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Surgery as Ceremony: Transforming Medical Procedures into Sacred Rituals | Wonderland 2023

Updated: May 21

Modern medicine often approaches surgery in a detached, clinical manner, with the patient unconscious throughout the procedure. Yet for millennia, rituals of transformation and healing have had deep symbolic and spiritual resonance across cultures. What if we reimagined surgery, not as an impersonal medical treatment, but as a conscious, sacred ceremony?

In this groundbreaking fireside chat, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Cedars Sinai Medical Center/ Founder, Aura Aesthetica Dr. Jonathan Kanevsky and Dr. Cat Meyer, PsyD, LMFT explore a radical new methodology that enables patients to remain awake and present during operations. With preparation and intention, the surgery becomes an elevated, embodied experience during which the patient actively co-creates their healing journey.

Through principles of energy medicine, ceremony design, and integrative psychology, we will learn how surgery can be an opportunity for profound transformation - physically, emotionally and spiritually. By infusing medical procedures with the mystique and poetry of ancient rituals, we bring soul and wonder back into the heart of healing.


Featured Speakers

Cat Meyer, Psychotherapist. Author & Founder of SexLoveYoga

Dr. Cat Meyer, PsyD, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in sex, trauma, and psychedelics. She is also a ceremonialist, author, teacher of yoga, and international speaker dedicated to evolving the relationship we have surrounding sexuality and our bodies. Through her company SexLoveYoga, she leads online workshops, sensual retreats, + ketamine-assisted retreats for couples. She is also the host of Sex Love Psychedelics podcast.

Jonathan Kanevsky, Surgeon, Cedars Sinai Medical Center | Founder, Aura Aesthetica

Dr. Jon Kanevsky is a board-certified plastic surgeon and pioneer in the field of minimally invasive techniques. His latest focus is “surgery as ceremony”: A new methodology that allows patients to remain conscious through their procedures for an elevated, embodied surgical experience akin to a ceremony. With intention and harmonious interplay of the physical and soul body, surgery becomes a ritual of transformation through which an individual meets a new version of self.

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Listen to Dr. Cat Meyer as a featured Speaker at Sex and Psychedelics | Wonderland 2023

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