Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Facilitation

Online Training



Are you interested in learning how to skilfully navigate trauma imprints in plant medicine and psychedelic facilitation?

Feeling the desire to step up in your facilitation skills by being more trauma aware and leading with sensitivity, safety, and care?

Or maybe you’re a trauma survivor who is wanting to heal trauma through sacred plant medicines and seeking empowerment and freedom.

Perhaps you’re seeking to walk your path of heart to become a trauma-informed plant medicine facilitator, being in service with the highest impeccability and integrity in your community.

If so, AYA Healing Retreat’s 3 months Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Facilitation Program may be the right training program for you to build a solid foundation in understanding how to navigate through trauma imprints with skill, compassion and attunement, create safety protocols and guidelines for your community and deepen your understanding in providing trauma-sensitive integration.

This unique and specialized annual online program will provide you with vital and essential trauma-informed facilitation tools, tips, resources and a strong foundation in somatic-based trauma recovery approaches to support others in their plant medicine and psychedelic journeys towards wholeness, healing, and integration.

Working with the sacred plant medicines (PM) and Ayahuasca can present with enormous psycho-spiritual challenges. Many come to heal and process traumatic experiences through the plant medicines, however, very few plant medicine facilitators, support workers, and integration therapists have training in the foundation and neuroscience of trauma approaches, and most do not know how to respond effectively to the various trauma imprints that arise before, during and after the ceremonial space.

Plant medicines have an enormous power to activate body, psyche, and spirit, releasing that which has been trapped in the unconscious into the light of awareness. However, this often happens ceremonial space in a way that happens too fast or too intensely, and repercussions could be re-traumatizing and even damaging. It requires a great deal of courage, experience, and bravery to navigate skillfully through the process, and, unfortunately, many are trauma survivors who do not have the inner resilience or the skills to do so. Similarly, Plant Medicine and Ayahuasca facilitators can also feel overwhelmed with a lack of resources and a grounded understanding of what to do when various trauma imprints arise, which could be harmful and neglectful to participants.

As Plant Medicine and Ayahuasca facilitators, we have an ethical duty of both responsibility and care to the participant’s health and wellbeing, both before, during, and after the ceremonial experience. In doing so, it is fundamental to upskill our understanding of trauma and the nervous system, and learning the best practices to respond effectively to the signs and symptoms of trauma when it arises.

This program is for individuals who are interested in or are currently facilitating healing spaces with the sacred indigenous and plant medicines. This may include Ayahuasca, Bufo, Kambo, Ibogaine, Wachuma, and Psilocybin. Individuals who are currently working, or interested in plant medicine integration work, as well as facilitation assistants, will also benefit from this workshop.

The 8-day Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Program will be conducted in three modules which can be purchased as a package or separately. Participants who finish the entire program will be presented with a certificate by AYA Healing Retreats.

Join us in the Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Online Program to change lives and hold safer spaces in the world for healing, growth and transformation. 

“Ayahuasca can evoke direct but long-suppressed memories of trauma.

It can also trigger emotional states and visions of horror and pain that are not direct recollections, but emotional imprints of trauma.”

Dr. Gabor Mate

Course Content

3 Modules

This course is a deep dive into the world of somatic psychology, embodiment, trauma-informed foundations, neuroscience, and plant medicine and shamanist wisdom.

You’ll Learn:

  • Overview of Trauma and the Nervous System, and Polyvagal theory.
  • Different types of Trauma show up frequently: Physical, emotional & sexual abuse and violence, perinatal/ birth trauma, attachment trauma, developmental trauma, and medical trauma.
  • The Shamanic Paradigm vs Western Contemporary Paradigms of Trauma Recovery.
  • Soul Loss and Disassociation
    Identifying the signs of different types of trauma.
  • Tools on how to respond effectively to each category of trauma.
  • The body is key: How to listen and support the intelligence of the body to resolve trauma in ceremonial space.
  • Self-Regulation and Co-regulation.
  • Safety, Resourcing, and Grounding.
  • Trauma-Informed Language, tone, and body language.
  • Using Touch as a resource:: Consent and Boundaries, different forms of touch, 3 areas of the body for touch work.
  • Your role as facilitator: Before, During, and After.

You’ll learn:

  • TIPM Screening and Assessment: The Principles
  • TIPM Flow Chart: The Process
  • TIPM Written Application: Assessing the Participant
  • Reading the Written Application
  • Medical Screening Template for participants in Ayahuasca Sessions & Retreats
  • Choosing the applicant from a Trauma-Informed Lens
  • TIPM Interview: Getting to know the Applicant
  • Trauma-Informed PM Interview: Building the Relationship
  • Trauma-Informed Language: Social Engagement
  • Decision Making: Is this person the right fit for PM?
  • TIPM Preparation: Intention Setting
  • Intention Setting: A Somatic Approach

You’ll learn:

  • An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Integration
  • The Hero’s Journey: An Application to Trauma-Informed Integration
  • Trauma-Informed Integration: The Objectives and Goals
  • Trauma-Informed Post-Ceremony
  • Aspects of Self for Integration
  • Trauma-Informed Integration: The Categories
  • Trauma-Informed Integration: The Process
  • Trauma-Informed Somatic Integration: An Introduction
  • Useful Tips and Tools for Integration
  • Integration Documents and Templates
3 Modules
Self-Paced Learning: Study and Work At Your Own Pace
  • Full Online Training


Atira Tan, MA, SEP

Head of Integration


Learn More About Atira:

A TED speaker, activist, somatic trauma specialist, #1 Best Selling Author, and yoga teacher & group facilitator, Atira Tan is a powerful agent of transformation and change. 

She has touched the lives of thousands of women, men, and children in her 17 years of experience in various somatic and creative trauma recovery approaches.

Passionate about creating safer spaces through trauma-informed education, and bringing healing in the ‘shadowy’ areas of life, Atira has worked as a trauma-informed somatic plant medicine integration specialist in retreat centres such as the Temple of the Way of Light. She is currently the head of integration at AYA Healing Retreats.

What You Get

  • Module 1: The Foundations of Trauma-Informed Facilitation: 26 Hours of Live Zoom Workshop Recordings + Video Lectures / Your PDF Manual / Personal & Professional Worksheets / Integration Tools and Resources / Opportunity to join our private Mighty Networks Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Community Group.
  • Module 2: Pre-Ceremony Screening, Assessments, and Preparation: 15 Hours of Zoom Workshop Recordings + Video Lectures / Your PDF Manual / Personal & Professional Worksheets / Integration Tools and Resources / Opportunity to join our private Mighty Networks Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Community Group.
  • Module 3: Post Ceremony and Integration: 12 Hours of Zoom Workshop Recordings + Video Lectures / Your PDF Manual / Personal & Professional Worksheets / Integration Tools and Resources / Opportunity to join our private Mighty Networks Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Community Group.

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Full Program

$ 950
  • Zoom Workshop Recordings
  • Video Lectures
  • PDF Manual
  • Personal & Professional Worksheets
  • Integration Tools and Resources
  • Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Community Group.

All live workshop videos are recorded and you have 1-year access to the online platform. The video lectures, all PDF manuals, personal and professional worksheets, audio recordings of Zoom Workshops, and resources are downloadable. The Live Zoom Workshop recordings are not downloadable due to confidentiality. 

Once purchased, the cost is non-refundable and non-transferable. Please read our Terms and Conditions and Student Policies before booking. Your booking is a confirmation that you have read and agree to our terms and conditions.

To view our curriculum and more information, please visit our webpage here. Booking inquiries please contact Lulu at


Where: Online and Virtual

Mod 1 Dates: March 31st – April 3rd, 2023

Mod 2 Dates: April 22nd & 23rd, 2023

Mod 3 Dates: May 20th & 21st, 2023

EST Time Zones:  10 am – 4.30 pm

CEST Time Zones:  4 pm – 10 pm

* Times may be subject to change. 


We believe that every girl and woman deserves to determine her future. As part of our social change model, this training “pays it forward” to assist women and girls from Nepal & India who have experienced sex slavery and exploitation to receive COVID-19 relief food packs.

One student will sponsor ONE woman to receive relief food packs with our charity partner Art to Healing.

We would love for you to join us!

Please email us at for booking inquiries



Improvements, Pricing Changes, and What’s On The Horizon For AYA Healing Retreats

While living mindfully in the present, we are always excited for the future and we have much in store for the coming year. Among other upgrades to better serve our guests, we will be:

  • adding new staff at the center that offer even better cleaning and laundry services
  • increasing the breadth and depth of training undertaken by our facilitators
  • offering more in-depth one-on-one preparation sessions to all of our guests, in addition to integration sessions
  • purchasing a Kangen machine for healthy, alkaline, antioxidant drinking water rich in minerals and purged of impurities.
  • purchasing additional medical equipment and continued medical training of staff for the safety of all, both here and in our community

Part of our improvement plans include raising our prices starting in 2024 to support our continuing efforts in improving everything that we do. With that said, we will always do our best to keep our prices attainable and within reach for as many people as possible, and we will also offer the possibility of discounts in a few different ways:

  • Earlybird discounts when you book your retreat in advance
  • Deep discounts for return attendees
  • Deep discounts for residents of Central and South America

We will continue to provide payment plans for all of our retreats, please contact us at to discuss options.

We are committed to prioritizing the quality of our retreats, giving you the most personalized and authentic experience possible, and caring for the health, safety, comfort and well-being of everyone who comes to AYA Healing Retreats.


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Don Miguel

Shipibo Curandero

AKA Senen Yoi - 'Speaking the Truth'

Don Miguel was born into a Shipibo community called Roaboya on the River Ucayali. When Don Miguel was a child, Angel Sanchez Vargas, his grandfather was the community’s curandero. Vargas was an expert in sacred plant medicines and was frequently called upon to heal and share his spiritual wisdom with members of Roaboya. The school built some years later was named after Vargas and Roaboya went on to be recognised as the first indigenous community 114 years ago. Don Miguel grew up surrounded by the Shipibo wisdom and possess intimate knowledge of the sacred plant medicines. At a very young age he began his apprenticeship as a curandero through plant dietas under the supportive guidance of his grandfather. Miguel is also a trained literature professor and thoroughly enjoys teaching the Shipibo language and culture. Since 2012, Don Miguel has spent the bulk of his time leading lectures, workshops, initiation courses and retreats. Don Miguel will lead our Ayahuasca ceremonies, circle discussions and be available for personal consultations whilst on retreat.


Our comprehensive screening questionnaire has been developed in partnership with the International Centre for Ethnobotanical Education, Research and Service (ICEERS). Please take your time to answer it as honestly and with as much detail as possible. This information will remain strictly confidential and will only be used to assess your suitability for a place on retreat with AYA Healing Retreats and keep you safe

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