Walin shares his experience on our Mindfulness and the Medicine Ayahuasca Retreat, having come to the Temple on a journey of self-discovery.
Mindfulness and the Medicine: A New Paradigm in Healing Retreat combines the work of our Shipibo healers with mindfulness classes, psycho-spiritual practices, and deep-processing with Sean Chiddy, a psychologist, psychotherapist, and one of the Integration Facilitators of the Temple.
Ayahuasca research has found that people who work with ayahuasca exhibit improved mental qualities similar to those who practice mindfulness meditation, including less judgmental thinking and reactivity. It has been suggested that this may be one of the factors contributing to the therapeutic effect of ayahuasca.
In this workshop, we will work on understanding and cultivating these and other beneficial qualities alongside the ayahuasca ceremonies. Not only will you learn how to use mindfulness related skills to change your responses to unhelpful states of mind and improve your mental resilience, but you will learn how mindfulness is directly relevant to working with ayahuasca, and how the two can be mutually beneficial to you.
Guests will learn how mindfulness can deepen and enhance your experience of working with ayahuasca and how to directly apply these practices during your ayahuasca ceremonies in the workshop. We provide support in reflecting on what you are learning throughout the workshop, learning how to use mindfulness practices to help you integrate your ayahuasca experiences, and how to carry what you experience in your ceremonies into your life.