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Erica Wohldmann: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern World.

“Erica Wohldmann: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern World” is the second in a series featuring the remarkable presenters at the 2016 Spirit Plant Medicine Conference (SPMC), scheduled for Oct. 29 and 30 at UBC in Vancouver BC. The first post in this series was published on July 5 with the title “Cvita Mamic: In the Center […]

Cvita Mamic – In the Center of Ayahuasca Work

Cvita Mamic, ayahuasca, Spirit Plant Medicine Conference, Nihue Rao,

This post, “Cvita Mamic – In the Center of Ayahuasca Work,” is the first in a series of blog posts on the remarkable presenters who’ll be speaking at the 6th annual Spirit Plant Medicine Conference (SPMC), Oct. 29 and 30, 2016, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Cvita Mamic is about as close as […]

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 […]


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 […]

Erotic Vines: Tantric Initiations & Plant Teachers for LOVE

In Yalila’s talk you will learn: 1) about her PhD research on how plant teachers can heal sexual trauma and enhance sexual vitality. 2) how your daily experience of sexuality can be expanded when the body is purified and activated. 3) what is possible for relationships when the brilliance of your mind is aligned with […]

Dancing the Liminal Ridge with Dr. Bruce Damer

“Dancing the Liminal Ridge” is Dr. Bruce Damer’s chosen title for his presentation at the 2015 Spirit Plant Medicine Conference (SPMC), Oct. 24 and 25 at UBC in Vancouver BC. We really are extremely fortunate to have Bruce—or Dr. Bruce as some of his co-workers have dubbed him—as a presenter this year. Dr. Bruce is […]

Kilindi Iyi and Deep Psychonautic Exploration

I’m excited to report that we’ve secured Kilindi Iyi as a presenter at this year’s Spirit Plant Medicine Conference, Oct. 24 and 25 at UBC in Vancouver. I was recently at a conference in Ashland, Oregon where Kilindi gave a brilliant presentation. Without a doubt it was the most enthusiastically received talk at the two-day […]

Spirit Plant Medicine Conference breaking news

Jonathan Thompson has been added to the conference presenter roster. Stephen Gray caught Jonathan’s extremely well-received Skype presentation on psychedelic parenting at a recent conference in Ashland, Oregon and invited him to reprise it for our conference in Vancouver. Jonathan will join us on Skype with a presentation called “5 Psychedelic Family Values”, an important […]

Deepening the Conversation: Authenticity and Illusion

Last year we put the title: “The Next Level: Deepening the Conversation” on the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference (SPMC) homepage. That title sprang from the intuition that in some important sense the ‘community’ of those working with entheogens had to some extent passed through an initial phase of discovery and it was time to roll […]

The Return of the Delphic Oracle

That title is a somewhat obscure (and slightly lighthearted) way of referring to a key development in work with the sacramental medicines. It might also be termed “the return of the sacred feminine”. As we all know, the wisdom and power of women has been severely throttled on this planet for a long time. But […]

A Strengthening Vision

  Greetings fellow workers and seekers of wisdom and healing. This is the first post of 2015 for the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference (SPMC). If you’re new to the conference you may want to take a look (under “Past Guides and Visionaries” at the SPMC website) at the list of remarkable people who have spoken […]

More Strong Voices to Represent the Entheogens

entheogens, Allan Watts, eff the ineffable

To borrow from Alan Watts, our collective intention is to “eff the ineffable and unscrew the inscrutable.” And as mentioned on the the About statement on the conference home page, our aim is also to deepen the conversation on sane and sustainable use of these remarkable entheogenic plants and substances. As many have experienced for […]

SPMC 2014: More Brilliant Speakers

As I write this, the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference is barely more than a week away. For anyone seeing this blog post before having read any of the eight previous ones, the conference is bringing together nearly twenty authoritative voices from near and far with the intention of sharing and discussing essential information about the […]