The course Ayahuasca Use: Risks and Benefits covers ayahuasca, a plant-based brew traditionally used for healing and spiritual exploration by indigenous communities in the Amazon. Led by Susana Bustos, PhD, a psychologist with extensive experience in the field, the course aims to educate healthcare providers and individuals interested in Ayahuasca’s therapeutic and consciousness-expanding potential.
The course covers crucial aspects such as appropriate preparation, usage, and after-care integration, drawing from Bustos’ work at Takiwasi, a renowned Addiction Center in Peru that employs Ayahuasca for healing. The course is structured as an 80-minute pre-recorded webinar followed by a 70-minute Q&A session, offering participants a well-rounded understanding of both the positive potential and the risks involved in Ayahuasca use.
The course is timely and relevant, especially given the rising global interest in Ayahuasca for treating various psycho-emotional issues like addiction, depression, and anxiety. While ayahuasca has been popularized as a “magic bullet” for healing, the course aims to provide a balanced view, cautioning against risky practices leading to adverse effects such as psychotic breakdowns and depression. Participants will come away with a nuanced understanding of ayahuasca, equipped to make informed decisions about its use for themselves or their clients.
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.