AYAHUASCA is a companion documentary to HUACHUMA, shot at SpiritQuest Sanctuary near lquitos,
Peru. It follows a group of seekers through a traditional ayahuasca retreat, documenting their experiences, insights and healing. AYAHUASCA is a collaboration between MYTHAPHI and Aubrey Marcus.
Visual FX by W // DOUBLE YOU
Ayahuasca is sonic alchemy from Brazilian born artist Poranguí. Blending live field recordings from the deep Amazon rainforest with native instruments from around the world, the music builds a bridge to the consciousness of the master plant medicine herself.
Each track can be traveled singularly or woven together to take you on an adventure to the hidden parts of yourself.
Whether you are using the music for relaxation, stress relief, meditation, ceremony, or to play while you work on a project, the music is like warm rain for your ears.
What is Ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca is a powerful psychedelic Amazonian brew, traditionally made from the B. caapi vine and admixtures such as P. viridis (and other MAOI and DMT-containing plants).
Who is it for?
Ayahuasca is for those who feel internally called to its ceremony, even if it takes awhile to partake. Ideally, Ayahuasca is for those informed about its medicinal dynamic, purposes, benefits, risks, and protocols; and for those who participate grounded in their own intention, devotion, and gratitude.
What does it do?
Ayahuasca expands your consciousness beyond your five-sensory default reality so you can experience more. This transcendental entheogenic medicine opens doors to the truths about past, present, & future, and self, other, & life stories that encase suffering and long periods of confusion, which enables deep healing, clarity, and the beginning of a new transformation. Ayahuasca is considered a purgative so things like sweating, crying, emotional release, vomiting, and diarrhea are common.
Where can I get it?
Talk to people you know and trust, and do your due diligence. There are many centers and facilitators around the world, and a good number of them have little training. Historically and in the best current practice, the medicine is used in experienced, well-kept, shamanistic ceremonial circles only, as this medicine requires the protection of its well trained practitioners, lineage holders and experienced sitters. Spiritually, mentally, emotionally, it is not safe to do alone. Set your search on the right set and setting with trustworthy practitioners and pure medicine.
How does it work?
The experience can be a difficult journey that may require outside support; many report experiences of death and rebirth. In fact, the word Ayahuasca translates as "the vine of the soul" and "the vine of death."
Aya is typically described by seasoned practitioners as having a feminine spirit that can span the maiden (young woman) sensuality, the mother (at times giving necessary tough love and helpful teaching) and the crone (grandmother) loving and nurturing quality.
As with much of the most important and deep level healing and teaching, the medicine leaves its voyagers with something positive they can take into their life and homework to follow through on in order to "make it usable for life."
How long does it last?
Experiences last 4-8 hours, depending on potency and how many offerings of the medicinal tea a person takes. It is customary to take 1 to 3 cups of tea per ceremony to support a powerful beginning, middle, and ending, and depending on the spacing between servings, the potency, and activation of each one, depends on length of experience. The effects of dosing ranges in its onset, length, and completion. There can also be add-mixture plants included in the tea to prolong or enhance the quality of the medicine, and this depends on the tradition of the person making the brew and the other plants they work with for healing.
How much does it cost?
A one night journey could be gifted to you for free, or range in costs depending on your whereabouts and connections. The more trendy or experienced the group, the further you have to travel, the more ceremonies you participate, and the more support, therapies, sustenance, and amenities included, the more it will cost. The ceremony itself might cost between $100-$250, on average.
What are the benefits?
This medicine can show benefits in any number of areas because it is a catalyst for mind, body, spiritual healing, personal, social, environmental resolution, and spiritual awakening and life guidance.
Mitch Schultz, director of DMT: The Spirit Molecule, invites you to join this 45 minute excursion deep into the heart of the Peruvian rainforest to experience the magic of the 3000 year old plant medicine: Huachuma. Distilled in the lost tradition from the San Pedro cactus by the last master Huachumero, Huachuma was the sacrament that formed the foundation for pre-Incan civilization, the Chavin. Follow Aubrey Marcus (founder of Onnit) and a group of friends in this moving meditation that reveals the true transformative power of this sacred technology.
The Psychedelic Experience
Special thanks to Marija of Not This Body for making this vision come to life, Cory Allen for help with sound, to Jason Silva for inspiring the genre, and to all the teachers, shamans, and the spirit of the very plants themselves that have guided me along this path.