Note: Registration details for this event are pending (depending on travel possibilities for the facilitators). No virtual option.

Stay tuned for updates in August.

Integrating Ayahuasca Experiences into Life Changes

One Day Workshop – SUN, Oct 18, 2020 – 9am – 5pm – (Pending)

In this day long workshop, we will review the different aspects of the Ayahuasca experience from a psychotherapeutic perspective and offer strategies to support the integration of such experiences into life changes.

Based on our experiences as integration psychotherapists gained in over 20 years of work in this field, we will explore how Ayahuasca can facilitate therapeutic change. Mechanisms of change include introspection and other cognitive aspects, psychodynamic, body–oriented and transpersonal characteristics of the experience.

We will offer case reviews from our clinical practice of different mental health conditions that have responded favorably to Ayahuasca treatment within intercultural therapeutic settings, which include both traditional indigenous medicine and modern integrative psychotherapy.

In this context we will explore diverse factors that influence the ayahuasca experience, such as: guidance of the experience in traditional indigenous medicine contexts, the role of music. We will also speak about benefits and risks of Ayahuasca use outside of its socioeconomic regions, ethics, indications and counter indications for ayahuasca assisted psychotherapy.

The importance of preparation and integration as key factors of enduring effects will be emphasized, and an experiential space will be opened where participants can share and work with personal experiences they wish to further integrate.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be better able to:

  • Assess the factors that influence the end result of the Ayahuasca experience
  • Orient (themselves and/or clients) towards obtaining therapeutic results from their experience.
  • Describe what preparations and integration techniques  have been used, and how they are key factors in the healing process
  • Explain how ayahuasca acts on the body, emotions and cognition, and how these effects affect change in the individual.
Schedule: Sun, October 18, 2020 — 9am – 5pm
Student Fee: CAD175 + GST
Regular Fee: CAD225 + GST
6 CE credits (Details TBC)

Anja Loizaga-Velder is a German-Mexican clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, with humanistic and transpersonal orientation. Paralell to her psychotherapeutic practice Anja has been collaborating with indigenous healers and investigating the therapeutic potential of the ritual use of psychedelic plants for over 25 years. She earned a doctoral degree in Medical Psychology from Heidelberg University in Germany with a dissertation on the topic: The therapeutic uses of ayahuasca in addiction treatment and has published several research articles and book chapters that explore the therapeutic potential of ayahuasca and other psychedelics for the treatment of mental health challenges. She is founding member and director of research and psychotherapy at the Nierika Institute for Intercultural Medicine, in Mexico, a NGO dedicated to the investigation and preservation of indigenous traditions with sacred plant medicines and their therapeutic applications in the treatment of mental health challenges. Anja also is adjunct professor and researcher in Humanities in Health at the Medical School at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where she works towards implementing clinical research into evaluating the therapeutic efficacy of sacred plants in intercultural therapeutic settings.

Armando Loizaga Pazzi B.S. CCDCR University of Minnesota – Hazelden Foundation – Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor. He has worked in the substance abuse treatment and prevention field in Mexico since 1991. He was director and coordinator of diverse clinical addiction treatment programs in Mexico and has also collaborated with traditional medicine associations in the study of transcultural treatments and Intercultural medicine. He is president of Nierika A.C.  focusing his work on sacred plant drug policy, peyote conservation and together with his wife Anya, in advancing multidisciplinary clinical research protocols to evaluate therapeutic potential of psychedelic plants used in ritual contexts in Mexico.