ERIE presents: 3rd Annual Fall Symposium:
Entheogenic Experience and Integration as a Pathway to Sexual Evolution and Gender Exploration
1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
6:30pm – 9:30pm
With the support of entheogens, one is able to (or uncontrollably supported to) let go of the ego and the confines of one’s society and self. This can allow for some the deepest exploration of one’s sexuality and gender. With the assistance of plant medicine, we can tap into some of the most profound creative and sexual experiences. Stan Grof also talks about how Holotropic experiences offer a change in the evolutionary process, and on a more metaphysical level, the use of entheogens in one’s sexual evolution could offer a generational impact of positive sexuality. Lastly, how do we develop a system of support for integrating these profound experiences into our lives.
Hosted by Emily Mckee
Nadine and Alika of Ecstatic Awakenings are bleeding-edge innovators in the field of personal development, guiding individuals into living their Full Ecstatic Embodied Potential. Both have devoted their lives to humanity’s evolution of Mind, Body, Heart and Spirit. Together they bring over 35 years of a wealth of wisdom, experience and practice that encompasses modalities in the fields of Holistic Health, Psychology, Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, Body Work, Energy Work, Meditation, Hakomi, Spirituality, Shamanism, Spiritual Midwifery, Sexuality, Tantra and Esoteric Mysticism.
They have found in their practice that conscious and responsible use of various entheogens, held in sacred space with clients can have tremendous benefits in assisting people to move through past traumatic experiences and conditioning around their sexuality. Sacred Ritual and use of entheogens can also assist clients in releasing shame, experience forgiveness of themselves and others and can act as an avenue of opening to explore deeper possibilities within the psyche of integrated ways to embody sexuality. We will discuss how we work with safety, consent and integration of these experiences and will include client case studies.
They have co-created a unique work; Embodied Psychosexual Healing ®, weaving their gifts with various modalities of the East and West, ancient and modern, spontaneous and disciplined. They see clients individually and together, facilitate and lead workshops, retreats, online webinars, hold ceremony and marry people.
Alika brings a grounded foundation as an expert of sexuality and intimacy with his years of training and practice. He is a Daka, Master Bodyworker, Yogi, and Shamanic Practitioner. He is dedicated to his spiritual and energetic path of body mind wisdom- integration with his teachers; it is always the foundation of his work.
Nadine brings a grounded foundation as an expert in depth psychology, midwifery, intimacy and sexuality. She has circled with and worked with women for over 20 years. She holds a Masters in Somatic Psychology, is a childbirth doula, Dakini and is an Ordained Priestess and Minister. Her work blends the wisdom of the ancient Tantric teachings of the East with Western Psychology.
“Humanity will be saved through the flower.”
Huvenol, Mayan elder quoting an ancient Mayan prophecy
Reflections on Spirituality, Power and Gender
Dr. Cavnar will present on her experiences with the ayahuasca religion Santo Daime and the process of completing her dissertation work on gay people and their experiences with ayahuasca. Clancy Cavnar has recently completed her postdoctoral hours in clinical psychology at the Marin Treatment Center, a methadone clinic in San Rafael, California. In 2011, she received a doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD) from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California, with a dissertation on gay and lesbian people’s experiences with ayahuasca. She attended New College of the University of South Florida and completed an undergraduate degree in liberal arts in 1982. She attended the San Francisco Art Institute and graduated with a Master of Fine Art in painting in 1985. In 1993, she received a certificate in substance abuse counseling from the extension program of the University of California at Berkeley and, in 1997, she graduated with a master’s in counseling from San Francisco State University. In that same year, she got in touch with the Santo Daime in the USA, and has traveled several times to Brazil since then. She is Research Associate of the Nucleus for Interdisciplinary Studies of Psychoactives (NEIP), and co-editor, with Beatriz Caiuby Labate, of three books: The Therapeutic Use of Ayahuasca (Springer, 2014); Prohibition, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights: Regulating Traditional Drug Use (Springer, 2014) and Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2014).
is an experienced coordinator of cooperative homes, bicycle delivery person, and certified yoga teacher. Gender bombing, fabulosity, and other forms of playful subversion are some of Jae’s favorite avenues for change making. The power of entheogens to expand experience beyond expectation has deeply influenced Jae’s life and journey as a transgender and genderqueer person. Jae is grateful for the opportunity to share and make connections around the powerful synergies of awareness, nonduality, and these most intimate and nebulous expressions of ourselves.