About This Center
You are ready to experience psilocybin mushrooms.
But where can you take them in a SAFE and LEGAL place? Embark on a journey of discovery guided by our expert facilitators.
The Buena Vida Psilocybin Retreat Includes
-7 days at a private retreat center near Tulum, MX
-3 guided psilocybin ceremonies lead by a Musically Gifted shaman and talented sound healers
-Healthy Chef-prepared meals
-Intimate group of 10-15 guests
-Day trips including Paddle boarding, kayaking, biking, hiking and more
-Included trips to Tulum Ruins, Cenotes and Beaches
-A non-judgmental, supportive community. Friends for life!
-All food, transportation and JOY included
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Intention. Ceremony. Joy.
Venue HighlightsOver the past 2 years, we’ve hosted our retreats in some of the most beautiful parts of Mexico. The paradise of Tulum, Playa del Carmen, the jungle outside Puerto Vallarta and near the rolling hillsides of Northern Baja California.
We pride ourselves in finding the most secure, private, luxurious accommodations that make the setting one you’ll never soon forget.
What incredible latin location is up next for The Buena Vida…?
AccommodationsOur accommodations vary by location, but all are at the highest standards of luxury, comfort and peace! We love to be surrounded by nature whether that is the coastal jungle, vast ocean views, massive trees and mountains or the giant starry night sky.
- A/C in Rooms
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Yoga Studio
- House Keeping
- Ceremony Space
Menu/CuisineWe serve delicious local-inspired and chef-prepared food. We mostly serve Vegetarian meals with the occasional local seafood or chicken dish for those interested.
DirectionsWe provide transportation from Cancun/Playa del Carmen to our center. Its about 40 minutes from Cancun and 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen.
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Paul DeCoster June 16, 2020
I don’t know how else to say this but this retreat has been the most powerful and transformative week of my life. Amanda, Maria and Ryman are spiritual warriors and are pure love. The sense of community they inspire and their incredible energy is truly awe inspiring. I would recommend Buena Vida without reservation to anyone. It cannot be explained but needs to be experienced.
Duane Corpe February 08, 2020
After reading books and listening to interviews, I wanted a psilocybin retreat that offered a great set and setting with multiple ceremonies. Amanda’s retreat was perfect. She and the facilitators made all of the participants feel safe. They prepared us for how the experience with the psilocybin might go. They took care of us during the ceremonies, and explained how we might continue to have insights as we return to our lives. It was a profound experience.
TK February 07, 2020
Amanda and her team at Buena Vida have set up an utterly transformational experience in the safest, most welcoming atmosphere I could have ever imagined! Initial contact/communication was professional and very easy which did a lot to calm any potential nerves. The location of the retreat was stunning, food was 5-star level (so fresh and local!), and the ammenities were wonderful. The Buena Vida team treated the ceremonies with such a deep level of compassion, love, and respect for the medicine which allowed me to feel so safe and have the ability to TRULY heal. They were attentive to everyone's needs without ever being overbearing. These lovely souls made the entire ceremony process look like a well-choreographed dance that they've been practicing for years and years!! My life has changed because of this experience and if you're on the fence please take my advice, do yourself a favor and embark on this journey!!
Katja von Tiesenhausen January 21, 2020
My experience at Buena Vida can be summed up in one word...Transformational. First of all, it is very well organized and planned. Transportation to and from the airport is arranged and well coordinated. Daily activities by the staff, such as meditation, energy work, dance, and yoga, can be as healing and expansive as the ceremonies themselves. The location is very private and safe and like a paradise, allowing for a comfortable, relaxing environment for inner work without distractions or physical discomforts. The chefs prepare food for each meal and it was better than a 5 star restaurant. The ceremonies were the safest ceremonies I've ever attended, which definitely helped the anxiety I had before each one. I felt truly cared for and supported by the staff, who were always readily available and extremely helpful. Through her words, song, drumming, and amazing presence, Amanda leads each ceremony with humor, power, wisdom, compassion, and connection to a Higher Consciousness within all of us, and is an amazing Shamanic healer. The plant medicine was in the form of a tea that did not taste bad at all. I felt no nausea, yet had powerful experiences. I really felt like I was part of a loving family while I was at this retreat. The insights I gained during my journeys have already resulted in more peace and clarity in my life.
Troy Winterrowd January 19, 2020
I've avoided diving into plant medicine out of fear. Having watched the movie Fantastic Fungi I new immediately that mushrooms was my ticket in. I didn't hesitate. Though my fear remained my expectations were blown to bits. The mushroom experience was more than I could have imagined and has profoundly changed my life. And I can't imagine finding any better stewards and space holders than this group of real and lovely souls. They orchestrated a beautiful, loving and nurturing experience that I'm still swimming in one week later. Also, the staff at the physical retreat center in Mexico were amazing. Just do it! Gratitude and more gratitude.
Julie Dunigan January 18, 2020
Jan. 2020 This is my third retreat with the Buena Vida. You can also read my previous reviews. I couldn’t imagine how the retreat could get any better but it has! I believe this is due to the increase in learning and experience acquired by Amanda and her team. They have adjusted the retreat like a skilled tailor fits a fine suit. The accommodations, the setting, the food are gorgeous! The container they create to do this sacred work is compassionate, intentional, respectful, and loving. I believe these ceremonies are guided by a higher energy because of the experiences I have had. If this wasn’t enough, the bonding that happens with the other participants and the Buena Vida folks is profound and healing. The icing on the cake was an unexpected bike ride through a stunning tropical mangrove forest surrounded by ocean surf . For me the Buena Vida retreats are not only dream like, but they have changed my life in a wonderful way. I am eternally grateful.
Mike Short January 17, 2020
The location and accommodations where nice, clean and beautiful. The staff was knowledgeable, open and loving. Wonderful cosmic guides that made you feel secure and safe when you are at your most vulnerable. The ceremonies were beautiful, powerful, and healing. If and when you are ready this is a safe place to explore and receive healing beyond your imagination. Mike Short
Lisa Sbragia December 23, 2019
I left the retreat with my heart filled with love and gratitude. A new perspective on my life and a new connection to my source that I hadn’t been able to reach through any other modalities. Absolutely changed my life. This is a true medicine. If you are doubting going on this retreat, don’t waste another minute. This will blast you though and above your negative thoughts and self doubts and set you on the right track with new focus. Planning on attending it again very soon!
David Lovely December 20, 2019
Amanda and her team are the most thoughtful and insightful facilitators I could imagine for a Psilocybin retreat. They are knowledgeable, organized and just do a great job. They have an incredible ability to help both novice and veteran participants. They truly improve the value you get from the experience. I will definitely be going to another retreat. I'm hoping to convince my wife to come or at least a friend. Thanks Amanda! :)
annette diaz kardonski November 14, 2019
Through the whole process, from the first contact to the weeks after the experience, the retreat leaders demonstrated full commitment to delivering the best possible experience. at all times they were supportive, they gave guidance and provided a safe space to let go and explore. I felt cared for and at ease because I also notice the rest of the participants being cared for. They were very candid and at the same time showed a high level of expertise in navigating the different experiences of the ceremonies. I also appreciate the ingredient of the traditional shamanic elements they brought to the whole experience. I look forward to attending another retreat in the near future!
Gayla Cavicchioni Valle November 14, 2019
This was my guidance when seeking out a spiritual refresh. Opportunity manifested in the form of the Buena Vida retreat. I rather suddenly and unexpectedly gave myself this rare gift in my older years (I’m 69) reawakening some magic I’ve held within me, waiting 40 years to express itself again. In the company of wonderful people, none of them “like me,” I experienced joy, trust, and acceptance that was a safe and sturdy platform for my own explorations. The results twinkle and spark on within me. Each person collaborating to provide and guide our path to the light within was well-equipped and devoted to their chosen mission of supporting us as individuals and as a group. We couldn’t have been more different from each other, yet a bond and trust was forged that was safe, genuine, and extends beyond the actual time we spent in each other’s company. A week in paradise with “best friends” was so good for my soul. I’m so happy I took the leap into the Buena Vida.
Dan Lang November 12, 2019
The experience during the retreat was truly profound, wonderful, and powerful. Words cannot adequately capture the feelings. Amanda and the entire team were so full of warmth and love, and provided such a safe and nonjudgmental environment for everyone. My personal experience with the plant medicine during the retreat was so incredibly profound (I keep coming back to that word), beautiful, and life changing, that it was exactly what I needed to break through my old patterns of thought. I wouldn't have been able to do that in any other environment. The entire team did an amazing job of explaining what we could expect each step of the way, beginning well before we arrived, during each day while there and during the ceremonies, and then how best to approach the integration back into the real world after the retreat was over. Amanda comes across as a go-with-the-flow kind of person, but you can be assured she has thought through every detail of the experience to make sure we are safe and well taken care of, and the best part is she and the team do it with such a sense of joy and happiness that you just want to smile and laugh when you're around them. I am so grateful that Amanda does what she does, and that she's picked the perfect team to help everyone work through their personal journeys. Thank you Amanda! The work you do truly changes lives!
Sharon Braunling November 12, 2019
I will keep this review short and to the point although I could go on for pages in detail about my week. Bottom line, it was a remarkable experience in every way. Amanda, Kate, Maria, Ryman and Stefan (the token male of the group) were all so kind and loving. I felt absolutely safe and supported during the week-both in and out of ceremony. The accommodations, food and workshops/yoga were all great. The ceremonies were profound for every participant there I believe- most definitely for myself. I attended with the intention of releasing a lot of resentment and anger I had been carrying for years. I communicated with the mushrooms for weeks prior to set my intention and it was obviously received and granted. I came out of the final ceremony with a new outlook on one relationship in particular and on life in general. I have had a spiritual practice for about 13 years prior to this retreat. I feel as if I was sticking my big toe in the spiritual pond beforehand and afterwards, I am fully immersed in the deep end! The psilocybin broke me wide ope in such a positive way and I am super excited to see what lies ahead for me on my journey. I am already planning a return to Beuna Vida with my sister in the spring. Thank you, thank you, thank you Amanda and staff for doing this amazing work.
Laura October 28, 2019
Led by a very experienced team. I always felt supported and understood. The staff goes above and beyond to make sure you have everything you need and that you are ok. The whole experience was very healing and enriching. If you are going to do a journey like this, it is great to know you are doing it with trustworthy people who are supporting you.
Johanna Henderix October 26, 2019
I felt so very well looked by Amanda, Kate and the whole team, during and in between the plant ceremonies. The personal attention given to me really helped me let go of a toxic load I have been carrying forever. The peaceful, beautiful surroundings were a balm for my nervous system, I am so grateful to the whole team for their devotion to my process.. Thank you Amanda for putting this in place.
R Wolf October 26, 2019
I must express my most profound gratitude for the experiences Buena Vida wove together for us/me. It was a positive life-changing week! The team worked together using their individual skills to provide a supportive environment for all the participants. As a former teacher, I recognized the well-thought-out "curriculum" Buena Vida put together...both professional and loving. Thank you, thank you, thank you....❤????????????????????
Connor Mercer October 25, 2019
Amanda and the team are such a perfect balance of nurturing, knowledgeable, and whimsical all at the same time. The location, the facilities, and the warm comforting presence they have created allow for deep healing work. I’m being completely honest I’ve never had that much of a cathartic release as the last medicine ceremony. I’ve been in therapy, tried every kind of SSRI, was in an outpatient mental hospital for a while with all manner of expressive, art, cbt and other therapies to try to address my depression/ anxiety and none of those things scratched the surface of what I experienced throughout this retreat. I remember having a thought in the midst of that last medicine session how I had been yearning for something this powerful for so long. I got to unlock many feelings, maybe for the fist time, I’ve either self medicated into suppression or kept busy to avoid feeling. This is a profound experience that everyone can benefit from, and there are no better group of people to trust in guiding you through the healing.
Maria Leotta July 24, 2019
If you are looking into using plant medicine but feel uneasy about doing it in the best way possible, then this is what you were seeking. I went into this journey with so much anxiety and trepidation and no experience using psychedelics at all. I just knew that I needed some help and this medicine felt right. From the moment I arrived and joined the leaders of this group, I knew I was safe, supported, and cared for beyond what I had hoped for. We were given great materials to work on, to set the most powerful and aligned intentions possible even before arriving to the retreat and once there, were given great information on what to expect, how to deal with what could come up, and abundant, non-judgmental love and guidance all the way through the process. My experience was so far beyond what I could have imagined a best case scenario to be and what I got out of doing this medicine in this way (with these well-prepared, kind, supportive and loving women leaders and powerful shaman who knows what she's doing and how do it safely). I can't honestly imagine trying this medicine in any other environment now, as I don't see how it could ever feel as powerful. The love and compassion these women provide, the safe space and unity of the group they create and the intense energies they bring in, made it so that I could feel safe to journey deep inside and let go of so much fear and uncertainty that was holding me back. If you're considering doing this for a first time or even a first time in this way, I can't think of any safer way, or anyone more competent with whom you can journey into this realm. My relationships within the group and with these amazing female leaders are ones that I will have and cherish forever, and our work together will never be forgotten.
Michelle Gill June 23, 2019
I came to the Buena Vida retreat at Sano Bay a broken woman, and left with such a sense of love and peace in my heart for myself that my family and friends are astonished. I knew I had some serious pain to face from severe childhood trauma, and I knew I needed to do something different because therapy had never "released the trauma" that I so often hear needs to be done. This stored trauma has been effecting my health and relationships for a long time. The medicine, with the help of the shamans and facilitators, helped me to do what I needed to do. It wasn't easy but I knew it wouldn't be. I always felt safe and cared for. This was an absolutely huge shift in my self perception. I can say with conviction that I am strong, I am a survivor-a term that I never really felt rang true for me-and that I can do anything I want in this life. I literally cannot believe how perfect the entire experience was. I am usually too anxious to go to new places, but I just trusted that it would be okay and it far exceeded my expectations. Every meal was a beautiful creation by chef Tina Jo at Sano Bay, which is a gorgeous, clean, wonderful place that I felt great in and I'm extremely sensitive to mold and chemicals. I could go on and on, but I will just say that Kate, Amanda, Ryman and the plant medicine absolutely saved my life. I am beyond grateful.
Charles Nicolosi June 01, 2019
The retreat took place at Sano Bay from May 24 to May 29. I would recommend this retreat to any sincere searcher. Amanda was a very helpful and friendly leader. Katie was an awesome singer and musician. The ambience was lighthearted and totally non-threatening. However, both ladies were very knowledgeable with years working with shamans as well as presiding over retreats.I have no criticisms...and why should I? My experiences were profound, the food was excellent and the beach and ocean were very special.
Carina Klet March 31, 2019
The organizers, facilitators, and shaman were all excellent, I always felt safe and well taken care of. Everything was explained clearly. The overall retreat was well organized with daily activities, workshops, and some excursions off-site. They also did a great job of facilitating connection among the retreat-goers. The retreat center was quiet and I appreciated having a room to myself (to into dorm style places), pretty nice place for being in the jungle. Would definitely recommend!
Julie Frederickson March 25, 2019
I am so glad I went to this retreat. This was one of most fun and intense experiences of my life. The whole retreat was well organized and planned out well by Amanda and Jess. I felt really care for and taken care of. From delicious and fresh meals, yoga, meditation, class room, and the ceremonies all worked together in harmony to allow healing fun to happen. Also enjoyed the group dynamic that encourages people to connect of deeper level is profound. I highly recommend this retreat to explore oneself and have adventure of life time.
Katharina Shervin February 05, 2019
Granted, I never had a baby, but I believe even if I had had a whole slew of kids this experience would rank right up there with the birth of my children. I had the transcendent trip that everyone hopes for, and I will be forever grateful to Amanda and Jessica for bringing together everyone and everything to make this retreat happen. Kate, the shaman, is amazing. The three of them together are so powerful. As the medicine came on during the 3rd ceremony, I felt like I was resisting with all my might. I kept repeating surrender and soon Amanda appeared by my side, gently telling me to breath. Then Jessica was there, too. Kate was singing to me. And my dear friend, Martha held my hand. My body started writhing. I was moaning and growling and laughing. I felt like I was birthing a dragon, and at the same time I was the dragon. All the strong emotions I had been holding in my body forever were being moved out. Amanda and Jessica were fanning away the negative energies. Kate sang and sang. Amanda put her hand on my heart. My body was filled with divine love and divine light and images of the Buddha. I was filled gratitude. I got a series of what everyone was calling downloads, one right after the other: I have been on the right path all along. I am a healer. Everything I have been doing is working for me. There have been people to help me all along the way. My husband is here to help me. We are going to find or build a big property where we are going to have plant medicine retreats. OMG. Plant medicine with a shaman and ceremony is incredible! If you are thinking about doing a plant medicine retreat: DO IT. If at all possible, do it with SOL Medicine. The spaces at Ozen are perfect for plant medicine ceremonies. Guest services could use a little improvement, and I have no doubt they will work towards that. --Amanda and Jessica will make sure of that-- That being said, my husband and I would not hesitate to do another retreat there.
The significance is hiding in the insignificant. Appreciate everything. Eckhart Tolle