Intro– Setting the Space and Intention for Your “Work”

The through-line of any Santo Daime work is the singing of hinarios— strings of hinos (individual hymns) throughout. As one might get a bit lost in their healing, coming back to the words of the hymn being sung at a given moment, may seem to be speaking exactly to where you are, and serve to bring you back to the Light.

The essence of Flor da Mae Divina, and all you may find here, can perhaps be best summed up, in the lyrics of Vicki Kraft’s first hino– I Give it to You:


This is the way I give it to you
These are the things that you need to do
All that you are and all that you’ll be
These are the things you’ll learn from the Tea

All that you thought was important is not
What brought you happiness is just illusion
Examine your essence and go with Divine flow
Give up these thoughts and just let them go

Look to your Guides and inside your sacred heart
Remember the promise you made from the start
Have faith in God and stay in the light
Remember to pray and do what is right

Don’t hold your resentments learn how to forgive
Step into your center that’s where you can live
These are the things that you need to do
They come from my heart I give them to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

In addition to the FAQs below– Click here to view and/or download a comprehensive article (pdf format, 15 pages, ~ 200kb) generated by FDMD founding fardado David Bartholomew, offered as a comparison and contrasting of the Santo Daime tradition with that of a traditional curandero, and intended as a detailed one-stop overview in answer to all questions an inquiring person might pose in consideration of participation in a first Santo Daime, ayahuasca or such work or ceremony.

What exactly is Santo Daime?

Santo Daime is the name of a plant medicine sacrament as well as the name of a tradition which came out of taking the sacrament.

Raimundo Irineu Serra, a Brazilian rubber tapper amongst other things, spent time with indigenous tribes of the Amazon and also apprenticed with Peruvian shamans. He came to drink ayahuasca (a tea comprised of a particular vine, banisteriopsis caapi and leaf, chacruna), and it came to pass that he experienced visions, guided by the Queen of the Forest, which instructed him to form this new faith called Santo Daime (translation– the sacred give me), incorporating aspects of indigenous/shamanic traditions, Catholicism, spiritism, and inspired by and giving thanks to all the natural elements. In this way it is said to be a syncretic tradition– one influenced by two or more practices or styles.

As a sacrament santo daime incorporates the same two ingredients as ayahuasca, and here the distinction has to do with the completely intentional and sacred preparation through all phases.

Santo daime would be considered an entheogen— a psychoactive substance used in a spiritual, sacramental context (as with peyote and the Native American Church). Further– it would be considered primarily more visionary than purely hallucinogenic, as one can pretty much come back from most of the effects of the medicine and come back into the room without major disorientation or distortion of reality, etc.

The sacrament is taken in a group setting (a work, our word for ceremony), infused with prayers, intention, and then with a through-line of channeled or received hinos (hymns) sung in blocks (hinarios). Within this context participants receive information, wisdom, healing on numerous levels– taking from each experience that which was divinely guided and appropriate for them in each instance.

Is it religious or spiritual? Will it interfere with, or offend, my beliefs? Is it cult-y? Will I feel welcome, pressured? What is this thing?

While the terms religion and spirituality mean different things to different people this question can perhaps best be answered with respect to intention and doctrine. The intent is for all to achieve their most intimate aspirations. It is said that the doctrine of Santo Daime is– that there is no doctrine; that it boils down purely to the relationship between a participant and the medicine and spirits/guides within the medicine. All are welcome, but none are called is a maxim pointing to the fact that there is no enrolling, etc. Anyone of any religion or spiritual tradition or belief is welcome, so long as a respect to the tradition and process is brought to the experience. There is room for the individual experience of all, so long as one’s expression of this does not interfere with another’s. There is much joy to be had, amidst serious intention, and honoring of the journey home for all is the foundation upon which such healing may take place. All aspects of the setting of the space and carrying out of the work have been honed to achieve the highest for all.

When do works take place and how long are they?

There are a number of types of works for specific occasions; they are carried out in accordance with a calendar which we adhere to; and a given work would be, on average, 5-6 hours, but with longer durations possible, and 2-day works on occasion, with the same time frame on 2 consecutive days, etc.

Will I throw up?

Purging, or taking a healing, can be a part of the process. Some have partaken of the medicine for years without purging, some have purged every time, some anywhere in the middle; and it is not a badge of courage anywhere along that continuum. One is simply encouraged to embrace the surrender and letting go of that which no longer serves should a purge present itself, and operate from a place of acceptance.

Will the Santo Daime fix me? heal me? bring enlightenment? what do I expect?

Each person looks to receive different things in undertaking such a sacred experience. After completing one’s release form, questionnaire on physical, mental/emotional, spiritual past and present, and submitting a medical history form detailing medicines and prescriptions being taken, etc… and being deemed prepared for the experience, and with no medical contra-indications, each is taken through a comprehensive orientation prior to one’s participation in a first work.

The purpose of all of this is to ensure one is as prepared as possible and arriving with correct expectations for the experience, and its subsequent assimilation and outcome.

The Santo Daime is not a magic pill. It will meet each where one is. It will bring up things of the past to be healed. You may gain numerous insights. You may open to the mysteries, receive visions, or not. You may feel uplifted and inspired, or that you are slogging through some really tough stuff. Trust that in each work you will receive that which is for your highest good. Along with the idea of setting an intention and asking for what you want (why it is called the sacred give me), also be open that you may be given more or different… but that all is in alignment with divine and ultimate healing.

Then there is assimilation/integration. And this is a piece that some overlook. What you receive in your work is to be brought back, worked with, honed, cleared, mastered. You may be shown a glimpse of all which is possible, and come back and now know more of the path you take to attain it. Walking and working this path amounts to accumulation of spiritual maturity. And one pretty much gets out of it, what one puts into it.

So– be patient, be true to yourself, and invoke firmeza (firmness) in anchoring in what you get here. Honor yourself for committing to such an extreme act in the name of your healing and growth. And enjoy the ride.