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Women Healers in Psychedelic Practice: Sacredness and Embodied Ceremonial Wisdom

Women Healers in Psychedelic Practice: Sacredness and Embodied Ceremonial Wisdom


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Workshop Description

In this workshop, we bring together women healers to deepen understanding of sacredness and embodied ceremonial wisdom.

We explore a variety of modalities and techniques to enhance and refine attunement to the client’s process, informed by archetypal, relational, and somatic practices and Indigenous wisdom traditions.

We consider the awareness of our symbiotic relationship with nature and the cosmos as a central element of health and wellness.

We bring a critical lens to look at the ways that reductionistic and binary versions of the divine feminine and divine masculine archetypes can reinforce gender stereotypes at a sociocultural level, and examine how we can reclaim and harmonize these energies within ourselves.

We explore the principle and utility of beauty as a transformative element in expressive arts integration work.

We explore the connection between the therapist’s relational awareness, their somatic awareness, their capacity for self-regulation, and their capacity to attune and resonate with the client.

Finally, we examine the use of the therapist's own intuitive insights, feelings, and perceptions to connect to the client in different states of consciousness.

Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

    Meet your Workshop Instructors:
    Claudia Cuentas, MA, LMFT
    Claudia Cuentas is a Peruvian artist, researcher, educator, and therapist (LMFT), passionate about the multiple ways of healing trauma and the decolonization of health. She is trained in Somatic Experiencing, Drama Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy and holds an MA in Counseling Psychology. She is a certified Psilocybin facilitator in the state of Oregon, has completed the MDMA assisted Psychotherapy Training Program through MAPS and is trained in the use of Ketamine for trauma recovery through Polaris Institute. Claudia also has extensive studies in Indigenous healing practices from her dear native Aymara and Quechua lineages of South America. Claudia currently is the Cultural Director of Alma Institute, a Psilocybin Facilitator training program in Portland, Oregon. Her focus is on the intersectionality of generational and ancestral trauma, plant medicine science, eco-informed therapy, somatic/nervous system healing and indigenous knowledge. Claudia is also a recording musician and a singer songwriter.
    Claudia Cuentas, MA, LMFT
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    Alma Institute
    Tal Sharabi, MA, LPC
    Tal Sharabi is a lead educator at InnerTrek, training psilocybin guides under the new psilocybin measures in Oregon. Tal led psilocybin groups in both Jamaica and in Oregon, and practices both individual and group Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. Tal employs somatic practices, parts work, Transpersonal and depth psychology perspective in her work, and focuses her practice in psychedelic integration work and somatic trauma healing. Tal trained in psychedelic psychotherapy and research at the California Institute of Integral Studies, in MDMA-assisted therapy through her completion of Parts A-D of MAPS-Certified training, and engaged ongoing consultation and supervision in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy through the Polaris Insight Center.
    Tal Sharabi, MA, LPC
    Licensed Professional Counselor
    Mireya Alejo Marcet, LMFT
    Mireya Alejo Marcet, MA, MFT, is an artist, licensed psychotherapist, astrologer, expressive arts therapist & ceremonial leader. She certified from the Grof Transpersonal Training (GTT) in 1993 & has facilitated groups and individuals in this approach internationally for almost three decades. She is adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her healing work is informed by her years working with “Curanderas” -traditional healers in her home country Mexico as an anthropologist, a deep understanding of the healing power of non- ordinary states of consciousness, as well the use of the creative arts and astrology as a tool for self discovery, insight and transformation. She is the creator of “ Creative Integration”, a process to help the integration of Holotropic states through the use of Grof Theory, astrology, altar creation, somatic awareness and the expressive arts. Mireya strongly believes in the power of sacred, creative and permission giving environments to bring about personal, collective, and spiritual transformation.
    Mireya Alejo Marcet, LMFT
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    California Institute of Integral Studies
    Jennifer Jones, PhD, LCSW
    Jennifer C. Jones, PhD, LCSW, is a multiracial Black, queer, fairly able-bodied, 52 y.o. cisgender woman with citizenship in the US. Jennifer incorporates an economics human rights perspective, a harm reduction framework, and Gestalt Therapy principles in her work. After working as a trauma therapist for 20 years, Jennifer has spent the last two years co-developing the Rising Caps Collective to address our collective trauma from legacies of colonization, genocide, slavery and capitalism by using expansive healing methods. As a parent who believes a just world is possible, Jennifer is committed to organizing for the unity of the poor to fight for all of our economic human rights.
    Jennifer Jones, PhD, LCSW
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker
    Rising Caps Collective
    Aisha Mohammed, LMFT
    Aisha Mohammed, LMFT, is a cisgender, queer, Pakistani-American woman who immigrated from Karachi to Los Angeles as a child. She has been working in harm reduction for a decade with Project SAFE, providing direct services and advocating for the human and labor rights of people who trade sex and use substances. Aisha trained as a family therapist at Drexel University and has worked primarily with low-income families of color, immigrants and people who use substances in community mental health and educational settings.
    Aisha Mohammed, LMFT
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    Project SAFE
    Sonia Telle, LMFT
    Sonia Telle is a licensed Somatic Psychotherapist in private practice. She has a passion for Holotropic Breathwork and has been offering workshops in Northern California, Spain for nearly two decades. She has worked closely with Stan Grof and with GTT (Grof Transpersonal Training) in the US and Europe.
    Sonia Telle, LMFT
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    Polaris Insight Center
    Veronika Gold, LMFT
    Veronika Gold, MFT (she/her) a Czech Republic native, made Bay Area her home in 2003. She has been interested in the exploration of consciousness and the healing potential of psychedelics since her teenage years when she met Stanislav Grof. She has expertise in the treatment of trauma and as well works with clients on preparation for and integration of psychedelic experiences. She supports clients in personal growth supporting them to live their highest potential. She is a co-founder of Polaris Insight Center, providing Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, and is a lead trainer at Polaris Insight Center Training program. Veronika was a Sub-Investigator and Therapist on MDMA-Assisted Therapy Clinical trials sponsored by MAPS for the treatment of PTSD. Currently, she is a mentor trainer and supervisor for MDMA-AT. Veronika as well serves as a consultant and facilitator in EMDR and Organic Intelligence trainings, and is a Realization Process Teacher.
    Veronika Gold, LMFT
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    Polaris Insight Center
    Extra Info

    8 hours live-taught on Zoom

    October 26, 2024

    Online workshop at 9 am – 5 pm PT (Pacific Time)

    Claudia Cuentas, MA, LMFT • Tal Sharabi, MA, LPC • Mireya Alejo Marcet, LMFT • Jennifer Jones, LCSW • Aisha Mohammed, LMFT • Sonia Telle, LMFT • Veronika Gold, LMFT

    Target Audience:
    This course is designed for mental health professionals – MDs, DOs, NDs, NPs, RNs, PsyDs, PhDs, LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCs, LEPs. Open to the public.

    To request accommodations for special needs, please email the program administrator at training@polarisinsight.com.

    To obtain the grievance policy or report a grievance please email training@polarisinsight.com or call 415-800-7083.

    Cancellation Policy:
    Participants need to cancel up to 2 weeks in advance to receive a 100% refund (minus a $25 admin fee and payment processing fee). If cancelled after the 2-weeks-in-advance period they can use the credit for a future training or receive 50% refund (minus a $25 admin fee and payment processing fee).

    Choose the Continuing Education (CE) option for:

    • 8 hours of continuing education (CE) credits.
    • Be sure to select the CE credit option when purchasing the course.
    • Upon completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance for your credits.
    • CE credits for psychologists are provided by Polaris Insight Center which is sponsoring
      this program. Polaris Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Polaris Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
    • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
    • For questions about enrolling in CEs for psychologists, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LMFT or any other CE questions, contact us at ce@polarisinsight.com.
    • Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA), a co-sponsor of this program, is approved by the
      California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in
      California. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and
      its content. RNs must retain their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the course
    • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact training@polarisinsight.com.