Author: Inaki berazaluce

“Our goal is to train psychedelic therapists from a humanistic approach.”

BMed Global was born with the vocation of training many of these professionals in psychedelic therapy, as explained in this interview by its founder, transpersonal psychologist Karina Bertolotto. “We are going to need 100,000 psychedelic therapists in the next few years,” says Rick Doblin, the founder of MAPS and one of the key people in the current ‘Psychedelic Renaissance’. BMed Global was born with the vocation of training many of these professionals in psychedelic therapy, as explained in this interview by its founder, transpersonal psychologist Karina Bertolotto. Here...

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“Illness is always a misalignment of that which is harmonious in us”

Joel Olivé’s path towards music therapy has been a journey back in time, from electronic music to archaic instruments, which he makes with his own hands. “The archaic instruments affect a more irrational part of the being”, Olivé tells us in this interview on the occasion of the online course ‘Introduction to Psychedelic Music Therapy’, by BMed Global, the training branch of BMed, which will culminate with a retreat with psychiatrist Peter Hess, pioneer of Gong therapy, and his wife Heike, next March in Catalonia. Here you can watch and listen to the full interview: “Music”...

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“The medical establishment is trying to monopolise the use of psychedelics, and this is a real problem”

On February 16th will start the course ‘Working Miracles: Mindfulness & Psychedelics’, a six weeks online course imparted by Dr. Galia Tanay, who is a practitioner of various ancient ways and teacher on the path of freedom. Galia spent many years in deep traditional Buddhist practice and had been teaching intensive meditation retreats for the past 11 years. Galia is a certified Yoga and she holds a Phd in Psychology.  We spoke with Galia about plant medicines, meditation, the online course and the pressencial course that will be held in Catalunya next April 2023. Here you can listen...

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Declaration of the IV Indigenous Ayahuasca Conference: “The spirituality of indigenous peoples is not for sale”

The IV Indigenous Ayahuasca Conference, organised by the Yorenka Tasorentsi Institute (IYT), took place between 25 and 29 September 2022 at its headquarters located in the municipality of Marechal Thaumaturgo, Acre Brazil, on the banks of Río Juruá. The meeting was attended by 389 people, of whom 244 were indigenous and 145 non-indigenous. Among the main themes addressed during those five days were: the protection of the territories of life in the Amazon and their relationship with the world; the challenges faced by current generations to maintain the culture of their peoples; the ethics that...

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“Mental health drugs are like driving a car with both the accelerator and the brake pressed at the same time”

The Barcelona-based Andero Lab has received a Leonardo grant of 40,000 euros from Fundación BBVA for its research into the physiology and treatment of traumatic stress. In an interview published by El País, its founder, neuroscientist Raúl Andero Galí, explains what is known today about this pathology and the limitations offered by current psychiatric drugs to treat this and other ailments: “The drugs now available in mental health, for non-neurological psychiatric disorders, are anxiolytics, to treat anxiety, and antidepressants. These drugs target receptors that are expressed almost...

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The pioneering MDMA study that would have put Spain at the forefront of the psychedelic renaissance

In the next year or two, MDMA will become the first psychedelic drug to be approved as a psychiatric medication by the FDA in the United States. This has been made possible by the perseverance of Rick Doblin and his long-time organisation, MAPS, which has spent years and hundreds of millions of dollars on scientific studies to prove that this molecule, known on the street as “ecstasy“, is effective in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, among other promising applications. Twenty-five years ago, in the late 1990s, a pioneering study carried out in Spain reached (or,...

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«The psychedelic experience is key to the therapeutic mechanism of action of ketamine»

Julia Javkin is a psychiatrist expert in addictions and a pioneer in psychedelic therapy in Spain. The Clinical Coordinator of Fundación Beckley Med has been treating patients with depression for a year with the only psychedelic drug legally approved in Spain: ketamine. The results are “surprising”, in her words, as are the testimonies of the people treated: «Ketamine has given me back the will to live», «I managed to get out of the black hole I was in». We talked to Julia about depression, ketamine and supportive psychotherapy in treatments with psychedelic substances. What...

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‘How to Change Your Mind’, the Netflix series that’s set to boost the Psychedelic Renaissance

Last week, Netflix began airing ‘How to Change Your Mind’, the four-episode miniseries about psychedelics based on the book of the same name by Michael Pollan and presented by and starring the writer himself, who over the last five years has become a true champion of the so-called Psychedelic Renaissance. Pollan was already an acclaimed and best-selling author thanks to his books on food and, more generally, on the relationship between human beings and the plant kingdom. As he recounts in ‘How to change your mind’, Pollan had never tried a psychedelic drug until the...

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“Ketamine treatment has given me back the will to live”

Three and a half years of depression, a suicide attempt and a long wandering through psychologists, psychiatrists, hospitals and all kinds of psychotropic drugs. This is the – inevitably incomplete – summary of the long and painful process of Mireia, a 47-year-old woman, until she reached the ketamine treatment that has finally “allowed her to see the light at the end of the tunnel”. Mireia already had a history of depression, an episode at the age of 18, but she was on the verge of succumbing to a depression that began four years ago, as a result of abuse from her...

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“Ayahuasca allowed me to ‘reconnect’ with my mother and understand the reasons that led her to commit suicide”

Ayahuasca is a “non-specific adaptogenic tool”, so its forms of action are versatile and virtually infinite. One of them has to do with its ability to “resolve unfinished business”, for example, when a sudden death occurs and many things remain unsaid between the deceased and his or her relatives. This is the case of a 29-year-old woman suffering from complicated grief who managed to reduce her grief symptoms thanks to ayahuasca and the integration of the experience with the ‘restorative retelling’ technique, developed by the psychologist Robert A. Neimeyer...

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