Ayahuasca: Risks and Benefits

The course Ayahuasca Use: Risks and Benefits provides info on ayahuasca, a plant-based brew traditionally used for healing & spirituality.

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  • Professional
  • Last updated Sep '23
  • English
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Course Description

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.

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

  • Lectures 1
  • Duration 2 Hours
  • Skills Professional
  • Language English
  • Availability Always
  • Certificate CE
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