About the Guest
Françoise Bourzat has been bridging the divide between western psychology and indigenous wisdom in collaboration with healers in Huaulta de Jiminez, Mexico for the past 30 years. She is a co-founder of the Center for Consciousness Medicine, which trains people to become guides in a holistic method of psychedelic-assisted therapy. She is also the co-author of Consciousness Medicine, published by North Atlantic Books.
Françoise served on the advisory board for the Oregon Prop 109 initiative and is currently collaborating with the Pacific Neuroscience Institute in an FDA-approved research study on psilocybin-assisted therapy for Covid-related grief.
She has a Master of Arts in Somatic Psychology and is trained in the Hakomi Method. Françoise has taught at California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, is a counselor, and runs online courses and lectures in various institutions.
In this Episode, We Discuss:
- Plant medicine journeying as therapy – incorporating expanded states into our growth process.
- Psychedelic Psychotherapy Renaissance and the Neo-shamanistic movement.
- The importance of rooting in lineage, indigenous context, the thread of permission, and respectful sharing.
- The spiritual dimension of healing and avoiding spiritual bypassing.
- The relationship between pain and suffering; and the role of meaning in the transmutation of suffering.
- The role of fear and what it is that we’re afraid of.
- Françoise’s five-part holistic model: body, mind, spirit, community, and environment.
Connect with Françoise
Websites: www.francoisebourzat.com; centerforcm.com
Quotes from the Episode
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