Refugio Altiplano explains the effects of ayahuasca at their Ayahuasca retreat in Peru. The recent episode of “The Mindfield” filmed at Refugio Altiplano goes into great depth about current research of ancient ayahuasca with modern neuroscience as they travel to Peru’s Amazon Rainforest.

According to Dr. Robin Carthart-Harris , the head of the Imperial College London Psychedelic research centre Scientific data can now show the effects of ayahuasca on the human brain.  Ayahuasca is a strong psychedelic brew containing DMT found in the Amazon rainforest of South America.

They also pose the question – ‘Does a waking- dream state exist?’ Dr. Robin Carthart-Harris will explain more about Ayahuasca during his journey to Refugio Altiplano Ayahuasca Center.

This brew has been used for thousands of years by the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest. Now, with the help of modern fMRI brain scanning, it is possible to show the brain before and after ingesting the ayahuasca, this allows doctors to examine and the complex interaction of these compounds on the brain.

Ryan O’Hare discusses this drink and its effects on the brain on the Imperial College  London website. As mentioned, it is used as part of a shamanic ceremony, and it is associated with vivid visions or hallucinations. A recent study has found that ayahuasca can change our brain waves, with even some researchers commenting that it is like dreaming in an awake state.

The research, completed by researchers at Imperial, state that taking DMT and ayahuasca can lead to intense waking-dream like experiences. You may be wondering now, what is DMT? Well, it is a compound chemical found in the human brain, but it can also be found in some plant species. Now with accounts from people who have taken DMT to have signs of hallucinations, near death experiences or to enter into an ‘alternate realities’ scientists can begin to collect data on the brain when consciousness is changed.

Researchers study human consciousness in two different states — when we’re awake or when we’re sleeping. “However, we’re missing a big part of the picture if we don’t take into account other ways” of being conscious, says Christopher Timmermann, a co-author on the recent Scientific Reports paper and a researcher with Imperial College London. Timmerman states “From the altered brainwaves and participants’ reports, it’s clear these people are completely immersed in their experience – it’s like daydreaming only far more vivid and immersive, it’s like dreaming but with your eyes open.”

Dr. Robin Carthart-Harris uses his methods of testing, which involves using both cognitive testing and EEG monitors during the ayahuasca ceremony at Refugio Altiplano to collect relevant information about shifts in the perception of ones basic self, ego , and reality. Dr Robin Carhart-Harris said: “DMT is a particularly intriguing psychedelic. The visual vividness and depth of immersion produced by high-doses of the substance seems to be on a scale above what is reported with more widely studied psychedelics such as psilocybin or ‘magic mushrooms’.

However, the method does not stop there, after the ceremonies, they return to UCLA for the final fMRI scans, and following this, the brain images are analyzed, and the conclusion? A range of powerful effects that ayahuasca can produce in the brain. This is phenomenal research carried out by the scientists with the assistance of the shamans at Refugio Altiplano. In the documentary we can see this powerful results first hand.  Refugio Altiplano decide to have an ayahuasca experience available to their customers.

It is becoming more apparent as the years go on, that many plants have healing properties and can be used for medicinal purposes, scientists and researchers can confirm this, that in fact, it has potent effects on human health and well-being. Science is just beginning to explore these formerly unexplored areas of psychedelic neuroscience.

Refugio Altiplano offers a beautiful and serene ayahuasca healing experience at their center in Peru. They have been providing this experience for 25 years now, with a personalized experience being given to you and the opportunity to meet each individual’s unique need for plant medicine healing.

If you would like more information about Ayahuasca and the retreat center in Peru, you can contact them today at +51 931 465 194, visit their website or you can email them at for more information about Ayahuasca healing retreats.


About Refugio Altiplano

Kelly has been part of the Refugio Family for over 15 years and continues to help as we move forward into the future of creating a center based on an enthusiasm for healing and the teachings of plant medicine.

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