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Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett has been researching the history of cannabis for 25 years, with a particular focus on its role in magic and religion. He has authored and co-authored 3 books on the subject, Green Gold the Tree of Life Marijuana in Magic and religion (1995); Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible (2001); and Cannabis and […]

Dennis McKenna

Dennis McKenna’s professional and personal interests are focused on the interdisciplinary study of ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. He received his doctorate in 1984 from the University of British Columbia, where his doctoral research focused on ethnopharmacological of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he. He joined Shaman Pharmaceuticals as Director of Ethnopharmacology in 1990, and relocated to Minnesota in […]

Evgenia Fotiou

Evgenia Fotiou is Assistant Professor of anthropology at Kent State University. She has a PhD in cultural anthropology and Latin American studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison, where she completed doctoral research on ayahuasca use in the context of tourism. She has taught as a lecturer at the UW-Madison departments of Anthropology and Gender […]

Don Blaikie

Don Blaikie has been about as steeped and processed as anyone in the Earth and Spirit wisdom worldview of Native North American understanding.  He has been working with indigenous ways since 1974 and became involved with the peyote road of the Native American Church (NAC) in 1976. After 10 winters living in a Native community […]

Gerald Thomas

Gerald Thomas is an Associate with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse in Ottawa and a Collaborating Scientist with the Centre for Addictions Research of BC. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Colorado State University in 1998 and has worked in the area of Canadian addiction policy since 2004. He served on the […]

Gillian Maxwell

Gillian Maxwell is based in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  She is an experienced coach and facilitator, public speaker, and knowledge exchange broker and has been dedicated to the reform of drug policies nationally and internationally since 1999.  She is a board member of MAPS Canada (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies), and a proud recipient of the […]

Joshua Wickerham

Joshua Wickerham at the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference at UBC Oct 24-26, 2014

Joshua Wickerham is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council(ESC), a nonprofit devoted to transforming lives by assuring the sustainability and safe use of traditional plants and enriching the communities who work with them. The ESC’s flagship project is the Ayahuasca Dialogues, which is building consensus toward an Ayahuasca Agreement on the sustainability […]

Kenneth Tupper

Ken Tupper

Kenneth Tupper is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, where his research interests focus on the cross-cultural and historical uses of psychoactive substances; public, professional and school-based drug education; and creating healthy public policy to maximize benefits and minimize harms from currently illegal drugs. […]

Mark Haden

Mark Haden has provided public education on drugs and drug policy for over thirty years. He works with the Health Officers Council of British Columbia on their position papers on the issue of a regulated market for all currently illegal drugs. He has published on the issue of drug control policy in the Canadian Journal […]

Oliver Hockenhull

Oliver Hockenhull at the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference in Vancouver BC Oct 24-26, 2014

Oliver Hockenhull works in film, video, hyper media installations, writing, and design. He has taught at Northwestern University in Chicago and presented at Universities in Canada, the US, and Europe. Most recently (2013/2014) he completed a double versioned feature documentary on psychedelics, “Neurons to Nirvana” which is currently screening around the world. He began a […]

Paul Kroeger

Paul Kroeger has studied mushrooms for over thirty-five years and is a founding member and current president of Vancouver Mycological Society. He is considered a leading expert in field identification of mushrooms of western Canada. Paul has made a special study of “little brown mushrooms” including the so-called magic mushrooms and their relatives. Just some […]

Philippe Lucas

Philippe Lucas at the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference at UBC Oct 24-26, 2014

Philippe Lucas has a Masters degree in Studies in Policy and Practice from the University of Victoria and is a PhD student in the University of Victoria’s Social Dimensions of Health program. He is a Graduate Researcher with the Center for Addictions Research of British Columbia and a founding Board member of the Multidisciplinary Association […]

Rielle Capler

Rielle Capler, MHA. After obtaining her masters degree in health administration, Rielle worked at Canada’s first medical cannabis dispensary from 1999 to 2007 where she gained first-hand experience with patients using cannabis to address diverse medical conditions and symptoms. Rielle is a co-founder and advisory board member of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries. […]

Sheila S.

Soheil Samimi’s professional background is in business and technology, having been a pioneer and a founder of innovative start-ups in the field of automated media solutions. At a deep personal level, his long-standing interest and quest in the realms of sacramental plants, and Ayahuasca in particular, has led him to be immersed in the world […]

Yalila Espinoza

Yalila Espinoza is a spiritual health practitioner and intimacy coach who integrates art, music, dream-work, ancestral ritual and sacred plant teachings. She received a PhD and Spiritual Counseling training from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and she is a registered Social Worker in British Columbia, Canada. Yalila’s private practice is based in […]

Zach Walsh

Zach Walsh, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, where he directs the Therapeutic Recreational and Problematic Substance Use lab and the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on topics related to substance use, […]

Stephen Gray

Stephen Gray

Stephen Gray has been a lifelong student, teacher and researcher of spiritual paths, in particular Tibetan Buddhism and the peyote ceremonies of the Native American Church. He has studied and practiced several other modalities in the healing and awakening fields and also devoted much time and love to music as a teacher, singer/songwriter, and composer […]

Bia Labate

Beatriz Caiuby Labate has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the State University of Campinas (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of psychoactive substances, drug policies, shamanism, ritual, and religion. She is Visiting Professor at the Drug Policy Program of the Center for Economic Research and Education […]

James W. Jesso

James W. Jesso is a Calgary, Alberta based author, conference speaker, workshop leader, and event coordinator who used psilocybin mushrooms to heal himself from mental illness resulting from substance abuse. His insightful and engaging book Decomposing The Shadow: Lessons From the Psilocybin Mushrooms presents a complete conceptual and cognitive model for the psilocybin mushroom experience as it […]

Martin W. Ball, Ph.D

Martin W. Ball, Ph.D., is a writer, independent publisher, energy worker, visionary artist, and musician currently living in Ashland Oregon  In the spring of 2009 Martin underwent a profound energetic opening and transformation – the result of intensive work with entheogenic medicines and a year of profound self-exploration. The result is Martin’s articulation of what […]

Natasha English

An Entheological Guide to the Nature of Reality Natasha English is a Nondual / Transpersonal Therapist . In her practice she employs a pragmatic process of psychosynthesis and entheogenic medicine. This combination assists her clients to attune and harmonize to their own natural rest, and to discover an inner template of wholeness and self acceptance, […]

Richard Yensen

Richard has been a pioneer in transpersonal psychology since 1972 when he began his psychedelic research career at Maryland Psychiatric Research Center working with Stanislav Grof in Baltimore as a Research Fellow. He went on to work in Mexico with Salvador Roquet and received direct transmission of the lineage from Maria Sabina, the priestess of […]