Sloth guidelines

Sloth ceremony guidelines

When holding a ceremony, we all need to agree on the structure. This is important because we want to move from the mind to the heart; so we need a space where we don’t have to make decisions from the mind and can follow a familiar structure for the duration of the ceremony. This gives participants the feeling of safety and allows us to go deeper.

Most people have prepared for this ceremony by following the diet and it is important for us to take care of the container we are about to create so that everyone has the space to connect with the teacher within. I have published information about the diet recommended for ayahuasca ceremonies here:

Usually, about 60 – 80% of participants are experienced and working participants, musicians, and helpers. 20 – 40% are guests.

Once we are settled in our places for the ceremony, we ask that you try to stay in your place for the duration of the ceremony. Avoid going to your room if possible. You may need to visit the toilet or go outside into nature for a bit. This is part of the ceremony but we ask that you return to your place as soon as you can.

Sound affects our journey, so be attentive to the sounds you are making that are contributing to everyone’s journey. Sharp sounds can be jarring in one’s journey, so be aware of how heavily you walk on the wooden floor and how you tend to close the door, etc. Also, be aware of sounds you may be making with your voice in the silent spaces.

There are many silent spaces during the ceremony. These are special spaces where we can feel and connect with the medicine and surrounding forest. We ask that no thank you’s or acknowledgment be given after songs. Silence in the silent spaces between the songs is the best acknowledgment.

We are journeying in a space where we seek communion with Ayahuasca, and this takes place in the heart. By talking about things during the ceremony we bring the focus back to the mind. It will also disturb the space of others nearby who may be in another process. So we ask for no talking in the maloka during the ceremony unless absolutely necessary.

Pay attention to who holds the ‘chakapa‘. This is used as a tool between the singers and musicians who will participate in the ceremony. The ceremony leader will pass the chakapa to certain singers during the ceremony. This shows the others in the room who is conducting the current song.

Please read about the recommended diet to follow in the days preceding the ceremony here: