Entrepreneurs Awakening envisions a sustainable, thriving and equitable world for all living things.
We believe that business leaders, founders and investors like you, not politicians or governments, are best positioned to innovate the solutions our world desperately needs.
Leveraging disruptive technologies, the startup community has already pioneered the new sharing economy. In just 14 years Tesla has transformed not only the automobile, but also energy storage, technology in ways that will change the world.
There are countless examples showing that small teams of entrepreneurs when backed by investors can create a company that makes the world a better place. And this is just the beginning. The massive changes we will see thanks to blockchain, AI, and cryptocurrency will change the world as we know it. But for better or worse? It’s up to us to be sure that change is for the better.
With the rise of the “Trump right”, I predict that we will see even more impact-driven entrepreneurs and investors partner to create products and services that accelerate our transition our world into one that works for all. Simply put, we ARE the ones we’ve been waiting for.
But we have a real problem
Silicon Valley is suffering from a shortage of truly fantastic leaders. According to Harvard Business Review, more than 50% of venture funded startups fail due to poor leadership and co-founder conflict. As an executive leadership coach, it’s my duty to accelerate the development startup founders whose companies are growing faster than their leadership skills.
The key to doing this is identifying and resolving the subconscious blocks, insecurities, and self-sabotaging behaviors that prevent my clients from being the best leaders they can be. This challenge inspired me to develop pioneering new methods that accelerate the transformation of internal obstacles, and unleash inherent leadership talent.
Ayahuasca and psychedelic-assisted therapy is an accelerator
In 2008, while holding a key leadership position in my company, through a twist of fate I found myself in Peru drinking Ayahuasca. The positive impact it had on me was truly incredible, years worth of therapy results in less than a month. When I started coaching full time in 2010, I began referring select clients to top quality psychedelic guides. Before long developed a coaching program method which included parenting with these guides, that consistently delivered exceptional results.
Listen to an episode of the Entrepreneurs Awakening podcast to learn more about the impact that Psychedelic-assisted Executive Coaching is having on startup founders.
You Are Our Mission
The Entrepreneurs Awakening Ayahuasca Mastermind programs are the only Ayahuasca programs that were specifically designed to resolve the unique psycho-emotional blocks holding entrepreneurial business leaders back from operating at their full potential.
Entrepreneurs Awakening’s success will ultimately be measured by how many incredible leaders we unleash over the coming decades.
How many truly inspiring leaders like Richard Branson will emerge after working with us? How many world changing advocates like Tim Ferriss will be inspired to push past their perceived limitations? How many world-changing companies like Tesla will be born?
Entrepreneurs Awakening consists of an expert team that includes top executive coaches, therapists, a medical doctor, two board certified psychiatrists, and the best legal council imaginable.
More importantly, we have partnered with truly world class Ayahuasqueros who share our mission and vision. We also owe a debt of gratitude to our incredible advisors.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Meet the Entrepreneurs Awakening Team
The 2019 Amazon Ayahuasca Mastermind Team
Michael, Executive Coach, Amazon Ayahuasca Mastermind Program founder, & Podcast Host
Co-founder and executive director of Entrepreneurs Awakening, Michael’s passion for peak experiences, consciousness exploration, transformation coaching, and startup leadership all coalesced for the first time in 2012 when he and co-founder Kim Iglinsky lead the first Machu Picchu Ayahuasca Mastermind. Michael has been working with Ayahuasca in Peru since 2008 and has lead Ayahuasca enhanced business mastermind programs since 2012. As a result of leading mover than 100 type-A entrepreneurs through their first ayahuasca retreat experience. To hear Michael’s full story, check out this podcast interview.
As qualified as Alex is in his role as a psychotherapist, it’s his unique experience with Ayahuasca that had me seek him out to co-facilitate the 2019 Amazon Mastermind program. Alex helped run the retreat program at the Blue Morpho Center for Shamanism and Ayahuasca in Peru for over two years. During that time he has assisted hundreds of people in intensive retreats like ours. He also apprenticed to become an ayahuasquero himself for two years full time in the Amazon. The group couldn’t be in better hands!
Alex is a licensed psychotherapist with 14 years of experience in helping people transform the psychological, spiritual and mental states that are no longer serving them so that they can live more fulfilling lives. “I am a firm believer that your most intractable psycho-spiritual problems offer the clues and hold the keys to their own resolution. As such, I hold a space of compassion and non-judgment for these delicate, vulnerable, and painful places so that they can be examined, understood, and eventually healed.”
During past retreats, participants have been inspired to make transformative personal health changes. Unfortunately, without health coaching support few were able to realize their vision. This year will be different! You will have Lynn Belcher supporting your health and wellness during your time in Peru. Lynn is a licensed Chinese medicine acupuncturist, health coach, and massage therapist who not long ago completed a month-long Ayahuasca retreat in the Amazon. Lynn will be conducting your health intake sessions, be with you in the Amazon to provide massage and acupuncture treatments, and be available to coach you upon your return.
Learn more about Lynn here.
In 2001, I spent four months in a teaching exchange program in Shan Dong province, China where I taught English while immersing myself in the daily practice and study of Chinese medicine both in the school system and community, along with daily instruction in Tai Chi Chuan, Chinese philosophy, and Chinese language.
Ricardo Amaringo now has over 40 years of experience as a traditional curandero and ayahuasquero. He is one of the most skilled Shipibo healers of his generation, having refined his skills through intensive dieting and arduous work. Ricardo has now developed a profound knowledge of medicinal plants, traditional Shipbo ayahuasca ceremony and icaros (traditional healing songs); and hopes to share traditional Shipibo healing with those who need it the most.
In early 2011, he opened Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual in order to share his work with the world. In the spirit of integration he has opened this center with the help of his Western partners, Canadian artist Cvita Mamic and Colombian-American integrative family physician Dr. Joe Tafur MD. Ricardo Amaringo is a master curandero who treats his patients through traditional healing diets, plant medicine and ayahuasca ceremony. Ricardo is a gifted healer and a master of traditional ayahuasca ceremony, known for his powerfully healing icaros. He also trains and educates individuals interested in pursuing this healing path.
Learn more about Ricardo and Nihue Rao here.
Prep and Integration Coaches
Isaac is a psychotherapist that specializes in prep and integration processes for therapeutic psychedelic experiences and has co-facilitated two Machu Picchu Ayahuasca Mastermind programs.
Learn more about Isaac here.
Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, with a clinical practice that combines functional medicine, integrative psychiatry, neuro-cognitive restoration, and peak performance methods, Dr. Dan consults globally and is the medical advisor to Onnit Labs, and several international treatment centers using indigenous plant medicines for healing and recovery. Dan is one of the few practicing psychiatrists who has spent years in the Amazon and done literally hundreds of ayahuasca ceremonies. Dan is also profiled in Tim Ferriss’s book, Tools of Titans, P 109 and Abrey Marcus’s fantastic documentary, Ayahuasca. Dan co-facilitated the 2015 Machu Picchu Ayahuasca Mastermind and is our de facto medical director.
Before launching the first Machu Picchu Ayahuasca Mastermind, Michael spent 5 consecutive months in Peru drinking Ayahuasca with more than a dozen ayahuasqueros in search of the one that would be perfect for entrepreneurs. Javier conducts his ceremonies in the traditional Peruvian mestizo style and limits his groups to 10 people so that he can deliver focused 1-to-1 support to each participant. Javier works out of his center in Peru exclusively and has been 100% focused on leading Ayahuasca and San Pedro ceremonies since 2006, conducting more than 100 ceremonies per year.
Javeir’s book, Ayahuasca: Soul Medicine of the Amazon Jungle: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide has become the book many ayahuasqueros recommend to people new to Ayahuasca. His most recent book, San Pedro Huachuma: Opening the Pathways of the Heart, is, in our humble opinion, the most valuable book on the subject ever written. Tragically, Javier died suddenly in October 2020 due to a kidney infection that went sepsis.
Listen to these ayahuasca podcast episodes that showcase transformative experiences from our ayahuasca retreat and the prep & integration coaching we provide for founders.