Safety & Comfort
During the Ayahuasca ceremony, each person is allocated their own spot in the temple outfitted with a thick padded mat, thick wool blankets, an exceptionally soft polypro blanket, a pillow, a bolster, a roll of toilet tissue, and a bucket. Eye masks and earplugs are available on request.
In addition to the shamans, we have assistants in the ceremony space who are there to support you throughout your process. They will quietly replace used buckets with clean ones, respond to your call for assistance to the bathroom, check on people, hold space for the group, and stay in the temple until the last person leaves after ceremony.
Once the ceremony begins, no one is permitted to leave the temple until the candle is lit to indicate that the ceremony has ended. This maintains the container of the space, holds the group energy, and ensures that each person is under the care and observation of the shamans and assistants from start to finish.
When ceremony is complete, you are welcome to stay in the temple for as long as you wish and there will always be someone there to support you. You are welcome to sleep in the temple, if that feels right. And why not? When else do you get to sleep in the midst of 1000lbs of crystals at 10000’ in the mountains of Peru J.
If you choose to make your way to the lodge after ceremony, the three fireplaces will be lit and waiting for you. As always, filtered water and hot teas will be available in the downstairs dining area.
For any of our retreats, whether plant medicine or private groups, we always have at least one female English-speaking staff member onsite. The two large shared bathrooms on separate floors are allocated as male and female to avoid any uncomfortable situations. And, during ceremonies, there is always one female assistant in the temple when there are women in the group.
We believe very strongly in building a trust relationship with all of our guests from the first contact and continuing that safe space until long after the retreat ends. Your safety, comfort and well being are our priority.
Continuing with the theme of safety and trust, there is absolutely no sexual activity permitted during retreats. Sexual advances are not tolerated between retreat guests and are absolutely not permitted between guests and staff. We strive to maintain an atmosphere of deep personal reflection and introspection and expect that people here to work on themselves and dive inward, not seek out spiritual soulmates. This is a safe environment for very serious work of personal healing and transformation. The Source upholds the highest standards of professional integrity and all staff – from the shamans to the chefs – strictly adhere to these same guidelines, without exception.
We have 24/7 security guards onsite who patrol the grounds continuously and at night ensure everyone and everything onsite is safe and sound for the entirety of the retreat.
First Aid & Medical
We have First Aid and CPR trained staff on site as well as a well-stocked first aid kit and supply of oxygen. For anything other than minor concerns, we are just 15 minutes by car from a local hospital clinic and we have two vehicles onsite 24/7 to transport in case of emergency. Even more extensive medical care is just 75 minutes away in Cusco. Please be sure that you purchase travel medical insurance before you leave on your trip…we never expect anything to happen, but it’s best to be safe rather than sorry.