2019 Schedule

(subject to change – last updated Oct 23)

Friday Nov. 1

11:00 AM – Registration Opens

12:00 – Doors open; registration; vendors, exhibitors and artist gallery open

12:45 – Welcoming and Opening Dedications with Antoinette Cruz (Samahquam Nation) and Ida Manuel (Secwepemcul’ecw Nation)

1:00-5:10 – Psychedelics in Society: Skillfully Navigating the Forward Path

Essential information and insight on the problems and possibilities of moving toward greater societal acceptance and effective practice for psychedelics. Four panel discussions with a remarkable group of 17 experts and visionaries.

1:00-1:55 – Underground Psychedelic Therapy: Problems and Promise

Mark Haden – Adjunct Professor UBC School of Population and Public Health; Executive Director MAPS Canada (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies)

Lidija Martinovic Rekert – Internationally accredited yoga instructor and meditation guide; Somatic Counselor; ceremony holder.

Mike Mathers – Registered Clinical Counselor; MDMA Therapy Training Program enrollee; clinical practice focusing on substance abuse.

Brigitte Mars – Master herbalist, consultant, author, university professor, guide.

2:00-2:55 – Ketamine Assisted Therapy (KAP): Old Art, New Times

Moderator: Trevor Millar, President, MAPS Canada

Kate Browning RN, CAIEHP, MA Psychotherapist; Coordinator, Holistic Health, Langara College

Dr. Neil Hanon, MD, FRCPC, PsychiatristClinical Assistant Professor UBC; Head Dept of Psychiatry, Kelowna General Hospital.

Dr. Ian Mitchell, MD, Emergency MedicineAssociate Professor of Emergency Medicine, UBC; Emergency Physician, Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops.

Dr. Rae St. Arnault, ND, Naturopathic Medicine – Manager, Empower Health Clinic; Program Director, Numinus Wellness

2:55-3:15 – Short Break; vendors, exhibitors and artist gallery open

3:15-4:10 – Cannabis in the New Reality: Getting it Right

David Hutchinson – consultant and patient advisor for patients in need of medical cannabis; sought-after event speaker.

Jamie Shaw – Chief Communications and Culture Officer for Pasha Brands

Davidicus Holmes – Elder and Founder of the Sanctuary of the Rastafarian Mystery Order

Mystery Panelist – science and legality consultant

4:15-510 – Psilocybin on the Verge

Moderator: Michael Oliver – Volunteer Coordinator – MAPS Canada, President – UBC Psychedelic Society

Chris Kilham – “The Medicine Hunter;” author, educator, TV personality

Salimeh Tabrizi – Clinical Counselor; Intuitive Plant Medicine Coach; Founder of Cannabis Hemp Conference & Expo 

Dana Larsen – longtime cannabis activist; founder of Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary in 2008 and Medicinal Mushroom Dispensary

Trevor Millar – President, MAPS Canada, (Multi-Disciplinary Assoc. for Psychedelic Studies)

5:10 to 7:00 – dinner break, exhibitors and vendors open, artist gallery open

7:00 – Welcoming and Ceremonial “Re-opening” with Antoinette Cruz and Ida Manuel

7:30 to 8:30 – Bill Richards – Opening Keynote Address – “Awakening and Integrating: Living and Dying as Psychedelic Knowledge Advances”

8:40 to 9:30 – Brigitte Mars – “Just Say How: Preparation for an Epic Psychedelic Experience”

9:30 – Bill Richards, Brigitte Mars book signings

Saturday Nov. 2

8:30 – doors open, exhibitors and vendors

9:00 to 9:20 –  meditative music with Theda Phoenix

9:20 – 10:15 – Wade Davis – “The Forest Within”

10:20 – 10:55 – Antoinette Cruz – “Decolonization of a Nation: Spirit Plant Medicine from an Indigenous Perspective”

11:00 – 11:55 – Jamie Wheal – “The Agony or the Ecstasy: The Pitfalls and Potentials of Transformational Culture”

11:55 – 1:15 – lunch

12:30 – 1:10 – lunch hour workshop – a deeper dive with Jamie Wheal

12:30 – 1:10 – book signings

1:15 – 1:45 – Mark Haden – “Latest Developments in the World of MAPS Canada”

1:50 – 2:45 – Chris Bache – “LSD and the Mind of the Universe”

2:45 – 3:15 – coffee/tea break, Chris Bache book signing

3:15 – 4:05 – James Jesso  – “Bad Trips: Rehabilitating After Psychedelic Turmoil”

4:10 – 5:00 – Zoe Helene – “Psychedelic Feminism: It’s Not All About Us (Humans)”

5:05 – 5:45 – Soheil Samimi – “The Yawanawa and Preserving Ancient Knowledge for Humanity’s Future”

5:45 – brief announcements then dinner break

7:00 – 10:30– Cannabis Meditative Ceremony & Dance –*Separate ticketed event – Click here to Register (this is also open to non-conference attendees)

7:00 – 9:15PM – Cannabis Meditative Ceremony

9:30 – 10:30 – Dance with master musician Shine.

Sunday Nov. 3

10:00 – 11:00 – Chris Kilham – Sunday morning ‘sermon’ – “Psychedelic Dharma”

11:05 – 11:50 – Rachael Carlevale – “Integration: Building Bridges to Cannabis Spirit with Nature as Our Ally”

11:50 – 1:15 – brief announcements then lunch

12:30 – 1:00 – lunch hour workshop – “Spiritual Art Healing” with Mauro Réategui Perez

12:30 – 1:00 – Jamie Wheal book signing

1:00 – 1:15 – meditative music with Theda Phoenix

1:15 – 2:10 – Michael Stuart Ani – “What Happens When “Talking Plants” Decide to Speak”

2:15 – 3:00 – The Dank Duchess – “Getting Lit: Spiritual Ascension through Collective Ecstasy”

3:00 – 3:20 – short coffee/tea break

3:20 – 4:00 – Rising Voices: Women of Colour in the Sacred Plant Community: Tonye Aganaba, Sarinda Hoilett, Sabrina Pilet-Jones, Vanessa Yuen, and The Dank Duchess (moderator)

4:05 – 5:00 – Dennis McKenna – Closing Keynote Address – “After the Revolution: Is there a Future for Natural Psychedelics?”

5:00 – Thank you’s, Closing


Introducing the additional programming on Friday afternoon:

Psychedelics in Society: Skillfully Navigating the Forward Path

We’re excited to announce a completely new addition to the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference. For the first time, we will offer events, speakers, and panels on Friday afternoon (Nov. 1), before our traditional opening ceremony and speakers beginning on Friday evening.

The title above is an expression of our increasing awareness that while there is a remarkable and rapidly developing psychedelic renaissance underway, it is by no means guaranteed that it will flourish and that these incredible medicines will find their rightful place in society for the benefit of the greatest number.

Multiple issues and concerns need to be addressed by knowledgeable experts – issues such as proper training, ethics, and economic models for psychedelics-focused therapy, guiding, and ceremonial work; navigating a sane and beneficial balance between established, conventional medical models and the less formal ceremonial, indigenous, often underground work; and not at all least, skillfully navigating the legal entry of these medicines into society for a wide-range of healing and awakening work.

We have put together a collection of those knowledgeable experts to address this central issue as many countries and jurisdictions move toward the recognition and honouring of these substances that have so much potential benefit, especially at this urgent and fraught moment in planetary affairs.

For information on this year’s fantastic presenters, Click Here