My primary work is focused on aspects of the sacred and how to bring the sacred into events, ceremony, and initiatory experiences. I am particularly interested in the spiritual aspect of deep journey work and curating ways for multi-generational ceremonial gatherings to take place. I enjoy working with high functioning individuals who have the capacity to create real change in the world at large. The call for a deep ecological view requires learning from indigenous cultures and then consciously creating ways for us as modern people to integrate the plant medicines back into our lives in a new and sacred ceremonial way. Author of: Goddess, Mother of Living Nature, published by Thames and Hudson A Sense of the Sacred, Taylor Press
TITLE: Engaged Psychedelicism: Retribalizing Our Minds.
How do we go about really integrating the psychedelic experience into our lives as modern people? We can take many lessons and teachings from indigenous peoples around the world but how far we can journey into another culture is another question. This lecture will draw from Native wisdom but encourage us to find new and meaningful ways to create sacred ways in the use of psychedelics. There are currently two primary models for the healing use of psychedelics: the medical model as a curative for various ills, and the therapuetic model for anxiety and psychological issues, both depend on guides and a private experience, eyes closed and lying back listening to music. Engaged psychedelic work requires participants to be in the company of others, eyes open and in a state that creates empathetic bonding. This can and is accomplished in a number of ways that I will explore. The conscious use of psychedelics to re-tribalize our minds and go beyond a private experience I believe is crucial in relieving the sense of alienation that permeates the modern world. The process of empathic bonding with others, with nature, and with the world at large is a healing journey into awakening a sacred world view that transcends the personal and carries us into a deeper relationship with life itself. It’s this inherent wisdom that native peoples carry that we desperately need as we confront a very real ecological crisis. Our survival could depend upon it.