We produce events in Southern California to learn from prominent community members and engage in dialogue about the mindful use of psychedelics.
We host and co-host three event series:
There is a third way of working with iboga which seems to have been largely overlooked: By combining relatively small amounts of Iboga with cannabis, individuals can have an experience similar to a flood dose without being immobilized for long periods. Thoughts, patterns, behaviors, habits and life experiences can be viewed from a completely objective point of view, providing the opportunity to make significant and lasting changes in one’s life.
Whether informally “sitting” for a friend in assisting to guide them through their first psychedelic experience to working with small or even larger groups in crafting a more formal ritualized ceremony with psychedelic sacraments; there exist effective and time-tested techniques that can be utilized and employed to more effectively influence “mindset” and craft solid sacred space, or “setting”, that can provide a significant impact on the successful outcome of psychedelic & entheogenic experiences.
John Saul shares his story about how he harnessed the experience of being a study subject in the MAPS-sponsored study: “MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of anxiety due to life-threatening illness” to emerge from very dark circumstances, rebuild his fortitude and take another turn at living life.
This is a personal story of how military psychologist Michael Villanueva PhD, came study the EEG and psychedelics and how psychedelics illuminated the need for good neuroscience. Despite professional fears and lack of good psychedelic science, He worked to understand the EEG within the psychedelic state.
This lecture will explore the healing plants and shamanic healing practices prevalent throughout that part of the Amazon and how it applies to modern day spiritual seekers.
In this talk Javier Regueiro will present his two newly published books on San Pedro/Huachuma and Ayahuasca and speak about the plant medicine healing process, its benefits, and challenges.
Daniel led us through a deep and far-ranging presentation on his work and what it will take to achieve the psychedelic breakthroughs he has in mind. The talk included scientific information, a four-quadrant approach to building a psychedelic community, and some of the challenges and rewards this path entails.
In this talk, Preston covered his work with cannabis as a tool for discovery, his background in Vipassana Meditation and experiential personal growth, and a worldview spanning evolutionary psychology, Joseph Campbell’s “hero’s journey,” and a whole lot more.
In this panel discussion, leaders from the I.AM.LIFE community come together to discuss how to walk in right relationship with self, other and the world through honoring plants, elders, and indigenous cultures.
The show was hosted by second-generation psychedelic ambassador Zach Leary (who also hosts the essential podcast It's All Happening). Dr. Cole Marta lent his humor and insight, and we got to know our founder Ashley Booth a bit better as well.
Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Addiction, Pain, PTSD, Cancer, and over 200 different conditions have been effectively treated with cannabis. How is it possible that a single plant can have such wide ranging efficacy?
We'll delve into the history and science of kambo, discuss application and effects, tribal traditions, spiritual aspects, and how it is successfully being used to treat a myriad of maladies in modern society.
Aware Project San Diego in collaboration with Dr Joe Tafur presents:
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RIVER- Talk and book launch event with Dr. Joe Tafur.
After the conference and festivities in SF, members of Psymposia continued their West Coast psychedelic storytelling tour and the Aware Project was excited to host them in Los Angeles and San Diego!
We don’t want to end up in a world where psychedelics are legal for a privileged few, while communities who have historically suffered the worst harms of prohibition remain criminalized.
The purpose of this talk is to describe what’s known about ayahuasca’s pharmacology, outline adverse food and drug combinations with ayahuasca, and provide an overview of current clinical data supporting treatment of mental illness with ayahuasca.
The Zendo Project provides a supportive environment and specialized care designed to transform difficult psychedelic experiences into valuable learning opportunities, and even potentially offer healing and growth.
Aware Project San Diego was excited to host Alex Banach to share his story of a near death experience and his transformation through psychedelics through the lenses of his neurobiology education.
Dr. Cahn packed the house for his talk on his ongoing research of mediation and psychedelic brain states.
This talk will address observation and discussion of advantages and disadvantages this generation is facing when it comes to entheogenic use.
Tricia will be discussing some of the up-and-coming issues in psychedelics such as sustainability of earth medicines, new research chemicals, and neoshamanism.
This talk briefly explores the difference between psychedelic psychotherapy and more traditional shamanic plant medicine experiences, and the benefits and limitations of each.
For our 3rd event in San Diego, we were honored to host friend, Charles Johnston to the Psychedelic Awareness Salon. His story of transformation, commitment to service, and wisdom inspired all of us.
Fabian Piorkowsky has been sharing his research on microdosing and the use of alchemical processes to harness the healing properties of entheogenic plants to Angelenos for the past few months
We were excited to finally host Emanuel Sferios at the Psychedelic Awareness Salon. We have been admiring his work from a far for a while! He has been an invaluable member of the community as the founder of Dancesafe and now the director of 'MDMA, The Movie'.
We were thrilled to have Tony Moss at the Salon. Tony has been a role model in gathering in conscious community and bring heart in one's life and work.
The Aware Project is partnering with the 920 Coalition (www.920coalition.org) to host Dr. David Tripp (No, really, his name is Dr. Tripp!) from Antioch University Los Angeles.
The Aware Project San Diego is excited to host Ellen Watson as our September speaker. She will be speaking about her long term relationship with MAPS as a founding member, the nature of the research she did in the 80’s & 90’s, and her time at Esalen with Terence McKenna, Dr. Stan Grof and others.
We are excited to host friends of the Salon Dr. Marta and Dr. Ryan to share their research on ketamine. This will be a great update on the current status and progress of developing psychedelics into legal medicines!
This is the inaugural event kicking of AWARE PROJECT SAN DIEGO: Rethinking Psychedelics. It is also a FUNdraiser for the revolutionary work that the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS.org) is doing to lift the stigma about psychedelic compounds and advance scientific and therapeutic research.