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Microdosing Psilocybin as Ancestral Practice

Broadcast on May 09, 2023
With Xochitl Kusikuy Ashe
Hosted by Joe Tafur, MD

According to Xochitl Kusikuy Ashe, microdosing has recently reached wide popularity. It's also a custom that's been practiced in Indigenous circles for many thousands of years. In Mexico, psilocybin-infused honey is used to support many who suffer from emotional and spiritual ailments. What if you could take a more ceremonial approach to microdosing, using it to heal depression, anxiety, and ancestral trauma, as well as connecting you more deeply to the earth?

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • A connecting prayer or opening of sacred space
  • How to honor the spirit of the mushroom medicine
  • How to right your relationship with the medicine by honoring the ancestors who were the original carriers of the medicine
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Xochitl Kusikuy Ashe

5th-Generation Peruvian Andean Medicine Woman, Teacher, Herbalist & Healer

Xochitl Kusikuy Ashe has been a teacher and guide in one-on-one mentorships, workshops, and ceremonies both internationally and in the U.S. for the past 27 years. At the age of 16, she became the first female in five generations of men to be initiated into the healing traditions of her Peruvian ancestral lineage. She is a medicine woman in the Peruvian Andean tradition and has worked with sacred plant medicines since the time of her initiation.

For the past 23 years, she has apprenticed under her godfather, a Mazatec medicine man of the ancient tradition of healing with the nti-si tho, santitos, or psilocybin mushrooms. She is a professionally trained herbalist, an internal family systems (IFS) therapy practitioner, and a specialist in the ceremonial use of cacao and psilocybin mushrooms. In her practice, Xochitl focuses on healing generational trauma, and the ways in which that trauma impairs our ability to thrive, create wealth, and have a positive impact on the world.

The founder of Magical Medicine Journeys, an Indigenous women-owned retreat company that offers legal Mazatec psilocybin mushroom retreats in Mexico, Xochitl’s mission is to honor the traditional Indigenous knowledge and ceremony of sacred plant medicine while providing authentic and powerful life-changing experiences. She is also faculty at Esalen Institute and Microdosing Institute.

Xochitl Kusikuy Ashe