We will discuss first the importance of the preparation of the therapist, including their training and experience. Interest in becoming a psychedelic therapist should be rooted in a deeper commitment to the healing process. With the goal of effective therapy in mind, the intentions of the therapist must be examined, in an addition to the more obvious examination of those of the participant.

What are the rudiments of a useful and effective psychedelic therapy protocol including safety guidelines, set and setting, legal considerations, music ( or silence), concerns about pre-existing psychopathology, and professional ethics among many other issues?

Finally, we will explore in depth the vital bookends of psychedelic psychotherapy Intention and Integration, what our client/patient/students bring with them and what they take away from their potentially transformational journey.

Drawing upon our understanding and our therapeutic experience, we will examine the factors that facilitate transformation following psychedelic therapy, which in this case includes traditional ayahuasca shamanism, psilocybin, MDMA, ibogaine, and LSD.

Schedule: Oct 13, 2018 (Sat), 9:00 – 4:00 pm

Venue: Victoria Conference Centre

Maximum participants: 40


Regular: CAD160 + GST

Early Bird: CAD145 + GST

Forum attendees (Full Forum, Day 1 or Day 2) get priority registration for this workshop. At a later stage, provided space is still available, registration may open up to others.

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Joe Tafur, M.D., is a Colombian-American family physician originally from Phoenix, Arizona. After completing his family medicine training at UCLA, Dr. Tafur spent two years in academic research at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry in a lab focused on mind-body medicine. After his research fellowship, over a period of six years, he lived and worked in the Peruvian Amazon at the traditional healing center Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual. There he worked closely with master Shipibo shaman Ricardo Amaringo and trained in ayahuasca shamanism. In his new book “The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor’s Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine,” through a series of stories, Dr. Tafur shares his unique experience and integrative medical theories. To learn more about his work, visit and


John Harrison MA, PsyD (c), has had life experiences ranging from high-altitude mountaineer, to wilderness guide and group leader, and  a three- year residency at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, John endured two years as a Federal fugitive (from injustice), in the mid-nineties, followed by an involuntary two and a half year stint as a guest of the US Federal government’s Bureau of Prisons. John was Principal Investigator of MAPS’ pilot study investigating the efficacy of Ibogaine in the treatment of opiate addiction.  Prior to embarking on his research, John completed his pre-doctoral internship as a methadone maintenance counselor in Oakland, CA. He is a psychologist (with a specialization in Addiction Treatment and Personal Transformation), and also serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit, Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance (GITA). John leads workshops internationally in Gestalt Awareness Practice,  deep breathwork,  and ecstatic movement as co-founder ( with the inestimable Ellen Watson) of Occupy Yourself: The Practice of Presence a three-way marriage of these three practices all inspired by and developed at Esalen Institute. John is also a writer who is currently working on two books!  John is writing a book about his work as a psychedelic therapist, primarily with the African plant medicine ibogaine. and has presented this research at over 25 conferences and symposiums worldwide  He is also presently engaged in writing a memoir about his rollicking and life-changing experiences, as a fugitive, and as an allegory on the destructive War on other peoples Drugs!  A Zen Buddhist practitioner for over 30 years, John is a meditation teacher in San Diego, CA  and is also a connoisseur of amazing and breath-giving sunsets.