Our team members all have rich histories of psychedelic experience and confidential client work. Even more important, they are kind, understanding, and honest.
Daniel Sitaram Das Shankin
After a profound and intense awakening experience in 1998, Daniel dove deep into his yoga and meditation practice to stabilize his realization in his body and the world. He began teaching in 2002, and took over leadership of his neighborhood yoga studio in 2004. He’s directed several teacher training programs and taught on the faculty of even more. Once, he taught vedic mythology at an online wiccan theological seminary in second life. Daniel ‘Sitaram Das’ Shankin has dedicated his life to the cultivation of clarity, resilience, and heart. With the recognition that our true nature is vast and generous, wise, he strives to serve his clients in finding their own innate goodness and boundless strength. He currently offers leadership coaching with a heavy emphasis on mindfulness and somatics, and is based in Marin County. You can visit his website and learn more about coaching opportunities at sitaramdas.com.
I received a PhD in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in 2005. My dissertation research entitled, The Challenges of the Return from a Shamanic Odyssey: A Heuristic Exploration, involved a ten-year apprenticeship with Pablo Sanchez MSW, a Native American curandero, who’s approach derives from the lineage of Maria Sabina. I am Co-founder of the Human Science Research Institute at UWG. I’ve worked as a Research Associate at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, UCSF, MacArthur Foundation Research Program on Conscious & Unconscious Mental Processes; Staff Counselor, Rhythm Society, Council on Spiritual Practices; Extended Faculty at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS); Recipient of a Circle of Bridge-Makers Award in 2004; Alum. Advisor & Board Member, E.R.I.E., 2012-18; Peer-Counselor, M.A.P.S. 2017 Psychedelic Science Conference Workshop, Integrating Psychedelic Experiences. Recent Presentations: Psychedelic Society, ERIE & Spiritual Emergence Group at CIIS. Current research interests include: shamanism, sacred initiation process for post-modern culture, Integral Psychology of Sri Aurobindo, The Self Archetype as the Vessel for Lucid Awakening
Sarah Scheld works for the MDMA Therapy Training Program, operated by the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation, to help educate health professionals and researchers to provide MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD in approved settings. In addition to her role at MPBC, Sarah continues her own training in the field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and is also engaged with education and advocacy related to somatics, psychedelics, and social change, focusing mainly on trauma-informed approaches to psychedelic healing and culture. As an ongoing student of the Hakomi method and Somatic Experiencing, she has specialized in supporting individuals facing challenges around embodiment and seeking freedom from internalized oppression, particularly adult survivors of relational trauma. As a graduate (MA) of the California Institute of Integral Studies, her research and practice focus on the intersection of Western psychotherapy and entheogenic shamanism, and on harnessing the transformative potential of psychedelic psychotherapeutic work for social and ecological justice. After three years engaged with land-based healing and permaculture at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, her study of ecological systems and wild animal behavior continues to inform her belief in human resilience. She is passionate about the role of trauma awareness and the skillful use of psychedelic medicines in helping to heal people, communities, and environments. With a background in production design, she is also excited to be co-developing a film project related to the psychedelic field.
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