Psychedelic Medicine:
Bridging the Gap between Ceremony and Therapy

An Educational Workshop for
Healthcare Professionals
with Dr. Clancy Cavnar, & Bia Labate, Ph.D.

August 4 - 11, 2019

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As psychedelic medicines make their way through clinical trials and into our modern healthcare system, there is a growing need for medical professionals to understand these medicines in order to best serve their patients. While most allopathic medicine does not require the doctor to have direct experience with the medicines they are prescribing, traditionally this has not been the case for psychedelic and plant medicines. From a cultural and traditional perspective, it is extremely valuable – if not imperative – that those who guide others through a psychedelic or plant medicine journey have an experiential understanding of the way in which these medicines work.

At Soltara, we believe it is important for medical professionals interested in the field of psychedelic psychotherapy to experience these medicines in a shamanic setting, one with deep ancestral roots that allows for each individual to undergo their own personal process. At the same time, we aim to create a space for informed discussion with like-minded professionals about the future of psychedelic psychotherapy, and the development of the practitioner to work within and around altered states of consciousness.

For this reason, Dr. Clancy Cavnar and Bia Labate, Ph.D., long-time luminaries in the field of plant medicines (read more below), are pleased to offer an opportunity for healthcare professionals to train, learn, and connect in an experiential, community-oriented, and ceremonial way with ayahuasca plant medicine. The goal of this workshop is to help inform and advance their practice, both now and in the future when these medicines become more widely available to their patients.

Some questions we will address include…

Does the psychedelic therapist have to drink/ingest or not the substance s/he is giving?

(Noting that this is a fundamental epistemological difference between ayahuasca shamanism and psychedelic therapy, as no shaman or guide would ever be considered legitimate without consuming the substance himself)

What is the role of set and setting?

(Noting that current practice defines set as things like “incense”, “flowers”, “nice music,” without necessarily addressing the general broader cultural context, which includes certain cosmology/views on what these substances are, etc.)

What is the difference between spiritual emergency and pathological mental health breaks?

As psychedelics are medicalized, how do we incorporate/dialogue with tradition and the sacred?

What can ayahuasca shamanism teach to psychedelic therapists?

Who is this workshop for?

We invite all healthcare professionals interested in the field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy to apply for this unique opportunity. Come and experience what it’s like to undergo an immersive healing process in the context of the deeply rooted traditions of the Shipibo people on the jungle-laden shores of Costa Rica. Throughout the week, Bia and Clancy will facilitate group discussions centered around topics of interest as the field develops, with the aim of promoting dialogue and advancing discourse around critical and relevant issues to current and/or future psychedelic therapists.


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A visit to Soltara includes:

  • 4 ayahuasca ceremonies with highly-experienced Peruvian female & male Shipibo healers
  • All meals in our conscious cuisine kitchen, prepared fresh daily from organic, pesticide-free, local sources in an ayahuasca-friendly manner
  • Multiple workshops and facilitated discussions throughout the week with Bia Labate, PhD, and Dr. Clancy Cavnar, surrounding topics as described above
  • Floral baths with medicinal plants lovingly prepared by our healers
  • Yoga classes for all levels throughout your stay
  • Breathwork and meditation sessions
  • Nature immersion & multiple walking trails in one of the most abundant & biodiverse regions on the planet
  • One-on-one consultations with our healers (and translator)
  • On-site integration workshops and sharing circles
  • Access to our creative space for music, art, writing, and dance
  • Access to our private on-site pool
  • Air-conditioning in all rooms
  • High-speed WiFi in all rooms (although we encourage all guests to disconnect as much as possible!)
  • Lifetime 10% discount for all return visits
  • Participation in our premiere integration program and community with a highly qualified integration support team
  • Access to a semi-private beach and equipment for kayaking and snorkeling in the pristine Gulf of Nicoya
Optional add-ons including:

  • Professional massages (included in single, and private couples lodging; additional cost for shared lodging)

About Dr. Cavnar and Bia Labate, Ph.D.

Dr. Clancy Cavnar has a doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA. She currently works in private practice in San Francisco, and is an Associate Director at the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines (, an organization that provides public education about psychedelic plant medicines and promotes a bridge between the ceremonial use of sacred plants and psychedelic science. She is also a research associate of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP). She combines an eclectic array of interests and activities as clinical psychologist, artist, and researcher. She has a master of fine arts in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, a master’s in counseling from San Francisco State University, and she completed the Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is author and co-author of articles in several peer-reviewed journals and co-editor, with Beatriz Caiuby Labate, of eight books.

Dr. Cavnar specializes in addiction treatment, psychodynamic, CBT, mindfulness, and transpersonal services offered (e.g. one on one, group sessions, integration circles, addiction recovery programs) for individual therapy, teletherapy, pre- and post ritual counseling. She is excited to offer her therapy services to the Soltara community.

Bia Labate has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of plant medicines, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, and religion. She is Executive Director of Chacruna (, an organization dedicated to providing public education and cultural understanding about plant medicines. She is Adjunct Faculty at the East-West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, and Visiting Professor at the Center for Research and Post Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Guadalajara. She is also Public Education and Culture Specialist at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). She is co-founder of the Drugs, Politics, and Culture Collective, in Mexico (, and co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP) in Brazil, as well as editor of NEIP’s website ( She is also Science and Culture Coordinator at Soltara Healing Center ( She is author, co-author, and co-editor of nineteen books, one special-edition journal, and several peer-reviewed articles (

Workshop Pricing


For those who prefer privacy and quiet, this luxurious and spacious suite features a king-size bed and accommodates a single guest of any gender. Also includes a free 1-hour massage with our licensed massage therapist.

$4770 USD


For couples who prefer privacy, our couples room features a king-size bed and accommodates two guests of any gender. Also includes a free 1-hour massage for each guest with our licensed massage therapist.

*Price for 2* | $6370 USD

Double Shared Suite:

For those seeking a more economical option, our shared suite has 2 king beds to accommodate up to 2 guests of the same gender, along with a private bathroom, shower, and ocean-view balcony.

$3590 USD

Quad Shared Suite:

For those seeking a more economical option, our shared quad suite has 2 custom full-size bunk beds to accommodate up to 4 guests, along with a private bathroom, shower, and ocean-view balcony.

$3150 USD