About Our Ceremonies
1. If the date is on the on the website, it still has seats available. Your ability to reserve a seat is confirmation that your seat is reserved.
2. You MUST purchase your membership. Accpetance of the Membership Application ONLY establishes eligibility to obtain membership.
3. Prior to reserving your seat in a Ceremony, we strongly advise you to do your homeowrk about Ayahuasca and to read through our website thoroughly, including the Frequently Asked Questions Page. If you still have questions after you have done this, feel free to then set up a phone call or send us an email.
4. It is YOUR responsiblity to check with your pharmacisit (or herbalist) about the posibility of adverse reactions between any medicine(s) (or herbs) that you have taken within the last 60 days and PLANT BASED MAOI's (the Ayahuasca).
5. Transportation to and from the Church is your responsibility. You need to arrive between 4 and 6 pm Friday for weekend ceremonies.
6. There are 2 ceremonies, one Friday and one Saturday. You should also begin following a vegetarian diet at least 2 weeks prior to the ceremony you are scheduled to attend.
7. For safety reasons, everyone must stay at the Church. It is (roughly) a 1000 square foot building with an open floor plan and shower facility.
8. We provide the Ceremony, Sacrament, water and snacks. YOU are responsible for providing your bed (we recommend a single size air mattress or a cot as the floor is concrete so a sleeping bag or yoga mat won't be comfortable), bedding, toiletries, and food. There is a refrigerator and a microwave on site, however, there is no stove. There are several restaurants and a couple of groceries within 15 minutes of the Church. The biggest meal is usually breakfast/brunch on Saturday morning for which most people do go out to eat.
9. You need to bring some comfortable clothes like sweat pants, yoga pants, pajama bottoms, etc.. They do not have to be a specific color or fabric.
10. 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.
11. We DO NOT allow MP3's or Ipod's either for our first time members. We have music that we play that works in great unison with the Ayahuasca and we ask you to respect it.
12. 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.
13. You are to listen to and respect our Clerical Staff. They have the knowledge and experience to guide you safely and they will not be disrespected.
What to Expect as Far as Purging
It seems most everyone worries about the purging. First, there are many types of purging. There are of course, the most common-vomitting and diahrrea, which actually occurs in only about half of our members. The other types of purges include laughter, tears, talking, tremmors and some people show no signs of purging at all. Also, 80% of the time, purges occur with the onset of the journey and tend to last less than 2 hours. We have plenty of buckets though for those who do purge by vomittig and our clerical staff is there immediatey with a clean bucket for you, to take the dirty one and clean and sanitize it.
Steve Hupp- Founder and Chief Medicine Man of Aya Quest Native Americas Church
Steve has worked with Ayahuasca for 12 yrs, trained by a Shaman from South America on how to brew Ayahuasca. He has spent much of that time working alone and experiencing many visions and enities that called him to found Aya Quest. Steve has led over 200 spiritual sessions with Mother Aya. Steve prefers a quiet and relaxed enviroment to allow Mother Aya to work her Magic and Healing.
"We will work together in your journey to help you achieve your goals." - S. Hupp
Since his first experience with Mother Aya as he likes to call "her" his life has changed dramaticly, looking back on it, he describes the change he has experienced as totally profound.
Steve says " I am living proof of the power of Ayahuasca, that if I can change, anyone can, because I was lost in materialism, drug abuse, alchoholism and pride which led me on a 5 yr bank robbing spree that ended with me in Federal Prison, which is where I met my first Shaman who was a Cell Mate, he was there on immigration issues and was awaiting deportation, we became friends and my odessy began. Ayahuasca is an amazing and powerful tool, but YOU must do the work one day at a time."
That was 15 yrs ago, Steve is an example of how low you can go and how high you can fly.
" I will show you where to look, but I will never tell you what to see. "