Author Archives: ANDREW

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. […]

Soheil 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 […]

Robert Tindall

Robert Tindall, M.A. is a writer, classical guitarist, long-time practitioner of Zen Buddhism, and an inveterate traveler, whose work explores the crossing of frontiers into other cultures, time depths, and states of consciousness. He is the author of two books on shamanism, The Jaguar that Roams the Mind and The Shamanic Odyssey: Homer, Tolkien, and […]

Sean Hamman

Sean Hamman has a longstanding and intimate relationship with visionary, healing plant medicines. He has undoubtedly been called to this vocation, through dreams and visions that led him toward his current lifework as an Iboga ceremony leader with his working partner Steve Dyer. Early in his journey with plant medicines Sean spent five years working […]

TJ Dawe

Presenting “MEDICINE” at SPMC TJ Dawe is a Vancouver based writer, performer and director. He’s participated in more than one hundred theatre festivals across North America. He has six published plays and a humor book. His play Toothpaste and Cigars recently debuted as a feature film (titled The F Word, starring Daniel Radcliffe) at the […]


Sitaramaya began working in the physical and spirit plant realms after a thirteen year period of abstinence from all alcohol and drugs and followed a dietary regime to support her work with the spiritual aspect of the plants. After her first Ayahuasca ceremony, she came to the deep realization that the thirteen preceding years had […]

Stephan Beyer

Stephan V. Beyer, Ph.D., J.D. For more than forty years, Steve Beyer has been fascinated by the sorts of anomalous human experiences that have been ignored, marginalized, and pathologized by mainstream psychology — meditation, hallucinations, lucid dreams, shamanic visions, out-of-body experiences, delusions, visualization, false awakenings, apparitions. His published books have dealt with subjects from Tibetan […]

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 […]

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. […]

Jonathan Dickinson

Jonathan Dickinson is a traveller, writer, and organizer with a longstanding passion for ceremony, and the healing and inspirational qualities of visionary medicines. He has worked for the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy and helped to establish their national office in Ottawa, ON. Since 2009, Jonathan has been involved in iboga ceremonies and ibogaine clinics […]

Dee Dussault

Dee Dussault is a teacher of yoga, tantra, and sacred sexuality. She is one of the only western yoga teachers to publicly advocate and teach ganja-enhanced yoga, meditation, and sexual-awakening classes. A yogini for over fifteen years, Dee began to use cannabis five years ago and immediately found that the effect of the plant deeply […]

Satyen Raja

Satyen Raja, Founder of WarriorSage and Ignite Passion Now.  He is a living synthesis of Eastern wisdom and Western practicality, combining the power of the warrior and the wisdom of the sage. He is a Kung-Fu Master and an Illumination Intensive Master. In fact, Satyen is one of the very few lead facilitators of the […]