Workshop | Increasing the safety of ayahuasca ceremonies, before and during the session.

Safety practices around ceremonial work with plants



Over the past few years, ICEERS has been collaborating with facilitators, scientists and therapists worldwide to collect best practices for safety around the ceremonial use of ayahuasca. This workshop is designed for experienced ayahuasca facilitators and their helpers and is not course on facilitating ayahuasca sessions. Interactions with medications, health counter-indications, exclusion criteria, emergency guidelines, ethical considerations. We will share the latest information that has been validated by experts and will discuss the primary issues to be considered for maximizing benefits and minimizing risks of working with ayahuasca. 

This workshop focuses on considerations for “before” and “during” the session and is a compliment to the Psycheforum workshop on the following day, which will focus on the “after. Take both workshops together for a special discount.

Participant requirements

This workshop is designed for ayahuasca facilitators and their helpers who would like to increase the safety of their practices. This is not a course for how to run ayahuasca sessions nor does it replace the arduous training required to be a facilitator. This session will synthesize the best protocols for physical and psychological safety that have been developed by experienced guides worldwide.   

David Londoño is a clinical psychologist from Colombian with 15 years of experience as a “patient and student” of traditional indigenous medicine. As a psychologist he has worked in the rehabilitation of addicts in Colombia, Argentina and Peru. He also worked for 5 years as a psychotherapist and coordinator of the therapeutic team at the Takiwasi center. In Spain he has coordinated the clinical team of the Hermanosis center developing a training in psychological integration of work with master plants. He is an ICEERS team member, researching and promoting models of best practices around work with ayahuasca outside the Amazon.  For the past 6 years, he has been living in the Peruvian Amazon where he continues to deepen his practice of psychotherapy, traditional medicine and the bridges between them.

Jerónimo Mazarrasa is an ayahuasca community activist. He works as Social Innovation Coordinator for ICEERS and is a member of the Platform for the Defense of Ayahuasca (Plantaforma). Over the past decade, he has produced and written two documentaries about ayahuasca. The first about the Brazilian Ayahuasca churches and the second about the use of ayahuasca in the treatment of drug addiction. He has traveled extensively through South America, researching a broad range of ayahuasca practices and has lectured internationally on ayahuasca tourism and the appropriation of indigenous knowledge.  

10:00 – 19:00, Lunch 14.00-16.00

May 28 – Spanish
May 29 – English
Please specify which day you’ll be attending in the comments section of your order.

Spanish session: Hall 10 – Congress Centre
English session: Indigenous Space – Congress Centre

20% discount if booked together with PsycheForum in English. Contact us.