The Congregation for Sacred Practices offers a path to licensure as a minister for experienced, working entheogenic guides who are interested in holding medicine ceremonies and sacred practices above ground in a spiritual, religious context.

This seminar is a participatory workshop for working guides to re-vision their solo psychotherapeutic or medicine guiding practices into a communal, membership-oriented practice focused on healing and spiritual growth in both a spiritual and religious setting.

As a background context, the Congregation’s training program for new ministers is four years or more. Upon completion of Part 3, new graduates of the Congregation’s Training of Ministers are eligible to become Associate Ministers. Associate ministers serve as mentors, supervisors, group ceremonial facilitators, and organizational leaders. By the end of 2024, the Congregation’s Training of Ministers will have trained over 80 students through Part 2: Basics who will be licensed as Assistant Ministers with the Congregation.

For the Bridge Seminar, we are specifically in search of individuals with significant guiding experience and a leadership call to become Associate Ministers in the Congregation. In addition to joining a community of like minded medicine carriers that are themselves on a path of Awakening, the benefits of licensure for both Assistant and Associate Ministers are substantial and cover:

1) Working above ground protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

2) Practice support

3) Risk management

4) Community support

5) The opportunity to both give and receive ongoing education

6) Substantial tax and retirement advantages.

The Bridge Seminar is open to working guides who would like to become either Assistant or Associate Ministers in the Congregation. Applicants to the Bridge seminar should meet the following pre-requisites:

For those seeking to become Assistant Ministers and would begin Part 3: Mentoring & Supervision upon completion:

1) Currently working full time as a guide and counselor (spiritual director, coach, psychotherapist, etc)

2) Completed a formal, experiential training in medicine work

3) Guided at least 20 solo journeys for clients using our current sacraments

For those seeking to become Associate Ministers:

1) Currently working full time as a guide and counselor (spiritual director, coach, psychotherapist, etc)

2) Completed a formal, experiential training in medicine work Guided at least 150 solo journeys for clients using our current sacraments

3) In addition to continuing their solo practice, are interested in mentoring, supervising, facilitating group ceremonies, and/or organizational leadership

Preference will be given to candidates with more experience.

This training is distinct in the field in that it follows six key principles:

  • Ethical, caring relationships as the core resource for healing and growth
  • The requirement for extensive personal experience in assisting others in expanded states.
  • A non-pathologizing, developmental approach to spiritual and psychological growth
  • The focus on preparation and integration for the sacramental experience of the expanded state
  • The intersection of ancient and indigenous wisdom, modern psychology, and emergent spirituality
  • Unshakeable faith in both the impulse for growth as well as the human ability to heal

Learning Objectives


By the end of this training, participants will:

1) Understand their own spiritual development in the context of sacred work.

2) Understand and apply important distinctions between psychologically oriented medicine work and spiritually oriented sacred ceremony.

3) Understand the structure of and options for stepping into relationship with the Congregation for Sacred Practices

Session Plans and Overview


The course will run from March 13-August 11th

Residential Weekends April 12-14 & August 9-11


Watch Benefits of Licensure Presentation and watch the Tech Stack Presentation.

Zoom 1: Orientation

Meeting Each Other, How we’d like to be together, Beliefs of the Congregation, Structure of the Congregational work, Definitions of “Religion,” “Minister,” “Entheogen,” “Ceremony,” “Lineage,” et al. Roles in the Congregation: Sacramental Work, Mentoring, Supervision, Group work, Training, Service. Read Ethics & Best Practices Code, License Agreement, Bridging Clients to Members.

Zoom 2: Distinctions

Non-pathologizing v pathology and diagnosis, Spiritual Direction v Psychotherapy, Developmental Growth v Alleviation of symptoms, Minsiter-Member relationship v Guide-Therapist relationship, Community as Context vs Solo Practice, Unfolding spirit v Confr

Opening Weekend—In Person

Weaving the Container, Q&A on all things CSP, Methods of CSP, Heart Opener Ceremony, Integration, Walking a Developmental Path, Exploring the role you want to play with the Congregation

Zoom 3: Preparation & Ceremony through a spiritual lens

Experiencing yourself as a spiritual being, The Map of Development: Beyond Healing, Using a spiritual map to prepare members for ceremonies, Difference in Ceremonial Work: Dosing

Zoom 4: Integration through a spiritual lens

Medicine, worldviews, archetypes, and the art of integration, Being & Becoming: The subtle art of application, Read The Ethics of Caring. Listen to Emerald Podcast.

Zoom 5: Ethics

Right Relationship, Developing a Practice of Ethics, Case Studies, The hot buttons: Touch, Sexuality, Accountability, Grievance Process, Mentoring, Re-imagining your practice

Zoom 6: Re-imagining your practice

Context, The role of Spiritual Director/Counselor, Minister-Member relationship, Preparation, Ceremony, Integration, Tech stack training & exploration

Zoom 7: Taking a license as an Assistant or Associate Minister

Application Process, Taking a license, Legal Considerations (and if you hold a psychology license . . . ), The Tech Stack, Creating a Mission and Vision for your practice(s)

Completion Weekend:

Presentations of findings, Niños Ceremony, Next Steps



The suggested donation for this training is $5000. 100% of the donation is tax deductible. To secure your spot a $1000 donation should be paid upon acceptance. The balance of the donation pledge should be paid by February 15th, 2024. Pledge plans and scholarship support for candidates from underserved communities are available.

To be sure this program is for you, a full refund minus the deposit is available until after the first Zoom Call. After that, no refunds will be available.

Requested Donations and How To Apply

This admissions form is to apply for the Bridge Training, which is detailed above. Please check the pre-requistes before applying.