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[Los Angeles] Autism On Acid: How LSD Helped Me Bridge the Autistic-Neurotypical Divide
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] Autism On Acid: How LSD Helped Me Bridge the Autistic-Neurotypical Divide

At the age of 27—after a lifetime of struggling with autism spectrum disorder and concurrent clinical depression—Aaron Paul Orsini received a dose of LSD that gave him access to emotional and social intuition for the very first time. This 75-minute talk includes Aaron’s first-hand account of his LSD-assisted breakthroughs in behavioral and occupational therapy, as detailed in his newly published essay, “Autism on Acid”, paired with evidence-based theories on the mechanisms of action of LSD, and explorations of how LSD and other 5-HT2A Agonists could be used as “neurological contact lenses” for those struggling with social, emotional, and sensory disabilities.

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[Los Angeles] Ayahuasca Manifested: Tapping into Visionary State
Aug
13
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] Ayahuasca Manifested: Tapping into Visionary State

In this inspiring mini-workshop, Laura Dawn draws from ancient wisdom and the latest research in the fields of neuroscience, psychedelic studies, and quantum physics to share how ayahuasca can work as a powerful tool for manifestation. Plant medicines work to shift your focus and perception and ultimately attune our awareness to quantum reality. Laura will guide us how to tap into that visionary state to create an inner vision and transmute it into real life.

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[Los Angeles] InnerSpace Integration Community Social
Jul
28
6:00 PM18:00

[Los Angeles] InnerSpace Integration Community Social

InnerSpace Integration (ISI) and Los Angeles Medicinal Plant Society (LAMPS) is coming together to create community where attendees will have a chance to meet and socialize with fellow members of the Los Angeles psychedelic & plant medicine community. For our members who want to connect more or anyone who is curious about non-ordinary states of consciousness-you all are welcome! Attendees will also have a chance to meet various members & facilitators of the InnerSpace Integration network and LAMPS.

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[Los Angeles] Psychedelics: In Spirituality and Religion
Jul
16
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] Psychedelics: In Spirituality and Religion

Join us for a deep dive into the mystical facets of psychedelics and how they've helped people discover their soul’s true purpose. Drawing from his personal journey and anthropological research, author Jerry Brown will share explorations into psychedelic's rich religious history, illustrating examples with stunning photographs of magic mushrooms in medieval Christian art. Learn about his studies on how psychedelics can lead to life-changing insights for passion, purpose and healing; and explore a future where psychedelics affect and form spirituality and religion.

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[Los Angeles] Sacred Traditions of the Yawanawá
Jul
3
6:30 PM18:30

[Los Angeles] Sacred Traditions of the Yawanawá

Come and join us for this super special evening of cultural sharing of the Yawanawá tribe, who live deep in the Amazon of Brazil. We are very excited to invite you to this rare gathering of not only Matsini, the chief and paje of Mutum, but also his wife and two of his 14 children.

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Demystifying Shipibo Plant Medicine Technology with Robin York
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Demystifying Shipibo Plant Medicine Technology with Robin York

In this lecture, dedicated Shipibo apprentice, Robin York (Mananxawe Huni), will share his experiences of living in the Amazon with the Shipibo tribe and studying plant medicine with Papa Gilberto Mahua, one of the last great medicós (plant doctors) of our time. The Mahua family tradition is an ancient, universally respected lineage of master healers that have cultivated a profound understanding of the healing trees and plants of the jungle. Robin will explain how this process known as plant dieting is, in fact, an ancient technology, because the spirits of the plants transmit their knowledge to the student through a series of challenges, or pruebas. These pruebas test the dedication and commitment of the student (dietero), both during and after the diet is completed.

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[San Diego] Accessing Non-ordinary States through Holotropic Breathwork
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

[San Diego] Accessing Non-ordinary States through Holotropic Breathwork

Holotropic Breathwork is a highly experiential, powerful method of self-exploration and healing, that combines fast, deep, and circular breathing, evocative music, focused release bodywork, mandala drawing & group sharing. The emphasis is on creating a safe space in which each participant can enter a expanded state of consciousness, and surrender fully to all the sensations, feelings, energy movement, visions, memories, etc. that can arise during the session. Join us for a presentation and intro workshop on holotropic breath work by Veronica Munoz!

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[Los Angeles] Revealing the Shadow: A Panel on Healing the Unseen
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] Revealing the Shadow: A Panel on Healing the Unseen

Shadow work is a process of uncovering the aspects of personality that we're often completely unaware of. Join our panel for a discussion on how to reveal, accept, and integrate the shadow, find the gifts hidden within it, and learn how medicines supports this process.

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[Los Angeles] Embodying the Healthy Masculine through plant medicines
Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] Embodying the Healthy Masculine through plant medicines

Join us for a panel conversation about the intersection of Masculinity and Medicine. We will discuss what it is to be masculine in today's world, the role systematic structures play, what needs to be nourished in men as we shift into ever more integrated ways of being, and how medicine can support this process.

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[San Diego] Identifying North American Psilocybin Species
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

[San Diego] Identifying North American Psilocybin Species

Mycologist Alan Rockefeller will lecture on the identification of psilocybin mushrooms. The presentation will include an overview of all North American species, focusing on the species which occur in Southern California. The audience will learn important characteristics for accurate identification and how to spot poisonous lookalikes. Participants are invited to bring legal mushrooms for a hands-on discussion of how to identify mushrooms you encounter.


Alan Rockefeller is a mycologist living in Oakland, California. He spends half the year hunting mushrooms in Mexico where he documents a wide variety of fungal species. His experience in the field includes focuses on mushroom identification, DNA analysis, microscopy and photography. In the lab, Alan sequences the DNA of mushrooms from all over the world, gaining new insights from existing species, discovering new species, and eliminating duplicates in the taxonomic record.

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[Los Angeles] Sitting Safe: Ceremony Preparation and Risk Reduction
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

[Los Angeles] Sitting Safe: Ceremony Preparation and Risk Reduction

How do we, as a community, create a space for the conversation about 'right relationship' with these life-changing earth medicines? In the coming months, we aim to introduce a number of topics that we will expand upon with the help of the medicine community and integration network. This month we will begin this conversation with the first topic around recommendations to seekers around what questions they should be considering asking themselves and potential facilitators before they decide to join a circle. 

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 [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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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 [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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