Pre & Post Conference Events

ayahuasca_visionWe are excited to be offering additional gatherings to the amazing Spirit Plant Medicine Conference.  Connecting and meeting with new people who share the same love for plant medicines is a part of the vision for this conference 🙂 We hope you can join us and share the joy for the upcoming unique and inspiring events!

We are also offering free lectures from some of our speakers before the conference on Co-op radio (CFRO 100.5 FM in Vancouver) lined up with two feature presenters. If you can’t catch them live they will be posted on the Conscious Living Radio page.


Additional Conference Events and Workshops:

Rediscovering our local plants~ with Metis Herbalist Lori Snyder

Presented by: Lori Snyder
Date: Friday November 3rd
Time: 1-2:30pm
Cost: $30 Please etransfer Lori to register

Location: The address for the plant walk is 6308 Thunderbird UBC meet at courtyard outside of Bean around the World coffee and bistro house.


We are delighted to open up and bring deeper knowledge and gratitude to our local plants at this year’s Spirit Plant Medicine Conference

From under park benches to cracks in the sidewalks to boulevards around the park, we can find food and medicine growing all around us even in the most urban settings. We are just not aware of what the local plants are called or what medicinal properties they carry.

Join indigenous Metis herbalist, mother, and story-teller Lori Snyder for a wild plant walk around the neighborhood to discover new perspectives on how we see and interact with plants in the city. As we encounter different plants along our way, Lori will share her knowledge and experience in foraging for food, wildcrafting, medicine making and so much more!

Lori is a descendant from the T’suu tina (Sarcee), Nakota (Assiboine), Cree, Nipissing & Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) people. Her mother was Metis a blend of the First Nations people with the Scottish, French and Celtic nations. She was born and raised in Squamish and spent her childhood playing in the forest. From a young age she has been learning about plants and later studying herbalist, aromatherapy and permaculture. Since 2013 Lori has been bringing forth her First Nations perspective and knowledge of wild, native, edible and medicinal plants to help people reconnect to the wisdom of the Earth. These practices include plant identification walks, workshops on how to make the medicines, illustration workshops, slide show presentations and garden consulting & design. Recently Lori started designing sacred stone meditation necklaces, a link to the traditions of beadwork but with crystals, seeds, metals and stones.

We acknowledge that this event is happening on the occupied, traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples – specifically the s?wx?wú7mesh (Squamish), sel?íl?witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and x?m??k??y??m (Musqueam) nations.

The address for the plant walk is 6308 Thunderbird UBC meet at courtyard outside of Bean around the World coffee and bistro house.

We offered a medicine walk last year and had a large number of RSVPs and therefore opened up another plant walk to accommodate requests. Please book your spot asap and if we have as many as last year, we will open a later showing that day to accommodate everyone interested in learning this wisdom and knowledge.

Here is what the Georgia Straight has to say about Lori:

To save your spot, please send Lori $30 via etransfer to and she will register you!

We are so excited for The Spirit Plant Medicine community to gather and share this sacred plant knowledge!

Please wear weather appropriate gear~ this will be outdoors so you will need to dress warm and wear comfortable shoes to enjoy and have a great time in nature. 


Title: Burn Job: A one man show with Master Story Teller TJ Dawe

Presented by: Master Story Teller TJ Dawe

Date: October 15th

Time: Doors open at 3pm. Show is 3:30-5pm

Cost: Advanced tickets purchased online only $10 or $15 cash at door

Location: St James Community Square~ 3214 W 10th Ave, Vancouver. Room 120

To purchase tickets, click HERE


We are delighted to bring King of the Fringe TJ Dawe to present another amazing one man show !!!

Master monologuist TJ Dawe tells a story about two shifts in consciousness: his first LSD trip, at 17, and his first experience with holotropic breathwork, at 40.

“If you’ve never seen him before, watching Dawe is like listening to your most interesting and smartest friend talk – about himself, about all of us, about books and shows and ideas that he’s into that you’ll probably make a point of checking out afterward.” – CBC Manitoba

“A master story-teller” – Orlando Weekly

“A flawless performer” – Charleston City Paper  

“This is a guy who knows what he’s doing every second he’s onstage.” – Orlando Sentinel

“When TJ Dawe is on a stage laughter and a good tale are not far behind.” – Edmonton Sun

“In an uncertain world of near-entertainment, Dawe remains someone we can depend on.” – Edmonton Journal

“TJ Dawe is arguably the Fringe’s greatest storyteller, and Burn Job is another impressive achievement in Dawe’s ongoing search for himself. How’s this for a hook: ‘The first time I ever did acid, I set a massive field ablaze.’ But as we’re waiting for the rest of that adventure, the performer takes us into wormholes about the various cast-off obsessions of his youth: comic books, Top 40 radio, A Clockwork Orange. Dawe’s stories are exquisitely crafted, whether they’re primarily funny (his teenage friend’s badass pranks) or informative (I learned a lot about Anthony Burgess), and his perspectives on both youthful folly and adult self-deception are smart, nuanced, and generous. If you’ve ever had to revise your idea of who you are (and who hasn’t?), you’ll relate.” – the Georgia Straight 


TJ Dawe has carved a career for himself telling stories on stage, and helping others do the same. He’s created and toured sixteen monologues across Canada and around the world. His show Medicine chronicled his experiences on an ayahuasca retreat led by Dr Gabor Mate, who joined him for Q & As after performances at the Firehall Arts Centre. TJ leads workshops on The Enneagram, and has performed two monologues on the topic. His most recent show, Roller Coaster, played the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival and dealt with pop culture, mythology and Donald Trump. He performs in storytelling cabarets around Vancouver, and teaches a course on creating solo shows at Langara.


Unreleased Ayahuasca documentary and film screening followed with a panel discussion

Date: October 21st

Time: Doors open at 7:15pm and begins at 7:30pm sharp to 10:00 pm

Location: St James Community Square 3214 W 10th Avenue, Van BC Room 120

Cost: Only $10 if purchased online or $15 at the door!

Presented by: Andrea Langois, Mark Haden and possibly some more special guests!

To purchase tickets, click HERE

Description: The room was silent. Everyone in the group was sitting in stillness with a small cup of ayahuasca in their hands, preparing to surrender to an inner journey. Nobody, however, was prepared for the shocking turn of events and subsequent long battle against ignorance, prejudice, and injustice.
Ayahuasca Reframed is a documentary that follows the story of Rumi and Danae of Manto Wasi – a shamanic ayahuasca therapy centre located in Santiago de Chile – as they defend their life’s path in a court of law after their dramatic arrest for facilitating ayahuasca sessions.
Please join us for the Canadian premier of Ayahuasca Reframed and discussion, featuring panelists Andrea Langlois from the International Centre for Ethnobotanical Education Research & Service and the Ayahuasca Defense Fund, Mark Haden from the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies.



Title: The Theogens: Generating Divinity with Psychedelics”

Presented by:Tom Hatsis
Date:During the conference lunch break Saturday November 4th
Cost:Included in conference tickets at no extra charge
Part of the current psychedelic Renaissance includes reclaiming our Western entheogenic traditions. Earlier endeavours yielded new terms in the mid 20th century like “psychedelic” and “entheogenic” that allowed the conversation surrounding these plant medicines to mushroom into new research and understanding of human consciousness, culture, spirituality, and art.
The time has come to add to the vocabulary of this Renaissance. Join the brilliant and always entertaining Tom Hatsis, author of The Witches’ Ointment, as he introduces new words to the psychedelic lexicon. Such words like “poetigen” (using psychedelics to fire the artistic mind) and “somnitheogen” (generating the gods in dreams) and many more “Theogens” will be discussed alongside colourful historical examples to demonstrate the long history of these traditions.




Title:Local Plant Dietas-an introduction to meeting herbal allies based on practices from Amazonian vegetalismo”

Presented by: Sonja Myllymaki
Date:During the conference lunch break Saturday November 4th
Cost:Included in conference tickets at no extra charge
 Workshop Description:
This workshop will be an introduction to the practice of plant diets and offer ways to start dieting local plants, informed by the Amazonian tradition. We will discuss the role of psychoactive plant medicine in the traditional context as well as alternatives to ayahuasca and ways of dieting without entheogens. I will be sharing from a perspective of seeing and relating with plants as teachers and speak about various ways of approaching and establishing this relationship. This will include ways to come into direct perception of a plant through sitting with or journeying with a plant; ways of seeing plant signatures; and some of the many ways a plant might communicate with you. I will share from an herbalist’s perspective how one might go about choosing (or being chosen by) a plant to diet, and practical ways to conduct a dieta in a safe, powerful, and self-directed way. I’ll also share a list of resources that I have found helpful in this exploration.  

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 has studied Western herbalism with Sajah Popham. Michael Cottingham, Scott Kloos, and Darcey Blue French, and has completed a three year herbalism training with Robert Rogers and Laurie Szott-Rogers in Edmonton, Alberta. Since starting to diet within the vegetalismo tradition, she has been applying this practice to her study and engagement with local plants and has actively sought out ways to translate this knowledge to a local context. She is a biodynamic craniosacral therapist and teaches butoh dance. Shloves wildcrafting, vocal improvisation and ceremonial work and continues to find herself so happy and grateful to be exploring healing and creativity in the realms in and between bodywork, movement, voice work, shamanic practices, and plant medicine. 


Psychedelic Comedy Dinner

Location: On site at UBC ~ Hillel House 6145 Student Union Blvd

Date: Sat. Nov. 4th

Time: 7:30 to 10:30

Tickets: $88 (includes dinner)

To purchase tickets, click HERE

At this year’s Spirit Plant Medicine Conference (SPMC) we’ve added a very special event on the evening of Saturday November 4. The Psychedelic Comedy Dinner will be an intimate (80 people max) evening of great company, great food, and great humour with some of the funniest people around, providing a delightful opportunity to enjoy the lighter (but still honest and true) side of work with entheogens—a little “cosmic relief” from the more serious work of the conference.

Chris Kilham ( has been dubbed by CNN “The Indiana Jones of natural medicine” (flattery he waves off.) Chris will be our psychedelic comedy host for the evening. He’s a presenter at the SPMC for the second consecutive year and a very funny guy in his own right.

Shane Mauss ( has been taking America on a hilarious,  irreverent, revealing ride with his wildly successful “100 City Psychedelic Comedy Tour.” According to the Austin Chronicle, the show is, “As deep and fascinating as it gets, this is a gut-busting piece of stand-up comedy.” And Rick Doblin, founder and executive director of MAPS, said, “Shane’s show is a sign of the maturation of the psychedelic community, now we can laugh at ourselves . . . plus it’s hilarious.”

Adam Strauss ( recently completed a held-over run of his one-man comedy show “The Mushroom Cure” at The Marsh San Francisco from April 19 to July 1. Time Out New York made the show a Critics’ Pick and called it, “Riveting…. A true-life tour de force.” Talkin’ Broadway described it as, “A miracle of a show and a must-see.”

Additional performers: We’re in discussion with a couple of local comedians/theatre artists who may be added to the bill for the evening. Stay tuned for updated information.


SPMC After-Party

Location: TBD

Date: Sun. Nov. 5th

Time: 7:30 until our host kicks us out.

Tickets: $88 advance tickets

Description: This is our third year hosting an after-party on the Sunday evening following the conference. Many last year  said the after-party was the highlight of the weekend 🙂

To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE

*Please note that space for the after-party is limited. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.




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