The Buena Vida Mexico: Psilocybin Magical Mushroom Retreat


Day 1:

Meet and Greet

Opening Yoga, grounds tour and Meditation Walk

Dinner and Preparation for meeting the fungi
Mystical Journey sound bath

Day 2, Ceremony Day:
Morning yoga flow
Healthy breakfast and fresh juice
Free time to wander the jungle and swim in the cenote
Afternoon guided meditation "Entering your sacred space"
Sunset Psilocybin ceremony

Day 3, Free Day:

Morning Yoga/ Fresh Breakfast

Free/rest time or learn to play an instrument with our facilitators
Integration meeting with Shaman and facilitators
Lunch on property

Afternoon (optional) trip to the Tulum Ruins or calm day at the beach
Breath work meditation
Healthy vegetarian dinner
Singing Circle and Sound Tuning Workshop

Day 4, Ceremony Day:

Morning Yoga/ Fresh Breakfast

Optional services: Shamanic Acupuncture, Reiki healing, Sound Therapy
Mindfulness meditation
Preparation for Ceremony #2, Sunset Psilocybin journey

Day 5, Free Day:

Morning Yoga/ Fresh Breakfast

Integration meeting with Shaman and facilitators
Free time/ Beach time/Lunch
Afternoon (optional) snorkeling trip to the Grand Cenote
Mindfulness meditation
Healthy vegetarian dinner
Ecstatic Dance Party!

Day 6, Last Ceremony:

Morning Yoga/ Fresh Breakfast

Optional services: Shamanic Acupuncture, Reiki healing, Sound Therapy
Shamanic drumming lesson and meditation
Preparation for Ceremony #3

Day 7, Free Day:

Morning Yoga/ Fresh Breakfast

Integration meeting with Shaman and facilitators
Free time/ Beach time/Lunch
Setting up a sacred Altar
Sunset beach bonfire with our new friends!

Day 8, Final Day:
Morning Yoga/ Fresh Breakfast

Final meeting with Shaman and facilitators "Preparing for the Journey Ahead"
Lunch and Sweet Goodbyes!
Shuttle to Airport between 8am-1pm depending on timing of flights.

About This Event

The Buena Vida on the Yucatan Peninsula: A Magical 8-Day Experience!

The Buena Vida brings you a responsible and safe experience using the Ceremony of Psilocybin Magic Mushrooms on the gorgeous Mexican Yucatan. This medicine are for those who are looking for an authentic way to pursue their personal journey to consciousness and purpose. 

During the retreats, we use these mushrooms in a harmonic environment for profound self exploration, personal integration and healing. Enjoy a retreat of therapeutic transformation in the Mexican coastal jungle!
This is your invitation to join an exclusive group of 15-20 people on a life changing journey in Mexico, where you will awaken your mind, body and soul through ceremony, sound, movement and rest.
As well as taking part in the ceremonies you'll be fully cleansed during the days from a combination of meditation, yoga, art therapy, body holistic work, and vegetarian organic meals.

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Three Psilocybin ceremonies lead by Shaman Kate RyanEvent held in a large, private sanctuary in the coastal jungleLive music at all ceremonies , plus 3 helpful guides/facilitatorsSessions of preparation and integration with the shaman and facilitatorsLuxury Spa services (Reiki, Acupuncture and Sound Healing) offered on the propertyYoga and meditation classes to calm the mind and bodyDay trips to the beach and lots of free time to swim in our cenoteOptional day trips to the Tulum Ruins and a Cenote TourDelicious homemade vegetarian meals, cooked fresh with local ingredientsUnlimited filtered water, wifi access and many open spaces to enjoyPrivate, comfortable lodging in our one bedroom/private bath “Casita" studiosAirport pick up and drop off from Cancun (CUN) airport7-Day Online Psychedelic Preparation course and 1 free Skype Integration call after your retreat.
From a former guest, Sam: "Amanda is one of the most caring and compassionate women I’ve ever met. She’s a strong, guiding force who wields her energy like a healing baton. She understands herself and her place within the world she inhabits, and she honors the journey and honors the soul in ways I’d never experienced before. She’s also grounded and hilarious, which makes even the scary moments fun. I’d recommend any time you can spend with Amanda as possible. Her retreat changed my life."

Venue Highlights

Ozen Center, Mexico

Being one of the biggest and best retreat centers in Mexico, the OZEN resort is developed on a circular plot of 10 hectares with a cenote lake as the project center.

Around the cenote lake there are very beautiful buildings for different purposes such as yoga, meditation, art, dance, music concerts, and cultural mayan events.

The large retreat center includes 2 lobbies, 4 different dining areas, cafes, public bathrooms and 5 palapas and auditoriums equipped with modern audio and lighting for incredible events!


We have beautiful rooms available for you to stay at OZEN and enjoy it's unique meditative atmosphere.

Private 1-bedroom Casita. Queen Bed for Shared or Single Use. Private bathroom and shower in each room!


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • Bicycles For Rent


We provide transportation from Cancun/Playa del Carmen to our center. Its about 40 minutes from Cancun and 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen.

Tags: magicmushroom meditation mexico mindfulness mushroom mushrooms plantmedicine psilocybin sweat lodge temezcal yoga

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  • Michelle Gill   June 23, 2019

      I achieved in a week what a lifetime of therapy never did

    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.

  • Julie Dunigan   June 15, 2019


    This is my second retreat with Kate Ryan, June 2019. I returned because the first was a peak experience of my life. How could it get better than that? It did. Words escape me when trying to describe what happens when Kate creates and leads ceremony as shaman. After witnessing a second retreat I have a better understanding that she is a master at protecting and containing space then working with invisible master teacher forces to use her gorgeous singing and musical talents to move the energy of the medicine into our minds in order to do healing. It is not just her amazing signing and musical talents that give her this ability it is her level of being. Kate is an extraordinaryly awesome person with an enormous heart who is made to do this work. I have both experienced and observed her guiding people through enormously difficult and therefor transformational experiences gracefully to the other side with colossal love, care and expertise. Once back in waking reality there is the added bonus of hanging out with her which is like more medicine. Her personality is fascinating, loving and at times hysterical. If you get the chance to work with Kate, TAKE IT!

  • Julie Dunigan   June 14, 2019

      2nd phenomenal retreat with Amanda

    Just returned from a second retreat with Amanda in June 2019. I'm starting to believe this woman has SUPER POWERS. The retreat itself couldn't have gone smoother. The accommodations in Ensenada Mexico were so nice they were almost dreamlike. The food was healthy and delicious beyond imagination. Besides planning and organizing endless thoughtful details, Amanda's super powers lie in her shape shifting abilities. Facilitator, teacher, guide, comic relief, medicine woman, and being one of us, as we all bonded together. Words escape me as I try and describe the actual ceremonies. For me they have all been of extreme high vibration, supported with enormous love and protection. They were magical and transformational, I have returned more aligned with my true self!. You are extremely fortunate if you ever get the chance to be part of Amanda's amazing retreats.

  • Charles Nicolosi   June 01, 2019

      My first retreat and my first experience with psylocidin

    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.

  • Courtney P   April 21, 2019

      Talented Shaman and Musician

    Where to begin when describing Kate Ryan! Words fail me. Kate is an accomplished and knowledgeable shaman, a very important aspect to consider when looking into retreats and spiritual adventures. She is incredibly down-to-earth with a wonderful sense of humor; so easy to approach and converse with! Shamanism aside, I have heard few voices equal to Kate's powerful songs during ceremony. She is a gifted leader and musician with a Spirit given voice and lyrical ability, and masterful with many ceremonial instruments. She was such an important piece of my amazing ceremonies. I do not think they would have taken as powerful of a path without her guidance and leadership. Thank you!

  • Courtney P   April 21, 2019

      Exceptional Every Time

    I met Amanda a year prior at my first plant medicine retreat. She was amazing! Knowledgeable, personable, honest, hilarious! I had a wonderful experience. Fast forward some time, and I learned she had branched out and was doing another retreat with a different type of plant medicine. I was a bit nervous, but absolutely trusted Amanda and took the plunge. I have no regrets. She was there through every up and down, comforting and nurturing, and the wings that had begun to bud at my first retreat opened up and allowed me to soar. I am forever grateful for this beautiful woman who truly changed my life. I continue to evolve and a great percentage of that success is owed to Amanda Schendel! Thank you!

  • Richard Prager   April 02, 2019

      Committed, dedicated, and caring

    Amanda was very helpful and supportive before, during, and after the retreat my wife and I participated in with her in March, 2019. She is experienced, knowledgeable, and organized. She really wants everyone to feel safe and comfortable enough to take risks and grow. She has a sparkling personality, a good sense of humor, and great compassion.

  • Carina Klet   March 31, 2019

      Perfect first experience with plant medicine

    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

      Blast of my lifetime

    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.

  • Julie Frederickson   March 25, 2019

      Kate is gifted healer through her music art.

    While I was on plant medicine journey, Kate's talented vocal and musicality really provided support. She channels ethereal sounds and energy from other world that is very touching and lasting. She also is quite down to earth, easy to approach, fun, and genuine person . I fully appreciated interacting with this light worker.

  • Evan Renaerts   February 17, 2019

      Kate is a true blessing

    January 2019 I participated in a psylocibin retreat in the Yucatan and there I met Kate Ryan- WOW! Kate was trained by an Ayahuasca Shaman in Ecuador, she is a beautiful singer and has a huge heart. Being in sacred ceremonies means you aren’t just watching someone but experiencing them as they spin their magic. Kate seemed to effortlessly weave magic through ceremonies of 4 to 5 hours, while moving energy and holding a container of immense safety. You cannot be in ceremony with Kate without falling in love! Just to add some icing to this cake, Kate is completely down to earth and has a wonderful sense of humour! Participate in anything with Kate and you will be glad you did.

  • Evan Renaerts   February 17, 2019

      Amazing Amanda!

    I knew the first time I met Amanda that she was a special being, so full of life and love. This was proven beyond any doubt during the week-long psylocibin retreat I participated in during January 2019! Amanda organized and executed hundreds of logistical details, offered up warm welcomes and held sacred space. She is able to do what she does so well because she is living her passion. I’ve seldom felt more loved and cared for! If you have a chance to be in retreat with Amanda, jump at it!

  • Martha Anandakrishnan   February 15, 2019

      Talented and Magical

    I did a psilocybin retreat in Mexico with Kate as our shaman and she was central to the success of my experience. Having done a prior retreat without a shaman I can say that Kate’s singing and powerful facilitation made a huge difference in my journey. She is a very talented healer. I got to witness her singing over a participant who was having a very challenging trip and I was very impressed with how she handled that and brought the person through it, with the help of other wonderful facilitators.

  • Martha Anandakrishnan   February 15, 2019

      Awesome retreat

    This is the second retreat I’ve done with Amanda and both times she did an awesome job as a facilitator. She was one of the organizers of second retreat in Mexico and she looked after the large number of participants with professionalism, compassion, and a great sense of fun. I was impressed by how well organized the retreat was and how creative she was with the ceremonies. She always made sure our needs were met, whether it was transportation, a hot shower, or help during the ceremony. I highly recommend any retreat that involves Amanda!

  • Julie Dunigan   February 11, 2019

      A true light worker

    I had the great honor of being part of a sacred Psilocybin retreat in 2019 in part organized by Amanda. Not only did Amanda successfully organize an awesome 8 day retreat, constantly working on all of our behalf, but it was a total joy to be in her presence. She has both tremendous comedic gifts and a very healing quality that made us feel completely accepted no matter what type of baggage or wounding we came with. Her compassion, kindness, and knowledge as a facilitator were exceptional and I felt safe and well cared for during these Psilocybin ceremonies. Once deep in the medicine I was informed by the spirit of the mushroom that Amanda and her team were truly made for this sacred work and were part of something extremely important. I recommend her to anyone looking to do this type of deep work and hope that I can return to a future Sol medicine event as it was one of the most beneficial retreats of my life.

  • Julie Dunigan   February 11, 2019

      An honor to work with Kate

    I recently experienced a retreat using sacred medicine in Mexico with Kate Ryan being our Shaman. Having only previously done this type of work in Peru with indigenous shaman I didn’t know what to expect. I was completely blown away by Kate's ability to hold space, conduct ceremony, & sing sacred songs that lead me deep into the medicine. Once there, the medicine informed of this woman’s immense power and the powerful guides coming through her. Coming back into my waking awareness I lay their in complete awe of her as her singing was absolutely mesmerizing. Not only did I feel safe but I felt in the presence of this immense super natural force. What was even more remarkable, was how completely lovely, kind, and generous she was hanging out with all of us on our down time. I am eternally grateful to have worked with you Kate!

  • Blair Owens   February 10, 2019

      Amanda brings love and light!

    Amanda is flowing with creative and loving energy. She is the best friend you can open up to, providing the space to feel safe and accepted while also easing tension with her charismatic and uplifting personality. She has had me on the floor laughing (one of the best medicines), guided me through meditation with her beautiful drumming and singing and has also been there to listen in my most difficult times. Amanda is knowledgeable, comforting and understanding. She is someone I look up to on this path and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to connect with her.

  • Katharina Shervin   February 05, 2019

      The Single Most Amazing Experience of My Life

    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.

  • Petar Veljacic   November 20, 2018

      What a lovely soul!

    Amanda was one of the fire keepers in my final ayahuasca ceremony at Gaia Sagrada in Ecuador and I remember that she accomplished magnificent work that required loads of concentration and fine skills. She was moving around energies during my stay in Gaia with elegance and inspired many participants with the stories she shared. Key words that describe Amanda (except from being such a lovely soul) : clarity, efficiency and readiness. Looking forward to meeting Amanda again in some other set up!

  • Jansyn Cunyus   November 15, 2018

      Knowledgeable and Passionate

    My husband and I both had the opportunity to have Amanda facilitate our psychedelic journeys. I can say that without a doubt, she is both knowledgeable and compassionate. She helped my understanding of the experience and led me through several breakthroughs that were instrumental in my growth through the process. Her witty hilariousness never failed to lighten up any tense moments that arouse. Her breadth of knowledge on just about any subject matter made conversations with her as easy as they come. I would be honored to have her facilitate another one of my experiences in the future.

  • Megan   November 13, 2018

      Healing Magic

    Something about Amanda and her energy makes you feel accepted- which is a very comforting feeling during ceremonies. From the way she holds herself, holds a ceremony, and holds space for other beings is full of such natural grace it makes you feel warm knowing that you are safe with her. If you have been intrigued by this sort of healing but haven’t taken the leap I’d say that this is the sort of place to do it!

  • Megan   November 13, 2018

      Healing Magic

    Something about Amanda and her energy makes you feel accepted- which is a very comforting feeling during ceremonies. From the way she holds herself, holds a ceremony, and holds space for other beings is full of such natural grace it makes you feel warm knowing that you are safe with her. If you have been intrigued by this sort of healing but haven’t taken the leap I’d say that this is the sort of place to do it!

  • Jeff Canada   November 13, 2018

      Magestic human!

    Amanda was an amazing facilitator and friend on my retreat. Her calming energy was able to ground me and help me along my journey. She gracefully led me through meditations, yoga, ceremonies, massages, and was a kind friendly ear to listen and talk with me. I highly recommend Amanda and am so happy to have her in my life. ❤️

  • Tinatsu Wallace   November 13, 2018

      Compassionate and trustworthy facilitator

    Amanda facilitated during a retreat experience I had in Jamaica, and I absolutely loved her bubbly but grounded presence. Her knowledge, experience, and insight helped me navigate my own experiences, and she's just plain fun to hang out with as well. I would work with her again anytime.

  • Martha Anandakrishnan   November 13, 2018

      Joyful, Intelligent, Caring

    I connected with Amanda the moment I met her—she has the kind of positive energy people are drawn to immediately. The sort of work she does with retreats demands a serious commitment to the wellbeing of the participants (which can be challenging); yet Amanda has a light touch and a sense of humor that make the experience more effective and enjoyable. My best moments were spent with her and I trusted her implicitly. I would definitely do another retreat with her and highly recommend her!

  • Nicole Sambor   November 13, 2018

      Calming Presence

    As a somewhat anxious, introverted person, I have a tendency to keep my distance from most people until I know them well. This was not necessary with Amanda. I felt safe around her from the moment that I met her, while she was working as a facilitator at a retreat that I attended in Jamaica. Her compassionate, calming presence was felt immediately. Additionally, she has a great sense of humor, which helps. The retreat wouldn’t have been the same without her.

  • Sam   September 21, 2018

      caring and compassionate

    Amanda is one of the most caring and compassionate women I’ve ever met. She’s a strong, guiding force who wields her energy like a healing baton. She understands herself and her place within the world she inhabits, and she honors the journey and honors the soul in ways I’d never experienced before. She’s also grounded and hilarious, which makes even the scary moments fun. I’d recommend any time you can spend with Amanda as possible. Her retreat changed my life.

  • Paul Gambill   July 12, 2018

      Amanda is a warm and thoughtful guide who makes experiences more fun

    I went on a retreat hosted by Amanda in July 2017 at a beautiful house in Sammammish, WA. From the moment I arrived until the time that I left, I felt like a very welcome guest. Amanda has such a fun and endearing personality that makes it very easy to feel comfortable with her as a guide. She offered an opportunity to discuss 1 on 1 with her any concerns or anxieties I was feeling, and that was really helpful to preparing me for the ceremonies. Every detail about the weekend was meticulously planned, from food to activities to how to create a comfortable space for all the attendees. I had an incredible experience with her, and I would absolutely do it again if she was hosting a retreat in my area.

  • Katherine Elonna   July 10, 2018

      Joyful and Powerful Leader & Excellent Ceremonies

    I was lucky enough to have Amanda as one of my Ayahuasca facilitators. I've also worked personally with her in a one-on-one mushroom journey. She truly is able to hold space and provide such a caring and warm environment. I think its so important to trust the person who is leading you through these psychedelic spaces. Amanda has a firm grip on these medicines and also has such a light-hearted personality and warmth so that I always felt it was easy to let go and breathe into my lessons and healing. I find her experience with traditional ceremonies helpful as she creates a beautiful and intimate space for your journey. However, she also is a modern teacher and able understand the needs and background of westerners. Overall, I'd love to attend any retreat or journey that she hosted. I can't wait to see what's next for Amanda!

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