Modern psychedelic psychotherapy is in many ways rooted in ancestral practices focused on spiritual healing. Ancestral cultures have used sacred plant medicines for millennia and their experience is a powerful resource for modern society. Interestingly enough, modern science continues to illuminate the value of ancestral approaches to health and healing.
In this class, Dr. Tafur will draw upon his own experience in Shipibo curanderismo and show how this spiritual work can be related to allopathic medicine's evolving understanding of wellness.
Furthermore, Dr. Tafur will present an integrative approach to psychedelic psychotherapy and spiritual healing, drawing upon advances in research in neuroscience, emotional biology, epigenetics, compassion, gratitude and sustainable healthcare.
Joe Tafur, M.D., is a Colombian-American family physician originally from Phoenix, Arizona. After completing his family medicine training at UCLA, Dr. Tafur spent two years in academic research at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry in a lab focused on mind-body medicine. After his research fellowship, over a period of six years, he lived and worked in the Peruvian Amazon at the traditional healing center Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual. There he worked closely with master Shipibo healer Ricardo Amaringo and trained in ayahuasca curanderismo. In his book "The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor's Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine," through a series of stories, Dr. Tafur shares his unique experience and integrative theories.