2020 Presenters

Chris Kilham

Chris Kilham

Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter, author, educator and TV personality who promotes natural, plant-based medicines, sustainable trade and indigenous cultures. He has conducted ethnobotanicalplant research in more than 45 countries and lectures worldwide about holistic...

Zoe Helene

Zoe Helene

 Zoe Helene, M.F.A., advocates for women, wildlife and wilderness, and the right to journey with sacred psychoactive and psychedelic plants and fungi—our coevolutionary allies. She founded Cosmic Sister (@CosmicSister), an environmental feminist collective and...

Jeremy Narby

Jeremy Narby

Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist who has worked for the last 30 years raising funds and advocating for indigenous Amazonian initiatives such as land titling, bilingual and intercultural education programmes and sustainable forestry and fish farming, on the...

Bruce Damer

Bruce Damer

Chief Scientist, BIOTA Institute and Associate Researcher, UC Santa Cruz Department of BiomolecularEngineering   To achieve breakthroughs in his work in science and technology Dr. Bruce Damer has long practiced astyle of visionary thought experiment. After...

Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets

Paul will be joining us virtually, live from Florida! Paul Stamets, speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur, is considered an intellectual and industry leader in fungi: habitat, medicinal use, and production.  He lectures extensively to deepen...

Pam Kryskow

Pam Kryskow

Dr. Pamela Kryskow is a medical doctor with a strong interest in chronic pain, mental health and psychedelic medicine. She is a clinical instructor at UBC and adjunct professor at VIU. ??She is one of the founding board members of the Canadian Psychedelic Association...

Josh Sarvis and Kelly Dunn

Josh Sarvis and Kelly Dunn

Josh Sarvis and Kelly Dunn have been cultivating pure, closed loop cannabis for almost 3 decades. They are Humus Beings dedicated to intentionally and actively educating the cannabis industry on purity in cultivation inputs and practices. They are passionate about...

Theda Phoenix

Theda Phoenix

Theda Phoenix is a sacred sound channel, intuitive singer, sound-healer, songwriter and recording artist whose enchanting voice, shamanic sounds and soul inspiring lyrics move people deeply, catalyzing wellness and transformation.She works with a variety of...

Shine

Shine

Renowned Australian didjeridu master Shine has been performing, teaching, and offering sound healing for close to 30 years. He has performed at numerous international festivals to thousands of people and shared the stage with many well-known artists, including Mickey...

Rocio Alarcón

Rocio Alarcón

Dr Ligia Rocio Alarcón G.  PhD in Ethnopharmacology UCL (UK) Director of the IAMOE Centre in the Ecuadorian Amazon Ethnopharmacologist, ethnobotanist, curandera. She has spent over 40 years working with ethnic groups in the tropical rain forest and the Andes...

Heather Hargraves

Heather Hargraves

Heather Hargraves, MA is a trauma therapist and researcher in London, Ontario, Canada. Heather specializes in the use of neuro and biofeedback technologies to support a broad range of neurologically and/or psychologically traumatized clients within her clinical...

Michael Stuart Ani

Michael Stuart Ani

Michael Stuart Ani has been a student of plant wisdom for fifty years. As a young man, the Lakota sage, John Fire Lame Deer, guided Michael through his first peyote ceremony and then sent him south to Mexico in search of the steps of the Ghost Dance. These steps...

The Dank Duchess

The Dank Duchess

Oakland, California-based The Dank Duchess, an internationally recognized cannabis cultivator, hashmaker, and writer who believes intentional and mindful cannabis use will change our society, has made it her mission to impart her knowledge of cannabis and hash to...

Martina Hoffmann

Martina Hoffmann

MARTINA HOFFMANN’s paintings are detailed views into her inner landscapes - imagery that has been inspired by the dream state, mediation and shamanic journeys in the Amazonian Rainforest. A traveler between the worlds and an explorer of the inner planes, she enjoys...

Pascal Ferry

Pascal Ferry

Pascal Ferry is a French autodidact painter who draws his inspiration from the visionary, symbolist and mystic traditions. His publishing company, ‘Sidh & Banshees’, has represented a large group of international visionary, fantastic and fairy-realm artists from...

Nan Shuni Giron

Nan Shuni Giron

Nan Shuni Giron (@shunigiron) is an internationally recognized Guatemalan ceremonial leader known as Mayan Ajq’iij, a Mayan calendar day keeper and spiritual guide. She has a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Alternative Therapies from Instituto Naturista...

Martin A. Lee

Martin A. Lee

Martin A Lee is the co-founder and director of Project CBD (projectcbd.org), an educational service focusing on cannabis science and therapeutics. Named by High Times as one of the 100 most influential people in cannabis, Leeis the author of several...

Tony Bossis

Tony Bossis

Utility of Psychedelics in the Treatment of Psychospiritual and Existential Distress at the End of Life Anthony P. Bossis, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine conducting FDA-approved clinical...

Minelli Eustacio-Costa

Minelli Eustacio-Costa

Minelli Eustacio-Costa is a 200hr and Accessible Yoga certified instructor and discovered her love for the ancient practice of combining cannabis and mindful yoga in 2012. She guides accessible cannabis-infused yoga classes with an emphasis on self observation and...

Raven Marie

Raven Marie

From Birmingham, Alabama, with a background spanning hospitality, entertainment, fashion and beauty in Miami and Dubai, Raven Marie (@ravenmarie111) has found her authentic voice through her remote lifestyle service, Reflections of the Divine Holistic...

Solana Booth

Solana Booth

Solana promotes Native American and Alaska Native traditional teachings using multiple healing modalities such as: Traditional Canoe Family Skipper, Speaker/Doer of Ancient  knowings,  Traditional Ceremonies, Traditional artist, hunter & gatherer...

Chad Charles

Chad Charles

Join Stephen Gray and Marc Caron as they speak with Chad Charles, on the the fantastic presenters at this years Virtual Spirit Plant Medicine Conference “Responsible 5-MeO-DMT Facilitation: Grounding the God Molecule” with Chad Charles Since 2016, chad has immersed...

Dr Seeta

Dr Seeta

Dr. Seeta Narsai holds a clinical doctorate in Ayurvedic Medicine and comes from a long line of Indian women who have carried and passed down this traditional natural healing system from generation to generation.   Being educated in both western and eastern...

Chioma Nwosu

Chioma Nwosu

Chioma Nwosu is Black female, Nigerian-born Detroit native who resides in Los Angeles, CA. With over 20 years of experience working with patients receiving care within our hospital system of healthcare, her focus is on a tapping into ancestral knowledge to begin...

Robin Flynn and Darcy Kopas

Robin Flynn and Darcy Kopas

Robin Flynn and Darcy Kopas are devoted assistants and advocates for the sacred plant teacher Huachuma (San Pedro). As holistic mentors, guides, and teachers of the sacred arts and spiritual technology of the Pachakuti Mesa, their work is based in the reverent...

Tiana Mirapae

Tiana Mirapae

Western MA-based integrative psychotherapist and Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess) Tiana Mirapae, M.Ed., LCSW, is a shamanic healer, plant spirit medicine practitioner, wisdom keeper of the Munay-Ki, and Reiki master. In her clinical practice, she brings a multifaceted,...

Danielle Negrin

Danielle Negrin

 “The Psychedelic Society Model: Power to the People.” Danielle Negrin is the Executive Director of San Francisco Psychedelic Society, on the advisory board for Project New Day, was on the founding team of Decriminalize Nature Oakland and is a Cosmic Sister...

Rachel Kann

Rachel Kann

Kohenet Rachel Kann is a poet and ceremonialist. She is certified in Jewish Energy Healing and has apprenticed in the Shipibo shamanic lineage as well as training in dance and drumming healing arts modalities.Rachel is the 2020 New England Jewish Poetry...

Adam Strauss

Adam Strauss

Adam Strauss is a writer and performer based in New York. His monologue “The Mushroom Cure” is the true story of how he treated his debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder with psychedelics. The New York Times said it "mines a great deal of laughter from disabling...

John Sheldon

John Sheldon

Master guitarist, composer, and environmental advocate John Sheldon’s music has been described as a combination of Tom Waits’ writing, Carlos Santana's guitar playing, and Bob Weir's singing. Jimmy Hendrix and James Taylor praised him, and National Public Radio called...

Ben Wride

Ben Wride

Ben Wride is most at home travelling without a plan through the expansive boreal forests of Turtle Island. He grew up off-grid near Flin Flon, Manitoba and is a member of Kinosao Sipi (Norway House) Cree Nation in Treaty 5. Coming from a family of skilled...

Rene Susa

Rene Susa

Rene Suša, PhD, is a post-doctoral researcher at UBC working with the Indigenous communities that are part of the "Teia das 5 Curas" network. His research addresses problematic patterns of engagement with Indigenous communities, especially in relation to colonial...

Cash Ahenakew

Cash Ahenakew

Cash Ahenakew, PhD, is a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples’ Well-Being and an Associate Professor in the Department of Education at the University of British Columbia. He is Cree and a member of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation with the ceremonial name pii tai poo...

Bernice Raabis

Bernice Raabis

A lifetime dancer Bernice’s passion is to awaken the dancer in others. She believes that moving the body with consciousness has the potential to unlock one's own inner world, their purpose and ultimately a path to Divine truth. Bernice is the Founder of Dance the...

Xhalida September

Xhalida September

Xhalida September (27) was born and raised on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tseil Waututh and S?wx?wú7mesh (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). Xhalida has been working with psilocybin for 10 years and has been compounding her own medicines for four...

2019 Presenters

Christopher Bache

Christopher Bache

"A Visionary Experience of the Birth of the Future Human" Christopher M. Bache is professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University where he taught for 33 years. He is also adjunct faculty at the California...

Jamie Wheal

Jamie Wheal

"Mapping the Mysto: Towards an Integrated Theory of High Weirdness" Jamie Wheal is the author of Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex and Death In a World That's Lost Its Mind and the global bestseller Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, Navy SEALs, and Maverick...

Chris Kilham

Chris Kilham

Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter, author, educator and TV personality who promotes natural, plant-based medicines, sustainable trade and indigenous cultures. He has conducted ethnobotanicalplant research in more than 45 countries and lectures worldwide about holistic...

Zoe Helene

Zoe Helene

 Zoe Helene, M.F.A., advocates for women, wildlife and wilderness, and the right to journey with sacred psychoactive and psychedelic plants and fungi—our coevolutionary allies. She founded Cosmic Sister (@CosmicSister), an environmental feminist collective and...

Dennis McKenna

Dennis McKenna

 "BioGnosis: Building Bridges Between Ancestral Wisdom and Science"  Dennis McKenna's research has focused on the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology. He has conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon.  His doctoral research...

Wade Davis

Wade Davis

Wade Davis is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker whose work has taken him from the Amazon to Tibet, Africa to Australia, Polynesia to the Arctic. Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society from 1999 to 2013, he is currently Professor of...

Theda Phoenix

Theda Phoenix

Theda Phoenix is a sacred sound channel, intuitive singer, sound-healer, songwriter and recording artist whose enchanting voice, shamanic sounds and soul inspiring lyrics move people deeply, catalyzing wellness and transformation.She works with a variety of...

Shine

Shine

Renowned Australian didjeridu master Shine has been performing, teaching, and offering sound healing for close to 30 years. He has performed at numerous international festivals to thousands of people and shared the stage with many well-known artists, including Mickey...

Michael Stuart Ani

Michael Stuart Ani

Michael Stuart Ani has been a student of plant wisdom for fifty years. As a young man, the Lakota sage, John Fire Lame Deer, guided Michael through his first peyote ceremony and then sent him south to Mexico in search of the steps of the Ghost Dance. These steps...

The Dank Duchess

The Dank Duchess

Oakland, California-based The Dank Duchess, an internationally recognized cannabis cultivator, hashmaker, and writer who believes intentional and mindful cannabis use will change our society, has made it her mission to impart her knowledge of cannabis and hash to...

Rachael Carlevale

Rachael Carlevale

Rachael Carlevale, a permaculture farmer, yoga instructor, mindfulness educator, cannabis activist, and cultivator, is working toward an eco-conscious revolution through her Colorado-based business, Ganjasana Cannabis Plant Medicine Yoga, The Ganjasana Cannabis Yoga...

William Richards, Ph.D.

William Richards, Ph.D.

William A. Richards (Bill) is a psychologist in the Psychiatry Department of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Bayview Medical Center, where he and his colleagues have been conducting research with psilocybin for the past 19 years. His graduate degrees...

Antoinette Cruz

Antoinette Cruz

Vancouver-based Antoinette Cruz has a deep passion for her history and the history of colonialization, she claims the biggest gift Cannabis has given her is her identity. As an Indigenous woman, granddaughter of Residential School Survivors and daughter of a 60’s...

Brigitte Mars

Brigitte Mars

Boulder, Colorado-based master herbalist, author and university professor Brigitte Mars (@brigitte.mars) has been working with plant medicines for over 50 years. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University and the School of Health Mastery in Iceland, and she’s...

Tonye Aganaba

Tonye Aganaba

Tonye Aganaba (@tonyeaganaba) is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and facilitator in the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Her new album, “Something Comfortable,” inspired by her battle with multiple sclerosis,...

James Jesso

James Jesso

James W. Jesso is an author, public speaker, and podcast host with a deep respect for psychedelic medicines. His work is inspired by his healing path through depression, substance abuse, and trauma, and focuses on translating the profound insights of the...

Sabrina Pilet-Jones

Sabrina Pilet-Jones

Sabrina Pilet-Jones received Cosmic Sister’s immersive Plant Spirit Grant in 2018 to experience ayahuasca ceremonies at Temple of The Way of Light in the Peruvian Amazon, which inspired her to found Sabrina’s Garden (@sabrinas_garden), a popup flower shop. “Ayahuasca...

Vanessa Lefan Yuen

Vanessa Lefan Yuen

Vancouver, BC-based Vanessa Lefan Yuen (@van_lefan), is a performing artist, adventurer, holistic wellness counselor, life coach and digital nomad who grew up traveling with family and has traveled extensively on her own, sharing her experiences through her YouTube...

Mark Haden

Mark Haden

Psychedelic Research in Vancouver Mark Haden is a major figure in the field of psychedelic medicines, with a long list of past and present activities and responsibilities in this field. Among—and beyond—these, he is an adjunct professor at the University of British...

Sarinda Hoilett

Sarinda Hoilett

Sarinda Hoilett @sarindah) is a plant food alchemist and chef, yoga instructor, holistic massage practitioner, philosopher, and mother. She has been practicing Osho Rebalancing, integrative bodywork that includes deep tissue massage, Trager, breathwork, cranial sacral...

Soheil Samimi

Soheil Samimi

Soheil is the Founder & CEO of a Vancouver based company called "The Plant Medicine Company", with its current focus on innovative cannabinoids & mushroom based wellness products. He has been a pioneer in the Hemp/CBD industry and also serves as a Director on...

Mauro Perez

Mauro Perez

"The plants and animals of the rain forest are my teachers." Mauro Reategui Perez is becoming one of the most visible and sought after Peruvian visionary artists. having trained with the renowned visionary artist, Pablo Amaringo, Mario has developed a distinctive...

Briege Farrelly

Briege Farrelly

Briege is a dedicated Yogini and Yoga teacher, Medicine Woman, Counselor and Psychospiritual Facilitator.  She is passionate about the spiritual journey home and utilizes Yoga as the vehicle to take herself there and guide others in their process and journey...

2018 Presenters

Christopher Bache

Christopher Bache

"A Visionary Experience of the Birth of the Future Human" Christopher M. Bache is professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University where he taught for 33 years. He is also adjunct faculty at the California...

Chris Kilham

Chris Kilham

Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter, author, educator and TV personality who promotes natural, plant-based medicines, sustainable trade and indigenous cultures. He has conducted ethnobotanicalplant research in more than 45 countries and lectures worldwide about holistic...

Dennis McKenna

Dennis McKenna

 "BioGnosis: Building Bridges Between Ancestral Wisdom and Science"  Dennis McKenna's research has focused on the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology. He has conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon.  His doctoral research...

Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets

Paul will be joining us virtually, live from Florida! Paul Stamets, speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur, is considered an intellectual and industry leader in fungi: habitat, medicinal use, and production.  He lectures extensively to deepen...

Wade Davis

Wade Davis

Wade Davis is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker whose work has taken him from the Amazon to Tibet, Africa to Australia, Polynesia to the Arctic. Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society from 1999 to 2013, he is currently Professor of...

Laurel Anne Sugden

Laurel Anne Sugden

Huachuma in the Wild: building sustainable futures for the San Pedro Cactus   Often called “the heart medicine,” the mescaline-containing San Pedro cactus is a bright green thread that weaves through millennia of Andean spirituality, shaping the indigenous...

Theda Phoenix

Theda Phoenix

Theda Phoenix is a sacred sound channel, intuitive singer, sound-healer, songwriter and recording artist whose enchanting voice, shamanic sounds and soul inspiring lyrics move people deeply, catalyzing wellness and transformation.She works with a variety of...

Dr. Claudia Ford

Dr. Claudia Ford

Dr. Ford’s career in international management, development, and women’s health spans three decades and all continents. Claudia holds a PhD in Environmental Studies and is on the faculty of Rhode Island School of Design. Claudia teaches ethnobotany, indigenous...

Elizabeth Bast

Elizabeth Bast

The Evolution of Our Intimacy: An Iboga Medicine Love StoryAuthor Elizabeth Bast was originally brought to the iboga medicine to help treat the opiate relapse of her lover and then her own PTSD, but the medicine gave the couple much more than they anticipated. Bast...

Dawn Musil

Dawn Musil

Women’s Empowerment Through Entheogens—A Psychedelic Feminism Liberation Story Dawn Musil has a bachelor’s of science in Biochemistry and Ecology from Ohio State University and is completing a Venture for America fellowship in business development with a Sema, a...

Samantha Retrosi

Samantha Retrosi

Waking Up the Sacred Warrior: Viral Culture, Social Illness, and Disrupting the Structure that Lives Inside. Samantha Retrosi, a PhD student investigating the sociology of culture, structural inequality, gender politics, and political economy at George Mason...

Yessia Muse

Yessia Muse

Yessia Muse is the first certified Kambo practitioner in the state of Oregon. She received her certification through the International Association of Kambo Practitioners. This medicine has been gifted through the Matses Tribe to Karen Uma, who is both the founder of...

Bruce Sanguin

Bruce Sanguin

“Opening Your Beautiful Heart: The Work of Integration and the Perils of Spiritual Bypassing” Bruce Sanguin is a psychotherapist living on Denman Island, B.C. where he practices. Before taking early retirement he was a minister in a progressive church for 28 years and...

Tom & Sheri Eckert

Tom & Sheri Eckert

As husband-and-wife founders of the Oregon Psilocybin Society (OPS) and authors of the Psilocybin Service Initiative (PSI), Tom and Sheri Eckert have set in motion a historic campaign to legalize Psilocybin Services, also known as Psilocybin Assisted Therapy, in their...

Thomas Hatsis

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...

Selena Wong

Selena Wong

Educator, Cannabis Entrepreneur, Ordained Metaphysical Minister  Selena Wong is a devotee to the Cannabis Plant as a Spirit Plant Medicine Master Teacher and Ally. Her passion for conscious cannabis represented with integrity and reverence in the cannabis industry is...

Christopher Solomon

Christopher Solomon

Salvia Divinorum: The New Teacher Christopher Solomon has been cultivating a relationship with Salvia Divinorum for over a decade. After an unexpectedly profound and healing Salvia experience, Christopher discovered the multi-faceted and misunderstood character of...

Rama Achala

Rama Achala

Lunch Hour ‘Mini-workshop’: Healing Chronic Illness with Amazonian Medicines.Rama (HeartOfKambo.com) is the first and only advanced IAKP Kambo practitioner in Canada. She's an Intuitive healer supporting healing from chronic illness as well as plant medicine...

2017 Presenters

Chris Kilham

Chris Kilham

Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter, author, educator and TV personality who promotes natural, plant-based medicines, sustainable trade and indigenous cultures. He has conducted ethnobotanicalplant research in more than 45 countries and lectures worldwide about holistic...

Mark Haden

Mark Haden

Psychedelic Research in Vancouver Mark Haden is a major figure in the field of psychedelic medicines, with a long list of past and present activities and responsibilities in this field. Among—and beyond—these, he is an adjunct professor at the University of British...

Thomas Hatsis

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...

Mary Porter

Mary Porter

Mary Porter is a descendant of the Nez Perce; Yakama, Wasco tribes, and is the co-founder of Looking Glass Peyote Church of Oregon. Mary is a Chaplin and former Sergeant at Arms for Northwest Veterans Motorcycle Association. Recognized by the Peyote People in Texas as...

Sonja Myllymaki

Sonja Myllymaki

Sonja Myllymaki has been learning and practicing shamanic plant medicine for the past ten years, primarily within several Shipibo-Conibo vegetalismo lineages, but also working ceremonially with a number of different plant medicine traditions from Mexico and Peru. She...

Mark Blumenthal

Mark Blumenthal

Mark Blumenthal is the Founder and Executive Director of the American Botanical Council (ABC), an independent, nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to science-based education for the responsible use of herbal medicine and beneficial plants. He is...

Dr. Natalie

Dr. Natalie

Dr. Natalie is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Herbalist, and Core Faculty member in the Integrative Health Studies Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a graduate of the Certificate for Psychedelic Therapy and Research program at CIIS...

Nese Devenot

Nese Devenot

Nese Devenot is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Puget Sound, where she teaches classes on psychedelics and literature and is also working on her book project, "Chemical Poetics: The Literary History of Psychedelic...

Dawn Davis

Dawn Davis

Dawn D. Davis, M.A., is a tribal person belonging to the membership of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall, Idaho. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Arizona where she completed her research on potential sustainability practices of peyote within...

Cristina Orbé

Cristina Orbé

Cristina Orbé is a non-profit founder, artist, educator, and seeker. In 2008, she co-founded FEEST, a nationally (USA) recognized youth food justice organization, that continues today without her leadership. Over the past 15 years, she has released several albums and...

Joe Tafur

Joe Tafur

Joe Tafur, M.D., is a Colombian-American family physician originally from Phoenix, Arizona. After completing his family medicine training at UCLA, Dr. Tafur spent two years in academic research at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry in a lab focused on mind-body...

Kateri Walker

Kateri Walker

Kateri Walker is a tribal member of the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation, Ontario, Canada, and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied theatre because she wanted to be...

Terry Sidhu

Terry Sidhu

Terry Sidhu, International Life Coach and CEO of VanCity Life Coach Inc., launched his coaching practice with a mission to help evolve of the human experience; A Dharma he inherited from his mother, who taught him how to access the value of life through meditation....

Trevor Millar

Trevor Millar

Trevor Millar is a social-entrepreneur and owner of Liberty Root Therapy Ltd., serving those called to experience the healing properties of African plant medicine Tabernanthe Iboga and its derivatives.  Iboga is a powerful psychedelic and an exceptional addiction...

Soheil S.

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...

2016 Presenters

Bruce Damer

Bruce Damer

Chief Scientist, BIOTA Institute and Associate Researcher, UC Santa Cruz Department of BiomolecularEngineering   To achieve breakthroughs in his work in science and technology Dr. Bruce Damer has long practiced astyle of visionary thought experiment. After...

Mark Haden

Mark Haden

Psychedelic Research in Vancouver Mark Haden is a major figure in the field of psychedelic medicines, with a long list of past and present activities and responsibilities in this field. Among—and beyond—these, he is an adjunct professor at the University of British...

Thomas Hatsis

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...

Kathleen Harrison

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...

Chris Kilham

Chris Kilham

Chris Kilham~"The Shaman’s Pharmacy - Indigenous Psychedelic Pharmacology" Chris Kilham, known globally as The Medicine Hunter, conducts research on beneficial plants around the world. He is the author of fifteen books,including The Ayahuasca Test Pilots Handbook, The...

Ralph Metzner, Ph.D

Ralph Metzner, Ph.D

Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. is a recognized pioneer in psychological, philosophical and cross-cultural studies of consciousness and its transformations. He collaborated with Leary and Alpert in classic studies of psychedelics at Harvard University in the 1960s, co-authored...

Martin A. Lee

Martin A. Lee

Martin A. Lee is the cofounder and director of Project CBD, an educational service that reports on cannabis science, therapeutics and political economy. A widely published writer, Lee is the author of Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical,...

Dr. Erica Wohldmann

Dr. Erica Wohldmann

Dr. Erica Wohldmann holds a joint Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Science from the CU, Boulder, and is a Professor at CSU, Northridge where she teaches classes about ecopsychology, food choices, sustainability, and cognition and neuroscience. Her research has been...

Mark Haden

Mark Haden

The Psychedelic Renaissance: Learning from History The Psychedelic Renaissance: Learning from History Mark Haden is a major figure in the field of psychedelic medicines, with a long list of past and present activities and responsibilities in this field. Among—and...

Leanna J. Standish ND, PhD, L.Acup., FABNO

Leanna J. Standish ND, PhD, L.Acup., FABNO

Dr. Standish is a neuroscientist and physician living and working in Seattle WA. She holds faculty appointments at the University of Washington School of Medicine in the Radiology Department as well as at Bastyr University. As a physician she specializes in...

Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Robyn Griggs Lawrence is sharing the tremendous health and wellness benefits of cannabis with the world. She envisions a world in which cannabis grows freely and organically everywhere and no one is ever persecuted or imprisoned for possessing this sacred plant....

Cvita Mamic

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...

Galen R. Brandt

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,...

Anand David Embry

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...

2015 Presenters

Bruce Damer

Bruce Damer

Chief Scientist, BIOTA Institute and Associate Researcher, UC Santa Cruz Department of BiomolecularEngineering   To achieve breakthroughs in his work in science and technology Dr. Bruce Damer has long practiced astyle of visionary thought experiment. After...

Mark Haden

Mark Haden

Psychedelic Research in Vancouver Mark Haden is a major figure in the field of psychedelic medicines, with a long list of past and present activities and responsibilities in this field. Among—and beyond—these, he is an adjunct professor at the University of British...

Kathleen Harrison

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...

Mark Haden

Mark Haden

The Psychedelic Renaissance: Learning from History The Psychedelic Renaissance: Learning from History Mark Haden is a major figure in the field of psychedelic medicines, with a long list of past and present activities and responsibilities in this field. Among—and...

Jonathan Thompson

Jonathan Thompson

5 Psychedelic Family Values 5 Psychedelic Family Values Jonathan is the Founder of PyschedelicParenting.org, 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,...

Gerald Thomas

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...

Martin W. Ball

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...

Annie Oak

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) http://visionarycongress.org the first U.S. non-profit...

Marguerite Rigoglioso

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...

Kilindi Iyi

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...

Angela Prider

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...

Don Blaikie

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...

Jhaimy Alvarez-Acosta

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...

Dr. Gabor Mate

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...

2014 Presenters

Zach Walsh

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. He has published and presented widely on topics related to...

Chris Bennett

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,...

Aletheia

Aletheia

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...

Dennis McKenna

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...

Gerald Thomas

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...

Evgenia Fotiou

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...

Don Blaikie

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...

Gillian Maxwell

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...

Kenneth Tupper

Kenneth 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...

Mark Haden

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...

Oliver Hockenhull

Oliver Hockenhull

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...

Paul Kroeger

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...

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...

Philippe Lucas

Philippe Lucas

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...

Soheil S.

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...

Rielle Capler

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...

Yalila Espinoza

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...

Andrew Feldmár

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,...

2013 Presenters

Bia Labate

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....

James W. Jesso

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:...

Martin W. Ball

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...

Natasha English

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...

Richard Yensen

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...

Robert Tindall

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...

Sean Hamman

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...

TJ Dawe

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...

Susana Bustos

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....

Steve Dyer

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...

Gabor Mate

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...

Don Blaikie

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...

2012 Presenters

Satyen Raja

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,...

Dee Dussault

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...

Jonathan Dickinson

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...

Kenneth Tupper

Kenneth 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...

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...

Stephan Beyer

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...

Sitaramaya

Sitaramaya

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...

Kathleen Harrison

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...

James Fadiman

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,...

Jennifer Rae

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...

Ayasmina Flores

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...

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