Traveling has long been a means of gaining expansion and insight, so it makes sense that many travelers look to combine plant medicine and wellness retreats with their journeys through Colombia.
With the growing interest, there are a growing number of options throughout Colombia looking to satisfy demand. I think it would be fair to say not all of these options are offered with the most pure of intentions. With that caveat it is strongly suggested that anyone curious about exploring plant medicine in Colombia, does some pretty thorough due diligence beforehand. I would also add that not all medicine is for all people. Whilst someone you know may have had incredible breakthroughs and healing with a specific medicine, it simply might not be a good choice for you. Furthermore I will emphasize that they really should be treated as medicine. For those looking for a party drug or a way to block things out for a while, look elsewhere. Plant medicines are all about intention, ego surrender and inner work. They are a shortcut to the most beautiful view of a more beautiful world to let you know what is actually possible.. but then once you have received this vision you will have to learn how to climb the stairs on your own.
Ok! So having said ALL that.. where can one find plant medicine ceremonies in Cartagena (and the relatively accessible beyond)?
A reliable starting point is an island location on Tierra Bomba about 15 minutes by boat from Cartagena mainland (we won't reveal names here, just in case) which offers monthly and bi-monthly plant medicine ceremonies. Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org using reference Tierra Bomba Plant Medicine and we can send through their agenda of events.
They work directly with indigenous communities and spiritual community leaders, ensuring medicine is sourced sustainably. The location is beautiful with lots of spaces for connection with nature and the elements, beautiful trees, traditional malokas, mindful musicians.
They have hosted Yagé ceremonies (known outside of Colombia as Ayahuasca), Peyote ceremonies, Mushroom and Cacao ceremonies. There are nightly fire ceremonies and daily yoga and meditation sessions. They also host retreats.
This is the only option within Cartagena (so far) with regular ongoing plant medicine ceremonies. Various guides will offer one-off ceremonies or retreats with 1-2 months notice. So again, feel free to send us an email to check if there's anything planned.
Once you move beyond Cartagena around Santa Marta, you will find a lot more options. Mundo Nuevo in Minca hosts regular Cacao ceremonies for example. Sierra Ancestral, also in Minca, focuses on Yagé. Heading along the coast Gitana del Mar frequently hosts Ayahuasca retreats. The beautiful One Sanctuary in Palomino hosts various rituals, Yay! Ecolodge and Rio Hostel.
The best option will probably be to do a search of the ceremony you are interested in facebook adding the city or region.
So! I somehow said a lot without saying very much at all. Hope it helped nevertheless.