In truth, the first time I drank I felt it was worth the price of flying to Peru just for what I saw in the first 15 minutes.
But I get far more out of the experience when I set an intention.
I bring a sleeping bag rather than blankets, and usually keep this unzipped like a duvet.
I also bring a water bottle and a thermos bottle in that contains Amazon bark tea that I buy from
I divide my time during ceremony either lying back propped up on pillows or sitting up fairly straight, in a meditation pose.
An example might be, “I want healing” or “I seek purification” or “I want guidance with the path forward in my life.” If you set your intention as something like, “I wish to clear up the relationship with my mother who makes me so angry sometimes because she keeps comparing me to my brother, and just because he excels academically I know he has a lot of issues she doesn’t know about…” or something like that, you just won’t be able to remember it when you’re in ayahuasca’s thrall. At different ceremonies you may encounter people who surround themselves with stuff: crystals, little vials of different healing potions, favorite objects, shoe options, etc. At a shamanic centre, a mattress will normally be provided and some pillows.
A good intention is kind of like a mantra that you can repeat and come back to if you start losing your way. Let’s assume here, though, that you have to bring your own stuff. Note that this is not the thick kind you inflate with a bicycle pump, but rather the thin kind hikers use, that can be rolled up tight.