apéh (pronounced “hay-peh”) is a sacred plant medicine from the Amazon region often referred to as “blank-slate-medicine.” It’s non-psychoactive and totally legal, making it an amazing and powerful ally for meditation and a great entry point for people looking to experiment with more plant medicine. It’s known for its grounding qualities that can help calm even the busiest mind and help you tune into your body for a deep meditative experience.
The rapéh is blown high up into the nostrils with a kuripe pipe, a small, portable, v-shaped blowpipe traditionally used by the indigenous peoples of South America for the self-application of the plant medicine, which is taken usually in a ritual or ceremonial setting. The intense blow of rapéh is said to immediately focus the mind, stop the chattering, and open the entire freed mind space for your intentions. This helps to release emotional, physical, and spiritual illnesses and eases negativity and confusion, enabling a thorough grounding of the self.
This is all according to the founders of The Sabina Project, a platform for Black-led psychedelic education, training, and harm-reduction. Founded with the belief that sacred plant medicine is often mysti ed to the point of seeming inaccessible, TSP is on a mission to change that. As a part of that mission, TPS co-creators Undrea Wright and practitioner Charlotte James are leading group ceremonies and meditations, including the upcoming New Year’s Eve Rapéh Intention Setting Ceremony.
The virtual ceremony, open to everyone no matter their familiarity with rapéh, opens with an intention setting and a grounding prayer. Participants then collectively blow rapéh, and settle into a healing crystal sound bath. The ceremony closes with guided breathwork and meditation that will help everyone align with the communal energy.
Along with a ticket to the ceremony, TBS is offering a Ceremony + Kuripe package for $62, Ceremony + Rapéh and Kuripe for $94. James and Wright spent months designing their signature 3-D printed kuripe pipes, making them lightweight, and easy to use at home for individual ceremonies. TSP’s kuripes are locally made in Baltimore using non-GMO corn based lament and the design features white etchings inspired by Mudcloth textiles.
Five percent of all proceeds from the new collection goes to their Mutual Ceremony Fund, which provides monetary assistance for BIPOC looking to explore psychedelic healing work through The Sabina Project’s workshops.