METHODOLOGY

Veterans of War (VoW) aims to help small groups of veterans, four per cohort, find effective healing through the use of the powerful and ancient entheogen, Ayahuasca.

Coupled with a curriculum that fosters positive personal growth, long-term integration of lessons learned, and a complete change of lifestyle in order to combat the corrosive effect war and continuous deployments have on our community, VoW is dedicated to saving lives, and in the process, change the prevailing veteran narrative.

We work continuously with veteran participants prior to our 14-day intensive workshops in order to prepare them for the major shift in perspective that comes from working with entheogens. We guide veterans through the workshop process in order to ensure positive outcomes, then stay connected long after in order to ensure that the changes they find have taken hold.

We are a community that understands the unique challenges that veterans face and we work hard to help them overcome them. VoW believes that change comes one life at a time.


by the numbers

01.

Connect with veterans that are struggling with integration to civilian life or that continue to suffer from the after-effects of war including but not limited to: post traumatic stress (PTS), military sexual trauma (MST), insomnia, hyper-vigilance, etc; diseases that directly contribute to veteran suicide.

02.

Identify life stressors unique to each veteran, verified conditions that they seek to modify, and any coping mechanisms employed by the veteran in order to minimize the after-effects of trauma in daily life.

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Create a path to recovery utilizing a holistic (mind-body-spirit) approach facilitated by guided ayahuasca workshops, mindful meditation, mental health awareness, and the personal growth that comes with a reconnection to individual purpose.

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Mentor the veteran in order to ensure they walk the path to recovery while also emphasizes long-term self care. We focus on retaining lessons learned in our workshops by forging connections to successful veteran peers and/or mentors to support those positive changes in perpetuity.



The decisions we make lead us to complex behavioral sets, and what we decide to do can be consciously and unconsciously motivated. The human being, however, is a small-group decision-making animal, a small pack animal, with a will to life, who engages in sex and the food quest to propagate and maintain that life, and who needs acceptance and recognition from group members.”
— John Rush, Entheogens and the Development of Culture: The Anthropology and Neurobiology of Ecstatic Experience