Meet the Team
Integration Therapist, Retreat Facilitator, PSYCH-K Practitioner
As the founder of Ayahuasca! Now What? Sophia is dedicated to help people fully integrate their medicine experiences and bring the lessons, transformations and teachings of the plants into their grounded every day lives.
Sophia believes that the biggest transformations occur not in the jungle or ceremony space, but back home, when trying to put the new ways of being into practice.
She was born in the UK, and has an honours degree in Ancient History and has travelled all over the world, working as a therapist in many alternative modalities, which reflect her love of bringing ancient wisdom teachings into the modern world.
With her integration clients, she uses a number of different therapeutic tools including PSYCH-K, Counselling, Crystal Therapy and Shamanic Healing. It is her belief that all wisdom lies within each of us and so she specialises in allowing people to tap into their own inner resources to understand and work with their medicine experiences in order to bring further growth and healing and fully embodied integration.
Integration Therapist & Retreat Facilitator
Cynthia is 44 years young and lives in The Netherlands. She holds a MSc degree in Business Administration and worked as a business consultant in organisational change processes. Since 2011 she works as a self-employed trauma sensitive life-coach and integrative therapist and is acknowledged by her national public health care system.
In 2016 Cynthia immersed herself into the Shipibo curanderismo tradition during a retreat in the Amazon jungle. Her aim was to restore her health by healing the remnants of a chronic illness, in which she greatly succeeded. In 2017 she returned to the Amazon for an Ayahuasca Curandero Initiation Course, where Cynthia and Sophia met each other. Cynthia frequently visits the jungle to deepen her study. She recently worked as a guest facilitator for the Ayahuasca Foundation’s four week Healing Empowerment Course in the new Riosbo Ayahuasca Research Center.
It is Cynthia’s mission to facilitate people in finding wholeness within themselves, and to support their healing from trauma and life’s adversities. She works with the presupposition that every wound also holds important gifts, which she helps to find, unwrap and integrate. During her own integration phase after the training her plant teachers called to shift her focus of her plant medicine work towards facilitating the integration processes. And this is where Sophia and Cynthia were propelled into the making of Ayahuasca! Now what?
Cynthia brings a treasure trove of tools and methodologies. She was trained in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Trauma Life Work (Peter Levine), Systemic Work (e.g. Family Constellations, Bert Hellinger), hot (hatha) yoga and Plant Medicine. She works with people’s unconscious parts, because this is where the greatest potential for healing lies dormant. Tapping into that area can be very effective, since it is normally out of scope for many people and nevertheless determines 95% of their behaviour in daily life. She guides her clients through this landscape with warmth, confidence, lightness, determination and a touch of playfulness.
Ayahuasca! Now What? is the brain-child of Sophia, who has dedicated the last 3 years to facilitating Ayahuasca healing retreats in the Amazon in Northern Peru and working with Master Plant diets.
Returning to the UK in November 2017, she began her own long integration journey. She also saw how many people are now drinking this potent medicine and heard story after story of how they did not have the right ongoing support required to be able to work with their experiences, or ground the valuable lessons into their daily lives, sometimes with painful consequences. Her motivation and drive has now shifted to supporting people through this process, providing online counselling and now integration retreats with Cynthia.
In May 2017 Cynthia entered the Shamanic wilderness of Peru for the second time to deepen her work with Ayahuasca and learn more about plant medicines as used by native Shipibo Curanderos. Sophia facilitated that course, and the bond of friendship was seeded. Since then it has grown deep roots and their shared passion for guiding people to discovering their wholeness has resulted in this fruitful collaboration.
Ayahuasca! Now What? is a dedicated community space where people can come together and gather all the information they need to drink Ayahuasca safely and to continue with their work, long after the ceremony is over.
We hope to create the world's number one space that connects people with therapists, peer support, information and guidance on all topics from choosing where to drink, to working out the next steps on returning back to earth.
To provide layers of safety and protection for space holders and drinkers alike, there is a secure, members only, subscription area which gives access to more content and information. (coming soon!)
We also offer one to one therapy sessions, webinars, workshops and immersive integration retreats all over the world.
Ultimately, Cynthia and I are dedicated to creating a thriving community and a collaborative network of professionals all over the globe, in order to support and serve those who drink Ayahuasca and who wish to participate in their own healing.
To register your interest in a retreat or to schedule a one to one session with Sophia or Cynthia please send us a message using the form below