Currently, the rising demand for psychedelic retreats and experiences outpaces the supply of qualified psychedelic-assisted therapy practitioners. There is a tremendous need for qualified and experienced coaches and therapists to support people through the profoundly transformational process.
Training programs for psychedelic-assisted therapists and integration specialists are emerging to address this need, but many notable programs are unable to graduate students quickly enough, due to academic requirements for admissions.
Many of these programs have accepted students who were able to meet the academic requirements, but who, have little to no psychedelic experience. Critics of these admissions policies question how practitioners who are psychedelic-naive themselves can adequately support clients and patience integrating entheogenic experiences.
Because of the continued prohibition of psychedelics in most locales, many of these schools are unable to offer legal retreats for students to gain practical, entheogenic experience, and instead offer breathwork or cannabis retreats as proxies for the psychedelic experience.
At the Plant Spirit School, we do not believe that a practitioner that has academic credentials in psychotherapy or medicine is inherently "more qualified" or "safe" on the basis of intellectual knowledge.
With foundational training in psychedelic harm reduction and trauma-informed care, experienced plant medicine ceremony participants, entheogenic church members, underground facilitators, healers, or transformational coaches can also become psychedelic integration providers, guides, and facilitators that our safe, qualified, and good.
This is why, the Plant Spirit School is honored to offer Plant Spirit Journeys as a complementary practicum experience to our Plant Medicine Integration Coach Certification Program.
If you are an existing or aspiring coach who wishes to offer plant medicine integration coaching as a transformational modality to your practice, you are invited to apply for a Career Catalyst Session to determine your best pathway forward towards creating a thriving vocation in the Psychedelic Renaissance.
The Sacred Valley is a magical place. On non-ceremony days we will journey to ancient temples, hot springs and some of the most sacred and well known sites in the world.
The world-renowned, sacred site of Machu Picchu is located above the Wilka Nota river and is home to the altar of Apu Salkantay, the most important of the Incas’ spirit gods. At this sacred site, you will be able to connect to the energies of the Incan traditions and understand their reverence for the sun, moon, and Mother Earth.
The town is home to natural hot baths that provide some well-needed respite after traversing the mountains of the Sacred Valley. Accessible only by train, Aguas Calientes is located on the banks of the Vilcanota River and is flanked by lush, green mountain walls that rise to the height of 400 meters on either side.
Ollantaytambo, located in the north of the Sacred Valley, is a living Inca town, overlooked by an impressive ancient citadel. The mountainside is home to elaborate terraces, temples, pyramids and astronomical observatories, showcasing the Incas’ highly advanced understanding of architecture, astronomy, and engineering.
The Andean town of Pisac, nestled in the southern end of the Sacred Valley, is known for its Incan ruins and impressive market, which sells produce, textiles, and souvenirs. The locals of Pisac are known for keeping tradition, with many of the women adorning the traditional Andean outfits. Visitors enjoy views of the spectacular Incan ruins which cling to the cliffs above the town, made up of a large complex of terraces, residences, guard posts, watchtowers, and a ceremonial center.
50km Northwest of Cusco and 3,500m high lies Moray, an enigmatic archeological site containing ancient Inca ruins. The vast, spectacular ruins are composed of three groups of circular terraces (muyus in Quechua) stretching to 30m deep. The terraces’ design, depth and orientation toward the sun and wind has created microclimates and temperature differences of up to 5 degrees celsius between the top and bottom.
Day 1 — Arrive at retreat venue, dinner, and Welcome circle introducing the Soul Purpose Vision Quest (SPVQ) framework
Day 2 — Trainings: Andean Cosmology & Despacho Ceremony. Evening Ayahuasca ceremony #1.
Day 3 — Morning integration circle + SPVQ activation. Afternoon Sacred Site tour. Training: Training: the Shipibo Science of Integral Healing, and Ancestral Ceremony Skills.
Day 4 — Trainings: Forgiveness as a Navigation Tool & Ancestral Ceremony skills. Evening Ayahuasca ceremony #2.
Day 5 — Morning integration circle + SPVQ activation. Afternoon Sacred Site tour.
Day 6 — Trainings: Core Shamanism & Soul Retrieval. Evening Ayahuasca ceremony #3.
Day 7 — Morning integration circle + SPVQ activation. Afternoon Sacred Site tour.
Day 8 — Morning Huachuma ceremony #1. Evening Cacao Ceremony.
Day 9 — All-day guided tour of Machu Picchu
Day 10 — Morning Huachuma ceremony#2 & Despacho Ceremony #2. Final Celebration.
Day 11 — Breakfast & depart