Avá Renée, MA, BSc, ATR
Psychedelic-Assisted Therapist & Creative Arts-based Therapist
San Marcos SM
I take a therapeutic arts-based companioning approach, held by the values of curiosity, trust, and emergence (grace). As a companion, I walk alongside, supporting the development of the inquirer’s own inner knower/ healer through an attuned, curious attentiveness into lived and living experience. With loving respect for you and your path, I hold faith in its ultimate direction being one inseparable from healing and wholeness. You can read more about my approach and my offerings here: https://www.laprana.com.au/offerings
It was the desire to share healing with others that initially led me to complete an honors degree in psychology at Queensland University of Technology. Sensing there was more to recovery than psychology could offer, I moved to an ashram in the Indian Himalayas to study yogic philosophy within the wisdom of the Vedas. Upon moving to Melbourne, I began to slowly weave the wisdom from eastern philosophy together with what I had learned within my studies of western neuropsychology. In doing so, I founded Laprana, a holistic integrative health practice. Feeling called to deepen my knowledge about mental/physical ill-health and healing, particularly from the world’s indigenous cultures, I traveled through Africa, Asia, Ireland, India, Nepal, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala and Perú on a journey of healing, learning, teaching, and inspiration. Time spent in various indigenous communities allowed me to witness the peace and well-being that naturally arises when living in harmony, devotion, and reciprocity with Spirit. These communities have also illuminated the power of the creative and the sacred to heal and transcend. Mainly, how the expressive and ceremonial arts such as music and dance can be used to inspire a freeing of the spirit, and of the potent healing power of entheogenic plants when communed with in sacred ceremony. Upon returning to Australia, I completed a Master’s degree in Therapeutic Arts Practice at The Melbourne Institute of Experiential & Creative Arts Therapies and completed a Certificate of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy with Mind Medicine Australia. My spirit has continued to strengthen over the past few years as I’ve continued to deepen my relationship with sacred plant medicines and the earth-based wisdom of my own Celtic ancestral roots. My own ineffable experiences in ceremonies with sacred plant teachers (particularly Ayahuasca, Wachuma, and Psilocybin) have provided me with ever-deepening tools to support others on their journey of healing and integration. Laprana has evolved alongside me over the years and now focuses on supporting others to integrate the teachings of the plants in grounded and embodied ways, in service of the individual and collective intention of awakening human consciousness.
- Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy (Entheogenic-Assisted Therapy) Focuses on supporting people to connect to the innate wisdom of the natural world through the medicine of the Earth to access expanded states of consciousness within which healing becomes possible. - Spiritual Companioning & Mentoring Fostering connection, power reclamation, self-healing & transformation. Led by intuition and intention, these sessions utilize somatic felt sensing, deep embodiment, and emergent creative expression as mediums/modalities through which we can come to Know.