Somatic Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Integration Training

Somatic Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Integration Online Training

With Atira Tan, Somatic Trauma Specialist & Educator, M.A., and #1 best selling author

October 1st – 3rd 2021

Online Virtual Course

Atira has mapped the trauma recovery of hundreds of PM participants in her private practice as an integration trauma specialist and co-facilitates Trauma-informed and Somatic Experiencing Plant Medicine retreats and dietas in Peru with AYA Healing Retreats. She is also the pioneer and founder of the Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Program, which has over 150 graduates in 2 years.

Together, daily live Zoom classes, combined with lectures, follow-up mentoring, somatic psychology practices, teaching workshops, and hands-on dyads will be presented to provide a thorough understanding of the Somatic Plant Medicine Integration Model and a deepening in embodied communication and attunement to support the integration process in both body, heart and mind.

This training will provide students with an understanding of how to hold plant medicine experiences with safety and with care, and support the healing process during integration with awareness, attention, and compassion.



In recent years, the literature and research around working with the sacred plant medicines and psychedelics have grown, however, what’s still missing in the plant medicine world is what comes after the ceremonies. This stage of the work is called integration, and where the “real” work starts in life.

The profound healing experiences with plant medicine do not end with the ceremony. The real work begins at this stage. How we integrate the insights that we’ve learned in the plant medicine ceremony, the application of the tools and perspectives we receive will ultimately determine the transformation in our lives.

In addition, the plant medicine experience often brings up traumatic imprints and memories from the past, and without the right awareness, understanding, and care, participants can be re-triggered and unsupported, leading to a deeper experience of re-traumatization. This is prevalent in the plant medicine world.

Unfortunately, the integration process after a ceremonial experience is not given enough importance in this field, nor is there ample and adequate training for integration coaches to understand how we can help participants process trauma memories that can arise in the plant medicine space, to respond effectively, or to support the integration of plant medicine experiences fully in body, mind and in our participant’s lives

Trauma-Informed Somatic Plant Medicine Integration Model

Plant Medicine Integration, in an unregulated sacred medicine culture, is perceived at best as an add-on. It’s not well understood, and for that reason, trauma-informed plant medicine integration work which is trauma-informed does not receive attention both within the ceremony and without.

We need, therefore, to better understand the importance of integration and what it might, context depending, consist of in order to begin to conceive of it as equally as important as the medicine itself in promoting deep healing.

Integration, in our trauma-informed paradigm at AYA Healing Retreats, is about supporting participants to become an embodiment of their insights. If within the context of the sacred medicine experience we can turn our insights into a living reality, one that we use to create new behaviors and ways of responding to difficult people and circumstances in the busyness of our every day, we’ve become an embodiment of our insights.

In short, the objective of integration is for the insights received through the sacred medicine experience to be embodied and a living reality, instead of a collection of experiences that fade into the background. This integration space needs to be held with safety, care, and compassion, alongside an understanding of trauma foundations.

Learning to embody one’s sacred medicine insights in a holistic way, that is, with the full participation of one’s body, mind, and spirit and to have it manifest externally through one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors may be a lofty aspiration, but it is achievable, and what we consider to be the ultimate goal and guiding premise of any successful plant medicine integration practice.

Most plant medicines work with linking neurotransmitters in the brain, amongst many other things. It works somatically with intelligence which is wired in the nervous system and the body. This is the reason why there are many body sensations that arise with plant medicines, which may include heat, cold, purging, yawning, just to name a few. The language of the nervous system is SENSATIONS, and many plant medicines work with the automatic nervous system in its unique intelligence of healing.

Therefore, as most plant medicines work closely with the body/mind connection, the contemporary and emerging approaches of body-oriented psychotherapies and the bottom-up paradigm are essential and supportive in the integration process.

Online and Virtual

Dates: 1st – 3rd October

For PST & AEST Time Zones: 6 pm – 11.30 pm Los Angeles/ 11 am – 4.30 pm Sydney

For EST/ GMT/ CEST Time Zones: 7 am – 12.30 pm New York/ 12 pm – 5.30 pm London/ 1 pm – 6.30 pm Paris

Full Cost

$495 USD

Early Bird before 30th July


* This program can be taken as a self-paced learning experience. All live workshop videos are recorded and you have lifetime access to the content.

** Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking. Your booking is confirmation that you have read and agree to our terms and conditions.

*** Completion of the Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Program is highly encouraged but not compulsory for this program.

**** Payment plans are available for eligible concession and unemployed students.


Our Schedule

2 x 1 hr video lecture
2 x 2.5-hour Live Zoom Workshops
1 – 2 hrs of homework, practice sessions, and study (non-compulsory)
Follow-up Workshop: 1 x 2.5 Live Zoom Workshop on Sunday 24th October (not compulsory) to share and discuss learnings from practice sessions and homework assignments.

You will learn

Mod 1: Principles of Somatic Psychology
  • A foundation of Somatic Psychology
  • The Somatic Approach vs Talk Therapy Approaches
  • Building the Body-Mind Relationship
  • Polyvagal Theory and the Soul Nerve
Mod 2: Embodied Communication & Interoception
  • An introduction to Embodied Communication
  • Interoceptive Awareness
  • Self-Regulation and Co-Regulation
  • Inner and Outer Resources
Mod 3: Somatic Plant Medicine Integration Model
  • An overview of the Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Paradigm
  • An introduction to Somatic Plant Medicine Integration
  • Objectives and Goals for Somatic Plant Medicine Integration
  • The Model of Trauma-Informed Somatic Plant Medicine Integration
  • Practice Sessions

You will receive

  • 6 recorded video sessions which you will get to keep.
  • 15 hours of big group conferencing on the 24th – 26th September 2021.
  • The Live Zoom workshops will be recorded and you have lifetime access.
  • Your PDF manual.
  • 1 x 120 min group follow-up online session with Atira on the 24th October Sunday.  (Not Compulsory)
  • Access to our closed FB community group.

Your Facilitator during the Workshop, Atira Tan

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Atira is a powerful agent of transformation and change. She has touched the lives of thousands of women, men, and children around the world, supporting them through her 15 years of experience in various somatic and creative trauma recovery approaches. Passionate about creating safer spaces for everybody, and bringing healing and awareness in the “shadowy” arenas of life, Atira has worked as a trauma-informed integration specialist in retreats centers such as the Temple of the Way of Light and is currently the head of integration at AYA Healing Retreats. Atira has mapped the trauma recovery of hundreds of PM participants in her private practice as an integration specialist and facilitates Trauma-informed and Somatic Experiencing Ayahuasca retreats in Peru. She possesses an MA in Art Therapy, has a background in Transpersonal Art Therapy and Holistic Counselling, and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, amongst decades of training in many trauma-informed approaches such as EMDR. Atira has also worked for over a decade internationally in community organizations and international development as a consultant, clinician, and supervisor, as well as an educator in community settings. Read more about Atira Tan >>

What a life changing experience.The Training is a true treasure of knowledge and wisdom and shared with a caring and loving presence. The depth of insights into a variety of tools to create safer spaces is the most i have ever experienced in any training. But besides the theoretical teachings, what touched me the most was how space was held and naturally became the soil for our personal softening into the journey. And with that we were able to truly experience the effect of a teacher who fully embodies what she teaches. And that is a priceless gift i will benefit from for the rest of my life.

– Florianne Wohlfahrt
Psychologist, Trauma Informed Life and Integration Coach, Germany.

Wow!! Thank you so much Atira!!!!! I just want to say thank you for holding space for such an incredible informational experience in this Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Workshop. I feel that I have SO many resources now to draw upon now. You are filled with experience and hold such a beautiful. vibrant energy that is powerful, but also open and level with the people you work with in such a way that it is easy to feel safe, and seen in your presence! True magic!

– Molly Moon
Grandmother Facilitator, Isreal.

This TIPM workshop’s deep dive into the realms of living impeccable service was nothing short of life changing.

I remembered so much about the nervous system, about my life, about my purpose, about the bridges between paradigms and the collective trauma on the Earth. I was deeply warmed, inspired, challenged and excited by the entire experience.

Atira transmits genuine, care, curiosity, understanding and expertise. She is devoted to providing safe spaces for people to heal and her life’s work is testimony to her wisdom and character.

If you’re curious to learn about the nature of trauma and how to access and support its healing potential, this body of work is well worth opening your heart and mind to.

– Melanie Gunn
Naturopath and Transpersonal Art Therapist, Australia

As someone who has supported hundreds of individuals through deep-immersion plant medicine healing I always felt there was a missing piece in my skill set. While the traditional shamanic lens is profoundly powerful, my role as a facilitator is largely about building a bridge between the worlds of our foreign patients and the indigenous healing modalities they are participating in.

This trauma-informed plant medicine facilitation course has put language and science to the most important aspects of my work in ways I never could. I feel it empowered me to create safer, more integrated, and more compassionate healing containers for myself, the healers I work with and of course our patients. I now feel that anyone working to facilitate healing of any kind should be trauma informed as a foundational part of their approach. In fact, as we face the mounting challenges of todays world, I feel we can’t afford not to be.

Lara Charlotte
Co-Founder at The Garden of Peace, Ayahuasca and Master Plant Healing Centre, Peru.

I’m super grateful for this unique program. Atira’s extensive knowledge on the subject of trauma and working within the PM context has been immensely beneficial. I’ve gained a deeper sense of how to hold the container of healing, which in turns open doors for journeyers to be met with more compassion, understanding and safety to move through their process.

This program is essential for anyone supporting or facilitating PM ceremonies and the process of preparation and integration.

– Simone McKay
Somah Journeys Founder, Canada

I just came out of the 1st Trauma-informed Plant Medicine Facilitation online training with Atira Tan from Aya Healing Retreats and wow!!

I cannot recommend this training enough for anyone working in the PM space – whether you are pouring medicine, a supporter/facilitator, a pre or post-ceremonial integration specialist, or even a student of the plants.

In fact, I feel that this should be a basic foundational training (alongside 1st Aid) for all healers and support staff.

As the medicine continues to gain momentum in its spread across the globe- we are beginning to see and hear more and more stories of harm from its unskilful use, the lack of quality screening and preparation beforehand, the lack of integration support afterwards and/or the limited understanding of trauma activation and re-traumatisation during retreats and ceremonies.

I feel that, in addition to traditional training, this community would benefit hugely from having facilitators and spaces rooted in a basic understanding of the nervous system and how to work skillfully with trauma survivors (and of course, how to work with our own trauma when it shows up in these spaces).

I personally feel that Atira is an excellent bridge and guide into the intersectional realms of plant medicine and trauma therapy.

– Skye Cielita Flor
Wilderness Therapist, South Africa

My mind and heart are in deep amazement and gratitude as I apply all that I learned in the Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine workshop. Now more than ever, the world is in need of people who have the ability to listen and hold open space, as the entire human population is currently undergoing a traumatic event. This course is filled with gems of how to meet and support those who are intensely impacted by trauma at any stage of life. I highly recommend this course/workshop, not only to those who are interested in the relationship between trauma and plant medicine but anyone who is curious about understanding human relational patterns to self and society.

Atira shares in-depth knowledge and expertise of trauma studies while offering takeaways that are applicable for ceremonies, friendships, and even for common conversations during the COVID time. Atira and Elio’s work is much needed in the world.

– Betty Gottwald
Photographer & Kambo Facilitator, USA.

If you are ready to engage in serious trauma healing work, Atira is the practitioner to go for. Her own genuine humanness consistently lived and embodied, and her outstandingly compassionate nature create a strong and safe therapeutic container that cannot be surpassed. After a search for decades for the right trauma therapist, all thumbs up for her, as the healing and transformation, I’ve been looking for has finally become real!

– Jessica Bertram
Eco-Tour Guide, Germany.

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