Vanessa CruzVanessa Cruz, LPN II, RYT 200, CHWC


Vanessa began learning about plant medicines from her grandmother and great grandmother in the mountains of New Mexico at 9 years old. Since that time, she has been immersed in various healing paths through herbalism, curanderismo, meditation, nursing and psychedelic medicine to reconnect to her indigenous roots. As a member of marginalized communities, Vanessa is devoted to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in the psychedelic space, and passionately supports individual’s direct experience of the sacred through psychedelic healing and transformational life and death coaching.

Vanessa received her practical nursing education through Concord Career Institute in Denver, CO, and has taken advanced nursing courses through Colorado State University – Pueblo. Vanessa completed MAPS MDMA Therapy Training Program, Ketamine Nurse Guide Training through KetaMD, and advanced training in Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapy through the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness. Vanessa also completed Kundalini Yoga training with Kia Miller of Radiant Body Yoga which included trauma informed and racial justice with Nikki Meyers and is a RYT 200.

Vanessa is also a certified health and wellness coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

Vanessa volunteers for Fireside Project, a psychedelic peer support line, and is certified in emotional CPR (eCPR), Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), and NADA ear acupuncture. She has completed 40 plus continuing education hours through the American Cannabis Nurses Association, Cannabis Nurses Network and is a Cannabis Nurse educator supporting individuals exploring Cannabis as medicine. Vanessa is a fierce advocate in eliminating stigma surrounding mental health challenges, increasing a sense of hope, and promoting behavioral health equity.

Vanessa’s primary focus is guiding individuals in death care through her work as a death doula. She believes we all have an innate ability to care for our dead, and advocates for bringing death care back to the home. She co-created and co-facilitates a monthly group Herb & Bones encouraging conversations about death and psychedelics. She provides education on home funerals and alternative body deposition such as eco burials and supports families through spiritual and ceremonial space holding during transition and after. She supports individuals wishing to utilize medical aid in dying as Colorado is one of only 11 states that allow death with dignity. She specializes in using Psychedelics to ease end of life fear and pain, and aids in psychedelic guidance through legacy work and ceremonial story telling.

Vanessa identifies as a BIPOC woman serving the Southern Colorado area. When she isn’t busy adding to her list of certifications, you will find her in nature, specifically in the mountains camping, hiking, forest bathing, herb collecting, wading in streams, rivers and lakes, snowboarding, and hot springing with her family and fur baby.

Areas of Specialization:

  • Grief, Loss, Death & Dying
  • Cannabis as Medicine
  • Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Guiding
  • Ketamine-Assisted Psychedelic Guiding
  • Psychedelic Preparation & Integration
  • Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Education
  • Meditation and Breathwork
  • Spiritual Care for Healing & Transformation
  • Supporting clients in transitioning from recreational to intentional psychedelic use