We formed Bluestone because we’re interested in making a difference. We’re advocates of personal transformation as the way to greater consciousness and a better world. The only way to change the world is to change ourselves and Ayahuasca is one of the most effective tools for bringing about the change in perception that leads to personal transformation. Personal experience has taught us that if you commit to taking your consciousness to the next level, the universe will help you do it. Doors open; the challenges and the tools you need appear.
|We’re not here to convince you to take Ayahuasca; that is between you and your spirit. But if you feel the call to work with this master plant, it is our intention to create the space where you can do so privately and with absolute safety. We offer a place free of distraction, energetically sustained and contained; a beautiful setting far from the madding crowd and close to nature. Our ayahuasqueros trained with the Shipibo in the Peruvian Amazon and our Ayahuasca is prepared by Shipibo medicine men and hand-carried to Mexico by us. Change is inevitable; personal transformation is a choice. Make the choice.
“Vines and trees will teach you that which you will never learn from masters.”
Bernard of Clairvaux
|We are a family, a tribe of the soul and we hail from all over the Americas. We’re from Venezuela, Argentina, Peru, Mexico and the United States. We work in English and in Spanish. The person organizing the retreat is an American who has lived for over 40 years in Latin America, the last 10 working with Ayahuasca in both Peru and Mexico. She speaks your language and with many of you she shares a culture.||Our ayahuasqueros are two couples, husband and wife teams. They have the compassion and wisdom that come from years of working with Ayahuasca. They trained with the Shipibo, the Amazonian culture whose principal medicine is Ayahuasca. They are savvy, committed and prepared. They are also musicians of the first water with an uncanny sense of what and when to play. Their fine musicianship lifts the energies of the ceremony to yet another level, enhancing and facilitating your experience.||The rest of us all take Ayahuasca for personal work and know what it means to go through a process. Some of us are healers. We are there for you as you need us. We are good companions for this journey, so whether you come as a novice or an experienced taker of medicina, you’re in good hands.|
|There’s no way to tell you what to expect, not really. Ayahuasca brings on a state of profound introspection while dropping the barriers between your conscious and unconscious mind and your subconscious. This enables you to observe the structures and belief systems which, for better or worse, govern your perception and actions. What you experience is your own energies manifesting, so as each individual is absolutely unique, his or her experience with Ayahuasca is unique. No two people have the same exact experience although the process is similar.|
|We ask that you come with a lot of good will, a dash of flexibility and a sincere desire to change. Good will and flexibility are indispensable companions for any foray into new territory, and taking Ayahuasca for the first time, at least initially, feels like moving into the unknown. Flexibility keeps things flowing and a sincere desire to change is the motivation that’ll bring it all together for you.|
The retreat site was chosen because it’s private and distractions are non-existent. We ask you contribute to the ambiance by keeping your electronic devices off. A daily call home to family is expected, but mostly–phones and computers, off. We’re fostering an entirely different kind of connection. Contemplation is the key.
Ayahuasca does best on an empty stomach, a system free of food for at least 24 hours. This is not always possible but we ask you to eat sparingly and on ceremony days we require a bit of light fasting (water only after 2pm.) Meals consist of vegetables, grains, fruit and herbs, organic when we can get it, prepared in delightful delicious ways. Anyone with food allergies or other food issues, let us know and we’ll gladly accommodate you.
|A good question. Why not just come down for the weekend, take Ayahuasca once and go home? The answer is that any ah ha moment you have taking Ayahuasca one time will probably not stay with you. Working an entire week, during which you take Ayahuasca three times, gives you the power and the space to go deep, to integrate the truth of that moment (and any others you may have) and THAT leads to permanent positive change. A week of medicine, introspection, light eating, meditation, and music works the magic. And as for us, working to bring about permanent change in ourselves and others is our mission, and from long experience we believe that can only be done with immersion encounters.|
“This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.” – Terence McKenna
|The cultures of Mexico and South America have been working with sacred plant medicines for eons. To them we owe our awareness of their unique healing properties. Medicine men and women of wide experience and deep training are found here. Some are natives working within their own cultural traditions, others apprentice with native medicine men. La Medicina is a calling and a way of life and yet another element unique to these lands. On a more pedestrian note, Cancun and the Riviera Maya are close, easy-to-reach destinations for Americans and Canadians, millions of whom visit each year. Mexico is the foreign country that’s not so foreign. The Cancun International Airport receives scheduled flights from major cities across Canada, the US, and western Europe. Services are second to none, the roads are great and the people are wonderful. And finally, there’s both the mystical jungle and the dazzling Caribbean Sea.|
|Retreats take place at a center sited for its natural beauty, and we work to keep the energy high and clear. The center is located in the heart of the jungle with bungalows, a pool and the traditional space for Ayahuasca ceremonies called a maloca. Our property is far from the maddening crowd and alive with the murmurings of Mother Earth; a stress-free environment that is energetically contained and sustained. Our retreats are designed to let you take maximum advantage of the medicine and the processes it brings up for you. You’re free to go as deep as you wish and we’re there to support you as you do so. We interact with you on your request. All accommodations come with en-suite bathrooms and ceiling fans.|
Payment Options: to pay using a credit card, click on Register Now for the retreat in which you are interested and follow the prompts. If you prefer to make a bank to bank transfer or just want to get in touch, Contact Us.
2019 Retreat Calendar
- * Please be aware that January Retreat is SOLD OUT
*April 2019: We have a retreat in Peru. Ask for information!
- Lodging (based on double occupancy)*
- All food (homemade vegetarian, with perhaps fish added to the opening and closing dinners)
- Food allergies accommodated write us
- All beverages (non-alcoholic)
- Unlimited bottled water
- Three Ayahuasca ceremonies
- Rapee (raPAY), another sacred medicine, offered at start of every ceremony
- Live music during ceremonies
- Two Temazcal ceremonies (sweat lodge)
- Session(s) with Transgenerational Bioneuroemotion Therapist
- A massage
- Morning yoga or other body movement session
- Day trip to a cenote
- Integration sessions
- Access to staff at all times: facilitators and healers, ayahuasquero
- Transportation to and from the Cancun International Airport
(Flights to/from your city of origin NOT included)
Note: Retreats are normally limited to 12 persons so everyone gets the attention he or she needs. If you have a group, contract us for options. Independent professional healers available for consultation during the retreat.
|Package does NOT include:
Airfare from your city of origin to the Cancun International Airport
Any souvenirs or merchandise you purchase while in Mexico
Meals outside the retreat site
Any activities, tours, travel you engage before or after the conclusion of the retreat
Anything not specifically listed above in the ‘included list
Note: If you have any doubts, ask us!
|If you feel we’re a match, CONTACT US. NO OBLIGATIONS. We’ll respond within 24 hours and answer all your questions and we’ll go from there. We also like to program a SKYPE session to get acquainted.|
Booking All Retreats
We ask for a $500USD deposit at the time of booking. You may use our credit card app (accessed by clicking on Register Now on the retreat calendar above) or you may make a bank to bank transfer directly into our US bank account. Specify your form of payment and we’ll get you the banking info or any details you may need that are not given here on the page..
ANY QUESTIONS, ask!
*The Area de Conservacion Amazonica Bahuaja and to Selva Eterna, Amazonian reforestation projects for Ayahuasca and other medicinal plants in Madre de Dios, Peru operated by renowned author and ayahuasquero, Alonso del Rio. www.ayahuasca-ayllu.com/conservacion-bahuaja Working together to give back to Mother Earth a little of all she has given us.
*Xochipilli Alternative School, El Ramonal, Cancun, Quintana Roo
Change is inevitable,
personal transformation is a choice.
Make the choice.
Julian Macias, USA Sept 2018: I made the decision to visit Xochipilli Retreat Center (Bluestone) after reading a few reviews and ultimately talking to Sharon. She made me feel safe, confident and excited to embark on this journey with them. I could not of asked for a better location, staff and experience. Their accommodations were wonderful, the food was delicious (and super healthy) and it was well organized throughout. I cannot recommend them enough for this type of experience. As for the experience, I can honestly say that it changed who I am at a core level. I went to Cancun with expectations as to what might occur and what resolutions I might encounter. I never imagined I would leave with the gifts I was given. For the first time in my life I was introduced to who I really am and I was given an identity by Mama Ayahuasca that has changed the way I interact with the world. The “Mama” stripped me of fears that have been holding me back for so long, and illuminated a path for my future that I see so clearly I can almost taste it. I believe this allowed a quantum leap in my development, and I stand here today more confident than I have ever felt in my life. I wake up with a sense of purpose beyond my 9-5, and I go to sleep excited to continue the journey the next day. Simply put, my experience has turned me on to a level of living I have only ever heard motivational speakers talk about and I never imagined I would be there.
I am eternally grateful for the work happening at Bluestone. They are wonderful people who follow through on their purpose to help people realize themselves. I truly believe that anyone who is willing to trust the Bluestone experience will leave that place different and better for having gone.
Lina, Norway 2018: I feel so blessed having been a part of the “Bluestone Family”. I will forever be grateful to Sharon and the rest of the “tribe”. I could not have asked for a better first time experience with The Mother Medicine!
Terran, USA 2018: My calling to plant medicine began out of a desperate need to overcome a drug dependence that threatened to extinguish my flame. In January of 2018 my journey began with a visit to an Ibogaine clinic outside of Cancun [that removed the addiction on a physical level]..I then realized almost immediately that my recovery was just in its infancy and that I needed to deal with the traumas that lead me down such a dark destructive path in the first place. A quick search lead me to Sharon and Bluestone Ayahuasca and she had all the right answers and I felt a level of trust and ease that was unexpected. I knew this was the next step in my recovery and I booked my trip for 3/22/18 thru 3/29/18 and I have since gone back another two times. …There is no way I can transfer into words the experience but I can say that I am a completely different person for the better in every way…. The reverence and respect given to the ceremony and the medicine by the staff makes the experience so profound and real I cant imagine there is any way to improve on anything and I say that in a non-patronizing way. The staff led by example and the group was able to shed its preconceptions and completely dissolve the typical walls that we needlessly create between each other. Within a day the entire group was able to assimilate and understand each others weaknesses and strengths and begin to understand the need for all human beings to accept each other and truly connect. Within a week I was able to love and respect each person unconditionally. Aya dissolved age, gender, race, religion and simplified each person as a human being with the utmost potential to change the world thru individual transformation. My individual ceremonies were all so different and far from pleasant at times but they were all necessary to show me what I needed to see. I cant say enough about the selflessness of the staff and my respect for the incomprehensible energy they put into healing and transforming our group. There were times when people were literally exercising demons and the staff was able to work them thru everything which I found so powerful. A lifetime of healing and understanding occurred in a matter of days for everyone in our group. it has been approx. 2 months since the retreat and I have lost 20 lbs and have found the strength and discipline to change my habits completely and focus on the positives in my life and not allow my emotions to manifest into a depressive loop. If you are called to experience mother Ayahuasca please listen to that call and I can guarantee you will be treated to a life changing experience with the team at Bluestone. I will forever be indebted to Arturo and Sharon and they are doing divine work and I now have a hopefulness that I never knew existed. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. WITH TOTAL GRATITUDE -TERRAN
Lindsay Jo USA 2018: Hello sister! I’m sitting on my couch here on Easter Sunday completely humbled by my retreat experience. I’ve been so happy, at peace, and so productive since I’ve been home. Terran and his family are coming here today to have a traditional Easter lunch which I’ve mainly prepared. I was thinking just now and the thought came to my head… I am well. Let me repeat that for the ones in the back… I AM WELL. I haven’t been able to say that in 20+ years at least. I feel grounded, PTSD-free, depression-free, more energetic, and have a greater sense of who I am now. If you ever need or want me to speak to anyone who is having a hard time deciding about the retreat, or just in general, please let me know. I’d be honored to share my experiences throughout this process to healing. I’m a better person having known you all and for having you on my team. Terran and I agree we will be back. This experience has brought us so much closer as well. The deep connection we already shared is only more enhanced now. Please tell the team I love them all so much and thank them and Mother Ayahuasca for saving me. Reborn I am! And fyi… I’m sticking with the diet and NO MOUNTAIN DEW! I’ve lost 16 pounds total. Much gratitude for me being able to be drug free, as I’m off of all psychotropic meds, still. May you all be blessed relentlessly in your quest to bring love and peace to others. Love and blessings, Lindsay.
Rabia Buratovic-Nottage Australia 2018: I have been to the Bluestone retreat twice already and will continue to return to this particular retreat centre as a part of my self improvement for so many reasons. I was like most people apprehensive about taking medicine and scared of the unknown. I know we choose this path to deal with our issues but how ready are we really to go that deep and not rob ourselves of the true authentic experience. For me I felt this was my last resort. From the initial contact with Sharon I felt at peace with my decision to leave my family and attend the experience alone. Sharon and all the staff are really what made doing the medicine a less fearful process with love and guidance along the way. It’s not an easy concept to be raw and look at yourself and I never felt judged nor trivialized for my issues. For me, I was dealing with anxiety and depression and for the first time in my 35 years I found love and acceptance of myself and let go of so much of the baggage I carried. I came to understand why I feel the way I do and through multiple ceremonies was given the gift of processing my thoughts and reaching self love….what I found so overwhelming is the amount of compassion the staff have to give to everyone that walks through their doors and that comes from truly wanting to be of service to others. Arturo and all the staff make you feel like a member of the family and I wouldn’t think of doing a ceremony without these amazing people ever again….that is why I have returned to Bluestone and will continue to return. Ayahuasca can save so many people from their darker selves and that is such a gift…but to have that experience with the Bluestone family is a privilege and a blessing…
Heather USA 2018: There have been very few occasions in my life that I can truly say changed my existence. This 7-day retreat is one of those precious experiences. To describe it here would not do it justice, but can simply say I walked away with a new relationship with my soul and life lessons that have already transformed who I am and how I show up in the world. It is a remembering of sorts and a homecoming to who I am and how I can best serve as a leader in creating a better world. Thank you to all who joined the journey with me and the incredible support throughout the week. A special thank you to Sharon, Arturo, Amina, Sandra, Juan, Lore, David! With such deep love and gratitude,
Martin Hungary 2018: I was so lost in my life after hitting rock bottom through the abuse of heavy stimulants and after being treated with antidepressants and everything western medicine can throw at you, I was on the brink of suicide. I then spent all my money on flying to Cancun for one last effort with Ayahuasca. I didn’t expect anything, I had already lost hope. I felt great with the people surrounding me at the retreat but I first I thought, if I leave this place with all this good energy, I won’t be able to cope with my life on my own. But the retreat changed something deep within me. I feel like I’m back on the track with my life. I still have my problems but I can finally accept the past and look forward. I finally understand the phrases “Be yourself” and “Love yourself”. I’m definitely going to meet these wonderful people and the medicine again, not for salvation, but to learn and keep on the right track.
Jayne Erickson USA 2018: In October of 2017, after experiencing Ayahuasca for the first time in Peru, I felt called back to work with the medicine. Looking around for a retreat, I discovered Sharon’s retreat and my husband was willing to join me this time, and being familiar with the Mexican Riviera it was settled. The experience was profound, we were held in love for the duration of our stay working with the medicine in 3 ceremonies. Integration sessions on alternative nights helped us make conscious the work we were doing. Temazcals, body movement sessions, and the beautiful vegan food were aspects I enjoyed. The ceremonies for me, our sometimes difficult processes but the music and singing brought so much comfort and help. I would think about coming back, although integration will take some time,
Tim Swanson USA 2018: A bit about me. I’m 65, a retired railroad switchman, pretty active, and not religious but have some interest in the metaphysical, alternative concepts, and ancient wisdom that has been too long ignored in modern society. To start: Would I do it again? Take a leap of faith? Yes and yes, it not a question of if I participate in another Bluestone Ayahuasca retreat but how soon I go back. Sharon is a wonderful and energetic facilitator who obviously has a strong passion for what she is coordinating. She met us at the Cancun airport and I felt an immediate bond due to her level of caring and energy. The grounds of the retreat were private, comfortable, and well taken care of. The vegan diet we followed all week was quite interesting and I could tell by midweek that my body was enjoying the cleansing effects. I felt lighter and mentally more focused. As an Ayahuasca neophyte I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had read some about the medicine but came into the retreat with no preconceptions and my only agenda was to let the medicine work on me, physically and spiritually. Without getting into specifics of my personal experiences I will say it was interesting, spiritually enlightening, and intense. The music used during the ceremonies is still resonating within me and Arturo’s manner of conducting the ceremony made it a very safe place for the medicine to work on each individual. An Ayahuasca ceremony is nothing to take lightly. It is not a joy ride. But I feel its healing powers are infinite. Within a week after leaving the retreat I was wondering what the dates were for the next one Sharon is coordinating. The facilitators and musicians, Arturo, Sandra, Amina, Lore, David, Juan and Arturo’s parents had an obvious strong passion and deep level of caring for each of us participants and for the ceremonies. The access to healers, intuitives and massage therapists was an additional treat. The sweat lodge ceremonies conducted by Sandra were reminiscent of Lakota sweats I’ve experienced in the past, cleansing and awakening.
Muriel Martin France/USA 2018: I have been studying shamanism for a few years and was called to Ayahuasca ceremonies as part of my exploring, learning and ever-expanding journey. As I just turned 50, I felt apprehensive but called upon, it was the perfect time for me to “dare” to invite and accept the teachings of our Pachamama. I could not have found a more perfect setting than the Bluestone Retreat at the Xochipilli Center and more perfect facilitators than Sharon and Arturo the shaman! Sharon is a wonderful organizer and a beautiful being: gathering and creating this space and time, safety and support, understanding and trust for each of us thru the entire week. Arturo and his Xochipilli Center and team (extraordinary Amina, Sandra, Juan and the singers David and Lore) are authentic, experienced and skillful ceremony guides: they provide such a beautiful, caring, understanding and loving setting for each of us on our individual journeys towards healing and expansion. I highly recommend Sharon at Bluestone and the Xochipilli Retreat as a fantastic choice of “doulas” for your new life integration and beginnings. PS: I really felt the retreat was a great deal, real value: price/services offered: airport pick up, accommodations, guidance, ceremonies, massage, food was copious and fulfilling, quality of the center and guides.
Kristine Canada 2018: I have sat with the medicine many times yet never attended a retreat but at this point in my life I felt the call. This was the best decision I ever made for myself. This place is not only beautiful and blessed it is full of love and the staff is genuinely here to serve. You can rest assured you will be taken care of and safe. If you are feeling the call to heal and grow then get out of your mind and live from your heart and trust that this retreat has presented itself as a sign from the universe that it is time. This was the most amazing week of my life, my healing and growth is nothing I could ever articulate in words. I am forever changed and forever grateful. Much love and the deepest thanks.
Alicia Mexico 2017: I met Sharon years ago in Mexico and then we went our different ways. We reconnected about 12 years ago and she was already working with medicine. Seeing the changes in her got me interested and I’ve since attended several retreats she’s organized. The work I’ve done with Ayahuasca has changed my perspective completely and lead me in directions I never imagined and I couldn’t be happier. I am grateful to Madre Ayahuasca and to the whole team at Bluestone and Xochipilli. They are a group of people who understand this work. Thank you.
Edith Granada Mexico 2017: Sharon has been on the medicine path for a long time, gathering experience with Ayahuasca but also with Huachuma, Yopo and Wilka. I have shared many ceremonies and retreats with her, one to Peru which was amazing. She is a sensitive, detail-conscious organizer who deeply cares about the work. I trust her. I continue to work with medicine and with her whenever I have the chance.
Oliver Germany 2017: I came to Ayahuasca searching for a solution to a serious problem. I’d been working with the medicine on an irregular, sporatic basis before attending a retreat with Bluestone at Xochipilli. They suggested a week of concentrated work might give me the boost I needed for I felt stuck. They were right. I came out of that week with a way to move forward. I am grateful; and I’m excited about what comes next—something I haven’t felt in a long time.
Contact data for the individuals giving testimonials can be provided upon request.