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Embrace: A Practice for Optimal Healing and Transformation in Plant Medicine Journeys

Broadcast on May 11, 2023
With Dr. Ali Maya
Hosted by Joe Tafur, MD

Dr. Ali Maya explores the importance of wise preparation, navigation, and integration of psychedelic plant medicine journeys. She will present the “embrace” process to give people an experiential taste of how to apply this practice to their journeys. It is designed to help people transform difficult moments (in and out of ceremony) into meaningful healing and liberating experiences.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Why wise preparation, navigation, and integration of plant medicine journeys is crucial
  • Keys to setting yourself up for success in plant medicine journeys
  • The “embrace” meditation process, designed to transform difficult moments into meaningful healing and liberating experiences
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Dr. Ali Maya

Clinical Psychologist, Plant Medicine Support Guide & Ceremonial Healer

Dr. Ali Maya, a clinical psychologist, plant medicine support guide, ceremonial musician, and healer, has been a student and teacher of world mysticism traditions and Indigenous shamanism for more than 25 years. She integrates her academic training in clinical psychology, Buddhist studies, and comparative mysticism with all she has learned from Indigenous healers of North and South America.  She is an ordained minister, officiating weddings and other sacred ceremonies since 2008, and a yoga and meditation instructor since 1997.

Ali, who joined the Plant Spirit School faculty in 2022, founded a private clinical psychotherapy practice called the Aptos Counseling Center. She founded Ali Maya Retreats in 2008, providing domestic and international in-person retreats, online courses, mentorship programs, and one-on-one coaching packages.

Her retreats, programs, and music are guided by the prayer for the alleviation of human suffering and the opening of the human heart in service to creating a healthier, happier world for all. She has released four studio albums of ceremonial music.

Dr. Ali Maya