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Peaceful Mountain Way Holistic Healing - Ayahuasca in America

About This Center

Welcome to the Peaceful Mountain Way family! We are a spiritually adopted chapter of Oklevueha Native American Church (ONAC), and we are here to serve the spiritual needs of our brothers and sisters hailing from all parts of this world.

We offer spiritual counseling and guidance to all, regardless of one's faith or creed, as we believe all religious and spiritual paths to be vehicles for spiritual growth and progress. We are located in Eastern Kentucky, and are happy to announce the opening of our new holistic healing center in the small, forest-ringed town of Berea, KY!

Our church focuses on private and group spiritual counseling with the plant medicine ayahuasca, but we also offer a range of personal growth opportunities and services, such as: spiritual retreats and workshops, phone counseling, Reiki energy treatments (distance and in-person), yoga instruction, qigong and tai chi instruction, kung fu classes (Chinese martial arts), as well as opportunities to learn about herbology and nutrition.

Our Ayahuasca Ceremonies are a spiritual work with the Sacrament combined with going inward with concentration, building a relationship with Mother Aya through the Sacrament and guidance via our Medicine People. 

ONAC of Peaceful Mountain Way strives to make our Ceremonial Sacraments available to all income levels. 

We offer both private and group ceremonies to our members.

To connect with people who have come to us or are planning on joining us, please become a member of our Facebook group: (contact info blocked)AyahuascaInKentucky/

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  • SKYMIND   November 14, 2019

      SKYMIND and into infinity......

    Failed relationships. Brokenness. Bitterness. Baffled. Confused. Angry. This life had me by the neck, and I just could not fathom that this is how it's supposed to go? I mean REALLY? Having dabbled in many spiritual pursuits I had reached the conclusion that its almost impossible to reach understanding around what this life is from someone else living in it as well. Blind leading the blind. You cant get "there" from "here". And I tried almost all of them- conventional therapy to spiritual pursuits in the human realm. To say I was at my wits end would be appropriate. As a going human concern I was surrendering to the absolute truth that we just grind it out in misery until our number comes up. Bleak. Plant medicine intrigued me, but the idea was extremely intimidating to me. I had been "high" before, and was not looking to repeat that experience. I wanted and desperately needed answers. That intense desperation led me to Demian, and the Peaceful mountain Way. After jumping through some small hoops, I began a dialogue with Demian around where I was, what I hoped for, and if this was the right path for me. I gained confidence in my inner guidance through our talks, and booked a solo ayahuasca retreat. They give very specific guidance around preparing for the journey, and I took those suggestions extremely seriously. The diet. Etc. Demian and his staff are not shamans. They do not pretend to be, nor attempt to replicate that experience. What they do have is a very broad conventional education background in metaphysics, psychology, divinity, and the use of plant medicine. They are the real deal, and they will do everything in their power to ensure you get the answers you desire. BUT- it's your work! You must meet the medicine more than half way. If you are called to do this- take it very seriously. Do as you are told for preparations. Treat this sacred journey with reverence and respect. I did, and the results were beyond anything I ever imagined. Glorious. Love. Peace. Honesty. Infinity. Astonishing. If Mother Aya is calling you- I believe in my heart she doesn't care where you meet. If you want to go to Peru - go! She'll meet you there. Kentucky, Arizona, Hawaii? GO. She will meet you there too. My own meeting was decided a thousand years ago. It didn't matter where I was when we met- it was only that we DID meet. THAT is what mattered. I find it quite funny the dialogue I read regarding "good" shamans, and bad ones and so on and so forth. My experience is that these opinions do not matter to this intelligent , incredible, perceptive , all knowing plant. My own retreat experience was between me, and the plant. Demian and his staff were there for every minute of my journey, and held me through some of it. But the work was mine, and mine alone. And it is WORK. I also knew that even though they were there- that this work had nothing to do with them. This was between me and God. They were there to witness, encourage, and protect. I asked nothing else from them. They delivered in spades, and they have my eternal gratitude and allegiance. Seeing this work done in others IS their life work. What was crystal clear to me was that surrendering to this experience, and the surrender does not end, didn't depend on who was there, or if they wore a funny hat and smoked cigarettes and blew smoke on me. The only thing that mattered was that it was time for this to happen. It had been waiting for me for eons. And I was ready to surrender, to trust, to let go and go and go, and to be shown everything I needed to see. To hold this world in my palm. The weight of the sadness of the entire world in a single tear drop. The joy of the universe in a laughter that bellowed out from me that I had not heard in years. I thought I forgot how. I could go on and on about my experience. What I have now is an intense gratitude , reverence, and respect for this sacrament. Ahhhhhhhh. This life is sacred to me now. Integration with this experience is ongoing, but Demian and the staff are there for me as long as I need them. We are family. They are my brothers and sisters. They have been for thousands of years. I hope this review is helpful to you. Wherever you decide to go- please remember it's between you and the plant. The only Zen you find on the top of a mountain is the Zen you take with you. Wherever you go- there you are. Either way this plant will take you where IT knows you need to go. It knows. It's always known. Respect it. Good luck, and God Bless

  • Jason Popovich   November 01, 2018


    I have not attended yet but plan to and everyone so far has been so helpful in answering questions and making me feel that my experience will be handled professionally by experienced healers

  • Michelle S   October 20, 2016

      Highly Recommend

    The Peaceful Mountain Way is a wonderful place with a very caring dedicated staff led by Demian. I was blown away by how supportive, knowledgeable he is and also very surprised he stayed on site with everyone for the entire weekend. That’s right the entire weekend. I don’t think I have ever met a group of people who are so inspiring, uplifting, and kind. I did a ton of research before deciding where I was going to go and I could not be any happier I chose this place. Very professional and highly recommended!

  • Chris Young   September 01, 2016

      death of a South Carolina woman at Oklevueha Native American Church of the Peaceful Mountain Way in Berea,

    Berea police are investigating the weekend death of a South Carolina woman who had been found unresponsive at a Native American church. Lindsay Poole, 33, of Anderson, S.C., was pronounced dead Saturday at KentuckyOne Health — St. Joseph Berea, said Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison. The woman had been taken to the hospital after falling at Oklevueha Native American Church of the Peaceful Mountain Way in Berea, Cornelison said. The body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Frankfort for a full autopsy, including toxicology tests, Cornelison said. He said Monday afternoon that had not received an preliminary autopsy results. ADVERTISING “The report was that she had fallen, but did she pass out and fall or did she die and fall? I don’t know,” Cornelison said. He said he received the call about the woman shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Police were called to assist emergency medical services, said Berea police spokesman Lt. Jake Reed. Reed said evidence was collected at the church on Chestnut Street, down from the police department. “It’s literally less than a minute from our building,” Reed said. He would not say what type of evidence was collected. “Our detectives are following up on it and are currently working on it,” Reed said. “That’s really all I can say. ...It’s one of those things where we want to do our due diligence and make sure we cover all our bases and don’t want to release information prematurely.” The church website says “Oklevueha Native American Church accepts indigenous earth-based healing sacraments as central to our established religious belief.” These include ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic brew that indigenous people of the Americas believe connects them to a higher power. Ayahuasca contains Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which is a controlled substance that is ordinarily not legal to possess or distribute according to U.S. law. However, the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978 and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 make exceptions for people with sincerely held religious beliefs. The site goes on to say that “statistically significant instances of verifiable harmful complications with ayahuasca are virtually nonexistent. Participants are cautioned, however, to abstain from certain foods and medications in the few weeks leading up to the ceremony due to possible harmful interactions. We ask for sincere and responsible cooperation from anyone seeking to participate in any ceremonies.” The church’s website says a group ceremony was scheduled there for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The site did not say what was included in the ceremony but said it included “three days of counseling.” The site also says that “each participant in Oklevueha Native American Church ceremonies must agree to comply with all directions or instructions concerning the safety and well being of all in attendance, from one-hour prior, during, and three hours after ceremonies being conducted by an Oklevueha Native American Church Medicine Person.” A phone number was not listed on the church website, and an email was not immediately returned. Cornelison said it will take some time before toxicology results are back. Reed said he had not heard of the church until the death occurred. “I don’t think we’ve had any dealings with it, so I don’t know how long it’s been there,” he said. Greg Kocher: 859-231-3305, @HLpublicsafety Read more here:

  • Ramani Ramalingam   July 25, 2016

      My First experience with AYA @ KY PMW

    I had my recent 2 days back to back ceremony at PMW and it was the most amazing experience ever. I felt the Demian Gover as a guide and a healer with great intentions. I felt I found the meaning and purpose that I was looking for thru reading and doing Kriya meditation for the past several years . I hope this understanding gets strengthened and stays with me with the blessings from aya. I felt tremendous connection with almost all the participants and grateful for being alive. I need to grow more compassion , will recommend this journey for anyone seeking truth and need to shed some emotional baggage. It is a powerful stuff and hope it is treated with respect. went in with some perception and came out with such clarity , it is the best for my personal growth.A note , P.s: I felt nothing on the day 1, I was bit led down and got all the magic on the day 2. Strongly recommend!!

  • William Carbary   May 09, 2016

      I do not recommend this place.

    I recently experienced two back to back ceremonies at the Peaceful Mountain Way facility. This was my first experience at this location and with this leader. This was my fifth and sixth Ayahuasca ceremony. I found the ceremony leader, Damien Gover, to lack deep enough energy work ability to adequately handle the full breath of spirit energies that potentially open up in Aya sessions. He has some education in Psychology (BA major) and relies on the verbiage of the profession to speak during the process but I experienced his actually ability to hold the energy during the sessions and to work with and effectively help and release energies to be limited and, in some cases, inadequate. I suggest if one wishes deep and safe help during an Ayahuasca ceremony to seek help from a true experienced Shaman. I do not recommend this place or this leader.

  • Lorie Rucker Childers   November 24, 2015

      The Real Deal

    My experience with Peaceful Mountain Way has been nothing but positive. The facilators took plenty of time before ceremony to answer all my questions. I felt completely comfortable and safe. Demain is full of spiritual wisdom along with his wife Tina. Diana and Amadeo have great energy that immediately put me at ease. I mean the idea of purging with complete strangers was hard for me but all my fears left upon meeting everyone. My Ayahauasca journey became hard at times and they were very intuitive to help shift the energy. I have formed lifetime bonds with some of the people I journeyed with. This has been a life changing event. I have even returned for a second journey and plan on it again if and when I feel the call. I highly recommend Peaceful Mountain Way. Oh, and I have to mention Amadeo's soup. After Aya, I was starving and his soup is like eating love, feels as good as it taste.All the staff put love into everything they do.

  • Dawn McLaughlin   November 23, 2015

      Highly Recommended

    When I first looked into Ayahuasca several years ago, all I was able to find were places in South America. I knew that would not be an option for me for a very long time. So when I found out about Aya in America, I was so excited, yet somewhat skeptical. My husband went to Kentucky first, loved his experience, had nothing but good things to say about Tina and Demien. Two months later we both went to Kentucky. I had never tried psychedelics or anything similar at all so I was very nervous. Tina and Demien were just amazing!! They know how to provide a very nurturing and safe environment, they are supportive and yet allow you to do what you need to do while you journey. This experience for me has been life altering. If you are interested in Ayahuasca and are being called to journey, I definitely recommend Peaceful Mountain Way!!!

  • J G   November 23, 2015


    This was my first experience with plant medicine. I did a private ceremony. Demian and Tina were so helpful. My wife didn't participate, and they sat with her while I did what I had to do which I really appreciate. If you are considering a journey- Peaceful Mountain Way is the way to go.

  • Victor Mayfield   November 20, 2015

      A Humbling Experience

    I was absolutely amazed at the amount of care and attention I received from the staff at Peaceful Mountain Way. From the moment I first arrived and met everyone I could feel their intentions were good. They got into this with the intent of helping people grow in every way. I was quite nervous to be taking part in my first Ayahuasca journey and throughout the entire three days I stayed there they made sure I was not only comfortable, but they also used their experience to help me make more sense of my journey as well. It turned out to be more healing and more therapeutic than I ever imagined. I will without a doubt return and I highly recommend Peaceful Mountain Way to anyone.

  • Melissa   November 10, 2015


    This was an awesome experience that my soul had been longing for...understanding, purpose and meaning of my life. The facilitators are awesome people. So gentle and so full of light. I know that it was of no coincidence that had led me here. The other people I met in the group ceremony were amazing too. We have formed such a great friendship that was of divine purpose. If you are reading this it is because you got the call from Aya. At Peaceful Mountain Way you are safe, you are loved and never judged. Thank you for everything! I can't wait to make a return trip. xoxo

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