Preparation, Integration, and Continuing Spiritual Development

 Through Ayahuasca and Beyond

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about US

Beyond the Ceremony has been created with the intention of supporting those drawn to plant Medicine (be it before the first ceremony or after the 100th) in keeping up the continuous spiritual development the Medicines offers in order to fulfill our higher purpose. 

Preparation for Ceremony
Taking inventory of safety eligibility, which stage a person is on their path, what needs to be a addressed, and what pitfalls to be aware of can help get the most out of ceremony. Proper preparation can make all the difference in getting what is needed from the Medicine.
Initial Aftercare Support (Post-Ceremony)
Aftercare is support within a week after ceremony from a person who understands, and has enough experience to help a participant through the initial return to what used to be normal. Having this setup before the ceremony can make the aftercare phase much more gentle and efficient.
Long-Term Integration
This is the period of months to years after the post-initial aftercare phase is complete. It’s really the other half of the work in order for the ceremony to “take” (arguably the most important) allowing us to acclimate to the new energetic shifts, and practice applying what we’ve learned in a society that holds little space for it. Integration is imperative, one of the main reasons Beyond the Ceremony was created. 
Entering a Spiritual Path
For those newly embarked on the spiritual path, getting your bearings (especially if drawn to plant medicine work) can be really helpful with people who “get it.” Beyond the Ceremony offers free resources in addition to coaching and programs to support your journey.
Accelerated Spiritual Development
Some of us have been on this journey for years and are lifers. It’s nice to have people to talk to who understand the gravity and depth of this work, at every level. Connect with your kindred spirits here and let’s support each other to have the most gentle yet expedited journey, together.
Higher Calling Life Purpose
For those of us on a spiritual development track to come into our true selves, with intention to step into our life purpose (changemaking, spiritual/social impact, evolution of collective consciousness) for the greater good, we got you. This is our world too, and we offer many resources to support you in getting to where you are drawn to. Because the world needs us, now. 
Distance Healing
One of the many gifts of Medicine work is that there is no space and time. The option to be called into live Ayahuasca ceremony and be worked on spiritually is real, and can be extremely supportive for those who cannot get to the Medicine, or just need a little ‘reactivation’.
Small Groups to the Peruvian Amazon
There are options to participate in small group setting in the Peruvian Amazon for those who are the right match. Make sure to sign up for our waiting list if you’re interested, and an application, health screening and interview would proceed from there. Very limited spaces. 
Apprenticeship Opportunities
There are potential opportunities for longer-term work in the Medicine (oldschool in the Amazon) for a reasonable rate. There are many requirements for this (including a minimum of 10 Ayahuasca ceremonies, basic Spanish, can hang in the jungle, etc.) These are based on resonance match, and are extremely limited. Application, health screening and extensive interviews required. Sign up HERE for the Interest List.


Real People, Real Medicine,

Real Talk

The Impact of Deep-Seated Insecurity and Body Image Constructs

Some of the most important pieces that I’ve taken out of the last round of work regard judgement and communication. I’ve come to believe that often the judgement itself (which purges like a prickly, rough energy) is often worse than the actual emotion trapped underneath (and can coat something in a very uncomfortable way on the way out of the body.)


Healing Core Beliefs (and new techniques we’re learning!)

Alright – here’s my energetic nerd-out. I’m going into detail about the actual spiritual development techniques we’re using along the way here (many are new to me – coming in on direct intuitive and higher self feeds). So this is long, but if you’re into this work, I wanted you to be able to play with some of this at home.


Two Sides of the Training Coin: Spiritual Development and Shamanic Apprenticeship

The spiritual development/shamanic apprenticeship pace has been moving at a speed I’d only experienced while living in Peru in active Ayahuasca ceremony. But for a person who is in a life purpose apprenticeship, the training never stops. It takes twists and turns, ebbs and flows, and cycles in some dramatic full circles. But it never stops.


Personal Spiritual Development Journals Return: The Whirlwind of Accelerated Learning, Healing and Unconditional Love

The Apprenticeship Never Stops

So here we are again, with a new, crazy leg of the journey I have never experienced before. While I’m only in physical Ayahuasca ceremony a few times a year these days (last ones were over a year ago) the apprenticeship and spiritual development path never stops. In fact, learning how to recognize the process outside of ceremony is vital (because it’s the same process that happens in the body whether people work in the Medicine or not – just accelerated in ceremony.) But with strong intent on this path, 250 ceremonies under my belt, and an unrelenting faith in myself and my purpose, this last month has moved just as fast (if not faster) than living in Peru. But this time I know more, and am doing it a different way.


Carbon Bodies

I spent a lot of years neglecting the body and underestimating its vital role in our spiritual process. It’s literally the medium that we experience our lives through – and getting to know its tendencies as an individual is imperative to being able to understand what’s happening for us on a higher plane.

I once heard in Ayahuasca ceremony, you can only go spiritually as far as you can physically.


Is the Blind Spot of Spiritual Arrogance Slowing Our Process?

Arrogance, as an aspect of the defense system we call as a unit “ego”is a particularly hard one to see from the inside out. It’s effectively a blind spot, a veil over the eyes – we the one suffering from blinding arrogance truly doesn’t believe they are arrogant – they just believe they are right (and this is not a judgement – this is me speaking from personal experience!)


Welcome to the Fold!

Our mailing list is home to our closest friends and spiritual family. We often offer our list first priority on travel and events (apprenticeship and distance healing opportunities, small groups to Peru, etc) before it even goes public. Stay in touch with us, and keep the Medicine work active in your world long after you return to ordinary reality. We also run a private Facebook group (aimed at keeping a safe space for integration, support and spiritual development) as well as a fanpage, plus an Instagram. Click HERE to connect with us, wherever you are!

Interested in Small Groups to Peru or Apprenticeship?

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Deaf-Friendly Site

Our goal is to make sure all content on this site is Deaf/ASL friendly. This means that videos will either be closed captioned, interpreted (or both) as well as coaching/spiritual counseling and shamanic work from Meghan (who is a professional sign language interpreter by trade) which can be done via FaceTime, Zoom, or in person in Northern Virginia. If we miss something in making this site accessible, please contact Meghan

the coaching 


Meghan Shannon Elder

Meghan Shannon Elder

  • Accelerated Spiritual Development Coach, Writer
  • Specialities: Accelerating Aspiring Changemakers Through Ayahuasca Spiritual Development
  • Primary Plant: Ayahuasca
  • Certified Spiritual Counselor, Instructor,  Shamanic Practitioner
  • Ran Ayahuasca Healing Center in the Amazon for Five Years
  • Intensive Spiritual Development Training Under Iyanla Vanzant
  • Fluent in English, Spanish, ASL
Sarah Alviar

Sarah Alviar

  • Spiritual Life and Integration Coach
  • Specialties: Beginners to Plant Medicine
  • Primary Practice: Kambo
  • Kambo Practitioner (IAKP)
  • TRY - Trauma Recovery Yoga Teacher
  • Ayahuasca journeyer since 2012
  • Revitalizing, detoxing and strengthening: body, mind, and spirit

contributors and friends

Tina "Kat" Courtney

Tina "Kat" Courtney

  • Writer/ Contributor
  • Specialties: Afterlife and Shadow Work
  • Primary Plants: Ayahuasca, San Pedro (Facilitator)
  • 13 Years Experience in Shipibo-Conibo Tradition
  • Aftercare Expert
  • Shadow Worker



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  • Do you have experience in spiritually-focused plant Medicine?
  • Send us your blog or video! If it vibes with us we’ll share it on the site, or possibly ask you to come on as a regular contributor
  • Or contact us to chat