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Who I Am

Skills & support for post-ceremony integration | Kerry Moran, M.A., LPC

Lhasa, 1985

I live in the U.S. and in the little town of Huaran in the Andean highlands of Peru, and work, locally and internationally, as an integration therapist. For me this profession draws together all my life experience—35+ years of Buddhist meditation practice, 25+ years of living abroad, and all the many practices and perspectives I’ve developed as a psychotherapist.

 My own experience with master plants provides the foundation of my integration work with clients. I’ve worked intensively with ayahuasca since 2014 and have completed a lengthy series of plant dietas with a tabaquero in Iquitos. Other plants I consider my teachers are iboga and huachuma (San Pedro).

My first career (I like to refer to it as a past life) was as an author and freelance journalist based in Asia. Living in China, Nepal, France, and now Peru, has given me a broad multicultural perspective that I find invaluable in working with psyche. My writing career, which has yielded five books to date, continues to generate many insights into the hard work of the creative process.

Kerry Moran

Hitchhiking to Mt. Kailas, 1987

From 1985 to 1998 I lived in Kathmandu, Nepal, where I worked as author, editor, and sometimes trek leader, and had three children. During these years I was fortunate to receive teachings and meditation instruction from many Tibetan masters. The Dzogchen tradition in which I practice brings offers experiential teachings emphasizing the natural spaciousness and clarity of mind. The term Dzogchen or “Great Perfection” refers to the self-perfected state of our primordial nature, which is always present in the depths of our being.

Portland: Buddhist-Oriented Psychotherapy

Fast forward to 2000, when I completed an Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and opened a private practice in Portland, Oregon. For the next 15 years I worked as a presence-centered psychotherapist, weaving together Buddhist perspectives of wisdom and compassion with depth psychology and a somatic understanding of trauma healing. Wisdom & Compassion: Buddhist Psychotherapy as Skillful Means describes my approach to combining spiritual and therapeutic work.

Meeting the Plants, and Peru

Fast forward again to 2014, when I met ayahuasca in Hawaii in an unplanned encounter. That first meeting was disturbing and yet somehow deeply familiar, speaking to me in profound ways. Ayahuasca continued to show up for me repeatedly in the following months, and every ceremony revealed deeper levels of previously hidden truths.

Sacred Valley, 2023

The following year I closed my private practice and gave myself a year to travel and gather the threads of a reinvented life. Arriving in the Sacred Valley of Peru a few months later, I immediately realized I was in my new home. The mountains, the spirits of the land, and the people of this place have been deeply welcoming from the moment I set foot here, and I’m immensely grateful for all the support I’ve received.

Very quickly I saw that while there were many people serving ayahuasca in the Valley, nobody was offering integration support. Bringing my therapeutic and meditative background to bear seemed like a natural step. I soon found that people all over the world are drinking ayahuasca and in real need of support.

My integration work has evolved in tandem with my personal work with plant medicine. The opportunity to support ayahuasca in its transformative work and to hear in detail the incredibly skillful (if sometimes cryptic) ways that it operates with individuals, has been a tremendous gift. For me, ayahuasca and other teacher plants like San Pedro, iboga, and the many plantas maestras I’ve encountered on dieta offer a path of profound and powerful healing.

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