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Chris Young

Co-Founder, Medicine Man, Purveyor of Tribal Medicine. Founder/Spiritual Guide and Medicine Man Chris founded Soul Quest in September 2013 and established its foundation in April 2015. At a young age Chris felt the call to help others so In 1996 he obtained a certificate in Phlebotomy and Medical assisting where he then worked in a geropsychiatric Unit. In 1997 Chris went back to school to study Emergency Medicine and received a certificate for “EMT” where he worked as an ER tech at a local Hospital. After many years of working in the medical field and seeing how bad legal prescription…

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Verena Young

Co-Founder, Sociologist & Social Psychologist, PhD. Candidate, Director for Research & Evaluation. Verena is a Sociologist & Social Psychologist currently finishing her PhD in Educational Science. She is also certified in Spiritual Counseling (Paracelsus School of Naturopathy), and Addiction Recovery Psycho-Spiritual Integration Coaching (BTTY). Verena is originally from Germany where she has lived and worked the first 30 years of her life in a small town in North Rhine-Westfalia. She studied at the University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Sociology, and continued in the department of Educational Science. She worked for the Scientific Committee Laboratory School in Bielefeld for 5 years…

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ARKAWA

Medicine Music – Medicine Man. ARKAWA is a multi-instrumentalist musician, producer, composer and arranger of indigenous Colombian descent from the town of Los Pastos. With more than 25 years of musical experience, he bases his work on the fusion of instruments and ethnic music from different parts of the world, as well as cultural knowledge from diverse ancestral communities and contemporary technology. He is a self-taught performer on more than 100 wind instruments from around the world, as well as rare stringed instruments from Iran, China, and Colombia. In 2014 he was recognized by the Congress of the Republic of…

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Teresa Shiki Shuar

Tradicional Medicine Woman from Puyo, Pastaza, Ecuador.   Welcoming Teresa Shiki to Soul Quest Church of Mother Earth! Ancestral Plant Medicines from the Shuar Nation of the Amazon with Teresa Shiki Teresa will be offering her healing’s daily by appointment and on the weekends when she is here.   Please call. We are honored to welcome Teresa Shiki. Teresa Shiki is of the Shuar community of Chumpias, on the border between Morona-Santiago and Zamora-Chinchipe provinces in Amazonian Ecuador, near the border of Peru. Teresa has an entire lifetime of ancestral Amazonian knowledge with decades of experience in ethnobotanical studies. In 1993, Teresa Shiki founded…

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Misk’i Takiy

Healer and Musician. Misk’i Takiy is a healer and musician who writes and performs original music inspired by medicine traditions and teachings from around the world. He also carries sacred healing songs that have been given to him by his friend and teacher in the Peruvian Amazon jungle and is honored with permission to share the healing energy of these songs in his own unique way. His first full-length album, El lobo y la luna, was recorded in May 2016 at Sacred Valley Sounds, Peru.

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Dr Scott Irwin

PhD, CTTS  Sr Minister, Staff Psychologist, Facilitator. As a Public Health Professional, Dr Scott has worked with more than 10,000 patients over the past two decades. He is a public health educator, practitioner of functional medicine, complementary & alternative medicine, functional blood chemistry analysis and is a transpersonal psychologist. At Soul Quest, Dr Scott uses a variety of entheogenic treatments, alternative medicines and other modalities, as a means of psychospiritual growth and healing. Dr Scott facilitates transpersonal adventures of self-discovery at Soul Quest that can be profoundly life-changing experiences, and he provides the preparation and integration services that are essential…

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Dr. Laurie Maddox

Psychologist (PhD), Licensed Psychotherapist (LCSW), Psychedelic Integration Therapist (MAPS). “Journeys bring power and love back into you. If you can’t go somewhere, move in the passageways of the self. They are like shafts of light, always changing, and you change when you explore them.”  – Rumi My spiritual journey began when I was very young and began to question the nature of thought and consciousness.  In 2008, I became certified as a clinical hypnotherapist and began integrating hypnotherapy and the use of altered states of consciousness into my counseling practice as a treatment tool.  I later pursued formal study in…

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Dr. Tiffany Riley

Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Board Certified Doctorate of Pastoral Medical Sciences, Pastoral Medical Association, Licensed Massage Therapist, Licensed Paramedic, Certified Mercier Fertility Specialist.   Dr Tiffany completed her Associate of Science in Medical Massage Therapy at Florida College of Natural Health. She then continued her training completing a graduate program Master of Science in Oriental Medicine at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine with a Oriental Medical Doctor Residency Training at Conmaul Integrated Hospital in Seoul, South Korea.  She has Advanced Clinical Training in Gynovisceral Manipulation and is a Certified Mercier Fertility Specialist.   Dr Tiffany has over 10 years experience in Emergency Medicine and…

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Anthony Chetta

Since being blessed in connecting with Soul Quest in July 2016, people have asked me: “What are you? Are you a facilitator, medicine man, healer, Ayahuasquero…?” I am none of those, yet can exhibit certain aspects of those roles as needed in response to the moment. Often, people who refer to themselves as a certain thing are actually not that thing – for the truth is beyond the disguising masks of titles and forms that we tend to identify with. Dissolving what I think I am, not adding more to it, is part of my life’s purpose. It is in…

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Norelle Chetta

RYT 200, Facilitator, Rapé Practitioner. “The whole effort of the spiritual process is to break the boundaries you have drawn for yourself and experience the immensity that you are. The aim is to unshackle yourself from the limited identity you have forged, as a result of your own ignorance, and live the way the creator made you – utterly blissful and infinitely responsible.”  –Sadhguru I first discovered my spiritual path back in 2010 when I got sober from opiates (among other things). I was consumed with desperation which brought me to my knees. At that point, everything changed and I…

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Carlos Guzman

Facilitator, Addiction Recovery and Psycho-spiritual Integration Coach (BTTY Certified), Kambo and Rapé Practitioner. Carlos is an Army veteran who started his awakening journey with the help of plant medicines starting with the Iboga master plant. The experience led him into a quest of discovering his true self and purpose in life. He came to work with the Ayahuasca master plant in search of spiritual connection. Through the visions of his journeys and volunteering his time, he discovered that by helping others, he was helping himself and it was in the act of service where he found healing. He began working…

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Justin Smith

Ayahuasquero, Facilitator, Integration Coach (BTTY Certified), Veteran’s Consultant & Private Ceremony Coordinator. Justin began working as a facilitator with Soul Quest in January of 2016 right after experiencing the healing power of Ayahuasca for the first time.  He has since become a fierce advocate for Ayahuasca churches in several cities, and manages veteran’s programs at Soul Quest.  In early 2019, Justin was honored with an invitation from two highly decorated career special ops veterans to co-found Warrior Quest USA.  It’s mission as a separate non-profit, is to raise money to fund sponsorships and travel expenses for veterans who are struggling…

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Ben Heimann

Facilitator, Manager, Psycho-Spiritual Integration and Addiction Recovery Coach. Ben joined the Soul Quest team in 2019 with a passion for psychedelic science and a heart for healing. His personal healing with plant medicine has placed him in service to the medicine and those around him. He is certified in Addiction Recovery Coaching and is available for Psycho-Spiritual Integration. As well as facilitating, Ben generally manages the overall operation and we are blessed to have him as a member of our team.

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Nora

Facilitator, Volunteer Coordinator, Communications Correspondent. Nora started expanding her spiritual path in 2009 gaining certifications in Reconnective Healing and becoming an Access Consciousness Bars Facilitator. She is very passionate about working with plant medicines and helping others connect to their true selves. Nora is the voice behind the emails and phones and is always happy to answer questions or direct you to the right human.

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Shiri Takacs

Facilitator. Hapé Practitioner. Medicine Musician and Visual Artist. Shiri Takacs is a musician and artist composing and performing music derived from her Ayahuasca journeys and medicine space. She also assists Soul Quest in running more vegan, eco-friendly, sustainable practices. Her mission for her music is to connect people to themselves, to each other and to every living being on this planet so we can truly live in peace and unity. She’s also passionate about conscious living and cultivating an inspired authentic life hoping that by truly following her own path, she gives others permission to do the same. “My intention…

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Colleen Mix

Facilitator & Rapé Practitioner. Colleen Mix is a ceremony facilitator and mother of two growing sons living in St. Augustine, Florida. She has been a member of Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of the Mother Earth since December 2016, a volunteer since September 2017, and was brought into our core team of staff in May 2018. She was called to a path of healing through plant medicines primarily because of a pharmaceutical benzodiazepine addiction that plagued her for about a decade, cumulatively. After a head-on collision vaulted her back into the meathooks of addiction spring of 2016, she vowed it was…

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Kristin Blackman

Facilitator. Rapé Practitioner. Kristin has studied Child Psychology and Early Development since 2018. As a passionate being for the arts, she dances, models, studies films and loves photography. Her connection with spirit and herself is most important. She is a channeler with the gifts of clairvoyance and clairaudient. During some ceremonies we are blessed with Icaros she sings that were gifted to her through dreams. She volunteered for over a year and blended right into the family and is now a facilitator and rapé practitioner here at Soul Quest.

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Carole Pantoja

Volunteer Coordinator. An Orlando Native, Carole has made great improvements in organization across the Soul Quest property. Behind the scenes Carole facilitates the coordination of the volunteer program and she continually strives to keep the the place in order.

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Lance Supernaw

Facilitator, Veteran’s Consultant. Master Sgt Lance Supernaw is a highly decorated combat Veteran who served over 14 years as a USAF Special Operations Pararescuemen.  We at Soul Quest are honored immensely to have Lance on our team of facilitators who are also involved in sponsorship outreach.  He has served in a variety of deployments around the world and knows first-hand how to survive the PTSD battle back at home. Like all Veterans who go through the VA system, Lance was prescribed a cocktail of pharmaceutical meds to try and cope with the traumas of his Military career.  After returning home,…

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Laura Trevino

Facilitator, Administrative Assistant, Rapé Practitioner, Psychospiritual Integration Coach (BTTY). At a noticeably young age Laura understood the importance of our spiritual connection and stewardship to Mother Earth and would spend her time surrounded in nature. She pursued a bachelor’s in psychology with an inner knowing she is here to help people. This led her into various philosophies and spiritual teachings that formed into a deeper connection to Great Spirit. Through her own healing journey, she was able to heal the wounds of her past family trauma, remove ethnic biracial labels and find her own true spirits calling. As a member…

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Mike Sizemore

Paramedic, Veteran – USMC.   Mike began his calling to serve by enlisting in the US Marine Corps.  He carried that service into a career as a First responder and served as a Firefighter / Paramedic for over 10 years.  These experiences while rewarding,  eventually led to a path of healing and self-discovery.  Soul Quest provided the foundation for that journey.  As a member of the Soul Quest Medical team, Mike is dedicated to ensuring the comfort and safety of our guests.   “When you begin to heal yourself, you help to heal the world around you.”

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Mitch Ott

Facilitator, Rapé Practitioner, Intuitive Medium. Mitch joined the Soul Quest team in January 2020 not only as a facilitator and Rapé Practitioner but also to share his healing connection to spirit world with psychic mediumship. At a young age, Mitch was always drawn to nature. His parents would often find him returning from the woods with a new critter in hand. As he grew older, he began to lose his tenacious connection to source and consequently, life only brought him misgivings. After years of depression and anxiety, Mitch finally came to a tipping point in dealing with spiritual self. As…

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Andrew Guillory

Facilitator and Night Staff.   Andrew began his healing journey with Ayahuasca in mid 2019, when he left Louisiana with no intention of returning. “I couldn’t take living in my own private hell any longer. It was time to make a drastic change and begin digging deep.” Thanks to the medicine and community support at Soul Quest, he has overcome many issues of unresolved trauma, complicated grief, and disassociation issues. Andrew is a lover of smoothies, curry, and visual art. He has painted several pieces around Soul Quest, helping to further beautify the space.

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Daniel Murray

Facilitator, Veteran’s Consultant. Air Force veteran Daniel Murray has over 20 years’ experience as a Special Operations Pararescueman. With deployments all over the world every 18 months, the massive shift afterwards back to a slower pace of everyday life, often presented some of his biggest challenges. As depression and PTSD worsened, Daniel’s military career forced him to compartmentalize the severe emotional trauma that comes with the job. Alcohol and drug abuse continued to spiral out of control leading to multiple attempts at rehab in an effort to save his marriage and family life, followed by multiple relapses and a near…

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Dawn Touchstone

Facilitator, Rapé Practitioner, Kambo Practitioner. AKA “Mama Dawn” I found my way to Soul Quest in 2018. It was a final attempt to find relief from decades long severe treatment resistant depression. It took about a year to wean off all the pharmaceuticals that were ineffective and addictive before I could take the Ayahuasca. The results were more than I could of hoped for. I have been at Soul Quest ever since. In that time, I went from volunteering to becoming a facilitator. I trained and became certified as a Kambo practitioner through IAKP. Rapé Practitioner. I have been to…

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Chef Jennifer

Chef of the kitchen, Certified Holistic Life transforming Advisor, Personal Health/Fitness Chef. Jennifer is our chef at the kitchen at Soul Quest. She enchants us with her wonderful vegan/ vegetarian meals during our ceremonies. Jennifer has always dedicated her passion for holistic and organic vegan chemical free lifestyle to her family. And over the past 10 years has extended her knowledge to help others seeking a healthier life style through physical strength training, clean eating choices, and adapting a new lifestyle to create happiness and health. With focusing on a personalized for plan per individual, targeting specific areas such as, hormonal reset for…