Atira Tan: Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Facilitation & Integration

Atira Tan: Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Facilitation & Integration, Episode 63, The Psychedelic Entrepreneur Podcast

Atira is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, holds an M.A in Clinical Art Therapy, a B.A. in Fine Arts and Transpersonal Art Therapy, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at EGS in Switzerland. From the slums in Nepal to the Amazonian jungles in Peru, Atira has touched the lives of thousands of women, men, and children around the world, supporting them through her 19 years of experience in various somatic and creative trauma recovery approaches. Passionate about creating safer spaces for everybody, and bringing healing and awareness in the “shadowy” areas of life, Atira has worked as a trauma-informed integration specialist in retreat centers such as the Temple of the Way of Light and is currently the head of integration at AYA Healing Retreats.

In this episode, Atira Tan and Beth Weinstein discuss…

  • Atira’s first experience with ayahuasca at age 24 and how she was sexually assaulted by the facilitator
  • How this boundary violation inspired her quest to learn how to create safer spaces for people working with psychedelics
  • How ayahuasca delivered a message to Atira that the new culture growing around ayahuasca needed her help
  • Atira’s online programming for trauma-informed facilitation and somatic psychedelic integration
  • Facilitation training as a lifelong journey requiring years of commitment to developing an embodied understanding of both yourself and the many dimensions the medicine connects you to
  • The need for facilitators to know the right balance between not being neglectful and also respecting someone’s personal process in ceremony
  • How indigenous cultures are more collectivist and perceive life, the soul, and reality in a very different way than we do
  • Connections between the indigenous concepts of “soul loss” and “soul retrieval” and our contemporary understanding of trauma healing
  • The felt sense of safety in the body when you are in the presence of someone who is truly trauma-informed
  • “Trauma-informed” as representing an understanding of how trauma affects the nervous system, including how retraumatization can occur
  • Embodiment and stabilization of the nervous system as the foundation of trauma-informed care
  • The danger of becoming a facilitator because you are seeking to “be” someone rather than authentically moved to selflessly serve

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