PSYCHEDELIC THERAPY TRAINING
In our psychedelic therapy training we emphasize in personal experience, supervised hands-on practice, and self-knowledge through personal transformation.
We have a hybrid residential-online three year curriculum, with an hour intensity of 1.200 hours. We emphasize in therapeutic models of transpersonal psychotherapy, knowledge and healing interventions from core shamanic lineages, and essentials in psychedelic medicine such as psychopharmacology, psychopathology, ethics, care, and harm reduction.
Half of the program (600 hours) is committed to our non-residential program led by leaders and pioneers in the psychedelic field. The other half is committed to experiential work in our intensives: dietas, initiations, and pilgrimages. Half of the intensives are focused on experiential transpersonal therapy, the other half take place in indigenous territories: Cofan reservations in the Amazon, a Bwiti village in Gabon. and Wirikuta the peyote pilgrimage site in Mexico.
NON RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM
The online classes will be led by teachers with vast experience in different fields of knowledge around psychedelic medicine and therapy. Each semester includes four modules, each of a new theme and with a new teacher. The online learning process involves 600 work hours, Students are expected to dedicate at least 6 hours a week to the module. There is a 2-hour lecture each week with the teacher, plus complimentary reading, practical exercises, meetings with the tutors, and interaction in the forums.
We have two ten-day intensives each year for a total of six intensives throughout the program.
Half of the intensives are retreats dedicated to experiential psychotherapy where the participants will have the opportunity to do personal work, healing, and self-knowledge while at the same time learning first hand from expert psychotherapists while they work with amplified states of consciousness, legitimate psychedelics, bodywork, gestalt, family constellations, and meditation.
The other half of the intensives consist of pilgrimages to indigenous territories where the students can begin to build relationships with authentic psychedelic communities and elders while learning from their shamanic traditions and power plants. We are usually received as locals as we have been developing relationships with these communities for many years and we own small retreat houses inside their territories.
NON RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM
Bases for psychedelic therapy
Introduction to psychedelic therapy
Ethics and care
Psychedelic Crisis and Harm reduction
Integration of psychedelic experiences
Psychedelic therapy perspectives on psychopathology and psychopharmacology
Mood and personality disorders
Psychosis, spiritual emergency, and the numinous
Psychodynamics and psychokinetics of psychedelic substances
Examples of therapeutic protocols
MDMA assisted psychotherapy for PTSD
Ibogaine and Addictions
Ayahuasca for the treatment of personality disorders
Ketamine for near-death anxiety
Examples of therapeutic protocols
Psychedelic assisted couples and family therapy
Sexuality and psychedelics
Sound and music
Introduction to social practice
Social practice and supervision
of psychedelic therapy in legitimate contexts
Each intensive lasts between 10-15 days
Bwiti. Gabon, Africa
The Bwiti community in Mimongo is a mixture of Pygmaea, Massango, and Mitsogo shamans. They will offer us three initiation ceremonies: Initiation into Mabangi (feminine cult), Missoku (masculine cult), and Dissoumba (forest cult). Students will be able to initiate in one of the three cults that they choose and learn from the other two as observers. The village is two days into the jungle from Libreville the capital city (where the airport is) and each initiation may last many days, for this reason this intensive has a duration of at least 15 days.
This video from ICEERS was filmed during one of the initiations into Mabandji the feminine cult.
reservation, Amazon, Ecuador
The Cofan people are an ancestral indigenous tribe native to the Sucumbíos and Putumayo amazon regions of northeast Ecuador and southern Colombia. They are experts in the knowledge of yage (ayahuasca). This pilgrimage takes part within two of their reservations in the jungle where we are able to have access to the oldest and most knowledgeable shamans of their tribe. It is not a private-western-influenced retreat center, we are welcomed by the whole community inside their villages. The men usually like to teach while brewing medicine or during the night through ceremonies; the women during the day while working in the fields or preparing herbal remedies.
We have teachings and seven yagé ceremonies run by the most knowledgable and respected Cofan elders:
Taita Querubin Queta
Taita Albertino Lucitante
Grandmother Maria Toiquema
Grandmother Tntn Lucitante
Taita Tiberio Lucitante
Taita David Queta
Taita Gonzalo Criollo
...and support from the whole community
Wirikuta is the main pilgrimage site for the Wixaritari-Huichol people. Each year hundreds of Huichol shamans journey to Wirikuta in search of the sacred peyote. Students will quest for vision in this sacred territory and perform mitote ceremonies with Huichol and Lakota elders.
The Wixáritari identify the peyote with the deer and undertake an authentic annual hunt with arrow and bow to obtain the Híkuri (Peyote). In Wixárica cosmogenesis it is in this place where the sun was born, Wirikuta is the center of the world, the place of the ancestor gods, the place where the sacred life of the tribe originates.
Each retreat is 10 days long
Our first transpersonal retreat incorporates enneagram and self-knowledge, gestalt, authentic movement, 5 rhythms, breathwork, core shamanism, and experiential dynamics around the inner healer, the triune brain, and love. There will be ample opportunities to have first-hand experience with psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and group work.
This retreat is a deep exploration around death, birth, and ecstasy. It also includes a strong parental healing process based on the Fischer-Hoffman method and family constellations. In addition to personal work, there will be space for therapeutic tools and models to be practiced. Students will begin to support supervised psychedelic sessions between each other.
Bahia Solano, Colombia
Our third retreat explores links between psychedelic medicine, meditation practices, and oriental philosophies; especially Taoism, Sufism, Advaita Vedanta, and Dzogchen. Most of the retreat is in silent meditation, including the psychedelic sessions.
Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate for 1200 hours of study and practical work by ONCA, and subsequently will be eligible to apply for the EUROTAS (European Transpersonal Association) certificate for transpersonal psychotherapy (ECTP).