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Ayahuasca Research

One of our Pilamaya Transpersonal Yoga graduates is recruiting participants for a study, that is looking at the therapeutic effects of Ayahausca on experiences of embodiment.

Participation is 100% voluntary and anonymous. Taking part in this research will involve completing two online surveys, within 30 days before and after taking Ayahuasca

There will also be an opportunity to register interest in being interviewed about your subjective experience(s) with Ayahuasca

To take part in this study, you must...
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Already have plans to take ayahuasca in a therapeutic setting (whether in a clinical or ceremonial environment)
  • Have access to integrative support for at least 30 days following your ayahuasca use – either through follow-up integration sessions, the availability of therapeutic resources, or the ability to contact your therapist or facilitator if needed
About your data

You will never be asked to disclose any identifying information or details about the therapists or organisations involved in facilitating ayahuasca therapy.

Any personal information and/or contact details you may disclose will be kept entirely confidential and will be used exclusively to arrange access to the second survey and any additional participation you might opt for. Please see the attached information sheet for more details about how your data will be handled.

The link to take part

If you’d like to take part in this research, please use the link (below) to open the first survey.

Access Survey I: https://uwlpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cGVfl5moUwwsR8O  

Note: The link to Survey II will be sent directly to participants via a secured email.

Note from the researcher

This research has the capacity to make meaningful contributions to the current literature on the benefits of therapeutic ayahuasca use. Your participation has the potential to help increase awareness about the potential of psychedelic medicines in psychiatry. That said, there is strength in numbers, so please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think may be interested in taking part in the study.

Do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions or would like more information on getting involved. 

Thank you for your support.

Kind Regards,

A. Taylor

Participant Information

You have been invited to participate in a research study. Before you decide whether to take part please review the following information to understand the reason this research is being conducted and what your participation will involve. Please feel free to reach out to the researcher if you require clarification before getting started. The survey should take no more than 20 minutes, and it would be best to complete this survey in a quiet place where you can take the time and space you may need to fully reflect on your experiences.

What is the purpose of the study?

his study aims to explore individuals’ experiences with ayahuasca, and how taking therapeutic ayahuasca use (whether in a Ceremonial or Clinical) environment may influence embodiment. In light of this, participating in this study will involve discussing aspects of your sense of self, before and after ayahuasca use, as well as the nature of your experience with Ayahuasca. This study is being conducted as my psychology dissertation research and may be used in future publications.

Do I have to take part?

Absolutely not. It is 100% up to you whether you take part in this research or not, and you should make this decision based solely upon what feels right for you. Should you choose to participate, you will be asked to give informed consent at the bottom of this form. After you have given your consent, you will still be free to withdraw from this research, without providing a reason, at any point throughout this study. If you decide to withdraw, you may do so by reaching out to me (contact details below) and letting me know that you do not wish to continue. Again, you will not be asked to provide an explanation of any kind. 

What will happen to me, and to my data, if I take part?

You will be asked to complete a survey, within 30 days, both before and after you plan to take ayahuasca. The survey to be taken after your ayahuasca session(s), will include additional questions addressing common psychedelic experiences, which may or may not relate to your journey with ayahuasca. Additionally, you will have an opportunity to declare interest in being interviewed more in-depth about your experience with ayahuasca, no sooner than 2 weeks following your last ayahuasca (and integration) session. If you are selected to be interviewed, you will have the opportunity to share more in-depth details about your journey with ayahuasca, your emotional and physical experiences, and overall experience taking ayahuasca in a therapeutic environment. The interview should not take more than 40 minutes – unless you would like to talk for longer. You will be encouraged to tell me if you would prefer to avoid certain topics, skip any of the questions, some questions, end the interview early, or withdraw from the study altogether. The interview will be audio-recorded, transcribed (typed up), and analysed as research data. You have the right to see your interview transcript, please get in touch if you would like to do so. 

Your personal details will be kept 100% confidential and no information which could be used to identify or contact you will be included in my research report, nor any future publications. You will never be asked to disclose any information surrounding the location or therapists/facilitators involved in your plans to take ayahuasca, you will only be asked to confirm that you’re planning to take ayahuasca in a therapeutic environment, where integrative support is available. Please use my contact details to get in touch if you would like to know more about the steps taken to protect your identity, contact details, and/or the research topic.

Are there any risks or benefits involved?

Risks associated with participating in this study are minimal. Some may find discussing aspects of their sense of self and subjective experiences with ayahuasca potentially distressing. It is also possible that topics explored throughout the survey, and interview, are related to your intentions to take ayahuasca and your integration process thereafter. Please be aware this study is not an experiment, the researcher will not facilitate, coordinate, or encourage your consumption of ayahuasca. Participation in this study should not be considered therapeutic integration in any sense. As such, it is important that you are aware of the importance of the therapeutic environment in which you are planning to take ayahuasca, as integration and follow-up integrative support availability. 

If you are unsure whether your therapist/facilitator is offering integrative support, please feel free to return to this survey after checking that they will be available for integrative support for a minimum of 30 days following your last ayahuasca session.

Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential?

Yes. As your data will be kept secure at all times, no one will know you have participated in this study unless you chose to tell them. All data will be encrypted and stored on a password-protected computer for the researcher’s use only. You are not expected to disclose your name, location, occupation, or any other personally identifying information, should you choose to make these details known to the researcher, they will be kept confidential and excluded from the research report.

Contact Details for the Researcher

Name: Ash N. Taylor 

Email: 21375725@student.uwl.ac.uk 

Dissertation Advisors

Dr Lusia Perrino: lusia.perrino@uwl.ac.uk

Dr Savin Bapir-Tardy: savin.bapir-tardy@uwl.ac.uk

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