On Ayahuasca, Masculinity, and Leadership in Chaos

Episode 75

Geo Hanzlik

Geo Hanzlik joins Paul Austin for an insightful conversation about ayahuasca, masculinity, and how to cultivate embodied leadership in the midst of chaos.

Tune into this episode to hear Geo discuss his experience as an ayahuasca facilitator for the Santo Daime church, why he abruptly stopped hosting ceremonies, and what he has learned about emotional regulation from plant medicine.


Geo Hanzlik is an executive and transformational coach based in New York City who supports high impact entrepreneurs integrate their emotions, natural gifts, and purpose with a grounded, concrete strategy to execute their vision in the world.

Each year, he works with a small number of private clients who seek life-changing breakthroughs at the personal and professional levels. Geo is also a senior expert at Neuberg Gore & Associates, an executive coaching firm dedicated to developing the next generation of leaders in start-ups.

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Podcast Highlights

  • Why humility, above all else, is required when holding space for plant medicines
  • The 3 lessons Geoff learned from holding space that he now applies to his executive coaching
  • Why emotional regulation is critical for leadership – and what lessons psychedelics teach us to regulate in the face of the inevitable unknowns of life

Reader Interactions


  1. AvatarStephen Jay says

    After watching episode 75, I’ve kind of lost hope in my upcoming Ahyawaska trip. Seems like it doesn’t help a whole lot with much, if anything it can send you in the wrong direction…

  2. AvatarMax Finchley says

    Hello im new, haven’t looked around much yet but you seem to have something positive going here. I can’t get a dr to treat any of my shit without it involving nasty meds that permanently fuck me up. Thanks for providing some path other than that, I’ll see how far this can take me if anywhere at all. These things are controlled which is so Fn lame, but that’s another discussion

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