Snowboarding into Nirvana: Conversations with Psychedelics Today Co-Founder Kyle Buller

inbodied life podcast Jun 08, 2020


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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  • How ketamine...

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Heart Medicine: A Conversation about MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy with MAPS Principal Investigator Marcela Ot'alora

inbodied life podacst Jun 01, 2020


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...

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Transformational Space and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy with Dr. Phil Wolfson

inbodied life podcast May 25, 2020


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,...

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The War on Drugs is a War on People: Conversations with Natalie Ginsberg

inbodied life podcast May 18, 2020


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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  • How...
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Fantastic Fungi: Conversations with Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg

inbodied life podcast May 11, 2020


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.

What you will learn:

  • How sacred medicines shaped Louie’s spiritual and professional life
  • Why we need to celebrate the feminine (in politics), overcome adversity, stay out of victim stories and focus on harmony with the planet
  • How Louie and Paul Stamets developed a bromance around art...
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Not Your “New Cage Spirituality:” Conversations with Modern Medicine Woman, Reverend Briana Cavion

inbodied life podcast May 04, 2020


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.

What you will learn:

  • How to reprogram natural responses and be more fully you
  • 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.

Resources from this episode: 

  1. The Earth Temple
  2. On Instagram: @RevBrianaLyn

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Maximizing Human Potential and Mainstreaming Spirituality: A Conversation about Psychedelics with MAPS Founder and Executive Director Rick Doblin PhD

inbodied life podcast Apr 27, 2020


Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). His commitment to psychedelic medicine, research and decriminalization spans several decades, and positions him as one of the pioneering leaders in the psychedelic renaissance. In this conversation, Rick speaks about his experience, his perspective, his family and his why.

What you will learn:

  • Learn about MAPS Founder and Executive Director Rick Doblin PhD, his personal journey with psychedelics and how his experiences in life shaped his commitment to legalizing MDMA as a medicine
  • Why current drug laws are immoral and decriminalizing illicit substances, even the most dangerous, is not only a good idea, but an important one for social justice
  • A defense of the compounds like LSD, MDMA and ketamine in relation to the entheogenic plants like psilocybin and ayahuasca
  • How civil disobedience can be a way to improve the...
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Treating Trauma with Dr. Rachel Yehuda: A Conversation on Intergenerational Trauma, Epigenetics, Psychedelic Therapy, Post-Traumatic Growth and NOW

inbodied life podcast Apr 20, 2020


Rachel Yehuda PhD is a pioneer in the field of intergenerational trauma, epigenetics and PTSD treatment. We speak together about her career working with Vietnam War veterans, Holocaust survivors and their offspring, as well as pregnant mothers who survived the attacks of 9/11 and their children. Rachel continues to pave powerful pathways for progress with psychedelic treatments in the VA.

In this conversation, we also speak about the impact of the Corona Virus as a form of trauma, creating a mental health pandemic. Rachel expresses her serious concerns, but her message is infused with a commitment to resilience and post traumatic growth. We dive into the risks and opportunities that this historic moment holds while she offers education, hope, and some real talk.

What you will Learn:

  1. How science and spirituality co-mingle
    How trauma can be passed down from one generation to the next, and impact a person’s biology (epigenetics)
  2. The...
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