Our Team Members

Verena Young Co-Founder

Verena Young Sociologist & Social Psychologist (MS), PhD. Candidate, Co-Founder, Director for Research & Evaluation

Verena is a Sociologist & Social Psychologist (MS) currently finishing her PhD in Educational Science. She is also certified in Integrative Health & Nutrition, Spiritual Counseling, and Addiction Recovery & Psycho-Spiritual Integration Coaching.

In 2018, Verena became a certified Foundational Practitioner of Reconnective Healing– a comprehensive healing approach within the field of Energy Healthcare, recognized for its capacity to stimulate an individual’s return to balance, harmony, and well-being on all levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Verena co-founded Soul Quest in 2015 to offer transformative healing work with entheogens to people in the United States. She has been on a spiritual path since her early 20s, has participated in many different spiritual retreats, family constellation workshops, energy healing classes and got certified as a Spiritual Counselor in 2013. Verena discovered the healing benefits of Ayahuasca in 2014 what has helped her profoundly to overcome a decade long struggle with panic attacks, anxiety, and depression – it is now her mission to help others to heal from their burdens of life and to find their true self through the work with plant medicine. She believes that we all have the capacity to reconnect with the essence of our true spirit to live a life of joy, unlimited potential, and authenticity. 

Events with Verena Young Co-Founder

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony May 29-31
May 29, 2020

  Thank you so much for considering a weekend retreat with us! We are honored to do this sacred work and feel blessed that you are looking to have your journey at our facility in Orlando! Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth is a spiritual learning and healing center focused on providing the community with service, education, spiritual fellowship, healing practices, and guidance.  Our neo-shamanic church blends shamanic traditions from the amazon with our western culture. We embrace all paths of a free responsible search for truth and spiritual meaning and believe that each person is a unique & individual…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony June 5-7 ARKAWA - Medicine Music - Medicine Man
June 5, 2020

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 Colombia for the contribution of…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony June 19-21
June 19, 2020

  Thank you so much for considering a weekend retreat with us! We are honored to do this sacred work and feel blessed that you are looking to have your journey at our facility in Orlando! Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth is a spiritual learning and healing center focused on providing the community with service, education, spiritual fellowship, healing practices, and guidance.  Our neo-shamanic church blends shamanic traditions from the amazon with our western culture. We embrace all paths of a free responsible search for truth and spiritual meaning and believe that each person is a unique & individual…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony June 26-28
June 26, 2020

  Thank you so much for considering a weekend retreat with us! We are honored to do this sacred work and feel blessed that you are looking to have your journey at our facility in Orlando! Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth is a spiritual learning and healing center focused on providing the community with service, education, spiritual fellowship, healing practices, and guidance.  Our neo-shamanic church blends shamanic traditions from the amazon with our western culture. We embrace all paths of a free responsible search for truth and spiritual meaning and believe that each person is a unique & individual…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony July 3-5 ARKAWA - Medicine Music - Medicine Man
July 3, 2020

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 Colombia for the contribution of…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony July 10-12 Maestro Don Gaspar a Shipibo Shaman from Pucallpa, Peru
July 10, 2020

Maestro Don Gaspar a Shipibo Shaman from Pucallpa, Peru. This year he offers traditional Shipibo Ayahuasca ceremonies in a safe, secure environment at Soul Quest. In addition to providing opportunities for people to work with this amazing plant medicine in the short term, He also have a center near Pucallpa, Peru. Here offers long term study for those who wish a deeper understanding of traditional plant medicines. Traditionally, when an individual wishes to learn the properties of a plant, they spend time in isolation. Without any major distractions, a medicinal plant is imbibed on a daily basis, while following very…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony July 17-19 Maestro Don Gaspar a Shipibo Shaman from Pucallpa, Peru
July 17, 2020

Maestro Don Gaspar a Shipibo Shaman from Pucallpa, Peru. This year he offers traditional Shipibo Ayahuasca ceremonies in a safe, secure environment at Soul Quest. In addition to providing opportunities for people to work with this amazing plant medicine in the short term, He also have a center near Pucallpa, Peru. Here offers long term study for those who wish a deeper understanding of traditional plant medicines. Traditionally, when an individual wishes to learn the properties of a plant, they spend time in isolation. Without any major distractions, a medicinal plant is imbibed on a daily basis, while following very…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony July 24-26 Maestro Don Gaspar a Shipibo Shaman from Pucallpa, Peru
July 24, 2020

Maestro Don Gaspar a Shipibo Shaman from Pucallpa, Peru. This year he offers traditional Shipibo Ayahuasca ceremonies in a safe, secure environment at Soul Quest. In addition to providing opportunities for people to work with this amazing plant medicine in the short term, He also have a center near Pucallpa, Peru. Here offers long term study for those who wish a deeper understanding of traditional plant medicines. Traditionally, when an individual wishes to learn the properties of a plant, they spend time in isolation. Without any major distractions, a medicinal plant is imbibed on a daily basis, while following very…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony Aug. 7-9 ARKAWA - Medicine Music - Medicine Man
August 7, 2020

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 Colombia for the contribution of…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony Aug. 14 -16
August 14, 2020

Thank you so much for considering a weekend retreat with us! We are honored to do this sacred work and feel blessed that you are looking to have your journey at our facility in Orlando! Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth is a spiritual learning and healing center focused on providing the community with service, education, spiritual fellowship, healing practices, and guidance.  Our neo-shamanic church blends shamanic traditions from the amazon with our western culture. We embrace all paths of a free responsible search for truth and spiritual meaning and believe that each person is a unique & individual expression…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony Aug. 28 - 30
August 28, 2020

Thank you so much for considering a weekend retreat with us! We are honored to do this sacred work and feel blessed that you are looking to have your journey at our facility in Orlando! Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth is a spiritual learning and healing center focused on providing the community with service, education, spiritual fellowship, healing practices, and guidance.  Our neo-shamanic church blends shamanic traditions from the amazon with our western culture. We embrace all paths of a free responsible search for truth and spiritual meaning and believe that each person is a unique & individual expression…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony Sept. 11-13 ARKAWA - Medicine Music - Medicine Man
September 11, 2020

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 Colombia for the contribution of…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony Sept.18 - 20
September 18, 2020

Thank you so much for considering a weekend retreat with us! We are honored to do this sacred work and feel blessed that you are looking to have your journey at our facility in Orlando! Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth is a spiritual learning and healing center focused on providing the community with service, education, spiritual fellowship, healing practices, and guidance.  Our neo-shamanic church blends shamanic traditions from the amazon with our western culture. We embrace all paths of a free responsible search for truth and spiritual meaning and believe that each person is a unique & individual expression…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony Sept. 25 - 27
September 25, 2020

Thank you so much for considering a weekend retreat with us! We are honored to do this sacred work and feel blessed that you are looking to have your journey at our facility in Orlando! Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth is a spiritual learning and healing center focused on providing the community with service, education, spiritual fellowship, healing practices, and guidance.  Our neo-shamanic church blends shamanic traditions from the amazon with our western culture. We embrace all paths of a free responsible search for truth and spiritual meaning and believe that each person is a unique & individual expression…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony Oct. 9-11 ARKAWA - Medicine Music - Medicine Man
October 9, 2020

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 Colombia for the contribution of…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony Oct. 23 - 25
October 23, 2020

Thank you so much for considering a weekend retreat with us! We are honored to do this sacred work and feel blessed that you are looking to have your journey at our facility in Orlando! Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth is a spiritual learning and healing center focused on providing the community with service, education, spiritual fellowship, healing practices, and guidance.  Our neo-shamanic church blends shamanic traditions from the amazon with our western culture. We embrace all paths of a free responsible search for truth and spiritual meaning and believe that each person is a unique & individual expression…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony Oct.30 - Nov 1
October 30, 2020

Thank you so much for considering a weekend retreat with us! We are honored to do this sacred work and feel blessed that you are looking to have your journey at our facility in Orlando! Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth is a spiritual learning and healing center focused on providing the community with service, education, spiritual fellowship, healing practices, and guidance.  Our neo-shamanic church blends shamanic traditions from the amazon with our western culture. We embrace all paths of a free responsible search for truth and spiritual meaning and believe that each person is a unique & individual expression…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony Nov. 6-8 ARKAWA - Medicine Music - Medicine Man
November 6, 2020

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 Colombia for the contribution of…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony Nov. 20 - 22
November 20, 2020

Thank you so much for considering a weekend retreat with us! We are honored to do this sacred work and feel blessed that you are looking to have your journey at our facility in Orlando! Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth is a spiritual learning and healing center focused on providing the community with service, education, spiritual fellowship, healing practices, and guidance.  Our neo-shamanic church blends shamanic traditions from the amazon with our western culture. We embrace all paths of a free responsible search for truth and spiritual meaning and believe that each person is a unique & individual expression…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony Nov. 27 - 29
November 27, 2020

Thank you so much for considering a weekend retreat with us! We are honored to do this sacred work and feel blessed that you are looking to have your journey at our facility in Orlando! Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth is a spiritual learning and healing center focused on providing the community with service, education, spiritual fellowship, healing practices, and guidance.  Our neo-shamanic church blends shamanic traditions from the amazon with our western culture. We embrace all paths of a free responsible search for truth and spiritual meaning and believe that each person is a unique & individual expression…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony Dec. 4-6 ARKAWA - Medicine Music - Medicine Man
December 4, 2020

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 Colombia for the contribution of…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony Dec. 11 - 13
December 11, 2020

Thank you so much for considering a weekend retreat with us! We are honored to do this sacred work and feel blessed that you are looking to have your journey at our facility in Orlando! Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth is a spiritual learning and healing center focused on providing the community with service, education, spiritual fellowship, healing practices, and guidance.  Our neo-shamanic church blends shamanic traditions from the amazon with our western culture. We embrace all paths of a free responsible search for truth and spiritual meaning and believe that each person is a unique & individual expression…

3 day 2 Night Ayahuasca Ceremony Dec.18 - 20
December 18, 2020

Thank you so much for considering a weekend retreat with us! We are honored to do this sacred work and feel blessed that you are looking to have your journey at our facility in Orlando! Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth is a spiritual learning and healing center focused on providing the community with service, education, spiritual fellowship, healing practices, and guidance.  Our neo-shamanic church blends shamanic traditions from the amazon with our western culture. We embrace all paths of a free responsible search for truth and spiritual meaning and believe that each person is a unique & individual expression…