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As a practitioner:
- Began serving in 2016
- case history of ~750 individual recipients/clients
- ~1400 sessions: 80% of which have been in one-on-one contexts
- Gender ratio: 50:50
- 1/3 of clients are BIPOC since 2020
- Cross-cultural/intersectional experience: I’ve brought my practice to 15+ countries
- Experience with both toad and jaguar
As a peer-reviewed educator
- public speaking events in 5 countries (pre-pandemic)
- Multiple panels, keynotes, and podcasts
- Convene multiple in-person practitioner gatherings since 2018
- Online guidance and co-learning platform (with multiple modules) ran in 2021
TANDAVA RETREATS, MEXICO
Victoria’s first introduction into the world of healing was through plant medicine. Knowing she had found her path, Victoria explored the world, working with different psychedelic plant medicines over the span of a decade with both indigenous and modern teachers. In 2016 she set out to complete her Yoga teacher training in Bali, which allowed her to gain further insight into the different lenses used in spirituality. After returning to her home on Vancouver Island to share these gifts, she continued to pursue her fascination with plant medicines.
After taking time to honor her own process and growth, Victoria stepped into the role of a medicine practitioner. In early 2019 she completed her Kambo training and certification through IAKP in Thailand. Later that year, Victoria then completed her first training with the powerful medicine 5-MeO-DMT, said to be the most powerful psychoactive experience known to man. Longing to deepen her understanding of the medicine, she continued two more consecutive training over the span of a year. Deeply moved by the force of this medicine, she immersed herself in the toad community, learning all she could in order to best effectively serve this powerful medicine to the world.
Deeply intrigued by Joseph Campbell’s work, she studied the Hero’s Journey at length and later applied it as a geographical lens in her work to assist participants to effortlessly move into their own innermost workings. Choosing to continue her education to best support others, she enrolled in a year-long psychedelic integration training where she chose to specialize on the 5-MeO-DMT integration process. Her dedication to her craft earned her a position with the international psychedelic wellness company Kaivalya Kollectiv, where she works as both the head of education and a retreat leader, applying all she has learned over the years.
Victoria is the founder and president of Kaivalya’s education platform F.I.V.E. (5-MeO-DMT Information and Vital Education). Her mission at F.I.V.E is to provide the world with a centralized hub for all resources and education on 5-MeO-DMT in hopes of bringing awareness to the ethics, integrity, and the safety of 5-MeO-DMT.
TANDAVA RETREATS, MEXICO
Joël Brierre is a Yogi, psychedelic integration specialist, and spiritual coach. He began his relationship with psychedelics as a teenager in an exploratory manner. Marveling at the chance to explore the unexplored, Joël began training with Curanderos in Peru in 2001, where he further pursued these heightened states of awareness. Eventually shifting his focus into a deep and devoted yoga practice, he began teaching yoga and meditation and soon moved on to India to study in an ashram setting in Rishikesh. From there, he traveled all around the world, soaking up knowledge and sharing what he’d learned. He was reintroduced to plant medicine in 2009 while living in the Caribbean, and began to incorporate this into his yoga practice. From there, he went on to study with various guides and facilitators of differing lineages and practices. With this combination of knowledge, Joël now leads retreats and workshops around the world on the plant medicine and yoga connection.
With over ten years of teaching and multiple teacher training, Joël is certified at 500 ERYT. Joël mainly works with the compound 5-MeO-DMT in it’s pure form as well as in the venom of the Bufo Alvarius toad. This compound is said to be the most powerful entheogen on the planet, allowing participants to experience a non-dual state of awareness in which they cease to view reality as an individual and are completely absorbed into the infinite. Joël believes the toad medicine’s effect on a non-dual experience is congruent with the Samadhi states that can be attained through yoga. He assists individuals to receive the highest potential from their experience through pre-and post-integration using a program he derived from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
THE KOOTENAYS, BC, CANADA
Melanie’s gift is to intuitively hold space for others on their healing journeys to rediscover their own Divine Light. As a survivor of various types of abuse and trauma herself, Melanie has an empathic understanding of those courageous enough to heal core wounds and break old patterns that are reinforcing PSTD, OCD, anxiety, and depression. Releasing dysfunctional coping mechanisms opens the way to a healthier and more joyful life.
In a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate space, she encourages you to challenge your thoughts and beliefs. Working with Entheogen & Plant Medicines pave new neurological pathways creating the opportunity for you to confidently step into your Divine Light. She will work with you to integrate new habits and create a customized plan unique to you, empowering you to succeed on your terms.
With over twenty years of experience in various spiritual and personal growth modalities, Melanie guides her clients to heal themselves.
As an Addiction Recovery and Psycho-Spiritual Integration Coach, Yoga Instructor, Trained 5-MEO-DMT Facilitator, and studying for her Death Doula certification, Melanie integrates this background when working with her clients. Her own ever-expanding transformational journey contributes to her style of compassionate coaching. Melanie is with you every step of the way as you reconnect to your true self and achieve a deeper understanding of the transformative power of love for yourself and those around you.
TANDAVA RETREATS, MEXICO
Rev. Merrill Ward, Ep. Gn. is an experienced entheogenic educator, a seasoned practitioner, a staunch proponent of cognitive liberty and a passionate advocate for the safe and responsible use of entheogenic sacraments for engendering direct spiritual experience and psycho-spiritual healing. He is an ordained gnostic priest and bishop with over 30 years of study and practice in comparative religions and a broad array of various esoteric spiritual disciplines and practices with a special emphasis on the mystical unitive experience and the practical application of entheogenic techniques and sacraments for exploring and expanding human consciousness for attaining direct access to the Divine. His in-depth work in the field over the last 15 years serves as a transformative catalyst, effectively guiding individuals and groups into deeply profound states of Unitive consciousness. Providing them with a richer and deeper integrated understanding of their innate power, love, wisdom, creativity and spiritual abilities while aligning them with their True Will, purpose and mission in life. His work in this field has also been featured in a number of important research studies published through the prestigious Johns Hopkins University and more recently with Columbia University. He has co-authored a comprehensive “Best Practices & Integration Guide” for working with entheogenic sacraments and continues to regularly moderate and participate in panel discussions and offer detailed presentations on 5-MeO-DMT, entheogenic spirituality and related subjects at a wide variety of psychedelic symposia, conferences and festival events. He is the founder and Chief Officiant of Awakening Divinity Ministries and is very pleased to be working with the fine folks at Tandava Retreats as well as participating in the F.I.V.E. educational platform and community.
CONDOR & EAGLE, MEXICO
Colette Condorcita is a shamanic coach, ceremony facilitator, hypnotherapist, teacher, and Permaculture designer.
At age 15, Colette healed complete quadriplegia with a 2% chance of recovery using techniques she intuitively learned and shares them with her clients as part of her self-directed neuroplasticity framework for self-healing. This injury opened Colette to begin walking a shamanic path of study with nature and consciousness.
Colette supports her coaching clients in the shamanic and scientific aspects of Shamanic Energetic Change Work, offering guidance, education, and support in working with Earth’s healing medicines in all forms. Her coaching practice Condor Medicine LLC is a platform for her students to work with Colette through their own unique path of healing and exploring consciousness.
Through one on one, group coaching, and retreats, Colette guides and supports her clients and students with herbal and entheogenic medicine support with safety always the highest consideration. Many individuals work with Colette to learn Shamanic practices, with and without sacred medicines, to support their neurological systems, heal trauma triggers, change unhealthy thought patterns, support neurodivergent stress in a capitalist world, and find empowerment in being able to control their own self-directed brain change.
Colette trains virtually all her coaching clients in self-directed neuroplasticity techniques that help redirect unhealthy or unwanted patterns of belief or cognition for better ones and arms her clients with their own ability to support positive change in their daily lives. She seamlessly integrates the scientific and the shamanic aspects of walking a path of healing.
Following Colette’s spinal injury, she went on to receive a BA in International Relations and Development from American University has a Certificate in Cartography and GIS. She has lived for many years in the developing world, working in rural villages supporting sustainable agriculture and development initiatives.
Colette is a certified Integrative Hypnotherapist, a certified Addiction Recovery and Entheogen Integration Coach, holds an associate’s degree in Permaculture and is a Master’s Candidate studying psychotherapy at Columbia University. She has been in study and apprenticeship with three different Ayahuasca and Otak (Bufo Alvarius) lineages for 12 years.
Colette’s home base is in her hometown of Philadelphia at the urban permaculture and co-housing community she founded called the Passionflower House. She also lives in Columbia and Costa Rica part-time, where she holds and supports retreats, studies with her teachers, and the jungle.
Colette is also the founder of the Decriminalize Nature Philly campaign working to decriminalize entheogens in the city, and is the founder of the Philadelphia Ayahuasca Church.
CONDOR & EAGLE, MEXICO
Born in the late 60s in a Native Q`echua Community on the eastern slope of the Andes in Vilcabamba, Ayacucho, Peru.
The fact of coming directly from a Native Biological root has had a very important impact in his life, defining and linking him directly with one of the most ancestral and recognized practices within the cultural platform of his community.
Alberto had many extrasensory experiences when he was still a minor. Later in adolescence he became aware of these natural aptitudes and began to develop them gradually. So it was that from his early adulthood he became an active promoter of health.
In an earlier period as an apprentice during his years of research and practice he had the opportunity to connect with some Native traditions in the south and north of the continent. Those trips besides nurturing, amplifying and refining his extrasensory aptitude, also gave him the opportunity to gather the material and empirical support required to create an anthology of work based on the essential fundamentals that came directly from knowledge and experience of various native masters. This knowledge and experience focused on the management and the use of the benefits of the “power plants”, the extrasensory aspect of shamanism, and the knowledge associated with neuroscience and transpersonal psychology for application in therapeutic treatments.
To date Alberto has over 25 years of solid experience in this medical aspect of shamanism.
Based on those years of experience, he has developed a unique system of work where he links the influential impact of the energetic effect with the benefits of the deep understanding of transpersonal psychology and the basic concepts associated with science.
Marianna (Mar) started her path as an animal behaviorist, slowly transitioning into working with integration practices for people after addiction, trauma, eating disorders, etc. She is the co-founder of Flor de la Vida Retreat Integration Program and the cofounder of True Nature Collective.
She is a qualified psychotherapist, death doula and psychedelic integration therapist.
Mar comes from a family of strong women. She heeded the call she felt 16 years ago to start her journey to heal herself and her lineage which has led her to now work with others, accompanying them in their evolutionary process using Kambo, Bufo Alvarius (5-MeO-DMT), and psilocybin as sacred tools for people to connect back to their true nature. Since childhood, Mar has been very connected to animals and plants, and until now, they are a fundamental part of her life. For the last five years, Mar has been creating events and retreats, gathering practitioners and therapists in order to create a collective of amazing people who trust and love each other, and have the same mission of raising consciousness to live in a more integrated and harmonious way with Earth.
In need of personal healing and care, and drawn to the African plant medicine Ibogaine, Shane underwent an all-encompassing transformation. Shane was then called and directed to accompany others on a similar path away from the standard western medical approach to more holistic and nature-based healing modalities.
Shane is cofounder of True Nature Collective and is a plant and animal medicine facilitator, integration coach, and breathwork facilitator working with various entheogenic and non-entheogenic medicines and compounds. He specializes in working with the medicine of the toad (Bufo Alvarius) and its synthesized sibling, 5-MeO-DMT. In addition to working with clients seeking psycho-spiritual growth, Shane works in an ibogaine aftercare setting providing clients recovering from addiction with a wide variety of holistic healing modalities and integration techniques. With an emphasis on self-empowerment and uncovering the innate power and wisdom that lies within each of us, his approach to medicine and space-holding encourages others to look within and connect back to their true Self.
MEXICO, COSTA RICA
Fabian Rodriguez is ceremonialist, earth medicine practitioner, musician, and artist of Colombian lineage currently residing in Southern California.
Having dedicated the past 10 years to apprenticing, learning and sitting with numerous dietas and ceremonies directly from his maestros and elders in the jungles of Peru and Mexico, he has been initiated as a medicine carrier of Kambo, Bufo Alvarius and Ayahuasca.
Honoring the cultural wisdom and practices of facilitating ceremony, he revers the healing and integration processes specific to each of these sacred allies as a gift from our Mother Earth in order to heal her children.
OAXACA/ LA HUASTECA/ NUEVO LEON ,MEXICO
Valeria Salas-Carrillo has been working with psychedelics since her college years, when she was studying Philosophy. Psychedelics were one of her tools not only for healing but for philosophical contemplation, research and production on mind, body, language, beauty, ethics and consciousness. At the same time, out of the academy, she was studying Esoteric Christianity, Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, as well as being initiated in this kind of meditation and the Hakomi method.
It was precisely during one of the Hakomi immersions she was doing, that she got introduced to ayahuasca, and through this experience, to psychedelics as medicines and traditional shamanism. She explored the ayahuasca world by the hand of guides from Colombia and Peru, before she was called to leave home and start traveling.
Beginning her traveling journey she went to spend a season with Doña Julieta Casimiro, in Huautla de Jiménez, learning about the mazatec culture, traditional healing, connection with nature and mushrooms.
She has also studied Voice Dialogue and different approaches to consciousness development through dreamwork, as well as various breathwork techniques, all of this being very impactful for her own healing journey and the work she guides others to do with entheogens.
It was six years ago, in front of the ocean, when she had her calling to serve bufo, after having an experience that was beyond words, and an afterglow that actually helped her to have embodied understanding of the ancient wisdom she had been studying since she was a teenager.
She is now doing individual bufo immersions, with strong focus on preparation and integration, bringing together her shamanic practice, non dual meditation, knowledge in modern healing and philosophy, and her path as a poet and arts lover, inviting others to see their healing journey also as a creative journey, transforming into beauty, passion and knowledge, their wounds and experiences.
Valeria is now also offering individual facilitator´s trainings, inspired in the traditional shamanic dietas and integrating teachings on ethics and tools for holding space.
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