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Third Wave – Navigating Psychedelic Business Realities: Insights & Lessons

In this illuminating episode of The Psychedelic Podcast, host Paul F. Austin engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Joe Moore, the CEO of Psychedelics Today.

Recorded in-person at the 2023 reMind conference in Las Vegas, this conversation delves into the profound lessons and insights gained from navigating the unique challenges of the psychedelic space. Paul and Joe unpack the often-overlooked necessity of incorporating best business practices into psychedelic companies and explore the critical components of effective psychedelic training or coaching programs. Join Paul and Joe as they break down their respective programs—the Psychedelic Coaching Institute’s Coaching Certification Program and Vital Psychedelic Training—and compare the content and approach of each.

Together, Paul and Joe share their hard-earned lessons from running psychedelic businesses, discuss the pros and cons of relying on investments in the psychedelic space, and ponder the potential future of the psychedelic landscape amidst legal shifts and evolving healthcare models. This conversation provides an insightful and balanced exploration into the heart of the psychedelic renaissance.

Click here to listen to the full interview.

The High Guide – Unlocking the Potential: Psychedelic Workforce Insights with David Drapkin

Host April Pride engages in a conversation with David Drapkin, Director of Education & Training for Psychedelics Today, to review the report titled “The Emerging Psychedelic Workforce” released by Vital, a psychedelic facilitator training program. Gain a better understanding of how individuals trained in psychedelic-assisted therapy are incorporating their skills into various careers, the role of personal experiences in career choices, and the intention to serve diverse communities.

Click here to listen to the full interview.

Greenstate – Beyond the Counterculture: The Emerging Psychedelic Workforce

In a world where the search for mass mental wellness is becoming ever more desperate, a quiet but powerful revolution is underway.

The resurgence of interest in psychedelics – a topic that once echoed mostly in the halls of counterculture – is mobilizing a global workforce to usher in a new era of healing. Perhaps this is the most significant psychedelic movement since the 1960s, with people from all walks of life and professional backgrounds are eagerly getting involved.

Click here to read the full article.

Psychedelic Health – Vital report explores employment in the psychedelics industry

Psychedelics Today recently surveyed students and graduates of its 12-month intensive professional psychedelic certification programme, Vital, publishing its findings in The Emerging Psychedelic Workforce report.

Aiming to understand more about the emerging workforce, Psychedelics Today spoke to 130 students and graduates of its Vital course about how they are building their psychedelic careers.

With the nascent psychedelics industry seeing rapid progress, the report highlights the need for a knowledgeable workforce of people with a variety of skills — not just doctors and therapists.

Click here to read the full article.

Navigating Psychedelics Q&A: Essential Skills for Psychedelic Practitioners

We’re offering this exclusive, free online webinar, Navigating Psychedelics Q&A: Essential Skills for Psychedelic Practitioners with David Drapkin, LCSW. This live event, taking place on May 1, 2024, at 9 a.m. PST / 12 p.m. EST, is your opportunity to gain insights about how to safely and ethically incorporate psychedelics into your professional practice.

This webinar is a perfect fit for individuals currently working in, or aspiring to work in the following areas:

  • Clinicians
  • Therapists, social workers, and counsellors
  • Wellness workers
  • Holistic medicine practitioners
  • Graduate students and researchers
  • Nurses and healthcare workers
  • Coaches
  • Patient advocates
  • And so much more!

During this interactive coaching Q&A session, David will share his expertise on the essential skills required for psychedelic practitioners, providing you with a comprehensive understanding of this rapidly evolving area. He will also be available to answer any questions about our upcoming cohort: Navigating Psychedelics Live. This webinar is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about psychedelics, including practitioners, therapists, researchers, and those seeking personal growth and development.

Connect with a community of like-minded individuals and gain the skills and knowledge you need to navigate the complex world of psychedelics.

RSVP today to reserve your spot now!

Self Awareness and Inner Work: Essential Skills for Psychedelic-Informed Practitioners

Join us for a free webinar on the importance of self-awareness for psychedelic practitioners.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to identify and work with your own implicit biases, beliefs, and emotional triggers that arise when working with clients using psychedelics
  • How to honestly and compassionately recognize your personality edges and professional limitations that require further introspection and growth
  • The use of Inner Work tools and life routines that promote reflective insight, such as meditation/mindfulness, somatic practices, journaling, peer support and affinity groups
  • The significance of practitioner self-awareness in maintaining ethical standards and establishing appropriate boundaries with clients
  • The concept of shadow work and its relevance to practitioners in the psychedelic therapy field, focusing on the importance of accountability and confronting unconscious biases

This workshop is designed for psychedelic practitioners of all levels of experience.

RSVP today to reserve your spot now!

Navigating Psychedelics for Clinicians and Wellness Practitioners: LIVE

Join us for our upcoming course, Navigating Psychedelics, designed specifically for clinicians and wellness practitioners. This live course will provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary to safely and effectively integrate psychedelics into your practice. With a focus on current research and best practices, our expert instructors will guide you through the complex landscape of psychedelic medicine, covering topics such as dosing, safety protocols, history and science, therapeutic applications, and more.

Class meets over Zoom for 1.5 hour sessions every week for nine weeks, educating and guiding healthcare professionals on psychedelic medicine. A final project will conclude the course in Week 9.

Dates and times:

Cohort 1: Wednesdays from 12:00 – 1:30 pm EST

Class meets:
May: 8, 15, 22, 29
June: 5, 12, 19, 26
July: 10 (*no class on July 3)

Cohort 2: Thursdays, 8:00 – 9:30 pm EST

Class meets:
May: 9, 16, 23, 30
June: 6, 13, 20, 27
July: 11 (*no class on July 4)

To learn about the curriculum, lead facilitators, and guest presenters, head to the newly-redesigned Psychedelic Education Center.

Is Cannabis a Psychedelic?

Is cannabis a psychedelic?

While psychoactive substances like psilocybin and MDMA have taken the spotlight as frontrunners in psychedelic-assisted therapy, the growing impact of cannabis in combating treatment-resistant trauma is becoming undeniable.

Despite Western science largely overlooking the psychedelic potential of cannabis, recent insights from a literature review in the Journal of Psychopharmacology suggest that high doses of THC may indeed induce psychedelic effects.

However, the ongoing industry discourse begs the question: Is cannabis truly a psychedelic?

Is cannabis a psychedelic? Cannabis could be key in cracking open dissociation.

Cannabis in Cracking Open Dissociation

Have you ever embarked on a psychedelic experience, anxiously anticipating the arrival of breathing objects and fractal patterns, only to find your visual reality unchanged? Cannabis could be key to unlocking the desired psychedelic effect.

According to psychotherapist and MAPS phase 2 clinical investigator,  Saj Razvi, this phenomenon of lackluster psychedelic experiences could be directly attributed to “dissociation.”

“Generally, mental health is not very good at realizing dissociation — tracking it, working with it,” said Razvi, founder and director of education at the Psychedelic Somatic Institute. “A major component of what we call ‘treatment resistance’ is dissociation.”

In the case of those who don’t feel the anticipated effects of a psychedelic, it’s likely the substance is butting up against dissociation within an individual’s system, thereby suppressing the psychedelic experience.

“This means that we’re secreting endogenous opioids to physically, emotionally, and psychologically numb us out,” he told Psychedelics Today.

Enter cannabis. The plant, Razvi says, seems to work with dissociation faster than any other medicine he has encountered.

Razvi’s clinical work conducted in Amsterdam sheds further light on the role of cannabis in addressing non-responsiveness to classical psychedelics like psilocybin. A percentage of individuals showed no significant response to psilocybin, reporting only subtle perceptual shifts (if anything at all). During their rest period, before their next psilocybin session, Razvi offered participants the opportunity to explore cannabis.

“What we observed was that individuals who were non-responders to psilocybin exhibited a response to cannabis, and what the cannabis targeted was their dissociation.”

Remarkably, after three sessions of cannabis work, participants experienced such a reduction in dissociation that their subsequent psilocybin experiences were drastically different.

“Cannabis is one of the most grossly underestimated and misunderstood medicines in the psychedelic medicine cabinet,’” Micah Stover, a somatic psychedelic therapist trained under Razvi’s PSIP model, told Psychedelics Today. 

“When we talk about psychedelic therapy, we emphasize the importance of set and setting. If we’re not in an optimal set and setting, we often fail to consider it as such. However, when we use (cannabis) within that context, our experience can be wildly impactful,” Stover said.

Is Cannabis Truly Psychedelic? Definitions Matter

But the question remains: despite the potential for cannabis to assist in sparking psychedelic experiences with classic entheogens, is it truly a psychedelic itself?

The recent Journal of Psychopharmacology review concluded that the dosage, set, and settings used within cannabis trials conducted so far may not have been conducive to eliciting psychedelic-like experiences, indicating a need for further research.

On the other hand, evidence has indicated that high doses of THC can lead to mystical-type experiences, one of the key clinical features of classical psychedelics.

According to Razvi, the answer to the question all depends on how you define “psychedelic.”

“In my definition of it, yes. It’s taking us to primary consciousness, it’s giving us a different experience of primary consciousness than classic psychedelics, but it is a psychedelic in that it really shifts where we’re operating from.”

So, what sets cannabis apart from other psychoactive substances and how do its effects on the mind and body differ?

With classic tryptamines, transpersonal experiences are typically felt, like “unity consciousness, and existential reconciliation,” Razvi said. Unlike tryptamines, MDMA and cannabis typically do not induce the same level of transpersonal consciousness.

“Both of those medicines (MDMA and cannabis) are so useful for working with trauma because they’re not transpersonal in nature. They’re very personal, they don’t challenge the fundamental you,” he said. 

Another trait that MDMA and cannabis share with psychedelics is their ability to heighten body awareness and pre-sensate experiences.

“With that sensate reality of our bodies, people notice things at very detailed levels that they don’t normally notice at all,” Razvi told Psychedelics Today.

Another notable ability of cannabis, he says, is how it disrupts executive function. 

“Your capacity to tell a story, your mind’s ability to work in any kind of normal way gets thoroughly disrupted by cannabis. I think it’s one of the reasons why cannabis is so distrusted in mental health — we can’t do traditional talk therapy on it.”

Not only is it helpful to incorporate somatic modalities in cannabis work, it’s necessary, Razvi says. The gift of cannabis is, “it places us in the arena where somatic therapies work.” 

Using cannabis as a psychedelic could open doors to transpersonal states.

Opening Doors to Transpersonal States

Could cannabis then be a valuable entry point to non-ordinary, psychedelic states? Razvi suggests it’s a good idea to reclaim the foundation of your physical being first.

“If your nervous system exists in a state of compromise, meaning there’s a lot of dissociation in your system, you can do transpersonal work, but you’re doing it from a position of a compromised foundation.”

He suggests that individuals dealing with pre-personal biological levels of trauma and compromise in their system may find resolution for those layers working with less transpersonal medicines, such as cannabis and MDMA. 

“Ideally, resolve that layer, then move on to more transpersonal experiences,” he says.

“Something I have observed in clients is how they assimilate new ideas and upgrade their belief systems following a psilocybin experience, which can be beneficial as their old beliefs might have become ineffective,” Stover added.

“However, there’s often a disconnect between their newfound ideas and their physical bodies. So, body and spirit are in different places and this is why somatic work is so hugely important. Cannabis can be a powerful ally — when facilitated in the right process — to sync body and mind.”

The Ritual Use of Cannabis

Turning toward the wisdom of communities who have integrated cannabis within their cultural frameworks: for a rural community in Catalonia called Wonderland (or País de las Maravillas), cannabis has long been woven into ritual contexts.

Research on the ritualistic use of cannabis concluded that the rituals “can even generate beneficial effects for the individual as well as the community by strengthening bonds between community members,” and, “are seen as spiritual or religious practices, as well as forms of self-care and community-care, rather than involving drug dependence or addiction.”

Ultimately, whether within communal or scientific settings, context matters and, much like a classical psychedelic, the outcome of cannabis experiences is highly dependent on the nature in which they are consumed.

Just like psychedelics, the cannabis relationship is important.

Healing Experiences Within a Relational Context

“People should not walk away thinking that if they smoke cannabis, they are going to have deeply restorative psychedelic experiences for their nervous system and trauma,” Stover cautions.

If individuals plan to consume cannabis as part of a ritual or ceremony – just like psychedelics – the relationship matters.

“Arguably, I think that’s true to some degree with all (substances), but certainly, if we’re going to try to leverage cannabis as a healing agent in this way,” she said. 

“I think this is where the gold is, right?” Razvi added. “I think we’re missing out on major therapeutic opportunities when we’re doing more non-relational, sitter models. Human relational wounding requires human relational work.”

Continuing the debate, is cannabis a psychedelic? It appears it would depend on who you ask.

However, whether the psychedelic community chooses to label cannabis a psychedelic, its significance as a valuable therapeutic medicine is undeniable.

One thing remains certain: the true healing power of mind-altering substances comes down to who, what, where, and why we are taking them. In that respect, cannabis has definitely earned a seat at the table.

Eager to learn more about the role of cannabis in ceremony and for personal growth? Consider joining us at U.S. retreats through 2024, where we will explore the healing potential of cannabis, breathwork, and community.

April 28 – May 3, 2024: Psychedelic Cannabis + Transpersonal Breathwork Retreat at Holistic TherapeutiX Center (Agoura Hills, California)

Oct. 20 – 25, 2024: Psychedelic Cannabis + Transpersonal Breathwork Retreat at Holistic TherapeutiX Center (Agoura Hills, California)

The Practitioner’s Guide to Psychedelic Integration Therapy

Psychedelics on their own can’t save people from chronic depression. Therapists alone can’t do it either. However, entheogens can spark the journey toward wholeness, and skilled psychedelic integration therapy can illuminate the path forward.

How is this made possible? The key is to align modern clinical interventions with the transformative experiences psychedelic substances elicit. And to view psychedelic integration therapy through a holistic lens that addresses the interconnectedness of existence.

What is Psychedelic Integration Therapy?

Indigenous communities worldwide have been integrating psychedelic experiences through diets, prayer, song, and communal gatherings for hundreds – and maybe even thousands – of years. However, structured psychedelic integration therapy is a novel practice that Western clinicians are experimenting with in real time. Loosely defined, psychedelic integration therapy is the diverse process where practitioners support patients in their pursuit to transform non-ordinary experiences into positive, lasting change. 

Patients need this support because psychedelics themselves do not cure depression, contrary to conspicuous headlines. More often than not, high-dose psilocybin, ayahuasca, and LSD journeys shine a light on the areas where people are stuck, and shift the brain’s normal functioning in such a way that they can see a road out.

Psychedelic consumption then opens a brief window of neuroplasticity where patients can reframe past traumas and develop new, healthy habits. This period of heightened cognitive flexibility allows therapists to assist clients in harnessing their experiences for enduring transformations, whether simple or challenging. 

Integration therapy’s primary goal is to maximize the benefits of uplifting journeys and minimize harm in distressing journeys.

  • Maximize Benefits: Patients who intentionally consume psychedelics with an open mindset in a safe environment (set and setting) typically have awe-inspiring experiences that radically shift their perspectives. Many people experience an “afterglow” in the days, weeks, and months following. But psychedelic experiences can still become a distant memory, and depression symptoms can reoccur. So, psychedelic integration therapy seeks to engrain the lessons in the patient’s psyche for a lifetime ahead.

  • Minimize Harm: Psychedelics are non-specific amplifiers, which means they intensify thoughts, feelings, and perceptions in unpredictable ways that are highly individual. For some people, the experience is uncomfortable and even re-traumatizing, causing adverse psychological symptoms afterward. In these scenarios, integration therapy’s first goal is to relieve the patient’s distress and prevent long-term damage. Subsequently, therapists can try to help patients reframe their negative perceptions and find nuggets of insight that guide productive exploration.

Key Aspects of Integration

Psychedelic integration encompasses several steps that can vary from one practitioner to the next. However, research indicates the process universally falls into two core subdomains: reflection and application.

The reflection subdomain involves the internal process of contemplating and making sense of the psychedelic experience. It is a period of introspection where clients examine the symbolic, emotional, psychological, and spiritual content. Through reflection, clients connect aspects of their experience with their lives, deriving meaning and understanding from what they have encountered. 

The application subdomain pertains to external actions that incorporate psychedelic insights and lessons into daily life. Application involves changing behavior, lifestyle, and relationships based on newfound understanding and awareness. This can include adopting healthier habits, altering one’s approach to interpersonal relationships, or making career or personal life changes that align more closely with one’s values and aspirations. 

According to the findings, reflection and application hold the same significance for integrating psychedelic experiences as set and setting do for ensuring those experiences are positive.Discover the eight steps of integration in the Navigating Psychedelics for Clinicians and Wellness Practitioners course.

Psychotherapeutic Integration Models

Psychedelic integration does not necessarily require therapeutic intervention. However, clinical psychedelic therapy trials employ models like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and the Accept, Connect, Embody Model (ACE). Many also incorporate mindfulness practices and Internal Family Systems (IFS) to support effective integration. All modalities focus on flexibility, awareness, internal harmony, and channeling unconscious processes into conscious understanding.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

A 2020 psilocybin-assisted therapy paper proposed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for integration due to its efficacy in treating depression and for its alignment with psychedelic experiences. 

ACT synergizes with psilocybin therapy because both emphasize psychological flexibility and living a conscious life rather than symptom reduction. ACT utilizes six central tenets of psychological flexibility: present-moment focus, acceptance, self-as-context, cognitive defusion, valued direction, and committed action. Psilocybin therapy enhances these processes by facilitating present-moment awareness, surrendering to experiences, fostering ego dissolution, exploring values, and providing a window of opportunity for behavior change during the afterglow period.

As the integration process begins, the ACT frame suggests that therapists patiently listen to clients share their experiences without immediately applying therapeutic techniques. Gradually, therapists identify and draw parallels between the client’s experiences and ACT principles.

Through tools like the Valued Living Questionnaire, clients clarify their values and consider how their lives align with or diverge from them. Using the ACT Matrix, participants plan specific actions to live more by their values, guided by insights from their psychedelic experiences. Follow-up sessions assess changes in psychological flexibility and reinforce ACT concepts, ensuring participants can apply their insights and maintain behavioral changes.

Accept, Connect, Embody Model

The Accept, Connect, Embody Model (ACE) follows a similar structure to ACT but with an intuitive shift.

Dr. Rosalind Watts and Dr. Jason Luoma introduced ACE for integrating psychedelic experiences into therapeutic practice. It is based on clinical experience and data from psilocybin trials, which highlight acceptance and connection as critical components of positive therapeutic outcomes. 

The ACE model utilizes ACT’s six processes of psychological flexibility but reorganizes them into an acceptance triad (defusion, present moment focus, willingness) and a connection triad (self as context, values, committed action). It emphasizes the importance of accepting challenging experiences, connecting to positive aspects, and deeply embodying these experiences through somatic engagement.

ACE helps prepare clients for psychedelics and integrates their experiences afterward in three stages. 

Stage One: Pulling Together the Narrative
Patients share their psychedelic experiences freely while therapists facilitate understanding and validation, fostering trust for a deeper exploration.

Stage Two: Distilling Key Insights
Therapists help patients identify vital lessons from their experiences, linking these insights to personal values and life goals in a structured reflection process.

Stage Three: Supporting Behavior Change
In this proactive phase, therapists guide patients in applying their psychedelic insights to concrete actions, supporting them in navigating challenges and changes.

Mindfulness-Based Interventions

Mindfulness-based interventions are less established than ACE and ACT in psychedelic trials. However, they play a role in nearly all integration frameworks, offering synergies that scientists suggest can inform clinical practice. 

Mindfulness refers to deliberately paying attention to the present moment with curiosity and without judgment. Therapeutic frameworks include Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

The synergy between mindfulness and psychedelics lies in their common effects and the unique ways they complement each other in therapeutic settings. Both can increase awareness, interconnectedness, and alterations in the brain’s default mode network

Researchers use the compass and vehicle metaphor to describe the synergy:

“… the Compass of psychedelics may serve to initiate, motivate, and steer the course of mindfulness practice; conversely, the Vehicle of mindfulness may serve to integrate, deepen, generalize, and maintain the novel perspectives and motivation instigated by psychedelics.”

Internal Family Systems

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is another therapeutic model gaining traction in psychedelic therapy. The approach offers a non-pathologizing, systems-oriented lens for integrating psychedelic experiences. 

Internal Family Systems (IFS) operates on the premise that the mind is naturally multiple and that each person has a core self surrounded by various parts with distinct roles, feelings, and perspectives. According to Nancy L. Morgan, MS, PhD., IFS is particularly effective for psychedelic integration because it acknowledges the complexity and multiplicity of the psyche, mirroring the often multifaceted nature of psychedelic journeys.

For integration therapy, IFS facilitates a process where clients learn to recognize and understand their parts, especially those activated or revealed during a psychedelic experience. The core self is seen as inherently possessing compassion, curiosity, calm, clarity, courage, connectedness, confidence, and creativity. Therapists guide clients to embody these qualities, enabling them to engage with their parts in a healing and constructive manner.

By applying the IFS model to psychedelic integration, therapists provide a structured yet flexible framework that honors the client’s internal diversity.

Psychotherapeutic Limitations

Clinical data and academic inquiry provide useful psychedelic integration theories. However, research doesn’t empirically endorse any single protocol. Additionally, centuries of Indigenous psychedelic use indicate integration is not merely a psychoanalytical, behavioral, or even somatic approach to fixing a specific problem.

A more inclusive view of psychedelic integration reveals that the process can be a way of life. Integration doesn’t occur in distinct phases in Indigenous cultures. It happens through ongoing community rituals to foster harmony and alignment.

Integration, then, is about more than processing the psychedelic experience or overcoming specific difficulties, even if the experience might catalyze healing. It is about bringing peace to one’s whole existence, including physiological, spiritual, and social.

In certain cultures, integration practices encompass shamanic rituals, hypnosis, drumming, and chanting. In the West, they might look like walks in nature, dream journaling, volunteering, asking for help, and gratitude work. 

Regardless of the cultural context, one aspect is clear: integration requires a comprehensive approach that goes beyond the therapeutic alliance.

The Synthesized Integration Model

To address the need for a comprehensive psychedelic integration framework, researchers developed the Synthesized Model of Integration. The model draws from holistic, Indigenous, and psychotherapeutic approaches to create a more balanced definition.

This model incorporates six interconnected domains of existence: mind/cognitive/emotional, bodily/somatic, spiritual/existential, natural world, relational/communal, and lifestyle/action. It suggests a balanced approach to integration, where an individual actively engages in practices across these domains to incorporate insights from their psychedelic experiences.

Holistic practices include engaging with nature, joining supportive communities, working with seasoned psychedelic guides, personal contemplation, and physical and spiritual practices — all of which extend beyond the boundaries of integration therapy sessions.

6 Psychedelic Integration Truths Every Practitioner Must Know

Western practitioners who seek to dive into the vast waters of psychedelic integration therapy must absorb an enormous swath of knowledge distilled into six simple truths.

1. Therapists need psychedelic knowledge and meta-skills: Practical integration guidelines indicate that psychedelic therapists must understand psychedelic effects, practice empathy, foster self-awareness, uphold ethics and master complementary techniques. Courses like Navigating Psychedelics for Clinicians and Wellness Practitioners are great places to start, providing psychedelic history, harm reduction, clinical applications, and space-holding skills for healers of all experience levels.

2. Integration is a patient-led experience: The American Psychedelic Practitioner’s Association highlights integration as a process primarily directed by the patient. This approach respects the patient’s autonomy and unique process of making sense of their psychedelic experiences. Therapists facilitate this approach by offering support, resources, and guidance rather than directing it.

3. Patients may not have concrete goals: Practitioners must be comfortable navigating the therapeutic process without concrete goals, acknowledging that the nature of psychedelic experiences and their integration can be fluid and evolving. This flexibility allows for a more organic and meaningful therapeutic journey.

4. Integration is a lifelong practice: Clinical trials may be finite, but psychedelic integration does not have a tangible limit. Therapists must acknowledge that integration is not a one-time event but a continuous process of incorporating insights and changes into one’s life.

5. Success is undefined, but tools exist to help gauge it: Psychedelic integration success is not strictly defined. However, emerging tools, like the Integration Engagement Scale (IES) and the Experienced Integration Scale (EIS), can help therapists evaluate patient progress. Clinicians and clients can use these scales to measure psychological well-being, life satisfaction changes, and specific symptomatology reductions to assess the impact of integration efforts and make changes as necessary.

6. Meaning-making is not confined to therapy settings: The process of constructing meaning from psychedelic experiences extends beyond the therapy room. It involves engaging in activities that reinforce and deepen the insights gained, such as journaling, meditation, and artistic expression. Therapists must encourage clients to engage in these diverse practices.

The Bottom Line

Successful integration is a patient-led, lifelong practice harnessing therapeutic techniques while extending beyond clinical sessions. With intelligent, compassionate integration therapy, psychedelic explorers can resolve mental health concerns while moving toward greater balance in every aspect of life. 

Enhance your professional toolkit with ‘Navigating Psychedelics For Clinicians and Wellness Practitioners‘ from Psychedelics Today.

Working in Psychedelics: A Virtual Summit, Presented by DoubleBlind

As the psychedelic movement grows, more and more people are asking themselves: How can I get involved? What opportunities exist to work in psychedelics?

There’s also a growing number of people who work in psychedelics already and are asking themselves: How can I reach more people with my services? What are the risks of expanding what I offer? And how do I make sure I’m living my values and supporting the psychedelic movement as a whole?

Whether you want to work in psychedelics or already are, DoubleBlind’s virtual Working in Psychedelics Summit is for you.  DoubleBlind is bringing together pioneers and thought leaders across the industry to help you understand this moment in psychedelic history—and the role you want to play in it.

Register for the March 30 + 31 summit here.

Psychedelic Cannabis + Transpersonal Breathwork Retreat at Holistic TherapeutiX Center, CA

Psychedelics Today is excited to team up with Holistic TherapeutiX to present our Psychedelic Cannabis + Transpersonal Breathwork Retreats happening from Oct. 20 to 25, 2024, at the Holistic TherapeutiX Center in Agoura Hills, CA. This retreat is all about exploring deep into the self, connecting with plant medicine, and bonding with like-minded individuals.

What to expect: 

  • Connect: With the help of experienced guides, you’ll get to be part of a welcoming community where new friendships form and deep connections are nurtured.
  • Breathe + Journey: The retreat offers sessions that mix breathwork with psychedelic cannabis, aiming to expand your awareness and boost mindfulness.
  • Move + Learn: Take part in various activities like yoga, chanting, and fitness classes each day to boost your overall well-being.

Your Retreat Package Covers:

  • A 6-day, 5-night stay at the Holistic TherapeutiX Center
  • Two sessions each of Transpersonal Breathwork and Psychedelic Cannabis and Rebirthing Breathwork
  • Daily organic meals
  • Group transportation from the assigned pickup hotel to the retreat
  • Access to daily wellness activities

Keep in Mind: Your package doesn’t cover flights to LAX, hotel stays, transport outside the group’s schedule, cannabis, or travel insurance.

Where You’ll be: Immerse yourself in the serenity of the Santa Monica Mountains at the Holistic TherapeutiX Center. It’s a peaceful spot surrounded by nature, perfect for relaxation and personal growth.

Where to stay: Consider booking a room at the Courtyard Thousand Oaks Agoura Hills or the Good Nite Inn Malibu. Participants will need to organize their own accommodation.

Nourishment: Enjoy three daily meals crafted to nourish your body and soul. They cater to various dietary needs, enhancing your transformative journey.

Ready to dive into this special experience of self-discovery, connection with nature, and others? Secure your spot by clicking on this link.

Psychedelic Cannabis + Transpersonal Breathwork Retreat at Holistic TherapeutiX Center, CA

Psychedelics Today is excited to team up with Holistic TherapeutiX to present our Psychedelic Cannabis + Transpersonal Breathwork Retreat, happening from April 28 to May 3, 2024 at the Holistic TherapeutiX Center in Agoura Hills, CA. This retreat is all about exploring deep into the self, connecting with plant medicine, and bonding with like-minded individuals.

What to expect: 

  • Connect: With the help of experienced guides, you’ll get to be part of a welcoming community where new friendships form and deep connections are nurtured.
  • Breathe + Journey: The retreat offers sessions that mix breathwork with psychedelic cannabis, aiming to expand your awareness and boost mindfulness.
  • Move + Learn: Take part in various activities like yoga, chanting, and fitness classes each day to boost your overall well-being.

Your Retreat Package Covers:

  • A 6-day, 5-night stay at the Holistic TherapeutiX Center
  • Two sessions each of Transpersonal Breathwork and Psychedelic Cannabis and Rebirthing Breathwork
  • Daily organic meals
  • Group transportation from the assigned pickup hotel to the retreat
  • Access to daily wellness activities

Keep in Mind: Your package doesn’t cover flights to LAX, hotel stays, transport outside the group’s schedule, cannabis, or travel insurance.

Where You’ll be: Immerse yourself in the serenity of the Santa Monica Mountains at the Holistic TherapeutiX Center. It’s a peaceful spot surrounded by nature, perfect for relaxation and personal growth.

Where to stay: Consider booking a room at the Courtyard Thousand Oaks Agoura Hills or the Good Nite Inn Malibu. Participants will need to organize their own accommodation.

Nourishment: Enjoy three daily meals crafted to nourish your body and soul. They cater to various dietary needs, enhancing your transformative journey.

Ready to dive into this special experience of self-discovery, connection with nature, and others? Secure your spot by clicking on this link.

Transpersonal Breathwork Retreat at River Mountain Retreat Center, PA

Psychedelics Today is excited to share with you the details of the Transpersonal Breathwork Retreat happening from July 9-14, 2024, at the River Mountain Retreat Center in Everett, PA. 

This retreat is an opportunity for self-discovery, transformation, and forming deep connections with like-minded individuals.

Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Connect: Engage in a supportive group process, forge new friendships, and build deep connections with others in a safe environment, all guided by experienced facilitators.
  2. Breathe + Journey: Experience four sessions of Transpersonal Breathwork, which involve exploring consciousness expansion through integrated breathing techniques. This can lead to profound experiences and insights.
  3. Move + Learn: Participate in daily classes and activities as part of our Wholebeing Framework. This includes yoga, meditation, chanting, and more – allowing you to move and learn in a variety of ways.
  4. Nourish: Enjoy delicious, farm-to-table meals, a bee hive tour, honey tasting, and other culinary surprises throughout your stay.

Your retreat package includes:

  • 6 days/5 nights at River Mountain Retreat Center
  • 4 Breathwork sessions
  • Daily meals, honey class, and tasting
  • Guided hike, yoga, SoulCollage®, and more
  • Access to natural amenities like cedar soaking tubs
  • Group airport transfer from BWI
  • Taxes and gratuities

Please note that airfare, airport transfers outside the group schedule, and travel insurance are not included in the package.

The retreat setting is the serene River Mountain Retreat Center, surrounded by 150 acres of meadows, wetlands, and wooded hideaways. You can choose from private sleeping pods in shared cabins, fully accessorized glamping yurts, or off-grid platform tents for your stay – all designed to blend comfort with nature.

Deepen your connection to self, nature, and others. Book your spot today!

Sacred Mycology Summit: A Three Day Online Educational Gathering

Mushroom enthusiasts and cosmic explorers, get ready to embark on a fungtastic adventure through mycology, psychedelics, and permaculture, with the first-ever Sacred Mycology Summit, a free online gathering happening February 23–25, 2024!

Hosted by Fungi Academy, the Sacred Mycology Summit aims to inspire and educate fungi lovers all over the world. Together with 20+ thought leaders and citizen scientists, including Dennis McKenna and William Padilla-Brown, they will explore the realms of mycology, psychedelics, and permaculture.

Secure your FREE front-row seat to the mushroom magic now!

Exploring Conscious Creativity: Developing Authenticity in the Digital Age with Daníel Colón

Join Daníel Colón, a multidisciplinary artist, spiritual coach, Vital 2024 student, and creator of the viral platform, Color We Crazy, in this engaging online session for creative expansion. This workshop is designed to inspire and empower content creators, artists, and anyone looking to express themselves authentically in the digital world. We’ll explore the journey from seeking visibility to embracing multifaceted, authentic self-expression. Through personal storytelling, interactive discussions, and creative exercises, participants will learn how to navigate the complex landscape of social media, avoid the pitfalls of chasing viral fame, and build a meaningful community around their true passions.

Developing Cultural Awareness in Business & Practice

Join us for an in-person gathering at The Loft SF in Potrero Hill, San Francisco on January 25, featuring Psychedelics Today CO-Founder/CEO Joe Moore, Keyaira Lock, Mary Sanders, LCSW, and Dr. Ido Cohen. Keyaira Lock, Founder of Spice & Sage and the Director of Entrepreneurship at Northwestern’s Garage SF, will delve into strategies for fostering inclusivity within the psychedelic industry, sharing insights on how to make culturally informed decisions to attract diverse audiences that are often overlooked in traditional business outreach.

Following her talk, Joe Moore will engage in a fireside chat with Mary Sanders and Dr. Ido Cohen. Mary Sanders will be sharing her insights as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, psychedelic-assisted therapist, and a founding board member at People of Color Psychedelic CollectiveDr. Ido Cohen is a Depth Psychotherapist who also specializes in psychedelic integration. Together, they will explore the nuances of guiding clients through the healing journey from entry to integration, offering valuable perspectives for professionals in the evolving field of psychedelic wellness.

Ayahuasca Chronicles: Exploring Amazonian Traditions and Nature Connectedness with Paloma David and Sam Gandy

Join us to learn about the fascinating history of ayahuasca, from its historical roots in the Amazon to its contemporary global presence. We’ll explore its cultural and spiritual significance and how it fosters a deeper connection between humanity, nature, and consciousness. Learn about the importance of nature-relatedness in psychedelic experiences and how ayahuasca offers a path to healing our collective wounds, leading to more sustainable and harmonious relationships with the planet and each other.

Paloma David was born in Bogotá, Colombia. While pursuing her bachelor’s in Cultural Anthropology at the National University of Colombia, she encountered the perplexing ayahuasca tradition in her home country. Marveled by the effects of the brew on human consciousness, she decided to continue studying ayahuasca by pursuing a Research Masters in Religious Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She has conducted fieldwork research on the contemporary uses of the brew in rainforests, capital cities, and digital settings. Her interests include psychedelic research, the promising therapeutic use of these substances, and their current use in Europe and Latin America. She is currently a Ph.D. student at Radboud University, where she researches the Shifting Perceptions of ayahuasca in Latin America.

Sam Gandy is a Ph.D. ecologist and independent researcher. He has varied experience of working within the psychedelic field, including as a past scientific assistant to the director of the Beckley Foundation and as a research assistant with the Synthesis Institute. His work has also involved science communication, including a past role as a senior science writer for Wavepaths, and he delivers talks in association with Seed Talks and occasional fungi cultivation workshops. A lifelong nature lover, he has a research interest in the capacity of psychedelics to influence human relationships with nature, and is a collaborator with the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London, and Onaya Science. His main work focus is within the ecological field focussing on nature recovery, working as Innovation Team Leader for environmental consultancy Ecosulis. Sam is deeply passionate about both the restoration of nature, and the restoration of human connection to it.

Psychedelic Parenthood: Why Are We Leaving Children and Adolescents Out of the Psychedelic Renaissance?

As the psychedelic movement gains momentum, its impact on individuals extends beyond personal exploration. Thousands of parents and caregivers are now weaving these experiences into their lives, seeking support for challenges like imposter syndrome and maternal guilt. While traditional cultures have long incorporated psychedelics within community life, including pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, the Western psychedelic mainstream still struggles to include families.

This presentation, drawing upon the author’s personal experience raising children in a Brazilian psychedelic context, offers 10 points for reflection on navigating this new frontier. It explores the potential and risks of psychedelic therapy for young people, social and economic considerations for psychedelic families, and the need to decolonize the field to embrace diverse perspectives. By sparking a dialogue about psychedelic parenthood, we can work towards a more inclusive and supportive Psychedelic Renaissance.

Join us for this FREE webinar hosted by Dr. Glauber Loures de Assis, Associate Director of Chacruna Latinoamérica in Brazil.

Dr. Glauber Loures de Assis has a Ph.D. in sociology from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and is Research Associate at the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP) in Brazil. His main interests include the ayahuasca religions, new religious movements, the internationalization of the Brazilian religions, drug use in contemporary society, and psychedelic parenthood. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, and the co-editor of the book Women and Psychedelics: Uncovering Invisible Voices (Synergetic Press/Chacruna Institute, in press). Glauber is also an ayahuasca practitioner with 15 years of experience. He has built this practice in dialogue with his local Brazilian ayahuasca community and with the blessings of Indigenous elders and activists in Brazil. He is also the leader of Jornadas de Kura, a plant medicine center in Brazil that promotes a bridge between the ceremonial use of sacred plants and psychedelic science. He is father to 3 children and lives with his wife Jacqueline Rodrigues in Santa Luzia, Minas Gerais, Brazil.