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
Céu do Montréal
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.
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.
- 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.
Céu do Montréal would like to thank everyone who contributed to our fundraising campaign to support our friend Bevan, which has come to an end. Bevan would like to share some words in an expression his gratitude:
I am writing today to express a huge feeling of gratitude that I have towards all the brothers and sisters, all the spiritual family members really, who have contributed in so many ways to support and facilitate the many aspects of my healing and transition process over the past few months.
There have been many positive outcomes, and, of course, many challenges yet to face in the months to come. The main point for me is the fact that so many people, both friends and strangers, came to the assistance of a brother who’s needs were beyond his capacity to meet them at a certain moment in time, and were able to generously pool their resources to his advantage in this hour of need.
My health has greatly improved as I have felt the power of your prayer and have been able to put your monetary donations to practical use to pay for medications and specialized lodgings. Love and blessings to all of you for your caring generosity which will one day be passed on to others…
With kind regards,