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Ascension Summer Retreat Oaxaca Mexico 2024

Ascension Sacred Mushroom Retreat, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2024

Now offering customized one on one & small group healing programs!

We are now offering private customized sacred mushroom ceremonies and retreats in Oaxaca, Mexico and California as well as online IFS Therapy programs! Having cultivated many relationships over the last few years in the mountains of southern Oaxaca, Gerardo has set up a beautiful, powerful network of healers, healing establishments, guest services, accommodations, and experiences. If you are curious if plant medicine is for you, or if you are ready to take your spiritual healing and rising to the next level, join Gerardo in one of the most spiritual and powerful healing places on Earth and heal under the guidance of some of the most powerful healers on the planet!

Ascension Summer Retreat 2024, Oaxaca, Mexico (July 20 – 24, 2024)

Join us this summer in Oaxaca, Mexico for 5 days of daily yoga, meditation, breathwork, locally grown organic meals, daily integration circles, temazcal (traditional indigenous sweat lodge), a powerful sacred mushroom ceremony guided by our curandera (traditional medicine woman, healer, wisdom keeper of the forest), fresh mountain air, and a wonderful community of beautiful conscious souls to connect, heal, and grow with! Community is essential for healing and thriving!

This year’s summer retreat will be held under the full moon in July. According to our medicine woman, the spirit of the mushroom is more present during the full moon. The ceremony will also be held on Maria Sabina’s birthday in honor of the wisdom and impact she brought for generations to come.

The Evolution of Ascension

Ascension Workshops & Retreats started in San Diego, California with a simple intent to help: Gerardo started a Meetup offering to teach a breathwork class, donation only. Gerardo’s first class had one attendee and he made $10USD. The next few weeks saw a growing interest and a growing audience. Many inner fires were relit after just one breathwork session. Fate quickly led Gerardo to Tamara, and eventually to Kathryn and Margy, and between the blossoming wellness community in San Diego at the time, the first Ascension workshop was born. It was a wild success followed by many more powerful workshops and then soon expanded into a retreat in Yosemite, California right before our first ever international Ascension Sacred Mushroom Retreat in Oaxaca, Mexico, the world’s origin and epicenter for psilocybin mushrooms. We have perfected our process over the years and are ready to hold space again for another group of incredible souls looking to heal and thrive!

Take a journey of the soul with us!

The Psychedelic Renaissance

You may have noticed an uptick in talk of psychedelics for mental health in mainstream media lately. This may be what piqued your curiosity into such modalities and why you are here.

We are living in a very exciting time; a time of resurgence of these powerful plant medicines that have been driven underground over and over throughout history. Specifically in these mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico, where you will spend 7 days with us, psilocybin mushrooms were driven underground and brutally suppressed for thousands of years. It is thanks to extremely brave wisdom keepers of these mountains that these ancient traditions and practices have been kept intact and passed forward, generation after generation, so that we can benefit from the power and magic of these powerful plants and fungi today. The knowledge that these medicines impart and the growth that they offer was too important for the inhabitants of these mountains to give up, so it went underground. For thousands of years. They risked everything. They risked brutal executions, because they could not let the truth dissolve.

We have such great admiration and respect for this community, these practices, and this wisdom. And it is the greatest honor to be able to continue this tradition and keep passing the baton of wisdom forward so that we may continue to heal future generations, thereby healing our world.

Psychedelics re-emerged in the health and wellness scene in the early 2,000’s with breakthrough studies conducted by prestigious universities in the United States like Harvard, UCLA, Johns Hopkins, and NYU. By now, every prestigious university in the world has a psychedelic research center and there are tens of thousands of research papers detailing the scientific findings of the application of psychedelics for mental health, and thousands have been, and continue to heal around the world. This is why we do what we do.

The psychedelic experience is an absolute game changer, and psychedelics are without a doubt the future of mental health, which underlies ALL health.

However, the intelligence in these plants and fungi far surpass human intelligence. They have never let themselves be abused or misused without repercussion. These modalities are the complete opposite of the pill a day model we have been accustomed to in our modern technological, medical world. The secret is that these plants don’t do the healing. They simply unlock the key to our mind so that WE can be our own healer. This experience, any responsible psychedelic experience, is only the beginning. The beginning of a lifelong journey of self-discovery, self-awareness, self-improvement, and continual learning. The hardest work is yet to come.

The psychedelic experience, as well as the local people, flora, fauna, foods, traditions, practices, and customs of this beautiful land of Oaxaca, must be treated with the utmost respect. This is a big part of our mission.

Respect nature and nature will respect and nurture us beyond our wildest dreams.

Happy journeying and welcome to Ascension!!

What to expect:

Find yourself under the spell of personal growth and inner healing as Gerardo Urias (author of Taking Back My Mind: My Journey Out of Depression with Psilocybin Mushrooms, breathwork facilitator, psilocybin ceremony facilitator, personal coach, public speaker, traveler & adventurer),  Kathryn Eipl (Reiki Master, Sound Healer, Emotional Mentor, Relationship Guide & Yoga Instructor), and our curandera (traditional medicine woman), guide you through 5 days of powerful transformation, shedding dysfunctional patterns and shattering the inherited traumas of our ancestors as you welcome in a new way of life, a new perspective of your yourself, your world, and your place in it. Rise to the next dimension with us as we become a conduit for the universe to flow through us as we birth unimaginable, unlimited potential and possibilities.


What’s Included:

  • Beautiful private cabins high up in the Sierra Sur mountains of southern Oaxaca.
  • Transportation from Oaxaca to the retreat in the mountains and back to Oaxaca.
  • Three delicious organic meals per day.
  • Daily Yoga: Connect mind, body, & soul daily.
  • Daily Meditation: Cut through the layers of analytical thinking and sink into your body.
  • Daily breathwork: Slow your mind down, boost your immune system, eliminate stress, & anxiety, flood your body with endorphins, and experience the ultimate cleansing of the mind.
  • Temazcal: Traditional sweat lodge built out of clay; a traditional Zapotec healing practice. Sweat your stress away and optimize your physiology.
  • Hike through a stunning valley along the local river.
  • Daily Integration Circles.
  • Introduction to Stoic philosophy & Internal Family Systems as integration tools.
  • Opening & Closing Ceremonies.
  • Sacred Mushroom Ceremony guided by our curandera.
  • Signed Book: Signed copy of Taking Back My Mind: My Journey Out of Depression with Psilocybin Mushrooms by Gerardo Urias.
  • Ascension Journal: Customized Ascension Journal to continue your new journaling practice.

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I would absolutely recommend this retreat. It changed my life and I plan to do it again when the opportunity arises! This retreat has seriously advanced my journey of returning home to myself.” ~ Joan

“This retreat has without doubt participated in elevating me to another stage in my life. I came with the purpose to fully understand and experience what unconditional love means, and this is exactly what happened.” ~ Sylvie

The Oaxaca retreat put on by the Ascension team was nothing short of magical. Every aspect of the experience felt very intentional and lovingly created. The location and the immersion in nature was incredibly restorative, the ceremony was a gentle and profound journey, and all of the practices created a true opportunity to heal body and mind in all respects. The faciliator team brought such vibrant energy, joy, and love. I found myself, on the last morning of the retreat, overcome with an all-enveloping sense of pure love around me and within me. It was the most beautiful feeling. And that, for me, was the culmination of these 5 days. It was powerful, deep, soul enriching, heart opening. I am very grateful for this experience. ~ Chelsea

The location was magical. The yoga, sound bath, breath work and meditation was amazing, everyday! Great location, great people, and the facilitators were organized and on point. Well done! ~ Jacob

“I believe that the earth is a school, and we are all students. And I believe we are here to learn continually how to elevate ourselves, how to help other souls, and how to share our powerful light and energy with the world. We are all learning a collective lesson in love.” (Laura Lynne Jackson)
Before meeting Gerardo, my inner light was slowly being snuffed out and I desperately needed resuscitation. My journey with him was a jumpstart for saving my life. Gerardo, you are awesome and an inspiration by the force of light that you are in the world, and all that you do and create. You make miraculous things happen, and I am so blessed that the Universe allowed me to stumble into your path and be guided by you.”

~ Jacinda

“From the very first moment I met Gerardo, I felt safe and comfortable with him. He created the best conditions possible to dive deep into my mind and Soul and let go. Both the preparation and integrations sessions as well as the retreat location could not have been more ideal. Gerardo’s profound knowledge of psychedelics and psychology left no questions unanswered and gave me an extra layer of security. While being on the journey, Gerado gave me the exact amount of guidance and the right words that I needed to make my journey such a beneficial and profound experience. I am convinced about the long-term effects of this experience in reevaluating what really matters in life and have realised more than ever that life, in its essence, is love and beauty.”

~ Manuel, Sweden

“My experience with Gerardo was very fruitful! I normally have resistance in allowing the medicine to help me. With Gerardo and his professional techniques, I went very deep into a cathartic experience of letting go of extreme grief that probably was stored inside of me my entire life. I’m 68 years old and have a long history of childhood trauma. Was it pleasant? NO! Was it healing? ABSOLUTELY! I have yet to experience any more depression since our ceremony and it has been 2 years! To be able to experience lightness in life and spirit is new for me. I will forever feel grateful for this experience and for Gerardo’s commitment to his healing work!”

~ Janet, United States

“Making the choice to do a ceremony with Gerardo in Oaxaca was life changing! I was able to surrender to the experience completely because of the trust I felt with Gerardo as our guide. I was able to examine myself in relation to my life, my partnership, and the Universe. I was able to release trauma and safely express deep emotions. I feel like I have been cleansed physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.
I love my partner of 13 years in a new way. I am more fully embodied and that allows for much more love to flow through the relationship.
I highly recommend this full day of nature’s “therapy.” The work and internal challenges that I faced during the ceremony were 100% worth it because of the beauty, confidence, and connection I now have access to.
I could not imagine a more perfect location or guide for this experience!
My partner and I are very grateful!”

~ Katy, Unites States

“I highly recommend Gerardo as a psychedelic ceremony facilitator. His expertise creates a safe and transformative space, guiding participants through a profound journey. His compassion fosters an environment for deep self-exploration and healing. Under Gerardo’s guidance, I received a transformative gift, healing ancestral traumas contributing to depression and anxiety. His expertise aided in breaking self-defeating patterns, bringing freedom to both body and mind, and soothing my nervous system. Since then, my heart has opened to more love and joy. Grateful for the impactful experience he provided. I wholeheartedly endorse Gerardo for his exceptional facilitation of psychedelic ceremonies.”

~ Rachel, Lexington, Ky. USA

“If you are looking for a trustworthy guide in sacred ceremony, I highly recommend working with Gerardo! His thoughtful, caring, and supportive approach creates a safe space to journey deeply and let the medicine heal you. I’ve worked with many healers, and words cannot fully express the magical experience I had with his support. I have no doubt you will come away transformed!”

L, transformational coach

“Working with Gerardo has been a major game changer both individually and with my marriage. The work we’ve done together to identify, heal, and love all parts of me has changed the way I see myself. And it’s helped me see my wife differently too and have more compassion.
Already living on a spiritual path, I have a good foundation for inner work but the IFS model and the way Gerardo teaches it, is next level and helped bring me to a new place of self-awareness and armed me with the tools to face new challenges.
Anyone interested in positive change would benefit immensely from working with Gerardo. He’s kind, compassionate, teaches based on having lived it himself so is never judgmental, and it’s definitely his passion and a gift.”

~ Nathan H.

“My first mushroom journey was with Gerardo about a month ago and it was really a very interesting, exciting and insightful experience.
I decided to take this mushroom journey with Gerardo as he inspired confidence from the moment I met him, and for such a personal experience, I needed to feel I could trust him (I was, after all, handing over a lot of responsibility to this man, as I had no idea how the mushrooms would affect me). I also crash read Gerardo’s book, Taking Back My Mind: My Journey Out of Depression with Psilocybin Mushrooms, first to really understand his approach. What convinced me to do the journey with Gerardo was not only his own story and experience with psilocybin mushrooms but the amount of research he’d done and the science behind psilocybin journeys and how it can affect the mind. I found it fascinating. Gerardo’s approach is very stylized and structured starting off with a short, traditional gratitude and cleansing ceremony, then a powerful breathwork session which was amazing… and a music playlist to take you on your journey, that was designed by John’s Hopkins University in the US for the effects the music and sound have on the brain. It is truly fascinating! Having Gerardo present as a support and guide throughout the journey gave me confidence and allowed me to relax into the experience. Gerardo is a sensitive, kind, thoughtful person who also takes you through a pre-journey exercise as well as a post journey reflection session. This journey experience has given me much to reflect on and I’m really glad I had my first journey with Gerardo. It has given me the confidence and interest to explore psilocybin mushroom journeying more in the future, as a tool for personal reflection, exploration, and self-discovery. Thank you, Gerardo!

~ Audrey, Sierra Madre Sur, Mexico

“I was introduced to Gerardo by a mutual friend.  I was interested in his breathwork classes and his vast knowledge of plant medicine.  We spoke on the phone twice before I decided to work with Gerardo. We clicked and I trusted him. I read Gerardo’s book and a month later we met in California. Gerardo put together a workshop for my husband, daughter and her boyfriend. We learned more about plant medicine and the importance of intention and ritual. He explained the Wim Hof Method before our yoga / breathwork session, followed by an ice bath. Afterwards we processed the experience and discussed what might be the next step. This was a life altering experience. Intuitively, I knew it would be. The same holds true for my family members. I Highly recommend working with Gerardo. He is very open, nonjudgmental, and does not push any agenda. Follow your heart!  So grateful for this experience!” 

~ Anonymous

“Working with and being in Gerardo’s life has been nothing but an absolute gift. The way he sees the world is just pure magic! His ability to articulate, cultivate, and facilitate this into positive healing change is just incredible!! His kind soul, ever-lasting support, and his eagerness to grow and evolve into his best self, shines in all that he does!! I couldn’t recommend working with him enough!!” 

~ Carissa Lynne

Gerardo was very insightful and was able to assist in articulation of issues that arose during the ceremony. The techniques that were passed on to me in order to maximize the ceremony afterwards were very helpful. At times after the ceremony, I felt I was able to transport myself to the freedom I felt during the ceremony where I was able to clearly analyze different attachments that had been causing me issues before the ceremony. I would recommend Gerardo in assisting you in maximizing your psychedelic journey!

~ Simon, Australia

“Gerardo came into my life during a dark time when I was coping with a lot of internal negativity and didn’t know how to manage it. He taught me a new orientation to my internal negativity that helped me shift it. This was the start of a profound awakening, and I will always be grateful to Gerardo for this.”

~ Jacob A.

Your Facilitators:

Gerardo Urias: Author, Breathwork Facilitator, Psilocybin Ceremony Facilitator, Personal Coach, Public Speaker, Traveler & Adventurer

Gerardo Urias is an author, breathwork facilitator, public speaker, personal coach, psychedelic facilitator, and an avid lifelong traveler and adventurer, spending his entire life since he turned 19 in places like Bavaria, southeast Asia, Mexico, Central America, Cuba, and Colombia. Gerardo’s recently published book, Taking Back My Mind: My Journey Out of Depression with Psilocybin Mushrooms, details his journey out of depression with psilocybin mushrooms, breathwork, cold plunges, yoga, meditation, time in nature, accessing “flow state,” travel, and philosophy.

Gerardo is currently working on a documentary about his journey, a second book detailing his recent journey with 5MeO-DMT in Tepoztlan, Mexicowellness workshops in California, and building multiple psychedelic healing retreats in California and Mexico. Learn more about Gerardo’s projects on his website:

Kathryn Eipl: Reiki Master, Sound Healer, Emotional Mentor, Relationship Guide, & Yoga Instructor

Kathryn is an Emotional & Empath Mentor, Relationship Guide, Reiki Master, Sound Healer, Yoga and Meditation Guide, and Medicine Woman. She has degrees in Psychology, Management and Theatre (which comes out in her coaching sessions and yoga classes), and certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Life Coaching, Reiki, Yoga, and Meditation with an emphasis in Sound Therapy. Kathryn fuses psychology with ancient yogic practices and meditation to help you learn to regulate your nervous systems and connect to yourself on a deeper level, uncovering patterns about yourself that they want to change and provides a space for you to practice acknowledgment and acceptance. Then she uses cognitive behavioral therapy coaching to support you in changing those behavior and belief patterns to instill new beliefs and behaviors, while infusing the whole process with humor and light-hearted fun.

In 2017, she created her own wellness practice, E.I.P.L. Healing, Every Individual is Love Healing. She knows that everyone is healing in their own way and looking to bring more love into their life, whether it is self-love or romantic love. This is the basis for her work. Her sessions combine multiple modalities including reiki, sound therapy, meditation, soul/spirit energy work, emotional clearing / energetic cord cutting, cognitive behavioral therapy coaching, plant medicine, and mindfulness exercises.

Our Curandera: Medicine Woman, Healer, Wisdom Keeper of the Forest

Our curandera was born and raised in a small village located high in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. Born into a lineage of healers, she has kept alive the sacred wisdom that lives in the plants and fungi of the surrounding forest. Our medicine woman learned from her grandfather, who claimed he was called upon by God, by way of the forest, to learn the healing potential of the local plants and fungi of the surrounding mountains. Keeping in line with Zapotec tradition and passing forward the ancient wisdom of our ancestors, she has effectively kept these vibrant traditions, rituals, and practices alive, healing many people throughout her life. It is a true honor and privilege to take part in these sacred rituals and witness the carrying forth of these ancient methods, innate knowledge, intuition, and wisdom.

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