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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 […]

Susana Bustos

Susana Bustos, Ph.D., holds degrees in Clinical Psychology (1992) and in Music Therapy (2002) from Chilean universities, as well as a doctorate in East-West Psychology from CIIS (2007), where she presently teaches courses in Entheogenic Shamanism and Research Design. She is certified in Holotropic Breathwork and the Expressive Arts. Her work in Chile included the […]

Steve Dyer

Steve Dyer has been deeply engaged with spiritual practices, including entheogens, throughout his adult life. Steve’s initiation into what he terms “stillness” occurred in 1973. Although he had already had deep encounters with psychedelics such as LSD, his most profound experiences of realization in early adulthood came through meditation practice. By 1987 Steve was working […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

James Fadiman

Author of The Psychedelic Explorer, talk title: “New Applications for Visionary Plant Wisdom” James Fadiman B.A. (Harvard) M.A., Ph.D. (Stanford) His dissertation was on the effectiveness of LSD-assisted therapy. He has held a variety of teaching consulting, training, counseling and editorial positions. He has taught in psychology departments at Brandeis and San Francisco State, design […]

Kathleen Harrison

Kathleen Harrison is an ethnobotanist, artist, and photographer who researches the relationship between plants and people, with a particular focus on art, myth, ritual, and spirituality. Harrison currently teaches field courses for the University of Minnesota (Hawaii), University of Missouri (Northern California), Albany College of Health Sciences (Peru), and Goddard College (Hawaii).  She also teaches […]

Gabor Mate

Gabor Maté M.D. is a bestselling author whose books have been published in nearly twenty languages worldwide.  Dr. Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics, from addiction and attention deficit disorder (ADD) to mind-body wellness, adolescent mental health, and parenting.  A renowned thinker and public speaker, he addresses audiences […]

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 […]

Andrew Feldmár

Andrew Feldmár is a psychologist who has worked as a psychotherapist in private practice, in Vancouver, for 45 years now. He first experimented with altered states of consciousness in 1967. He has been trained and supervised in LSD therapy by R. D. Laing in London, England. He studied the anthropology of shamanism with Francis Huxley. […]

Angela Prider

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 wisdom from the healing […]

Don Blaikie

Using Entheogens with Integrity: Problems, Pitfalls, & Possibilities – Panel Discussion Using Entheogens with Integrity: Problems, Pitfalls, & Possibilities – Panel Discussion Don Blaikie has been about as steeped and processed as anyone in the Earth and Spirit Don Blaikie Bio Picwisdom worldview of Native North American understanding. He has been working with indigenous ways since […]

Jhaimy Alvarez-Acosta

Andean Wisdom Teachings of a Traditional San Pedro/Huachuma Master: A Sharing of Tradition through the practice of Saminchay, Ayni and Suma Causay Andean Wisdom Teachings of a Traditional San Pedro/Huachuma Master: A Sharing of Tradition through the practice of Saminchay, Ayni and Suma Causay Jhaimy Alvarez-Acosta from Cusco, Peru provides us with an important context […]

Dr. Gabor Mate

Manifesting the Mind: Inside the Psychedelic Experience Manifesting the Mind: Inside the Psychedelic Experience Gabor Maté is a medical doctor recently retired from active practice. He was a family physician for two decades and for seven years he served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital. For twelve years he worked […]

Jennifer Rae

Jennifer Rae, MSc, Botanist based in Saskatchewan, Canada. “What the Plant Kingdom is Telling Us” Jennifer Rae is a plant ecologist and a dancer. She is a botanist by day, working with Latin names, classifying plants and planning prairie restorations. At night, she allows the Art to emerge as she dances together Heart and Mind […]