Vanessa CruzVanessa Cruz, LPN II, RYT 200, CHWC

Licensed Practical Nurse, End of Life Doula, and Psychedelic Guide

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, yoga, breathwork, meditation, and psychedelic medicines 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. She has completed 40 plus continuing education hours as a Cannabis Nurse educator supporting individuals exploring Cannabis as medicine. Vanessa co-facilitates a monthly group Herb & Bones encouraging conversations about death and psychedelics.

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 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:

  • Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Guiding
  • Ketamine-Assisted Psychedelic Guiding
  • Grief, Loss, Death & Dying
  • Community based work for marginalized populations
  • Psychedelic Preparation & Integration
  • Cannabis 101
  • Spiritual Care for Healing & Transformation
  • Individuals looking for non-traditional and break-through approaches to healing
  • Nurturing meaningful relationships
  • Deep dive into root cause of symptoms outside of the traditional medical model
  • Individuals recovering from single event trauma or near-death experiences

Supporting individuals through:

  • Terminal illness or a loved one with a terminal illness
  • Grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, and feeling stuck
  • Chronic pain
  • Loss of a pet
  • Fear of death and the unknown
  • Navigating death with dignity, MAiD (medical aid in dying)
  • Healthcare professional Burn-Out
  • The transition from recreational to intentional psychedelic use
  • Experiencing psychedelics for the first time
  • Microdosing harm reduction and education
  • Religious trauma
  • Deepening connection to nature
  • Difficult life transitions and personal growth