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The Buena Vida Psilocybin Retreats

Psilocybin Mushroom Retreat in punta de mita, Nayarit, Mexico
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    39 Reviews on “The Buena Vida Psilocybin Retreats”

    • Charon J. 3 weeks ago

      I am an experienced psychonaut who is not new to psilocybin mushrooms. Still, I went on this retreat because I wanted the experience of taking this sacred medicine in a ceremonial group setting. Also, I’m a Go-Big or Go-Home kind of girl, so I signed up for the 7-day Deep Dive. And I was not disappointed.

      First of all, the accommodations were incredibly luxurious, the location was beyond my wildest expectations, and the food was phenomenal. When I arrived at the site, I couldn’t believe how spectacular the setting was—a 10 out of 10. In addition, the personalized care we received from the hosts at the villa was 5-Star. Even without the mushrooms, it would have been a spectacular vacation. But, of course, I went for the mushrooms.

      I am so glad I did the 7-Day Deep Dive because the 3rd ceremony was crucial to my getting everything I went in wanting out of the experience. For me, each ceremony built upon the one that came before. So for me, the first ceremony was about ancestral and family healing; the second ceremony revealed my destiny and life’s purpose; the final ceremony was a peak “Goddess Dose” experience wherein I perceived a profound reunification with my higher self. As a result of these three potent journeys, I feel a clear sense of clarity and vision that has never been this vivid before.

      I cannot recommend this experience enough. It was life-changing. Amanda, Sarah, Ana, and Stefan were terrific at every turn. The ceremonies were profound, the care was tender and nurturing, and the support they provided was deeply felt. Unlike doing mushrooms at home, I didn’t have to worry about anything. I could completely give myself to the medicine without reservations because I knew I was protected. In addition, I think the power of being in a transformative space wherein you’re connected to and journeying with other seekers is an essential life experience for any true psychonaut. Finally, the music was a crucial ingredient. Amanda should make a CD of her singing. It was all fantastic.

      Highly, highly recommend.

    • Connie L. 4 weeks ago

      The retreat was one of the most life changing experiences I’ve ever had. Due to a very dysfunctional and emotionally abusive childhood, I started myself in traditional counseling 40 years ago and have gone intermittently since. I’ve also used hypnotherapy over the last 2 years to aid with both physical and mental health issues and both have been helpful but most recently a family issue with my sister pushed me back to the point of “I need something else” to guide me to more healing and a healthier state. I was familiar with the use of psilocybin and other psychedelics and through my research I found Amanda and the Buena Vida retreat. I just can’t say enough about the healing experience I had with each ceremony, the facility, the staff but most of all Amanda. I also feel like I now have a new “family” in the group I went through the experience with. If your “gut” is telling you to consider this…DO IT! You won’t be disappointed!

    • Melinda F. 1 month ago

      Truly amazing experience!
      First of all, the experience was exactly as described in the description above. So if you are someone who wants to experience psilocybin mushrooms in a luxurious and safe environment with the support of a loving and healing group of people who will watch over you during the experience, then this is the best retreat for you.
      I am a physician with an interest in psychedelic assisted therapies for mental health disorders wanting to experience this first before recommending it to patients.
      Even though the staff are not health care professionals, Amanda and her assistants taught and guided the group through exercises that are used by many therapists.
      Amanda is loving and authentic in how she prepares you for the ceremonial ingestion of the mushroom tea and limits the group size so that her team can properly supervise the group while under the influence of the mushrooms. She also prescreens anyone wanting to attend the retreat to ensure that it is safe for them to attend which keeps the experience safe for you.
      There is time taken to discuss the experiences in a group setting the following day and I enjoyed talking to others individually about what they experienced.
      I attended the 7 day deep dive which involved 3 ceremonies which I think is the better option because for me the 3rd night allowed me to experience my optimal dose.
      Amanda prepares the mushroom tea and allows you to communicate individually with the team about how the dose the night before was experienced in order to estimate the following ceremony’s dose.
      Overall, the feedback from others was that they felt that the doses given each night were right for them.
      The location is ideal for doing this kind of work as you are surrounded by the stunning beauty of the jungle and the ocean with the sounds of nature all around you.
      There was a wonderful daytime excursion where we went whale watching and saw Humpback whales breaching!
      It is also nice that there is a chef on site who prepares 3 wholesome meals daily and the food and juices were delicious.
      I felt like I personally grew and experienced a positive shift within my psyche and watched the people around me brighten and appear to relax as the week progressed.
      It was a deeply moving experience and one that I will surely repeat.

    • Buena Vida G. 1 month ago

      This was my third time at Buena Vida. My previous retreats were 5 days and this time I took the deep dive into the 7 day retreat. I believe there were 13 participants and the intense bonding that happens in such a short amount of time is unbelievable. I truly believe deeply that psychedelic therapy can heal deeply held wounds and beliefs. If you go, expect that the work is not always easy or blissful. This trip, I uncovered wounding from a young age that I have suspected for my entire adult life but didn’t have verification. Memories were uncovered and everything came together to see the truth. The mushrooms showed me that the shame I had been unconsciously carrying within my being was not mine to own and I was able to place it in it’s rightful place and energetically break all energetic lines with the person that hurt me. The third ceremony was a time of deep integration and sealing of the previous work done in the other ceremonies. It was so powerful and I feel lighter and happier. Amanda, Sara, Ana, and Stephan were amazing both in and out of ceremony. During ceremony, they are like apply grounded, empathic, compassionate beings holding sacred space for all of us. Amanda follows the direction of the medicine and knows just when to sing, drum….she is a powerful shaman and the medicine speaks to her deeply. I live in Oregon and we are getting closer to having Mushrooms be approved as therapy. It is an exciting time and it is a space that I want to be involved in. I love Buena Vida and I want to carry that energetic space within me wherever I go.

    • Kris G. 2 months ago

      There are just no words to adequately describe the wonderful time I had at a Buena Vida Retreat in November, 2021. Amanda is compassionate, loving, and filled with joy and a passion for what she does, which is to provide a healing experience for those of us lucky enough to attend one of her retreats. The accommodations are wonderful, the food beyond delicious, and the support staff warm and caring. I cannot say enough about how exceptional my time at Buena Vida was. Maria, Sarah, Alex and the rest of the Buena Vida staff were just the best. The 14 other guests have become life-long friends, and I cannot wait to go back again and share this miracle with my friends! I took a “leap of faith” to attend this retreat, and I am beyond thankful that I did!

    • Manya S. 2 months ago

      I remember reading through some of these reviews prior to attending The Buena Vida retreat, thinking of my future self and how I would feel after it was all said and done. I was apprehensive, to say the least, and I didn’t want to put any expectations on the experience in case it disappointed. Yet, something inside of me, or outside of me, pushed me to take this chance. I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression since I was young and have been on a multitude of medications. Those that have worked, which are few, have left me feeling hollow.

      It’s been about three weeks since I returned and I’ve spent much of that time reflecting on my experience. It was so much bigger than I could have imagined.

      The location was magical, the accommodations luxurious. I’m so grateful to have spent seven days in such a wild yet grounding paradise. The food was delicious and I was reminded that sharing a meal with others, without phones or tight schedules, can be really enjoyable and meaningful.

      I struggle to find words to describe the ceremonies. Each one felt unique and intentional in sequence. I felt myself connecting with emotions that I normally struggle to feel, and thinking in ways that felt new. My time in ceremony felt of another world, a sacred multi-sensory experience that I will keep with me forever.

      Lastly, I didn’t realize how much the group setting would impact my experience. I think it would have taken me much longer to open up if I had not been surrounded by such an honest and caring group of people. Sometimes I find it hard to connect, but I can easily say I deeply care about everyone I met there. I had forgotten how community can help remedy many of the common woes of modern life (loneliness, aimlessness, etc.) which have become even more prevalent in the past year or two.

      Amanda, Maria, Sarah, Alex; thank you for making this such a positive impactful experience. Everything seemed seamless (I say this knowing that so much work went into this to make it seem so); I felt very taken care of throughout my stay. Your warmth, knowledge and vulnerability enabled me, and others, to feel open and trusting, which is something I struggle with in my everyday life. Thank you for guiding me into a new way of living; I’m forever grateful.

    • jerry h. 2 months ago

      Rational words fail me for much of this serene, joyful healing experience. I spent about a year studying the psychedelic therapy renaissance, and it seemed too good to be true. My inner life was defined by decades of chronic, futile struggles – I could never seem to help myself or family, try as I might, or silence the unrelenting inner critic. This retreat experience has given me peace, and clarity on how to help others find their path, for the first time in my life.

      Researchers emphasize set and setting as crucial to the process; nothing prepared me for the astonishingly beautiful setting (which is undersold), loving hands, and thoroughly professional caring hearts provided by Amanda and her practitioners. I was at first skeptical about group ceremony instead of individual session protocols, but remaining open proved the right choice, as the medical and scientific effortlessly reconciled with the magical and spiritual. The resulting depth of emotional release is difficult to describe. I’ll settle for a quote from Alan Ball’s American Beauty: “…it’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes, I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much – My heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst. And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it. And then it flows through me like rain.”

      The group journey proved to be a wonderful part of the experience that reached through my usual social anxiety, creating healthy connections that last well beyond the retreat. Fresh, healthy cuisine sourced locally, celebrating with and opening up to new friends, meditation and exercise, a pervasive sense of safety and security, all lifted us out of our shells.

      If you suffer as I have, know that this was all I had hoped it would be, and my healing began when I decided to go.

    • Ka M. 2 months ago

      Still processing…I didn’t realize how broken I had become as a front line worker in this pandemic. I was so angry. I had lost my compassion and hope for our society. I had never pondered plant medicine, but knew I needed help. I had survived a harrowing (at times) childhood, difficult career, cancer and divorce and felt done, done done.
      There is no way on this Earth, I would have tried this journey without the watchful eyes of an experienced guide. Good thing too, as I felt like a faced a lifetime of demons during the first journey and then was able to refill my compassion in ceremonies two and three. The prep work, yoga, breathing, ceremonies and post trip integration are all mission critical. Amanda and Maria have incredible voices and serve as fantastic guides. Alex and Sarah were wonderful facilitators. The food, home, staff, fellow guests were awesome. It gave me hope for society to see folks from every walk of life, age 23-60+ show vulnerability and a desire to have an open mind. Please, if you are at a breaking point, don’t give up hope. This is money well-invested. As many have said-Truly transformative.

    • Janel H. 2 months ago

      A week later and I’m still making connections about things I haven’t thought about in 20 years. The best way I can describe the seven day retreat is 10 years worth of therapy in a week. I haven’t felt this calm in decades. I’m even grateful for the bad feelings that come up as my brain works through things. I have a new sense of appreciation for the ups and downs of life. The entire experience was done in professional, fluid and safe manner. The casa on the ocean, chartered boat, yoga, massages, meditation and breath work sessions were all top notch. Amanda has assembled an amazing team of facilitators that are humble guides with healing energy that let us be vulnerable together. I never thought I’d have new best friends and we are already eager to meet up again. I really appreciate the sense of community I now feel after such a divided couple of years.

    • Alexandria H. 2 months ago

      Spoiler alert: life changing retreat that I highly recommend

      Unlike many people, I didn’t do a ton of research before attending my retreat. I joked with another participant that there was about a 50/50 chance that I was signing up to be abducted. As a woman traveling alone to Mexico to attend a psychedelic retreat, I definitely considered every worst case scenario.

      When our van pulled up to the grounds and I saw Amanda, Maria, Sarah, and Alex standing there each wearing the equivalent of a Mexican lei, I exhaled and literally squealed aloud “they’re real!!”

      This IS a real retreat and the description on the website, the photos, and even our reviews do not give it any justice. If you attend this retreat, you will stay at a luxurious beach-side property, eat delicious food, have your every need taken care of, AND leave with clarity and levity around your deepest darkest personal pain!

      I left with a joy and peace that I have never had before. I was able to conquer things that have caused me fear and deep anxiety for years.

      Also, I felt extremely safe and cared for. I had never taken mushrooms before, and I felt a lot of fear about it. I really had no idea what I was walking into. But, this is the perfect environment for a first timer. The ceremonies were guided in a very responsible manner. I’m actually not sure how Amanda and her team do it, it looks exhausting. You were watched over the entire time and before you think you need them, they are right by your side! Amanda and her entire team are all kind and compassionate people who have sage wisdom and lots of practical skills to share to help you navigate the “real world.”

      For any future reader of color, particularly a Black person considering this retreat: Do it! I know the psychedelic world does not appear to be a space for us. I personally felt I was taking a huge leap attending this retreat, especially in this climate. I worried that it would not be relaxing and maybe even triggering to be in an environment where I would probably be “the only.” What I left with was an unimaginable healing that I wish we could all receive. One of the focuses of this retreat is healing for seven generations of trauma in your blood line. That was extremely powerful for me, since I am only four generations away from enslavement. And, I felt it. I felt an unburdening that has changed my life. I could say more, but it would be difficult to explain without context. I am excited to bring the lessons I learned back to my children and my community!

    • Marijke S. 2 months ago

      Wow, what a great experience!

      I have been interested in psychedelics for about 10 years. I have read and listened to many books about psychedelics, spirituality, and life and the human experience. I decided it was time for a psychedelic retreat. (I had ruled out doing something on my own or a one-on-one with a trusted guide.) The next step was to decide what psychedelic was right for me. I found The Third Wave website incredibly helpful in educating me about different psychedelics and decided that psilocybin mushrooms were best for my first experience.

      I researched retreats around the world and came upon The Buena Vida. While I did not know anyone that had gone there, I did speak with well-connected and trusted friends and there was a third degree of connection that made me comfortable with this option.

      It is impossible to describe my experience in words. All I can say is it was perfect, just as it should be (and not what I expected). I feel such love, joy and appreciation for everything (which doesn’t mean it was an easy journey). I loved the ceremonial aspect of the experience. Oh my goodness I have never heard such beautiful singing!

      I also loved being part of a group of fellow travelers (we were 15). I (like many in the group) came in a bit nervous and anxious on that first day. Six days later I felt like I had known everyone for a long time and I now have 14 new lifelong friends. But more importantly I am so much more connected to me.

      I have always known that I have pretty good intuition … but I wasn’t always slowing down enough to “tune in”. Now I feel like I am able to do that so much better. Thank you Amanda, Maria, Sarah and Alex for being such amazing guides!

    • Sunny M. 2 months ago

      Amanda has years of experience with wellness retreats, and it shows. This retreat was so thoughtfully and creatively planned. Each workshop and lesson is lovingly designed to help you find peace and do the work and self-reflection you need. The facilitators are so kind and compassionate, you will come home feeling loved. The community I made while there was life affirming. It’s so hard to make new friends who are truly kindred spirits after a certain age, but that’s exactly what you’ll get here. What a beautiful way to spend a week.

    • Brian K. 2 months ago

      Life changing experience. The Buena Vida has a top rate psilocybin retreat.
      Amanda has surrounded herself with some amazing staff. Who was always on site and available for us to council with.
      The ceremonies comfortable with their songs, drums and music. I was never quote “tripping on mushrooms” we were properly dosed to achieve our own personal goals. The integration was the best in working through my thoughts.
      We had amazing meals prepared everyday
      I would very highly recommend this retreat for everyone.
      Brian

    • Dean L. 2 months ago

      The experience during the retreat was truly profound, wonderful, and powerful. Words cannot adequately capture the feelings. Amanda and the entire team were so full of warmth and love, and provided such a safe and nonjudgmental environment for everyone. My personal experience with the plant medicine during the retreat was so incredibly profound (I keep coming back to that word), beautiful, and life changing, that it was exactly what I needed to break through my old patterns of thought. I wouldn’t have been able to do that in any other environment. The entire team did an amazing job of explaining what we could expect each step of the way, beginning well before we arrived, during each day while there and during the ceremonies, and then how best to approach the integration back into the real world after the retreat was over. Amanda comes across as a go-with-the-flow kind of person, but you can be assured she has thought through every detail of the experience to make sure we are safe and well taken care of, and the best part is she and the team do it with such a sense of joy and happiness that you just want to smile and laugh when you’re around them. I am so grateful that Amanda does what she does, and that she’s picked the perfect team to help everyone work through their personal journeys. Thank you Amanda! The work you do truly changes lives!

    • Malene B. 3 months ago

      What a truly beautiful, amazing, healing experience. I cannot recommend this retreat enough. The staff is amazingly friendly, loving, supportive and knowledgeable. There are lots of ways to approach plant medicine but I truly believe they are doing things the right way and that’s very important. People who come to this retreat are not just looking for a fun time, they are looking to heal and this retreat delivers.

      I felt very safe here. The approach was holistic and included integrated plant medicine, movement, yoga, breath work and nutrition. I didn’t realize I was eating so healthy and didn’t give it much thought until I stepped on the scale when I got home and realized I had lost 7 pounds without even trying.

      Before coming to this retreat my life was spinning out of control and frankly, I almost didn’t make it. This healing experience couldn’t have come more timely for me. It may seem dramatic to say but the truth is that it saved my life. It was an amazing journey and I am feeling so much better.

      If you are struggling, I would highly recommend this retreat. Financially, it was a bit of a stretch but was well worth every penny and I’m already trying to figure out how to scrape together funds to attend next year.

      My advice is to BE OPEN to what is going on here and open to the possibility that it will help you, even if you think it’s a little weird. Trust that the leaders know what they are doing and that you are safe. If you have questions or concerns, reach out! They will be happy to work with you and make sure it is right for you.

    • Amy M. 3 months ago

      This by far has been one of the most powerful experiences of my life. Buena Vida knows how to do this retreat right. From the villa where we stayed to the staff that helped make the experience amazing. I was a bit worried about spending so much but I knew after the first ceremony that you couldn’t put a price on what Amanda’s team gave to my life. The team will be with you every step of the way. Thank you Buena Vida!

    • Tom R. 3 months ago

      Buena Vida Retreat was an amazing experience from beginning to end.  I went in with no previous experience with mushrooms and had only read the book “How To Change Your Mind”.  
      My nervousness was very quickly set at ease as soon as I arrived at Buena Vida and was greeted by Amanda, Maria, and their staff of assistants.  Their genuine warm smiles, hugs, and cheer set the stage for an amazing experience.

      The team did a great job bringing our group together and creating an open environment of trust and understating of what we would be experiencing.  The thoughtfulness, sensitivity, and transparency that the Buena Vida team brought to all of the activities culminating in two mushroom ceremonies made the ceremonies truly magical.  The resort was world class beautiful and the food and all the staff were absolutely fantastic.  I give Buena Vida the absolute highest recommendation to anyone considering this retreat. It will be an experience that you will carry with you for the rest of your life.

    • Rossana R. 3 months ago

      My experience at the Buena Vida Retreat was unique and life changing. I was very nervous at the beginning, but Amanda and the rest of her team were so inviting, loving, and made me feel very at ease. The professionalism in which they carry themselves was evident every step of the way. Their vulnerability, honesty, and humanity came through at every interaction with all of us. This made for a very safe place for me to be vulnerable, honest, and open and truly experience internal healing. Our group was able to bond well and we all saw the changes in ourselves. Some of us will be friends for many more years to come. Thank you Amanda, Maria, Ross, and Sarah for an amazing experience. Oh, and to top it all off, we had the best organic, freshly cooked food at every meal. And the most beautiful resort with breath taking views of the ocean and walking distance to the beach. Lot’s of really awesome surprises that I won’t mention so as not to ruin it for you. I hope you are brave enough to go. You will not regret it!

    • Buena Vida Guest 2. 4 months ago

      My life was at a Crossroads. Family obligations brought my career to an unexpected and abrupt halt. Afterward, no one seemed to be interested in hiring someone my age so starting over was not a real option. I was resentful and upset. I met with a couple of professional counselors/therapists but that only seemed to make my situation worse by verbalizing my anger. I read about the Buena Vida retreat and am so glad I was able to participate. The BV team coordinated their skills in a warm supportive environment complemented by beautiful natural surroundings. Weaving voluntary sessions of yoga, meditation, and group reflection in with the fungal medicine experiences provided me with a profound and lasting change of perspective.
      That experience was 2 years ago and the healing lessons that I learned are still with me. I highly recommend Buena Vida.

      R. Wolf

    • Megan C. 4 months ago

      Amanda and her team of gentle healers are masters in their craft. The care and attention to detail to provide a beautiful, safe space puts to rest any fears of the unknown. Every question was answered, every need met, every uncertainty soothed. I felt so completely safe and free to let my guard down, to do important self-work, knowing that she had my back. What an amazing experience to witness such powerful holders of space who provide a loving and compassionate environment to allow one to explore this mysterious world of the inner self.

    • Duane C. 4 months ago

      After reading books and listening to interviews, I wanted a psilocybin retreat that offered a great set and setting with multiple ceremonies. Amanda’s retreat was perfect. She and the facilitators made all of the participants feel safe. They prepared us for how the experiences might go. They took care of us during the ceremonies, and explained how we might continue to have insights as we return to our lives. It was a profound experience.

    • Adrienne P. 4 months ago

      This retreat is everything it claims to be, and then so much more. I attended one with my husband in June 2020. I didn’t have a specific goal or outcome in mind and had no experience with plant medicine. I have used antidepressants for years to help manage genetic and trauma-induced depression and anxiety, and also have (and still get) ketamine infusions, with tremendous results. So, I was pretty well-managed on those fronts in a way I was comfortable with, but I was open to deeper emotional/spiritual healing, and just generally to whatever the mushrooms wanted to bring up for me. I researched several retreats, but when I found The Buena Vida, I just knew this was the right one for me.

      The prep for the retreat was communicated well, and was very thoughtful and organized. I felt comfortable in my understanding of what to expect, and felt physically and emotionally prepared to be present, thanks to the guidance we received leading up to our departure. Nothing felt vague or confusing, and Amanda was wonderful and responsive whenever we had questions. Amanda and Maria were two of the incredible medicine women we were blessed to work with. They are very different, but there’s such a shared love and respect between them and their styles and energies are complementary. They are truly such gifted women, and they make you feel safe, loved, seen…I cannot say enough about them, and I don’t think I could ever spend enough time with them to feel satisfied! They are tremendous. Amanda’s sense of humor, coupled with her straight-shooting way of talking and addressing things, make her fun to be around and easy to respect. You find yourself actively WANTING to listen to her wisdom, learn from her experience, and belly laugh until your sides hurt. Maria is a gentle angel of a human, and it’s hard to imagine the universe ever allowing pain or trauma to enter her life…but she’s so experienced, wise, intuitive, and full of love. Everyone who has been served by Maria at these retreats will know EXACTLY what I’m talking about. Leo (and Luis, who was also a gem) prepared our meals, which were fresh and thoughtful, and legitimately top-notch food. They were great at accommodating diet restrictions/preferences, and the food was nourishing on so many levels. As froofy as it sounds, you could honestly tell the meals were made with love. Leo brings such a gentle, calming energy, and his smile and quiet humor brighten up everything. He was also amazing at safely, quietly, and respectfully holding space during the ceremonies. I wish I’d had time for him to teach me how to do my hair.

      The mushrooms showed me in the third ceremony that I had a ton of anger to purge, which really surprised me – especially anger towards men that I wasn’t even aware I was holding onto (two divorces, co-parenting, religious leaders, etc.). At one point in my journey I told Amanda I needed to not be around any men, and she found a place outside for me to continue my process where I had plenty of space but was still under the watchful eyes of the facilitators. It was wonderful to have the space I felt I needed to work through my purge, but I knew and trusted that I was still being cared for and they would be near me when I needed them. It’s incredible how they will show up by your side at the right time, even if you do nothing to indicate you need additional help or support – you may not even know you need it. But they can tell, and they will support you with their presence or with healing music. It’s honestly fascinating to experience.

      I did not know how I would react to the medicine, personally. I know tons of people do mushrooms recreationally, so I had some expectation that maybe the ceremonies would be “fun”. They were NOT fun. They were WORK – hard work. Necessary work. Coming out of the final ceremony, I understood why the mushrooms were beneficial, but could not comprehend why anyone would do them for fun…set and setting clearly make a huge difference! Everyone keeps using the word “transformative”, but that’s because that is the exact right word to use. This experience has impacted my life in a massive way, and I have so much respect for the wisdom of the mushrooms and the leaders. They were meant for this work, and the world needs them. I’m forever grateful they’ve honored these paths that they are on so healing can be made accessible to so many.

      As you can see by my novel, I could talk about this forever. But stop reading. Stop reading and book your retreat. Gift this to yourself, to your soul, and to your future self who is depending on the current you to make the choices and sacrifices necessary to attend. The medicine, leaders, and experience are built on and around love – let yourself be loved.

    • Chelsea B. 5 months ago

      I participated in a retreat with Buena Vida in Mexico in May 2021. It was one of the most healing and rewarding experiences of my life. The leaders and staff dedicated to this program are experienced, attentive, thoughtful, and caring. Their commitment to offering plant medicine therapy to people from all backgrounds is inspirational. The food is fantastic and the setting sublime. The journeys we took felt very safe and supported by this team and In this environment. I do not hesitate in recommending this program to anyone who is open to exploring the healing effects of psilocybin in an intentional and protective setting.

    • Tracy M. 5 months ago

      I could write a book why this retreat was life changing, but I think for those reading you need to know that you feel safe. Safe by those around you, safe with the process and loved abundantly. The food and the accommodations were AMAZING but for me this retreat was TRANSFORMATIVE. I came broken and left on the road to being healed and WHOLE. I look forward going back again hopefully on an annual basis. Humanity needs Buena Vida Retreats.

    • Adam C. 5 months ago

      Six months before I went to The Buena Vida, I really didn’t know what psychedelics were. Once I learned about psilocybin, I was fascinated and went “down the rabbit hole” learning about all psychedelics and their promise for mental health and deep spiritual experiences. I knew I wanted to experience this oneness and universal love for myself – to feel it in my heart as opposed to simply believing it in my mind.

      So, I began researching places to go where I could have both a SAFE and LEGAL experience. After many months of research and speaking with different retreats and individuals who attended them, The Buena Vida was the only place that met both of these criteria for me.

      I went by myself and from the moment I arrived, I felt so welcomed, loved and cared for. Even if we didn’t have the three incredible ceremonies, having a full week of being with people in a space of love, non-judgment and true caring was one of the greatest gifts I could ever ask for.

      And then there were the ceremonies. Powerful doesn’t even begin to describe them. Everything that everyone else had said and continues to say about them is true. They were transformational, life changing, and ineffable. Different for every person, as the mushrooms meet you where you are and give you what you need. Truly a miracle to experience. And yet the people are what I will remember as much or perhaps even more than my journeys. They became like family. All facilitated under the loving guidance of Amanda, Maria, Abby, Leo and Mike. Watching this team hold space for everyone was simply incredible.

      I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that I cannot recommend The Buena Vida highly enough. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    • Julie D. 5 months ago

      I have attended this retreat 3 times and will likely go again. Aside from the gorgeous venue, Amanda and the facilitators are wonderful. I felt safe and supported by them. Their ability to hold space for an entire group working with psilocybin is phenomenal. The collective vibe, sharing, fellowship, and love was amplified in these group settings which was medicine in it self, experiences I will cherish the rest of my life. I highly recommend the Buena Vida retreats.

    • Mike L. 5 months ago

      Amanda and her highly capable team do a superb job of listening to the all the participant’s objectives and serving them with Buena Vida’s robust program for healing.

      I saw the Buena Vida staff quickly earn the trust of each of the participants as a result of their training and strong commitment to helping others. They work hard to ensure a safe and welcoming environment is maintained throughout the retreat.

      For anyone who is interested in this type of experience, I highly recommend Buena Vida.

    • Buena Vida G. 5 months ago

      I have been to Buena Vida twice and both times were transformational. The setting is beautiful, the food is gourmet but most of all, the ceremonies were more amazing than words can say. Amanda, Maria and the team hold the energy during the ceremonies so that you feel completely safe and surrounded by love. I was able to heal areas in my life that had not been reachable before and I am eternally grateful for the love energy, the medicine and the setting that has allowed me to heal and grow. I will be returning to Buena Vida and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Being owned and run by women makes it a very special place. If you need a gift for your life, go to Buena Vida Retreat.

    • Kimber W. 5 months ago

      Amanda and the Buena Vida Retreat are phenomenal. Every element of the retreat was beyond my expectation. Not only is the retreat space luxurious and wildly beautiful, each of the experiences were tailored to ensure maximum benefit from the retreat. Amanda and her team are all incredible light workers / space holders, and the entire time I felt safe, cared for, nourished and respected. I highly recommend this retreat to anyone looking to safely explore various realms of their psyche. A million out of 5 stars!

    • R G. 5 months ago

      Best psilocybin retreat I’ve ever attended! Incredible safety, healing and connection. Each of the facilitators brought their own expertise and experience to the retreat, creating a beautifully curated ceremony and retreat experience. The emphasis on ‘radical consent’ underlined the entire retreat experience, and each guest received the medicine and healing they needed.

    • Prentice S. 5 months ago

      Amanda and her Buena Vida do a fantastic job. Everything listed in describing their retreat is 100% true. I had a life-changing experience.

    • Katja v. 6 months ago

      Transformational
      My experience at Buena Vida can be summed up in one word…Transformational. I attended the retreat January 2020. First of all, it is very well organized and planned. Transportation to and from the airport is arranged and well coordinated. Daily activities by the staff, such as meditation, energy work, dance, and yoga, can be as healing and expansive as the ceremonies themselves. The location is very private and safe and like a paradise, allowing for a comfortable, relaxing environment for inner work without distractions or physical discomforts. The chefs prepare food for each meal and it was better than a 5 star restaurant. The ceremonies were the safest ceremonies I’ve ever attended, which definitely helped the anxiety I had before each one. I felt truly cared for and supported by the staff, who were always readily available and extremely helpful. Through her words, song, drumming, and amazing presence, Amanda leads each ceremony with humor, power, wisdom, compassion, and connection to a Higher Consciousness within all of us, and is an amazing Shamanic healer. The plant medicine was in the form of a tea that did not taste bad at all. I felt no nausea, yet had powerful experiences. I really felt like I was part of a loving family while I was at this retreat. The insights I gained during my journeys have already resulted in more peace and clarity in my life.

    • C C. 6 months ago

      Where to even begin!!!! I am in complete awe of Amanda, The Buena Vida, and everything they provided for me in five short (but also long?!) days. Initially I went in with an intention to forgive my parents, but deep down I thought it was impossible to do—after almost twenty years of therapy and self-help work, it seemed to be an incurable disease. This was the last thing I was going to try, but I told myself there are no quick fixes and I couldn’t put my faith in this.

      While this wasn’t a “quick fix” by any means, it gave me exactly what I was looking for and absolutely transformed my life—I’d go so far as to say these ceremonies and experiences with Amanda & The Buena Vida saved it. All of the leaders, villa support staff, other participants—every aspect of the retreat was so perfectly orchestrated and divinely guided. I finally was able to feel what it would be like to change my story and reset everything, and know that it was completely possible.

      It was like I had spent my whole life trying to climb the most difficult mountain, desperate for this impossible trek to be over, and in two ceremonies with Amanda I was able to start over at the most gentle and beautiful meadow in paradise, excited for every single step of the journey, no matter what the surprises it holds.

    • Sharon B. 6 months ago

      2nd time around- another beautiful experience

      I returned for a 2nd retreat with The Buena Vida and brought my sister with me this time. Obviously, my initial experience was a good one! This retreat was as amazing as the 1st and I believe all 14 of the participants- 4 men and 10 women- received tremendous healing, insight, and releasing of negativity. It was beautiful to witness the huge transformations in just one week. The villa was divine, the food was healthy and delicious and the plant medicine ceremonies were incredibly deep and revealing. Each staff member is genuinely interested in making certain that every participant has as safe and profound an experience with as positive an outcome as possible. They are some of the most amazing, caring souls I have been blessed to meet.

      If you have been considering plant medicine, I would encourage you to reach out to Amanda to discuss joining an upcoming retreat. I am hoping to become a facilitator myself so maybe I will see you on a future retreat! Love and light- Sharon B

    • Buena Vida Guest 2. 7 months ago

      A sense of malaise born of the fact that I was merely “existing” and not “living”, led me to the Buena Vida Retreat to experience a different form of self examination through the use of “magic mushrooms”. My research led me to choose the Buena Vida Psilocybin Retreat in Punta Mita Mexico. I chose correctly. The facility was first rate; set in a lush tropical paradise on the Pacific Ocean, with the sound of the birds, wind, and waves as my constant companion. The staff was excellent; warm, hardworking, and helpful. Most importantly, Amanda, Maria, Anna, Leo, and my fellow participants, helped to create an experience that was unlike any other. Amanda and her team are experienced and innately talented at guiding travelers through this new world. I have not felt such warmth, love, and community with any other group of people for over twenty years. This was so important because a sense of security and belonging is vital to any experience that is new and unfamiliar. The end result was an extremely profound and impactful experience that left me changed for the better. I highly recommend this experience!
      Gratefully,
      Jim

    • JoAnne P. 7 months ago

      No words can explain the opportunity that this experience has given me to move forward knowing that there is a kinder , gentler way to approach life . I was a ship wreck while I was doing my research for this journey hoping to find an avenue that would help me navigate through 30 plus years of depression and taking anti depressants that just never worked only ever feeling like my emotions were just masked over . The journey is just beginning but I am currently micro dosing and working with an integrative therapist moving through my feelings instead of just passing by hoping they will fade away . Without the experience of this retreat and the support and compassion of the facilitators at Buena Vida I would not have understood the process of what it is like to truly look at myself and say yes you can do this and been able to move in a direction that is so much healthier .

    • Buena Vida Guest 2. 7 months ago

      I had been wanting to try plant medicine therapy for years and this was the BEST way to approach it. Highly recommend!

    • Buena Vida Guest 2. 7 months ago

      I came to Amanda and her team to work through some debilitating anxiety and lingering postpartum depression and my experience there was TRANSFORMATIONAL! I highly highly highly recommend this retreat to anyone dealing with any sort of mental health ailment. 10/5 stars!!

    • Gaetano S. 7 months ago

      My wife and I did the small group retreat for our 5th wedding anniversary. It may sound outrageous, but this retreat changed our lives in a positive way forever.

      The accommodations were luxurious, the food was absolutely delicious and healthy, and the facilitators were unbelievably welcoming. Traveling to a foreign country can always be stressful and we realize that anyone going on a retreat with strangers is required to put some faith in those around you, but the minute our taxi arrived at the villa, buried deep in the beautiful jungle sitting atop a hill overlooking the glorious Pacific Ocean, the Buena Vida staff was all standing there waiting for us with open arms, hugs, and smiles. There wasn’t an ounce of doubt or hesitation from that point forward.

      Amanda, Abbie, Maria, Mike, Leo, Pete, and the rest of the staff deserve so much credit for creating a welcoming experience that truly can change lives. We made new friends that will be considered family forever. We learned a lot about ourselves and about each other and we will bring the incredible energy home with us back to the states.

      I highly recommend the Buena Vida retreat – 6 out of 5 stars!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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