Our Team is Our Most Valuable Asset
Integration is the most important phase of any medicine experience. It can be understood as the master key that catalyzes maximum transformation within an individual’s experience. To get the most of a 5-MeO-DMT experience, integration is non-negotiable. The process itself is hard work. It can bring to the surface challenging realizations, and recognition of behavior and thought patterns that no longer serve your purpose. This is why we take such pride in the members of our team.
Meet The Retreat Leaders and Integration Specialists
Founder & CEO of Kaivalya Kollectiv and President of Tandava Retreats
Joël Brierre (aka: Joël the entheogenic yogi) is a pioneer in the modern psychedelic movement, and has years of experience in the realm of 5-MeO-DMT and the Bufo Alvarius toad. His unique approach of applying classical non-dual yogic philosophy for both the preparation and integration from the entheogenic experience gained attention from around the world at the first World Bufo Alvarius Congress (WBAC) in 2018 and continues to shift the landscape of psychedelic use.
Joël leverages over a decade of retreat experience to curate a container that is designed to facilitate lasting change for participants. Drawing from a combination of timeless Eastern and contemporary Western integrative practices, Joël has ensured that Tandava Retreats give participants a container in which to safely unfold, explore the depths of their inner world, address underlying trauma, undergo cathartic release, and have the support system in place to help draw life-changing meaning from the experience.
With a heavy focus on integration and aftercare, Tandava Retreats give participants the means to create lasting change and find deeper states of peace than they ever thought possible.
Joël’s work at Tandava Retreats is consistently raising the bar for psychedelic and wellness offerings, working in breathtakingly beautiful settings around the world, and led by highly learned teachers and practitioners. Safety is Joël’s number one priority, followed closely by ensuring a warm and welcoming container that is both nurturing and expansive for each participant.
Head of Education
Victoria Wueschner’s introduction to the world of healing was through plant medicine. She has always loved jumping into the deep end, which is why she attended seven consecutive ayahuasca ceremonies in 2012 and realized she had found her path.
Victoria explored the world, working with different psychedelic plant medicines with both indegenous and modern teachers. In 2016, she completed her Yoga teacher training in Bali, along with her levels one and two Reiki certification before returning home to Vancouver Island to share these gifts and deepen her fascination with plant medicines.
After taking time to honor her own process and growth, Victoria stepped into the role of medicine practitioner, with a goal of helping others on their own unique journeys. In early 2019. She completed her Kambo training and certification through IAKP in Thailand.
Victoria then completed her training with the powerful medicine of the Bufo Alvarius toad, said to be the most powerful psychoactive experience known to man. Deeply moved by the force of this medicine, she immersed herself in the toad community, learning all she could in order to best serve those whose journey brought them to experience 5-MeO-DMT.
Victoria is President of the education platform F.I.V.E., a Head Retreat Leader for Tandava Retreats, as well as Head of Education for Kaivalya Kollectiv. With a focus on using the Hero’s journey as a lens, Victoria assists participants explore their own innermost workings and helps them unravel the very thought processes that have caused turbulence to their minds so they can enjoy a more peaceful state of mind.
Intuitive Coach and Spiritual Wellness Practitioner.
Shanda Catrice is an Intuitive Coach and Spiritual Wellness Practitioner. She is a Certified Reiki Energy Healer, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) trained Meditation Teacher, and a Psychedelic Integration Circle Facilitator who has over 10 years of experience in leading life-changing workshops, sacred circles, meditation classes and coaching retreats that have helped women create powerful transformation in their lives.
She is passionate about sacred plant medicines as a channel for spiritual emergence, expansion, healing, and liberation. Her work and spiritual practices are rooted in shadow integration, attachment theory, and the ancestral and indigenous spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora.
Psychedelic Integration and Transformational Coach, Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Master Instructor in Integrated Energy Therapy
Greg Lawrence is a Psychedelic Integration and Transformational Coach and an active member of the Southern California psychedelic community. In addition to his private practice Greg works as a Psychedelic Integration Coach with:
The Transpersonal Center, a psychotherapy practice located in Los Angeles, as well as two organizations that focus on psychedelic advocacy, education, harm reduction and integration:
Psychedelic Experience Integration (PsychedeLiA), where he does integration work with clients one-on-one and has for nearly five years facilitated bi-weekly Community Integration Circles; and
Innerspace Integration, where he serves as a member of their Integration Support Network.
In working with people Greg draws upon his studies and knowledge of psychology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, integrative coaching, meditation, and energy/body work, as well as his own deep experience using psychedelics and entheogens for personal and spiritual growth.
Psychedelic Integration Coach, Kambo Practitioner, Breath-work & Meditation Instructor
Otto is a certified and practicing Psychedelic Integration Guide, Kambo practitioner, Breathwork facilitator, Psychedelic educator with Psychedelic School, and a spiritual and emotional well being teacher. His personal spiritual path has led him from personal tragedy and a mental health crisis, to spending months studying meditation at Ashrams in northern India, experiencing master plant dietas in the Peruvian jungle, studying psychedelic integration, jungian psychology, and transformational recovery. Finding inspiration and resonance from the teachings of depth psychology, Jiddu Krishnamturi, abstract expressionism, and plant medicine.
Through his studies and trans-personal experiences it became apparent that these series of “tragedies” in his life were actually the hallmarks of an alchemical process of awakening into a deeper, more meaningful and soulful life. It is his personal conviction that our most direct source of meaning and communion with our essence and vitality is to connect to and uncover the language of this alchemical process, the language of what moves through us.
The main focus of his work is assisting others in bridging the gap between their plant medicine/spiritual experiences and their everyday lives. He enjoys riding motorcycles, reading jungian psychology, daydreaming, drinking far too much coffee, crying, poetry, sharing music, ideas, minimalism, nomadic living, long-boarding, and dark humor.
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