Here are some links you might find useful:
The Visionary Vine by Marlene Dobkin de Rios from 1972 is a ground-breaking book on the first studies of Ayahuasca in Peru, Amazon. Written in the lucid and easy-to-read text, the author spent years with ayahuasca healers. You can learn from traditional models of illness, healing, herbalism, indigenous tarot traditions and Western medicine.
https://www.amazon.com/Ayahuasca-Visions-Religious-Iconography-Peruvian/dp/1556433115 – The Ayahuasca Visions by Luis Eduardo Luna and Pablo Amaringo from 1991 is one of the prolific and influential book to convey the visionary, spiritual and cultural scope of ayahuasca. Amaringo worked as a shaman for years before becoming an ayahuasca painter.
https://www.amazon.com/Ayahuasca-Reader-Encounters-Amazons-Sacred/dp/0907791328 – Originally published in the year 2000, Ayahuasca Reader by Luis Eduardo Luna & Steven White, is essential for anyone wanting to dive deep into the discussion about ayahuasca. The collection contains seminal essays from leading anthropologists, writers, journalists, ethnobotanists, poets and others interested in ayahuasca.
https://www.amazon.com/Listening-Ayahuasca-Depression-Addiction-Anxiety/dp/1608684024 – In Listening to Ayahuasca (2017), psychologist Rachel Harris draws upon her personal experiences as a psychologist, ayahuasca drinker and researcher for a compelling overview of ayahuasca’s risks and medicinal effects. Easy to read for those new to ayahuasca as a medicine.
https://www.amazon.com/Ayahuasca-Shamanism-Amazon-Beyond-Studies/dp/0199341206 – In Ayahuasca Shamanism, released in 2014, the book covers native practices of indigenous ontologies in modern marketplace of medical tourism. Presents the most innovative studies of the use and culture of ayahuasca, with topics on healing, sorcery, sexuality, gender, globalization, politics, identity.
https://www.amazon.com/Antipodes-Mind-Phenomenology-Ayahuasca-Experience/dp/0199252939 – Provides meticulous approach to studying the phenomenological effects of ayahuasca. Psychologist Benny Shanon in The Antipodes of the Mind, help bring the ayahuasca experience into focus. Covers topics such as visions, synesthesia, ineffability, intuition and the poetic imagination.
https://www.amazon.com/Fellowship-River-Exploration-Traditional-Amazonian-ebook/dp/B06ZZHLQQ2 – Written by Joe Tafur, The Fellowship of the River (2017), articulates in clear prose his journey living among ayahuasca healers in the Amazon rainforest. He explores the ability of ayahuasca to help heal the modern life. The book undertakes not simply a medical perspective, but also cultural and spiritual perspectives.
https://www.amazon.com/One-River-Explorations-Discoveries-Amazon-ebook/dp/B003MQNMMW – One River (1997) by Wade Davis discusses Harvard professor in botany Richard Evan Schultes adventure in 1941 when he went to the Amazon rainforest to study the plants of Amazonian shamanism. This exquisite book tells the stories of Evan Schultes and Davis mind-opening encounters in the Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/Yage-Letters-First-William-Burroughs/dp/B000ILFVE6 – In 1953, Burroughs travelled to the Amazon rainforest where he had ayahuasca, then sent letters to Ginsberg. Discussion includes stories of ayahuasca telepathy, healing and animal consciousness.
https://www.amazon.com/Yaje-New-Purgatory-Jimmy-Weiskopf/dp/9588160855 – In The New Purgative (2010), Jimmy Weiskopf apprentice for 12 years in shamanic practices in Amazon rainforest. In this in-depth book, he presents an overview of the indigenous use of the recipe of ayahuasca drunk in the Colombian Amazon. This book offers q look into the topic of ayahuasca to the Western world.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ayahuasca-Sessions-Conversations-Amazonian-Curanderos-ebook/dp/B00H12BKAY – In Ayahuasca Sessions (2010), Rak Razam ventured into the Amazon rainforest to drink ayahuasca with a dozen shamans. He interviewed many shamans and Western ayahuasca neophytes. The book offers a collection of insights into the modern culture of ayahuasca in Peru, covering conversations on plant-spirits, consciousness, healing, sorcery, and culture.
REPORTS, JOURNALS, STUDIES, RESEARCH
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/psychological-medicine/article/rapid-antidepressant-effects-of-the-psychedelic-ayahuasca-in-treatmentresistant-depression-a-randomized-placebocontrolled-trial/E67A8A4BBE4F5F14DE8552DB9A0CBC97 – Medical journal report from Cambridge on the antidepressant effects of psychedelic ayahuasca relative to treatment-resistant depression and random placebo-controlled trial as written by Fernanda Palhano-Fontes, Dayanna Barreto, Heloisa Onias, Katia C. Andrade.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayahuasca – Wikipedia page on Ayahausca discussing its history, preparation, traditional usage, role of shamans, traditional brews, non-traditional usage, ayahuasca analogues, chemistry, pharmacology, effects, and legal status.
https://thethirdwave.co/psychedelics/ayahuasca/ – Provides informed discourse on ayahuasca with information from psychedelic community, microdosing, psychedelic identity, and as therapy in treatment of depression and addiction.
https://chacruna.net/?s=ayahuasca – Ayahuasca Committee providing information on community guide to women, with initiative to prevent sex abuse, seductions by shamans and participants.
http://neip.info/ – Research information on psychoactive substances like ayahuasca to promote a joint reflection together with scholars and public for useful academic dialogue for users.
https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/ayahuasca-addiction/ – The Recovery Village provides information on History of Ayahuasca, its effects as Hallucinogenic Drug, safety, and side effects it may cause. The group is a network of rehabilitation facilities that offers comprehensive treatment for substance abuse disorders as well as co-occurring mental health conditions. In addition to medical detox and acute medical stabilization.
https://maps.org/research/ayahuasca – Completed the first North American observational study of the safety and long-term effectiveness of ayahuasca treatment for addiction and dependence. Founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies or MAPS is a non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for careful uses of psychedelics like Ayhuasca.
http://beckleyfoundation.org/ayahuascadmt/ – Studies carried out by the Beckley/Sant Pau Research Programme on ayahuasca use on how it can increase traits associated with mindfulness, such as ‘decentering’. Discusses how it can help sufferers of depression, anxiety, grief and PTSD to overcome their conditions. The Beckley Foundation is created by Amanda Feilding in 1998, and works on global drug policy reform and scientific research into psychoactive substances.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5895707/ – Pharmacology report by NCBI, the National Center for Biotechnology Information on Ayahuasca ingestion on how it modulates brain activity, neurotransmission, epigenetic regulation and gene expression.
http://www.iceers.org/more-about-ayahuasca.php#.W-JSm9JKgUE – ICEERS, International Center for Ethnobotanical Education Research and Service provides information on Ayahuasca history, use, effects, safety, legal status, religious, therapeutic and personal growth purposes.
http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/306/1/73.full – Research Article on Human Pharmacology of Ayahuasca discussing its subjective and cardiovascular effects written by Jordi Riba, et.al. on the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
RETREATS, CEREMONIES, CENTERS
http://www.ayahuasca.com – A multi-disciplinary project devoted to Ayahuasca, and its home, the forests of the Amazon. Provides information Ayahuasca on associated traditions, myths, therapies, rituals, aesthetics, primordial roots, indigenous tribes of South America, to diverse spiritual movements.
https://ayahuascahealings.com/ – Provides guide on Ayahuasca Retreats and Ceremony in Peru and the USA. Learn how to experience Ayahuasca in America and Ayahuasca in Peru, with information for beginners.
https://www.ayahuascafoundation.org/ – Ayahuasca retreats and healing courses in Peru. The idea for the Ayahuasca Foundation was born from a desire to spread the science of plant medicine back into the world. The Foundation supports the preservation of indigenous wisdom, culture, offering healing retreats and educational courses, and conducting research focused on the ayahuasca healing by indigenous healers of Peruvian Amazon.
https://www.ayahuascachurches.org/schedule/ – Soul Quest offers its members ceremonial retreats for healing and personal evolution, with shamanic medicines and with a professional and psychotherapeutic approach.
http://www.ayahuascashaman.com/ – Started working with Ayahuasca in the Peruvian Amazon before booming Ayahuasca tourism, for 15 years Maestro Chononita ran ceremonies exclusively with native Peruvian people taking only select individuals on retreats to Peru.
http://newlifeayahuasca.com/ – Brings Ayahuasca Retreats in Costa Rica, guide, safety, shaman ceremonies, tips, massage therapy, ayahuasca retreat, diet info, preparation.
https://www.etnikas.com/ – Etnikas’s team come from Peru, with a 100% Peruvian family, owned and operated with background of 30 years’ experience in shamanic healing and guiding Ayahuasca ceremonies, based in Cusco Peru.
https://origensagrada.com/ – Small group of like-minded souls providing, health, healing and celebration through the ancient power of ayahuasca, and other medicinal plants, as well as the guidance of the spirits and ancestors as interpreted by indigenous abuelos, taitas and elders, great spiritual leaders.
https://pachamamatemple.org/ – A Retreat and Healing Center for sharing the medicine of Mother Ayahuasca, Mother Earth and the ancient wisdom of the Shipibo people. Provide Ayahuasca ceremony from Peru, for people seeking deep healing and personal transformation, and who want to participate in a powerful exchange with community of healers and teachers.
https://www.ayaquest.com/ – Trained and devoted medicine people who treat and approach the ceremonies with a holistic attitude. The brew is made from scratch and the ingredients, ordered individually so you know what all is within it and know it is safe.
https://rainforesthealingcenter.com/ – Skilled and experienced plant medicine facilitators takes you to retreat with powerful Shamans and Curanderos. Provides ayahuasca retreats, master plant diets, retreat center staff, ayahuasca diet & prep, peru travel tips and info.
https://templeofthewayoflight.org/retreats/ayahuasca-retreats/ – Ayahuasca retreats and programs with features on female and male healers from the indigenous Shipibo tribe. It has developed ayahuasca retreat programs in q beautiful jungle environment. The Temple of the Way of Light is a healing center in the Peruvian Amazon that facilitates safe ayahuasca healing retreats for thousands of guests from more than 30 countries since March 2007.
http://www.kapitari.org/en/experience/7-day-authentic-ayahuasca-retreat-in-iquitos-peru/ – Ayahuasca healing center in the Amazon rainforest close to Iquitos, Peru. Kapitari is one of the oldest shamanic centers in Peru and has been welcoming guests from all over the world over 15 years.
https://kahpi.net/ayahuasca/ – Kahpi is a learning hub dedicated to providing a holistic understanding of ayahuasca. We bring together ayahuasca experts from science and medicine, anthropology and ethnobotany and shamanism and alternative healing networks.
https://www.om-mij.nl/en/ayahuasca/ – Ayahuasca in Europe, with organized individual ceremonies in a small setting in Doetinchem, the Netherlands.
http://www.lotusvinejourneys.com/ – Lotus Vine Journeys offer an immersive Meditation, and Healing Ayahuasca Retreat in Peru. Established by Spring Washam, well-known meditation teacher, healer, author, and visionary leader based in Oakland, California.
https://www.pulsetours.com/ – Provides 2 retreats, one in the Amazon and another in Peru, for those searching for experiences to transform their life and renew their perspective, working with traditional shamanic plant medicines, with master Shipibo, Matses, and Huachumera shamans.
http://kapitari.org/en/ – Spiritual Center group retreats at Kapitari, started in April 2013, providing affordable 7 day group retreats, perfect introduction to Ayahuasca in a safe environment.
http://www.ayahuascadefense.com/ – Program dedicated to provide state-of-the-art legal, scientific, community, public policy expertise, defense for ayahuasca participants so it can be used legally and safely.
http://shamanjon.com/tag/ayahuasca/ – Shaman Jon is a brilliant and gifted healer, and a man of deep and prescient insight to provide ayahuasca healing sessions.
https://ayaadvisors.org/ – AyaAdvisors help people particularly interested in the area of plant medicines. Includes retreat listings reviews on Ayahuasca, San Pedro, Kambo, Iboga, Spotlight, Peyote.
https://eluxemagazine.com/travel/the-best-ayahuasca-retreats-around-the-world-reviewed/ – Helps you choose an ayahuasca retreat, with reviews, professionally run by knowledgeable shamans and other practitioners. They publish list of the best ayahuasca retreats around the world.
https://retreat.guru/be/sacred-sites?type=center – The global community of spiritual practitioners providing retreat sites review where they connect teachers, students, and retreat centers together. Thus, making it easier to find teachers and attend a retreat.
https://gaiatree.center/ – Gaia Tree is an Ayahuasca retreat center that offers an immersive jungle environment to connect with sacred plant teachers for deep healing. It’s offering authentic, quality retreats, with jungle lodges.
https://gaiasagrada.com/what-happens-in-ayahuasca-ceremony-with-ayahuascero-shaman-description/ – Gaia Sagrada Ayahusaca Retreat Center is located in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador near city of Cuenca. This ayahuasca healing center offers ayahuasca retreats in 55 acres of pristine land with fresh clean mountain air, pastures and gardens, pine forests.
https://psychedelictimes.com/ayahuasca/ – A hub for new developments in the science and application of psychedelics such as ayahuasca for healing and therapy with interviews, podcast, investigative studies, documentary series, articles.
https://www.sacredvalleytribe.com/ – Ayahuasca group for those who seek a on elevating their self awareness and consciousness, with ceremony, retreat, medicine songs, articles, teachings, weekly events.
https://www.afterlife.coach/ – Trained for 12 years, studied shamanism after two cycles, drink in more than 1,000 plant ceremonies, completed 6 master dietas. Ayahuasca life coach Tina “Kat” Courtney providing booking, sessions, ayahuasca training, sacred medicines.
https://rebekahshaman.com/ – Provides mentoring, readings, shamanic sessions, ceremonies, retreats, events, shamanic services, plant medicine initiation.
https://soltara.co/ – Soltara Healing Center with curated selection of resources, knowledge about psychedelics, plant medicine, spirituality, culture, policy, integration of ayahuasca.
https://www.nihuerao.com/ – An ayahuasca healing center in the Amazon rainforest, with Shaman Ayahuasca Retreats with master plants, traditional Shipibo diets, ayahuasca ceremonies, specialists in shamanic treatment under the guidance of master healer and ayahuasquero Ricardo Amaringo. An integrative healing center also providing training in Amazonian shamanism and opportunities for visionary art.
http://www.ayahuasca.ph/ – Ayahuasca healing services in the Philippines by offering ancient healing practices and sacred medicines available from the Amazon Jungle. Shaman Alexander Aragon holding space since 2013.
https://www.heroicheartsproject.org/ – A registered non profit organization that connects military veterans struggling with mental trauma to ayahuasca therapy retreats. Opens the door to other viable options, provides support and professional counseling to veterans.
http://the5thdimensions.com/ – Providing a safe and comfortable retreat space for guests to explore their inner realms. Safe & pure premium Ayahuasca medicine with no admixtures, consists of two ingredients Ayahuasca and Chacruna, blend required to produce the best Ayahuasca.
http://elpurguero.com/ – Ayahuasca Retreat and Healing Center providing Ayahuasca Counseling, Ceremony, situated 23 km from the jungle city of Iquitos, Peru. Owned and operated by Ayahuasquero Ronald Joe Wheelock, known as The Gringo Shaman of the Amazon, who has been serving the community as an Ayahuasquero for over 25 years.
https://www.nixipae.com/home – Provides retreat that includes Ayahuasca & Wachuma ceremony, vegetarian diet, wooden bungalow accommodation, massage, devotional chanting and other activities in Nature. Enjoy a beautiful landscape around with river, beach, forest and organic farm.
https://www.sapaninka.com/en/ – Sapan Inka Ayahuasca Retreat Center is located in the Sacred Valley, Calca, Cusco, Peru and organize Ayahuasca Retreats, ceremonies, and healing sessions.
http://www.feathercrown.com/ – Feather Crown organizes Ayahuasca sacred medicine retreats with reputable shamans in its private center in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Since 2008, it has helped more than 1000 visitors and received excellent ratings and testimonials, gaining the reputation of one of the safest and most grounded places for experiencing Ayahuasca.
http://pisatahua.org/ – Pisatahua is an integrative plant-medicine and ayahuasca retreat, located in the Bolivian Amazon. Found in the heart of the Aquicuana Reserve, the 80 hectare center is situated in one of the most biodiverse areas of the world. Provides an incomparable setting to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Amazon Jungle, while working with traditional plant medicines.
Psychonautical.net – The Psychonautical Society
Erowid.org – Erowid is a small nonprofit that runs the #1 drug information website in the world.
https://maya-ethnobotanicals.com/ – Maya Ethnobotanicals, established in 2000, based in the Netherlands, Europe, ship ethnobotanical ayahuasca products on a daily basis worldwide.
https://www.actualized.org/forum/topic/1679-ayahuasca-retreat/ – Forum thread on experience with an ayahuasca retreat, as asked by someone planning to go to Peru or Brazil. Conversations in the experience in travel in South America and what country to recommend.
https://www.reddit.com/r/Ayahuasca/ – Subreddit for Ayahuasca, intended for people who want to get basic information about Ayahuasca.
EXPERIENCES, ESSAYS, STORIES, PERSONAL ACCOUNTS
https://www.vox.com/first-person/2018/2/19/16739386/ayahuasca-retreat-psychedelic-hallucination-meditation – A first person narrative by Sean Illing on the use of psychedelic drug ayahuasca. Tells personal account on use of Ayahuasca as a psychological medicine, working its way into the mainstream, using it to to heal internal wounds and reconnect with nature.
http://www.medicinehunter.com/ayahuasca – First hand experience of renowned medicine hunter, author and educator Chris Kilham, founder of Medicine Hunter Inc. Chris has conducted medicinal plant research in over 45 countries scouring jungles and highlands for plants, oils and extracts that can heal. Chris has appeared on over 1500 radio programs and 500 TV programs worldwide.
https://medium.com/s/story/biting-the-bucket-with-ayahuasca-2940c5da3248 – Personal story by Craig Hunter on his experience in the Ayahuasca ceremony, with revelationa and doubts on the taking of ayahuasca.
https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27203322 – BBC story by Emma Thelwell’s personal experience on ayahuasca, telling of her intrigued and why its used as “teacher plant” in regular rituals.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-05/ayahuasca-psychedelic-feminism/10069880 – ABC story of Jenny Valentish on Ayahuasca as the new frontier for ‘psychedelic feminism’ telling stories on women travel by boat to the wild town of Iquitos qnd going deep into the jungle. Valentish is author of Woman of Substances: a journey into addiction and treatment.
https://www.mensjournal.com/features/the-dark-side-of-ayahuasca-20130215 – Tells the experience by Kelly Hearn on the Dark Side of Ayahuasca where it shows ayahuasca’s cathartic and life-changing power, but tell also of the dark side, like reports of molestation, rape, and negligence at the hands of predatory and inept shamans.
https://medium.com/@troyerstling/my-ayahuasca-experience-a-heavenly-hell-33d6f3f22e33 – An ayahuasca experienxe by Troy Erstling telling its contradicting effects on his body and mind
https://mantalks.com/ayahuasca-journey/ – Ayahuasca journey experience by Andy Zaremba, co-founder of The Float House, a floating and sensory deprivation company. Provides personal insight on his own ayahuasca ceremony and retreat.
https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/ayahuasca-retreats-health-drugs-spain/index.html – CNN news report by Mary Biles on Ayahuasca retreats on why more people are searching for meaning in their lives and why many are bored of consumerism and want to experience growth.