Whether you are doing medicine work with psychedelics or deep spiritual practice unaided by medicine, you need skills to navigate strong and profound experience without being derailed by fear. Fear blocks our ability to benefit from the medicine. If there is fear and contraction, we are just surviving a difficult experience. Only by opening can we benefit. In these sessions, I will share navigation skills which can create a doorway that allows inner guidance to spontaneously arise. I will support you in learning to slow down a process that moves so fast that it leaves you fearful and fragmented, to sense into a calming rhythm in the body in the midst of intensity, to take charge of your attention and shift it when needed, and to develop a stance of curiosity toward strong experience.
Medicine will often deconstruct who we are during a ceremony. When we've already successfully engaged with this kind of deconstruction in spiritual practice, it is much easier to let go during a medicine session and allow the process to unfold without resistance. If we haven’t had that experience outside the medicine, this deconstruction can frighten us and derail our process. Some spiritual practices help us to enter into a direct experience beyond ego to more subtle aspects of who we are, and there are useful spiritual concepts that can guide the process until concepts are no longer necessary. I will share these concepts and practices as they might be useful to you.
Who can benefit: Those who have done medicine work and need help preparing, integrating and grounding what they experienced; those who use medicine as an ongoing practice with reputable shamans in Peru or elsewhere and would benefit from a container to hold the work for better integration into their daily lives; those engaged in deep spiritual practice who may periodically use medicine as an aid in opening where they are stuck.
Periodically, group retreats in Peru are offered, and private groups can be arranged. These intimate sessions are for small groups of two to ten, and include time for preparation, guidance during the ceremony, and integration work following the ceremony. They require a minimum of two days per ceremony. Sessions can be designed for a special purpose, such as deepening spiritual practice, healing long-standing emotional issues, or enhancing creativity. Be sure to sign up for the mailing list to receive notification when a group retreat is scheduled.