Bluestone Ayahuasca Retreats

Change Your Perception, Change Your World

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"We have been to the moon, we have charted the depths of the ocean and the heart of the atom, but we have a fear of looking inward to ourselves because we sense that is where all the contradictions flow together." - Terrence McKenna

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.

" Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles." - Terence McKenna

Intentions: Yours and Ours

Change is inevitable; personal transformation is a choice.

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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.

"Vines and trees will teach you that which you will never learn from masters." - Bernard of Clairvaux

Who Are We?

You're in Good Hands

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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.

Those among us who give the medicine, the ayahuasqueros, are a couple who just this year celebrated the birth of their first child. 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. 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.

What to Expect When You Take Ayahuasca

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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.


What We Ask of You

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We ask that you come with a lot of good will, a bit 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 will, at least initially, feel like moving into the unknown. Flexibility will keep things flowing and make everything easier, and a sincere desire to change is the motivation that'll bring it all together for you.

Retreat Guidelines

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Electronic Devices

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 turned off. A daily call home to family and kids 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 12pm.) Meals consist of vegetables, pasta, grains and fruit prepared in delightful delicious ways by our onsite gourmet chef. Anyone with food allergies or other food issues, let us know and we'll gladly accommodate you.

Why a Week Retreat?

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A good question. Why not just come down for the weekend, take Ayahuasca and go home? The answer is that any ah ha moment you have taking Ayahuasca only once 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 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 know 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." - Terrence McKenna

Why Cancun and the Riviera Maya, Mexico?

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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 regularly 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. And it is dazzling.

Our Retreat Sites

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We work from two very different properties, each with its own energy and ambience. One is located in the heart of the jungle with bungalows, a pool and the traditional space for Ayahuasca ceremonies called a maloca. This property is utterly secluded and alive with the murmurings of Mother Earth. Our other site is a privately-owned, oceanfront villa in upscale Akumal that provides extensive luxury and private access to the sea.

Our retreats are designed to let you take maximum advantage of the medicine and the processes it brings up for you. We've chosen beautiful spaces close to nature and far from the madding crowd; stress-free environments that are energetically sustained and contained. 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 ensuite bathrooms and either air-conditioning (villa) or ceiling fans (jungle retreat).

Heart of the Jungle Retreat Site


Sun and Soul Villa Retreat Site

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Retreat Dates & Packages

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Heart of the Jungle Retreats
    March 22-29, 2018 &
      April 18-25, 2018

.    Package includes:
  • 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 with an option for a fourth; ask for details
  • 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)
  COST: $1,600 USD per person
Note:   Retreats are normally limited to 15 persons so everyone gets the attention he or she needs.
                If you have a group, contract us for options.
                Independant professonal 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 in after the conclusion of the retreat
  • Anything not specifically listed above in the 'included list
Note: If you have any doubts, ask us!


Sun and Soul Retreat, August 16-23, 2018
Early Booking Discounts Available

.    Package includes:
  • Round trip transportation from the Cancun Airport to the Villa and back to the airport
  • *Accommodation in a privately owned villa in Akumal with pool and PRIVATE beach at the villa
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy **
  • All meals, beverages and bottled water
  • Meals prepared by professional, on-site chef, catering to personal preferences
  • Three (3) Ayahuasca ceremonies
  • All activities within the retreat
  • Access at all times to the ayahuasqueros who live on-site during the retreat
  • Private concert

COST: $3,800 USD per person
Note: Retreats are normally limited to 15 persons so everyone gets the attention he or she needs.
            If you have a group, contract us for options.

**       If you're interested in a private room, we'll accommodate you if we can.
           Additional charge may apply.

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 villa
  • 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!

Getting Started / Booking & Special Discounts

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Getting Started

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. NO OBLIGATION.

Booking All Retreats

We ask for a 50% deposit at the time of booking. This is non-refundable. 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 remaining 50% is paid in CASH upon arrival: US dollars. Our tax bracket in Mexico does not allow us to accept credit cards. And no personal checks please; all our local accounts are in pesos so we have NO way of cashing personal checks in US dollars in Mexico. Thank you for complying. ANY QUESTIONS, ask!

Special Early Booking Discounts for the August 16-23, 2018 Sun and Soul Retreat

  • $300usd Discount off the final payment when the 50% booking deposit is made by March 30, 2018.
  • $200usd Discount off the final payment when the 50% booking deposit is made by May 1, 2018.

GROUPS of 15:

  • $380usd discount per person on final payment when the 50% booking deposit for the entire group is made by May 1, 2018.

Giving Back       

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We distribute 16 percent of our earnings to ...

*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.

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.


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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,

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. Martin

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,
Jayne Erickson

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.
Tim Swanson

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 Xichopilli 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.
Muriel Martin

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.

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.

Attending a Bluestone retreat was the most powerful gift I have ever given myself and the miracle I needed to heal my soul. I was welcomed into a family that embraced me and held me through my process with such freedom and no judgment. I left with clarity, and the tools to make the changes I was seeking in order to be the better version of myself that I had lost through depression and anxiety. Ayahuasca is a gift that I feel blessed to have found; I feel strongly that this is a path everyone should has been my miracle and I can’t wait to return to my extended family which I plan to do next month.

Rabia Buratovic-Nottage

I went to a Bluestone retreat in search of a deeper connection with myself, and that week with the medicine gave me the chance to recognize things I’d never been able to see before. The team supported me in the moments I most needed it. I was able to reach the deepest part of myself yet never feel alone. My experience with medicine and with this group is something I feel good about recommending.

Catalina San Juan

Finding myself in the middle of a retreat at Xochipilli was a fantastic experience. The people, the place, the food were more than great, seven days of self-discovery. Thank you all very much.

Juan Manuel Leon

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.


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 and I’m glad I found her. I continue to work with medicine and with her whenever I have the chance.

Edith Granada
Mother of four

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.


A while back I attended an Ayahuasca retreat in Cancun guided by a great guy who inspired total trust, aided by a team of facilitators who know what they’re doing. I entered not having a clue as to what to expect from the medicine or from the retreat but as the days went by and I took the medicine and worked with the group, I realized something irrevocable had changed or was changing in me; I could see it in my emotions, thoughts and behavior but it went beyond even that. The medicine, the temazcals (I was new to that too), the healthy food and the sharing, on all levels, with people going through changes themselves was gratifying and gave me the push I needed to do the work I’d come to do. I am grateful to Arturo [the ayahuasqero and guide] and all the people at the center. Thank you!

David Salik

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