CAYA Sanctuary is here, first and foremost, to support the complete connection to ourselves, one another, our ancestors, and to the Divine Spirit of the Creator. CAYA Sanctuary’s mission is to co-create a sacred space of love, compassion, forgiveness and unity for all humanity so we may see each other as a collective, working together in harmony. Traumas endured in this life can, and often do, disconnect us from ourselves, others and with the spiritual aspects of life. This disconnection magnifies the importance of healing the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual parts of our being and to bring them into coherence. When mind and spirit are out of harmony it causes great suffering in our life, when mind and spirit are in harmony we experience peace, comfort and wellbeing. This connection experienced between mind and spirit highlights the inseparable nature of healing and spirituality. Through ceremonies, service to others, applying ancient spiritual teachings and community engagement, we can restore our connection to Divine Love, which is the birth right of all beings.
To operate and serve the community, its members, Mother Earth and all beings with honesty and a strong moral/ethical compass. Having deep awareness and transparency about our strengths and weaknesses. Forthright with all actions of CAYA Sanctuary Inc. Respecting ourselves, others, and the ancestors that have paved the way for us to be her
To operate and serve the community, its members, Mother Earth and all beings with honesty and a strong moral/ethical compass. Having deep awareness and transparency about our strengths and weaknesses. Forthright with all actions of CAYA Sanctuary Inc. Respecting ourselves, others, and the ancestors that have paved the way for us to be here today. Honoring Mother Earth for the abundance that she provides, acknowledging the pain that she endures and the security that she provides.
Living in gratitude means valuing life and all living things. Expressing appreciation for all aspects of the life we get to live, through our thoughts, words and actions. Cherishing all that is, as a service with the purpose of facilitating personal growth and enjoyment. Gratitude is a medicine that expands our capacity to love and heals emotional wounds.
Experiencing oneself as part of a whole system working together towards the healing and spiritual growth of individuals and the community. Sharing our authentic truths, “good or bad”, “positive or negative” (including, but not limited to; emotional, physical, mental and spiritual experiences) supporting the individual experience of belong
Experiencing oneself as part of a whole system working together towards the healing and spiritual growth of individuals and the community. Sharing our authentic truths, “good or bad”, “positive or negative” (including, but not limited to; emotional, physical, mental and spiritual experiences) supporting the individual experience of belonging to the community. Devotion to the shared goal of transforming the state of humanity from disconnection, separation, and isolation to divine oneness.
To serve humanity, the earth, and all beings without pride, arrogance, prejudice, exclusivity or righteousness. To maintain equality regardless of title, status or experience. Committing to living from your heart space, meaning, following the principles of compassion, forgiveness and love.
Spreading kindness by being benevolent in thought, words and actions. Having an altruistic intention behind all offerings of service. Giving without sacrificing yourself, setting boundaries on who, when, where and how you can help. Serving for the betterment of individuals and the community by honoring oneself and others.
The ability to maintain a balanced and equal energetic flow, to and from; the earth, ourselves, relationships, and the community. Raise consciousness through advocating and educating on the importance of walking lightly on the earth, not taking more than we need, and reducing our negative impact on society and the earth.
Crystal has a master's degree in systemic psychology and practiced counseling in Washington State. She worked extensively with the Indigenous communities of the Pacific Northwest concerning the impact of individual and generational trauma on humanity's connection to their roots in a spiritual existence. As a result of this work and the immersion into the spiritual and esoteric aspects of ancient indigenous wisdom Crystal was inspired to bridge the gap between spirituality and healing. This bridge has manifested in the form of a community-based church, known as CAYA Sanctuary, offering holistic healing through immersion into our spiritual connection, indigenous wisdom, ceremony and faith. To expand the potential of healing there needs to be ample time, space and a dedicated support system. Crystal’s understanding of the connection between healing and spirituality became crystallized after her first Ayahuasca ceremony. The days, weeks and months following the ceremony she experienced a deep understanding of the spiritual nature of the healing provided by Ayahuasca and consequently had a transformational experience. Crystal has participated in ceremonies across multiple countries in Central and South America experiencing different traditions all with profound healing and wisdom. With her background in mental health and knowing the dire situation concerning humanity’s disconnection and suffering, she and her beloved partner dedicated a church that could safely and effectively give people the opportunity to commune with the sacred spirit of Ayahuasca.
Damian brings a deep understanding of trauma and addiction having grown up in a family where it (was a near daily experience) had been very prevalent. He has witnessed firsthand the impact that trauma and addiction have on a person’s life, causing suffering, dysregulation and often more trauma. He is dedicated to helping anyone willing to overcome their limitations and free themselves from the cycle of trauma. It wasn't until Damian's first ceremony with Ayahuasca that he was able to see how unconsciously he had approached life. For the first time, he realized he has a genuine choice in deciding how to respond to life. Since his first transformational experience he has dedicated his life to serving others by creating space for connection and healing. Damian used the skills gained while working in construction to help build CAYA and transform a dream into reality. Damian leads integration groups where he provides a safe container for people to heal by processing their challenges and incorporating lessons from ceremony into daily life. Damian spent time living and working with a tribe in the Amazon of Brazil, not only learning about sacred plant sacraments, but also building structures and tending to the land. He believes that to truly know the culture it’s best to experience their existence as authentically as possible, meaning, getting to work side by side with them digging holes and sweating it out together. Damian brings a deeply grounded connection to CAYA, whether in Ceremony, Integration or day to day logistics. He understands the importance of stepping into the mystical/healing realms and grounding the teachings into our daily lives. Damian continues to learn from his teachers and guides from many traditions and will continue to work towards a deeper understanding of the healing traditions of the Americas.
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CAYA Sanctuary is currently going through a transition period, moving from Florida to Washington state.
Opening Washington retreats in APRIL-MAY 2024.
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