Past Meetup

Ayahuasca Before, During, and After Ceremony

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Price: $92.50 /per person
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An intimate dialogue with Dr. Joe Tafur, Rachel Harris & Sitaramaya Sita on Ayahuasca Before, During, and After Ceremony: A workshop on plant medicine, healing and integration

Join us for this special opportunity to be in conversation with authors Joe Tafur - Fellowship of the River, Rachel Harris - Listening to Ayahuasca and Plant Wisdom Practitioner Sitaramaya Sita at the Berkeley Unitarian Fellowship Hall (1924 Cedar St.).

Co-produced with PlantTeachers

February 16th, 2019 (2-6pm)

Tickets for the 4-hour workshop are $90 + $2.50 meetup processing fee

Save the date, you won't want to miss this one!

Ayahuasca works on multiple levels, layers, and dimensions both in and outside of ceremony. From the worlds of plant teachers, Western medicine, and psychotherapy, we will share ways of working with ayahuasca from intentions through navigation and into therapeutic process. We will explore how healing happens in ways that permeate body, mind, spirit, and shamanic realms before, during, and after ceremony. Joe, Sita, and Rachel approach this indigenous medicine from different perspectives, yet we share a love and respect for what these plants are offering the world at this point in time.

**The workshop will include mini-lectures, experiential exercises, small group sharing and brief journaling. Please bring pen and paper.**

Rachel Harris, PhD is the author of Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety. She was in the 1968 Esalen Residential Program and had a private psychotherapy practice for thirty-five years. Rachel received a National Institutes of Health New Investigators Award and has published more than forty scientific studies in peer-reviewed journals. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine and winters in the SF Bay area. Visit

Sitaramaya Sita, who has traveled and worked in the Amazon for the past 17 years, is a spiritual herbalist and plant wisdom practitioner formally trained in the Shipibo ayahuasca tradition. Founder of PlantTeachers, dedicated to cultivating entheogenic awareness, and Producer of the Visionary Convergence conference, she lectures, teaches, and works with individuals and groups in ceremonies and stewarding plant dietas. She currently trains, teaches and practices to heal personal, institutional and cultural trauma. Visit

Joe Tafur, M.D., is a Colombian-American family physician originally from Phoenix, Arizona. After completing his family medicine training at UCLA, Dr. Tafur spent two years in academic research at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry in a lab focused on mind-body medicine. After his research fellowship, over a period of six years, he lived and worked in the Peruvian Amazon at the traditional healing center Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual. There he worked closely with master Shipibo shaman Ricardo Amaringo and trained in ayahuasca shamanism. In his new book, The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctors Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine, through a series of stories, Dr. Tafur shares his unique experience and integrative medical theories. Visit and