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, which can be related to work with psilocybin, MDMA, ibogaine, and LSD.

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

Venue: Victoria Conference Centre

Maximum participants: 40

CE credits approved: 6 CME credits (College of Family Physicians Canada/CFPC); 6 CEC hours (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association/CCPA); 6 CE credits (Canadian Psychological Association/CPA)


Regular: CAD160 + GST

Early Bird: CAD145 + GST




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


Cvita Mamic is an artist, plant medicine practitioner and co-founder of Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual. Cvita’s journey with plant medicine began in 2009 while searching for personal healing. Her experience working with the Shipibo lineage of plant medicine was profound and compelled her to embark on an 8 year immersion with Amazonian Master Plants and Shamanism. She is drawn to the potential that plants have to heal people within their spiritual, emotional and physical realms. Cvita currently divides her time between Canada and Peru where she focuses her energies as a healer in the Shipibo tradition, co-facilitating plant medicine retreats and empowering others to become active participants in their healing and personal development.