The Sacred Foundation is a group of dedicated clergy, educational, and healthcare professionals with extensive entheogenic training and experience. Our instructors have all been trained in spiritual and shamanic traditions, many of whom have dedicated their lives to the preservation of these ancient ways of prayer and healing.
Rev. Katherine Aryshta Dean, is a retired Silicon Valley executive turned ordained minister and entheogenic scholar. She has an engineering degree, a graduate of the Center for Sacred Studies, a certified end-of-life Doula, and an entheogenic facilitator with over 18 years experience. During the past decade she has traveled to Egypt, Greece, and Thailand to research the history of the religious use of these ancient spiritual medicines. Recently, she has presented at several national conferences and is the author of the forthcoming book, "Priestess of the Blue Lotus" .
Educational Director, Dr. Chandra Silva is a longtime academic with degrees in the Social Sciences (1997), Women’s Studies (1999), and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Washington State University (2005) where she wrote and published her dissertation on the campaign to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. For more than 30 years, Dr. Silva has been teaching, speaking, organizing, publishing, marching, explaining, and representing herself as an ambassador of human rights, civil rights, and opportunities for broadening perspectives through education, communication, and inspiration. Beyond academia, Silva has provided public and private multicultural instruction, advising, policy analysis, institutional and community leadership, conferences, public presentations, interagency collaborations, committee assignments, and more – across multiple states, communities, and cultures. Formerly an ordained nun in the Mahayna Buddhist tradition (2010), Silva remains endeavored to the tenets of that practice in that "all beings may be free from suffering.”
Alyssa Rose is a professional End-of-Life Doula, grief counselor, and educator with over eight years of experience in her field. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a licensed massage therapist specializing in hospice care. She is an active volunteer in the Portland area, supporting grieving children and providing pro-bono counseling to families in need. She has also served at "End of Life Choices", a non-profit which provides support for Oregon's "Death with Dignity" law and other legal end-of-life options. Recently, her interests have expanded to include the sacred use of entheogens and the latest "Right-to-Try" options available to ease suffering and depression in terminal patients. Ms. Rose is currently providing educational services and seminars to the End-of-Life Doula community nationwide specializing in Grief Tending facilitation. Her educational, networking, and group facilitation skills bring a substantial asset to the emerging field of End-of-Life care, therapeutic grief counseling, and assisting people to "die well".