AYAWAKENING - Ayahuasca Mastermind in Santos, Brazil

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About This Center


Ayahuasca culture in Brazil is very diverse. It has been used by indigenous cultures dating back thousands of years. But it took until 1930 that Raimundo Irineu Serra, the son of an former slave, got introduced to the medicine by native tribes. In his visions he encountered “the queen of the forest” and founded the syncretic Santo Daime religion. Which incorporates elements of Catholicism, African Spiritism and indigenous Shamanism. He thereby laid the groundwork for the vibrant and diverse Ayahuasca culture in modern day Brazil. Today, about a hundred years later, the sacramental use of Ayahuasca has been adapted even by Buddhist, Yogic and holistic institutions and communities in Brazil. 

Ayahuasca ceremonies in Brazil usually take place on weekends and holidays. They are facilitated by non profit, religious institutions and spiritual communities and come at comparably low cost. The wide variety of contemporary ayahuasca culture in Brazil is largely unknown to foreigners an even most Brazilians. Since Ayahuasca churches and communities in Brazil do not advertise and rarely have a searchable presence on the web, the most challenging part in the Brazilian Ayahuasca experience is finding a great facilitator. The next challenge is to get safely to those remote locations, where navigation systems often fail and roads can get rough.

We provide preparation, transport, translation and integration. We choose facilitators carefully and based on your preferences, for an unique and unforgettable experience.

Afterglow  Workshop

Once you have experienced ayahuasca first hand, it is time to dive deeper into the science of the ayahuasca afterglow (the weeks after taking ayahuasca). If used intentionally, the increase in brain-plasticity and neurogenesis in the brain allow you to overwrite habitual behavior more easily. Your mindfulness and creative abilities skyrocket and you become less judgmental about others. Studies show that ayahuasca might be a safe alternative to antidepressants. The ability and willingness to self-reflect is probably the most important psychological prerequisite for the intake of ayahuasca. In our afterglow workshop, you can learn how to integrate your ayahuasca experience in a safe, purposeful and productive manner.

Microdosing  Workshop

Taking microdoses of a substance means taking a fraction of a dose that would be required to have a full-blown experience. Microdosing psychedelics is a huge trend in the business community and there are good reasons for this. A microdose of ayahuasca has beneficial effects, similar to those of the afterglow.  In this workshop you will have a chance to experiment with microdosing ayahuasca and learn all about sourcing and microdosing psychedelics in general and ayahuasca in particular.

Coaching sessions

Our coaching sessions are all about you. Your personal goals and how your ayahuasca journey can help you get there. We also offer professional video-shoots for your personal record. A snapshot of yourself and your goals at that time, that may serve you in the future.

Meditation exercises

We practice selected meditations from the “Vijnana Bhairava Tantra”. Vijnana = Science in Hindi, Bhairava =  Bha means creation, ra means sustenance and va means destruction. Therefore, Bhairava is the one who creates, sustains and dissolves. Tantra = A mystical spiritual path. This 5000 year old ancient dialogue between the deity Shiva and his consort Devi is considered by many as the last word on meditation.  It describes 112 ways to enter into the universal and transcendental state of consciousness. A real treasure of direct pathways to inner awakening.

Integration sessions

After your experience you will feel great and we want it to stay that way. During the afterglow you will have a heightened sensibility, creativity and overall brain-plasticity. In this valuable time-frame you will be powerful and vulnerable at the same time. Our on-demand integration sessions, will allow you to avoid typical mistakes and help you make the most of your afterglow.

A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’ —a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. -Albert Einstein

Venue Highlights

Santos is a recognized spa-town and lies at the coastline 50 miles south from Sao Paulo. It is one of the cities with the highest quality of life in Brazil. Due to its infrastructure, safety and spa character, it is the perfect setting for our mastermind and the main base for our group excursions along the coast. Santos features a seven-kilometer stretch of beach with a verdant promenade that is the largest Beach Front Garden in the world and features activities like paragliding, diving, yoga, surfing, brazilian jiu jitsu, capoeira, massages, ecotourism and long walks on the beach.


Experience the powerful benefits of an ayahuasca retreat, without making compromises regarding privacy or comfort. For our 10 Day Mastermind you will choose your own accommodation. Pick a spa, a hostel or choose a private apartment on AirBnB. Make use of our free booking assistance. As locals we can make sure that you make the right pick.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping
  • Bicycles For Rent
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Includes Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Santos is only 60 km from São Paulo, 90 km from the International Airport São Paulo Guarulhos. The cheapest way to get there is to take a bus from Sao Paulo Airport (GRU) to Santos. It will take about 90 minutes. Costs: R$ 26 - R$ 40. We can arrange Pick-up from the Airport or Santos Bus station for a small additional fee.

Weekend Retreats:
For our weekend retreats in Bertioga, we offer pick-up and drop-off locations in Sao Paulo and Santos.

  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • Carla Monteiro   May 31, 2019

      Great Insight Experience

    When you are away from your country the most important thing you can ask is security and with Daniel that was granted. Very responsible person that fully protects you in a country he knows so well. Great company totally knowledgeable of the experiences he hosts. Wonderful insight, marvelous experience, great connections and a friendship that will last for a lifetime. Great human. Thank you 🙏

  • Cathrine Svensson   May 26, 2019

      A safe and amazing experience

    I attended one of Daniels 3-day workshops during my travels in Brazil last month, after wanting to experience the plant for a long time. In Brazil its a lot of Aya ceremonies happening, with different styles. What Daniel did was finding a ceremony based on my preference, helped me prepare mentally for the ceremony by providing well researched and scientific information about the plant and its short and long-term effects (even though I've also done my own research, I found this very useful - and I could also discuss my worries with him). The ceremony we attended was in a small and free-minded community outside of Sao Paulo, a place I would never had the chance to find on my own. The setting was very comfortable with a bonfire and amazing live music. None of the other participants or the hosts there spoke english very well, so I felt very safe having Daniel there to translate, and he also made sure that I was feeling comfortable during the ceremony without acting like a babysitter (I was actually a bit afraid that it would feel like that), and I had the full space to have my own experience. I was also brought safely to the ceremony and back the morning after. Daniel is a very kind and down-to-earth guy, that genuinely wants to show people what this medicine is capable of doing. I'm not gonna go into my experience, because its very individual, but it was amazing, and can totally recommend Daniel as a facilitator / guide for anyone that is curious or feels the call to experience this magical plant.

  • Dani Santos   May 22, 2019

      Gratidão 🙏

    All my life, I struggled with low self-esteem and fears, always sought an inner peace that I never had. I read a lot about ayahuasca and I was filled with hope that peace could come from this tea. When I arrived at the ritual I did not like the environment very much and I judged so many people there. After I drank the ayahuasca I spent 4 hours feeling the effects of the tea. I received so many answers, so many teachings, so many visions. A feeling of gratitude for everything reigned in me. I understood the meaning of life is to love. I immediately loved all those people who were there, the trees, the moon, the cats. Everything was perfect and magical. I felt a peace I had never felt in my life. During the next week I floated with happiness. Over time the greater effect passed, but I have grown a lot through this. Today I continue treatment with microdosing and it is fundamental to my psychological and emotional wellbeing.

  • Uwe Greiner   May 21, 2019

      Good to wake up

    Santos is a dream town in Brazil: you can walk safely at night at the beach and enjoy the cool air. Families and children do the same even by midnight. Then there are the many offers for tourists, Brasiliens from São Paulo and other places. Daniel gave us an excellent science based introduction about the use and working of Ayahuasca. He then brought us personally to a place of meditation where we received the tea and enjoyed the friendly company of Brasiliens and Westerners. We felt very safe and the music was good and stimulating. We both had our spiritual experience and felt new born the next morning. We will come again.

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

To continue down this amazing path I am on ! Linsey

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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