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.
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.
Come join this FREE social event to gather in Ocean Beach with your like-minded community members to enjoy the sunset and some groovy tunes.
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.
In honor of the birth of the psychedelic research, we are honored to host Rachel Hope, to share her story being a participant in the MAPS Phase II trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of PTSD.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
There is a 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
[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.
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.
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.
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?
Over a period of six years, Joe Tafur, MD lived and worked in the Peruvian Amazon at the traditional healing center Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual. There he worked closely with master Shipibo shaman Ricardo Amaringo and trained in ayahuasca shamanism. He has recently published a book about his unique experiences and developing theories entitled: The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor's Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine.
"We decided the best way to get more stories & widen the community would be a continent-crossing storytelling tour centered..."
"we decided the best way to get more stories & widen the community would be a continent-crossing storytelling tour centered "
Please join us for this historic six-day global gathering, featuring three days of conference presentations and three days of workshops, a Sunset Cruise on the San Francisco Bay, the world's first Psychedelic Comedy Banquet, and much more.