Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Facilitation Program

Yue Tan
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Mar 12 - May 30, 2021
Group size: 25 - 60
Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Facilitation Program

Yue Tan
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5 reviews

Mar 12 - May 30, 2021
Group size: 25 - 60

About this trip

What is Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Facilitation?

Working with the sacred plant medicines (PM) can present with enormous psycho-spiritual challenges. Many come to heal and process traumatic experiences through the plant medicines, however, very few plant medicine facilitators, support workers, and integration therapists have training in the foundation and neuroscience of trauma approaches, and most do not know how to respond effectively to the various trauma imprints that arise before, during and after the ceremonial space. 

Plant medicines have an enormous power to activate body, psyche, and spirit, releasing that which has been trapped in the unconscious into the light of awareness. However, this often happens ceremonial space in a way that happens too fast or too intensely, and repercussions could be re-traumatizing and even damaging. It requires a great deal of courage, experience, and bravery to navigate skillfully through the process, and, unfortunately, many are trauma survivors who do not have the inner resilience or the skills to do so. 

Similarly, PM facilitators can also feel overwhelmed with a lack of resources and a grounded understanding of what to do when various trauma imprints arise, which could be harmful and neglectful to participants.

As PM facilitators, we have an ethical duty of both responsibility and care to the participants' health and wellbeing, both before, during, and after the ceremonial experience. In doing so, it is fundamental to upskill our understanding of trauma and the nervous system, and learning the best practices to respond effectively to the signs and symptoms of trauma when it arises. 

This 3 Module Training Program, led by somatic trauma specialist & #1 Bestselling author Atira Tan  (M.A, SEP, TEDx Speaker & PhD candidate), you will learn:


12th - 15th March 2021

12 pm - 6 pm CEST


  • Overview of Trauma and the Nervous System, and Polyvagal theory.
  • Different types of Trauma show up frequently: Physical, emotional & sexual abuse and violence, perinatal/ birth trauma, attachment trauma, developmental trauma, and medical trauma.
  • The Shamanic Paradigm vs Western Contemporary Paradigms of Trauma Recovery.
  • Soul Loss and Disassociation
  • Identifying the signs of different types of trauma.
  • Tools on how to respond effectively to each category of trauma.
  • The body is key: How to listen and support the intelligence of the body to resolve trauma in ceremonial space.
  • Self-Regulation and Co-regulation.
  • Safety, Resourcing, and Grounding.
  • Trauma-Informed Language, tone, and body language.
  • Using Touch as a resource:: Consent and Boundaries, different forms of touch, 3 areas of the body for touch work. 
  • Your role as facilitator: Before, During, and After.

You will receive:

* 5 recorded video sessions which you will get to keep.

* 18 hours of big group conferencing on the 12th - 15th of March 2021 (12 - 14th March: 5 hours/ day. 15th March: 3 hours/day). The Live Zoom workshops will be recorded and you have lifetime access.

* Your PDF manual.

* 1 x 90 min small group private online session with Atira. Groups are limited to 4 per group. These small group sessions provide the opportunity for deeper Q & A and supervision. 

* 1 x 30 mins individual session. (not compulsory)

Where: Online and Virtual

Dates: 12th - 15th March 2021

Full Cost: $495 USD.

Please note that deposits are non-refundable and tickets are non-transferable.


1 & 2 May 2021

12 pm - 6 pm CEST

** 3 more spaces available**

  • TIPM Screening and Assessment: The Principles
  • TIPM Flow Chart: The Process
  • TIPM Written Application: Assessing the Participant 
  • Reading the Written Application
  • Medical Screening Template for participants in Ayahuasca Sessions & Retreats
  • Choosing the applicant from a Trauma-Informed Lens
  • TIPM Interview: Getting to know the Applicant
  • Trauma-Informed PM Interview: Building the Relationship
  • Trauma-Informed Language: Social Engagement
  • Decision Making: Is this person the right fit for PM?
  • TIPM Preparation: Intention Setting
  • Intention Setting: A Somatic Approach

You will receive:

* 2 recorded video sessions which you will get to keep.

* 10 hours of big group conferencing on the 1 & 2 May 2021. The Live Zoom workshops will be recorded and you have lifetime access.

* Your PDF manual.

Where: Online and Virtual

Dates: 1 & 2 May 2021

Full Cost: $295 USD.

* Pre-requisite for Mod 2 is the completion of Mod 1.



29 & 30 May 2021

12 pm - 6 pm CEST

** 3 more spaces available**

  • An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Integration
  • The Hero’s Journey: An Application to Trauma-Informed Integration
  • Trauma-Informed Integration: The Objectives and Goals
  • Trauma-Informed Post-Ceremony
  • Aspects of Self for Integration
  • Trauma-Informed Integration: The Categories
  • Trauma-Informed Integration: The Process
  • Trauma-Informed Somatic Plant Medicine Integration: An Introduction
  • Useful Tips and Tools for Integration
  • Integration Document

You will receive:

* 2 recorded video sessions which you will get to keep.

* 10 hours of big group conferencing on the 29 & 30 May 2021. The Live Zoom workshops will be recorded and you have lifetime access.

* Your PDF manual.

Where: Online and Virtual

Dates: 29 & 30 May 2021

Full Cost: $295 USD.

* Pre-requisite for Mod 3 is the completion of Mod 1.



Where: Online and Virtual

Mod 1: 12 - 15 Mar 2021

Mod 2: 1 & 2 May 2021

Mod 3: 29 & 30 May 2021

Time: 12 - 6 pm CEST (Times subject to change)

Full Cost: $895 USD.

You can purchase Modules separately. 

Mod 1: $495 (3 spaces left)

Mod 2: $295 (3 spaces left)

Mod 3: $295 (3 spaces left)

You may reserve your space by paying a $400 USD deposit, and the remainder on the 15th of Feb 2021.

AYA Healing Retreats: 

AYA Healing Retreats offer sacred plant medicine and teacher plan retreats with Peruvian shamans in the heart of the Amazon jungle. We are passionate about fusing indigenous wisdom with contemporary approaches to healing trauma to create safer and more integrated spaces of healing for each person. For more information, please visit:

Your Facilitator, Atira Tan: 

A TEDx speaker, activist, somatic trauma specialist, #1 Best Selling Author, and yoga teacher & group facilitator, Atira Tan,  is a powerful agent of transformation and change. She has touched the lives of thousands of women, men, and children around the world, supporting them through her 15 years of experience in various somatic and creative trauma recovery approaches. Passionate about creating safer spaces for everybody, and bringing healing and awareness in the “shadowy” areas of life, Atira has worked as a trauma-informed integration specialist in retreat centers such as the Temple of the Way of Light and is currently the head of integration at AYA Healing Retreats. 

Atira has mapped the trauma recovery of hundreds of PM participants in her private practice as an integration trauma specialist and co-facilitates Trauma-informed and Somatic Experiencing Plant Medicine retreats and dietas in Peru with AYA Healing Retreats. 

She possesses an MA in Art Therapy, has a background in Transpersonal Art Therapy and Holistic Counselling, and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, amongst decades of training in various other trauma-informed approaches such as EMDR and NMT.

Atira has also worked for over a decade internationally in community organizations and international development as a consultant, clinician, and supervisor, as well as an educator in non-for-profit settings. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the European Graduate School in Switzerland, researching the effectiveness of somatic and creative trauma recovery interventions for sex-trafficked survivors in Asia.

The CEO and Founder of an Australian charity which supports the recovery of child sex slaves, Atira has also initiated international women’s health, art therapy, and trauma-informed programs for women and girls who have experienced sex slavery and exploitation internationally for the past 15 years. In 2018, Atira was instrumental in co-creating and delivering the first and only Somatic Experiencing and Counselling Fundamentals Program for Sex Trafficked Survivors, endorsed by the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SETI). 

Atira teaches workshops, retreats & teacher trainings in 4 continents around the globe including Australia, Europe, Asia, and South America. She specializes in supporting women, men, and children, particularly those who have experienced sexual abuse to recover from trauma, in groups & individually in her private practice and international development settings as a trauma specialist through the embodied somatic psychologies and other holistic approaches. For more information, please visit 



"Wow!! Thank you so much Atira!!!!! I just want to say thank you for holding space for such an incredible informational experience in this Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Workshop. I feel that I have SO many resources now to draw upon now. 

You are filled with experience and hold such beautiful. vibrant energy that is powerful, but also open and level with the people you work within such a way that it is easy to feel safe, and seen in your presence! True magic!"

– Molly Moon
Grandmother Facilitator, Isreal.

"This TIPM workshop’s deep dive into the realms of living impeccable service was nothing short of life-changing.

I remembered so much about the nervous system, about my life, about my purpose, about the bridges between paradigms, and the collective trauma on the Earth. I was deeply warmed, inspired, challenged, and excited by the entire experience.

Atira transmits genuine, care, curiosity, understanding, and expertise. She is devoted to providing safe spaces for people to heal and her life’s work is testimony to her wisdom and character.

If you’re curious to learn about the nature of trauma and how to access and support its healing potential, this body of work is well worth opening your heart and mind to."

– Melanie Gunn
Naturopath and Transpersonal Art Therapist, Australia

"I’m super grateful for this unique program. Atira’s extensive knowledge on the subject of trauma and working within the PM context has been immensely beneficial. I’ve gained a deeper sense of how to hold the container of healing, which in turn, opens doors for journeyers to be met with more compassion, understanding, and safety to move through their process.

This program is essential for anyone supporting or facilitating PM ceremonies and the process of preparation and integration."

– Simone McKay
Somah Journeys Founder, Canada

"I just came out of the 1st Trauma-informed Plant Medicine Facilitation online training with Atira Tan from Aya Healing Retreats and wow!!

I cannot recommend this training enough for anyone working in the PM space – whether you are pouring medicine, a supporter/facilitator, a pre or post-ceremonial integration specialist, or even a student of the plants.

In fact, I feel that this should be a basic foundational training (alongside 1st Aid) for all healers and support staff.

As the medicine continues to gain momentum in its spread across the globe- we are beginning to see and hear more and more stories of harm from its unskilful use, the lack of quality screening and preparation beforehand, the lack of integration support afterward, and/or the limited understanding of trauma activation and re-traumatization during retreats and ceremonies.

I feel that, in addition to traditional training, this community would benefit hugely from having facilitators and spaces rooted in a basic understanding of the nervous system and how to work skillfully with trauma survivors (and of course, how to work with our own trauma when it shows up in these spaces).

I personally feel that Atira is an excellent bridge and guide into the intersectional realms of plant medicine and trauma therapy."

– Skye Cielita Flor
Wilderness Therapist, South Africa

"My mind and heart are in deep amazement and gratitude as I apply all that I learned in the Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine workshop. 

Now more than ever, the world is in need of people who have the ability to listen and hold open space, as the entire human population is currently undergoing a traumatic event. This course is filled with gems of how to meet and support those who are intensely impacted by trauma at any stage of life. I highly recommend this course/workshop, not only to those who are interested in the relationship between trauma and plant medicine but anyone who is curious about understanding human relational patterns to self and society.

Atira shares in-depth knowledge and expertise of trauma studies while offering takeaways that are applicable for ceremonies, friendships, and even for common conversations during the COVID time. Atira and Elio’s work is much needed in the world.

– Betty Gottwald
Photographer & Kambo Facilitator, USA.

"If you are ready to engage in serious trauma healing work, Atira is the practitioner to go for. Her own genuine humanness consistently lived and embodied, and her outstandingly compassionate nature create a strong and safe therapeutic container that cannot be surpassed. 

After a search for decades for the right trauma therapist, all thumbs up for her, as the healing and transformation, I’ve been looking for has finally become real!"

– Jessica Bertram
Eco-Tour Guide, Germany.

What’s included

  • PDF Manual
    Your 3 module PDF Manual
  • Sessions
    Group & Individual sessions with Atira
  • Video Lectures
    10 video lectures for lifetime access
  • Workshops
    9 Live Workshops for lifetime access

Available Packages

TIPM Training Program Full Price

The full cost for the Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Facilitation Training Program.


12 - 15 Mar 2021


1 & 2 May 2021



29 & 30 May 2021

Module 2 Full Price


1 & 2 May 2021

* Completion of Mod 1 required

Module 3 Full Price


29 & 30 May 2021

* Completion of Mod 1 required

Mod 2 + 3 Full Price
Deposit: $200

Your Organizer

Yue Tan
5 reviews
Atira (MA Art Therapy, SEP, E-RYT 500) has been teaching somatic trauma education for over a decade. She is the founder and CEO of Art to Healing, an Australian charity assisting sex-trafficked women and children globally. Over 17 years, Atira has set up numerous yoga, mindfulness, art therapy, Somatic Experiencing, women’s health, and trauma-informed programs internationally. Atira is a TEDx speaker, yoga teacher, trauma specialist, #1 Best Selling author, art therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner & group facilitator.


This workshop was absolutely the best I've attended (online or in person) in a long time. I'm so grateful for the eloquence, attention to detail, professionalism, and depth with which this important work was presented. Atira is an excellent, compassionate, and gifted teacher and her heart-centered knowledge and passion for this work is inspiring. This in-depth approach to integrating plant medicine experiences is definitely the missing link for me both personally and in my work in facilitating sacred ceremonies. Thank you.
By Peter B for * SOLD OUT *Trauma-Informed Somatic Plant Medicine Integration Program on 13 Oct, 2021
Atira is an incredible teacher. Her passion, curiosity, and vast experience speak through in every aspect of this course. The materials provided are robust and informative, and will take a lot of time to go through and take in. The workshops were really well organized and managed, and Atira's presence and support was beautiful. Thank you so, so much Atira and Elio for putting this program together, it was such a great experience for me and I am so grateful for all of the learning and how beautifully it was all shared. I highly recommend this program to anyone curious about deepening their integration processes, or who are working with plant medicine integration in a client-oriented way. Thank you so much!
By Brian V for * SOLD OUT *Trauma-Informed Somatic Plant Medicine Integration Program on 12 Oct, 2021
I feel lucky to have found Atira and her trauma-informed yoga teacher training. It was such a rich experience to learn this vital information that has so much potential to aid in trauma healing. And Atira brings so many gifts to this field of work: not only her inspirational work history and her depth of knowledge, wisdom, and passion about what she teaches, but also her compassion and patience, her clarity of boundaries, her commitment to continuing her own self-work, and her ability to create a safe space for learning. I got so much personally and professionally out of the training. Thank you Atira!
By Danielle L for *Sold Out* 100 Hr Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training on 03 Jul, 2021
This was a really well put together course, clearly done with lots of experience and care. I completely recommend this to any one wanting to facilitate trauma-informed plant medicine.
By Joana F for Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Facilitation Program on 08 Jun, 2021
Thank you so much Joanna! It was such a pleasure having you on the program!
By Yue Tan on 08 Jun, 2021
Amazing course!!! Atira is a beautiful, sincere, compassionate teacher, and I learned so many valuable tools to incorporate into my healing practice. I would definitely recommend this to all facilitators. Meri Harbour
By Meri H for Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Facilitation Program on 08 Jun, 2021
Thank you so much Meri! Such a delight having you on the program!
By Yue Tan on 08 Jun, 2021

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