Plant medicine has been around for thousands of years, particularly in South American regions, where it’s been long praised for its healing benefits. With its recent surge in popularity in the West, psychoactive substances from natural resources bring an innovative experience to its takers. Every person reacts differently to these healing techniques, and there are of course a number of factors to consider before embarking on a full retreat. Compare Retreats explores some of the best plant-based medical wellness retreats in the world right now.
Note: As with all alternative wellness experiences, be sure to consult your own doctor or the respective wellness retreat before undergoing any treatments. This article is for informational purposes and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Guided by ancient wisdom and modern science, Behold Retreats is an entheogen plant medicine-based wellness service that helps journey towards self-discovery and transformation for peak performance. Retreats take place in destinations where plant medicine, such as ayahuasca, psilocybin, or the San Pedro cactus, are legal and safe to use. Each bespoke experience is organised by the wellness specialist to cater to each guests’ individual needs and preferences.
The programmes include education, preparation, retreat, and post-integration support with a qualified coach or therapist. Jonathan de Potter, the Founder of Behold Retreats says, “We are pleased to introduce this natural evolution in wellbeing and performance in these challenging times. At Behold Retreats, we encourage people to do their own research on plant medicine, to ask themselves whether they may benefit, and to look within and be guided by professionals to make their own educated decision. For those who are ready to open the door to this inner exploration, Behold Retreats are here to start the conversation”. Retreats typically last three to ten days.
Prices available upon request | behold-retreats.com
Soltara Healing Centre
Over in the Gulf of Nicoya in Costa Rica, Soltara Healing Centre is deeply-rooted in emotional, energetic, and spiritual healing, focusing on the benefits of the sacred plant medicine, ayahuasca. Sessions last between five days to three weeks, where guests receive regular one-on-one consultations with Shipibo master healers and integrate yoga, floral baths, nature immersions, journaling, and communal workshops to optimise the programme. What’s more—the healing centre is perched within the Costa Rican rainforest, offering another level of seclusion to its guests.
Prices from US$4,675 for a five-night retreat | soltara.co
On the coast of Zandvoort, just outside of Amsterdam, Synthesis is housed under a hundred-year-old church, offering private magic truffle ceremonies. Each retreat is guided by facilitators and therapists, and guests can also utilise the gardens, saunas, indoor and outdoor yoga spaces, and eat the plant-based meals prepared in-house. Embark on self-healing with the private coaching sessions and breathwork exercises throughout the stay to gain new insight, that can be integrated into daily life.
Prices from US$3,000 for a three-day retreat | synthesisretreat.com
Niwe Rao Xobo
A small retreat centre near the Amazonian city of Pucallpa, Niwe Rao Xobo is a family-run retreat which pays tribute to tradition and ayahuasca ceremonies. Led by Shipibo master healer Maestra Ynes, the wellness retreat chooses from seven master plants to help guide the ayahuasca experience.
Prices available upon request | niweraoxobo.com
One of the first legal, medically-licensed Plant Medicine retreat centres in the world, Rythmia, is located in lush Costa Rica. The all-inclusive programmes are run by naturopathic healers, health specialists, and spiritual teachers. Embark on a “Transformative Vacation”, where every retreat is personalised to each guest, including Rythmia’s infamous medically-supervised plant medicine programme.
Prices available upon request | rythmia.com