Celebrities and Ayahausca: Five Celebrities Who Takes the Ayahausca


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Ayahuasca, also known as yagé, is a blend of two plants — the Ayahuasca vine and the shrub called chacruna. The chacruna contains DMT, a hallucinogen, thus making it illegal in the UK, the United States, and many other countries. However, in its origin, the Amazons, the medicinal drink remains to be part of their culture for almost five millennia.

Sometimes claimed to be a medicinal fad, the Amazonian drink has indeed captured the interests of the adventurous tourist, war soldiers dealing with PTSD, as well as celebrities. Here are some of the few celebrities who claim to be drinking the Ayahausca drink and enjoying the benefits of the said natural drug remedy.

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Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley

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The actor whose fame rose in the series “The Gossip Girl” said that he experienced Ayahausca retreat with an indigenous tribe in the Columbian rainforests, thinking that he would go back to New York City with a “glittering spiritual tool.” However, he also claims that he had difficulties purging during several ceremonies. He shared that the Ayahuaca experience allowed him to feel “one gleaming psychic arrow pointing towards his heart” and remains to be the most profound moment in his life.



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In Sting’s autobiography, “Broken Music”, Sting devotes a total 60 pages of the book about his experience while traveling to the Amazon in Brazil together with his wife, Trudie Styler. There, they both tried Ayahuasca. “There is a definitely a higher intelligence at work in you during the experience,” the famous singer shared.

Chris Robinson

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Chris Robinson, a former front man of the Black Crowes, felt very lucky after experiencing the Ayahuasca. He vividly described the experience as “where my mind and heart and soul all coaslesce of having at least the initial understanding of the interconnectedness of all living entities in the universe.”

Ben Lee

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The LA-based musician Ben Lee had this to say about Ayahausca: “What people are experiencing through the Ayahuasca is really what is changing people. It is not the Aya itself.” He even released an Ayahuasca-inspired album, “Welcome to the Work.” He believes that if the Ayahuasca experience is used properly, it can help people access reality and this reality is what inspires people.

Tori Amos

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Tori Amos claims that she has experienced Ayahuasca many times, starting in the 1980s. She sees the experience as very structured and shares, ”You would work for a week beforehand and write about what you were hoping to work through and your would write what you were hoping to achieve. And then you go back together the next week after you’d done it.”

The Ayahuasca has already been an integral part of the Amazonian tribal societies and has also managed to influence people from around the globe. Even Peru’s government recognizes the status of the Ayahuasca and even states that it is “one of the basic pillars of the identity of the Amazon peoples.” With this in mind, good or bad, hallucinogenic or not, the Ayahuasca is definitely here to stay.


What can You Expect from an Ayahuasca Ceremony


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Ayahuasca has really become one of the most sought-after natural remedy for the physical and emotional sickness of men. People who have taken Ayahuasca see a glimpse of hope from the spiritual experience that it offers, making it a prime option for lost souls and battered spirits.

However, not everyone who goes into Ayahuasca retreats experience the same level of spirituality or experience the same degree of “healing” that they are looking for. Everyone is different, and with the unique chemistry we have inside our bodies, the Ayahuasca experience may bring different kinds of “healing” and spiritual uplifting at different degrees to people. The make-up of our mental soundness and emotional environment also varies, making each Ayahuasca experience different and an individualized experience for each person. Your experience of Ayahuasca will be yours alone and unique from mine and the others who have tried it. Haven’t explored Ayahuasca yet? You can know more about Ayahuasca retreats and the experiences you can expect from it in this article.

However, the ideas below are a general description of the Ayahuasca experience. You may have most likely experienced one or all of them, but there will always be a unique and personalized experience that comes with Ayahuasca retreats that you alone can describe.

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Colors, Patterns, and Visions

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Some individuals who are at the clairvoyant side will usually see colors, patterns, and visions during the Ayahuasca experience. As you clear your minds from all the troubles and emotional depressions that you have, one can literally see a bright light, an escape and a path away from all the troubles that you have been enduring your whole life. The feeling will be uplifting but would be more visual for individuals whose sensitivity to sight is more outstanding.

Magnetic Forces

For people whose senses and emotional feelings are more attached, the experience would most likely make them feel that they are being drawn by a force. This force can lead them to the feeling of oneness and greatness, removing all the depressing and discouraged self-esteem that they have towards themselves. These magnetic forces will either push or pull them towards a destination which, in most cases, is the right path towards the life that they should be living.


People who are very clairaudient may end up hearing voices and sounds. This is why a professional shaman is needed during the ritual. Voices can sometimes bring a different kind of reaction to a person who is experiencing Ayahuasca. Having a spiritual guide that will help him and hold his spirit during the journey protects the mental soundness of the Ayahuasca drinker.

Some people, on the other hand, will experience a mix of the three and will bring them to an experience they could hardly imagine. People who reportedly met spiritual beings during the Ayahuasca experience or those who claimed to have walked in different dimensions usually manage to connect with their truest and deepest self enclosed within them. The awakened state will alternately allow them to use this experience into daily life, career, at home, or into a routine that they have been doing for quite a long time. One can live a different kind of life after the experiences that he has learned, achieved, and discovered through Ayahuasca. The experience, according to many, brings joy, love, and sense of purpose to those who have been “at lost” or stagnant in their lives.

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Is there a right or wrong way to use Ayahuasca? (Ayahuasca Ceremonies)

Ayahuasca at Home: An American Experience ( Mens Journal )

Ayahuasca Endangering Lives? Tragedies related to the Amazon Drink revealed

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Ayahuasca is one of the emerging “natural solutions” available from the vine Ayahuasca that promises not only a cure for physical diseases but also for spiritual and mental distress. The Amazon drink that has been present in the Amazon forests for millennia has already become a topic of numerous researches and studies trying to prove or discover the mysteries behind the famed drink. However, despite the several positive reviews about the Ayahuasca retreat and Ayahuasca experience, several tragedies have already been attached with the Ayahuasca drink, leaving non-believers question the authenticity and healing prowess of the drink.

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Kyle Nolan’s story is one of the most controversial and sensational stories that managed to reach mainstream media. His death, allegedly due to drinking Ayahuasca, is one of the issues that continue to haunt the promises that come with the Ayahuasca drink.

Just like the typical teenager, Kyle was confused, uncertain about who he really is, and is looking for his own self. It was even more difficult for Kyle. According to his mother, he has three siblings (triplets) who were over-excelling in practically anything, making life even more difficult for Kyle. He was treated right by his siblings, but being constantly overshadowed made him question his purpose.

Confused, he decided to look for answers. Online research introduced him to Ayahuasca. He did his research, read several testimonials, and was certain that this — the Ayahuasca experience — could lead him into discovering who he really is and what his future might actually be.

Alone at 18, he went to the Amazons and checked in at a Shamanic Center in Peru. Little did he know that the more than $2000 Ayahuasca experience will be the end of his life. Kyle’s mom checked on his boy and was informed that he left the facility. Later on, it was revealed that Kyle died of drinking too much Ayahuasca. This is what the Shaman in the center claimed. He was found dead in a nearby bush and was buried discreetly to cover up the incident. Up until now, a clear and concrete explanation about his death remains to be vague and uncertain.


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Several other stories about tourists who never came back after their Ayahuasca experience frolic online reports and studies. Celine Rene Margarite Briset died from a heart attack after taking the Ayahuasca drink in 2011 at the Amazonian City Yurimaguas. Frenchman Fabrice Champion also died months after Briset died when the Ayahuasca drink clashed with his current medications.

An unnamed Argentinian tourist stabbed himself in the chest after drinking too much of the Ayahuasca tea. Bipolar disorders and schizophrenia are believed to be triggered by drinking the concoction as well. Common stories of women, female tourists who are under the essence of Ayahuasca, have faced several sexual predators, fake healers, and fake shamans posing to be authentic ones. A nurse from Seattle claimed that she was physically harassed by a Shaman. She was lucky enough to manage to escape. However, some do not share the same luck as her. A 23-year-old German woman was raped and brutally beaten by a “shaman” and his accomplice after participating in an Ayahuasca ceremony for three days.

Just like the regular medical treatments that we have been used to, Ayahuasca has its recorded malpractices. However, these incidents do not necessarily mean that Ayahuasca is bad as a whole. It does not also indicate that it is good and effective as well. Careful research, planning, and looking for trusted Shamans and retreat centers are just some of the things to consider before jumping into the Ayahuasca experience. A strong will and an adventurous spirit might also be necessary.

Ayahuasca: A Natural Treatment and Medication, Explained


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The question on whether Ayahuasca is indeed a natural remedy or just a medical fad remains to linger, even with the numerous Ayahuasca retreat centers and ceremonies available in the Amazonian. The authenticity of this ritual and medicinal drink remains to fascinate and intrigue ordinary people as well as scientists. Is Ayahuasca a fad or a true healing remedy from nature?

Mental and emotional traumas brought by stress and post traumatic stress disorder are just some of the illnesses that the Ayahuasca drink and ceremonies promise to address. The plant also claims to alleviate suicidal thoughts and paralyzing anxiety. The Ayahuasca experience promises to bring the best in you, helping you discover life and the mysteries that will lead you in discovering the real you.

There is a wide array of illnesses attached to the mystical Ayahuasca. Here are some of the medicinal attributes and circumstances attributed to the Ayahuasca experience.

Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Relief

Multiple combat deployments, repetitive and stressful activities that involve the possibility of dying and losing people in the process, often lead to PTSD. Ayahuasca is being considered as one of the possible treatment for this emotional and mental disease.


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“Ayahuasca is a way to give relief to those who are suffering,” says former Marine Lance Cpl. Ryan LeCompte, who now organizes trips to Peru for war veterans like himself, seeking for a possible cure for PTSD.

Anti-depressant drugs, unexplainably, can bring suicidal tendencies, offering an edge favoring Ayahuasca that doesn’t. Being able to seek spiritual healing and peace also claims to have helped in many ways in curing and addressing mental and traumatic diseases like PTSD.

Ayahuasca does not offer a cure

The notion that Ayahuasca is an instant solution to one’s illness is wrong. Taking in the Ayahuasca drink has its benefits, but the healing comes combined together with therapy. Ayahuasca can help “dislodge that negative energy” inside you, and show you how it feels like living without that negativity in your life.


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The Ayahuasca is said to be taken only by Shamans


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This has already changed since Western tourists began seeking its benefits. However, the preparation and the ceremonies that are required before taking in the Ayahuasca should be under a Shaman’s supervision. Even though Ayahuasca powders and extracts are already available online for purchase, one will never know that it is really in it. Thus, it all boils down to seeking a reliable Shaman and Ayahuasca retreat house that will guide you correctly through the healing experience.

There is a movement created for safe Ayahuasca

The Ayahuasca experience is not 100% perfect. There are also controversies and other issues that overshadow the benefits and medicinal features of the Amazonian drink. This is why a movement to create a health guide for Ayahuasca centers in the Amazon, most especially for tourists, is being raised. Tourists and locals who would want to experience the healing and medicinal promise of the Ayahuasca will therefore be protected. Local communities in the Amazonian regions patronizing the Ayahuasca will also be given the benefit of the doubt as soon as standards and safe practices are implemented and practiced in every Shamanic retreat center in the area.

As Ayahuasca continues to become a more favored option in resolving emotional and mental illnesses, awareness and general knowledge on what this experience really is are continuously being explored. Believers embrace the health benefits of the “experience” while those seeking for refuge continue to hope for a brighter path with the help of Ayahuasca.

Ayahuasca Spiritual Awakenings: Awakening Your Spiritual Warrior

The Ayahuasca is an ancient, medicinal healing plant from the Amazonian jungle. Shamans call it as “a window to the soul” and is now included in a series of spiritual awakenings that promise curing of illnesses, as well as the awakening of the spiritual warrior inside us.

The doorway to the awakening of our spirits is what Ayahuasca awakenings promise. One manages to face and conquer his demons while removing the veil between the illusions and the spiritual reality.

I have seen several Ayahuasca Awakenings film and retreats in the past as part of my in-depth study of the Ayahuasca and the practices surrounding it. Before I became interested in the mysteries that nature holds surrounding the Ayahuasca drink (as well as the ceremonies that came with it), I was leaning into business. However, at the back of my mind, I knew that I was missing something in my life. I know that what I truly wanted remains to be a mystery left to be discovered by no one but me alone. I ignored it for a while but I saw myself being destroyed day by day as I go forcing myself to pursue what my soul craves for. This was when I decided to try out my first Ayahuasca retreat, and there was no going back for me afterwards.

After my very first Ayahuasca experience, the feeling of longing to go forward and continue discovering the warrior inside me became my calling. I finally realized that this is what I actually want to do, and this is what I needed in my life. From then on, my conquest to discover the spiritual mysteries surrounding Ayahuasca and my life itself began.

I just want to make it clear, though. Different people will have different points of view and experience to share when it comes to Ayahuasca retreats and ceremonies. The peace that I enjoy today and the spiritual awakening that I still undergo did not happen right after the first retreat. It was a longer process for me compared to my colleagues. Different people with different personalities will have several unique interesting experiences to share when it comes to Ayahuasca spiritual awakening.

When I started consuming the Ayahuasca, I knew in myself that spiritual awakening is bound to happen in my life. I knew it was not instant but I felt that I am on the right path to the spiritual awakening that I am bound to discover.

Now, I feel less depressed, enjoying a stronger sense of completeness and purpose, and on top of my physical health at the same time. The Ayahuasca that I use for spiritual healing, both for mental, physical, and emotional purposes, help me gain spiritual enlightenment — a feeling that I cherish and continue to discover everyday with Ayahuasca and the rituals surrounding it.

More on Ayahuasca spiritual awakenings:

10 Tips to Better Your Ayahuasca Experience (Reset Me)

Report from Three Ayahuasca Ceremonies in Nihue Rao, Peru (guycrittenden.blogspot.ca)

What’s To Look Forward to in the Ayahuasca Experience

Spiritual awakening — this is what Ayahuasca retreats commit to its participants. However, NOT ALL Ayahuasca ceremonies and retreats are legally and professionally organized. The best way and place to do it is to visit the Amazon rainforests in South America or areas like that of the Iquitos in Peru to be able to experience authentic, legal, and uplifting Ayahuasca retreats and ceremonies.

Three people usually go for the Ayahuasca drink experience. One is the avid traveller who is open to new cultures and partaking in adventures in the places that they visit. Your adventurous soul will definitely be awakened with a few encounters with Ayahuasca ceremonies and drinking the Ayahuasca concoction. The second type of person who would likely go for the Ayahuasca experience is the sickly and depressed. Most of the time, scientific medicines are not capable of healing the sickness of the soul. Here is where the Ayahuasca experience can come into play. An Ayahuasca retreat and participating in Ayahuasca ceremonies offer hope and the gift of mental wellness for people suffering from emotional and spiritual diseases. The third type of person who would most likely go for the Ayahuasca experience is a person who would want to discover himself. This person may have met a shaman, an Ayahuasca enthusiast, or have read materials about this wonderful naturally occurring cure and treatment that could help him achieve the things that he is missing in life – not only for his physical but more particularly on his mental and spiritual health.

Ayahuasca retreats do come in different shapes and sizes and would most likely be customized to meet the individual needs of its participants. Beside stimulating the sleeping spirit warrior within your soul, there are many things to look forward to with the retreat. In reality, what matters the most is letting your retreat facilitator or the shaman in charge of the Ayahuasca ceremony know the things you need and why you would want to experience what Ayahuasca has to offer.

More on Ayahuasca awakenings and retreats:

To spiritual awakenings, and beyond…


I am Terry and I am a Spiritual Warrior currently defending a siege against my inner demons and fighting for peace and tranquility within. Seriously, though, I am a lost soul who has found sanctuary in Ayahuasca retreats and ceremonies as I try to juggle being an entrepreneur while discovering the missing links that will complete my life.

Selling trinkets and stuff in Amazon was my way of living. I get to travel around the globe without worrying about my business, thanks to the Wi-Fi provided in the several hotels that have served as my home during my travels. However, as I continue to explore the world, life, and love, I saw myself as an incomplete person — a lost soul who needs to find a place where I can reconnect with the missing pieces in my life.

Visiting Peru is indeed one of the most significant moments in my life. This is where I discovered the Ayahuasca and got my chance to experience my first spiritual awakening retreat. My Amazon store suffered a few losses due to lack of stocks and monitoring on my side, but life started to reconnect with me. I hired a Virtual Assistant to help me with my store and then my adventure in discovering more about life, love, and the spiritual warrior in me began.

Beyond Spiritual Awakenings includes stories of my adventure as a Spiritual Warrior seeking peace and balance in life. As I try to keep the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects in my life, I try to share the experience with my readers who might want to try the path that I travel on.

Join me as I continue to discover the world beyond spiritual awakenings..

Sharing here an interesting talk I’ve watched way back: