[San Diego] Psychedelic Awareness Discussion Panel : Rethinking Drug Policy
Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

[San Diego] Psychedelic Awareness Discussion Panel : Rethinking Drug Policy

  • UCSD campus, center hall room 113 (map)
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As scientific research expands in psychedelic medicine, public opinion is rapidly shifting. As psychedelic medicines seem poised to be accepted by the FDA, the broader medical community, and, increasingly, in society's mainstream, the right questions must be asked to ensure human rights-based and justice-informed policy reform. Even with broader acceptance of these compounds, many people will still face criminalization and prosecution for possession, disproportionately affecting communities of color. It's time to start talking about reforming drug policy so that psychedelic interventions are not only destigmatized by science but also accessible to all, including the historically marginalized and oppressed. Join us for the first, and long-overdue Aware Project panel in which we discuss the next steps of psychedelic activism and affecting drug policy reform that serves the greater good of public health, social justice, and human rights.

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[Los Angeles] The Making of 'Better Living Through Chemistry' - The Shulgin Documentary
Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] The Making of 'Better Living Through Chemistry' - The Shulgin Documentary

Get a glimpse behind the scenes of the hottest psychedelic film in production: Better Living Through Chemistry: The Work of Ann and Sasha Shulgin. The film focuses on the psychedelic godparents of MDMA, their chemical romance, and their significant contributions to psychedelic chemistry, therapy and research.

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[San Diego] Microdosing: Integrating Psychedelics Into Modern Life
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

[San Diego] Microdosing: Integrating Psychedelics Into Modern Life

  • UCSD, The Village at Torrey Pines - 15th Floor (map)
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Join founder of The Third Wave, Paul Austin, for an evening of discussion, insight, and entertainment revolving around the topic of microdosing psychedelics. Microdosing has been hot as of late, popping up in nearly every mainstream media outlet, major publishing houses, and even in primetime TV shows. But WHY has microdosing gained so much popularity in such a brief period of time?

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[Los Angeles] Microdosing: Integrating Psychedelics Into Modern Life
Sep
8
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] Microdosing: Integrating Psychedelics Into Modern Life

Join founder of The Third Wave, Paul Austin, for an evening of discussion, insight, and entertainment revolving around the topic of microdosing psychedelics. Microdosing has been hot as of late, popping up in nearly every mainstream media outlet, major publishing houses, and even in primetime TV shows. But WHY has microdosing gained so much popularity in such a brief period of time?

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 [San Diego] Healing Powers Doc Series Screening *Kambo* *Weed for Warriors*
Aug
9
7:00 PM19:00

[San Diego] Healing Powers Doc Series Screening *Kambo* *Weed for Warriors*

Join filmmaker and psychedelic advocate, Mareesa Stertz, as she takes us on her own personal voyage into the psyche with cannabis, psychedelics, and other mindful practices. By exploring firsthand, the different methods and environments people have been partaking in these substances, she shares the many ways they work to treat depression, addiction, PTSD, and trauma. 

By creating an awareness around these tools, and how they address issues so many struggle with, Healing Powers aims to open and normalize the conversation around the processing of emotions and traumas, helping us celebrate the process of digging into our psyche and releasing that which holds us back from living our fullest lives.

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Holotropic Breathwork Introduction
Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

Holotropic Breathwork Introduction

Michael will first speak about how Holotropic Breathwork was developed, how it works and what kind of results people can expect from HB. Following the talk, there will be a one hour "mini-breathwork" experience where participants can find out for themselves what it is like to access the profound healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness through one's own breath and music. He will then host a concluding integration session.

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[Los Angeles] Facing the Shadow: Community discussion on diversity & privilege
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] Facing the Shadow: Community discussion on diversity & privilege

Over the next few months the Aware Project is planning a new series of events, the Psychedelic Community Dialogue series, to create space to have these important conversations. Let’s come together in community to address what we need, the standards we want to set, and the future we want to create.

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[San Diego] Qualitative Analysis of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD
Jul
2
7:00 PM19:00

[San Diego] Qualitative Analysis of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD

The growing prevalence of PTSD in our society has devastating consequences for afflicted individuals and their loved ones. New treatments using MDMA combined with psychotherapy have shown success in treating this intractable condition. This talk summarizes preliminary qualitative findings from the MAPS Phase II clinical trial on MDMA-assisted therapy for treatment-resistant PTSD. Study participants were interviewed one year after treatment ended, where they were given the chance to express how they integrated the benefits from the treatment back into their personal contexts and life routines. From this information, researchers were able to explore the nuances of participants’ unique experience during and after the study, analyze common improvements and challenges faced by participants after treatment ended, and investigate factors that may contribute to long-term success. Since this is the first qualitative analysis on a clinical trial for MDMA-assisted therapy, the talk also addresses the importance of qualitative research in the field, and suggestions for how to improve upon the research.

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[Los Angeles] Facing the Shadow: Community discussion around sex and power
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] Facing the Shadow: Community discussion around sex and power

Join the Aware Project and leaders in the Southern California psychedelic/entheogenic community for a panel and community discussion of issues of power, sexuality, gender, race, and ethical practice.

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[Los Angeles] Kratom: The Download with Lauren LaRose & Amalesh Parajuli
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] Kratom: The Download with Lauren LaRose & Amalesh Parajuli

Kratom (Mytragina speciosa), a tree native to Southeast Asia has a rich history of traditional use as a panacea throughout the region. Kratom has gained popularity in our modern world as an alternative to opioid pain management. Given the current opioid crisis and the benefits of Kratom, our intention is to share information and our experiences with this powerful plant ally.

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 [San Diego] Bicycle Day Celebration: How Psychedelics Influence Art and Creativity
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

[San Diego] Bicycle Day Celebration: How Psychedelics Influence Art and Creativity

On April 19, 1943, Albert Hofmann, a chemist for Sandoz, in Basel, Switzerland, ingested a minute amount—just 250 micrograms--of a compound derived from the ergot fungus. He soon felt so disoriented that he rode his bicycle home, where he experienced all the heavenly and hellish effects of lysergic acid diethylamide. Hoffman experienced a number of remarkable sensations and alterations of his state of consciousness, leading him to further investigate what would become one of the most popular psychedelic substances in history. Bicycle day commemorates the first intentional consumption of LSD known to humankind, and provides an account of a wild, psychedelic journey that resulted in a revolution.

Join us for a night of celebration with local psychedelic-inspired artists coming together to showcase their work, and participate in a panel discussion on the effects of psychedelics on creativity. Come join like-minded people for food, drink, art, and good conversation

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[Los Angeles] Connections 5 w/ William Llerena Murayari
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] Connections 5 w/ William Llerena Murayari

We will host an informative conversation that allows our community in California to receive a first-hand perspective about amazonian plant medicines as a path promoting a healthy, holistic way of life that is first of all preventative in its approach to disease, while also going deeper in how disease, illness, and so forth can be healed with the help of the plants after it has already manifested in an individual.

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[Los Angeles] From Mystery to Integration w. Joe Tafur & Rachel Harris
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] From Mystery to Integration w. Joe Tafur & Rachel Harris

Medical doctor, Joe Tafur, and psychologist, Rachel Harris, will discuss their books, interview each other, and share their stories. We'll explore different models of how healing happens with ayahuasca biochemically, neurologically, psychologically, and spiritually (from a Western and indigenous perspective). We'll consider the role of intention before the ceremony, navigation during the ceremony and discernment, and behavior change after the ceremony. We promise love, laughter, and time for questions.

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 [San Diego] Preparation and Integration in Addiction Recovery with Ibogaine
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

[San Diego] Preparation and Integration in Addiction Recovery with Ibogaine

Ibogaine is a powerful psychedelic medicine that facilitates in the healing process of addiction, PTSD and depression through a physiological resetting of the brain as well as profound personalized visions and deep introspective thought of one’s own life, and their relationship with the world around them. Ibogaine can act as one of the most powerful tools available in helping transcend addiction and the debilitating obstacles present in one’s life. However, what a person does for the weeks leading up to, and months following ibogaine treatment are crucial and can be the ultimate factor which dictates the overall effectiveness and break-throughs gained through the experience. Therefore, coaching and aftercare is of paramount importance in the overall transformational process. Through this extremely intense and difficult experience, ibogaine acts as an interrupter in a person’s addiction, and offers profound and lasting healing potential. Transformational recovery coaching provides the afflicted person with the necessary tools to help them prepare for, navigate through, and then practically integrate the experience into their day-to-day lives. This journey is a step-by-step process, and Tyler will breakdown that process through a spiritual, scientific and pragmatic lens which will be easily digestible to understand.

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[Los Angeles] Getting the word out: Filming the Healing Powers of Weed & Plants
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] Getting the word out: Filming the Healing Powers of Weed & Plants

The Healing Powers (of weed, plants, and other mindful experiences) is a documentary serie that seeks to change that. Join us in a preview screening of The Healing Powers and a discussion where we explore what needs to happen to bring more people to the conversation on psychedelics.

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[Los Angeles] The Magic Of Mushrooms
Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] The Magic Of Mushrooms

Embody the potent medicine that mushrooms have to offer. Dive into our sacred relationship with this all encompassing powerful organism. Learn how fungi have shaped Homo sapiens throughout time and space. Learn how we as humans can ally with mushrooms to heal trauma, PTSD, depression, addiction, anxiety, and more!

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[Los Angeles] CURA: Documentary sneak-peek, discussion, & gathering
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] CURA: Documentary sneak-peek, discussion, & gathering

Film Preview in Echo Park: Cura presents an inspiring story of the healing power of family, community, and ceremony in the midst of the brutal American public health and criminal justice landscapes. This event will be co-hosted by Cura's Production team members Steve Holmgren and Francesca Alfano, and Filmmaker Ethan Goldwater.

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[Los Angeles] Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine w/ the Yawanawa
Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine w/ the Yawanawa

Join us for an evening of connection, healing and celebration with the Yawanawa lineage from the Amazon Forest.

We feel blessed to invite you to sit with Isku Kua and Pêu in a moment that the planet and ourselves need healing, prayers and truthful respect. From an unique and special place deep in the Amazonian forest, wherein lies a culture of a profound spiritual knowledge which has been passed down for generations, since time immemorial.

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[Los Angeles] "Holding Space" for Sacred Ceremony with Psychedelic Sacraments
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] "Holding Space" for Sacred Ceremony with Psychedelic Sacraments

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.

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[San Diego] The True Entourage Effect
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

[San Diego] The True Entourage Effect

  • 3705 10th Ave San Diego, CA 92103-4416 United States (map)
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Chef Brandon Allen will be discussing the power of very specific metabolic state called Ketosis, which empowers our mitochondria, energy production, and cell function, which ultimately enhances the effects and purity of supplementing with cannabinoids and psychedelics.

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[Los Angeles] The Diligent Intention: How MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy Saved My Life
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] The Diligent Intention: How MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy Saved My Life

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.

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[Los Angeles] San Pedro, Ayahuasca, and the Plant Medicine Healing Process
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] San Pedro, Ayahuasca, and the Plant Medicine Healing Process

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. He will devote particular attention to the theme of integration and the issue of safety in plant medicine circles.

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[Los Angeles] Manifesting Visions: Extended-State DMT & TransCannabis Research
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] Manifesting Visions: Extended-State DMT & TransCannabis Research

In the Manifesting Visions presentation, Daniel will share his experience on working with cannabis as a psychedelic (TransCannabis) and how we can use transformational journeys with cannabis and breathwork to treat trauma and PTSD on a large scale for societal healing. Daniel will discuss how this practice supports new paradigm research on Extended-State DMT (DMTx), why DMTx research is important to psychedelic society, and how extended experiences in the DMT-scape could lead to a new revolution in psychedelic sciences.

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[San Diego] Mestizo and Indigenous Ayahuasca Shamanism: A Talk by Matt "Mateo" Pallamary
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

[San Diego] Mestizo and Indigenous Ayahuasca Shamanism: A Talk by Matt "Mateo" Pallamary

Regardless of the mixed ethnicities prevalent throughout the Peruvian Amazon, the prehistoric traditions and indigenous wisdom held and practiced by those who have been raised to live and survive in the jungle have not changed. In the Peruvian Amazon, the primary shamanic practice, whether it be with the indigenous Shipibo Indians or mestizos, is centered around the Ayahuasca Vine, which is referred to as the "Mother of the Plants".

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[Los Angeles] Cannabis: Pyschedlia's Best Kept Secret
Aug
3
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] Cannabis: Pyschedlia's Best Kept Secret

Using the combination of set, setting, and skill, Preston Lopez unpacks the hidden potential of cannabis to create powerfully healing experiences. His method integrates the non-ordinary state induced by Cannabis with mindfulness practices, somatic trauma release techniques, and shadow work to provide uniquely healing journeys and sustainable personal transformation.

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[San Diego] A Late and Unexpected Journey into Psychedelics
Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

[San Diego] A Late and Unexpected Journey into Psychedelics

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.

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[Los Angeles] Right Relationship with Plants Is Right Relationship with Life: A Panel Discussion With I.AM.LIFE
Jul
6
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] Right Relationship with Plants Is Right Relationship with Life: A Panel Discussion With I.AM.LIFE

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.

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[Los Angeles] The MAPS Podcast LIVE with Zach Leary
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] The MAPS Podcast LIVE with Zach Leary

Join us for a special evening that has the classic Aware Project salon format morphing into a live version of the MAPS Podcast for one night only! The podcast will be a panel format and will include Ashley Booth, Zach Leary and other guests to be announced.

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[Los Angeles] 'The Last Shaman' Movie Screening
Jun
19
to Jun 26

[Los Angeles] 'The Last Shaman' Movie Screening

The Last Shaman is the story of James Freeman, a young man who decides to take matters in his own hands when faced with incurable depression. He undergoes a life-changing journey in the Amazon jungle that brings him a deeper understanding and acceptance of self. Along the way, he experiences the healing properties of the tribal plant medicine Ayahuasca and the world around it.

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