FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Is Ayahuasca safe?
Statistically, significant instances of verifiable harmful complications with Ayahuasca are virtually nonexistent. Participants are cautioned, however, to abstain from certain foods and medications in the few weeks leading up to the ceremony due to possible harmful interactions. We ask for sincere and responsible cooperation from EVERYONE seeking to participate in ceremonies.
2. Why do I have to become a Member to attend a ceremony?
Because we cannot legally work with anyone who is not a Member.
3. How do I become a member?
You must submit the application on our website for review. Once we have reviewed it we will notify you via the email address you provided on your application of our decision. PLEASE MAKE SURE you add both Info@ayaquest.org and Shamanista@ayaquest.com to you email contacts and the decision on you application will come from the Info email and all other correspondence will come and go through the Shamanista email. You will also want to add ECWID to your contacts as that is where your email receipts will come from.
4. Why do I have to fill out the application?
We require the application for every person wanting to attend because we need to know what, if any, health issues you have; what, if any, medications you are on; what, if any addictions you have or have had and we need to know what it is you are seeking from your experience. Ayahuasca IS NOT for everyone, however, we do make every effort to safely work with as many people as possible.
5. I got a letter stating I was accepted, does this mean I am a member?
NO. It simply means that your application was approved. You must PURCHASE your Membership.
6. I Purchased my Membership and/or reserved a seat and it says still processing. Why?
It will always say still processing for these 2 things because nothing ships. Since nothing ships, there is nothing to kick it over to Shipped.
7. I am on anti depressants, can I drink Ayahuasca?
No! Anti depressants and Ayahuasca DON'T mix!!! And some anti depressants can take up to 90 days to flush completely from your system. ALWAYS check with your Pharmacist about the safety of your medications with plant based MAOI's. Talking with your Pharmacist should ALWAYS be done before reserving a seat.
8. I am prescribed medications, can I drink Ayahuasca?
This is not a yes or no question. Some medications are safe to take with Ayahuasca while others are not. You will ALWAYS be directed to talk to your pharmacist about possible interactions between ALL medications (both prescribed AND over the counter) and plant based MAOI’s. Talking with your Pharmacist should ALWAYS be done before reserving a seat.
9. What information can you give me about Ayahuasca and what a ceremony with you is like?
Prior to reserving your seat in a Ceremony, we strongly advise you to do your homework about Ayahuasca and to read through OUR website thoroughly, including the Ceremony Info Page. Please understand that not every place offers the same instruction and advice. If you are attending a ceremony with us, we ask that you follow the directions and guidance given by us, not another church or friend or friend of friend, etc., etc.. If you still have questions after you have done this, feel free to send us an email.
10. How do I reserve a seat?
Once you have submitted your application and gotten your acceptance letter, you can go to the Ceremony/Membership tab and sign up for a either a group ceremony or you can coordinate with Teri and schedule a Private Ceremony. If the date you are looking at says "OUT OF STOCK", it is full and we cannot "squeeze one more in" or "open another seat".
11. How do I know that my seat is reserved?
You will receive an email receipt of your reservation from ECWID. THAT is your confirmation that your seat is guaranteed. You will also receive, 5 days prior to your ceremony, an email reminding you it is upcoming and reminding you of what you are responsible for bringing and the final little details
12. Are Payments refundable?
Normally No, but we will take circumstances into consideration on a case by case basis. Please understand we have bought plant materials and brewed your Medicine, not to mention we held your place which we may not be able to fill. Please be sure before you commit that you will be able to attend.
13. Am I allowed to bring someone to just be there with me as support?
No, we do not allow people who are not participating to be present during a ceremony.
14. What Airport do I fly into?
The airport with the closest, most direct route in is going to be Louisville International Airport. It is roughly 1 ½ to 2 hours NORTH of our location.
15. Do you pick us up from the airport?
No we do not. Transportation to and from the Church is your responsibility. You need to arrive between 4 and 5 PM CENTRAL Standard Time for ceremonies. Please note that Louisville and Lexington are in the EASTERN time zone which one hour ahead of us here in the CENTRAL time zone.
16. Do I need to wear a specific type or color of clothing?
No. We do suggest comfortable clothing (ex. sweat pants, basketball shorts, yoga pants, etc..) but they do not have to be a specific color or fabric. Jeans are not recommended either-the less snaps, zippers and buckles the better!
17. Can I bring food?
Aya Quest has a fridge and microwave onsite, so the answer is YES, we encourage you to do so! We provide water and snacks
18. What kind of COVID-19 Precautions do you take?
We do a temperature check as well as a smell test outside before you even get out of your car; we use a 275 WATT UVC Flood Light to sanitize not only the surfaces but the air as well; we have a Covid questionnaire; we do provide hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap and a shower area for personal hygiene and we do have partition between the beds. We have also limited the size of our ceremonies to allow for proper social distancing.