Interested in exploring a transformational coaching program or a facilitated medicine journey experience?
Learn what past clients are saying about their experience with The SpArc!
Julie P. W
(Pisgah Forest, NC)
Working with Ehren has been profoundly helpful in ways I did not expect. Every session was a special treat, changed the whole vibe of my day and felt extremely supportive whatever the place I was in at that time.
I understood on the long run that all the practices we tailored together and that I implemented daily would contribute to a whole new sense of balance, self-appreciation and self-respect, while life presented challenges that I would have felt unable to go through in the past and still preserve my mental, spiritual, emotional and physical health.
I am very grateful to have crossed path with Ehren and thankful for the care that he has been providing during the Journey, but also during his coaching offerings. It has only been 7 months since the Journey and yet my life has changed TREMENDOUSLY for the better (and the way my brain works too!). I don’t have the words to describe how powerful and fascinating this path has been so far. If you feel ready to take the leap, I could only recommend Ehren for his unique and holistic approach that honors every single human here. Thank you again, brother !
(Coach & Social Entrepreneur)
My SpArc experience was life-changing. I felt like I went through a rebirth, with Ehren as my doula. The careful way he explained the process was done with such reverence. My spirit felt right at home, at his beautiful home nestled in the breathtaking mountains of Asheville.
The setting was perfect, full moon and all. He was a loving guide on my journey and provided all the right tools at the right time for my experience. His devotion to the plant’s healing practice and professionalism allowed me to trust him and the process.
I can’t remember the last time I could truly let my guard down and feel free! This was far from transactional; this was Transformational. My rebirth was laboring and well worth it. I AM here now! Present on my journey to Self Actualization!
(Principal, Blue Chair Advisory)
“Ehren is a masterful guide for those who seek deeply meaningful transformative experiences. His structured approach creates the best possible opportunity for you to safely push the bounds of what …
you think you are to discover who you truly are. Follow his process and you will not come up short on your journey. Ehren can guide, walk alongside or simply hold space as you go. Quite often, he is doing all three, with an incredible ease and grace that comes from intuition and a profound sense of inner awareness. I am indebted to his deep commitment to not only my own personal expansion, but to all who hold the great opportunity to be touched by his gifted work.”
Maureen Metcalf, MBA
(Founder, Innovative Leadership Institute)
“Ehren facilitated a rite of passage for me. His process was very comprehensive, meetings in advance for preparation, conducting the ceremony …
then structuring a follow-up protocol. His knowledge, care, and extensive research and skill created an event that exceeded my expectations and will have a lasting impact on my development. I appreciate Ehren’s skills, professionalism, and deep care for his clients and partners.”
(Principle at Balanced Living, LLC )
“I appreciated Ehren’s intentional approach to supporting me through my recent psychedelic journey. His process of facilitation begins long before the actual medicine experience.
He provided me with thought provoking exercises that helped me to prepare myself to make the most of this time of growth. I also appreciated his thorough explanation about the general arc of these kinds of experiences, as this helped me to feel more prepared going into my journey.
I am in awe of Ehren’s commitment to, and reverence for, a variety of spiritual paths. Along with his education and certifications, his path of expansion through a commitment to his own life work makes him uniquely qualified to support others’ in their individual paths towards greater joy and awakening. Throughout my psychedelic experience I felt safe, seen, loved and cared for by Ehren. I would highly recommend him to any family or friends that are looking to experience a powerful shift in their lives.”
(Financial Professional, Georgia)
There are no words to fully express my experience with Ehren. From the first Zoom conversation I had with Ehren, throughout my ceremony, and the integration sessions that followed, Ehren’s professionalism, compassion and support were evident every step of the way.
I was extremely anxious about the process, but Ehren helped me work through the anxiety, and helped me to look forward to my ceremony with anticipation. Ehren, helped me to gain a trust in the process and a confidence that I would achieve the outcome I hoped for. My ceremony was challenging and made me face my fears, and yet that was exactly the experience that I needed. Ehren far exceeded the role of harm reduction – he guided me through a sacred and immensely meaningful experience that has set me on a journey to reclaim my life and to truly live it!
(Educator from North Carolina)
I have dealt with depression for most of my life, and I came to a point where I knew I needed to try something drastically different. The antidepressants and therapy were only keeping my head above the water. I was desperate to change the patterns…
I’d repeated for 20+ years, knowing I want to go into the next 20, 40 years healthier and more grounded. So after lots of research on my own, I decided to try a psychedelic immersion. Sparc’s website was a place where I found such great resources, so I set up a consultation with Ehren. In that 30 minute conversation, I was convinced he’d be the right fit for me. I’d interviewed a few other facilitators, but Ehren’s empathic understanding, depth of knowledge, and humility to allow the experience to be my own set him apart. Our meetings before my immersion provided me an understanding of the philosophies and science behind using plant medicine for personal transformation for my mental health. He sent me additional articles to help answer questions I brought up, specifically as I was navigating how best to manage the antidepressants I was prescribed and the experience. I chose to lower the dosage of my SSRIs leading up to my immersion, and that immediately started some shifts in me that brought more depth to the preparation I was doing with the prompts Ehren provided for my intention setting.
For me, the immersion was a literal rebirth. Me as both a child and mother. Each contraction was a retelling of my life, in a familiar pattern-just like birth contractions. Each contraction brought me to a deeper layer, and an earlier generation. In the end, I didn’t feel like an immediate new person, I felt like an infant, and that has aligned with where I am in my life journey. Going back generations gave me a deep sense of compassion for my mother and grandmother and all mothers, and allowed me to see and resolve to break patterns. I saw clearly the light within me and heard/felt/saw a deep support network at different times in my life reminding me that I can listen to my own wisdom. There was also deep grief for my father who had passed, archetypes that made me feel connected to the entirety of humanity, forgiveness for myself, and resolve to follow my light for my own children.
Since my immersion, some patterns immediately fell away and some new ones have emerged. I also stopped taking antidepressants and antianxiety medications. A month after, my world was rocked and I have consistently leaned into the realizations that came during my immersion: my light, my resolve, my wisdom. I’ve purposefully reached out to the many supports that appeared and am actively leaning on them in this hard time, and being open about why. Daily I remember what I’ve learned, and keep finding new pieces of insight. Ehren’s presence during, his reflections shared after, and our follow up sessions have really helped this crystalize for me. My immersion with plant medicine and with Ehren as a guide has been a key component of my life journey, especially as I’m in a tough part of it. I see myself returning to it again.
My journey experience with Ehren Cruz at The SPARC was extraordinary. I am a coach, a yoga instructor and a grandmother. My hope of experiencing deep consciousness and expanded awareness was fully achieved. With Ehren’s expert and gifted guidance…
(Senior Systems Engineer, Chicago, IL)
Ehren was a fantastic choice for my first psychedelic experience. From our first meeting, his energy, enthusiasm, and positivity were apparent. I didn’t know quite what to expect going into the journey itself, but …
Ehren made sure I was comfortable and at ease.
Ehren’s facilities are top notch and enhance the experience utilizing sight, smell, and sound. I had a memorable experience and plan to attend another event where Ehren is a facilitator. I highly recommend exploring what he has to offer
(RN & Director of Client Care)
“I would like to express my sincerest appreciation to my psilocybin facilitator Ehren Cruz. I have been researching my journey for close to 5 years and was came upon Psychedelic Passage.
I realize everyone’s journey is profoundly personal, and I can only speak to my own, but I am absolutely convinced that I was blessed with the most positive and joyously compelling trip because of Ehren. I knew from the instant we connected through our first video call that his energy, compassion and knowledge were brimming! My incredible journey was at his breathtaking home in the mountains of Asheville, NC. (which includes a stay at his gorgeous AirBnB) I realize there are many ways to experience such a journey, but I believe the spiritual aspects, exquisitely layered in by Ehren, were necessary for my personal journey.
I cannot recommend this experience more highly or enthusiastically. As a true testament, my husband who had no desire (more fear) to experience this, has seen what it has done for me, and is excited about planning his own journey. Brilliant, profound, exhilarating and potentially life-altering. Don’t wait!”
(Retired Mechanic & Renaissance Man)
Deciding to take a psychedelic journey was a natural decision for me. My conscious existence is saturated with the reasons that anyone inclined to choose such an undertaking would do so.
I’ve survived through more than six decades, persevering even when such perseverance meant totally submitting to whatever illness or hardship beleaguered me. It has been a long hard lesson to have learned that help is not a bad thing.
I made the choice to take the journey, but to whom do I trust with such a momentous melding? It wasn’t luck that led my choice to seek Ehren Cruz as my guide and Medicine Man. It was purely providence generated by my sincere desire, and Ehren’s genuine nature.
Naturally trepidation cycled, waxing and waining as the gravity of the commitment orbited ever closer to reality. But in the weeks prior to our meeting, as Ehren and I spoke, I came to understand and trust in his abilities and sincerity of duty. I knew these were the basic attributes to help my journey unfold to its most beneficial potential. As soon as we met face to face I knew I had chosen from the wisdom of my heart and that my shared time with him would be safe, genuine, and profound.
I won’t elaborate on my personal journey because each journey must certainly be as varied as each of our lives is unique. I can however speak of the substantial, heartfelt understandings my mind has ascertained in the afterglow of my journey. It is not an easy thing. It is not something to take lightly.
But with sincerity, and genuine intent I know on all levels that a more enduring and beautiful heart/mind connection can be awakened with a medicine man of great strength and humility. I feel so very fortunate to have been guided and to have bonded with Ehren on a level of spirituality. I know that he and I will always be sitting at the universal fire communing with the great spirit. I wish everyone to know my gratitude for Ehren’s caring, and empathetic wisdom. Without his gentle strength my journey would not have been so fruitful.
(Age 41, Entrepreneur and family man )
To put it simply, Ehren’s program increased the overall quality of my life. I feel more connected to my true self/spirit and more aligned with my purpose than any time I can remember.
Ehren’s passion and tender care throughout the experience allowed me to have complete trust in his process. I’ve had life coaches before but none brought that kind of authentic heart-based action to the relationship.
Over the last 20 years, I have tried numerous programs, methodologies, and practices that fall into the “self-growth” category. Ehren’s SpArc Rite’s of passage Program accomplished more in the short 4 months than anything else I’ve tried. (It’s worth noting that many of these past experiences helped prepare me for the work I did with Ehren.)
I plan to maintain an ongoing level of support from Ehren indefinitely. As a husband, father of 2 young children, business owner and entrepreneur; life manages to knock me off center far too often. It’s nice to know that I have a way home through Ehren when I lose sight of the path.
Stacie ( SLR )
(S.L.R., RN, LCSW)
“As a first time journeyer, I was very nervous about what to expect, questioning my decision often. Ehren put me at ease, during the preparation stage…
with his approach educating and offering the details that I needed for my Type A brain to feel more comfortable. More importantly, his kind and gentle soul brought me peace of mind. During the experience, he was respectful, supportive and brought a loving, gentle energy, ready to provide whatever I needed. The sacred space itself was superb and inviting. My only regret is not doing this sooner! I highly recommend Ehren and cannot imagine exploring this experience in any other way! “Thank you” does not encompass the gratitude that I have for him!”
(Retired Nurse, Asheville, NC )
From our first preparatory Zoom session, we were impressed with Ehren’s wisdom, compassionate demeanor, and his eloquence and clarity in explaining the concepts and “homework” that ..
would help us to be fully prepared for our journey together. He clearly has undertaken a great deal of study and education in psychology, as well as in the protocols for safe and effective psychedelic use.
Also, either he takes copious notes, or he has an elephant’s memory, or both—because he remembered and referred to our personal stories, habits, and interests that came up as we went through several prep sessions together. We later realized how he carefully used that information to customize a trip session that would help ensure the best “set and setting” for our mushroom experience.
Of course, Ehren was wonderful throughout the journey. He was supportive, insightful, and watchful, without interfering at all with our mental journeys. The serene and beautiful space he provided was perfect—as was the music he chose, and his own very intentional contributions with drums, gongs, crystals, and changing fragrances of herbs and incense.
As a person with a fair amount of psychedelics background, I can sum up my advice to both novice and experienced trippers who are looking to learn and grow through psychedelics: Don’t go it alone, or with friends. Find a skilled trip guide that can help you set your intentions, to embrace whatever appears in your consciousness in each moment, and lean in to the lessons that the medicine has for you. With a guide like Ehren, you are sure to emerged changed in positive ways, for life, and ready for further exploration.
I can recommend Ehren most highly to anyone who wants to explore their own conscious and unconscious awareness through psychedelic medicine and practice.
(Visionary Artist, Educator – Singapore )
“Ehren is a fantastic listener and genuinely cares about your self betterment. He is invested in your overall growth as a person and wants the very best for you. You can feel it and hear it in his voice.
His heart is in the right place. I felt so comfortable expressing my fears and negative traits to him. He helps create spaces with zero judgement and 100% compassion which allows for one to feel this comfort. Ehren contemplates your unique situation and becomes a heart-driven force to aid in your evolution. His sincerity shines brightly in his ability to provide creative techniques for self actualisation and the removal of negative habits. Ehren has an uncanny ability to bring out aspects of yourself that need to see the light. I believe his inherent goodness as an individual helps in this process. He is a core motivator of the soul and I would highly recommend him as a source of counsel.”
I would say to anyone who is considering a healing journey of expanded consciousness that first, a journeyer really should have a guide, and second, that guide must be kind, genuine, knowledgeable and experienced in all the facets of such work. Ehren Cruz is all of those things and more.
Many if not most of us have deep-seated issues and life-long struggles that we have been unsuccessful in resolving or surviving on our own or through more typical talk therapy. It should be recognized that far more is going on inside of us than we are aware of on a conscious level. We may struggle to put into words and thoughts exactly what is going on in there. Problems deep within us that seem pervasive and insurmountable are the very things that can hardly be articulated or explained in traditional therapy. How do we talk our way out of problems that rational thought had nothing to do with creating in the first place? How do we put into words the emotional and spiritual pain of unresolved trauma from our past? And yet those things have a way of hurting us long after the fact, and continue to affect every aspect of our lives, from our relationships with others and with ourselves to how we can live in this fractured world with anything like contentedness or satisfaction. How do we find the love that infuses all life with purpose and meaning?
Humans have explored states of expanded consciousness for millennia for healing and spiritual nourishment, for guidance on matters physical and emotional, and for creating and sustaining connections to others in the family and community and with the living earth. Through various techniques people can tap into the enormous power and resources found within our minds and souls. This can be extremely helpful and gratifying, but can also be deeply challenging and even terrifying. The use of plant medicines to allow us access to states of expanded consciousness has been around for many millennia. This was usually done under the care of a shaman or other guide to keep the journeyer safe and help them make sense of what is accessed. Unlike recreational tripping with friends at music shows or whatever, this can be really difficult and is not always pretty. A proper guide is essential for this work to have meaning and be integrated into all aspects of your life.
Ehren is exactly the kind of guide I needed for my own journey. With his expert guidance I was able to prepare myself extensively for what lay ahead. He made sure I understood what I was getting into and what things I needed to do to help me be as ready as possible so that the experience had meaning and would be appropriate for my own healing path. The place he had prepared for the journey itself was beautiful and comfortable and I knew when I arrived that I would be ok. A person undertaking such a journey is putting themselves into a very vulnerable place, and feeling completely safe and cared for is essential. The container he had created for me felt as safe as a mother’s womb. During my journey he was right there the whole time, playing just the right kind of music, using rattles and drums when appropriate and allowing me to completely surrender to the healing power of the medicine. No matter how difficult things got for me, I always knew he was there protecting me and holding the space. When I returned, we spoke a little and laughed some together, and it felt as if I had returned home after slogging through the cold rain and snow to find a cheerful fire on the hearth. I was staying that night at his very comfortable rental space in his home, and he prepared for me absolutely the most wonderful meal I have ever eaten.
The next day we had an integration session to help me put the pieces together and make a plan for how to get the most from what I had experienced. Another session a week later further helped to bring home what it all meant and how to use what I had learned in my life moving forward. The integration phase of the journey is extremely important and as with all the rest Ehren was skilled and impeccable. He has continued to support me in the time since my journey and be available with his wisdom and guidance. I feel that with his help I can actually heal from old wounds that have festered for so long. My work is not finished of course, that will literally take a lifetime, but I have made enormous progress and I can see the path ahead just a bit more clearly than before.
I feel so incredibly grateful for having found Ehren and that he is doing this kind of work. He is perfectly suited for it. If you are planning to undertake this kind of journey I highly recommend Ehren Cruz be your guide.
(Retired Legal Council)
“Ehren Cruz helped me make an important transition to the next chapter of my life. In selecting a coach and guide for personal exploration and development…
my goal was to find a high integrity practitioner operating in a safe, nurturing environment. Ehren’s integrity, wisdom, kindness and mastery of this domain earned my trust early on and I knew I had found my practitioner. Each of my two journeys with Ehren was meaningful and totally safe, and each generated insights that have enhanced my enjoyment of life and helped to put me on a path to realizing my dharma. I attribute this success to Ehren’s guidance on journey preparation, his expertise in curating a journey for maximum benefit, and his skill in helping me, through integration and coaching, to process the insights from each journey. Having the opportunity to work with Ehren has been a blessing, and I would enthusiastically recommend his services to my dearest friends and loved ones.”
I was fortunate enough to have Ehren as my guide in December 2022. His enthusiasm and confidence in doing transformational work was apparent from our first online meeting. He quickly gained my trust and I felt safe telling him my story and why I wanted to try using psychedelics as part of my treatment for depression, anxiety and addiction issues.
Ehren showed great respect for where I was at and continued to share his extensive knowledge and experience throughout the journey.
Ehren handled all the aspects of my trip, and the integration process before, during, and after was very professionally done. He is organized, follows up well, had an itinerary for me, and made all the moving parts of my trip smooth so I could focus on the actual experience once I got there. I would say that Ehren can meet you successfully wherever you are on your individual path using psychedelics or not. He pulls from a wide range of ancient beliefs and traditions and he is a very gifted communicator. I could listen to this guy talk for hours! He brought such energy and power to my entire experience. He is in my opinion a true spiritual healer, and all my best goes out to you on your own Path.
M.J. Jiaras, Psy D
(President, Integrated Coaching Solutions)
“I have the great pleasure of recommending Ehren. Not only is Ehren a knowledgeable and talented facilitator of experiences, he is deeply caring and a great guy!
Ehren’s understanding of ceremony along as well as fostering a transformational space is impressive – and resulted in a deep and meaningful experience for me. I give the highest marks for Ehren and recommend him without any reservations – he’s fantastic!”
Denice Crow Clark, PHD
(Sole to Soul Therapy & Consulting)
“I had the pleasure of getting to know Ehren through a mutual training endeavor and experienced his leadership in ceremony. He is a dynamic, compassionate, and intuitive leader and coach…
His leadership style is collaborative, inclusive, and insightful. He knows how to bring together individuals and resources in a synergistic manner that results in an outcome far greater than the sum of its parts. 10/10 recommend Ehren not only for his skills and knowledge, but for his tender spirit and powerful soul.”
(Founder & President of Lynn Group & Lynn Engineering, Texas)
“Ehren took a process that can have a lot of unknowns and uncertainties and made it very transparent and inviting. I was so impressed with his warm spirit, attention to detail, extreme knowledge…
“My journey with Ehren was something unexpected in the best way possible. Ehren’s knowledge and sincerity was perfect in every phase of the journey from the beginning discussions of the intent to the immersion and then to integration…
There are so many things I could say about Ehren’s grace, compassion and thoughtfulness. He took his time to explain the phases of the process and how to interact with every experience. He is genuine and his interest is fully committed to the service of each person’s journey. I am thankful to Ehren for sharing this time with me and guiding me. Below is a piece from my journal showing two of the many lessons learned that I am so excited to carry forward into my life.
After the deepest phase of the journey, it took awhile to summon the courage to turn and show my emotions openly. The will to turn over and show myself felt like the peak of courage. The moment I embraced that vulnerability there was a wave of joy that moved between my soul and my person. Being my true self has always been a challenge and this experience of overcoming fear was more powerful than words can describe,
Next came a genuine curiosity that I have been working for years to foster. I was so interested in everything. The bush, the tree, the personality of the plants. There was a connection to all of them and a genuine desire to explore without reservation of the unknown or being distracted with whether I should be somewhere else.
Having the knowledge of connecting deeply to curiosity and courage will stick with me for long after the journey.. Thank you Ehren, you have my sincere gratitude”
My testimonial for Ehren’s offerings flow from a deep sense of gratitude. Ehren brings a lot to the table, including a huge heart, a true devotion to his spiritual path, and a longstanding commitment to professional development…
I’ve had essential experiences of learning, growth and healing under his guidance and care, opening the doorway to greater freedom, authenticity and meaning. How does one quantify the value of this? I don’t know. What I do know is my work with Ehren feels like a blessing. And I can highly recommend him as a coach and facilitator of personal discovery and inner transformation. I feel confident our work together will continue into the future
“I worked with Ehren during a mid-life transition and soul calling towards greater and truer alignment with my life purpose / destiny. Our collaboration started with the Compass coaching program and ended with a plant medicine journey.
Both aspects were valuable to me and actually dovetailed nicely into an integrative growth experience. I think it’s important to have trust and rapport with whoever you are seeking help with and I easily found both with Ehren.
I can’t speak highly enough of Ehren’s skill, compassion, and knowledge as a guide while navigating difficult inner territory. It’s like he was born for this. During our work together, he was present, available, articulate, and responsive. I felt fully supported throughout my process, and I am forever grateful for the experience!”
(RYT200 & Reiki Master)
“I have been drawn to ritual all my life, although I had never been introduced to Qabalah before Ehren’s Hermetic Qabalah course. Working through the material was an eye opening experience with many insightful additions that have enhanced my daily practice.
Ehren is an incredible soul, easy to approach, well versed in the topic, and brimming with exuberant energy to share with his community. His lectures provided endless paths toward knowledge and reflection, while the ceremonies were awash with magic and mindful presence. The experience left me feeling connected with both a powerful teacher and a beautiful practice. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone looking to deepen their spiritual journey.”
My journey was in a word; profound, both beautiful and challenging. Ehren was there in every way to guide me, with extensive pre-journey sessions and to help integrate my experiences afterward. He’s very serious about what he does and has a depth of knowledge that comes from years of study and personal inquiry…
His study of anthropology and his experience as a producer of world music festivals, gives him a unique background and multicultural perspective. I mention this specifically as these perspectives were particularly helpful to me during our integration sessions.
I have a very hard time writing testimonials because; I’m not good at it. Every time I try to start write Ehren’s, my words just sound trite and hollow. So simply stated:
Ehen is a uniquely gifted, sincere, and kind individual. He has created a space that is peaceful and serene. I cannot imagine a better person or setting to guide me through my journey. Now I consider him a brother.
(LMBT, MA, Wellness & Recovery Coach – Asheville, NC)
I felt drawn to work with Ehren because he is such a genuine person and leader, incredibly inspiring and uplifting. His coaching style is fluid and yet profound. He has such a gift, an empowering way with words, timing, and intuition.
He was always extremely professional and I always left our sessions feeling seen, heard, and supported. I would recommend his services to anyone in a big life transition, struggling through a healing process, or simply needing some guidance through the layers of life work. Thank you Ehren!!”
(Principal, Blue Chair Advisory)
I have struggled with depression for years and was open to trying anything that might help. From the beginning, Ehren was sincere, kind and non-judgmental. My actual psychedelic journey was pretty overwhelming, and as my guide…
Ehren was reassuring and supportive. In retrospect, I especially appreciate that he had no ego about his role that day. He was there for as much or as little help as I needed. After about 24 hours I started to really sense the difference in my thoughts and how my body reacted to those thoughts. Over several days, I realized that everything in my life that had felt so hard, felt easier, more doable. Though it still takes work, and is not always easy, I feel hopeful and just so grateful. It is a gift. And I’m so grateful to Ehren for encouraging and supporting me throughout this process. He has a sincere desire to help people and I would recommend him completely.
(Founder/CEO of Baysix Life Transformation Coaching)
I began my work with Ehren after a few diligence years of self-discovery. I had some experience with micro-dosing and was looking for a facilitator to guide me in a ceremonially rooted macrodose experience. I really enjoyed working with Ehren.
Our preparation sessions left me feeling prepared and excited about the journey itself and our follow up sessions left me reinvigorated about the future. The journey (two of them, actually) really helped me solidify my transition away from some old limiting beliefs that no longer served me and toward a renewed sense of hope and excitement about the future. I think psychedelics can help many who are on a serious path of healing, self-growth, and self-transformation. And I truly enjoyed partnering with Ehren as I went through this process.
(Professional Musician & Composer)
“My experiences with Ehren were life altering. He helped guide me through the depths of my truth during a very turbulent time in my adult life. He was kind, open hearted, wise, and thoughtful, shepherding me into a new beginning..
that helped me to cultivate an awareness I never thought to be possible. I am grateful for these days with him and would encourage anyone considering doing inner soul work with Ehren at SpArc, to not think twice about it.”
(Professional Drummer )
My journey started long before I arrived at the sanctuary. Once I began to seek help through a medicine journey, the road toward healing began to unfold before me – that road led me to The SpArc. Suffering with Depression for over two decades …
I was holding feelings of pain and low self-worth from a very young age. I curated these feeling into a false agreement of who I was. I’d convinced myself that no matter what success I achieved, I would never truly have real worth and would have to carry the weight of that low-self opinion for the rest of my life. I was not in a good place.
First meeting Ehren, I was immediately aware of his spirit, his focus, his respect, his compassion for others and his passion for his work. I felt encouraged, accepted and safe all through our initial introduction and our preparations leading up to my journey.
The setting was beautiful and full of energy. The natural surroundings made it easy to settle in and feel comfortable, relaxed, energized and empowered. The journey was mine to take on my own, but Ehren was a powerful ally. He knew the way, keeping me grounded and reassured that I was not alone. He was ever-present and compassionate. I was finally able to dig deep into the dark corners that I hadn’t been able to confront in conventional talk therapy. I could lean into my own power and reclaim my “Self.”
I have found my new ground. I healed my heart and began to start down a new path. My old ruts are gone, my breath is renewed. My heart is strong and has been opened back up to life.
“I was drowning in depression. Ideas of suicide were plaguing my thoughts. I wanted out. But I have grandkids who had already been heartbroken at the death of my husband, their grandfather, and I could not hurt them again by ending my own life …
so I felt trapped between what was good for them and what seemed good for me. And nothing was helping. Not enough anyway. And I was quickly becoming unable to fake being ok anymore. A series of events and conversations led me to Ehren at SpArc of Asheville and to considering using psychedelic to help me. I wanted to do it the next day. I was desperate. But under Ehren’s guidance, I had to be patient. Although this wasn’t what I wanted, it made me trust him even more, that he wasn’t willing to just jump right in. I needed a support network in place as well as education and understanding. Finally the day came for my “journey.” I was nervous, of course, but ready. Ehren guided me gently and professionally through a difficult day of releasing wave after wave of stored pain. Mine was not a journey of wonder and beauty, but it was what I needed, and I am now on the other side, FREE OF DEPRESSION. It’s AMAZING. I feel like myself again for the first time in several years. It’s an answer to prayer, and I am GRATEFUL. I can’t imagine doing this without a guide, and Ehren was caring, knowing, professional, everything I needed for the experience.”