Ayahuasca Group Ceremonies
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Due to risk of covid-19 infection, the following requirements are requested of our members who are considering participating in ceremony with us in the coming months.
Members who would have to fly in are asked to wait to attend until infection rates lower. Please do not use airlines to visit us until traveling becomes safer.
If you are sick due to any contagious illness, or if you have tested positive for any virus, please wait to attend until you have recovered from any infection.
Masks and social distancing are not required during ceremony, but we urge our members to continue to take evidence-based and common sense precautions when in public, prior to attending ceremony.
If you have already registered for ceremony, but consider yourself to be at too great a risk, or if you believe yourself to pose a risk to other participants, we are happy to transfer your registration to a later available date. Simply let us know when a future date that works for you becomes available, and we will hold that seat for you.
We look forward to continuing to serve our membership! Please let us know if you have any questions! Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
***Weather Incidents!!! In the event of snow or otherwise inclement weather,
we will reschedule the retreat if cancellation is required.
If you are unable to attend because of weather or other reasons,
we are happy to transfer your registration to a future date of your choice.***
Private Ceremonies: We offer private retreats for individuals, couples and small groups. Two or three nights of ceremony. Private retreats may be scheduled throughout the week, all year long, weather permitting. Offering is based on number of people in your party and number of nights you spend in ceremony with us. Fully furnished, private cabins available. Contact us for details and availability. After scheduling, we will send you an email with directions and instructions. Please check your SPAM folder if you have not received directions from us within a few days. Contact us if you have not received directions within the week.
Location: Richmond, Kentucky (Address provided in an acceptance email upon registration.) After registering, we will send you an email with directions and instructions. Please check your SPAM folder if you have not received directions from us within a few days. Contact us if you have not received directions within the week.
Requirements: You must be a CARD CARRYING ONAC MEMBER before you can participate. Click HERE to learn how. Please fill out our contact form so we can send you our Letter of Good Standing, then visit to apply for your lifetime membership card. Be sure to acknowledge your membership with our ONAC Independent Branch (or if you are a veteran or active military). ONAC will typically mail your membership card to you within a week of application.
Please note: If you are flying in and renting a car, you must be 25 years old and have a valid drivers license. We cannot pick you up for events. Refunds require a $25 processing fee. Please make sure you can attend before registering. In most cases we are able to transfer your registration to the next available event that is convenient for you. Please prepare for Kentucky winter weather changes.
If you do not follow the diet, your experience will not be as effective or may not have any effect at all. You MUST stay off all meats, aged cheeses and alcohol. If you drink caffeine or smoke and cannot stop it completely, please cut back a little each day before the ceremony.
Step 2: What to bring with you: sleeping mat or air mattress, blanket, and pillow. Whatever you are comfortable lying on. If you are flying in, we may be able to provide sleeping mats for you. Books, iPads and Kindles are fine for entertainment when not in ceremony.
What to wear during the ceremony: Bring 2 of everything in case of soiling your clothes. Comfortable t-shirts or loose tops, jogging pants, shorts or pajama bottoms, extra underwear, extra socks, scrunchies or hair bands to tie back if you have long hair.
What NOT to bring with you: Drugs, weapons, expensive jewelry or small keepsakes that could get lost. We are not responsible for any lost or stolen items. All your items are your responsibility.
Step 3: Eating directions for first day of ceremony: Eat a good breakfast that is congruent with diet and then a light lunch. Drink plenty of water. If you like you may choose to fast that day. Stop eating by 12pm noon.
Step 4: Please meet at the address we will send you by 1:30 pm the date of the ceremony. Please contact us by phone if you will be unable to arrive by 1:30. It may be very disruptive to arrive after 3:00. Please note the time zone difference if you are traveling from outside Eastern Standard Time. Feel free to arrive in Berea or Richmond early, and stay in a nearby motel. There is great shopping and hiking in the area. www.visitberea.com or www.richmond.ky.us For other outdoor sights and adventures, check out: www.visitjacksoncountyky.org
Step 5: You will be asked to turn off ringers and vibrations on cell phones.
Food: All meals are per diet recommendation. We will provide you with after-ceremony meals, and you are free to eat from our kitchen during the day. You do not have to eat the food we have. You may eat outside the oratory at your own expense. You may bring a cooler of your own food as well, but unless you require a specialized diet it is not necessary.
Staying in a motel?
Participants have the option of staying all night at the oratory with other seekers for free, much like overnight camping, only indoors. If you want more privacy and comfort you can make your own reservations at a nearby place in town. Look up lodging in Berea or Richmond, KY for your options. Accommodations and quality of service may vary, so we are generally unable to make informed suggestions. All guests should try to time their arrival by 1:30 pm EST for introductions and group discussion. Keep in mind the ceremony begins at 4:00 pm, and can last for several hours. We CANNOT allow you to leave for at least an hour after you think you are able to drive, so it may be 11:00 pm before you can go to a hotel. To plan for traveling, be prepared to stay two nights, leaving on the third day around noon. We do not have ceremony the third day; this is for counseling and reintegration.
Staying in the oratory?
Attendees who wish to spend the night should be prepared with their own bedroll, blankets, pillows, sleeping bag etc. Sleeping will be indoors and temperature controlled, but you will be sharing the space with other adults who are there for the same group ceremony. Please be respectful of others' space.
The final group discussion takes place Sunday morning at 9:00 am. This is an important part of the retreat, and is when we do the reintegration work. This discussion group is about what we have experienced during the retreat, and how to apply what we have learned in practical ways when we return to our daily lives. Guests are typically ready to depart by 11:00 am.