Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance
2020 MAPS Canada Webinar
MAPS Canada is excited to announce that we will be hosting a webinar series starting May 26th.
The series will consist of 14 live episodes, each containing a presentation by someone in the rapidly advancing field of psychedelics. Our goal with the webinar series would be to bring forward important voices in the psychedelic sphere to discuss all sorts of topics related to psychedelics and the path to legalization.
Tickets: We will be offering two ticket options. You can purchase the entire series for $111.00 (savings of $197.00) or you can also purchase individual episodes for $22.00 each. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. The first episode of the webinar is free to anyone!
Platform: We will be using CrowdCast for the live webinar episodes. Your link to attend will be sent out the morning of the event.
Q/A : CrowdCast has built in Q/A functionality that allows participants to submit questions during the talk. Questions can be voted up by other participants. You can also submit questions ahead of time on social media platforms using the hashtag #psychedelicwebinar2020 along with a hashtag of the particular speaker’s name. If you would prefer, you can also submit questions using this form.
Dates/Time: The first webinar episode will take place on May 26th from 3:00 – 4:30pm. After this, we will have one episode per week every Tuesday at the same time. If an individual episode needs to be moved to a different time there will be advanced notice given.
Press Release: Available Here
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Mark Haden - Introduction to MAPS Canada + Reflections on the Pandemic
May 26th, 3:00-4:30pm PST
Bio: Mark Haden is the Executive Director of MAPS Canada as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health. He has been published on the issue of drug policy in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, the International Journal of Drug Policy and was involved in producing the Health Officers Council paper on the regulation of illegal drugs in 2005. He currently provides public education on drugs and drug policy
Webinar Topic: What role does MAPS Canada play in the psychedelic sphere and what does the future of assisted psychedelic psychotherapy training look like? These are a few topics Mark will touch on in the first episode of the webinar series!
Nan Shuni Giron - The Hidden Language of Sacred Plants
June 2nd, 3:00-4:30pm PST
Bio: Nana Shuni Giron is an international recognized Guatemalan Ceremonial leader Mayan Ajq’iij – Maya Calendars Day Keeper and spiritual guide. She has doctorate in Naturopathic medicine and Alternative therapies. She is shamanic plant healer and teacher that specializes in spiritual psychotherapy and shamanic rituals. She has led many Mayan sacred fires and psychotherapeutic sessions and around the world. She is a spokesperson for conscious psychedelics in indigenous summits and international world festivals such as Tribal Gathering in Panama, Cosmic Convergence, Maya Heart Festival in Guatemala, Heart and Mind festival in Poland and New York, at Lighting in a Bottle in CA , Lucidity , Disclosure festival in Los Angeles, Magnet festival in Amsterdam, Peace For The Earth in Costa Rica, Our Time festival in Mexico, Eclipse Festival In Montreal, Morph Festival in Berlin, Sincromagnization Festival in Chicago, at The Gathering of the Peace Makers in North Carolina and at the USA World Constellations festival in Seattle WA. Nan Shuni is the spiritual guardian of the Oral Traditions of the Popol Vuh Sacred Book of the Maya that resides in the New Library in Chicago. She has performed countless Mayan fire and plant Ceremonies around the world. She has collaborated with MAPS Canada and has appeared in many shows, shamanic documentaries and televisions series for the History Channel, also for WGBH Public TV in NY and On the Story of God as a Co-star with Sir Morgan Freeman for the National Geographic Society. Nan Shuni is a lifelong environmentalist, her family founded ARCAS 30 years ago, an association of wild life rescue center in Guatemala and believes that our relationship to nature and earth are vital to personal health and the health of the planet. Through fire ceremonies, classes and individual sessions, Shuni offers opportunities to connect to the natural world and to the sacred in all things. She also facilitates workshops in sustainability, earth healing ceremonies. Nan Shuni Giron founded Kame, a non-profit organization dedicated to the transformation of the human the spirit, through use of alternative therapies, active consciousness, environmental awareness, and artistic performance. Shuni Giron continues to study and research sacred plants, teach, and conduct many types ceremonies around the world.
Webinar Topic: In this episode we will explore the sacred intent of all living things and review the profound meaning that underlines the spiritual language of the psychedelic plants. What is the message that they want to communicate to us human beings? What behaviors and tendencies do plants have to create for their own preservation and how they affect humans? What is the unity within the plural that we need integrate with nature in order to penetrate and tap into the core language of planet earth? And how is earth speaking to us through sacred plants? Join us as we review these ideas together and try to decipher deeper the hidden language of the sacred plants.
Recent Work: Interview on ThatChannel.com
Chris Kilham - Psychedelic Mind and The Big Wahoo
June 9th, 3:00-4:30pm PST
Bio: Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter, explorer, lifelong yogi, psychedelic advocate and media personality. He has investigated medicinal plants among indigenous people globally for decades, from Siberia to the Amazon to Congo. The author of fifteen books including the international best-seller The Five Tibetans, Chris has appeared on over 2000 radio and 500 TV programs. The New York Times calls Chris “part David Attenborough, part Indiana Jones.”
Webinar Topic: Psychedelics allow us to explore the landscape of mind and spirit, enjoying visions, insights and revelations otherwise obscured to us. Especially potent experiences lead to the classic mystical experience, in which time, self-identity and all sense of separateness cease. This breakthrough consciousness is bold, transformative and enlightening.Recent Work: Psychoactive Plants, Auras and Color Therapy – Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Is a Psychedelic Date Night Worth the Trip? – Playboy Magazine
Dr. Dennis McKenna - Psychopharmacognosy: Prospects for Discovering Novel Psychedelics in Nature
June 16th, 3:00-4:30pm PST
Bio: Dennis McKenna’s research has focused on the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology. He has conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon. His doctoral research (University of British Columbia,1984) focused on the ethnopharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he, two tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon. He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, and was a key organizer and participant in the Hoasca Project, the first biomedical investigation of ayahuasca. He is the younger brother of Terence McKenna. From 2000 to 2017, he taught courses on Ethnopharmacology and Plants in Human affairs in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. In 2019, in collaboration with colleagues, he incorporated a new non-profit, the McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy. He emigrated to Canada in the spring of 2019 together with his wife Sheila, and now resides in Abbotsford, B.C.
Webinar Topic: Most people are familiar with the major natural psychedelics, such as psilocybin mushrooms, Ayahuasca, San Pedro cactus, Peyote, etc. All of these have a rich cultural and historical background, and the pharmacology and chemistry of the active constituents is well understood. Yet hidden within the vast biodiversity of the planet, undiscovered psychedelics remain poorly investigated, if they are known to science at all. This talk will delve into the obscure byways of ethnopsychopharmacognosy to discuss a few of the more interesting examples that beckon to a new generation of ethnopharmacologists. It will also discuss the rationale for pursuing ongoing investigations into novel natural psychedelics.
Paul Stamets - Psilocybin Mushrooms: Are Psilocybin and Psilocin the only 'active' ingredients for fighting depression, cognitive decline and PTSD?
June 23rd, 3:00-4:30pm PST
Bio: Paul Stamets, speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur, is considered an intellectual and industry leader in fungi: habitat, medicinal use, and production. He lectures extensively to deepen the understanding and respect for the organisms that literally exist under every footstep taken on this path of life. Paul is the author of six books (including Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms, and Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World), he has discovered and named numerous new species of psilocybin mushrooms. Paul has been awarded more than 40 patents with several patent applications in queue for unexpected activity of psilocybin analogues stacked with other substances. He has received numerous awards, including: Invention Ambassador (2014-2015) for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Mycologist Award (2014) from the North American Mycological Association (NAMA), and the Gordon & Tina Wasson Award (2015) from the Mycological Society of America (MSA). His work has entered into the mainstream of popular culture. In the new Star Trek: Discovery series on CBS, the Science Officer is portrayed by an Astromycologist…. a Lt. Paul Stamets. Paul’s work with mycelium is a central theme of this series.
Webinar Topic: Psilocybin is one molecule of several that can cause altered states of consciousness. The focus has been on these ‘active’ molecules. Is there activity of other molecules that co-occur and are related to psilocybin that do not alter consciousness but have a demonstrateable positive effect on brain health? I think so and will discuss our research that contributes to the science of consciousness. Psilocybin mushrooms have been used for thousands of years. Psilocybin as a molecule has been used for a few dozen. The reductionist view of medicine has been effective in discovering a molecular structure for treating bacterial infections, for instance. But the single-molecule medicines available for psychotherapists have failed to show the same level of positive outcome. Where and when can the use of the natural form of psilocybin mushrooms be appropriate for psychotherapy and cognitive health? How do you standardize a natural product? Could it be approved by federal health agencies? Does a patent like the one Compass has cross over to interfere with the use of natural products for therapeutic use?
Rick Doblin - To Phase 3 Beyond: MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy as the First in Class Prescription Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy
June 30th, 3:00-4:30pm PST
Bio: Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master’s thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife, dog, and empty rooms from three children, one of whom is in college and two have graduated.
Webinar Topic: I’ll discuss where MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD is in the Phase 3 drug development process. The results of our interim analysis of our first of two Phase 3 studies, our negotiations with FDA about research inside a Veteran’s Administration facility, our new MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy study for eating disorders, and how MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy will be regulated post approval, including credentials of therapists, and other issues. I’ll end with our Capstone Fund, which we will use to gain approval from the FDA, Health Canada and Israeli Ministry of Health.
Erika Dyck - Women in Psychedelics: Lessons from History
July 7th, 3:00-4:30pm PST
Bio: Erika Dyck is a professor and historian of medicine at the University of Saskatchewan who has been studying and writing about psychedelics for the past 15 years. Her work has been widely featured on radio, television, and print media, and she has been featured on a number of documentary films on the topic. She is the author or editor of 7 scholarly books, including: Psychedelic Psychiatry: LSD from Clinic to Campus (Johns Hopkins, 2008; University of Manitoba Press, 2011); and Facing Eugenics: Reproduction, Sterilization and the Politics of Choice (University of Toronto, 2013), which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s award for Canadian non-fiction; and Managing Madness: the Weyburn Mental Hospital and the Transformation of Psychiatric Care in Canada (University of Manitoba Press, 2017), which won the Canadian Historical Association Prize for best book in Prairie History. She is the editor of A Culture’s Catalyst: Historical Encounters with Peyote and the Native American Church in Canada (2016), and co-editor of Psychedelic Prophets: The Letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond (2018).
Webinar Topic: The intersections of the psychedelic renaissance and the “metoo” movement, has reinforced a need to consider how women have fit into a history of psychedelic discovery, caretaking, and even abuse. This idea of psychedelic privilege and the gendered nature of caretaking has affected our historical understandings of psychedelics, and the role of women in that history. This chapter looks at the historical participation of women as wives to psychedelic practitioners, as caretakers in the therapeutic setting, and as patients or subjects, to consider how gender has affected our understanding of discovery as well as trauma and healing.
Zoe Helene - Psychedelic Feminism—Gaia’s Co-Evolutionary Allies
July 14th, 3:00-4:30pm PST
Bio: Zoe Helene, MFA, is a cultural activist best known for women’s empowerment through sacred plants such as cannabis, ayahuasca, peyote, and psilocybin mushrooms—our co-evolutionary allies—through Psychedelic Feminism, a term she coined and popularized. Zoe founded Cosmic Sister, an environmental feminist collective for progressives who understand that the grossly imbalanced “power-over” patriarchal model will continue to lead humans down a devolutionary path ending in the destruction of life on Earth as we know it. Cosmic Sister’s Psychedelic Feminism educational advocacy projects promote sacred plant spirit medicines as a way to jump-start rapid cultural evolution, starting with women. Zoe is a spiritual agnostic with a passion for cultural and biological diversity, global consciousness, and archetypal psychology, as the “Language of Psyche.” Her ancestors were proud tribal people who developed deep, sophisticated pre-Christian nature-based spiritual traditions, including sacred psychedelic plant medicine traditions, and survived genocide, persecution, oppression, and diaspora. Zoe has been featured in Forbes, Bust Magazine, Sensi Magazine (cover story), BBC, VICE, Vice | Broadly, Vice | Tonic, LA Yoga, Playboy, Outside Magazine, New York Magazine, Boston Magazine, Psymposia, PRØHBTD, Psychedelic Times, Psychedelics Today, Organic Authority, The Journal for the Study of Radicalism a peer-reviewed academic journal, and many more.
Webinar Topic: Psychedelics have the power to help us rapidly evolve from a cultural or behavioral perspective so we can be better citizens of Gaia as a species, which starts with hundreds, then thousands, then millions, then billions of individual revolutions within. Creating a true balance of power across the gender spectrum—globally—is the only way humans (and non-humans) will survive, and that it is our moral responsibility, as Earth’s apex predators, to protect and defend the rights of non-humans to live freely in thriving, uncompromised wilderness sanctuaries. Psychedelics can help women access the wilderness of our psyches, in part to identify, explore, and hopefully heal unhealthy roots of human suffering, such as wounds and disempowering social programming related to surviving and thriving within—and rising in resistance of—global male-dominance. Females carry trauma from violent misogynist actions such as rape as well as a multitude of compounded wounds from a steady bombardment of systemic sexist messaging. Everyone is harmed by the patriarchal, power-over model—everyone across the gender spectrum. “The more I do this work,” she says, “The more compassion I feel for males (and individuals who identify as anywhere on the gender spectrum), who bear scars from their own screwed-up gender socialization just like women do.”
Chris Dyer - Realms of Psychedelic Visionary Art
July 21st, 3:00-4:30pm PST
Bio: Chris Dyer is a Peruvian-Canadian artist based in Montreal, Quebec, who exhibits, performs and teaches his art worldwide. Some of his broader artistic themes include consciousness, truth, oneness, introspection, personal development and kindness. He paints using acrylic, pencil, pen, spray paint, gouache and other media on a variety of different forms, including broken or blank skateboards in his early years, various sculptured and recycled items, and now commonly fabric or wood canvas. He is also known for his murals, logos, album covers, posters, illustrations, comic books, travel diaries (The Sunlight Chronicles), and YouTube adventure vlogs (Artventures). He was the art director and brand manager of Creation Skateboards/Satori Movement for three and a half years, creating designs for hundreds of skateboard decks. He teaches many art workshops and classes on technique, spray painting, traditional medicinal healing, and the business of art, as well as offering an online class. He has created his own brand of conscious clothing and other goods, Positive Creations, which features some of his most well-loved art. Though his styles, mediums and subject matters are always in flow, the main theme seen through his artwork is cultural and spiritual oneness of humanity and beyond.
Webinar Topic: More details coming soon
Recent Work: Episode 49 Chris Dyer – Rallen’s Rant Podcast
Mentally Processing the Coronavirus Pandemic w/Chris Dyer – The Weird Music Podcast
Duncan Trussell - Psychedelics Going Mainstream
July 28th, 3:00-4:30pm PST
Bio: Duncan Trussell is a stand up comedian and the co creator of the animated series Midnight Gospel on Netflix. He is also the host of the Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast.
Webinar Topic: This will be a unique webinar episode in that it will be an interview. We will be discussing the success of Midnight Gospel at length and hearing about Duncan’s own personal experiences with psychedelics. More details to come.
Recent Work: Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman: The Duncan Trussell Family Hour Podcast
The Final Midnight Gospel Episode Found a Profound Way to Talk About Death: Polygon
Kuauhtli - Peyote and Plant Wisdom
Aug 4th, 3:00-4:30pm PST
Bio: Kuauhtli’s years of involvement in the movement for human rights and activities to preserve the indigenous ways of life served as preparation for his current path. For the past 25 years, he has dedicated himself to conducting ceremonies using traditional dances, songs and plants across Mother Earth. Kuauhtli conducts Mexica ceremonies of “Xochitl in Cuicatl” (Flower and Song), Native American Church tipi meetings, as well as Temazcal (sweat lodge) and Mexica danza.
Webinar Topic: More details to come
Dr. Monnica Williams - Psychedelics and Social Justice
Aug 11th, 3:00-4:30pm PST
Bio: Monnica Williams, Ph.D. is a board-certified, licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapies. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada Research Chair in Mental Health Disparities, and Clinical Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, LLC in Tolland, Connecticut, where she offers psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies. Her research interests include the role of culture and race on mental illness, and she has over 100 academic publications. She is an authority on obsessive-compulsive disorder, including sexual orientation-themed OCD, racial trauma, and one of very few researchers focused on the inclusion of people of color in psychedelic medicine. Her work has been funded by local and federal competitive grants, including the National Institutes of Health and the American Psychological Foundation. Her work with MAPS has sparked an international conversation on inclusion, access, and equity, as psychedelics move into mainstream mental health care. She has named one of the top 25 thought leaders in PTSD. She has been featured in several media outlets, including NPR, PBS, CTV, Vice, The Washington Post, USA Today, CNN, and Huffington Post. She has written for the New York Times and Slate, and maintains a blog on Psychology Today called Culturally Speaking.
Webinar Topic: Psychedelics have been studied for the treatment of numerous mental health conditions, as an avenue for personal growth, and for enhancing well-being. However, psychedelic research studies have largely excluded people of color, leaving important questions unaddressed for these populations. Additionally, the War on Drugs has created racial barriers to access and estrangement from many psychedelic communities, even as decriminalization is expanding. Dr. Williams will discuss the impact of first-wave drug research abuses, social policies, and stereotypes on communities of color. She will discuss ethnic minority mental health and how psychedelic therapies may help or hinder healing for racialized individuals. Also discussed are next steps in ensuring that access to culturally-informed care is prioritized as several psychedelics move into late phase trials and expanded access, including the importance of culturally-informed approaches and training experiences of psychedelic therapists of color.
Dr. Bia Labate - Dilemmas of Ayahuasca Globalization in the 21st Century
Aug 18th, 3:00-4:30pm PST
Bio: Dr. Beatriz Caiuby Labate (Bia Labate) is a queer Brazilian anthropologist. She has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of plant medicines, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, and religion. She is Executive Director of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines (http://chacruna.net). She is also Public Education and Culture Specialist at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and Adjunct Faculty at the East-West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). She is author, co-author, and co-editor of twenty-one books, two special-edition journals, and several peer-reviewed articles.
Webinar Topic: The use of the psychedelic plant brew ayahuasca has expanded significantly during the last 50 years. Once only known to Amazonian communities, ayahuasca is now used in diverse social and cultural contexts across the world. The Brazilian ayahuasca religions, originating with the Santo Daime in Brazil founded in the 1930s, are now internationally recognised and established. An ayahuasca industry servicing Western clientele in search of shamanic healing is booming in the Amazon. A plethora of informal ayahuasca circles, ceremonies and communities have also arisen catering to a huge variety of social groups and needs. Indeed, ayahuasca has apparently become the glorified medicina of spiritual seekers, religious followers, and business entrepreneurs alike. We will estimate the population of the global ayahuasca community, including indigenous, mestizo, religious, therapeutic, and neo-shamanic circles, based on our on-going research. Drawing on long-term fieldwork and first-hand experience participating in ayahuasca communities both in the Global South and the Global North, we ask: what challenges does the globalisation of ayahuasca present? We explore key issues such as: economic implications; legal dilemmas; sustainability problems; safety issues including sexual abuse and fatalities; authenticity and cultural appropriation. We argue that the development of ayahuasca shamanism through cross-cultural relations, involving cultural hybridisation and transculturation is not a perversion of “tradition” but represents continuity with its historical process of formation and original synthesis between different indigenous ethnic traditions and Christian elements. It is no longer possible to consider the local formation of the curanderos apart from their interactions with foreigners, or these articulations between the local and the global.
Wade Davis - The Discovery of Bufo Alvarius
Aug 25th, 3:00-4:30pm PST
Bio: Wade Davis is perhaps the most articulate and influential western advocate for the world’s indigenous cultures. A National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, he has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” Trained in anthropology and botany at Harvard, he travels the globe to live alongside indigenous people, and document their cultural practices in books, photographs, and film. His stunning photographs and evocative stories capture the viewer’s imagination. As a speaker, he parlays that sense of wonder into passionate concern over the rate at which cultures and languages are disappearing — 50 percent of the world’s 7,000 languages, he says, are no longer taught to children. He argues, in the most beautiful terms, that language is much more than vocabulary and grammatical rules. Every language is an old-growth forest of the mind.
Webinar Topic: More details to come
OUr host for the series
Bio: Rev. Shannon Lynn Smadella is a Spiritual Teacher and Metaphysician. She has shared her wisdom over the past fifteen years through trainings and workshops across the globe. Shannon’s work with psychedelics include research into the states of consciousness reached through ceremonial and therapeutic use of the various medicines. Her dissertation included comparison of those states with those in near death, meditative and religions experiences, and examined how experience in those states have the potential to induce a healing cascade. Shannon has worked with thousands of clients in multiple healing modalities including yoga & the yogic sciences, meditation, spiritual counselling, reiki and accessing the akashic records. She has taught over 8000 hours of classical Hatha yoga, philosophy, and meditation and has studied with some of the most notable in her field including shamans, gurus and elders from across the wold. Her courses teach tools and techniques for reaching higher states of consciousness and inner knowing. Dialed In (her podcast), talks about Shannon’s own extensive healing journey in hopes of inspiring others to “do their work” and ‘dial in’ to that limitless source of potential within them. As a trained actor and former Miss Canada, she has hosted hundreds of events, including the World Luge for TSN. Shannon’s business background is extensive; she has worked with over 88 charities and non-profits, raising millions for those in need (including cycling across two countries herself to raise funds). Shannon is a volunteer with MAPS Canada, and co-organizer of this webinar series.
Recent Work: Dialed In Podcast