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Online Portion of the Program
700 hours

The online portion of our training involves 3 immersions related to the three pathways that students choose. The online immersions will be divided into two components: teaching classes and experiential workshops. 

 

The teaching classes will be led by educators with vast experience in different fields of knowledge around psychedelic research, transpersonal psychology and integrative psychotherapy, grief and death work, psychosis, systems theory, sexuality and eroticism, and cross-cultural indigenous perspectives. The online learning process will involve 700 work hours, and students are expected to dedicate around 7 hours a week to their study. Within each module, there will be a 90-minute theoretical lecture each week with the teachers, plus complimentary readings, homework assignments, meetings with the tutors, and interaction with peers on the online learning platform.


The online workshops will be guided by skilful facilitators who will dynamically support students into an experiential and embodied process of self-discovery, which compliments the theoretical learning component of the training program. Students will be required to actively participate in an interactive learning environment, where they can develop their awareness, access their creativity, and engage hands-on to learn new tools, as well as to deepen their practice through direct experience. Students will be required to take 1 workshop consisting of 9 classes per immersion related to their pathway, and they will also have the option of taking an additional workshop per immersion which inspires their learning. 

Residential Portion of the Program
Retreats and Pilgrimages - 700 hours

Students will attend two 10-day intensives each year for a total of six intensives throughout the three-year program. 

 

The intensive-retreats are dedicated to experiential therapies where students will have the opportunity to do personal healing work and develop self-knowledge, while at the same time learning firsthand from expert teachers while they work with non-ordinary states of consciousness, psychedelics, bodywork, gestalt, family constellations, and meditation.

 

The intensive-pilgrimages are powerful journeys to indigenous territories where students can begin to build relationships with authentic mystical communities and elders while learning from their shamanic traditions and power plants. We are usually received as locals as we have been developing relationships with these communities for many years. Many have gifted us tribal land inside their reservations where we have built small community houses which accommodate our students during their pilgrimage.

 

Through years of conversation with the political leaders and spiritual elders of these communities, the pilgrimages in these territories are carefully designed to give voice to what these traditions want to show to the world. Therefore, it is essential that we arrive to their lands and learn from their ways with the utmost respect, sensitivity and care. 

Psychedelic

Medicine

Indigenous

 Wisdom

Liminality

Death

Web of Life

Sexuality

& Eroticism

MYSTERY

Integrative

Psychotherapy

Introduction to the Program

Online Introduction to Ecstatic Mysticism
This 3-month introduction to the program begins August 2024

01

Comparative Mysticism and Transpersonal Psychology

02

Self-Knowledge: Exploring Trauma, Attachment, and Character Development

03

Introduction to the 7 Pathways/Specialities

workshop options

1 - Therapeutic Process & Art

 

2 - Animist Practice: A Journey of Reconnection

3 - Family Constellations

4 - TBA

Residential Introductory Retreat
There will be 2 groups attending this retreat in December 2024 and January 2025

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Noesis

Guasca - Colombia

Enneagram

Our first transpersonal retreat incorporates enneagram and self-knowledge, gestalt, spontaneous movement, breathwork, core shamanism, and experiential dynamics around the inner healer, the triune brain, and love. There will be opportunities to have first-hand experience with psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and group work.

At the end of the introductory portion of the program, the AWE team will further assess and discern whether the 3-year training program is suitable for each participant. Students who seem to possess compatibility for the program will receive an invitation to the full training.

Online Body of the Program

Main Pathways
choose three core specializations from the following seven learning pathways

Psychedelic Medicine

Indigenous Wisdom
Modern Entheogenic Practices

01

Screening and Preparation

02

Ethics

03

Crisis & Care

04

Healing with Psychedelics 1 

05

Healing with Psychedelics 2 

06

Healing with Psychedelics 3

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Case Studies and Supervision

01

Entheogenic Shamanism(s)

02

Ethnopharmacognosy

03

Intercultural Perspectives on Indigenous Wisdom

04

Healing with Entheogens 1

05

Healing with Entheogens 2

06

Healing with Entheogens 3

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Shamanism: An Ancestral Path

Death

Web of Life
Deep Ecology and Systemic Theory

01

Working with Grief and Loss

02

End-of-life Transition Care

03

Western Existential Philosophies and Death

04

Shamanism and Death

05

Death and Psychedelics

06

Eastern Philosophies and Death

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The Death Lodge: Ritually Embracing Your Own Death

01

Systems Thinking and Deep Ecology

02

Indigenous Views on Systemic Wisdom

03

Cosmology and Planetary Evolution

04

Society and Human Evolution

05

Practical Activism

06

The Work That Reconnects

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Seeds of Change

Liminality
Madness and Mysticism

Integrative Psychotherapy

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Exploring Your Liminal Life: Your Madness and Your Spirituality

01

The Science of Psychosis and Psychopathology 

02

Cultural Perspectives in Mental Health

03

Transpersonal Perspectives: Spiritual Emergence and Renewal Process

04

Systemic Perspectives: A Process-oriented View of Extreme States

05

Practical Approaches for Working with Spiritual Crises 1

06

Practical Approaches for Working with Spiritual Crises 2

01

Cycle of Awareness and Neurotic Defense Mechanisms

02

Suppressive, Expressive, and Integrative techniques

03

Un-walking Trauma

04

The Orders of Helping

05

Basics of Systemic Constellations

06

Soulful Dream-work

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Therapeutic Process

Sexuality & Eroticism

01

Consent and Power in Sexuality

02

Sexuality and Culture

03

Somatics, Healing & Sexuality

04

Mysticism & Sex

05

Kink & Taboos

06

Mysticism & Sex ||

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Group Process around Sex & Eros

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In this retreat, the field of sexuality and eroticism will be studied and explored through an integrative, multidisciplinary, and experiential approach.

Rapture

Spain

Optional Workshops

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Therapeutic Process 2, 3, & 4.

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Compassionate Action 1

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Mindfulness

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Sound & Music

workshop

Hearing Voices

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Spirit of Tobacco

Closure of Ecstatic Mysticism

01

Social Practice & Supervision

Dissertation with Ubiquity University (optional)

02

Residential Body of the Program

Specialized Retreats and Pilgrimages
Choose five in-person intensives in relation to your learning pathways

Yage

Sia Theci

Sucumbios - Ecuador

The Cofan people are an ancestral indigenous tribe native to the Sucumbíos and Putumayo amazon regions of northeast Ecuador and southern Colombia. They are experts in the knowledge of yage (ayahuasca). This pilgrimage takes part within their reservation in the jungle where we are able to have access to the oldest and most knowledgeable shamans of their tribe. It is not a private-western-influenced retreat center, we are welcomed by the whole community inside their villages and houses. 

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Darkness

Tepoztlán - Mexico

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The illuminating power of darkness has been an initiation process used in the world's major mystical cultures. Both in the East within Taoism, Tibetan Bon and Dzogchen Buddhism and the Hindu Kaya Kalpa, as well as in the West in the Mayan, Kogui, and Diné traditions. During darkness the pineal gland is activated producing high levels of melatonin, pinoline, DMT, and 5-MeO-DMT.

This intensive is a death-rebirth recapitulation of 9 days in the womb and in darkness; with support of power plants, tryptophan-rich vibrational foods, psychotherapy, and non-meditation.

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The Mirror

Colombia

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This retreat explores links between psychedelic medicine, meditation practices, and oriental philosophies; particularly Taoism, Advaita Vedanta, and Dzogchen. Most of the retreat is in silent meditation, including the psychedelic sessions.

Iboga

Iboga Initiation

Ngounie - Gabon

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The Bwiti community in Mimongo is a mixture of Pygmaea, Massango, and Mitsogo shamans. They will offer us three initiation ceremonies: Initiation into Mabandji (possession trance), Missoku (consultation and healing), and Dissoumba (Bwiti). Students will be able to initiate in one of the three paths that they choose, and learn from the other two as supportive participants and observers. The village is two days into the jungle from Libreville the capital city (where the airport is) and each initiation will last many days, for this reason, this intensive has a duration of 20 days.

Huichol

Wirikuta

San Luis Potosí - México

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Wirikuta is the main pilgrimage site for the Wixaritari-Huichol people. Each year, hundreds of Huichol pilgrims journey to Wirikuta in search of the sacred peyote. Students will quest for vision in this sacred territory and perform mitote ceremonies with Wixaritari-Huichol elders. The Wixáritari identify the peyote with the deer and undertake an annual hunt with arrow and bow to obtain the Híkuri (Peyote). In Wixárica cosmogenesis it is in this place where the sun was born, Wirikuta is the center of the world, the place of the ancestor gods, the place where the sacred life of the tribe originates. 

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Samaúma

Huni Kuin - Brazil

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This is a pilgrimage to a Huni Kuin Village in Acre, Brazil. To the knowledge that was kept by the grandparents, wrapped in the samaúma, the sacred tree.

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Ecstasy

Colombia

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This retreat is focused on the serpent power and the Goddess. It will be explored through archetypal shamanism focused on the Serpent Goddess, ecstatic African wisdom and possession trance states, tantra and kundalini practices, feminism, and therapeutic work around the reptilian brain, the instinct, wildness, and taboo. 

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Birth∞Death

Colombia

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This retreat is a deep exploration around birth, death, resurrection, and rebirth. It also includes family and systemic constellation work for the wounded healer and the spirit. In addition to personal work, there will be space for therapeutic tools and models to be practiced. Students will begin to support supervised psychedelic sessions between each other.

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Burn

Black Rock city - USA

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Open to those who have never been there before, this pilgrimage is to burning man, the experience and the community. It starts and finishes in San Francisco, CA.

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Uni

Yawanawa - Brazil

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Pilgrimage to a Yawanawa village in Acre, Brazil.

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Integrative Gestalt

Guasca - Colombia

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Integrative Gestalt invites us to resolve the interrupted movements and close the cycles of life and open links, in order to dispose of our vital energy and be present, here and now, with the totality of our being - body, emotions and mind - always focused on a path with a heart that is at the service of others.

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Graduation and Certification

​Upon completion of the three-year program, students will receive a certificate for 1400 hours in Ecstatic Mysticism and for students who choose Psychedelic Medicine, Indigenous Wisdom, and Integrative Psychotherapy as their three learning pathways, they will also receive a specialization in Psychedelic Medicine Healing. 

 

In our alliance with Ubiquity University students who follow the Psychedelic Medicine, Indigenous Wisdom and Integrative Psychotherapy pathways are able to move on to complete a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Integrative Psychedelic Therapy or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Psychedelic Studies. Those following other pathways may also be able to obtain an MA or PhD in Ecstatic Mysticism or a Doctorate of Ministry. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION AND CERTIFICATION

 

  1. Students must attend all of their required and chosen retreats and pilgrimages, with a commitment to participating in the experiential practices within these intensives. 

  2. Students must attend at least 7 out of the 9 workshop classes live, and complete their closing project after each workshop.

  3. Students must present their Journey Log to their small group after each retreat.

  4. Students must complete all of their academic homework assignments via the online learning platform.

  5. Students who enroll in either the Psychedelic Medicine or Integrative Psychotherapy pathways must complete a minimum of 8 therapy sessions within each 9-month immersion.

  6. If students do not attend the teaching classes live, they will need to ensure that they watch the recordings.

  7. Students must be up to date in their payment schedule and administrative tasks.

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