Author Archives: ANDREW

Cvita Mamic

Cvita Mamic is a healer, artist and co-founder of Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual Ayahuasca Healing Center in Peru. Her journey with plant medicine began in 2010 while searching for personal healing. For the past 6 years she has been apprenticing under Maestro Shipibo healer Ricardo Amaringo and immersing herself in the sacred teachings of plant […]

Thomas Hatsis

Thomas Hatsis is an historian of witchcraft, magic, Western religions, contemporary psychedelia, entheogens, and medieval pharmacopeia. He recently published The Witches Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic the first study to address how medieval witches and Renaissance magicians utilized psychedelic and entheogenic drugs in their magical systems. A derbygypsy, juggler, musician, and potion-mixer, Hatsis also skates throughout the global derby […]

Galen R. Brandt

Galen R. Brandt is a writer, cross-cultural storyteller, performer, songwriter and singer. She pioneered the exploration and use of ground-breaking, interactive digital technologies as artistic medium and alternative healing modality in live performance, arts, education and special needs, including for those with perceptual, behavioral and physical challenges. She is an award-winning composer of children’s music […]

Anand David Embry

Anand David Embry (B. of Music in flute and Certified Clinical Musician) studied vocal awareness with Chloe Goodchild of ‘The Naked Voice’ and is a NV facilitator. For over 30 years he’s investigated our relationship with sound, listening and music influenced by the integral yoga of Swami Sivananda Radha. With humour, devotion and sincerity, his […]

Martin W. Ball

Nondual Energetic Therapy with Entheogens Nondual Energetic Therapy with Entheogens Martin W. Ball, received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from UCSB in 2000, and is the author of over fourteen books (both fiction and non-fiction) on entheogens, nonduality, and the nature of being, including his seminal work, Being Human, and his most recent book, Being […]

Marguerite Rigoglioso

Tales of a Reincarnated Delphic Oracle: Tales of a Reincarnated Delphic Oracle: How the Plants Have Informed My Life & Given Vision to My Work In this daringly revealing talk, scholar Marguerite Rigoglioso, Ph.D., talks about the genesis of her own use of plant medicine. From her early days as a graduate student to her […]

Jonathan Thompson

5 Psychedelic Family Values 5 Psychedelic Family Values Jonathan is the Founder of, a resource for building community and family traditions around traditional plant sacraments in the Global North; he is also the father of 3, committed husband, and “sunlights” as Office Manager for a well-established Holistic Health practice in Mid-Michigan. He has a […]

Gerald Thomas

Roots to Treasure – Integrating Deep Healing with Plant Spirits Roots to Treasure – Integrating Deep Healing with Plant Spirits Rites of passage and soul initiation have been deeply interwoven with spirit plant healing for millennia, and the complete cycle of severance, descent, and return are essential to integrating transformation, settling the psyche, and translating […]

Devon Christie MD

Three Pillars of Support for Deep Healing With Spirit Plant Medicine Three Pillars of Support for Deep Healing With Spirit Plant Medicine Devon will speak from her background of knowledge and experience about 3 elements that she believes can help to optimize the vessel for deep healing with sprit plant medicines: mindfulness, intensive group process […]

Annie Oak

Rekindling Our Relationship with Traditional European Spirit Plants. Rekindling Our Relationship with Traditional European Spirit Plants. Annie Oak  is the founder of the Women’s Visionary Congress (WVC) the first U.S. non-profit organization to focus on women who work with non-ordinary states of consciousness and traditional medicine plants. Trained as a journalist, Annie conducts human […]

Kilindi Iyi

Psilocybin Tool Of Consciousness Exploration Psilocybin Tool Of Consciousness Exploration This talk will explore psilocybin as an exploratory tool? Psilocybin at high dosage is the supreme ally to submerge the human consciousness into itself and tweak the genes through accesses of dormant DNA. This talk will speak to the high dose experience of psilocybin and […]

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 […]


Aletheia is an ecumenically minded, classically trained Spiritual Director and Vajrayana Tantrika whose work has been deeply informed by and incorporates the wise use of spirit plant medicines and other sacraments. A recurrent theme in her work has been engaging with the accumulated riches of different patriarchal traditions (religious, shamanistic, cultural), immersing herself in their […]

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 […]