Most medication cannot be combined with the plant teachers.
When you are using medication, you have to check with your physician/pharmacist as soon as possible to see if these can be combined with a MAO-inhibitor. If they cannot, you need to consult with your physician to ask if it is possible to temporarily stop this medication. Your physician determines if and how many days in advance you must stop with the medication before you attend a ceremony. We always need to be informed if this is the case.
Psychiatric indications, such as borderline, schizophrenia and (a disposition towards) psychosis are also contraindications.
People being treated (not of their own initiative) by a psychologist or psychiatrist must first discuss with him/her their wish to participate in a ceremony and provide a written statement of advice prior to participating in the retreats.
Anti-depressants and medication for high blood pressure are also contraindications.
For legal reasons we never give any medical advice.
As a preparation for attending a retreat with us, we have some recommendations.
Especially when it is your first retreat, it is wise to follow our advice.
When you are more “experienced”, you can feel for yourself what is needed in your preparation.
- First of all, we have guided a lot of people over the years, and experience has shown us that slowing down your lifestyle, reducing stress, eating healthy and nutritious foods and taking good care of your needs, is the best preparation of all. Integrating and starting new habits beforehand, will make it much easier to continue with them after the retreat.
- Fasting for a few days before the retreat can be helpful to become more aware of your food habits and your relationship with food. At the same time we are aware that if you have to travel to another country for this retreat, you also need your energy. So please find a good balance that works for you. Skipping meat, sugar and coffee for a few days can be a great start. Eating lots of vegetables and fruits is a welcome preparation and a nice way to find out how your system responds to this. The cleansing of your system is also a way of honoring the plant teachers and will provide easier access into your body.
- Integrating after the retreat is also important. The weeks before and after are as much a part of the process as the retreat itself. A lot of people even describe the moment they decided to go to a retreat (without yet signing up), they could feel the process starting in themselves. The various methods used as well as the plant teachers can help you expand your consciousness and make you so much more aware of yourself, your patterns, your (unresolved) emotions, your relationships with others, with yourself and what it is to be human. In the weeks before, try to become more aware of your patterns, your urges, your emotions, your way of reacting to others. Try to notice it without judgment, just observe in a mild way and be more aware of yourself and your surroundings.
- Take enough rest for yourself, find time and space for relaxation (music, dance, meditation, being in nature, walking) so your stress levels are reduced as much as possible. Slow down your pace, if possible, and try to find your right balance between action and relaxation. Take as much rest as you need beforehand and especially afterward. Try to empty your calendar as much as possible the week before and after your retreat.
You can always contact us after your retreat, even after months or years, when you need it. Please don’t hesitate to do this!
We also provide individual coaching.