Safe Ceremony Guidance - InnerSpace Integration
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InnerSpace Integration appreciates the guidance that the Women’s Visionary Congress shared with the community on things to consider when looking for a facilitated psychedelic/entheogenic experience.

 

And remember, that it’s just as important to note what questions a practitioner is asking you, as mush as they way they answer your questions.

We and our sister organization, the Aware Project, have written a guide for our community to make good choices when engaging with a facilitated psychedelic/entheogenic ceremony or therapy session. Please read and share:

 

SITTING SAFE

NAVIGATING THE EVOLUTION OF NEOSHAMANISM

Read the Sitting Safe Guide

SITTING SAFE SERIES TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Recommendations to would-be participants
    • Questions to ask yourself
    • Questions to consider asking a practitioner
    • Questions a practitioner should ask you
  • Part 2: Medicine Pacing
  • Part 3: Best Practices for Facilitators
  • Part 4: Ethics and Agreements
  • Part 5: Trip sitting
  • Part 6: Healing Communities

Several community-generated guides are out there to prevent abuses of power in the ceremony space. Here are two we particularly like:

21 Safety Tips for Participating in Ceremonies That Use Psychoactive Substances

by WVC | Dec 30, 2014

“WVC acknowledges that a growing number of people throughout the world are participating in ceremonies that use psychoactive substances. We recognize that these rituals can offer participants opportunities for deep healing and self-knowledge. Our community is also troubled by the fact that women who participate in these ceremonies have sometimes been the targets of sexual harassment and assault by shamans and other facilitators…”

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Ayahuasca Community Guide for the Awareness of Sexual Abuse

by Chacruna.net

“Sexual abuse and misconduct towards female participants in ayahuasca circles are, unfortunately, quite prevalent. …¬†While our guide is aimed toward preventing female participant abuse by male shamans, where the most commonplace abuses have occurred, we also acknowledge that abuse happens by and toward other genders. This guide embraces a culturally-sensitive approach toward raising awareness and the avoidance of abuse in typical scenarios without diminishing the fact that abuse is unlawful and unacceptable in all circumstances.”

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If you are planning to go out of the country to do ayahuasca, consider checking out these resources:

KAHPI

Kahpi is an online hub of leading researchers and luminaries dedicated to teaching lessons on the science, culture and spirituality of Ayahuasca.

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chacruna

We are a collective of intellectuals, creatives and designers that love to redefine knowledge and wisdom about psychedelic plant medicines.

Our contributors include anthropologists, psychologists, journalists, neuroscientists, philosophers, therapists, and potentially any wordsmith with deep or new knowledge about the science, culture or spirituality of psychedelic plant medicines.

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