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Mestre, Ocean, Nature (Photo Credit:  www.ilovesantodaime.org)

The Santo Daime is a syncretic spiritual practice founded in the Brazilian Amazonic state of Acre in the 1930’s by Raimundo Irineu Serra, known as Mestre Irineu.  The Santo Daime is syncretic, in that it incorporates elements of several religious or spiritual traditions, including; Christianity, South American Shamanism, African Animism, Kardec Spiritism and Eastern transcendental wisdom.  Central to the Santo Daime practice is the sacrament taken in spiritual rituals, known as Works, which is also known as Santo Daime.  The Santo Daime became a worldwide movement in the 1990’s, and currently has an international presence.

Céu do Montréal Mission Statement

The mission of Céu do Montreal is to uphold the central tenets of the Santo Daime.  The intent of Ceu do Montreal is to provide for transformation and evolution of all persons seeking enlightenment in communion with Divine Creator Consciousness through the use of the entheogen Santo Daime in the rituals known as Works. The rituals are called “Works” because through them we believe Initiates have the conscious responsibility for correcting personal flaws and transforming themselves during the spiritual services.

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Hummingbird (Photo Credit: www.ilovesantodaime.org)

Although all are welcome to participate in the rituals for the gaining of truth, knowledge, and self-transformation, proselytizing is strictly forbidden. Membership in the Santo Daime is gained only upon the serious request of the participant.

The responsibility of members of Céu do Montréal is to live the teachings of the Hymns and Tenets, love the Divine Creator, love the Earth, love all beings in creation including oneself, love and respect all brothers and sisters, accept the truth of one’s divinity and one’s faults, and learn to embody forgiveness, compassion, and humility.

We encourage:

  • the study of the Santo Daime principles through the hymns, the music, prayer, meditation, inquiry and self-reflection;
  • personal self-reflection and spiritual inquiry with the intention of self-actualization;
  • full equality of women and men in all aspects of church leadership and religious life;
  • personal responsibility for all aspects of one’s health and well-being, as well as religious choices made based on knowledge and commitment;
  • dedication to the care and sustainability of Mother Earth and all creation through personal transformation and acts of service and social justice.

Single Sacrament

Please note that Céu do Montreal is a single Sacrament church and does not tolerate the use of any substances before, during or after a Spiritual Service. We ask all attendees to respect the direction of Mestre Irineu who advised mindfulness and abstention regarding diet and habits during the three days before and three days after the Works.

We are a small church and it may take a while for us to respond to your requests, please be patient.

 

Information for Céu do Montréal Members and Visitors Regarding External Ayahuasca or Santo Daime Events

Céu do Montréal, founded in 1997, became an independent Centre in 2010.

We wish all beings well, and we respect the rights of all peoples to practice their spiritual traditions as they feel guided.

We respect our members and visitors right to visit or participate where they feel spiritually called.

We do not share information about other centres, groups, or traditions or their events, particularly those that are not licensed by Health Canada.

We caution our members and visitors to be mindful of where they choose to visit and with whom they choose to participate. We advise our members and visitors to assure themselves of the authenticity, legality and accountability of any event they choose to attend. We highly recommend that our members inform themselves of the principles and practices of any group or centre before attending any events. This caution includes groups in Canada as well as abroad.

We caution our members and visitors that there are some groups that do not have a single Sacrament practice. Practices that include other controlled substances are against the regulations of the Exemption granted to Céu do Montréal in 2017, as well as against the law in Canada and in Brazil.

We caution our members and visitors to be mindful of anyone who solicits them or promotes themselves or events, particularly in or around Works. This is not part of the Santo Daime tradition.

It is the duty of all members to maintain peace and reverence in the Sanctuary and in the immediate surroundings, before, during and after the Works. All members have a duty therefore to respectfully manage and report any actions, words or behaviours that are not in alignment with our principles and standards.

The Board of Directors, Céu do Montréal, December 6th, 2017

 

Important Announcement on Legalization

It is with great joy that we inform you that on June 5th, 2017, Health Canada granted our Section 56 Exemption. The exemption process first began in 2001, and through the years many people have contributed different forms of support. We offer gratitude to all those who have provided Céu do Montréal with practical, moral, spiritual and financial assistance.

The exemption granted to Céu do Montréal is exclusively for Céu do Montréal. This exemption will allow us to import and serve our Sacrament, the Santo Daime, in our spiritual rituals.

While through our efforts we have made it possible, in principle, to obtain an exemption, this exemption does not mean that the use of Ayahuasca or Daime is legal as such in Canada. Each legitimate organization must apply to Health Canada for their own exemption, and for all information regarding the exemption process. Any importation or activities conducted with Ayahuasca/Daime without a Section 56 exemption from Health Canada will be considered illegal by the Canadian government.

It will take a little bit of time before we are able resume our calendar of Works and to receive new visitors, so we ask for your continued patience. Also please be patient if there is a delay in responding to requests. We will announce the date for a Visitor’s Information Session shortly for those who sincerely wish to learn more about our Centre and the Santo Daime religion.

Viva the Santo Daime!
Viva Céu do Montréal!

Rev. Dr. Jessica Rochester
President,
Céu do Montréal