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

  • Au Lac 710 West 1st Street Los Angeles, CA, 90012 United States (map)

The Aware Project ( hosts a series of monthly Psychedelic Awareness Salon events in Los Angeles and San Diego. We are creating a connected and educated community that feels passionately about balancing the conversation about psychedelics.

Doors open at 7:00 PM for dinner and mingling.
Presentation will begin at 8:00 PM.

'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.

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.

Rachel Harris, PhD is the author of Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety. She was in the 1968 Esalen Residential Program and had a private psychotherapy for thirty-five years. Rachel received a National Institutes of Health New Investigator’s Award and has published more than forty scientific studies in peer-reviewed journals.. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine and winters in the SF Bay area.

Joe Tafur, M.D., is a Colombian-American family physician originally from Phoenix, Arizona. After completing his family medicine training at UCLA, Dr. Tafur spent two years in academic research at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry in a lab focused on mind-body medicine. After his research fellowship, over a period of six years, he 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. In his new book "The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor's Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine," through a series of stories, Dr. Tafur shares his unique experience and integrative medical theories. To learn more about his work, visit ( and (

TICKETS Pre-sale tickets are $15 and door price is $20. We have a limited number of volunteer positions if you can't afford the ticket price (please email, first come, first serve).

VENUE Au Lac is located at 710 West 1st St. Los Angeles, CA 90012. Their phone number is (213) 617-2533 and more information can be found at

DINNER We will be hosting the Salon at Au Lac DTLA in their Fedora Lounge. Come hungry for their delicious Vietnamese fusion cuisine and thirsty for their organic cocktails, beer, and kombucha! Please note that there is a 2 order minimum per person for us to be able to use this beautiful space.

PARKING Au Lac has its own parking structure with an entrance off 1st St (about $7 with validation). Please leave extra time for traffic it can be kind of crazy around that block…


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.