We are all longing for a sense of depth, wonder and magic in our lives. We are deprived of the context of awe that nurtured our ancestors.

The Heart of the Shaman is a life-changing journey to the source of all things. Through age-old rituals, we create a trusting atmosphere, a sacred vessel for profound personal exploration and spiritual growth. We lead participants through a crafted sequence of experiential vignettes, where a sense of safety, belonging and emotional depth is formed and then deepened. Using breathwork, bodywork, visual stimuli, voice and music we support you to develop deep states of altered consciousness that cultivate profound catharsis.

The healing crucible at the core of the experience is an all-night ceremony and a subsequent integration process that moves each of us into a sacred sense of being beyond time and space in a place where opposites meld into oneness, a place of overflowing love and nurturing. This rebirth into the spiritual realm of profound healing, joy and reverence is the hallmark of this work.

Join us on an extraordinary journey of spiritual initiation into the Great Mystery. This experiential workshop is physically demanding and includes an all-night ceremony. This a very special experience for only 10 participants with four facilitators! Tuition (Includes Accommodation, Lunches & Dinners) C$3,000.00 + GST

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Heart of The Shaman:

Heart of the Shaman

An Initiation Intensive

August 1 to 10, 2019

Orenda Institute, Cortes Island, British Columbia

Presented by:

Donna Dryer Pérez-Venero & Richard Yensen Pérez-Venero

Richard Yensen Pérez-Venero, PhD, has been a pioneer in transpersonal psychology and psychedelic research since 1972. He has worked as an investigator or sub-investigator and research psychotherapist in studies of MDMA, MDA, LSD, DPT and many psychoactive fungi & plants. He trained at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center in Baltimore.  Richard has taught at Harvard & University of Maryland medical schools, Johns Hopkins and Union Graduate School.

As part of his own journey, he received direct experiential knowledge of the mushroom lineage from Mazatec curandera Maria Sabina. He is a pioneer in non-drug ways to access deeply sacred states of mind. He is Director of the Orenda Institute

Donna Dryer Perez-Venero, MD, MPH, is a transpersonal child and adult psychiatrist who was co-therapist with Richard  in the MDMA & PTSD study. She studied with the Hmong hill tribes in Thailand. She currently Medical Director of the Orenda Institute and has a private practice on Cortes Island, BC.

Richard and Donna are co-founders of the Orenda Institute, which seeks to integrate shamanism into modern healing practices.

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