Nursing & Sacred Medicine: Introduction to Psychedelic Therapy

Psychedelic therapy course for nurses: Honour indigenous traditions, review clinical science, connect with peers, and gain perspective on emerging paradigm.

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

Sacred plants, fungi, and animals have been interwoven with indigenous healing and visionary practices for millennia. Modern science and clinical practice are now exploring their potential to treat severe and intractable conditions like depression, anxiety, and PTSD. This self-paced online course introduces nurses to psychedelic therapy from traditional and scientific perspectives.

Through three modules, nurses will learn about sacred medicine traditions, current clinical research, and the emerging role of holistic nursing in this field. Videos, readings, and written discussions cultivate knowledge and community. By honouring cultural roots while reviewing clinical evidence, this course provides a unique, nursing-focused foundation in psychedelic therapy. Join us to gain perspective, build connections, and help shape the future of this emerging paradigm.

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 3
  • Duration 7 Hours
  • Skills Professional
  • Language English
  • Availability Always
  • Certificate CE
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