As many people know I have been working consistently to help this potent medicine come through smoothly and efficiently and with as little trauma as possible. To this end I have been working with others to help develop various protocol and guidelines, eg, Minimum safety standards for servers, Choosing a facilitator, Code of ethics, Toad Handling protocols, Training for Facilitators, Peer review accreditation, etc.
Due to the problems resulting from of a lack is skilled facilitators, last year I organised a facilitators sharing retreat in Mexico with one of the most experienced Mexican Toad Practitioners, Hari Har. She design a retreat that helped people already on the serving path to increase their skills especially around safety issues and integration. Since then I have participated in a regional gathering of guides where 10 servers gathered and shared.
Building on from those gatherings I have teamed up with Hari again with support from other experienced facilitators, to design and run another gathering for facilitators so they can share and up skill in the week before WBAC in Mexico in July. I have be guided by and journeyed with, all the facilitators coming to this retreat and can confirm they are of the highest caliber of medicine holders. If there are people serving out there that would like to learn and share with very experienced facilitators then I suggest they have a look at what we are offering on my website and link below.
I would also like to see a move away from the fly in fly out traveling “shaman” towards weekend or week long retreats, so the initiate has plenty of time to prepare and experience this ceremony with no time constraints and the ability to integrate the experience in a safe supporting environment with an experienced facilitator and support crew. We will look at this organisational process.
I know there are many people who have had this medicine who want to become evangelist, get some toad and blow out the world. There are also others who would like the power, glory and the money from serving. This is unlikely this coarse is for you. This is for someone who has been working extensively with this medicine themselves over a decent period of time, who has studied all they can, worked HARD with the sacrament, worked with a mentor, and has already been serving friends and family quite a bit.
If anyone is considering coming or applying to this gathering please know that there is an extensive application process including detailed forms, references, a short list, online zoom interviews and a long distance energy reading done from your photo. So this is only for the serious applicant/server who is on the genuine path of service with this sacrament. Anyone without this specific clear path need not apply.
Also it’s important to know that by doing this coarse does not guarantee that you will then be ready to serve or be recommended as a Facilitator as I believe that would take another Peer review assessment process. There is also a lot more work and study outside of this week that is necessary, including trauma counselling, integration, fist aid, experiences with the medicine, working with a mentor, etc
5% of proceeds from this gathering will go toward Toad conservation. I would like to see other facilitators take this on as well. For those who don’t have the time or money to travel to Mexico I suggest getting together with other servers in your area and sharing what you all know. It is not a competition, we are all creating this together.