Alma Institute Facilitator Training Program

The Alma Institute's Facilitator Training preps you to be an Oregon-certified psilocybin guide. You'll learn client vetting, session prep, psilocybin dosing, aftercare, and referral skills.

  • 40 Enrolled
  • Professional
  • Last updated Oct '23
  • English
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Course Description

The Alma Institute Facilitator Training Program is designed to provide the training required to become a licensed psilocybin facilitator under Oregon state law. Graduates of this program will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to collaborate with licensed professionals in client screening and intake, provide preparation sessions, conduct psilocybin administration sessions with clients, support integration and follow-up care, and make appropriate referrals.

Upon successfully completing Alma's Core Training and Practicum, graduates will receive an official Psilocybin Facilitator Training Certificate, which allows them to apply for a facilitator license and take the Oregon Psilocybin Services Facilitator Exam, administered by Oregon Psilocybin Services. Those who pass the exam can then apply for a facilitator license. Once approved, they can facilitate administration sessions at licensed service centres operating under Measure 109, of the Psilocybin Services Act.

The training approach is grounded in trauma-informed and culturally responsive care, and prioritizes peer- and small-group learning throughout. There is extensive opportunity for experiential learning through lab sessions and in-person training, with an interdisciplinary, holistic, and cross-cultural focus. The program also focuses on weaving connections and building relationships among the cohort to form a strong psychedelic ecosystem. The training will guide students to develop nine Core Abilities such as thinking critically about power, privilege, and intersecting systems of oppression, engaging responsibly with clients utilising embodied, trauma-informed ethical frameworks, cultivating cultural humility, mastering psychedelic science, providing trauma-informed care, screen and prepare clients competently, administer psilocybin safely and ethically, support psilocybin integration effectively, facilitate group psilocybin services safely and ethically.

You will learn:

  • What is Bwiti?
  • Roles in Bwiti initiation/treatment
  • Instruments in Bwiti: ngombe, mogongo
  • What is an Nganga
    • Maboundi/Yombo
    • Maboundi/Yombo
  • Sustainability/reciprocity

You will learn:

  • History of the Fang tradition
  • Dissumba vs. Dissumba Fang
  • Ombwiri/Mbumbayano Fang
  • The kambo
  • State of Fang Bwiti in Gabon
  • Impact of Westerners coming to work with the sacred wood

You will learn:

  • History of the Missoko tradition
  • Various branches of Missoko initiation:
    • Miobe/Mioba
    • Ngonde Na Dipuma
    • Sengedia
  • The impact of logging on the tradition
  • What the future of Bwiti could look like in Gabon

You will learn:

  • History of Dissumba
  • Various branches of Dissumba initiation:
    • Abanji/Mabanji
    • Ilombo
    • Ombwiri
    • Ombudi
    • Loro
  • The ngombe (sacred harp)
  • Healing rituals involved in her tradition
  • Training to serve the wood
    • What does it involve?
    • How long does it take?




About Instructor

Tatayo (“Fruit of the Wind”) first arrived in Gabon in 1971 at the age of 21 and became a Gabonese citizen. In 1979, he became the first white person to be initiated into the Bwiti Fang tradition in Gabon. In 1994, he was initiated into the Misokko tradition. As a guide for numerous expeditions and missions, including those of National Geographic, the BBC, and others, Tatayo is considered to have “opened the door” to westerners in Gabon.

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Please see below for start and finish dates/times. This course is currently being offered live and dates/times will change throughout the year.


This course includes

  • Modules 11
  • Duration 6 Months
  • Skills Professional
  • Language English
  • Availability Cohort
  • Certificate No
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