Rev. Jay Waxenberg, MA
Psychedelic Guide, Ordained Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Counselor, and DMTx Training Program Director
My journey with psychedelics and spirituality began simultaneously while earning my Master’s in Philosophy, with a focus on mysticism and the psychedelic experience, from the University of Miami. My academic studies allowed me to work closely with several shamanic traditions and plant medicines, sparking my own spiritual path. After graduating, I spent the next few years traveling the world studying various spiritual traditions—living in India, Nepal, Israel, and Spain to name a few. My spiritual training took on a more structured format when I began Interfaith Seminary, with the goal of combining ministry and psychedelics. I eventually settled in Colorado to focus on psychedelic training, going on to complete all of the Medicinal Mindfulness programs and Polaris Insight Ketamine training. I am also trained by advanced practitioners at the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness in Psilocybin Support Services and Harm Reduction. In addition to this, I have successfully completed Psychedelic First Aid training which includes CPR certification, psychedelic mental health crisis intervention and suicide intervention training.
I recently completed additional InterSpiritual companioning and counseling trainings from One Spirit Seminary. The psychedelic techniques I have found in nearly all of the world’s spiritual traditions have convinced me that these techniques can be used by people of any belief (including no belief at all) to examine, connect, heal, grow, and change their own beliefs. Unifying years of spiritual and psychedelic training, I specialize in helping people use psychedelics to deepen their spirituality, reconnect to spiritual traditions, and discover new spiritual paths. I work with people to help them heal religious wounds, explore spirituality, and to prepare, integrate, and support them through the psychedelic experience.
I am committed to the healing of our shared world, a process that I believe requires a continuous reflective process of recognizing difference, privilege and shadow of the incarnations we are currently experiencing. In that spirit, it is one of my deepest held beliefs that this work is the birthright of all those who feel called to it. If you are here, and if you have a longing in your heart to serve the healing of this world, I am here to support you. I’m committed to working with and making this work accessible to those of all backgrounds. I consider myself as an ally to the BIPOC, LGBTQI+ and all marginalized communities in our world.
As an ordained Interfaith minister and spiritual counselor I’m called to work psychedelics on spiritual and religious levels. Thanks to my Interfaith background I’m comfortable meeting clients with the language that their hearts are speaking and longing for regardless of their spiritual (or non-spiritual) background. It’s my belief that psychedelics can offer us access to the spiritual dimension of our lives in a deeply profound way and when connected with ceremony or ritual can imbue life with vast meaning.
In a very real sense I feel it’s my life’s work to bridge the spiritual world with the psychedelic world. I’ve worked to bring psychedelic experiences to several religious communities over the years and have found psychedelics to be at the core of my own spiritual path. Psychedelics in a ritual ceremonial context started my spiritual journey, sustained my spiritual journey, and continue to help me deepen and develop my spiritual journey. Building relationships with these powerful medicines has helped me develop my relationship to my own soul and ancestors. It’s my personal belief that our ancestral wisdom traditions (religions) offer us the greatest integration tools for psychedelic experiences, and so they are made for one another.
I believe, each psychedelic experience is an invitation to create a new story of being and, in that sense, each journey has the potential to be a miracle.
I feel particularly called to support:
- Those who are in transition or at a threshold that maybe experiencing grief, depression or a sense of being lost
- Those who identify as spiritual seekers or who feel called to a spiritual path
- Those who are recontextualizing/redefining their spirituality, including those who are leaving or returning to Christianity or Judaism
- Young men who are feeling called to an initiation, quest or rite of passage
- Marginalized people, immigrants, BIPOC, LGBTQI+, religious or spiritual refugees
- Community organizers, activists or those that identify as outsiders
- Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Therapy
- Psilocybin Support Services
- Ketamine-Assisted Psychedelic Therapy
- Psychedelic Harm Reductions & Education for DMT, Psilocybin, MDMA and Ayahuasca
- Psychedelic Spiritual Care
- Spiritual Counseling, Personal Growth, and Existential Questioning
- Mentorship for aspiring psychedelic professionals
- Supporting clients in transitioning from recreational to intentional psychedelic use
- Spiritual & Religious Trauma or Crisis
- Ritual & Ceremony Instruction
- Psychedelic Preparation & Integration Coaching