A 15 Year Sacramental Psychedelic Odyssey
At the cusp of obtaining a Master’s Degree in Latin American History as a PHD Fellow at Ohio State University in the Summer of 2008, Ehren Cruz experienced a powerful transformative experience that would change his life forever. Brought on by the ingestion of the LSD during a music festival, the mind expanding compound led to a full cessation of individuated consciousness, dissolving perception into a state of universal awareness & interconnection. All was one, All was love and All was aware, alive & interdependent of one another. Both inexplicably terrifying and blissful in equal measure, the intensity of the experience resulted in an immense shift in perception that would radically altar the trajectory of his life.
Among the countless realizations that transpired from the experience, four trajectories were firmly decided upon. The first was leaving his Graduate program two months away from completion of his Master’s thesis, as it became alarmingly clear his heart’s passion lied in the fostering of contemporary culture not piecing together fragments of the past.
Secondly, he proposed to his then girlfriend now wife of thirteen years, whose compassionate heart supporting full psychedelic and kundalini spiritual emergency was a gift beyond compare. The third was a decision to pursue a path producing festivals filled with radical creative expression and mission-centric community building – eventually becoming an award winning festival director grossing over $100M in net regional income in events. And lastly, Ehren decided to devote his life to the study and practice of ancient spiritual rites of passage traditions utilizing the sacramental use of entheogenics to unveil a road map of inner discovery to support the growth of others who choose to walk the path of initiation. The resulting journey culminating in a now 15 year devotional practice into the heart of the Hermetic, Kabbalistic and Lakota Soux Ceremonial Tradition.
For over a decade, Ehren dedicated his life to the creation of experiences that ignite the mind, inspire the heart, and empower our communities. From reimagining organizational culture to transforming the face of festivals & events, his success is rooted in the fostering of environments that welcome and encourage self-actualization, team synergy, and inspired creative expression. Between 2009-2019, Ehren produced, curated, and served as Master of Ceremonies for events welcoming over 300K patrons, hailing from 80 different nations, including 5400+ performers, 3000+ individual shows, 1650+ workshops, and countless immersive experiences – setting a new bar for what’s possible when converging visionary art, music, culture, & spirit into the alchemy of intentional festival settings.
After a decade as an award-winning producer & high-performance team builder, netting over $100M in gross regional income through festivals & events, in early 2021 Ehren founded The SpArc: A groundbreaking coaching approach that utilizes rites of passage immersive experiences to dramatically elevate awareness, embodiment, and impact.
The SpArc currently serves as the SouthEast regional service provider for the Nation’s first harm reduction psychedelic facilitation service Psychedelic Passage. In late 2022, the SpArc celebrated the welcoming of two highly experiences coaches & ceremonial facilitators Sarah “Salix” Lavine and Nathan Taylor. In the Fall of 2023, the SpArc will be launching the “Communitas Sanctuary” retreat center. Located just 20 min north of Asheville, NC on 11 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Communitas will form an epicenter for Rites of Passage ceremonial immersive experiences. The sanctuary will also offer boutique lodging for 15+ guests featuring immersive sound & movement facilities, botanical gardens, visionary temple spaces and an expansive menu of holistic wellness offerings & services.
Ehren Cruz is a Historian & Anthropologist, Third Wave Psychedelic Certified Coach (CCP1), CTA & ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Master Ceremonialist, Trained Harm Reductionist, Loving Husband & Proud Father of 3 Little Ladies. He is devoted to the healing & self-actualization of self & others in all facets off his life.