Heart of the Jungle: 7-Day Bluestone Ayahuasca Retreat in Cancun, Mexico: October 24th – 31th 2019 –

Event Highlights

  • Three Ayahuasca ceremonies
  • Rapee [rap-PAY] offered at all ceremonies
  • Session with transgenerational bioneuroemotion therapist
  • Live music at all ceremonies
  • Two temazcal therapies (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

Schedule

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 following two of the ceremonies.

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
11am: Massage
12pm: Temazcal
2pm: Light lunch
Free time and resting before the ceremony
7pm-4am, approximately: Ayahuasca ceremony

About This Event

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.

“Vines and trees will teach you that which you will never learn from masters.” Bernard of Clairvaux ~ Honey and Salt: Selected Spiritual Writings

Venue Highlights

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.

Accommodations

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

Amenities

  • Pool

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Pescetarian
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

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, 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.

Directions

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

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  • Tatiana Pepe   November 12, 2019

      Life changing!

    Going to a bluestone retreat was absolutely one of the BEST decisions I could have ever made in my life. Before going, I was struggling a lot with things mentally and physically. I needed something that could help turn things around for me. I took a complete leap of faith and chose to head down to Mexico all by myself to attend this retreat. It was such a life changing experience and I could not be more satisfied. The people, the food, the property, and the medicine were all extraordinary! My group of 6 were all amazing and are now my friends for life. Arturo, Amina, Sharon, Sandra, David, Inu, And Lori are true healers and help you work with this plant medicine and everything it has to offer so that it has the most positive impact on you that you could imagine! I cannot wait time continue to work with the medicine and work on myself. I will definitely be going back one day! Thank you to all the healers and to mother Ayahuasca! Por Vida!

  • Nick Kraz   November 07, 2019

      Most important decision for my health

    This was a life-changing experience for me. I was hesitant at first, but the care and guidance that Sharon and management approached me with won me over, and I'm glad they did. The facility is very comfortable and the perfect set and setting for taking Ayahuasca. The ceremonies are beautiful and intense, but you always feel in good hands with the Ayahuascheros who are experienced and extremely talented. The music is beautiful and the way they work with the medicine allowed for deep personal work to be accomplished. This tribe truly cares about the people and give everything they have to contribute to your healing. The integration sessions in between ceremonies also allow for processing and receiving wisdom from the leaders on the meaning of the experience. This was the most important decision I've ever made for my health. Thank you to the Bluestone Xochipilli tribe.

  • Audrey Portes   October 31, 2019

      The best experience in life

    When you enter the center you are amazed by its beauty and then you meet the people that live there and work there and you are even more amazed. They are such loving people, they are kind and generous, always helping and supporting you in your journey to discover yourself. The retreat is one of the best experience I had in life so far and I am grateful to Mother Ayahuasca and to the people in Bluestone that showed me their unconditional love. I leave the center as another person, I have discovered, grown and understood so many things about myself that words cannot even describe it. Thank you for everything, I am forever grateful.

  • Frank Lougher   August 03, 2019

      Back for More. Our Second Retreat.

    My wife and I attended our first retreat in March and returned in July. We had tremendous healing the first time but knew we needed to attend again. You leave transformed all in ways . We decided to return after one month if leaving the first retreat as we knew there was so much more that we wanted to tap into. Man were we right. So much new insights came the second time around. Really full healing. The experience does want over 10 years of therapy and medication cant due and that is truly heal you. Trust in mother earth, Ayahuasca as this was present long before modern medicine which is monetary based. I can promise you healing as I have seen it in us and the many participates that have attended. All the staff are tremendous people. Words cant express the live and cate they show. Live time friendships with them and your fellow participants. Sandra and Sharon also provide tremendous one on one personalized healing that we can not express enough thanks for. If you want to do one thing for yourself that will heal your soul, spirit and body DO THIS do not hesitate .Dont let your mind tell you no. It wants you to stay right where you our. Let go of any apprehension I can promise you you will forever that yourself. I would be happy to share more you you as we all deserve a wonderful, loving life. Aho

  • Ellie Darby   July 27, 2019

      Outstanding and authentic

    Best. Retreat. Ever! This place exceeded my expectations by a million miles. The amount of love, care, effort, heart and soul that goes into this retreat is difficult to put into words. From start to finish I cannot fault it. A true, authentic ayahuasca experience that I am forever grateful for! The whole team are the purest of souls and such wonderful warm people you instantly feel like it’s a second home. There was 9 western rookies and 7 staff who were our support system 24 hours a day, there for support, deep talks, laughs and fun. The week consisted of 3 ayahuasca ceremonies, 2 temezcals (sweat lodge), a trip to a cenote, a body energy session and a biogenerational talk with Sandra. Not to mention home cooked, healthy, wholesome vegan food and a wonderful relaxing gorgeous location. During the first ceremony Arturo the shaman explained fully how the ceremony would work, what we can expect and full information to make us feel comfortable and relaxed. Arturo and the team are highly experienced with ayahuasca which was invaluable. We all felt in such safe hands and I have my full trust in them as the perfect guides in the experience. During the ceremony the team would play music based on our energy, helping us through the rollercoaster journey of ayahuasca - which is much more complicated than it sounds. Everything was based on the energy, rather than timelines or schedules! I personally went through an intense phase during a ceremony and Amina and Laurie both helped me through it, staying by my side, cooling me with a fan and getting me whatever I needed - water, pillows, smiles :) they truly cared for me and that is very hard to come by! I would absolutely love to go back to this retreat and I am going to recommend to my friends interested in ayahuasca because i can’t imagine anywhere else to be better than bluestone! An extraordinary authentic and safe retreat which fosters personal growth and the rebirth of your soul.

  • Omar Jadan   July 26, 2019

      The greatest and most transformative week of my life!

    I’ve heard a lot about Ayahausca and DMT before I said “F-it, worst case scenario I’ll spend a week in Mexico!” But at that time I had grossly underestimated the medicine and never thought that so much healing is possible within a short timespan. The work I’ve done is easily worth several lifetimes of traditional therapy, and mother Ayahuasca has an indescribable way of ridding you of all your anxieties and troubles and forcing you to sign a new lease on life. The saddest day of my life will always be the day when the retreat was over, and I walked away from my brothers and sisters and back into the old world, but I also know that it will be the beginning of something new and better, and I now approach the most distant of strangers as though as they could be the most precious person I know. There is absolutely nothing to lose, and the whole world to gain!

  • RK   June 29, 2019

      With deep gratitude

    Bluestone is a completely majestic space that I feel very lucky to have found❣️ If your interested in healing both your spirit and your soul this is the destination for you. The Shamans and caregivers are both wonderful and compassionate. The energy and heart space you feel at ceremonies is so amazingly strong and their music guides you perfectly. They completely know what they’re doing and they’re very much able to feel your energy and your needs at all gatherings. I couldn’t be happier with my journey, it was exactly what I needed and I feel privileged to have met these humans. Many, many thanks to everyone that contributes to the heartbeat of Bluestone. You’ve created such a beautifully spiritual place and I can’t wait to visit again soon. Thank you for the fantastic food and all the memories. Blessings as well to my closest friend... the pool! 🐸💦😄 Gracias 🙏🏼

  • RK   June 29, 2019

      With deep gratitude

    Bluestone is a completely majestic space that I feel very lucky to have found❣️ If your interested in healing both your spirit and your soul this is the destination for you. The Shamans and caregivers are both wonderful and compassionate. The energy and heart space you feel at ceremonies is so amazingly strong and their music guides you perfectly. They completely know what they’re doing and they’re very much able to feel your energy and your needs at all gatherings. I couldn’t be happier with my journey, it was exactly what I needed and I feel privileged to have met these humans. Many, many thanks to everyone that contributes to the heartbeat of Bluestone. You’ve created such a beautifully spiritual place and I can’t wait to visit again soon. Thank you for the fantastic food and all the memories. Blessings as well to my closest friend... the pool! 🐸💦😄 Gracias 🙏🏼

  • Phoebe Lo   April 12, 2019

      Love and infinite joy

    The task of articulating in words something so incredibly powerful, beautiful, and life-changing does not begin to do it justice (but I will try!) This medicine, to me, is a platform and tool to access immense understanding and appreciation and if you feel in any way called to it - there is a reason for that. Don't be afraid of it. During the retreat, while navigating the work you are doing within yourself, you exist within a collection of the most incredible shining souls. Arturo, Amina, Sharon, Sandra, Ino, Lori, David, (and of course Arturo #1, Maru, and Ariel!) There is intense supportiveness with this group and you feel truly taken care of. Noone is left behind. The retreat size (ours was 7 incredible women) is the perfect amount of people, to where everyone feels like they have the amount of time/space/connection/support to work through what comes up during the ceremonies and heal collectively. Although everything at the retreat is physically beautiful (your accommodation is cozy and airy, the gorgeous pool is relaxing, the nature is exquisite, the food is healthy and delicious) these aspects are nothing in comparison to the beauty of how the nonphysical space is held. I think the most important questions you need to ask when looking into plant medicine experiences are these: How is the sacred space during the ceremony held? Do you trust the shaman's capacity to guide you through, potentially, one of the most vulnerable moments of your life? Let me answer for you here. The ceremony space is held with impeccable care and intense thoughtfulness. The shaman, Arturo, is incredibly experienced and approachable. Each member of the team has their own healing capabilities and during the ceremonies, while playing the most beautiful Ikarus, they walk around emanating light, joy, and love and shining that to you. I will carry that exact light around with me everywhere I go, for the rest of my life. Thank you Xochopili. Missing you all very much and sending you so much love. Ometeyo!

  • Frank Lougher   April 01, 2019

      Life Changing

    Where to start, wow. How often do you go somewhere to work on you? Really work on you, your inner emotions that may be holding onto you. Releasing them and seeing the root cause and how to heal. Arturo, the Shaman and all of the staff meet with you one on one for you to explore what your intentions are. Their intuition is unbelieve. You are gien insights daily into yourself that is so right on. All of the staff connects with you. You grow an unbelievable bond with those people from around the world here for enlightment. Your friendships are meaningful and not superficial..life long. You have an unbelievable connection now with the world. To not fear the experience. The majority of the world wants you be be in fear, have doubt .etc. Mother Ayahuasca tells you to embrace her and let go of that fear. I had anxiety and depression for over 10 years. Therapy, I felt never helped as you never really express your true emotions. We all hold something in back that we do not wa t ti address. Your mind protects itsself. Mother Ayahuasca brings this to you. In one week you experience a healing that you never achieved in your lifetime. Now, my wife and I want to return to continue our journey. The universe loves us all and we really love ouselves. I can not express enough how you should take this journey. If you let go of your ego and say there is so much more out there than I can possible image you will change yourself in a way you never would have imagined Lastly. I was hesitant about starting this journey. I didnt really fear the Ayahuasca. I feared myself.what would I learn about me. I learned that Mother Ayahuasca does not reveal or give you something you can not handle. The staff Artura, Amina, Sandra and everyone around you bring wisdom and comfort to you. Sharon video chatted with us and answered all of my questions prior to the retreat. She allso emaied us. I felt comfortable and that the fear was me. In summary, I have no fear about myself. Past emotions have clarity and are gone. Take the journey you will forever thank yourself. Aho.

  • Juliana Ker   March 26, 2019

      Beyond amazing

    To say that my time at Bluestone Ayahuasca was life-changing wouldn't even be doing it justice. Within just a week, I was able to achieve such a profound level of transformation and change - something that my soul had been longing for, for almost a decade. The love, support and guidance I received from the entire team went well beyond my highest expectations. The intentional care and love that goes into every single detail of the experience is extremely evident - from the preparation of the medicine, the beautiful ceremonies, integration, temezcals, and the amazing food. I can honestly say I now consider them family and would trust this team with my life. I came to the retreat lost, with a deep sadness in my heart; and left with a renewed sense of hope and passion for life. If you're even remotely considering a retreat at Bluestone, please trust the call and go! I can't thank Sharon and the entire team enough for this beautiful, transformative experience.

  • Anja Jane Sheriden   March 07, 2019

      Life changing

    I loved the retreat and the wonderful team at Bluestone. I choose the retreat because of the other reviews and they sounded so heartfelt I knew I was making the right decision but it was ultimately it was Sharon's amazing emails that made me feel cared for and supported and that support never stopped throughout the whole retreat. I think this retreat would be an amazing healing experience without the ayahausca because of this care. I had a one on one with Sandra who helped shape my healing process, intergation in groups after each ceromony but it was the beauitful music that Arturo and the team played throughout the night that brought me to tears. I left the retreat with some deep and profound questions answered with an experience that will be with me for the rest of my life as well as friends scattered across the globe that have remained friends. Thank you!!

  • Antonio Hernandez   March 01, 2019

      Best experience

    It was a experience that I would love to go back. It helped me see things and opened me doors in a better way.

  • Scott from Toronto   February 27, 2019

      spiritual seeker who got his answers

    I am a spiritual seeker. I had done Ayahuasca on 2 previous occasions. I have never been to Peru, but it is difficult for me to imagine a better place than Bluestone. The music was amazing. The people are amazing. Arturo's words before and after ceremony were often profound. It was a magical experience. If you feel the call to experience Ayahuasca, stop searching and book it. Scott from Toronto

  • David P Wichman   February 06, 2019

      So incredibly powerful

    So beautiful so safe the staff so kind everything just flowed. This was a very intense experience for me. I felt completely cared for heard and seen the entire experience. I found a place I will return. Comfortable clean elegant and yet simple. The food is great if you are called to this space ..go with your heart.

  • Chanel Dale   February 06, 2019

      Bluestone Ayahuasca is the real deal!

    This retreat is a truly immersive, healing and spiritual journey. Sharon and the team at Bluestone will support, challenge and nurture your spirit. You will come out a new person. The ayahuasca ceremonies are beautifully artist and spiritual that will blow your mind. The healing ceremonies are supported by integration sessions to help you process your experiences. All of the services provided were well executed. I would recommend this retreat to anyone who is hearing the call of Mother Ayah Let the healing begin!

  • Paul Scott   February 04, 2019

      Unforgettable memories!

    I had an absolute awesome time. I met like minded people and there was a strong sense of community in no time at all. I was very nervous about signing up for a retreat as I had never tired anything like this before. All staff were so kind and friendly and welcomed me and everyone else and made us feel at ease from the very start. This retreat was challenging to me in some ways, particularly because I had never been to a ceremony before so I had to face this challenge but there was no need to worry. There was a strong connection between guests and staff and I felt completely safe at all times. I was here at the end of January so it was cold at night sometimes, the weather in the day was warm to hot so I’d recommend some layers for December to February, as it got cold during the ceremonies. Apart from that, the retreat was very safe, comfortable and enjoyable. I would recommend anyone considering this to sign up, you won’t be disappointed. The ceremonies were challenging but I got exactly what I wanted from Ayahuasca with each ceremony teaching me something new. I found it very beneficial to have the intergration meetings after each ceremony so we could all share our stories. From my perspective, Ayahuasca is definitely a medicine that can be used to heal the mind, I found out to be very powerful and I could not have learned so much about myself in one week without the help of these plants. I will always remember the week I spent here and I already want to sign up again. It was that good! Paul

  • Sandra Glinka   January 07, 2019

      The best place on the planet

    I have been to this retreat twice in two months. That must mean something. It’s a place where you instantly feel at home. People who work there are so dedicated to your healing. The conditions are great, everything is clean and comfortable, great food, beautiful pool. I will definitely be back again.

  • Julian A Macias   January 05, 2019

      A wonderful place/staff that helped me discover my greatest self

    I made the decision to visit Xochipilli Retreat Center (Bluestone) after reading a few reviews and ultimately talking to Sharon. She made me feel safe, confident and excited to embark on this journey with them. I could not of asked for a better location, staff and experience. Their accomodations were wonderful, the food was delicious (and super healthy) and it was well organized throughout. I cannot recommend them enough for this type of experience. As for the experience, I can honestly say that it changed who I am at a core level. I went to Cancun with expectations as to what might occur and what resolutions I might encounter. I never imagined I would leave with the gifts I was given. For the first time in my life I was introduced to who I really am and I was given an identity by Mama Ayahuasca that has changed the way I interact with the world. The “Mama” stripped me of fears that have been holding me back for so long, and illuminated a path for my future that I see so clearly I can almost taste it. I believe this allowed a quantum leap in my development, and I stand here today more confident than I have ever felt in my life. I wake up with a sense of purpose beyond my 9-5, and I go to sleep excited to continue the journey the next day. Simply put, my experience has turned me on to a level of living I have only ever heard motivational speakers talk about and I never imagined I would be there. I am eternally grateful for the work happening at Bluestone. They are wonderful people who follow through on their purpose to help people realize themselves. I truly believe that anyone who is willing to trust the Bluestone experience will leave that place different and better for having gone.

  • Rena Wells   January 05, 2019

      Words cannot express my love and gratitude xo

    If you can take this review and intensify it by 1000% then my words have only touched the surface of your heart. I have been doing deep inner work since I was 16 years old I am now 42 in a few days. I am also super clairvoyant and work full time as an intuitive and healer. In order for me to do deep work, as I am super sensitive I knew I needed an honorable shaman and staff who took spiritual work seriously and who knew how to properly work in energy. Trust me when I say you will not find such caring, loving people who's main priorities are to help and heal others. Never have I felt such deep nurturing, caring and love which has helped me to heal in ways I never thought possible. I have since been back a 2nd time, and each time my experiences were different varying from highly awakening and illuminated while other times it took me deeply into parts of myself where I wasn't loving myself. Over the 6 ceremonies I have gotten my health back, my digestion has healed, I have lost 30lbs and I am back to honoring my body and my health. My marijuana addiction is no more, and my spiritual practice has BOOMED and manifested in ways I never thought possible. This is all because of the safe loving energy and hard work the staff does to ensure you receive the best healing possible on your journey. I will be back, because there is nobody else with whom I would feel safe enough to truly open my vulnerable side and to have my soul met pure unconditional love. I practice keeping my energy vibrations clean and aligned, and I am very weary of most spiritual practitioners but not Arturo and his staff. Never in the past have I been to other healers, or intuitive readers, all my healing has been done alone between me and my connection to the Universe, and I have healed deep traumas. The Bluestone staff were the first people I have ever opened up to, and I'm glad I did. I wouldn't be doing healing work with anybody else. Thank you to everyone at Bluestone, I will be back and I honor the amazing work you are doing to help heal our world. Namaste xo I love you all. -Rena xo

  • Julian A Macias   October 30, 2018

      Life Changing Experience, I am eternally grateful to Bluestone and their staff

    Hello all, I made the decision to visit Xochipilli Retreat Center (Bluestone) after reading a few reviews and ultimately talking to Sharon. She made me feel safe, confident and excited to embark on this journey with them. I could not of asked for a better location, staff and experience. Their accomodations were wonderful, the food was delicious (and super healthy) and it was well organized throughout. I cannot recommend them enough for this type of experience. As for the experience, I can honestly say that it changed who I am at a core level. I went to Cancun with expectations as to what might occur and what resolutions I might encounter. I never imagined I would leave with the gifts I was given. For the first time in my life I was introduced to who I really am and I was given an identity by Mama Ayahuasca that has changed the way I interact with the world. The “Mama” stripped me of fears that have been holding me back for so long, and illuminated a path for my future that I see so clearly I can almost taste it. I believe this allowed a quantum leap in my development, and I stand here today more confident than I have ever felt in my life. I wake up with a sense of purpose beyond my 9-5, and I go to sleep excited to continue the journey the next day. Simply put, my experience has turned me on to a level of living I have only ever heard motivational speakers talk about and I never imagined I would be there. I am eternally grateful for the work happening at Bluestone. They are wonderful people who follow through on their purpose to help people realize themselves. I truly believe that anyone who is willing to trust the Bluestone experience will leave that place different and better for having gone. - Julian Macias

  • Rena Wells   July 08, 2018

      I Trust Them with my Life

    I just complete the Heart of the Jungle Retreat and words can not express what I feel. I have found my family tribe, who were there every step of the way as I learned more about me. They nurtured my gifts as I am highly sensitive to energy, and allowed me to step into my calling. They saw me and loved me and allowed me to be me in a very powerful way. I trust the staff with my life and that is a very important aspect when you are doing this type of work with Ayahuasca. I plan to do all my future Ayahuasca ceremonies with this group, and I will be back very soon. I can't say anything negative, it was all amazing and so very good. I love you all deeply and I will see you soon! xo Rena Wells

  • Viridiana Gonzalez-Amparan   April 09, 2018

      Happier and grateful than never

    I have no more words than gratitude for this place, the people, each of them in this center are amazing and Im so grateful for the moment in which God and the entire universe put me in this place for my physical and spiritual healing. I experienced ayahuasca last year with them and for sure this was the most beautiful experiences I have ever had in my life,, but this place, Sharon, Sandra, Amina, Arturo they’re extremely loving and careful people! Worth it a million times to be there

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