Our Team Members

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

When I was 10 years old my spiritual journey began and was first expressed as my life goal, to become a psychologist, in a 5th grade autobiography writing assignment, much to my parents’ surprise.  In my early 20’s I began a 4-year study of A Course in Miracles, and soon after completed training in clinical hypnosis, integrating hypnotherapy and the use of altered states of consciousness into my counseling practice as a treatment tool.  I later pursued formal study in consciousness as a graduate student delving deeper into Jungian archetypal psychology and ideas related to the collective unconscious and self-actualization.  My current integration of Buddhist eastern philosophy as a means to emotional contentment rounds out my journey for spiritual and psychological approaches to healing and recovery from trauma and addiction.  Using this framework I employ principles of mindfulness, pure presence, and attuned body-centered awareness into my work with clients, and draw from transpersonal, somatic, existential, Jungian and psychoanalytic approaches.

My view of healing and wholeness is grounded in awareness of our spiritual nature and need for connection with others and with source/universal consciousness for unlimited love, ecstasy, potentiality and authentic living. I believe that one can move from feelings of shame to greater self-compassion, forgiveness, and self-love when living in alignment with one’s truth, values and life purpose.

Near and dear to my heart is working with entheogens/psychoactive plant medicines as a beautiful compliment to psychotherapy. The wisdom that ayahuasca activates is the flowering of our natural intelligence to catalyze healing and growth by getting to the root of our psychological problems, brought forward by bringing unconscious content into awareness. When we deepen and stabilize awareness of mind, we are able to get in touch with our deepest desires, essential creativity and truest expressions of self. This knowledge gives us greater wisdom to solve the more complex problems of our life-world, and to see our contribution to the whole of humanity as a collective, shared responsibility. Traditional shamanic practices combined with sacred plant medicines offer an effective adjunct to modern psychoanalysis and accelerated healing of long-standing emotional traumas.

My preparation includes a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and certifications as a Clinical Trauma Professional, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Licensed Psychotherapist, and Qualified Clinical Supervisor in Florida.  I was recently added as a Psychedelic Integration Therapist with MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies)www.maps.org.

I am interested in research related to aspects of mind/mental tendencies, transformations in consciousness, and the numinous experience.  In 2018, I attended the Science of Consciousness Conference in Tuscon, AZ and met philosophers Deepak Chopra and David Chalmers.  In 2019 I saw Eckhart Tolle speak on the sprouting seed of human transcendent consciousness, expressed as a move away from the trance of egoic consciousness.

In 2018, I was blessed to come to Soulquest and to be introduced to the healing power of ayahuasca. I joined the Soulquest team as an Integration Therapist and began facilitating post-ceremony integration groups for retreat members.  My private practice office is located in downtown Orlando, and my services include in-person and online counseling (www.drlauriemaddox.org) through Zoom video or Skype.  Online counseling is for members and clients that prefer remote psychotherapy sessions due to time or schedule constraints and for those who live outside of the Orlando area.

I also work closely with Warrior Quest (www.warriorquestusa.com) providing pre- and post-ceremony preparation and integration sessions for veterans.  Warrior Quest is a non-profit organization that funds travel expenses to retreat centers helping vets overcome treatment resistance PTSD.

Events with Dr. Laurie Maddox

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…