Ayahuasca: Theoretical Seminary

Traditional and modern usage

Creating a third way of use

If you are interested in the world of ayahuasca,

then this course is for you

The taking of ayahuasca in Amazonian cultures and in the West; types of mixtures; minimum psychospiritual, environmental and material requirements.

Introduction and minimum requirements on how to guide sessions. Use in psychotherapy: protocols, therapeutic and setting conditions. Benefits of ayahuasca usage.

The seminar lasts 20 hours.

“In 1991, I began to investigate the use of ayahuasca amongst the native peoples of the high Ecuadorian Amazon. This formed part of my scientific studies in the fields of shamanism and ethnopsychology. Since that time, the acceptance of ayahuasca, true medicine of the soul when it is used well, has consistently grown in the west; whether in the form of religious rites, psychotherapy treatments, general consumption, or a search for transpersonal experiences.

In some form, and without attributing any personal merit, I feel like one of the parents of ayahuasca’s arrival to the west. My anthropological studies pioneered its arrival, and I have not stopped in promoting and supporting other studies to develop new ways of ayahuasca understanding and use in the west. I am pleasantly surprised and filled with joy that in more than 20 years, the growing use of ayahuasca has not ceased and that it continues to influence scientific studies.

Ayahuasca is no longer something of heterodox and avant-garde minorities. Therefore, the time has come to convey seriously and openly how to take ayahuasca in a constructive way, how to avoid dangers, and how to guide groups of people seeking the experience of expanded consciousness, whether as a form of psychotherapy, spiritual practise or for another purpose. This is the present course that I offer you.”




Founder and Campus Director.

Barcelona 1955, Doctorate in anthropology from the University of Barcelona, writer, teacher and investigator. Current director of Can Benet Campus and the Society of Applied Ethnopsychology. President of the foundation that carries his name. The only thing that succeeds in pulling him away from his work, that he is passionate about, and that wakes up his luminous smile is his daughter, Adriana.

Has also studied high level courses in drama and psychology. Specialist in cognitive anthropology, ethnomusicology, shamanism and ethnopsychology. Researcher of expanded states of consciousness and the cultural use of entheogens. Pioneer in the use of ayahuasca therapeutically in Europe. Has received various official prizes for his scientific work. Author of 16 books and co-author of 13 more. Amongst them are: Epopteia: To Advance Without Forgetting, Los Jíbaros: Hunters of Dreams, Towards the Light of Ayahuasca, Aging: An Anthropology of Old Age, A Review of Shamanism, Entheogens and Science, Mushrooms and the Genesis of Cultures, Becoming Young and many more.

Dr. José Carlos BOUSO

Guest Profesor.

Psychologist, has worked as a researcher at the Autonomous University of Madrid and in the Center for Research of Medicines at Hospital Sant Pau. He has conducted research on the therapeutic benefits of MDMA (“ecstasy”) in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Has also conducted research on the long-term mental health effects of various drugs such as cannabis, cocaine and ayahuasca. He is a regular contributor to Cañamo and Cannabis Magazine, and the author of the book, What are Synthetic Drugs? (published by RBA Integral). He has been the director of the Psychonautic Collection at Amargord Publisher, where he authored the books Cannabis, LSD, Heroine and Analogs of Ayahuasca. He has co-authored numerous articles, published in scientific and popular magazines, and contributed chapters to various books. Currently working for the ICEERS Foundation (International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Services; www.iceers.org).




  • Ayahuasca today, union of two traditions: shamanism and psychedelics.
  • Various modern contexts for usage: shamanic, religious, therapeutic, neoshamanic


  • Guide: human quality, humility, experiential and technical knowledge
  • “Field” concept in indigenous and Western traditions
  • Minimum required experience to guide sessions
  • Various ritualistic forms for guiding sessions: religious, therapeutic, shamanic and others.
  • Intoxication, potential accidents and how to resolve them
  • Integration of the session: methods, styles


  • Material aspects
  • Psychological aspects
  • Spiritual aspects
  • Traditional objectives in the indigenous world
  • Objectives for sessions undertaken in the West


  • Ayahuasca today, union of two traditions: shamanic and psychedelic
  • Various modern contexts for usage: shamanic, religious, therapeutic, neoshamanism



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