiety. Ayahuasca is a gift that I feel blessed to have found; I feel strongly that this is a path everyone should experience.....it has been my miracle and I can’t wait to return to my extended family which I plan to do this coming January." ~ Rabia Buratovic-Nottage

"I went to a Bluestone retreat in search of a deeper connection with myself, and that week with the medicine gave me the chance to recognize things I’d never been able to see before. The team supported me in the moments I most needed it. I was able to reach the deepest part of myself yet never feel alone. My experience with medicine and with this group is something I feel good about recommending." ~ Catalina San Juan

"I met Sharon years ago in Mexico and then we went our different ways. We reconnected about 12 years ago and she was already working with medicine. Seeing the changes in her got me interested and I’ve since attended several retreats she’s organized. The work I’ve done with Ayahuasca has changed my perspective completely and lead me in directions I never imagined and I couldn’t be happier. I am grateful to Madre Ayahuasca and to the whole team at Bluestone and Xochipilli. They are a group of people who understand this work. Thank you." ~ Alicia 

"Sharon has been on the medicine path for a long time, gathering experience with Ayahuasca but also with Huachuma, Yopo and Wilka. I have shared many ceremonies and retreats with her, one to Peru which was amazing. She is a sensitive, detail-conscious organizer who deeply cares about the work. I trust her and I’m glad I found her. I continue to work with medicine and with her whenever I have the chance." ~Edith Granada, mother of four

"I came to Ayahuasca searching for a solution to a serious problem. I’d been working with the medicine on an irregular, sporatic basis before attending a retreat with Bluestone at Xochipilli. They suggested a week of concentrated work might give me the boost I needed for I felt stuck. They were right. I came out of that week with a way to move forward. I am grateful; and I’m excited about what comes next—something I haven’t felt in a long time." ~ Oliver

"A while back I attended an Ayahuasca retreat in Cancun guided by a great guy who inspired total trust, aided by a team of facilitators who know what they’re doing. I entered not having a clue as to what to expect from the medicine or from the retreat but as the days went by and I took the medicine and worked with the group, I realized something irrevocable had changed or was changing in me; I could see it in my emotions, thoughts and behavior but it went beyond even that. The medicine, the temazcals (I was new to that too), the healthy food and the sharing, on all levels, with people going through changes themselves was gratifying and gave me the push I needed to do the work I’d come to do. I am grateful to Arturo [the ayahuasqero and guide] and all the people at the center. Thank you!" ~ David Salik

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