Agenda: Ayahuasca as True Other

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Time (EST)
11:00-11:30 am Welcome, orientation, Introductions, opening remarks, land acknowledgments, Indigenous ayahuasca communities acknowledgements
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Meris Williams:  Sharing of personal experience Introduction to ayahuasca, origins, contextual considerations Orientation to Western hybrid model of ceremonial ayahuasca useOther topics will include (but not be limited to):  Legal status of ayahuasca How ayahuasca is made, in what contexts, how and why it has been used in the Amazon Shipibo concepts of kano, Kene Westerners’ first contact with ayahuasca  Concerns regarding ayahuasca diaspora, ayahuasca tourism Psychedelic effects.  Potential benefits and risks Western models of ceremonial use in-ceremony elements (e.g., icaros, mapacho, agua de florida) our research team’s research woven in here
12:30 – 12:45 pmBreak
12:45 – 2:00 pm Meris Williams:  Potential synergies between ayahuasca experiences and the experiential unfolding process of AEDP ways in which AEDP therapists are already equipped to assist their clients in deepening and integrating these experiences in post-ceremony therapy sessions.Orientation to this section, followed by topics that will include (but not be limited to):  the importance of set and setting common course of the psychedelic effects ayahuasca as relational medicine relationship with plant spirit portrayal-like experiences “modal” memories/visions/ experiences fractal/iterative processing engagement with unfamiliar or unacknowledged content held in the nervous system moving through states and state transformations core affect experiences in-ceremony metaprocessing/integrating with one’s Higher Self, and/or with plant spirit contact with the Divine roles of ceremony leader(s) and helpers Potential challenging ayahuasca experiences your clients may need your help with (to process and integrate)  The ways in which AEDP therapists are already equipped to assist their clients in integrating these experiences
11:00 am – 12:00 pmLunch break
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Kosu Boudreau:  Integrating ayahuasca experiences
12:45 pm – 1:30 PM Meris Williams and Bryant conversing:  A ceremony leader’s perspective on what therapists need to know about ceremonial ayahuasca use (pre-recorded; possibly he will offer an icaro, once he decides about that)Potential conversation points: From the perspective of your training in the Shipibo-Conibo lineage, what is the source of human mental health concerns (e.g., anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress)? What about physical concerns? In the ceremonial ayahuasca context, what is the process of how mental health concerns are resolved? What is your role as a ceremony leader? How can therapists best support their clients in integrating ayahuasca ceremony experiences? How can therapists best support their clients in preparing for ayahuasca ceremonies? Is there anything else you think is crucial for therapists to know about ceremonial ayahuasca use?  Is there anything else you wanted to share with the therapists here today that I haven’t asked you about?
4:30 – 4:45 pm Break
4:45 – 5:45 pm Kari Gleiser and Meris Williams:  Experiential demonstrationUsing a carefully selected personal ayahuasca experience of Meris’s of appropriate magnitude/intensity to demonstrate how integration can be deepened using AEDP
5:45 – 6:30 pm  Group discussion, meditation or icaro, closing acknowledgments