Sacred Ground: Ancient Peru – Ayahuasca Prep Checklist

by | Sep 26, 2021

“Greetings, Dear Friends!

John Stringer here. For those who intend to join Kathy & I on the ayahuasca ceremony we’ll be embarking on, we’ve added a checklist below (short & long) from a longer article here.

Ayahuasca Ceremony Preparation – The Long List

Ideally, you want to prepare yourself as best you can for your encounter with the Madre. Like a yogi in preparation to go into a meditation retreat, you want to begin purifying your body by eliminating certain foods and drugs from your system at least 2-4 weeks prior to ceremony. For certain prescription drugs, including SSRIs, the abstinence period will be even longer.

A good rule of thumb is to eat organic, whole foods and go blandly cooked vegan.

At least 6 weeks out:
Any medication that has an effect on the serotonin system, including Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), can induce serotonin syndrome, with potentially fatal results when combined with ayahuasca.

  • SSRI Medications & MAO inhibitors. See full list here.

At least 4 weeks out, during & after:

  • Pharmaceutical drugs (prescription & over the counter). See full list here.

At least 2 weeks prior, during, and after:

  • Sex, including masturbation, virtual sex, pornography, or erotic fantasizing
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Violent media, such as horror movies, violent action films, & news war coverage
  • Recreational drugs, like LSD, MDMA, cocaine, amphetamines
  • Salt, soy sauce, or foods high in salt, such as canned or processed foods
  • Spicy food & hot spices (chilies, peppers)
  • Pork, red meat, cured meats
  • Aged cheeses
  • Contraindicative herbal supplements & medicines, such as St. Johns Wort, Kava, Kratom. See full list below 1 & check with your facilitator.

At least 1 week prior, during, and after:

  • Overstimulating media (books, movies, TV, social media, news)
  • Sugar or artificial sweeteners (stevia, aspartame, agave, honey, etc)
  • Overripe fruit, especially bananas, & dried fruit
  • Fermented foods (soy sauce, fermented tofu, kimchi, tempeh, and sauerkraut
  • Yeast or yeast extracts
  • Vinegar or pickled foods
  • Processed food (junk food, condiments, carbonated drinks)
  • Caffeine (coffee, green tea, energy drinks)
  • Dairy products (milk, cheese, yoghurt)
  • Animal fats (lard, butter)
  • Oils (use olive or coconut oil sparingly)
  • Nutritional supplements like protein powders
  • Sweets & chocolate
  • Synthetic soaps, perfumes, toiletries, etc.

** Stop eating 4 hours before you expect to actually drink the ayahuasca.

Ayahuasca Ceremony Preparation – the Short List

If you decided to join an ayahuasca ceremony on short notice or have had a hard time extricating yourself from the patterns of your busy, overstimulated modern life, here’s the bare minimum you ought to try to do, for as many days as possible before and after:

  • No sexual activity for as many days as possible
  • No alcohol for as many days as possible
  • No violent, negative media consumption for as many days as possible
  • No pharmaceutical drugs or street drugs for as many days as possible. NOTE: Contraindicative medications need weeks.
  • No sugar, salt, hot spices day of
  • No processed foods day of

** Stop eating 4 hours before you expect to actually drink the ayahuasca.

All in all, if you are a healthy, mentally-balanced person who isn’t taking a bunch of drugs, nothing bad will happen to you if you don’t follow dieta. The gods won’t strike you down, and you won’t suddenly keel over in a psychedelic fanfare and die. You might have more noticeably more awful shits or traumatic projectile vomits, and spend most of the ritual in the uncomfortable in-between state of wanting to puke and puking.

Rather, not following dieta just limits the benefits you can receive, such as luminous, technicolor visions, clear cosmic downloads, and undulating waves of full-body bliss for hours and hours. So if you really want that, by following dieta, you help eliminate all the crap that can get in the way…no pun intended.

Cerise Patron
Sacred Spiritual Tours

John & Kathy Stringer
Healing Arts Management


One Spirit, One Power, One Love that exists through everything and everyone. Perfect, Limitless, and All Encompassing, this God, the Highest Good, and I are One

Knowing this Truth, I let it breathe me, I let it Live Completely as Me Now

The Light of Love flows through every cell of my being until all darkness falls away. As my mind and body are fully enlightened, the Light extends through me into everything I touch, every endeavor I pursue, every thought I possess, and every person on my heart now.

This Light brings with it Health, Wholeness, and Divine Body Alignment. It brings Clarity, Harmony, and Peace of Mind. It brings with it unwavering and unconditional Love. It brings with it Freedom from fear and doubt. It brings complete financial abundance, freedom from lack and any not-enough-ness that may still be lingering.

As the darkness dissipates, and Light spreads, all walls or barriers to Good come crumbling down, for myself and for any person aligning themselves to this prayer of affirmation. The Light shines clearly, easily and effortlessly. The Truth of abundance, Love, Wholeness, and Freedom are brought into form NOW!

We also know in this moment and every moment to come, that every step we take is guided and divinely ordered. We are led to our highest good, and the highest good for all, now and always.

For this perfect Manifestation of Good, showing up right here and right now, I stand in complete gratitude.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Divine Love, Divine Power, Divine Good

I release any thought or idea that doesn’t fully align with this Power and Let it be

And So it Is



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