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-  We Cultivate High Standards of -

SAFETY

& ETHICS

To ensure your utmost health, safety, and well-being

YOUR SAFETY IS OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY

At Casa Galactica, we create and adhere to stringent safety protocols, trauma-informed standards of care, professional ethics and codes of conduct, and Covid-19 protocols to ensure your utmost health, safety, and well-being on your healing journey with us.  You can rest assured that we have everything in place to provide the highest level of care possible to embark on this deep transformational journey with ayahuasca and medicinal plants.

 

 

SAFETY PROTOCOLS:

  • We are traditionally trained ceremony leaders within the Noya Rao lineage of Shipibo curanderismo, and we are adept multi-dimensional healers and professional channels, here with spirit in service to your highest healing, good, and purpose.

  • We are first aid trained, and we have a comprehensive first aid kit and supplies on site at all times.

  • We follow safety protocols throughout the retreat, dieta, or private ayahuasca ceremony to ensure your mental, physical, and emotional safety for the duration of your stay with us.

  • We´ve created an in-depth pre-screening process and Preparation Package for retreats, dietas, and private ayahuasca ceremonies in accordance with the ICEERS (The International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Service) guide, "Towards better Ayahuasca Practices", to ensure that participants are properly prepared, educated, and informed.  We also provide a private, online Pre-program Preparation Session on how to prepare for your retreat, dieta, or private ayahuasca ceremony and to discuss medical conditions, medications, and your personalized treatment plan.

  • We have an emergency protocol in place for any medical emergency that may arise, which includes 24-hour transport to a private health clinic or hospital in Cusco (a 45-minute journey)​.

  • We have excellent cell network coverage at our Center in case of emergency​​.

  • We serve pure, traditional ayahuasca brew – containing only the Ayahuasca and Chacruna plants - with no admixtures (admixtures are additional components that can cause complications and adverse reactions with participants)​.

  • We limit our retreats, dietas, and private ayahuasca ceremonies to small, intimate groups with a maximum of 4 participants, which means there is a ratio of 1 ceremony leader to 2 participants at all times.

  • We, the ceremony leaders, Michael and Jamie, are available 24/7 during your retreat, dieta, or private ayahuasca ceremony for care and support, no matter how big or small the need.  We are available before, during, and after ayahuasca ceremony to help participants process through their experiences.  After ayahuasca ceremony, we ensure that  everyone is feeling grounded, safe, stable, and secure.  Our home is adjacent to the Center and we provide you with walkie-talkies in your room, should you need us during the night.

  • We provide a comprehensive Integration Package to ensure that you have all of the support you need to reintegrate back into your life at home, including post-ceremony Sharing & Integration Circles and private Post-program Integration Sessions.  We also host a free, monthly online Sharing & Integration Circle community via Zoom video-call that is accessible to all participants.

TRAUMA-INFORMED STANDARDS OF CARE:

 

  • We facilitate every retreat, dieta, and private ayahuasca ceremony with an emphasis on the following trauma-informed care tenets: safety; choice/agency; collaboration; trustworthiness; peer support and mutual self-help; and empowerment.

  • We recognize the complex nature and effects of trauma, and we promote resilience and healing.

  • We recognize and teach qualities, skills, and tools that allow people to overcome the most devastating trauma, and not just survive, but evolve into higher densities of experience and find new purpose and meaning in their lives.

  • We provide a "3-point process" for trauma screening of all participants, ensuring that we have a clear and comprehensive understanding of a participant´s trauma history and encouraging normalization and disclosure of trauma as a powerful act of healing.

  • We provide a balance of male and female facilitation and a coherence of masculine and feminine energy in our interactions and engagements with participants.

  • We cultivate and maintain "professional distance" at all times during retreat, dieta, or private ayahuasca ceremony, meaning that all interactions and engagements with participants occur within the appropriate work environment and context, as the participant´s care and support needs are our sole focus.

  • In all activities, ayahuasca ceremonies, and additional medicinal plant treatments, when physical touch is perceived to be necessary, we always state the purpose and obtain consent or permission from the participant before engaging or interacting with physical touch.

  • We share in-depth information about what you can expect in regards to all activities, ayahuasca ceremonies, and additional medicinal plant treatments.

  • All activities, ayahuasca ceremonies, and additional medicinal plant treatments on retreat and dieta are absolutely voluntary, and it is each participant´s free will choice to participate.

  • Participants are provided with clear guidelines about their rights and responsibilities in the Retreat Terms & Conditions of Purchase and the Ceremony Terms & Conditions of Purchase.

  • We clearly communicate, respect, and adhere to our own interpersonal and professional boundaries, and we mutually inquire about, respect, and adhere to the expressed interpersonal and professional boundaries of our participants.

  • We actively support, guide, and encourage participants to access and utilize their own internal wisdom and personal experience to strengthen their own inner authority.

PROFESSIONAL ETHICS & CONDUCT:

  • At Casa Galactica, we say in Spanish that, "El pasajero es primero."  This translates to,"The participant is of primary importance."  This means that all employees, apprentices, staff, volunteers, and participants who participate in our retreats are to behave in a professional manner that places the highest safety, health, healing, and well-being of the participants above all else.  This also means that every interaction, engagement, conversation, and healing session with the participants are to be entered into with kindness, compassion, respect, love, and professionalism.  The following behaviors are considered unprofessional, will not be tolerated by Casa Galactica, and will be considered grounds for termination of employment or expulsion from retreat: excessive cussing; using derogatory words or language; forcing a participant to take a medicine or participate in a talk/workshop; disrespecting others; threatening others; stealing; having sex; masturbating, exposing yourself, asking participants for money; engaging in "triangulation" dynamics; or any other unprofessional behavior.

  • We commit to non-discrimination, and we do not exclude people from our retreats or employment on the basis of race, skin color, national or ethnic origin, cosmic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, biological sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, marital status, or any other discriminatory characteristic or reason.

  • We have a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment in any form.  Sexual harassment is harmful, constitutes discrimination, and is illegal.  For the purposes of this policy, “sexual harassment” is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.  Sexual harassment may include a range of subtle and not-so-subtle behaviors and may involve individuals of the same or different biological sex or gender. The following behaviors are considered sexual harassment, will not be tolerated by Casa Galactica, and will be considered grounds for termination of employment or expulsion from a retreat: unwanted romantic advances or propositions; unwanted sexual advances or requests for sexual favors; sexual jokes and innuendo; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess, or sexual deficiencies; leering, whistling or touching; insulting or obscene comments or gestures; display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; and other physical, verbal or visual conduct of a sexual nature.

  • We also strictly prohibit any other harassment on the basis of any other discriminatory characteristic or reason. Under this policy, harassment is considered verbal, written, or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility, disdain, or aversion toward an individual on the basis of race, skin color, national or ethnic origin, cosmic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, biological sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, marital status, and that: a) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive healing and/or work environment, b) has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s experience, healing process, or work performance, or c) otherwise adversely affects an individual’s healing and/or employment opportunities.  Harassing conduct includes epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping; micro-aggressions; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; denigrating jokes and comments; and written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group that is placed on walls or elsewhere on the employer’s premises or circulated in the workplace, on company time, or on social media sites.

  • All Casa Galactica employees, apprentices, staff, volunteers, and participants, and third parties are expected to join with and uphold these commitments to creating an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

  • Casa Galactica will take all available steps to promptly, thoroughly, and impartially investigate and address reports of discrimination, including discriminatory harassment and other harrassing misconduct, by and against our participants, employees, apprentices, staff, and volunteers.

 

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:

  • When traveling from your home to Casa Galactica´s Center, for your own safety and the safety of the other participants, we request that you wear a double mask and practice social distancing in accordance with current Peruvian Law.  One of these masks should be a KN95 mask.

  • Each participant will receive and be required to take a Covid-19 antigen rapid test provided by Casa Galactica upon arrival at our center for the retreat.  If the participant tests negative for Covid-19, you will be allowed to participate in the retreat.  If a participant tests positive for Covid-19, you will be relocated to your own private room at another nearby lodging facility and required to self-quarantine for the duration of the retreat.

  • Each participant will read and sign a Declaration of Health upon arrival at our center for the retreat.

  • We provide additional Covid-19 antigen rapid tests at the center on an as needed basis.

  • We limit our retreats to a maximum of just 4 participants.

  • Our cleaning and cooking staff wear KN95 masks at all times and are required to disinfect their hands regularly.

  • Once you arrive at the center and have tested negative for Covid-19, it is at the sole discretion of each participant whether to wear a mask and practice social distancing, or not.  We strongly suggest that you continue to wash your hands regularly and use disinfectant spray.  You are asked to please respect and adhere to the expressed boundaries of all participants and Casa Galactica employees, apprentices, staff, and volunteers in regards to their preferred personal health practices.

  • We provide a disinfectant plant spray, made with medical grade alcohol, in unlimited supply, for voluntary personal use for all of our participants.

  • During retreat, we provide daily cleaning and disinfecting of your private room, shared bathrooms, public spaces, and kitchens.

  • In the event that a participant tests positive for Covid-19 during the retreat, or upon arrival to the retreat center, the infected participant will be relocated immediately to your own private room at another nearby lodging facility and required to self-quarantine for the duration of the retreat.  We will remain in contact with you via walkie talkie, check in regularly, provide ample drinking water, 3 meals per day to the room, and bring medication as needed.  In the event that a participant experiences a severe case of Covid-19, we will arrange an ambulance for transport to a local hospital or clinic in Cusco.  We will remain in contact with you throughout your hospital stay, coordinate with your emergency contact in your home country, and provide additional support as necessary.

 

 

To attend our retreat, we require that you respect and adhere to these guidelines for the health, safety and well-being of all Casa Galactica staff, the local community and other participants.

Peru COVID-19 Rules and Regulations

Current rules to enter into Peru, state that you must be fully vaccinated 14 days before boarding your flight (total of 3 shots) OR provide a negative PCR test within 48 hours of boarding your flight.

You can find more information of COVID-19 rules and regulations in Peru at the US Embassy in Peru Website

Additional Restrictions

It is required to present proof of full vaccination to enter into supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, shopping malls, restaurants, museums and other enclosed spaces in Peru. In Pisac, where our retreat center is based, these rules are not enforced by almost all establishments, however, should you find yourself in larger cities such as Cusco and Lima, these rules are more heavily enforced.

Respecting Your Autonomy

Once you have arrived at our retreat center and received a negative result on your COVID-19 antigen test (provided upon arrival to our retreat center) you will be able to roam our retreat center without the need to use a mask or social distance. If a participant wishes to use a mask or social distance, this is absolutely respected by Casa Galactica we require that the wishes of others be respected by all participants. We have an abundance of KN95 masks available for anyone who wishes to use them. By joining our ayahuasca retreats you understand that you will be entering into a space that does not require masks or social distancing. Through our stringent protocols we strive to keep our retreats free from contagion, yet no method is a 100% guarantee.

TRAUMA INFORMED CARE PRACTICES IN AYAHUASCA CEREMONIES

We are advocates and trainers of trauma-informed care.

We have many years of experience assisting people through deep healing processes including deep trauma, sexual abuse, violent abuse, ritual / cult abuse, addiction, PTSD, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation and more. Whatever may arise for you on retreat, we trust our ability to guide your safely and securely through the process. Our experience comes from years of assisting others through their own processes of healing trauma and also overcoming and healing our own experiences of the above traumas and conditions. We have undergone our own deep transformations that helps us understand, guide and assist you through your own process of healing and self-discovery. When the work with the plants is combined with trauma informed care and facilitation, the results can be profound, empowering you to continue with these life changes long after the retreat has finished.

We are here hold a safe space of unconditional love, share our own experiences and expertise, empower you with tools / practices for your own transformation and hold your hand every step of the way if required. Our work is imbued with patience, understanding, compassion, unconditional love and we are here to help you in every way that we can. You are our priority, healing is our passion and love is at the very core of what we do.

OUR CODE OF ETHICS 

In the highly unlikely event that you should feel mistreated, discriminated against, harassed or violated in anyway we treat these accusations very seriously. We have a no tolerance policy with ALL of our staff and we would investigate any accusations immediately onsite. We will look to resolve this immediately and remove any individuals that have broken our trust. We have zero tolerance policy to the neglect of any participant. This is to protect your safety, the integrity of our work and the standards that we uphold at the very core of our beings and through all of our work.

You have a voice and we are always here to listen.

It is important to have these assurances before you embark on such a deep healing journey so that you can confide in the level and standard of care of which you entrust yourself to. We are experts in deep trauma healing work and we ensure that our working standards are inline with that of what is required to create a safe container, through trauma-informed facilitation allowing you to safely dive deep into your own emotional processes. We are available 24/7 for all of your emotional, mental, spiritual and physical needs.

We have high quality training standards with all of our staff to educate them of the best standards of practices. All of our staff, sign and receive training to adhere to our standard of loving care for all participants, our safety protocols, code of conduct and code of ethics.

We are helping to inform the industry on the level of care and conduct that is required to create a safe healing space for all with Trauma Informed Healer Courses. We are always open to feedback on how we can improve our practices and standard of care.

In Service & Unconditional Love,

Michael & Jamie

Cofounders of Casa Galactica

ETHICAL STANDARDS CLOSE TO OUR HEARTS

We welcome equally persons of all age, race, religion, gender, sexuality and ethnicity. We have a strict non-discrimination policy that extends to all of our workers. We welcome you from wherever you come from to enjoy this beautiful healing and evolution experience with us. We require all of our guests to be accepting and tolerant of each other. Thank you!