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Pre-Conference Workshops

Get a head start on your conference experience with small-group learning sessions and activities. Delve into deep discussions, explore thought-provoking topics, build your skills, or take in the sights of Girona in the days leading up to the conference. Pre-conference events will run from Monday, May 27, until Thursday, May 30.

Increasing the safety of ayahuasca ceremonies, before and during the session

More than two years of research, condensed in a one-day workshop. Interactions with medications, health counter-indications, exclusion criteria, emergency guidelines, ethical considerations. This workshop focuses on the “before” and “during” the session, and is complimented by the PsychēForum integration workshop which deals with the “after”

This workshop will be held in Spanish on Tuesday, May 28, and in English on Wednesday, May 29.

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PsychēForum (Spanish)

PsychēForum AYA2019 will be a two-day event during which several workshops will be held – one day in English and one in Spanish (with different content each day). They will be grounded in a common focus, which is to offer to offer a broad and enriching perspective, as well as tools and resources, about how to support others in the integration of psychedelic experiences, with an emphasis on ayahuasca.

This workshop will be held in Spanish on on Wednesday, May 29.

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PsychēForum (English)

PsychēForum AYA2019 will be a two-day event during which several workshops will be held – one day in English and one in Spanish (with different content each day). They will be grounded in a common focus, which is to offer to offer a broad and enriching perspective, as well as tools and resources, about how to support others in the integration of psychedelic experiences, with an emphasis on ayahuasca.

This workshop will be held in English on Thursday, May 30.

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Holotropic Breathwork Experiential Workshop

Holotropic Breathing is a technique created by Czech psychiatrist Stanislav Grof and Cristina Grof to induce non-ordinary states of consciousness in an effective and safe manner. Through breathing, evocative music and a focused bodywork method, we can access expanded states of consciousness with the capacity to promote psychological and spiritual growth as well as facilitate therapeutic changes. In this workshop, participants will learn about holotropic breathwork through an experiential session guided by an experienced facilitator.

This workshop will be held in Spanish and English on Tuesday, May 28.

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Music as Psychedelic Therapy

This workshop will guide participants through an exploration of music’s transformative potential in psychedelic therapy and beyond. In recent years, we’ve seen an unprecedented rise in interest and clinical research on psychedelic therapy. This workshop will combine introspective music listening and group discussion about music’s function in psychedelic therapy.

This workshop will be held in English on Thursday, May 30.

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Cultivating Meditation Practice in Entheogenic Plant Work

The workshop will focus on the links and relationships between meditative practice and entheogenic work, as well as on the potential of mental development through meditative practice as a way to enhance and enrich entheogenic experiences. We will look at the use of silent sitting meditations in Concentracão works held by the Santo Daime church, a contemporary ayahuasca religion, and other forms of formal practice during ceremonies.

This workshop will be held in English on Thursday, May 30.

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Ayahuasca: A Vision from Traditional Amazonian Medicine

This workshop will provide theoretical and practical knowledge about the spiritual world and how to work within it, a topic rarely spoken about in the context of Western ayahuasca use.

This workshop will be held in Spanish on Thursday, May 30.

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Home Pharmacy and Sacred Plants

This workshop will provide a valuable environment for participants to learn about medicinal plants and the cultures working to preserve traditional knowledge. It will provide information on how to recognize and use medicinal and sacred plants, how to use essential oils for therapeutic purposes, providing information about their active components and tips on how to work with plants to make your own preparations (teas, tinctures, creams, etc).

This workshop will be held in Portuguese with English translation on Wednesday, May 29.

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The Role of Archaic Instruments in Ayahuasca

Sound, as a vehicle to link the world of mystery and the unknown, is used on countless occasions, with naturalness, efficiency and functionality; are we aware of what moves when we feel an instrument in the context of rituals assisted with plants such as Ayahuasca? How can we use archaic instruments to benefit to the maximum from their properties?

The workshop will be held on May 29 in English and Spanish.

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AYA-FILM

After a first edition ripe with discovery, and a second edition that reflected a coming of age, the third AyaFilm Festival will draw us into new cinematographic landscapes. We’ll set set out together on an exploration of ayahuasca and healing, myth, law, and transformation.

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