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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ayasmina Flores

AyasminA Flores is a professional interpreter, translator, legal advocate, and documentarian fluent in six languages, whose lifelong passion for people and travel is dovetailed with her longstanding interest in spirit medicine from around the world. Over the past many years, AyasminA’s focus has been on South American naturopathy, in particular the traditions and techniques of […]

Just Added at the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference

We have two exciting new additions to the conference 1. We’ve just added a special presentation on Sunday Oct. 25. Donnie Blaikie is a longtime roadman (ceremony leader) in the Native American Church (NAC). At 12:30 in the lecture hall Donnie will reprise a presentation that was enthusiastically received at the conference three years ago. […]

More Brilliant Presenters at the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference

Sunday (Oct. 25) will be packed with remarkable presenters; shamanic, spacious music; a delicious vegan lunch courtesy of Eternal Abundance; and more opportunities to develop connections with fellow participants. Here’s what’s on for the day. Devon Christie, MD will begin the day by sharing her experience-based insights on “deep healing” with entheogens. Therapeutic work with […]

SPM Conference, Cannabis, and Canada’s Election – a crucial connection

Hmm, odd linkage perhaps? Here’s the connection: The intention driving the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference (Vancouver, Oct. 24, 25) is to provide a container and a community to deepen and extend knowledge and practice with entheogenic medicines for individual and collective healing and consciousness transformation. One of those medicines is cannabis. Although the herb is […]

THE POWER OF AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME

roots, ancestors, spirit, radical reconnection

This is the “and spirituality” side of Cannabis and Spirituality. Despite much misuse and misunderstanding, cannabis, among its benefits, is in fact a spirit medicine, an entheogen, when it is treated with respect as the holy herb and used skillfully. Cannabis has been addressed at each of the previous four Spirit Plant Medicine Conferences (SPMC) […]

The Role of Music at the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference

We’ll be absorbing and sifting brilliant ideas for two full days at the conference. Brains will be hard at work, synapses firing energetically. As a counterbalance to that kind of processing, we’ve intentionally spliced periods of spacious shamanic, meditative music throughout the conference. We treat the conference as a kind of ceremony, including brief opening […]

The Women Emerging are the Hearts of the Nations

“Our people predicted through oral teachings, and as we say in Central America, it was written in stone; the gliffs were made, they were carved, left for the generations to come, and we were told that exactly at this particular time, the women would lead the nations.” Flordemayo, Mayan – Highlands of Central America. In […]