Alvaro de Ferranti
Co Founder of Tabula Rasa Retreat™ and Faith Retreats™
Álvaro has a keen interest in the therapeutic benefits of Iboga, and other Entheogens. Especially, the part they play with arresting addiction to harmful substances and behaviours. More importantly, his focus is on holistic, consistent, and compassionate aftercare. Having experienced multiple plant medicine journeys, his most profound experiences were a result of partaking in sacred mushroom therapies, leading to long-lasting and positive changes in his life.
It is clear to him that psilocybin alleviated his occasional feelings of depression, helped him feel more connected to the world around him and enhanced his self-acceptance.
Furthermore, these experiences enabled him to reframe the way he viewed himself and his life. He further noticed that pre-care, integration, and aftercare were the keystones of this prescription.
Álvaro is co-owner of the visionary, and ambitious Tabula Rasa Retreat project in Portugal. It is a natural progression to amalgamate his experience from running the world’s premier ibogaine treatment centre, Tabula Rasa Retreat, to further good use, in the is case, his new brand of wellness events – Faith Retreats – held a Quinta da Fé, the home of Tabula Rasa.
He now joins forces with retreat leader, and ceremony guide Jessica Grotfeldt, who is a renowned expert in the field of sacred mushroom therapy.
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Founder of "Luz Eterna Retreats"
Retreat leader, and ceremony guide Jessica Grotfeldt is a leading expert in the field of sacred mushroom therapy.
As founder of Luz Eterna Retreats (www.luzeteraretreats.com), Jessica works side by side with plant medicine ceremony leaders from all over the world. Her extensive training with plant medicines has taken her from the Andes Mountains of Ecuador to the highlands of Oaxaca, Mexico ancestral home of the venerable mushroom “curandera” Maria Sabina. Jessica’s carefully curated retreat experiences combine spirit-based medicine ceremonies, with modern psychedelic integration practices and workshops that provide meaningful tools for long term transformation. Jessica brings over 20 years of experience as a psychedelic guide and retreat leader for both group and private journeys. Her work has been featured in numerous publications such as Vice and Double Blind magazines, as well as, “Your Psilocybin Companion: An Informative Easy-to-Use Guide to Understanding Magic Mushrooms” by imminent psychedelic writer Michelle Janikian.
What makes Jess unique?
- Over 20 years working as a psychedelic guide, facilitator, and ceremony leader with psilocybin and sacred plant medicines
- Retreat leader and founder of both Luz Eterna Retreats (Oaxaca, Mex) and Sol Medicine Retreats (Yucatan, Mexico)
- Sacred ceremony training with recognized shamanic practitioners in Ecuador and among the sacred mushroom curanderos of Mexico.
- Recognized expert in the field of psychedelic medicine with multiple articles and books that include her work.
- Experienced psychedelic integration circle leader
- Licensed acupuncturist and non psycho-active plant medicine specialist
- Micro dosing coach
- Meditation guide
Sound healer, Musician, Reiki Master, Holistic Therapist, Pranic Healer
Since childhood Johnny felt a deep spiritual calling to explore both sound and holistic healing on his awakening path. He experienced life changing transformative effects through his study and practice of Reiki, deepening his intuition and trust in universal guidance. Exploring sound through various instruments and vocal activations he was then intuitively guided to unite sound with healing.
Johnny spends much of his time exploring the beneficial effects of instruments, studying and discovering various ways of healing through sound.
Combining his deep interest in Universal Energy – in all its creative manifestations – with his intuition and curiosity in healing frequencies, Johnny is passionate about universal healing through sound. He combined all his learnings in one unique Therapy and called it Kior Therapy.
We are delighted to combine Johnny’s live sound-craft into our psilocybin healing retreats for the ultimate sensory experience. Johnny intuitively knows where to take you with his music. You will be treated to Chakra Activation with Crystal Singing Bowls, Vocal Toning, Sound baths and of course, “the ultimate sound journey”.
Tessa van de Ven
Inner Travel Guide
In her role as a retreat facilitator, ceremony guide and shamanic storyteller, Tessa takes individuals on introspective journeys to connect with their true nature and authentic self. She has been organizing group retreats and facilitating psilocybin-truffle ceremonies for Synthesis Retreat from the start, held space for sessions with the Iboga root bark and creates entheogenic retreat programs and supportive workshops on demand with her company Inner Travel Guide.
Entheogens entered Tessa’s world when she experienced a challenging identity crisis and sought out nature-based healing modalities. This exploration of self-healing led her towards indigenous communities in the Atlantic and Amazonian rainforests of Brazil, traditional rituals from entheogen-using cultures and international psychedelic conferences working with skilled guides and studies in the transformative potential of natural compounds.
Tessa's strong intuitive abilities, empathy skills and deep connection with psychoactive plants and fungi make her a natural guide in supporting fellow travellers through expanded states of consciousness. Her own visionary experiences have ignited a lifelong passion for the relationship between human wellbeing and nature connectedness and made her strongly believe that entheogens play an essential role in a more connected way of living with ourselves, others and the natural world.