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Episode Info: In this episode, Kyle joins in conversation with Dr. Daniela Peluso, Cultural Anthropologist and Associate Director at Chacruna. In the show, they discuss guidelines for the awareness of against sexual abuse in Ayahuasca ceremony. 3 Key Points: Ayahuasca settings bring together shamans and participants, and with the increasing occurrence of such encounters, there is an alarming rate of incidences where shamans make sexual advances toward participants during or following ceremonies. Ayahuasca is a commonly used substance for seducing participants looking for healing, whom then return from their retreats needing additional healing from sexual abuse. This guideline reviews some of the key behaviors to look out for and ways to prepare before attending an Ayahuasca retreat to avoid and protect oneself against sexual abuse. Support the show Patreon Leave us a review on iTunes Share us with your friends – favorite podcast, etc Join our Facebook group - Psychedelics Today group – Find the others and create community. Navigating Psychedelics                                        Show Notes Daniela Daniela has a PhD in Anthropology She was living with Indinenous people in Amazonia She conducted field work in the Amazonian regions of Peru over the last two decades, particularly Ese Eja She is on the board of Directors at Chacruna's Institute for sexual abuse She wrote an article on Ayahuasca and was noticed Guidelines There was an initiative that made a guideline for doing Ayahuasca but it was held back because there are so many different ways ceremony can be performed and it wasn't accurate Drinking with friends is wise Drinking with experienced women or a couple is another wise move Abuse mainly happens to women but it does happen to men as well There is a higher chance for a person to speak up when they have someone they know and trust there with them Ayahuasca tourism is why sexual abuse is such a problem When someone doesn't know that touch is out of the norm in ceremony, they might accept it because they were never informed that it's wrong They may think that being touched sexually is just a part of the ceremony, and it's not AyaAdvisors and Tripadvisor are both decent resources for reviews on Ayahuasca centers/ceremonial retreats Unless something goes terribly wrong, you will usually get good reviews Places also change over time It's not necessary for healers to touch intimate parts of your body or any area to which you do not consent  There are forms of healing where the body is touched, so it's important for the person to make known what is okay and not okay from the start Curaciones, Sopladas and Limpiezas do not require you to remove your clothes  If a shaman removes clothing, that may be a warning sign because that is not a part of tradition Look out for warning signs that a healers intentions with you might be sexual When healers start to talk about how they aren't married or that they can give you ‘special t...
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