This week I had the pleasure of going on the podcast Psychedelic, hosted by Lucy Baldwin. Listen on all podcast platforms.
We talk about my book, Cactus Friends: A Psychedelic Love Story, and about a range of topics including alcohol addiction and psychedelics, wachuma, psilocybin mushrooms and ayahuasca, as well as psychedelic ethics, culture, synchronicity, and the value of community and human connection.
Lucy Baldwin’s podcast focuses on all things psychedelic and therapeutic, and on her work as a psychedelic integration coach. She helps people integrate their psychedelic experiences back into their normal life, so they can receive continuing benefits from ceremonies long after they return home.
Sometimes, after an intense, entheogenic experience, individuals can suffer from feeling overwhelmed, or disconnected. They may have increased sensitivity and may need extra support.
In the book, Cactus Friends: A Psychedelic Love Story, the main character, Thelma, suffers from the need for psychedelic integration. In the story, she experiences an intense and confusing wachuma ceremony. She must work to understand that ceremony’s meaning to her life. The book follows her journey to integrate the messages she received from the wachuma and to create wholeness in her life. While Thelma does not visit an integration coach in the book, she does return to see the Shaman and his assistant, Maria, to help her understand the experience and her visions.
Lucy Baldwin primarily works with ayahuasca. She believes that the insights and fresh perspectives gained from safe psychedelic experiences can offer long-term healing and enrichment with the right integration.
You can find out more about Lucy Baldwin and her psychedelic integration coaching here.