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

  • Thymele Arts 5481 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90029 United States (map)

Join the Aware Project, PlantTeachers and I.AM.LIFE for a panel and group discussion of issues facing our psychedelic/entheogenic community.

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.

Doors open at 7 PM for mingling and tea. Tea provided by the I.AM.LIFE Guayusa Tea Lounge.
Panel and Community discussion starts at 7:30 PM (NOTE EARLIER TIME!)

The imbalances of power within our society are glaring at us more and more. With the backdrop of the #metoo and multiculturalism movements, we see that same issues facing our psychedelic/entheogenic subculture and we are in need of taking a deep self-reflective look at how we may be perpetuating these problems.

How are we conducting ourselves?

What are our blind spots?

How can we now cultivate truth and reconciliation, healing, and create lasting changes?

Join us as we heal, learn, grow, and create together!

Community Dialogue #2 July 18th
Facing the Shadow: Community discussions on diversity, race, and privilege in psychedelics psychedelics/entheogens


TONY MOSS is a visual and recording artist, event producer, and founder of I.AM.LIFE, a non-profit event production company focused on interconnectivity. His work is a synthesis of passions in art, spirituality & science, with emphasis on the evolution of human consciousness and potential. From 20 years experience working with ayahuasca, he is a public advocate for "right relationship" use of all plant medicines.

SITARAMAYA SITA, who has traveled and worked in the Amazon for the past 17 years, is a spiritual herbalist and plant wisdom practitioner formally trained in the Shipibo ayahuasca tradition. Founder of PlantTeachers, dedicated to cultivating entheogenic awareness, and Producer of the Visionary Convergence conference, she lectures, teaches, and works with individuals and groups in ceremonies and stewarding plant dietas. She currently trains, teaches and practices to heal personal, institutional and cultural trauma.

PAULA KAHN launched Cosmovisiones Ancestrales as a continuation of the liberation, peace building work she committed to at age fifteen. She wrote her thesis on the relationship between the United States for-profit migrant detention centers and the territorial dispossession of indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. Paula collaboratively founded Freedom For Immigrants’ National Pen-Pal writing program and operated FFI’s National Hotline to break the isolation of people trapped in migrant concentration camps (migrant “detention”). She is CODEPINK’s Co-Producer of the People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War. Paula strives to mediate with indigenous communities to preserve ancestral plant medicine so that a possibility may exist for its accessibility to populations targeted by state violence, as well as those who perform bystander behavior, or have misplaced their connection with their humanity. Paula has spoken at distinguished conferences and festivals to spread her visions for transitional justice, collective healing, and decolonization.

ISMAIL LOURIDO ALI, JD currently works as Policy & Advocacy Counsel for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), where he provides professional support for a variety of legal, educational, and community-building projects. He earned his J.D. at the UC Berkeley School of Law in 2016, and has previously worked for the ACLU of Northern California’s Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Project, and for the International Human Rights Law Clinic at Berkeley Law. Ismail also presently serves as Chair of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Board of Directors, and participates on the Steering Committee of the Ayahuasca Defense Fund, all while producing an in-progress documentary about trauma, healing, celebration, and psychedelic medicine called Cura. Ismail believes that psychedelic consciousness is a crucial piece of challenging oppression in all of its forms.


Missed Community Dialogue #1 where we focused on issues of sexuality, sexual dynamics, and power in psychedelics/entheogens? Watch the video Youtube:

Pre-sale tickets are $15. We have a limited number of volunteer positions if you can't afford the ticket price (please email, first come, first serve).

Enjoy tea by the I.AM.LIFE Guayusa Tea Lounge.

Our East Side Venue is no longer hosting events so we are trying out a new space! We are excited that Thymele Arts opened their doors to us. The space is located just off the 101 between Hollywood and Los Feliz. Please enter the building and go up the stairs. Our room will be just down the hall to the left.

There are plenty of parking options. There is an underground parking garage at 1110 North Western Ave north of Thymele. Another option is in the strip mall with the Subway and T-Mobile at the intersection of Western and Santa Monica or across the street, behind the bakery with the black metal fencing. Allow extra time because traffic in the area can be a bit intense.

Synergistically Co-Created & PRESENTED by:

*** I.AM.LIFE. ***
I.AM.LIFE combines life-affirming art, music & media to create immersive, transformational experiences of interconnectivity. We create and nurture connections with the natural world, each other, and indigenous peoples to support a more thriving, just, and sustainable world. To foster and nurture a sense of value and respect for the importance of “native wisdom” in the modern world.

PlantTeachers support the preservation, conservation and stewardship of land in Peru which is held as a global resource where Medicinal and Master Teacher Plants are cultivated and old growth trees, waterways and rainforest flora and fauna are protected. Collaborations with Nihue Rao promote the development of integrative medicinal practices, utilizing multiple healing disciplines for people all over the world.

Our aim is to balance the public conversation about psychedelics, spread accurate information, and give a new face to psychedelia. We feel that this change will occur through connection and relationship, one individual at a time.We are calling on everyone whose lives have been improved through the mindful use of psychedelics to educate themselves and become ambassadors for the psychedelic experience. Show those around you that people who use psychedelics mindfully cross all social, racial, economic, and political boundaries.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: This group is being designed as a secure space. It is not a place to seek, encourage, or participate in the procurement of controlled substances. Do not bring, buy, sell, transfer, or arrive on any illegal substances, or swap information on how to buy them. Members who violate these basic house rules will be removed from the group and will not be allowed to attend future events.