BECOME A SAFE & CONFIDENT

ENTHEOGEN MEDICINE CEREMONY FACILITATOR

A 15-day Experiential Training, for Earth medicines people
with optional 3-Day Specialty Practicum

7-21 March 2023 — Zipolite, Mexico

For aspiring or existing facilitators to serve ceremonies of ancestral medicines, in the modality of their choice, safely & with confidence, from Ayahuasca, Fungi, San Pedro or Peyote, to Bufo or Kambo. Integrating indigenous and spiritual healing practices with modern trauma resolution, harm reduction  and ethical and business guidelines.

The Entheogen Emergence needs facilitators…

Time to heed the call?

  • Have you worked with Visionary Ancestral Medicines and feel a deep calling to support others in their most transformational journeys, yet, don’t know where to start?

  • Have you apprenticed with indigenous or lineage-based curanderos and yet believe there is also a place for Ancestral Medicines led by western-minded facilitators, qualified to hold a safe, shamanically inspired, trauma-informed space for an audience sharing the same culture, language and mindset?

  • Do you feel there may be a missing piece in your confidence to handle any situation in your circles? Or do you already hold circles and would like to deepen your skills, whilst being part and contribute to a fast-growing community of safe and qualified facilitors responding to the call of service?

  • Are you perplexed by the trend of ‘psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy’ training programs, mostly catered to psycho-professionals and seeking to make psycho-therapeutic models the only valid ones in the western entheogenic space? Whereas they may be missing the vital components of true, authentic and sacred shamanic ceremonial context?

  • Are you feeling disqualified because  you are not a licensed therapist even though you may have gained more entheogenic experience than most of the faculty in these programs?

What if it were possible for aspiring facilitators to bypass the filters and gatekeepers, to serve the sacred space of Ancestral Medicines safely with integrity and confidence, and to contribute to a heart-based community, supporting growth and alleviating pain and suffering?

About this program

Cohorts of us have heard the call to serve sacred Ancestral Medicines. They recruit us to support changes in consciousness and much needed healing. Yet, working with sacred ancestral medicines can present a range of challenges, from unspeakably ecstatic experiences to difficult or profound  psycho-spiritual confrontations.
In the West, rare are the facilitators or integration specialists confident to help others simultaneously navigate through the challenges of a deep Ancestral Medicine experience, process profound realisations, resolve activated traumas and integrate visionary and mystical experiences into their day-to-day life.
This 15-day, hands-on training offers foundational and practical skills to help you share ancestral medicines in ceremonial settings, with confidence, safety and care. It combines shamanic & spiritual approaches, modern trauma & harm reduction solutions with effective business and ethics best practices.
Additionally, upon completion of the 15-day curriculum, students will have an opportunity to undertake an optional 3-day practicum retreat, to further and hone the skills gained in the training, in the modality of their choice, with real-life participants and fully supervised by faculty.
The 15-Day training and 3-Day practicums are all composed of individual and group processes, lectures, debates, Q&As, study groups and of hands-on practical and experiential  ceremonial work, where you will be assisting in real-life ceremonies with San Pedro, Ayahuasca, Bufo and Kambo.

The skills acquired and refined in this training cover four main areas:

The healing Process

Medicine

  • What is Ancestral Medicine
  • Shamanic perception
  • Navigation skills
  • You and the medicine
  • Indigenous versus western
  • Participating versus serving
1.
The container

Ceremony

  • Crafting and weaving space
  • Preparation/Integration
  • Working with individuals/groups
  • Trauma; knowledge of trauma
  • Ceremony light & shadow work
  • Ceremony music; Canticos, Icaros
2.
The one seeking healing

Participant

  • Stories & attachment to stories
  • Psycho-spiritual making
  • Trauma management
  • Shadows (theirs)
  • Preparation, Integration
  • Beyond Integration
3.
The mediator

Facilitator

  • Knowledge of entheogen space
  • Shadow (yours)
  • Humility, Integrity, Ethics, Commitment
  • Embodying the Spirit of medicine.
  • The crucial skills of a facilitator
  • Beyond ceremony, Integration skills
4.
For some of you, the above may already feel familiar and comfortable. For others, you may only discover the depths and the myriad aspects of what it takes to serve Ancestral Medicines in a modern context. Don’t be discouraged, this training is here to provide a solid exploratory platform of the many aspects of this new path.

Note: This training starts on a NEW MOON, perfect timing to initiate new beginnings and will end on the day of the SPRING EQUINOX, a pivotal turning point in the year to help you lead and  manifest your wildest dreams.

Why this training

The renewed interest for Ancestral Medicines (entheogens and psychedelics) attests to their capacity to provide answers to many of the ills of our current world, from mental health and chronic or terminal illnesses to people aspiring to deepen their spiritual or meditative practices.
Ancestral Medicines circles seem to improve all aspects of life, they often cure, they answer life-long enquiries and help reconnect communities with Nature and the sense of the Sacred.
The rapid expansion of new Psychedelic sectors has come with a dire need (and a growing offering) for psychotherapeutically trained professionals.
Yet, the options are less prevalent for the bridge walkers, those passionate about shamanic, energetic, spiritual and holistic approaches, those with the desire to hold Sacred space and translate the power of Ancestral Medicines for a western audience, safely, with integrity and without imprinting psychotherapeutic models.
We, at SpiritRivers, see a critical need for a solid shamanic safe framework, integrating the latest of neuroscience, yet independent from psychotherapeutic models, to help aspiring or existing facilitators gain confidence in their ability to hold sacred space for others and to execute the vision and mission that Ancestral Medicines inspire.

If you’re feeling a deep calling to support others in their most transformational journeys,

… then the SpiritRivers Entheogen Facilitator Training may be the most defining step for you to take your place in the Entheogen Emergence and to become part of a unique community of Earth Medicine people, serving and improving many lives.

Format and Learning Environment

What this training is

  • A residential, hands-on, experiential, 15-day, all-inclusive training. An optional specialty 3-day practicum (Ayahuasca, Huachuma, Bufo Alvarius or Kambo) is also offered.
  • It combines individual and group process work with ample hands-on ceremonial work with real-life participants, supervised and integrated by the lead tutor.
  • It favours indigenous ways of learning: nature-based, cellular and Spirit-infused, experiential understanding.
  • The ceremonial part of this training offers hand-on work with the master medicines of San Pedro, Ayahuasca, Bufo Alvarius and Kambo to allow you to learn how to navigate any ceremonial spaces, and with the medicine of your choice. See FAQs
  • We work with true earth medicines only (no synthetic or lab-made compounds). However, the training is also open to ceremonialists operating with synthetic medicines.

    What this training is not

    • It is not a psychedelic-assisted-therapy training.
    • It does not deal with psychedelics but entheogens (see the difference here)
    • It is anything but ‘therapy-based’.
    • This training is dominantly experiential (not informational) and you will be guided and challenged to hone your own relationship with the world of the ‘Intangible’. No notes are provided. You are the material to learn from.
    • This training offers neither diploma nor certification. We stay true to the indigenous way of establishing confidence in our own abilities based on our results only.
    • We do not train ‘shamans’. We train practitioners in the shamanic arts of Ancestral Medicines. The reliance on Self-Assessment and Ally Work are fundamental keys and will be nurtured by your guide on this journey, to eventually become the only life compass you will ever need in ceremonial circles and beyond.
      • A note for neuroscientists and psychologists: we absolutely welcome psycho-professionals (psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry…), however, by essence this training is a foray into the non-linear, non-cognitive and direct-knowing aspect of the mind and into our experiential relationship with Master Teachers, Nature and the sense of the Sacred. As such, any prior cognitive training or experience may become more of a hindrance to operating within the space of the ‘Intangible’, the domain of Ancestral Medicines. Both open-heart and open-mind are absolute requisites.

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      Who is this training for,

      We welcome any individual aspiring to answer the sacred calling to serve safe medicine circles with integrity and cultural and business ethics.

      This training is ideal for individuals

      • Wanting to develop their abilities to lead safe and trauma-informed entheogen medicines circles.
      • Willing to acquire or deepen the skills and the crucial role of the facilitator’s in creating, holding and maintaining a space sacred ceremonial space for all concerned.
      • Curious to learn or develop effective trauma release and behavioural change frameworks, tools and techniques that help optimise the entheogen experience.
      • Aspiring or existing therapists and coaches or  Shamanic, spiritual and holistic practitioners wanting to incorporate sound and ethical entheogens circles and circles integration in their practice.
      • Wanting to become comfortable and informed about the cultural sensitivities and ethics required to offer circles with integrity.
      • Wanting to develop or refine their skills to promote and manage their own retreats.

      This training is not catered for

      • Those seeking a psychedelic-assisted-therapy training.
      • Those seeking to learn techniques or shortcuts and unwilling to bring the whole of themselves as the material to learn from.
      • Those attached to the modern psycho-professional paradigm.
      • Those willing to profit from the Entheogen Emergence yet unwilling to integrate reciprocity, inclusion, diversity and sustainability into their practice.
      • Individuals seeking a Diploma or certification to justify or support their operating in the domain of Sacred Ancestral Medicines
      • Those unwillling to value the importance of reciprocity and contribution to community, Nature and to the cultural traditions that have supported millenia of practice of Ancestral Medicines around the world.

        Results and Outcomes

        Our goal is to create a unique experiential environment to safely learn the complexities of serving Ancestral Medicines. Upon completion you will be comfortable with

        Shamanic approach to Ancestral Medicines ceremonies

        How to construct a Ceremony: container, content, rituals and rites. The tools of the trade: medicine wheel, cosmovision & cosmogony, shamanic processes including drum journeys, soul retrieval, psychopomp and despachos. Their importance and value.

        Ceremonial skills

        Creating beauty & safety. Opening the portals to Ancestral Medicines. Relationship to the medicine, embodiment. The crucial shamanic ‘seeing’ or perceptual skills.

        Original wound, trauma-informed skills

        Trauma (individual, collective) management and harm reduction approaches applied to the three ceremonial aspects of Preparation, Navigation and Integration

        Leading transformational processes

        How to identify and support emotional, psycho-spiritual and traumatic processes to completion and further, to integration.

        Creating safer ceremony spaces.

        The role of the facilitator, tolerance, boundaries, safety & communication

        How to host & organise ceremonies

        Management, business, promotion, ethics.

        How to create Inclusive & diverse circles

        The safe ways to avoid psychology-imprinting in circles.

        How to lead and manage integration circles

        The paramount skills of Integration. How to help a participant transcend the experience into useful insights for day-to-day living.

        How to navigate cultural sensitivity, a simple framework.

        A non-psychology based approach to cultural, indigenous identity, tradition and context to help you navigate the traps of the western mind.

        Who we are —  The team

        “This training has been 4 years in the making and is the result of 30yrs of professional, clinical, shamanic practice, leading retreats and teaching experience, concentrated into a unique event for a very unique audience.

        Like most of you, I, too, have received the very loud call to not only share medicines circles with others but to also assist aspiring facilitators in their quest to answer their own calling and share their gift with those in need of healing and transformation. I can’t wait to gather up around the fire with you for this very unique event —  Frédéric “

        Your guide on the journey, Frédéric Cherri  

        By nature, I'm not very fond of labels or titles however, if I had to describe my path I would say that I’m mostly a practitioner of the shamanic arts, a therapist of 30yrs clinical practice and tutoring in the field of cranial osteopathy, specialised in trauma, immune disorders and perinatal issues. I've also trained extensively for the last 25 yrs in the shamanic arts and dedicated a lot of my time to live and study with indigenous communities in many parts of the world.

        I’m finally an entrepreneur, a retreat leader, a program teacher, a ceremonialist, a shamanic practitioner, an entheogen integration specialist and a personal coach. Years of study and practice on the path of workshop facilitation, field research and clinical & therapeutic work have led me to believe we can heal anything.

        I'm also aware of being a bit of an 'oddball' in the realm of ancestral medicines as I've trained (and keep training) in a variety of ancestral medicines and with a variety of different traditions. A medicine man or woman usually is a one-medicine specialist, and trains in one sole tradition. I have answered the specific calls from some of these remarkable medicines and travelled wide and far to different jungles and mountains to work and study with varied first-people communities of this planet.

        I believe there is a need for people like me to help bridge, protect and disseminate to a western audience the extraordinary wisdom of the first nations who share these medicines. Shamanic work and one of it’s mysterious and exciting aspects, the realm of plant or earth medicine, brings many answers to the unresolved issues of modern medicine or psychology. I have dedicated my life to supporting others’ journey, growth and transformation and am delighted to answer any questions via Zoom or Whatsapp chat. Schedule a free call here. Or leave me a message on whatsapp +52 998 354 2178

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        Investment

        Your investment for this 15-Day Residential, all-inclusive* Training is $4900.
        You can choose to pay the EarlyBird rate of $4600 and save $300 (***only valid for the first 5 registrants***). Or to book your place on this training (limited to 15 participants) you only need to pay a $1000 deposit (non-refundable/transferable). The remaining balance of $3,400 will be due one calendar month prior to the starting day of the training.  Payment plans are available on request.

        **NOT INCLUDED: Air Fares, transportation costs to and from our retreat center in Zipolite, Mexico. The nearest airport to Zipolite is Huatulco (HUX) Airport which is 30 km away. Other nearby airports include Puerto Escondido (PXM) (66.4 km) and Oaxaca (OAX) (150.5 km).

        Whats included – Summary

        Ceremonies

        • Over 20 ceremonies in 15 days
        • Constant monitoring of skills in-situ
        • Preparation and integration skills
        • Supervision with faculty
        • Individual and group coaching
        • Optional specialty 3-day practicum

        Experiential Learning

        • Facilitator, shamanic & ceremonial skills
        • Ethics, Integrity, Cultural Sensitivity
        • Retreat organisation, management
        • Lectures, debates, Q&A
        • Group & individual processes
        • Experiential Learning

        Logistics

        • 15 nights in outstanding beach resort
        • Accommodation & Vegan Meals
        • Ceremonial work in Malloca
        • Real-life ceremonies
        • Shamanic tools provided

        Not included

        Air Fares, transportation costs to and from our retreat center in Zipolite, Mexico are not included. 

        3-Day Optional Specialty Practicum

        You are given the opportunity to further your training with an optional 3-day specialty module to refine your skills with the medicine of your choice, in a real-life, ceremonial supervised setting.

        Ancestral Medicines circles are organised by SpiritRivers for you to lead and supprt participants as a fully-fledged facilitator, simultaneously being fully supervised with further integration from faculty.

        DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

        Included

        • 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies
        • Circles of 10 participants min.
        • Preparation and integration
        • Supervision with faculty
        • 3 nights Accom. & vegan meals

        Included

        • 3 Huachuma ceremonies
        • Circles of 10 participants min.
        • Preparation and integration
        • Supervision with faculty
        • 3 nights Accom. & vegan meals

        Included

        • 3 Ayahuasca ceremonies
        • Circles of 10 participants min.
        • Preparation and integration
        • Supervision with faculty
        • 3 nights Accom. & vegan meals

        Included

        • 6 Kambo ceremonies
        • Circles of 10 participants min.
        • Preparation and integration
        • Supervision with faculty
        • 3 nights Accom. & vegan meals

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        Get a 75 pages, in-depth document about this world-first program

        FAQs —  Frequently Asked Questions

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        Do I need to have any entheogen experience to be accepted into this training?

        The short answer is yes, you do.
        You don’t need to have undertaken hundreds of ceremonies, but you do need to have a personal ‘calling’ to this work.
        We do believe that entheogens have an uncanny way to call a specific type of people to the task of serving circles. The calling is usually received through non-ordinary states of being, dreams, intuitions, insights, and of course, clear messages whilst you are with the spirit of medicine. The people called to this work usually are of all feathers, genders and origins, but the common denominator is that they have a deep desire to be of service and to share their gift with others.

        The way we help you clarify if this training is for you is through a brief online call.
        Fill up the pre-enrolment form here and just turn up for the predetermined online meeting we will establish.
        FILL UP THE FORM HERE

        What is the difference between Entheogens and Psychedelics?
        The term entheogen, “revealing the divine within” (Ruck et al., 1979), was coined to overcome the bias and derogatory nature implicit in terms like “hallucinogen”.

        On the other hand, the word psychedelic means “mind revealing,” which is one way to describe the powerful effects of psychedelic drugs (sometimes also called hallucinogens). They cause a shift in your sense of self and consciousness as do lots of other drugs, like alcohol, cocaine, and opiates.

        We, at SpiritRivers have made a clear subjective choice to refer to entheogens when describing Ancestral Medicines, as opposed to mostly lab-made psychedelic compounds (MDMA, Psilocibin, LSD or extracted tryptamines and mescaline) used in psychedelic circles.

        Why many medicines in this training? I'm only interested in serving one

        We strongly believe the entheogenic experience and the processes a participant may undergo in circles are often similar or present with the same challenges and potential confrontations, whether they be physiological, emotional, mental, spiritual or mystical. They also seem to require a very similar facilitation skill set, regardless of the medicine you’re working with.

        Furthermore, we also believe that there is a very specific space common to all Ancestral Medicines: the space of the ‘Intangible’, the space the facilitator or shaman navigates to and fro. This is also the space we enter when altered states of perception become prevalent.

        This space of the Intangible is a space a facilitator needs to be navigate with ease, regardless of the medicine, in order to be useful to the participant, The practice of various spaces is one of the best ways to acquire solid navigation skills.

        How many participants will there be during this training?
        This training is open to 15 applicants only and is in high demand.
        Apply now to secure a spot.
        FILL UP THE APPLICATION FORM HERE
        Why is there no certification offered?
        Our western education models all establish a consensus of the content to be taught and how it should be taught, with the purpose of unifying and grading knowledge.

        On the other hand, the ancestral way to ‘learn the world’ is through direct experience, the direct knowing of what can then, be established, individually, as truth. Its validity is personal and based on the results that it generates and does not concern itself with the unification of knowledge.

        From our point of view, and with a profound respect to the ancestral traditional or shamanic educational models, the study of Ancestral Medicines invites the ‘other ways of knowing” based on the direct-knowing that every individual will establish for herself or himself. The skills and tools required on this path are self discernment, self-assessment, the willingness to learn from Spirit and a trusted guide.

        What is the Application process?

        This training is open to 15 applicants only and is in high demand.
        Apply now to secure a spot in this upcoming event
        In order to determine that we are a mutual fit for this training, the Enrolment is a 3-step process

        STEP 1

        Fill out the Pre-Enrolment application form.
        This form is a simple form allowing you to share your interests and motivation to join this training. Fill it up with thoughtful answers.

        FILL UP THE APPLICATION FORM HERE

        STEP 2

        Book a personal Session.
        Following Pre-enrolment, you will receive an online calendar link to book your a Personal Session with Frédéric. Please book your call promptly.

        STEP 3

        Show up for your personal Session.
        Our complimentary Personal Sessions are reserved for aspiring ceremony facilitators who are committed to undertake a life-changing journey. Turn up at the approved time for your session.

        During the call, we’ll establish if we are a good mutual fit to walk the path on this journey. You’ll be able to ask any questions you may have about the training.

        Does the training require a preparation?

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        Is there any support after the training?

        Coming soon

        Is there any continuing education after the training?

        Coming soon

        Our Venue

        Our venue, Pachalegria is an outstanding new retreat centre on the southern coast of Mexico in the laidback village of Zipolite. The centre will be completed in early 2023.

        The nearest airport to Zipolite is Huatulco (HUX) Airport which is 30 km away. Other nearby airports include Puerto Escondido (PXM) (66.4 km) and Oaxaca (OAX) (150.5 km).

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        Application Process

        This training is open to 15 applicants only and is in high demand.
        Apply now to secure a spot in this upcoming event

        In order to determine that we are a mutual fit for this event, the Enrolment is a 3-step process

        Step 1

        Fill out the Pre-Enrolment application form.

        This form is a simple form allowing you to share your interests and motivation to join this training. Fill it up with thoughtful answers.

        Step 2

        Book a personal Session.

        Following Pre-enrolment, you will receive an online calendar link to book your a Personal Session with Frédéric. Please book your call promptly.

        Step 3

        Show up for your personal Session.

        Our complimentary Personal Sessions are reserved for aspiring ceremony facilitators who are committed to undertake a life-changing journey. Turn up at the approved time for your session.

        During the call, we’ll establish if we are a good mutual fit to walk the path on this journey. You’ll be able to ask any questions you may have about the training.