The Awakened Leader with Sherif Fouad

From Chasing Worldly Distractions To Awakening Buddha Nature with Coach, Public Speaker, and Raleigh Raw Founder Sherif Fouad & Tim Sae Koo


Sherif Fouad is a powerful, wise, and poetic man who found his way to Buddha Nature. And Sherif continues to find ways to express this state of being in his work and life. But these teachings didn’t come easy. In his first Ayahuasca ceremony with 1heart, the gates of Hell broke open, and he saw how he was chasing things that never truly mattered. But by his final Ayahuasca experience, he was put in touch with the radiant, empowered parts of himself that had been boxed away for too long.


Episode Description:

In our second episode, our Chief Om Officer, Tim Sae Koo, interviews Sherif Fouad from Journey 11. Sherif is an Egyptian American entrepreneur in the hospitality and health/wellness industries and a real estate investor.

As a personal development coach and public speaker, Sherif’s style provides a unique, fun, and engaging approach to spirituality and personal development workshops infusing music, play, and interactive participation.

Sherif is currently based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. His interests are travel, functional medicine, practical strength training, yoga, soccer, and local community impact.


In this episode, we talk about:

  • Despite having previous ayahuasca ceremony experience, how a challenging first ceremony experience during 1heart revealed a lot of his mistrust and distractions in his life
  • How this all led to a profound final ceremony that he still intentionally connects with every morning
  • What distraction vs. connection means for him and how he integrates that into his everyday life
  • His most profound takeaways and shifts in life from his 3 ayahuasca experiences with 1heart
  • What he is most proud of himself since his 1heart experience
  • His best piece of advice for anyone feeling called to experience ayahuasca in Costa Rica with 1heart
  • And so much more…Please enjoy!


About 1heart:

1heart is an all-inclusive human accelerator designed to fully elevate your mind, body, and spirit. Our 1 week fully immersive retreat and 7 weeks of virtual preparation & integration experience brings together high-performing entrepreneurs, CEOs, leaders, and change-makers with (sacred) ancient and modern modalities for intense personal growth to deeply align your individual and our collective purposes for maximum life fulfillment.

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DISCLAIMER: In sharing stories from leaders who have used plant medicine, including ayahuasca, to elevate their lives, we are not recommending it to you or suggesting that it will have the same results. Each individual will react differently to the medicine, which can be largely shaped by the set and setting of your experience as well as your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual state prior to joining. If you’re interested in this or a similar experience, we recommend you do your own research and speak to others who have done it so you can best determine if it is a good fit for you at this time. Should you decide to do so, we strongly suggest doing so with great reverence and respect for the medicine and the powerful effects it can create in your life. We also recommend anyone working with this medicine spend time preparing themselves before their ceremony(s) and have resources lined up to support them in their integration post-ceremony(s).

Also, it is important to note that the plants and compounds mentioned in this post are still illegal in many countries, and even possession can carry severe criminal penalties. None of this post constitutes medical advice or should be construed as a recommendation to use psychedelics. There are serious legal, psychological, and physical risks. Psychedelics are not for everyone—they can exacerbate certain emotional problems, and there have been, in very rare cases, fatalities.