Beatriz Labate
Executive director of the Chacruna Institute

The Chacruna Institute Ayahuasca Community Guide for the Awareness of Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse and misconduct towards female participants in ayahuasca circles and underground contexts involving psychedelics is quite prevalent. This is especially shocking considering many women who attend these circles are seeking healing for sexual traumas they suffered in the past. To inspire helpful dialogue about this issue, and positive collaborative action within our community, the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines developed The Ayahuasca Community Guide for the Awareness and Prevention of Sexual Abuse. These guidelines were created through a collaborative process involving consultation with women and men in the ayahuasca community across different cultural contexts, including indigenous and Western survivors of abuse, ayahuasca healers and ceremonial facilitators, researchers and legal experts. Bia will present the guidelines, discuss the response to their creation, and the potential for their wider application.

Beatriz Caiuby Labate has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of plant medicines, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, and religion. She is Executive Director of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines, an organisation that provides public education about psychedelic plant medicines and promotes a bridge between the ceremonial use of sacred plants and psychedelic science.

She is Adjunct Faculty at the East-West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Research and Post Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Guadalajara. She is also Public Education and Culture Specialist at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). She is co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP) in Brazil, and editor of NEIP’s website, as well as editor of the Mexican blog Drugs, Politics, and Culture.

She is author, co-author, and co-editor of twenty books, one special-edition journal, and several peer-reviewed articles.