We don't have all the answers, but we do have a few:
What is the main difference between a Group Ceremony and a Private Ceremony?
We do suggest you choose whichever option feels right for you intuitively. This is for informational purposes only.
Group Ceremony is more about the community experience. You will feel a deep connection to others, as well as be able to share experiences and vulnerable moments with the group. You will journey together, share space for 24-48 hours and have group integration. You will do a lot of individual work in this Ceremony, but together we will do a fair amount of collective work as well. We often see a lot of collective consciousness energy, past lives and celestial energy surface in the group space. This experience is recommended to those who intuitively feel like they would rather participate with a group or those who are well versed in the Plant Medicine space but want a new experience.
Private Ceremony is a very deep experience. The container for this Ceremony is very tight, meaning it is the ultimate oppurtunity to feel safe and held on a 1:1 level. The attention and support will be solely on you and this allows you to dive deeply into yourself very quickly and easily. It is recommended for those who feel intuitively that the need to sit in Ceremony alone or if there is a fair amount of trauma that has not yet been addressed.
What will I experience during a Ceremony?
Each Ceremony is different and there are hundreds of things you might experience. Some of the most common experiences are as follows:
You will have control over your body most of the time and will be able to get to and from the bathroom, drink water, lightly talk or stretch as you like. This is not about shooting you into a different universe, it is about being grounded and present during the experience.
Cascading geometric forms and colors
Expansion or contraction of linear time
You may find yourself in a different reality, as if you had lived there or are living there in another time or place
Being in a different body of either sex
Becoming an animal, plant or microorganism
Experiencing your own birth
Experiencing your own death
Revisiting your childhood memories or experiences
Repressed memories may surface
Intense somatic experiences, such as shaking, vibrating, rocking or crying
- Emotional release
- Deep feelings of connection and understanding
- Sense of hysical healing or reconnection of neural pathways
- Exorcism or release of other energies that occupy your body or energy
Where can I find reviews of your work?
It is challenging to get an abundance of reviews due to the nature of this work. There are many doctors, lawyers, police officers and other professionals who sit in Ceremony with us from all over the Country. Since Psilocybin work is still illegal in many places and is a firable offense, it takes great courage to openly leave a review. That being said, we do have quite a few anyway!
You can find reviews on Facebook here:
You can find reviews on Google here:
Coming Soon: Yelp! - https://www.yelp.com/biz/sacred-heart-medicine-sanctuary-vancouver
Will I be able to drive home after Ceremony?
It is not advisable. We recommend being picked up and dropped off by a friend or family member. You will not be in an altered state when you leave our property, but you will not be in the right frame of mind to drive.
We do plan to build a new facility this year and plan to have overnight accomodations available.
I want to sign up for a Ceremony. What's next?
- Look over the website, blog and FAQ page. Get a feel for us as a group and make sure working with us is the right fit for you.
Schedule a consultation
here for a screening and to ask any additional questions not addressed on the site.
During that consultation, we will discuss dates available for Ceremony and set one up.
You will be sent an invoice to pay a deposit to hold your date. The invoice is 50% of the total cost and is refundable up to two weeks before the Ceremony date, minus the processing fee.
Once the invoice is paid, you are sent additional instructions on preparation and recovery.
We have the Ceremony on the agreed upon date.
We have an virtual integration session approximately 3-4 days after Ceremony.
You integrate your experience into your life to move forward, often in ways you never knew possible.
What is the cost of a Ceremony?
A private Ceremony is $850 when it is conducted in our space.
Please explore our website fully, the cost of each available service can be found on their respective page within the website.
For personalized quotes, please contact us
Do you offer any type of multi-day Ceremony packages?
We understand that many retreat centers and other establishments offer multiple day Ceremonies, but it is not something we encourage when it comes to Medicine Work. The majority of people who work with us only need one Ceremony, though we do not discourage returning for a another after a proper integration period has passed (we recommend at least 8 weeks). When you have a very safe container and a skilled Facilitator, you can dive into incredibly deep places during your Ceremony. It is often quite exhausting spiritually, physically and emotionally.
Many people walk away with a need to process the experience over the course of several weeks, if not months. It is our stance that planning another Ceremony for the same week is not recommended in order to allow for proper integration.
That being said, we also believe that nothing is set in stone. If you truly believe you need or want multiple days, we will attempt to accommodate on a case-by-case basis.
What if I am coming from out of town?
Most people we work with come from out of state!
We recommend the following hotels:
Towne Place Suites by Marriott
Best Western Premier
Or, shop around in that area for one that suits your needs! We do not recommend staying in Portland, but in Vancouver (which is on the other side of the river).
If you have extra time while you are here, our favorite place to go hiking is
Lacamas Park. There are several miles of trails and a handful of small waterfalls. If you are staying in the area for more than a few days, we will be happy to point you in the direction of more things to do and see.
If you are flying in from another state, we recommend flying in the day before our Ceremony, setting aside a full day for the Ceremony itself, keeping the following day open (or full of hiking) and then flying home on the 4th day. Your energy will be quite open and clean after Ceremony and it is best to spend that time in solitude or in nature.
You can rent a car from the aiport or
Turo, or you can enjoy Uber, which is available locally.
What if I want to meet you before I schedule a Ceremony?
We have stopped the majority of our in-person and group work due to the local regulations imposed as a result of 2020. The consultation we offer here is over Zoom and, in most cases, this is sufficient for getting a feel for our Facilitators. If you still want to schedule an in-person consult or meet-and-greet, please reach out to do so.
Alternatively, you can
join our meetup to attend one of our virtual or in-person events. You can also
check out one of Nadia's podcast appearances to hear her discuss her work.
How do I prepare for Plant Medicine Ceremony?
We have quite a few suggestions on this one and instructions will be emailed to each person who puts down a deposit/schedules a Ceremony. Keep in mind that Plant Medicine energy can begin to visit you the moment you sign up for a Ceremony, but can intensify in the one to two weeks before you are scheduled to sit. To make this time easier and more productive, we recommend the following in those two weeks before Ceremony:
It is important to disclose all meditations and supplements to your facilitator during the consultation.
Clarify and/or release your personal preconceptions about psychedelics and entheogenic experiences in general
Have a clear intention for the Ceremony or, alternatively, resolve to come to Ceremony with the intention to be completely open and ready for whatever the plants are here to show you
Journal about what is coming up for you personally or around the Ceremony intention
Take the day off before and after Ceremony, and one more if you can
Spend time in meditation and doing some bodywork, such as yoga, in the two weeks that lead up to Ceremony
Do your best to eat intuitively
Stop the use with cannabis and any other plants or synthetic substances we discuss in the consultation
We suggest refraining from masturbation, pornography, and sex
What does the Facilitator do during a Ceremony?
This answer depends on the person and the Facilitator! Each Facilitator has a different way of conducting their Ceremonies, but in general it will look something like this:
First, we catch up on how you've been doing since our consultation and if there had been any changes. Then, we go over history a little more deeply. Most Facilitators ease into the Medicine work with Sacred Tobacco and Sananga, and more information about that can be found here:
If you are working with Nadia, she will put you on the bodywork table as you ease into Ceremony. In this space, she will Facilitate somatic release, energy work and Craniosacral Therapy.
The remainder of the time, the Facilitator may be sitting quietly in meditation, using the appropriate tools to clear or move energy, or offer various levels of support or guidance to you through your journey.
Can I sit in Ceremony if I am taking medication?
First, we wish to say that we are not medical providers. Our work is not clinical in any way, nor are we trained or able to give medical advice.
Second, we always recommend discussing this work with your therapist, psychiatrist or doctor if you are taking medications or working with a serious health condition. You may be suprised that many doctors are encouraging their patients to pursue this for healing! Many of our referrals come from therapists and doctors!
With that being said, we wish to share a few things about working with Psilocybin.
As far as we have experienced and researched, there are no major risks involved with Psilocybin work. However, if you are on a number of medications, or taking medications that specifically impact your Serotonin, this can make things complicated chemically. Certain medications may put you at risk of Seratonin Syndrome or heart complications and seizures. You should discuss options with your doctor about coming off of some or all of your medications with their guidance prior to working with us. This is something we will discuss further during a consultation and a liability waiver will be signed prior to your Ceremony.
The bottom line is that we will not automatically turn you away if you are on medications, it largely depends on the individual person and their current state of mental stability, medical history, doctor involvement, interest in stopped medications, etc. While this work is very safe in the right setting, it can exacerbate symptoms and that is a risk you may or may not be interested in taking.
For more information about drug interactions with Psilocybin, check out this article:
Are there any risks in sitting in Ceremony with Psilocybin Mushrooms?
Yes and no. From our personal experience, and from the research available, the risks are quite rare and non-life threatening. The only known risks we have found are exacerbation of symptoms and temporary mental instability. Please refer to the other question regarding "who should not sit in Ceremony" for further advice on that.
Out of the hundreds of people we have worked with, this has only happened twice. On one occasion, the person fully recovered within one week and felt better than they did before we started working together. We remained in close contact to offer support and guidance. In the other occasion, it was found that the person lied to us about their condition and ended up needing further support in the month that followed. It should be noted that if a person is extremely unstable, Ceremony may not be the best option to start with.
We say this not to scare you, but to be completely honest and transparent. If you are ready to work with this Plant Medicine, it will be a very beautiful and life-changing experience. If you are in crisis, or can be considered mentall unstable, it can be a less pleasant experience that also carries some risk.
Honestly, in our experience, your biggest risk is wanting to quit your 9-5 when we are done.
Can my spouse/parent/friend be present for our Ceremony?
First let us say that nothing is set in stone and there are occasionally exceptions to what we say here. However, generally speaking our answer is no.
Medicine Ceremony is about you doing your own work and taking your own solo journey. We don't allow spouses or family to sit in Ceremony together or even in the same house when a Ceremony is taking place. When there is spousal or parental attachment present in a dynamic, it often prevents one or both parties from healing.
Sitting in Ceremony is a path you must walk alone, or with a Facilitator for whom you have no attachment to and has no attachment to you. When we rely on our partner or family member for support or strength, we are not relying on ourselves and are therefor giving our power away to them. This is significant in Medicine Work, where the purpose is to reclaim your personal power.
Again, there may be exceptions to this. And please know that there is no judgment in this answer, it is merely what we have experienced over and over again in our work. This attachment dynamic is present in most relationships and it's not a conscious thing, it just happens over time and/or with certain trauma.
Can I sign my child or spouse up for a Ceremony?
Absolutely not. This is one of the few things that we stand by firmly.
If a person is forced, overly encouraged, or told that they must come to Psilocybin Ceremony to heal/get better, we will not accept the booking. If you have found us for them and you are doing the research to "help them", insisting to pay for the experience, trying to get them signed up, etc., please know that we cannot offer Ceremony for that person.
If an individual does not come to this work on their own, if they do not make the effort themselves or put forward some or all of the financial commitment,
they will not have a good experience and may even get worse. If that person is not ready to break their cycle of depression, addiction or other undesirable symptom, this experience will likely either be ineffective or traumatic.
What is Integration and is it included in the Ceremony?
Integration is the most important part of Plant Medicine work! When done right, one high quality Private Ceremony with integration guidance can be more beneficial than 100 ceremonies without it.
Integration is when you take all the new pieces, perspectives and messages you received during your Ceremony and begin applying them to your life. If this is done, you often do not need to come back to Ceremony because your blocks will be cleared and you will know which path you are to go down next! If you don't do this, you end up coming back to Ceremony over and over again without really moving forward in life or finding your purpose. Integration is often said to be the hardest part of Medicine Work and that's why we offer support to help you through it.
We will have a one-time integration session following your Ceremony and it is included in our price. This session will include a recap of the Ceremony highlights, as well as what is needed moving forward and any homework that may be recommended to help you make the most of your experience. If additional integration support is needed within the first two weeks, that will be supplied at no additional cost.
After those two weeks, you have the option to book integration sessions with any of our Faciltiators if you feel that you need them. Each facilitator has a different specialty, availability and hourly rate. However, many people opt to work with a therapist instead since it is covered by insurance!
More information about integration can be found
Information about shadow work integration can be found
Is there anyone that shouldn't sit in Ceremony?
Yes and no. We recommend working with Nadia through Shamanic counseling, hands-on healing or integration prior to booking a Ceremony if you are experiencing any of the following:
Recurring psychosis or extreme dissociation
Active self-harming behavior
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Are working with another intense modality like EMDR or TMS therapy