SAVE THE DATES! 2020 FORUM: VISION AND VISIONARIES                   OCT 14 – 18, 2020. Registration opens soon.  Stay Tuned…

The 5th Psychedelic Psychotherapy Forum has been themed “2020: Vision and Visionaries” and will take place Oct 14 – 18, 2020 — with three full forum days (Wed Oct 14 – Fri Oct 16) and post-forum weekend workshops (Sat Oct 17 – Sun Oct 18) on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

Currently held biennially, the Psychedelic Psychotherapy Forum — Canada’s premiere conference on the subject — facilitates dialogues and shared learnings about psychedelic-assisted therapies and research, as well as the ethical, cultural, and spiritual use of plant medicines and psychedelic substances for personal and collective healing and transformation. Training/continuing education credits are also offered to health providers (including clinical counsellors and psychotherapists, psychologists, and family doctors) for relevant presentations, panels, and workshops.

This year, we’ve expanded our steering committee and together have been feeling into and integrating our intentions behind the upcoming 2020 Forum. To read more about this committee, click here.


– Online Applications opening soon… Stay tuned…

Click the left button to view the confirmed presenters thus far, for the 2020 Forum. Note that additional presenters/panelist photos and bios will be uploaded onto the 2020 Presenters list, upon completion of the review of the abstracts submitted.

We have opened up online applications for core volunteer positions. Please click the left button to view the details and/or to submit your application.


Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract submission for the 2020 Forum prior to the Jan 31 deadline. All applicants were contacted within the month of February. 

Moving into 2020, we are aiming to focus more on “substance” than the substances. As it is prudent to not mistake the teacher for the teaching, it is equally important to not mistake the substance for the learned and lived experience and the integration of that into our body, identity, relationships, how we are in our communities, and in the world.

The word “psychedelic” loosely translates to “mind-manifesting”: an expansion of  consciousness in both its inward and outward aspects. 2020 presents an opportunity to expand into new and necessary, perhaps uncharted territories, inward and outward, to address the precarious and precious time in which we now live. With this more substantial focus, we hope the 2020 Forum will contribute to a much needed clearer seeing – ‘2020 vision.’


THE ROLE OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND INTEGRITY – Article by Duncan Grady, D. Min, MS  (originally published in our Forum e-newsletter dated Dec 13, 2019)

I’d like to begin this brief article by quoting from the Psychedelic Psychotherapy Forum — “The word “psychedelic” loosely translates to “mind-manifesting”: an expansion of consciousness in both its inward and outward aspects.” What an incredibly clear and beautiful way of connecting “consciousness” to the practice of “psychedelic psychotherapy.”

As a retired psychotherapist, hospital based trauma worker and post-secondary educator for 38 years, and being of the Siksika-Sauk-Mesquaki and Scottish people from the US, I’d like to begin with a story. I’m in my late 60’s now. In my 40’s I sometimes had the incredible opportunity to be an attendant to various medicine people, mostly women. Basically this meant setting up their working space, getting them to where they needed to be for work, carrying their things for them, and so forth. They were all profoundly gifted, each in their own way. Some had very expanded consciousness and rather “mysterious” gifts that could be noticed, but words fell short of description. Interestingly, none of them would allow themselves to be called “healers”.

The Consciousness of Spirit within them had shown them what the True Healer was, and it was a “What, not a who”, which is a quote from many of them. Sometimes they would “receive” something pertaining to the person they were working with. They never spoke of it with the person, or anyone else. Their state of consciousness was such that they realized a number of things….

>> Click here to read Duncan Grady’s full article


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  • Find out about the latest research, opportunities, and challenges in psychedelic medicines and psychedelic-assisted therapies
  • Build bridges and different ways of knowing, i.e. indigenous and western approaches, clinical and ceremonial, science and spirituality
  • Develop community and connect with peers, advocates, community leaders, and change agents
  • Discuss legal and ethical concerns/challenges as well as cultural and spiritual aspects of this field
  • Explore training possibilities in psychedelic psychotherapy
  • Attain continuing education credits


  • Counsellors, therapists
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  • Social workers
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  • Physicians
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  • Holistic/integrated practitioners
  • Traditional healers
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  • Community leaders
  • Change agents
  • Students
  • Anyone interested in psychedelic psychotherapy for personal and collective healing, and transformation.


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