If you or someone you love or serve in your profession is a sensitive person struggling to navigate the intensity of the world –
This just might be the most important message you read all year.

Sensitive people CAN find relief from anxiety, depression, insomnia or pain or even chronic conditions like autoimmunity, ADHD, addiction, and more—

What if sensitive people could find a way to move beyond simply coping and instead live life fully and joyfully?

What if the answer to finding health, happiness and balance was hiding in plain sight?

Our world isn’t built for perceptive, intuitive people. But we all know them. Maybe it’s your partner or your child.
Maybe it’s your patient or your client.
Maybe it’s you.

Sensitive people are the ones who carry diagnoses like anxiety, depression, mental illness, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, autism, ADHD, OCD, epilepsy, autoimmunity, or addiction. They are the ones who struggle to recover from grief after losing someone through divorce or death.

Maybe you’ve looked everywhere to find support to help these people – or help yourself. Books. Experts. Late night dates with Dr. Google.

But you haven’t found any reliable answers.

The person you want to help (even if it’s you) still suffers. All you can do is continue to do what you’ve always done – search endlessly for answers.

I have good news and bad news for you.

The bad news?  Your searches aren’t likely to lead you to answers – because our modern world doesn’t have language for it.

But there’s good news too.

The time has finally come to release that burden. You don’t have to carry that load any longer.

I want to share something transformational with you, something I learned when my own life crisis took me back to square one, and simultaneously launched me on a journey deep inside myself as well as to places all around the world.

Open your mind and imagine…

What if you finally could let go of trying to find the “expert” (or of becoming the expert yourself)?

What if you could embark on a healing journey guided by your own intuition to find the answers you’ve been so desperately seeking?

What if you could abandon everything you’ve been taught and let the earth provide you with all the tools you need to find relief for yourself or others?

Good news.


The answers to help you–and help others–are readily available. They come by way of Mother Earth.

Our job is to learn how to ask. And how to listen.

I want to help you change your life.
But to do so means returning to beginner’s mind.

It means learning how to see things anew.

It means getting decertified.

When My Son Had a Seizure, It Meant Letting Go of Everything I Thought I Knew

My whole life’s work has been working to heal the most sensitive, perceptive, and intuitive people. The canaries in the coal mine. The ones who can hear a bee sneeze five miles away. The empaths. The cosmic magnets.

For me, my calling came into sharp focus when my then 7-year-old son, Erez, had his first seizure. We had just moved home after a prolonged mold remediation.

At the time, I was practicing integrative neurology: combining approaches from conventional neurology with food, nutrition, herbal medicine and mind-body techniques to heal children’s and adult’s brains. I was speaking around the world about how to reverse chronic illness.

I was even treating children with seizures from all over the world. I was an expert. In fact, I was THE integrative pediatric brain expert that most people would have sent my son to see.

But as I held my groggy son in my arms after his seizure, I knew one thing for certain.

Even though I knew more about how to heal a child’s brain naturally than almost anyone—it didn’t matter. I was not in that moment equipped to treat what was ailing him.

Even as the expert, I knew that focusing on his physical body wasn’t the answer. It was something far more intangible. It was his energy body that needed help. It was his spirit. It was his soul.

And I realized this was exactly what had been missing all along in my training.

You see, doctors get no education in what it means to be sick of heart or of spirit. And it’s not just missing in medicine. Our society has discredited deeper ways of knowing–intuition, sensing, spiritual practice, connection to the sacred and so on. They were burned with the witches. These longstanding ways of knowing and healing have become utterly taboo.

They have long been bad words, and many actually fear to use them—for fear of being laughed at, discredited, or dismissed. But simply avoiding those words doesn’t silence our spiritual selves. We feel what we feel. We know what we know. And just because we don’t have vocabulary to discuss it doesn’t mean that it’s not real.

What I didn’t anticipate during this newest crisis, though, was that my son’s healing would require me to embark on my own healing journey. And I certainly didn’t anticipate where I would have to go to find that healing for myself.

This journey took me to the Amazon rainforest, to a village in the Andes mountains, and to the Valley of Longevity for me to learn of the deep and magnificent ways that nature heals.

It’s taken me to indigenous Aboriginal sacred sites to learn how their brilliance and ancestral knowledge can guide us to live in balance.

It’s taken me to Oaxacan cemeteries to learn their ideas around death and honoring the dead.

It’s taken me to learn from powerful healing practices by way of indigenous people, elders and medicine men and women.

It took me to conversations about healing with the Masai people in Africa and what it means to be an elder.

It took me to many kinds of healing ceremonies.

It took me to plant medicines and ethnobotany.

It took me to the art and science of astrology and numerology.

It took me through light and shadow, deep into my own death and rebirth.

It took me to all that went underground when the witches were burned.

As I navigated this new world, I was no longer an expert. If anything, I was less than a beginner, because I had so much to unlearn before I could learn.

I became immersed in beginner’s mind, or shoshin. I studied and I studied and I studied.

I continued to learn from books, and scientific literature as I always had. But in this other realm, following guides who fearlessly navigate the unknown is the best way to learn.

I learned to listen to the voice within myself.

In short, I plunged deep into the unknown and was born anew.

But finally, I learned to be a guide. Not an expert. But a guide.

  • I learned how to be quiet.
  • I learned how to listen.
  • I learned how to connect with the natural world more deeply than I ever had.
  • I learned to receive.
  • I learned to be curious–without necessarily trying to explain or understand or classify or categorize.
  • I learned to surrender.
  • I learned to release.

Most of all, I learned to LET MOTHER EARTH BE THE EXPERT – and she is a magnificent teacher.

Her lessons have been incredibly powerful. They’ve given me the tools and courage to transform my life. In doing so, my son’s life was transformed. As have the lives of many, many families I work with.

Now, I want to teach you what I’ve learned.

Not as your expert, but as a fearless, trusted guide who will dive with you into the unknown.

Introducing the Decertification Program from Dr. Maya Shetreat:

A 3-month immersive “unlearning” experience of The Terrain Institute’s School of Sacred that will show you how to connect with yourself and Mother Earth to transform your own life, the lives of those you love, and the lives of those you work with.

Embark on a journey into beginner’s mind, into mystery, and into the unknown.

Learn how to tune into your inner voice and listen and receive guidance from the earth.

Learn how the earth can help you to heal from small and larger challenges and from trauma.

Learn accessible practices that will help you to protect yourself from other people’s energies, to release negative feelings and to maintain your equilibrium.

Together, throughout this program, we’ll explore traditional, conventional and cutting edge. The science and the sacred. The ordinary and the extraordinary. Death and rebirth.                           .

And we will learn language for navigating beyond physical into the emotional and spiritual.


This program is unlike any other. You’ll immerse yourself in a process of unlearning as you journey to a place of healing and balance.

By letting go of mastery, you can embrace beginner’s mind. It’s the only way to truly learn with new eyes.

This program is for humans who want to connect to themselves, to others and to the earth.

This program is for those who wish to reject the overwhelm of information overload…of people telling you what’s right and what’s wrong instead of letting you decide for yourself…and to instead learn to look within and into Mother Earth to unlock the answers you’ve been looking for.

This is a program for doctors and nurses and psychologists and social workers and pharmacists and therapists and healers of all kinds. And there will be direct support available for clinicians

But this is also a program for teachers, lawyers, trainers, activists, gardeners, farmers, mechanics, artists and moms. It’s a time to find your inner healer. It’s a time for all hands on deck. In short, all interested humans are welcome to apply.

The application period is currently closed. Our next class will be starting soon! Join our waitlist to be notified.

Module 1: Introduction to Being Human

In this 3-month module of the Decertification Program, Introduction to Being Human, we will explore the science and wisdom around:

Sensitivity—blessing or curse?

  • What does being sensitive mean?
  • Why do sensitive people suffer in the modern world?
  • How does sensitivity manifest physically, emotionally and spiritually?
  • Why has sensitivity been pathologized?
  • How can you protect yourself from outside energy?
  • How does Terrain Medicine benefit sensitive people?

Belonging: The Myth of Perfection

  • What is belonging?
  • What do we give up for belonging?
  • What are the dangers of giving up authenticity?

The S/Hero’s Journey

  • How do stressors serve us?
  • What is the importance of hormesis?
  • Initiation
  • Death and Rebirth
  • What elements can facilitate this process
  • Surrender and release

Heart intelligence and Intuition

  • What is the importance of intuition?
  • Is the heart smarter than the brain?
  • What is an electromagnetic field?
  • How does the heart regulate the rest of the body?
  • How does the heart regulate you with the hearts of people around you?
  • How does your electromagnetic field connect with other living beings?


  • Teaming up with the body’s innate desire to heal
  • Teaming up with rhythms in nature

How to care for the physical, emotional, and spiritual body

  • What is health?
  • How do you understand the language your body uses to talk to you?
  • What tools do you use to listen?
  • What is grounding and what is its importance?
  • How can you transform yourself and your circumstances when things go off the rails?
  • What is “spiritual sickness”?
  • How does spiritual sickness present itself in the physical and emotional bodies?
  • Why is spiritual sickness often misdiagnosed as physical illness?

Sacred Space

  • Why is stepping outside of time so important?
  • What are the health impacts of stepping outside of time?
  • What practices will help you to step outside of time?
  • Why is sacred space medicine for the soul?

Building a relationship with the Earth

  • How can plant medicine provide relief for sensitive people?
  • How can one build relationships with plants?
  • Plant consciousness
  • Plant signatures
  • Herbal medicines
  • How can stones offer healing?
  • How can you create a relationship with stones?
  • How can you work with stones to experience healing and connection?


  • Guided immersive exercises and experiences


  • How can you integrate what you’ve learned into your life, family and work?

*Please note that listed lectures are subject to change

About Dr. Maya Shetreat

Maya Shetreat, MD is a neurologist, herbalist, urban farmer, and author of bestselling book The Dirt Cure: Healthy Food, Healthy Gut, Happy Child (Simon and Schuster, 2016), which has been translated into ten languages.

She has been featured in the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Telegraph, NPR, Sky News, Goop, The Dr. Oz Show and more.

Dr. Maya is the founder of the Terrain Institute, where she teaches Terrain MedicineTM, earth-based programs for transformational healing.

She has studied with several teachers of spiritual work and has worked and studied with indigenous communities, teachers and healers in the jungles and mountains of Ecuador.She is a lifelong student of ethnobotany, plant healing, and the sacred.

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that it’s no small thing to drop money on yet another course. Here’s why this experience is worth the investment. This course distills lessons and practices Dr. Maya learned from two decades of training and practice as an integrative pediatric neurologist, herbalist, and healer, from her shamanic practice, and from what she’s learned from countless elders, spiritual teachers, indigenous healers and ceremonies from around the world. Dr. Maya created this course so that you don’t have to invest all of that time and money and effort on your search. You can learn in the comfort of your own home. Or you can delve into different practices, identify what particularly calls to you, and pursue it.

This course will offer earth-based and other practices that will help you in your life right now. It will help you learn how to approach and manage stress, anxiety, sadness and other daily struggles in ways that can transform your physical and emotional health. You will also learn how you can apply what’s taught in the program to your own professional life.

If you’re interested in being a part of the Decertification Program offered by Dr. Maya, please submit your application for consideration.

Upon acceptance, the cost is $2222.21. Note that the program is discounted during this first term. Payment plans are available. A small number of scholarships are available for those in need.

This Decertification Program will be 12 weeks of online lectures, community, and Q&A. It will kick off on November 18, 2018. There will be vacation on November 22rd & 23rd and December 24th through January 1st.

Weekly recorded lectures will be made available to you online, with occasional brief assignments and a simple project due at the end. Though you can complete the program at your convenience, we recommend doing your best to keep up with the content as it’s delivered to experience the full benefits of the program.

  • A 28-day cleanse valued at $297 to get you started on the right foot. This will come to your inbox after your payment is processed so you can begin to prepare your body, mind and spirit for the course to follow.
  • A copy of Dr. Maya’s book The Dirt Cure.
  • Priority access to handmade sacred tools and products for purchase which will always be made available first to The Decertification Community.
  • Access to our private Facebook for the length of the program so that you can build friendships with other students, ask questions and receive guidance.
  • Four live group mentorship sessions, which will be recorded for those who cannot attend.

Curiosity. Openness. A willingness to go deep. A desire to integrate earth-based practices into your life and the lives of the people around you. A desire to develop a richer relationship with yourself, the people around you, and the earth.

Healers—including healthcare professionals such as physicians, nurses, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, nutritionists, pharmacists and therapists—may particularly benefit from this program if they’d like to address the suffering they hold as a result of working with the suffering of many.

Absolutely! In addition to exclusive access to the private student Facebook group, you’ll also be invited to participate in four live group mentorship sessions with Dr. Maya so you can get all your questions answered and receive personal support.

You’ll also have the option to upgrade to a level that includes one 1-on-1 private mentorship session per month throughout the 3-month program. This is completely optional.

The application process is not intended to be exclusive. It is because we want you to have the best experience possible. That starts with making sure it’s a good fit— that what we are offering and what you are expecting are in alignment. In addition, we want to keep the community a safe space for everyone to go deep and to share. Finally, we want to know that you are committed to respecting and upholding the cultures, traditions and practices that will be shared throughout the program.

Upon acceptance (and we expect most people who apply to be accepted!), the fee of $111 is applied to the total tuition of $2222.21. Please note that applying is something you only do once—it won’t be required again for any future courses that will be offered by the Terrain Institute.

If you are accepted into the program, you will receive an email from our team within 7-14 days. Inside, you’ll find a link to complete your enrollment. If you are accepted, it’s important you respond in a timely manner to hold your spot. We have limited spaces available for this live program because Dr. Maya is committed to making sure each student has the best possible experience.

Our goal is for the Decertification Program to be a deeply transformational experience for you and we are fully committed to your satisfaction. For this reason, we offer a 100% refund (minus a $197 administrative fee) for up to 21 days after the program commences on 11/11/18, provided that you do actually participate in the program. If you take advantage of the lessons offered and participate in the community and don’t feel the program lives up to your expectations within that period, we’ll happily refund your investment.

The teachings we will be offering through The Terrain Institute Decertification Program have ancestry and lineage that we have been entrusted with and take very seriously. These practices take time to learn, integrate, and deepen. Though you will learn significant information and practices that will be immediately useful and helpful to you and the people around you, this course is an introduction to the deeper work you will have access to in other modules offered by the Terrain Institute.

This introduction will be a prerequisite for any further modules, which will be required for certification along with periodic in-person apprenticeship retreats. Future modules to be announced soon!

We are exploring if this course could be taught authentically and still acquire CE. At this time, however, no continuing education credits will be offered.

The application period is currently closed. Our next class will be starting soon! Join our waitlist to be notified.

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