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..
“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.|
Heart of the Jungle Retreats
June 27-July 4, 2018/August 15-22, 2018
|Earth & Sky: A Return to Source Retreat
September 20-27, 2018
- 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 Sacred Plant ceremonies
- Live music during ceremonies
- Two Temazcal ceremonies (sweat lodge)
- A massage
- Morning yoga or other body movement session
- Day trip to a cenote
- Integration sessions
- Access to the ayahuasquero and other facilitators at all times
- Transportation to and from the Cancun International Airport
(Flights to/from your city of origin NOT included)
|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 in 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 so we can get acquainted.|
Booking All Retreats
We ask for a $500USD deposit at the time of booking. We have a US bank account for deposits. You may make your deposit via (1) a bank to bank transfer or (2) a direct deposit into our account. Specify your form of payment and we’ll get you the details.
The balance is paid in CASH upon arrival in US dollars. Our tax bracket in Mexico does not allow us to accept credit cards and we have no way of cashing checks or money orders drawn on non-Mexican banks because our local accounts are in Mexican currency; payments in Mexico must be in US dollars cash. Thank you for complying. 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.
*La Escuelita de Sonia School in Bonfil, Quintana Roo. A school for under-privileged children located on the outskirts of Cancun.
Change is inevitable,
personal transformation is a choice.
Make the choice.
This is a letter written to us by a participant in our March 22-29, 2018 retreat. She has shown us what’s possible; what we are all capable of doing. We are deeply indebted to her.
Lindsay Jo: Hello sister! I’m sitting on my couch here on Easter Sunday still 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,
Heather: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
Kathleen: I really enjoyed my stay at the Bluestone Ayahuasca Retreat. I’d never done Ayahuasca before. I had a great experience!!! I found the staff to be the best part of my experience. I felt safe and secure knowing I was doing this medicine with professional people who were well experienced with it; the staff were very caring and kind. I found the shamanic drumming and dancing and singing is what really made the experience; it was all so beautiful and exotic, like a trip to heaven for a short period of time– which was so important because some people were dealing with serious issues and needed that support. I felt it to be a truly authentic experience; not phony at all; I could have easily have been in the South American jungle. The temazcal was also wonderful. The whole experience was an unexpected learning curve. We learned all about the history of Ayahuasca, as well as much sharing of spiritual knowledge. It felt it all-embracing, that all people needing healing would be helped at Bluestone. I felt very safe within the compound. The facilities were beautiful. Arturo, the ayahuasqueros, was an amazing man. I felt he was somewhat of a Jesus figure: kind, caring compassionate, non-judgmental. A very sweet man and very knowledgeable. All the staff were amazing!!! Sharon. Juan. Amina. Sandra. Lore and David. All blessed sweet kind souls, only there to see to the healing and growth of others. What a wonderful experience I had. I am coming back in a few months again, this next time bringing a friend, so we can both experience the new caring wonderful family I made there. The Ayahuasca trip for me was beautiful. Easy and enjoyable. When I left, I felt happy: I learned from the medicine I was on the right path in my life; that I was a good person. Just to continue on the road I have been living for many years. So yes, I highly recommend spending time at a Bluestone Ayahuasca Retreat: you will not be disappointed.
Alicia: 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: 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: 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.