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. A 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 connecting to yourself 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 Ceremony or those who are well versed in the Plant Medicine space but want a new experience. Group work costs between $500-$800 depending on the size and location. A 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 because it may be more challenging for you to feel safe during the experience. The cost for Private work is $1,285 for work in our space.

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:

  • 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
  • Purging
  • 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
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.

Where can I find reviews of Sacred Heart's Ceremonies?

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: https://www.facebook.com/sacredheartmedicinesanctuary You can find reviews on Google here: https://g.page/r/CRCKRbqZ7DlvEBA Coming Soon: Yelp! - https://www.yelp.com/biz/sacred-heart-medicine-sanctuary-vancouver

Will I be able to drive home after Ceremony?

No, please do not attempt to drive after your Ceremony. 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 for up to 24 hours.

I want to sign up for a Ceremony.  What's next?

  1. 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.
  2. Schedule a consultation here for a screening and to ask any additional questions not addressed on the site.
  3. After that consultation, if you are cleared to participate, you will be sent a link to set one up.
  4. Upon reserving your date, you are sent additional instructions on preparation and recovery.
  5. We have the Ceremony on the agreed upon date.
  6. We have an virtual integration session approximately 7-21 days after Ceremony.
  7. You integrate your experience into your life to move forward, often in ways you never knew possible.
  8. You come back to sit in Ceremony with us (or on your own) when the time calls to you.

What is the cost of a Ceremony?

A private Ceremony is $1,285 when it is conducted in our space. This includes intake consultation, ceremony and one integration session with notes and potential exercises/homework. A group Ceremony ranges from $500-$800 depending on size and location. 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 here.

Do you offer any type of multi-day Ceremony packages when working with  Mushrooms?

Not generally. But there are always exceptions. We understand that many "retreat centers" and other establishments offer multiple day experiences with Mushrooms, but it is not something we typically encourage when it comes to working with them in a true Ceremony setting The majority of people who work with us can and should only commit to one Ceremony at a time, though we do not discourage returning for another after a proper integration period has passed (we recommend at least 8-12 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 or years. 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 to sit in Ceremony, 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 (2.5 miles away) Hampton Inn & Suites (.8 miles away) Double Tree by Hilton (.8 miles away) 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.

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 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 in your Ceremony. To make this time easier and more productive, we recommend the following in those two weeks before Ceremony:

  • Clarify and/or release your personal preconceptions about psychedelics and entheogenic experiences in general
  • Have a clear intention for the Ceremony and resolve to come to Ceremony with the additional intention to be completely open and ready for whatever the plants are here to show you. Write down your intention and meditate with it as often as you are able to do so leading up to the Ceremony
  • 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 after if you can
  • Spend ample 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 discussed in the consultation
  • We suggest refraining from masturbation, pornography, and sex in the 2-7 days before and after Ceremony
It is important to disclose all meditations and supplements during the consultation and work with your doctor to come off of any that are contraindicated with Psilocybin.

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 your history a little more deeply, as well as your intention for the Ceremony. Most Facilitators ease into the Primary Ceremony with Sacred Tobacco and Sananga, and more information about that can be found here: https://psychedelictimes.com/sananga/ https://katukina.com/doc/sananga https://psychedelictimes.com/sacred-tobacco/ A few of our Faciltiators also do hands-on healing before getting started. The remainder of the time, the Facilitator may be sitting quietly in meditation/prayer, using the appropriate tools to clear or move energy, or offer various levels of support or guidance to you through your journey. They may sing, play an instrument, draw, chant, dance, rattle, or do other very active things. In Shamanic ceremonies, anything can happen!

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 specific drugs that are considered to be contraindicated, please see the list below. This list may not be all inclusive, but it gives you an idea of what we are looking at. SSRI - Contraindicated due to Serotonin Syndrome risk. Citalopram (Celexa, Cipramil) Escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex) Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem) Fluvoxamine (Luvox, Faverin) Paroxetine (Paxil, Seroxat) Sertraline (Zoloft, Lustral) SNRI - Will likely reduce all effects of Psilocybin, leaving the Participant feeling unfulfilled and unable to go deep. Recommend tapering off. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq, Khedezla) Duloxetine (Cymbalta) Levomilnacipran (Fetzima) Milnacipran (Ixel, Savella) Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) MAOI - Contraindicated due to Serotonin Syndrome risk Bifemelane (Alnert, Celeport) Caroxazone (Surodil, Timostenil) Isocarboxazid (Marplan) Metralindole (Inkazan) Moclobemide (Aurorix, Manerix) Phenelzine (Nardil) Pirlindole (Pirazidol) Selegiline (Eldepryl, Zelapar, Emsam) Tranylcypromine (Parnate) Toloxatone (Humoryl) TCA/TeCA - have fatal impacts on the heart when mixed with Psilocybin, completely contraindicated Amineptine (Survector, Maneon) Amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep) Amitriptylinoxide (Amioxid, Ambivalon, Equilibrin) Amoxapine (Asendin) Clomipramine (Anafranil) Desipramine (Norpramin, Pertofrane) Dibenzepin (Noveril, Victoril) Dimetacrine (Istonil) Dosulepin (Prothiaden) Doxepin (Adapin, Sinequan) Imipramine (Tofranil) Lofepramine (Lomont, Gamanil) Maprotiline (Ludiomil) Melitracen (Dixeran, Melixeran, Trausabun) Mianserin (Tolvon) Mirtazapine (Remeron) Nitroxazepine (Sintamil) Nortriptyline (Pamelor, Aventyl) Noxiptiline (Agedal, Elronon, Nogedal) Opipramol (Insidon) Pipofezine (Azafen/Azaphen) Protriptyline (Vivactil) Setiptiline (Tecipul) Tianeptine (Stablon, Coaxil) Trimipramine (Surmontil) NRI/NDRI : Interactions are largely unknown, therefor these are a complete contraindication Atomoxetine (Strattera) Bupropion (Wellbutrin) Methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta) Reboxetine (Edronax) Teniloxazine (Lucelan, Metatone) Viloxazine (Vivalan) SMS/SARI: Completely unpredictable, contraindication with Psilocybin Trazodone (Desyrel) Vilazodone (Viibryd) Vortioxetine (Trintellix) Triptans: Almotriptan (Axert) Rizatriptan (Maxalt) Sumatriptan (Limitrex) Zolmitriptan (Zomig) Antinausea: Granisetron (Kytril) Metoclopramide (Reglan) Droperidol (Inapsine) Ondanestron (Zofran) Other meds that are completely contraindicated: Lithium Stimulants - Prescribed or otherwise Adderall 5HTP St Johns Wort Buspirone (Buspar) Linezolid (Zyvox) Meperidine (Demerol) Fentanyl (Duragesic) Tramadol (Ultram) Dextromethorphan (Delsym, Mucinex DM, Robitussin DM, etc.) Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) Carbamazepine (Tegretol) Valproate (Depakote) Rizatriptan (Maxalt) and potentially other Migraine medications Benxodiazepines will greatly dull the Ceremony or prevent it completely. Not recommended.

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, temporary mental instability and medication contraindications. Please refer to the other question regarding "who should not sit in Ceremony" for further advice on some of that. Out of the hundreds of people we have worked with, this temporary mental instability 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 was not honest with 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 emotionally or mentally unstable, Ceremony is not advised. If you have high blood pressure you should also consider addressing this with your doctor before sitting in Ceremony. Your blood pressure will be taken before Ceremony and monitored (if needed) during the Ceremony. If it is higher than 140/90, you may not be able to participate. We say this not to scare you, but to be completely honest and transparent. If you are ready to work with Psilocybin Mushrooms in a Ceremony setting, it will be a very beautiful and life-changing experience. If you are in crisis, or can be considered mentally unstable, it can be a less pleasant experience that also carries some considerable 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 Private 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. Mushroom Medicine Ceremony is about you meeting with the Divine (God, Yourself, Plants, Universe, etc.), doing your own inner work Shamanically, and taking your own solo journey into self. We don't advise spouses or family to sit in Ceremony together initially because when there is spousal or parental attachment present in a dynamic, it often prevents one or both parties from fully participating in Ceremony, being honest with themselves and/or healing. It can be very distracting on multiple levels. Sitting in Ceremony is most often a path you must metaphorically 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 Shamanic 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. Please do not have anyone else present during you Consultation as well.

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 you are a parent, we will not accept your child. If an individual does not come to this type of Ceremony 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 beneficial experience and may even get worse. If that person is not ready to meet themself in Ceremony, break their cycle of depression, addiction or other undesirable symptom, this experience will likely either be ineffective or traumatic. Trauma, in one form or another, is necessary for us to grow, but we can't heal from it until we have learned the lessons we have come to learn. We know it may be hard to see a family member or partner hurting, but in rescuing them we are taking away their oppurtunity to rescue themselves. If you think your partner or child needs this work, we suggest you come sit in Ceremony for yourself. What we think other people need is often a reflection of what we ourselves need. Please also know that everyone must attend their consultation alone.

What is Integration and is it included in the Ceremony?

Integration is the most important part of Plant Medicine Ceremony! When done right, one high quality Private Ceremony with integration guidance can be more beneficial than 100 ceremonies without it. But what is it really? 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 very frequently because you will bring Ceremony into your own life and you will know which path you are to go down next! This is a huge part of Shamanism. If you don't spend time in integration, you end up coming back to Ceremony over and over again without really moving forward or finding your purpose. Integration is often said to be the hardest part of Shamanic Plant Medicine Work. We will have a one-on-one Zoom 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 by your Facilitator, the plants or spirit. If additional support is needed within the first two weeks, that will be supplied at no additional cost. In terms of what integration looks like specifically, that depends on the person. You may have some childhood trauma to unpack, in which case you will need to find a therapist. You may have specific homework, such as to begin yoga or setting boundaries at work. These steps are up to you to take. Most people do not need a great amount of support, but more need to allow themselves time and patience as these things unfold. You have lived your whole life the way you are now and change takes time too! After you connect with you true self in Ceremony, most details about how to proceed or move forward in your life are quite clear. Important: We do no specialize in integration or any type of therapy. Our focus and skillset is on Ceremony services, shamanic tools and shamanic perspective exclusively. We advise that you set up work with a therapist or Integration specialist following Ceremony with Sacred Heart if you need additional support. We are here to facilitate Ceremony and help you understand and/or follow a Shamanic path.

Where can I get more information about Psilocybin and it's potential?

First, we do want to advise you not to over-research Psilocybin outcomes or "trip reports". Our work is something far different than that of the clinical or recreational use of Psilocybin Mushrooms. Our work involves matters of the Soul and these things are not the same. If you want to get into the Plant Spirit Medicine aspect/understanding of our work, we recommend Plant Spirit Medicine by Eliot Cowan. If you want to get into more of the Shamanic foundation (not specifically Psilocybin), we recommend Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation by Sandra Ingerman. If you are looking to research Psilocybin specifically, here are a few places to start: Personally, we loved "How to Change Your Mind" by Michael Pollan Our favorite podcasts include James Jesso's Adventures Through the Mind and Tim Ferris has a plethora of info here and on his podcast. https://www.bustle.com/wellness/magic-mushrooms-psilocybin-effects-on-brain-researchers https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/newsroom/news-releases/psychedelic-treatment-with-psilocybin-relieves-major-depression-study-shows https://hellomd.com/articles/psilocybin-may-be-the-answer-to-autism-and-a-healthy-microbiome-an-interview-with-scientist-and-researcher-marvin-s.-hausman-md?fbclid=IwAR2GFb4NkkRItiV4iQlbthi1ihFGF4T-uE8ayu5DWosOlfc-NukAMjwa91Y https://maps.org/research-archive/w3pb/2004/2004_Hasler_20465_2.pdf https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/johns-hopkins-scientists-give-psychedelics-the-serious-treatment/ Another book, which is not specifically about Psilocybin, but really one that nails the experience, is called DMT: the Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman. Our Ceremony is much like that of Traditional Ayahuasca work more than it is like the trip reports you hear involving Psilocybin. This is due to the Shamanic Ceremonial nature of our work and facilitation by real Shamans. We will caution you - Don't get too wrapped up in research and potentials. This is an intuitive process and if your heart calls to the Medicine, answer it and try not to overthink what it will mean!

Is there anyone that shouldn't sit in Ceremony with Psilocybin Mushrooms as Sacrament?

Yes and no. We recommend working with Nadia through Shamanic counseling, hands-on healing or consulting prior to booking a Ceremony if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Recurring psychosis or extreme dissociation
  • Active self-harming behavior
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Are currently working with another intense modality like EMDR, ECT or TMS therapy
If you are not emotionally or mentally stable, if you have extremely high blood pressure or heart conditions, other Ceremony options will need to be discussed.

What is your refund policy?

Consultations: To reschedule a Consultation, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance. If you do not, you will be required to pay an additional $35 for your next consultation. Consultation fee is non-refundable. Ceremony: As of 3.17.21, all Ceremony payments are refundable with at least 30 days notice of cancellation, minus a 3% processing fee. If you cancel within 30 days of your Ceremony date, 50% of your payment will be refunded, minus a 3% processing fee. If you cancel within 2 weeks of Ceremony, there is no refund or rescheduling available.

Can I sit in Ceremony somewhere else the week before I work with you?

No. We ask that you wait a minimum of 8 weeks after working with any other "visionary Medicine" before sitting in Ceremony with us. This is including, but not limited to, Mushrooms, Ayahuasca, Peyote, or Bufo. We also suggest staying away from other psychedelics, TMS, EMDR or any other therapy that is of high intensity for at least 4 weeks before and after your Ceremony. If you have any questions about contraindications with a specific therapy, please ask us during your consult.

Do you guarantee I will have a positive experience?

We cannot guarantee anything about your experience, except that you will be safe and cared for. Your safety is important to us, and that is why it is important that you are honest with us about the status of your mental health and any medications you are taking or health conditions you may have. First and foremost, this is not a drug experience, this is a Ceremony. You are coming to us to sit in Ceremony with a very powerful Plant Spirit (Medicine Work) and sometimes that means this experience will look differently than what you expect it to look like. In fact, it will almost certainly be different than you expect. Even people who have taken mushrooms recreationally 100 times tell us this is nothing like what they experienced before. You may have an intense physical healing experience, which means you likely won't have visions of any kind. You may have serious resistance or mental control, where your ego will override the experience and you won't even be able to even sit still. You may spend 4 hours throwing up or you may have a spontaneous exorcism. None of those things may be considered "positive" to some individuals. On the flip side of this, you may have intense visions that shed light on your entire life, you may have an ego death (or 100 of them) or have a complete heart-opening/blissful experience where you meet God. Every Ceremony is different for every person and for every occasion. The only things we guarantee are as follows:

  • We will hold you in a loving non-judgmental space
  • We will take good care of your physical, emotional and energetic body
  • The Mushrooms will always give you exactly what you need
  • The Mushrooms will never give you more than you can handle

How do I choose a Facilitator?

As with all important things, choose a Facilitator with your heart/gut instinct. Each of our Facilitators have very different abilities, energy and style in Ceremony. They are all Medicine People and are all very competant working in the Ceremony space. Read through all the biographies and look at the pictures. Pick which one feels right, even if your head tries to talk you out of it or into working with someone else. Having a good match with a Facilitator is key to having the most productive experience.

Where do you stand with COVID?

First, it is worth saying that we are a place of healing. People do not come to sit in our Ceremonies to get sick, they come to heal. Therefor, we do not back down at the hint of illness, that is indeed when it is time for us to step forward. Beyond that, we honor everyone's personal decision regarding how they handle any current health related crisis. We do not feel it is necessary or appropriate to inquire about vaccinations on either side. We believe that everyone working with us is a mature adult that can make their own decisions about their health. If you are very concerned about COVID, or if you are experiencing a lot of fear and anxiety around it, we recommend not sitting in Ceremony at this time.