Atira has mapped the trauma recovery of hundreds of PM participants in her private practice as an integration trauma specialist and co-facilitates Trauma-informed and Somatic Experiencing Plant Medicine retreats and dietas in Peru with AYA Healing Retreats. She is also the pioneer and founder of the Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Program, which has over 150 graduates in 2 years.
Together, daily live Zoom classes, combined with lectures, follow-up mentoring, somatic psychology practices, teaching workshops, and hands-on dyads will be presented to provide a thorough understanding of the Somatic Plant Medicine Integration Model and a deepening in embodied communication and attunement to support the integration process in both body, heart and mind.
This training will provide students with an understanding of how to hold plant medicine experiences with safety and with care, and support the healing process during integration with awareness, attention, and compassion.
In recent years, the literature and research around working with the sacred plant medicines and psychedelics have grown, however, what’s still missing in the plant medicine world is what comes after the ceremonies. This stage of the work is called integration, and where the “real” work starts in life.
The profound healing experiences with plant medicine do not end with the ceremony. The real work begins at this stage. How we integrate the insights that we’ve learned in the plant medicine ceremony, the application of the tools and perspectives we receive will ultimately determine the transformation in our lives.
In addition, the plant medicine experience often brings up traumatic imprints and memories from the past, and without the right awareness, understanding, and care, participants can be re-triggered and unsupported, leading to a deeper experience of re-traumatization. This is prevalent in the plant medicine world.
Unfortunately, the integration process after a ceremonial experience is not given enough importance in this field, nor is there ample and adequate training for integration coaches to understand how we can help participants process trauma memories that can arise in the plant medicine space, to respond effectively, or to support the integration of plant medicine experiences fully in body, mind and in our participant’s lives
Oct 1 – 3, 2021
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Plant Medicine Integration, in an unregulated sacred medicine culture, is perceived at best as an add-on. It’s not well understood, and for that reason, trauma-informed plant medicine integration work which is trauma-informed does not receive attention both within the ceremony and without.
We need, therefore, to better understand the importance of integration and what it might, context depending, consist of in order to begin to conceive of it as equally as important as the medicine itself in promoting deep healing.
Integration, in our trauma-informed paradigm at AYA Healing Retreats, is about supporting participants to become an embodiment of their insights. If within the context of the sacred medicine experience we can turn our insights into a living reality, one that we use to create new behaviors and ways of responding to difficult people and circumstances in the busyness of our every day, we’ve become an embodiment of our insights.
In short, the objective of integration is for the insights received through the sacred medicine experience to be embodied and a living reality, instead of a collection of experiences that fade into the background. This integration space needs to be held with safety, care, and compassion, alongside an understanding of trauma foundations.
Learning to embody one’s sacred medicine insights in a holistic way, that is, with the full participation of one’s body, mind, and spirit and to have it manifest externally through one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors may be a lofty aspiration, but it is achievable, and what we consider to be the ultimate goal and guiding premise of any successful plant medicine integration practice.
Most plant medicines work with linking neurotransmitters in the brain, amongst many other things. It works somatically with intelligence which is wired in the nervous system and the body. This is the reason why there are many body sensations that arise with plant medicines, which may include heat, cold, purging, yawning, just to name a few. The language of the nervous system is SENSATIONS, and many plant medicines work with the automatic nervous system in its unique intelligence of healing.
Therefore, as most plant medicines work closely with the body/mind connection, the contemporary and emerging approaches of body-oriented psychotherapies and the bottom-up paradigm are essential and supportive in the integration process.
With Atira Tan, Somatic Trauma Specialist & Educator, M.A., and #1 best selling author
* This program can be taken as a self-paced learning experience. All live workshop videos are recorded and you have lifetime access to the content.
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*** Completion of the Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Program is highly encouraged but not compulsory for this program.
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Hailing from her native Singapore Atira Tan, now based in Melbourne Australia, has over 15 years experience healing trauma through yoga, mindfulness, art, and counseling. Atira has a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from Latrobe University, Melbourne, she was featured on TED X, is the founder of Art to Healing and the annual international Yogathon event, Yoga for Freedom. Atira works extensively throughout Asia and Australia in various projects that are centered around healing and empowering women and girls who have been sexually abused and violated through the sex trafficking industry.
From 2004 onwards, Atira established numerous clinical art therapy and trauma recovery programs and has partnered with international organizations to bring art therapy, somatic therapies, yoga, mindfulness to the refugee camps of Burma, the war zones of Cambodia, the brothels of Kathmandu, regions devastated by earthquakes in Nepal and to remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. In addition to her not-for-profit work, Art to Healing, Atira works as a clinician and clinical supervisor in Australia and the Asia Pacific region and as an educator in Transpersonal Art Therapy. Like Elio, Atira is dedicated to creating the space for transformative experiences to occur for each participant. She is the head of our integration team and as well as teaching yoga on selected retreats, she will facilitate your post-retreat integration sessions via Skype.
More about Atira Tan: atiratan.com
Atira Tan is Founder and Director of The Art2Healing Project, a non-profit organisation supporting the healing and well-being of trafficked women and children in Asia.
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Please remember that the purpose of this screening questionnaire is to determine whether plant medicine healing is suitable for you…not whether you are suitable for plant medicine healing. Plant medicines are tools, like any other healing modality and like other tools for healing experiencing them entails certain risks. We need to make sure that our plant medicines will not compromise your wellbeing or harm you in any way before we allow you to begin your healing journey with us. In short, we care about your safety and we need to do what we can to ensure that during your time with us you are not at risk of harm. Plant medicines can be dangerous if the plants are not the right fit for the individual. Your answers to this questionnaire will help us to determine whether the plants we intend to use are going to help, rather than harm you