While Covid-19 is slowing down, we are aware that it is not "gone". For that very reason, we are still taking certain safety precautions to keep our Members, our Clergy and ourselves safe, regardless of vaccinations. If you have been exposed to and Covid variant OR are experiencing a fever or loss of smell, you WILL NOT be allowed to attend the ceremony and will have to reschedule. We are also keeping our group sizes to no more than 6 (SIX) persons in order to minimize exposure.
PRIOR to reserving your seat in a Ceremony, we strongly advise you to do your homework about Ayahuasca!!!! Also, please read through OUR website thoroughly, including the Frequently Asked Questions Page. We ask that you follow the direction you find on OUR website and from OUR staff. If you still have questions after you have done this, feel free to send Teri an email at Shamanista@ayaquest.com.
You MUST have submitted your application AND received your acceptance letter in order for us to work with you. You MUST have also purchased your LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP for us to work with you. And no, you cannot bring someone who is not participating. That violates the privacy of the other members in attendance and disturbs the energy.
Please understand if you sign up for a Group Ceremony that you are signing up with other people who may have issues they are seeking to make peace with. Sometimes people cry or vomit or laugh or make some small noises during their individual journey and we cannot help that. If they get loud or become disruptive, we do take them as quickly as possible to another room, however, we CANNOT prevent all sounds and noises. We also use Sage and Palo Santo as well as other scents to help drive the journey and to help keep a calm, grounding feeling and scent in the air. Additionally, we CANNOT turn off the music until EVERYONE is done with their journey. If these things are a problem for you, you will need to either bring ear plugs (in case we are out) and/or eye makes OR you can get with Teri about scheduling a Private Ceremony so you know there will be no disturbances or distractions.
Transportation to and from the Church is YOUR responsibility. We are in a rural area and there are no Lyft, Uber, Taxi or other transportation services so renting a car is going to be your best bet. If you have people bringing you and dropping you off, you will want to make sure that they are nearby so they can take you on Saturday to get breakfast.
Please add ECWID to your email contacts so you get your receipt(s) for your Membership as well as your Ceremony(-ies). THE RECEIPT is your confirmation that your seat is reserved.
For safety reasons, everyone must stay at the Church. It is (roughly) a 1000 square foot building with an open floor plan in the ceremony room and a separate room for talking and eating.
NONE of our ceremonies listed on the website are filmed for TV.
We DO NOT allow cell phones, tablets, or watch phones to be used during the Ceremony so we ask that you let your loved ones know that you have arrived and that you will be out of contact until the next morning so they don't worry. All items will be locked in a lock box with a timer set for after the ceremony ends.
We DO NOT allow MP3's or Ipod's. We have music that we play that works in great unison with the Ayahuasca and we ask you to respect it. We also do not allow the use of gum or mints prior to or during a ceremony.
We can't tell you what your experience will be or how long it will last. Ayahuasca is a very individual specific sacrament, however, we can tell you that the average journey lasts roughly 3-6 hours.
You should begin a VEGETARIAN diet at least one week prior to attending an in person ceremony or having a ceremony at home. Eggs are okay, cheese (non aged) is okay, you just want to avoid meat, fermented foods and drinks, energy drinks, high amounts of caffeine, high amounts of sugar, foods high in tyramine as well as prescriptions, over the counter medications and herbs and/or supplements that have contraindications with MAOI's. AVOID HIGH TYRAMINE FOODS!!!!!!!!!! THESE INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: AGED CHEESES (cheddar, blue, swiss, parmesan, feta, and Camembert), CURED AND/OR PROCESSED MEATS (Cured, smoked, or processed meats including dried sausages like pepperoni and salami, hot dogs, bologna, bacon, and smoked fish), PICKLED AND/OR FERMENTED VEGETABLES (sauerkraut, kimchi, pickled beets, pickled cucumbers, and pickled peppers, also tofu, miso, and soy sauce), CITRUS AND TROPICAL FRUITS (orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, and tangerine as well as ripe bananas, pineapple, and avocado) and last but not least, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.
We provide the Ceremony, Sacrament, water and snacks. YOU are responsible for providing your own bedding (the beds are single sized roll-away), toiletries (meaning toothpaste, toothbrush, body wash, towels, etc.,). IF YOU HAVE food allergies or dietary restrictions, you will need to bring your own snacks and food. There is a refrigerator and a microwave on site, no stove. DO NOT bring foods/drinks high in Tyramine or citrus (See above).
Once you have reserved your seat, roughly 5 days prior to your scheduled ceremony you will receive a reminder that it is upcoming and what to bring.
You need to bring some comfortable clothes like shorts, sweat pants, yoga pants, pajama bottoms, etc.. They do not have to be a specific color or fabric, however the fewer buckles, snaps and zippers the better. Skirts, dresses and short shorts are not appropriate attire and are not allowed.
Due to Covid-19 we WILL NOT supply pillows and/or blankets for use. If you fail to bring them with you, you will be responsible for purchasing them prior to the start of the Ceremony.
For safety reasons, you are not to eat or drink anything but water past 12 PM (this also means no chewing gum, mints, etc.) on Friday. Long term fasting (meaning fasting for 24 hours or longer) IS NOT recommended by us. We have found that when people have fasted, the majority of them find it hard to let go of their "hunger pains" and enjoy their experience and it can also make it harder for the body to work with the tea as well.
The Church IS NOT OPEN before 4 PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME! You are to arrive NOT BEFORE 4:00 PM AND NO LATER than 4:30 PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME. So, when planning your trip in, please leave early enough that getting "caught in traffic" won't be an issue.
There are 2 ceremonies, one Friday and one Saturday and you are free to leave as early as 6 AM on Sunday. If you are flying out of Louisville, please remember that our location is in CENTRAL STANDARD TIME, meaning it is one hour behind Louisville.
We begin PROMPTLY at 5 PM CST on Friday, SO ARRIVE ON TIME! This ceremony IS a lighter ceremony that is meant to get you and Mother Aya acquainted; to allow you to experience a journey and learn to navigate and what to expect.
Saturday we begin PROMPTLY at 2 PM CST. We also order Vegetarian pizza for dinner on Saturday for everyone, so if you have a Gluten allergy, you will need to let us know. On Sunday, you are free to leave as early as 6 AM.
You are to listen to and respect our Clerical Staff. They have the knowledge and experience to guide you safely and we will not allow them to be disrespected. If you are not going to listen, we cannot help you, it's that simple.