Amanda Feilding is the founder and executive director of the Beckley Foundation, and is widely recognised as one of the driving forces behind the current psychedelic research renaissance. By establishing key research collaborations with some of the world’s most prestigious universities, she has propelled the field forward over the last 20 years, conducting several landmark studies, such as the world’s first LSD brain imaging study.
Dr. Ido Cohen is a clinical psychologist trained at CIIS and the Jung Institute in San Francisco. Ido works with individuals, couples and groups in the Bay Area, specializing in early childhood trauma treatment, recovery from addiction, relationship issues, and psycho spiritual exploration. Ido’s doctoral dissertation focused on the psychospiritual integration process of Ayahuasca ceremonies using a Jungian psychology lens. Ido offers preparation and integration services to individuals and groups, as well as various workshops and trainings on the topic. He is the founder of The Integration Circle, an organized community of professionals who are dedicated and passionate about helping individuals and groups prepare and integrate psychedelic and entheogenic experiences into long term and sustainable changes. In this conversation, we talk about the need for personal and systemic integration, the mess of healing, and why being you means...
Kyle Buller is the co-founder of Psychedelics Today, an education/media platform and weekly podcast that explores the science and culture of the emerging psychedelic field. Kyle earned his B.A. in Transpersonal Psychology from Burlington College, where he focused on studying the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness by exploring shamanism, Reiki, local medicinal plants and plant medicine plus Holotropic Breathwork. Kyle has been studying breathwork since October 2010 with Lenny and Elizabeth Gibson of Dreamshadow Transpersonal Breathwork. Kyle earned his M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis on Somatic Psychology. Kyle’s clinical background in mental health consists of working with at-risk teenagers in crisis and with individuals experiencing an early-episode of psychosis and providing counseling to undergraduate/graduate students in a university setting.
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Marcela Ot'alora, M.F.A, M.A., L.P.C is a principal investigator for MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy Research at the Multi Disciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies, MAPS. She worked as a co-therapist in the first government approved MDMA-assisted psychotherapy study in Madrid, Spain and is the Principal Investigator of the Phase 2 and 3 MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials in Boulder, Colorado. She also leads the MDMA therapy trainings for MAPS.
Marcela received her MA in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University and MFA from University of Greensboro in North Carolina.
She began her career as an Installation artist and teacher and after completing her training as a psychotherapist in 1999, she started her private practice working primarily with trauma in diverse populations. Her interest and focus on trauma has led her to understand the healing process as an intimate re-connection with one’s...
Dr. Phil Wolfson is a sixties activist, psychiatrist/psychotherapist, writer, practicing Buddhist and psychonaut who has lived in the Bay Area for 38 years. Phil is Principal Investigator for the MAPS sponsored Phase 2, FDA approved 18-person study of MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy for individuals with significant anxiety due to life threatening illnesses. His clinical practice with ketamine has informed his leadership role in the development of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. Phil’s book The Ketamine Papers, published by MAPS, is the seminal work in the burgeoning ketamine arena. He is the author of Noe – A Father/Son Song of Love, Life, Illness and Death (2011, North Atlantic Books). In the 1980s, he participated in clinical research with MDMA (Ecstasy). He has been awarded five patents for unique herbal medicines. He is a journalist and author of numerous articles on politics, transformation,...
Natalie Lyla Ginsberg is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Before joining MAPS in 2014, Natalie worked as a Policy Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, where she helped legalize medical cannabis in her home state of New York, and worked to end New York’s race-based marijuana arrests. Natalie received her B.A. in history from Yale, and her master’s of social work (M.S.W.) from Columbia. In this conversation, we dive into her personal journey. We also explore the many facets of the work she is doing to disentangle science from political partisanship and to create safe, equitable, regulated access to psychedelics - and all criminalized substances. Natalie is inspired by psychedelics’ potential to assist in healing intergenerational trauma, for building empathy and community, and for inspiring creative and innovative solutions.
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Visual artist Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning producer, director and cinematographer whose notable career spans more than four decades. His prolific and breathtaking imagery from over 54 countries is featured in films, television shows, documentaries and commercials. Louie most recently released Fantastic Fungi, a descriptive time-lapse journey about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth (that began 3.5 billion years ago). In this podcast, we take a deep dive into his personal experiences and how they’ve shaped his deep dedication to nature.
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Reverend Briana Cavion from the Earth Temple is a modern day, medicine woman. She has years of experience living with tribes serving ayahuasca in South America, and she carries a Masters degree in Peace Education from The United Nations University for Peace. Briana is also an NLP practitioner and a coach. In this podcast, Briana preaches and teaches about the power of nature, our bodies as part of the wild divine and how making peace with ourselves is the only way to make peace on the planet. She closes with a powerful prayer for us all.
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The importance of integration for any psychedelic experience
The problems and pitfalls in the popularization of psychedelics
The history of witches and how Briana has reclaimed the word to honor her ancestors.
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