Centering the needs & voices of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, the In Living Color (ILC) Virtual BIPOC Space is a space designed by and for BIPOC participants, providing a refuge for people to gather, connect, rest, and share in the celebration of our lineages & lived experiences. The In Living Color Virtual BIPOC space is also a place for BIPOC participants to access emotional and energetic support throughout the duration of the conference by way of Amanda David and Mandana Boushee, (BIPOC Herbalists and facilitators of the In Living Color Space.)

Opening & Closing Ceremonies

BIPOC registrants for the 2020 Psychedelic Psychotherapy Forum are invited to participate in an opening ceremony for the space on October 14th at 7:45am – 8:15am PST // 11:45am – 12:15pm EST and the closing ceremony will be on October 16th from 4:00pm – 4:30pm PST // 7:00pm – 7:30pm EST.

ILC at PPF2020 Hours & Availability 

The ILC space will be open on October 14th, 15th and 16th from 10:45am – 1:45pm PST. ILC facilitators will be on-call 24/7 during the conference via email and Zoom if needed.

To connect with the In Living Color BIPOC space facilitators, Amanda David and Mandana Boushee, please contact them at

If you have questions about the inclusion of this space in the conference, please contact Marnie Roper and/or Mercedes CA Grant// //

Please consider learning more through the following resources.
Amanda David is a community herbalist, the mother of three amazing children, and the creator of Rootwork Herbals and the many initiatives that are a part of that container. She tends plants and people growing gardens, handcrafting remedies, offering consultations and teaching. Her approach to herbalism is based in the ways of her ancestors, building intimate relationships with the plants that grow nearby in order to bring herbal medicine and home healthcare to the people. In doing this, she sees herbalism as a means to support life and thus resist against oppressive systems, which undermine health. Above all, Amanda is a lover of plants and a lover of people and is passionate about bringing them together in a down to earth, joyful and accessible way that promotes personal and planetary healing.
Mandana Boushee is an Iranian-American herbalist, storyteller, gardener, and educator at Wild Gather: Hudson Valley School of Herbal Studies. Her exploration of plant medicine began in her childhood kitchen, where she first encountered the sound of the mortar and pestle finding rhythm, the smell of rue and angelica smoke curling up from the sofreh and the stories of her ancestors carried forward by her mother. She weaves her Iranian ancestry, culture, and plant tradition into all facets of her work as an herbalist and is dedicated to re-centering the voices, stories, rituals, and histories of the BIPOC community, particularly around health, healing and food.