Our Sapo Team

John Ruiz
🐸 ::: Sapo Practitioner ::: 🐸
John’s interest in sacred plant medicines began around 2011. He waited and researched for several years until the calling and the opportunity aligned in 2017 to attend a ceremony with Two Birds. The powerful healing and growth potential of the medicine in combination with talented healers and mindful integration became beautifully clear to him at the beginning of his journey. John studied music for several years, and has passionately engaged himself in various creative endeavors throughout his life. He finds great joy in helping others to find their healing in a safe, supportive space. He believes that healing YOU heals us all, and is happy to work in grateful service.
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Kayla Robért
🐸 ::: Sapo Practitioner ::: 🐸
Heylie Hogan
🐸 ::: Sapo Practitioner ::: 🐸
Heylie began her spiritual journey back in 2011. After a few years of working with a variety of different healing modalities, she received her YTT-200hr yoga teacher certification, where she specialized in Yin Yoga and Meditation. Taking the different lessons and teachings she had learned from previous experiences, she started working with indigenous plant medicines to deepen her practice. Her work with Ayahuasca had begun and in December 2017 she started facilitating at ceremonies in the Texas/Oklahoma region. Heylie also works closely with the sacred heart opening medicine, Cacao. She holds Cacao ceremonies in and around the DFW area monthly. Letting her passion to help others guide the way, her mission and goal is to create a safe and sacred space for healing and infinite growth. Providing support and guidance for proper preparation and integration no matter where you are along your journey.
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Sarah Dierking
🐸 ::: Sapo Practitioner ::: 🐸
Sarah’s personal journey into self discovery began at a young age and was influenced very strongly by her mother, who struggled to understand her own mental health and grief. As early as 17 years old, Sarah began to explore alternative medicines and found much success in her own pursuit of understanding herself and the world around her. She began exploring organizations such as MAPS ( Multi-disciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies), listened to as many lectures and read as many books as she could get her hands on these topics. She began her relationship with Ayahuasca in August 2013, after which her life took on a totally new meaning and huge transformation. She has since received training in MAPS harm reduction training, studied and cultivated deeper meditation practices, began co-facilitating ceremonies, obtained her license as massage therapist, and continues to further and broaden her education on personal transformation and healing through traumatic events, illness, and grief. She is a Reiki II practitioner, and has received training in Lymphatic Drainage and Neuromuscular Reprogramming . She is currently in the process of becoming certified in Craniosacral therapy and Somato Emotional Release. She is happy to serve and support the Two Birds community however she can!
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James Elrod
🐸 ::: Sapo Practitioner ::: 🐸
James Elrod became interested in the medicine back in 2009 and began his journey with Ayahuasca by brewing his own medicine and holding ceremony for himself. After about a year of personal growth and integration, he headed to Peru to learn to work with the medicine on a deeper level and study the traditions of the people of Peru. Whilst there, James, studied with Don Enrique. Enrique is originally from the RoaBoya community near Pucallpa, he now lives in Iquitos and leads the eight week initiation course for the Ayahuasca Foundation. Don Enrique comes from a long line of Shipibo curanderos, and began studying with his grandfather at the age of eleven. It was the winter of 2010 when Jay became Don Enriques student and stayed with him in Peru. In those times he learned the art of ceremony, brewing, and working with groups via different traditional techniques and laid the foundation for the beautifully organized ceremony held today. Shortly after his training, he returned to the US to begin holding ceremonies and sharing his lessons from the jungle. This is where the most integral part of his training took place. Bringing the medicine back to our western culture would prove to be challenging but rewarding, and over the many years the ceremonies evolved from a few people to the large community we have today. Jay became certified as a Sapo Practitioner in 2014 through Peter Gorman, The author of “Sapo in my Soul”. Peter is respected and regarded as the pioneer who brought this medicine out of the jungle, and to the United States. Sapo has a range of therapeutic applications- both medical, and energetic. It is often described as an “ordeal medicine”. Every ceremony is beautiful and unique in its own right, and requires a great deal of attention and focus. For the last few years Jay has hand selected his helpers and facilitators based on their experience with the medicine, their unique gifts as healers, and talent for holding space and being present so that at all times in ceremony you are protected and looked after.
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