SAVE THE DATES! 2020 FORUM: VISION AND VISIONARIES – Registration opens in February – 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) in Greater Victoria, 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.

Similar to the last two Forums, in 2016 and 2018, the Forum days will be held on the ancestral, unceded Coast Salish territories, in the area traditionally referred to in the Salishan language as SPAET (“spa-eth”) or “Bear” Mountain in the English language. 

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.

>> NEWS FLASH! Our first line up of confirmed presenters/panelists include Monnica Williams, Duncan Grady, Françoise Bourzat, Stephen Reid, Anja Loizaga-Velder, Nese Devenot, Torsten Passie, Amanda MacEachern, and Devon Christie. Look out for additions to this list after the deadline of Jan 31 for our call for abstracts. Some of the program subjects/topics and presenter bios will be uploaded once the 2020 Forum registration opens in February, so stay tuned…

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR 2020 FORUM — Deadline: Jan 31, 2020

We are currently inviting speaker proposal submissions for the 2020 Forum.

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.’

Click on the form below to find out about some topics of interest for the 2020 Forum. Abstract submission deadline is Jan 31, 2020 via this online submission form.


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

BRIDGING PSYCHEDELIC PSYCHOTHERAPY AND EPIGENETICS – Article by Joe Tafur, MD (originally published in our Forum e-newsletter dated Nov 16, 2019)

Many of us have encountered remarkable healing with psychedelic psychotherapy and now, scientific research is bringing this work into the public eye. In the United States, the MAPS investigation into MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD is currently on a fast track with the FDA, and physician prescribed psychedelic psychotherapy may just be a year or two away. Thus far, the MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trial’s results are very impressive. After living with treatment-resistant PTSD for nearly two decades, at one-year follow-up, nearly 70 % of those treated no longer meet criteria for PTSD. Longer term follow-up data is also looking promising. A significant shift seems to have been realized in many of the study participants, a healing, if you will.

I have spent years working in the related field of curanderismo, working with Ayahuasca and master plants in the Peruvian Amazon….

>> Click here to read Joe Tafur’s full article


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