I help people prepare for working with ayahuasca and provide post-ceremony integration counseling to those wanting to get maximum benefit from their work with ayahuasca
Ayahuasca is a very unique medicine and completely unlike all the other plant medicines. In the right hands, it is an incredibly powerful tool for healing, spiritual growth, and personal transformation. I specialize in helping people prepare their mind, body, and spirit for working with this sacred plant medicine and provide counseling to help people integrate their ayahuasca experiences into manifested life transformation.
I am both a licensed psychotherapist and an apprentice ayahuasca shaman and have been living, breathing, and working with ayahuasca full-time in the Peruvian Amazon for the last 3 years. In that time, I've guided hundreds of people from around the world through their journey with ayahuasca and learned what works best for contemporary people who feel called to this traditional Amazonian medicine.
Identifying a safe shaman or retreat center
Frankly, this is the most important decision you will be making regarding ayahuasca. I am familiar with many of the retreat centers in Peru and know which ones to avoid and can make recommendations if needed (not every retreat center operates with integrity and they don't all offer the same level of care).
preperatory shamanic dieta
A preparation cleanse or "dieta" is a part of traditional Amazonian practices. These are basic dietary restrictions to undertake prior to drinking ayahuasca that help prepare your body for the medicine. I will provide you with a holistic mind-body-spirit approach that goes beyond the tradition and is very helpful for preparing westerners living a modern lifestyle.
identifying and working with intentions
We'll work together to identify limiting beliefs, unconscious blocks, and old patterns that no longer serve you. This will help you to hit the ground running from ceremony #1. How ayahuasca works with our intentions is really unique and special. I'll show you how it works and help you to avoid the pitfalls that come with strong attachment to intentions.
what to expect & how to work with ayahuasca
Guidance on what ayahuasca is and is not and how it works with people. Ayahuasca is a beautiful plant spirit teacher. Working with ayahuasca in its ancestral and spiritual home is very powerful and offers the opportunity for true life transformation. But it is not a cure-all or panacea for every human condition.
tools to navigate the ceremony
I'll teach you a variety of tools that will help you to stay centered and balanced during ceremony and how to navigate challenging situations when they come up. These are the same tools I use when facilitating ceremonies. I'll also show you how to create a receptive state so that you can actually receive the guidance, messages, and wisdom from ayahuasca.
Integration sessions are focused on examining, exploring and understanding the insights and changes that occurred during ceremonies and what they mean for your life now. Sometimes changes are called for in your day-to-day life that can be intimidating. I will coach you through the process of integrating the energetic changes and manifesting them in the physical reality of your life.
Often times questions are opened that are left unanswered. Or the medicine makes it clear that change is needed but you're not sure how to act on that or what direction to take. Integration counseling can help you to explore and and make sense of unresolved material from the ceremony and identify where and how to make those changes in your life and more importantly, when not to. Deep personal material is often uncovered or worked through during this process, which is why it is helpful to have a trained psychotherapist with an understanding of and experience with both the human mind and the plant spirit.
Integration sessions often cover the following areas:
- Help making sense of the powerful ceremony experiences and putting them into their proper place
- Taking the lessons and insights and putting them into practice
- How to create a daily practice of cleansing, balancing and grounding
- Ways to continue working with the medicine when you are home
- How to share your experience with loved ones