“Remember, Reclaim, Reweave, Rejoice: Transforming Historical Trauma with Psilocybin”



Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman is a mestiza folk medicine practitioner, hedgewitch, artist and mother specializing in sacred plant medicines for communication and relationship. Raised on a 100 acre Christmas tree farm in rural Connecticut shared with four generations of family, she was taught from a young age the importance of living in harmony with the natural world.  Yaya has taught art to Brooklyn teens, volunteered as an Interfaith Chaplain in maximum security NYC prison, facilitated women’s initiatory rites, and organized gatherings and retreats with indigenous and emerging teachers since 2007.

Her study as a Shamanic Herbalist in the Wise Woman Tradition, combined with her training as a Zen hospice and prison chaplain, studies in classical Shakta Tantra, and continued reclaiming of her own indigenous Irish and Puerto Rican earth honoring traditions have shaped her unique, multidimensional approach to women’s health. Most days, she can be found at home at Rio Cosmico, ( her homestead and library of earth magic located in Kumeyaay territory in the Cleveland National Forest of Southern California) working with her annual group of apprentices, tending the wild and raising her son and their dog Pepita. 

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