Each retreat is supported by three to four guides. Our guides include:
Francoise Bourzat, is a Somatic counselor in the San Francisco Bay Area. In collaboration with healers in Huautla de Jimenez, Mexico, she has practiced and guided ceremonies with sacred mushrooms for the last 30 years. She teaches at CIIS in San Francisco, runs online courses and lectures in various institutions. She is one of the lead investigators in a FDA approved research on psilocybin assisted therapy for Covid related grief in Los Angeles, and collaborates with various physicians on treatment projects. She trains psychedelic guides internationally and is the author of the book entitled Consciousness Medicine, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA
Chris Adrian, is a pediatric palliative care physician in Los Angeles. He trained as a pediatric oncologist at the University of California San Francisco, and as a hospital chaplain at Columbia University Medical Center and the Jewish Theological Seminary of New York. His research interests include integrating narrative medicine methods into palliative care education and using psychedelic assisted psychotherapy for complicated grief. He trained as a psychedelic guide under Francoise Bourzat's group.
Dingle Spence, BSc., MBBS, DMRT, Dip. Pall. Med, FRCR, is a Jamaican physician with training in both Clinical Oncology and Palliative Medicine. She is the Senior Medical Officer of the Hope Institute Hospital, Jamaica’s only dedicated Oncology and Palliative Care unit. Dr Spence is an Associate Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and is also the Director of the Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute (JACCRI), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of cancer care and palliative care in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Dr Spence is also interested in research around the use of plant- based medicines such as cannabinoids and psychedelics for holistic symptom relief for people with palliative
Neil Hanon, MD, FRCPC, is a psychiatrist in Kelowna, British Columbia and is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is the Year 3 Director (the clinical year) of the Southern Medical Program of UBC in Kelowna. Dr. Hanon also does inpatient work at Kelowna General Hospital, and outpatient work at Outreach Urban Health (an Interior Health operated, primary care clinic where he works with homeless, street entrenched people struggling with addictions and other mental health challenges), and at his private practice. Dr. Hanon has a research interest in legally sanctioned trials with ketamine, MDMA, and psilocybin for the treatment of complicated grief, treatment resistant depression, and severe addictions. Dr. Hanon got involved in Holotropic Breathwork first as a participant to help with his grief after the death of his 17 year old son, then continued on to become certified as a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator in 2015. He is faculty for Grof Legacy Training Canada, and is training Faculty for TheraPsil Canada, an organization to help people with end of life anxiety access legal psilocybin treatment. Dr. Hanon was fortunate to have Dr. Ralph Metzner as his teacher and mentor from 2015 until Ralph’s death in 2019. He was also trained by Francoise Bourzat.
Darci Meyers, M.A. is a psychotherapist in private practice in Crestone, Colorado. She is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and is trained as a chaplain in Clinical Pastoral Education. She worked in hospice and palliative care for over a decade, inspired by her mother’s early death in 2002, and provided grief support and education to individuals and groups. She was the founding director of Anam Chara Hospice in Boulder, Colorado and of the Spiritual Care Centre at Dzogchen Beara in southwest Ireland, a Buddhist-based palliative care center for the terminally ill and their families. She also served as faculty in the Contemplative End-of-Life Care Program at Naropa University. A meditation practitioner for over 30 years, Darci works with expanded states of consciousness as a healing modality. She is trained by MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies) in MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy and as a psychedelic guide by Francoise Bourzat.
Jarrod Beck is an installation artist, papermaker, and sculptor based in Los Angeles. He holds a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. Jarrod combines his training as an architect and artist with training in Somatic Psychotherapy from the Hakomi Institute of California and training as a Shamamic Practitioner with the Institute for Shamanic Studies to help clients build exterior and interior spaces to facilitate healing and growth. He trained as a psychedelic guide with Francoise Bourzat's group, and assists in trainings for practitioners to work with altered states of consciousness with the School of Consciousness Medicine.
Patrice Dwyer is a Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Practitioner, Lymphedema Therapist, Certified Professional Cancer Coach and Patient Navigator with over 19 years experience specializing in manipulative body based therapies and energy medicine. She describes herself as a Transformation Therapist, and has accompanied and guided many persons, their families and care-givers through various stages on their journey to healing and lifestyle transformation. She is passionate about promoting efficient, quality care for all persons living with and affected by cancer, as well as an advocate for Palliative care. Patrice believes that an integrated or holistic approach to treating any dis-ease is critical for optimal recovery and healing. She feels privileged to be able to offer support, guidance and the tools best suited to empower individuals to actively take part in their own healing process.
Tuala García-Zuazua M.A. is a counselor and transformational guide, helping people find their unique internal resources to heal traumas and create a vibrant life. She holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Sophia University in Palo Alto, California. She has 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families and specializes in issues related to intimacy and relationships. She trained as an psychedelic guide with Francoise Bourzat’s group and works with clients individually and in groups to bring altered states of consciousness healing to all aspects of life. She currently lives and works in Berkeley with her two teenagers, is always learning more about adventuring in the woods, and visits her family in Mexico often.