The Entrepreneur's Awakening Mastermind

The ultimate professional development accelerator since 2012.

A Special Lion Heart Community Invitation

Hello, I’m Michael,
happy to see you here!

Let's be honest,
the life of a pioneering business leader is friggin hard!

The pace, the pressure, the learning curve; the isolation at the top, the relentless demands on your time and attention. It never stops and there is nowhere to hide from your critics – especially your inner critic.

Then there is the anxiety that comes with staring the existential threats of AI in the face. I get it. 

I’m Michael Costuros, a former startup founder turned executive coach. I’ve been coaching some of Silicon Valley’s most talented entrepreneurs since 2010. As an established expert in the use of psychedelics for accelerated professional development, I consider this mastermind program the crown jewel of my life’s work.

I created the Entrepreneur’s Awakening Ayahuasca Mastermind to maximize the impact of what the best business mastermind, executive coaching retreat, and therapeutic psychedelic experience has to offer, all in one program. 

And yes, you do have the time! Even my busy clients can participate without interrupting their focus on the business. In fact, I guarantee that your quarter will be more productive due to the program. For real! 

Your breakthrough insights will be immediately applicable to your current business challenges.

During the mastermind, we will address your urgent challenges, professional and personal, as well as your 6-month goals. 

Don’t just take our word for it – our confidence in the program comes from running nine previous masterminds, improving every time. The next mastermind will be our best yet, so don’t miss your chance to join this exclusive community of founders & CEOs who are ready to elevate, connect, and transform.

Alumni Testimonials

5 Key Components of the Mastermind Program

The accelerator artfully weaves together the benefits of a business mastermind, executive coaching, and a private ayahuasca retreat to achieve breakthrough results on all levels in record time.

The 1-1 coaching ensures that we will address your specific and immediate challenges.

The mastermind element ensures that you will get strategic introductions, timely advice, and new friendships that extend well beyond the accelerator.

The program’s pacing and timing is designed to fit into the claendar of even the busiest CEO.

The private ayahuasca retreat is specifically designed to stop limiting beliefs, and bad habits and resolve the blindspots that are holding you back from operating at your full potential.


The Three Phases of the Program

Phase 1
1 Month Before Retreat

You will be expertly prepared for your ayahuasca retreat during the month leading up to your retreat.

30 days before: All-hand kick-off Zoom meeting
25 days before: 1-1 prep coaching session to clarify your goals
14 days before: All-hand ayahuasca retreat prep Zoom meeting
7 days before: 1-1 ayahuasca prep coaching session 

Additional 1-1 coaching included as needed.


You will arrive Friday afternoon feeling excited, a little nervous, and very prepared. The retreat staff will attend to your every need. There will be ample time for group and individual support throughout the three-day weekend. Friday: Arrive , connect, and prepare for the first night of ayahuasca Saturday: Integrate and prepare for the second night of ayahuasca Sunday: Group and individual integration support Monday: Completion session and departure


During the month following the retreat, you will be supported with 1-1 and group integration video calls. In addition, your business will leap forward as a result of the group mastermind exercises and 1-1 executive coaching. 7 days after the retreat: All-hands ayahuasca integration Zoom call 7 – 21 days after: 1-1 integration coaching calls 14 days after: Mini-group integration coaching calls 21 days after: Group mastermind call focused on solving your #1 business challenge 28 days after: All-hands Zoom to complete the ayahuasca portion of the program. 42 days after: All-hands Zoom to complete the mastermind portion of the program.  

Meet Your Coach/Facilitators

Michael Costuros

Awake Forward founder and program facilitator 

Ray Brejcha

Executive Coach and program Co-facilitator

Meet your Ayahuasca Facilitators

We have comissioned Mr. Vine and Miss Bee to organize a profound ayahuasca experience that balances authentic Peruvian tribal tradition with Western psychotherapeutic protocols. Due to their professional standing, we have to use nicknames on the internet.


Mr. Vine is a psychotherapist. As one time senior staff member for one of the busiest ayahuasca retreat ceremonies in the Peruvian Amazon, he was responsible for the well-being of hundreds of people who came to the center every year. As a psychotherapist, he knows how to qualify people for medical safety and organize a safe experience for all. If you apply to join you will have a call with Mr. Vine to ask questions and assure medical safety before you commit to the program.


Mr. Vine has been working with ayahuasca since 2014 spending 3 years in the Amazon jungle where he trained as an ayahuasca facilitator in the traditional way under his teacher's guidance. During that time he guided hundreds of people before, during, and after their journeys with ayahuasca. He knows the terrain well and will help you to get the most out of your retreat while avoiding the risks. This will be the 9th mastermind program we have run and the third that Mr. Vine has been a key part of. Miss. Bee co-facilitates the ceremonies with Mr. Vine and adds a lot of value to the experience.

Do you qualify?

Step 1:

The retreat weekend starts at 3 pm Friday, Oct 20th, and ends on Monday, Oct 23rd at noon. The location is 2 hours drive from San Francisco Airport.

(If these dates don’t work for you, apply to be first in line for the Spring 2024 program.).

To be fit for this cohort you need to have the following qualifications.
* You must be or have been a founder or C-level exec with a successful track record.

NOTE: Previous psychedelic experience is NOT necessary for this program. 

Do you qualify? 
If you can make the dates work and feel that you are a professional fit for the group, Wonderful! Read on. 

Step 2:
Review the Program Details

  1. This is not merely an ayahuasca retreat, but rather a meticulously curated business mastermind program crafted to deliver personal, spiritual, and professional transformation.
  2. The program includes a private ayahuasca retreat weekend designed to tie together and multiply the value of the coaching leading up to and following the retreat.
  3. The curated group of peers will provide you with a new high-trust network of advisors inspired to help you win.
  4. The program is uniquely designed to offer a measurable business ROI many times the value of your investment of time and money, while also providing personal transformation of equal or greater value.
  5. The program’s pacing and timing are designed to fit into the workflow of even the busiest CEO.

Do you want to apply to join?
At this point, if you want to join, now is the time to check out the price and schedule your discovery call. Scroll down.

Pricing for the Fall 2023 Ayahuasca Mastermind Accelerator

I believe you can see how the fusion of coaching, a private ayahuasca retreat, a supportive cohort of remarkable peers, and a business mastermind will provide you with a value much greater than the sum of the parts. 

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Update: 2 of 8 seats are reserved as of July 12th. Deadline for acceptance is August 10th.

The retreat weekend starts at 3 pm Friday, Oct 20th, and ends on Monday, Oct 23rd at noon. The location is 2 hours drive from San Francisco Airport. Block the time out now on your calendar to make sure you can make it.
Truth is, as appealing as the program may be, you can’t be sure that it is worth the investment of time and money until we talk about your specific goals.  Let’s hop on a call to set goals and align on realistic expectations. Then you can decide if you want to join. I look forward to meeting you! In service, Michael and team

READ Feature articles on THE MASTERMIND found in these magazines.

Fast Company assigned a film crew to follow us to Peru and make a feature story about the Entrepreneur’s Awakening Mastermind program. It’s an honest portrayal of the program experience and impact. 

You can watch it now; play time is just over 4 minutes.


Executive Coach, Startup Advisor, creator of  The Awake Forward Method

I co-founded a successful tech startup and about 4 years in I hit a wall. I was burnt out, frustrated with my co-founders, and lost my guiding intuition. Through a series of unlikely events, (long story), I found myself in Peru to attend my first ayahuasca retreat.

I remember holding my first cup of ayahuasca. Everyone was waiting for me to drink it. I was so afraid that it would show me that my life was off course and that I should leave my company. That was the worst outcome I could imagine. I almost backed out, but deep inside I knew it was the right thing to do. I drank it down. A week later I returned to work. My resentments, fears, and ego attachments were gone. I felt reborn! But about 10 days after that some of the old patterns started resurfacing. I felt a sinking feeling in my gut. Would I lose all that I thought I had gained?

I started searching for an ayahuasca integration coach only to find out that there was no such thing. That was back in 2008, ayahuasca was almost unheard of. So I started working with an executive coach and he helped me hold on to what I would have lost. Two years later I left my company to become an executive coach myself. I wanted my clients to benefit from ayahuasca in the ways I did and I wanted them to have the prep and integration support that I didn’t. So in 2011 my wife and I went to Peru for 5 months to immerse ourselves in the ayahuasca subcultures. During that time we figured out a way to work with ayahuasca that got predictable results, which required developing a prep and integration coaching program specifically for entrepreneurs.

A year later the Entrepreneurs Awakening Mastermind was born and my first group program in 2012 that included ayahuasca in Peru was a success! As of 2023 my team and I have led more than 100 entrepreneurs through our programs.

Our 2024 program will be more potent than ever!

Ray Brejcha

executive coach, certified psychedelic integration coach, transformational seminar leader


With over 16 years of coaching experience and 20+ year background as a Silicon Valley startup and sales professional, I bring a wealth of expertise to my work as an executive coach and advisor. I specialize in working with startup CEOs, co-founders, and their executive teams, drawing on my extensive experience in a wide range of industries, including Consumer Goods, Fintech, Healthcare, Insurance, and Retail.

As a coach, I have spent over 6500 hours face-to-face with clients, helping them to achieve their goals and reach their full potential. My dynamic coaching style has empowered entrepreneurs in over 10 different countries to overcome their challenges and achieve lasting success.

Over the course of my career, I have sold over $80 million of hardware, software, and services, and I have served as the CEO of two coaching and training companies. Through these experiences, I have recruited and trained dozens of coaches and psychologists, designed workshop curricula, and built coaching programs that have helped hundreds of business owners and entrepreneurs get top and bottom-line results.

As a workshop and seminar leader, I bring a dynamic and engaging approach to learning, with a focus on practical strategies that can be implemented immediately. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in sales and entrepreneurship, I am uniquely positioned to guide others toward success in these areas. I built a training and development company and led a team of 45 people to help deliver and facilitate programs over a seven-year period.

In addition to my executive coaching work, I am also a certified psychedelic integration coach with 18 years of personal experience with psychedelic medicines. As an advisor to CEOs, founders, and business owners, I use a unique combination of therapeutic psychedelics and executive coaching to help clients break through what’s holding them back from realizing their full potential. I have helped countless individuals navigate the complex terrain of psychedelic experiences and integrate these transformative experiences into their daily lives.

Overall, my work is grounded in a passion for empowering others to achieve their full potential in every aspect of their lives. Whether it’s through executive coaching, psychedelic integration coaching, or workshop leadership, I am dedicated to helping others overcome their challenges and achieve lasting success.

I hold a BS in Business Administration from California State University, Chico, as well as certifications in life, relationship, business (eMyth), and executive coaching. In my personal life, I am an avid cyclist, beekeeper, and winemaker. I am also passionate about men’s leadership and have over seven years of experience staffing men’s leadership workshops for the Mankind Project ( As a fun fact, I even competed on the TV show American Gladiator.


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