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      July 20, 2019

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      Gaian Mind Psychedelic Conference

      Terence McKenna once said, “Either we are becoming more sensitive to the presence of the Gaian Mind, or the Gaian Mind, under pressure of the approaching apocalyptic crisis, is beginning to raise its voice, louder and louder and louder, so that now, when you go into nature, every rock, every tree, every stream is saying: Awaken, awaken! Come to focus!” As many of us have come to realize, psychedelics can serve as aids in this awakening.  After nearly a century of ignorant authoritarianism, a new era of psychedelia blossoms on the horizon. More and more people are discovering for themselves the transformative power of these extraordinary plants and fungi – better still, even government agencies, once rigid and myopic in their understanding of these medicines, have started to turn around.  In recognition of this shift and desire to propel this movement forward, we at Psanctum Psychedelia are thrilled to bring an exceptional cadre of speakers to Portland Oregon this summer!  The Gaian Mind Psychedelic Conference would like to welcome an international assembly of some of the best voices in the psychedelic Renaissance to share their knowledge, insights, and hope for a better tomorrow. Please join us for this two day event with over 20 speakers! SATURDAY, JULY 20: Chris Bennett- "Cannabis and the Occult." (telecast)   Dr. Jeff Tarrant- "EEG Changes Associated with Microdosing Psilocybin"  Krystina Castleburning- "Continuing the Healing Journey After a (Psychedelically Induced) Spiritual Emergence(Y)"  Karen O'Neel- "Ibogaine for Addiction Treatment: The New Gold Standard for Success- Precare, Treatment, and Aftercare"    Kilindi Iyi- "Mushrooms: the Mycelium Crypto Wallet and Bitcoin as Psychedelic Transdimensional Currency" Rev. Yashpal Jayne- "Overview of Entheogenic Medicines and Reclaiming Rights as Mystics" James Spake- "Salvia Divinorum in Erotic Encounters" Hawkeye Clark- "Intentional Microdosing: Beyond the Molecule" Dr. Kwasi Adusei- "The Power of the Psychedelic Story" Ana Holub- "Preparing for a Powerful Trip: How Mastery of Letting Go Helps You Move On, In and Up" Phoenyx- "Entheogenesis and How We Relate to Others: A Journey to True Love and Relationship Anarchy" Lori Tipton- "PTSD and MDMA Psychotherapy: A Firsthand Account From 8:45PM- 10:30PM stick around & participate in "Psychedelic Storytelling" with host, Kwasi Adusei! SUNDAY, JULY 21:  Jerry Brown (PhD)- "Psychedelics and the Future of Religion: The Entheogenic Reformation" (telecast) Michael Scott- "Twenty22Many: Cannabis Therapy: A Path to Helping End Veteran Suicide" Brad Adams- "The Dark Side of Psychedelics: Men Behaving Badly, and What to Do About It" Kristopher Wolcott- "Holding Space: One on One" Teri Dianne Ciacchi and Ian Mae- "Queer Ritual & Consent Protocols for Group Sex Magic & Entheogen Use" Joël Karamdeep Singh Brierre- "5-MeO-DMT Through the Yogic Lens" Tara Rose- "Answering the Call to Serve" Dr. Justin Panneck- "The Evolutionary Mechanisms of Psycho-Mythological and Cultural Disruption & Novelty Through a Psychedelic Lens" Panel- "The Politics of Psychedelia" - Karen O'Neel, Kwasi Adusei, Kilindi Iyi, Lori Tipton & Brad Adams Jane Latimer (MS)- "Trauma as a Catalyst for Transformation" Join us from 8:00PM-12:00AM for the after party on site! This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, share your stories and knowledge, and grow a deeper relationship with these powerful plant and fungal medicines!  The Gaian Mind is awakening. SPEAKERS:  Chris Bennett has been researching the historical role of cannabis in the spiritual life of humanity for more than a quarter of a century. He is co-author of Green Gold the Tree of Life: Marijuana in Magic and Religion (1995); Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible (2001); and author of Cannabis and the Soma Solution (2010); and Liber 420: Cannabis, Magickal herbs and the Occult (2018) . He has also contributed chapters on the the historical role of cannabis in spiritual practices in books such as The Pot Book (2010), Entheogens and the Development of Culture (2013), Seeking the Sacred with Psychoactive Substances (2014), One Toke Closer to God (2017), Cannabis and Spirituality (2016) and Psychedelics Reimagined (1999). Bennett’s research has received international attention from the BBC , Guardian, Sunday Times, Washington Post, Vice and other media sources. He currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D., BCN is a licensed psychologist and board certified in neurofeedback. He is the Director of the NeuroMeditation Institute (NMI) and author of the book, “Meditation Interventions to Rewire the Brain.” His research focuses on exploring brainwave changes that occur as a result of contemplative practices, technological interventions, and altered states of consciousness. He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences and has a private practice in Eugene, OR, USA where he specializes in technology-assisted meditation. For more information visit Jeff at  &   Krystina Castleburning has been serving her community as a caregiver and intuitive healer for over 30 years.  With an educational background in music, transcendental dance, psychology, behavioral neuroscience, herbalism, spiritual philosophy, holistic healthcare, & psychedelic integration coaching she started her own practice in Seattle and is dedicated to helping those who suffer from chronic health issues and psychospiritual concerns.  Being a polytrauma survivor herself, Krystina provides compassionate peer support and trauma-informed care to her community.  Krystina is a tireless advocate for holistic healthcare and believes these modalities should be accessible and affordable for everyone.  Krystina is an original member of the Transformational Women’s Circus, which is a multidisciplinary program aiming to heal trauma and integrate the self.  She is currently working on her degree to become a Somatic & Psychedelic Therapist. Karen O'Neel is an advocate for using plant medicine as a tool in addiction recovery. Having conquered a 35-year harsh bulimia addiction through the use of ibogaine to "interrupt" the addiction and put healthy practices in its place, she now lives and works south of Ensenada in Mexico with recovering addicts in an ibogaine aftercare program. Karen is studying with Being True to You addiction recovery life-coaching - the only known life-coaching certification program that covers the usefulness of entheogenic medicines as a recovery tool. Passionate about spreading the word of mostly unknown information for addiction, Karen also enjoys times with family and friends, whitewater rafting and travel. Kilindi Iyi is the head instructor and technical advisor of Tamerrian Martial Art Institute. A world traveler and mycologist, Kilindi has presented on the subject of psilocybin as far north as Norway and as far south as Australia. His exploration and research centers on high dose psilocybin mushrooms. Kilindi shares information gleaned from many excursions into the hyper-dimensional and inter-dimensional realms through his direct experience with dosages in the 20 thru 50 dried gram range of mushroom ingestion. Kilindi brings decades worth of traveling in novel states of consciousness to share, coupled with the skills of master cultivator of exotic mushrooms, which lends a power and authenticity to his presentations. Kilindi remains a student teacher and advocate for the hallucinogenic experience. Rev. Yashpal Jayne has always been an eclectic, alternative doc – after practicing naturopathic medicine for over 20 years -he is now licensed as a Doctor of Pastoral Science and Medicine. Yashpal is the founding bishop of the Essene Order of Natural Mystics and currently establishing its mission, the International Alliance of Natural Mystics, based in Costa Rica and Ashland. He is the Medical Director of the Entheogenic and Natural Health Center in Costa Rica. Yashpal organizes Natural Mystic Tours all over the world. James Spake is a certified hypnotherapist, a L.M.T. for 29 years (now retired), a 3° practicioner in the Usui System, a 3° practicioner of Reiki Alliance and a 3° practicioner of the Wicca [Gardnarian] system, as well as an ordained priest of the Gaian Life Church. He holds an M.A. in teaching and a B.A. in English. Hawkeye Clark was born in Portland, and is a descendant of the Native Lakota people. As a coyote shaman, he has walked the red road for nearly 20 years. On this path, Hawkeye has developed a practice of psychedelic shamanism; a fusion of science, native spirituality, and psychedelics/plant medicine. His own intense journey with microdosing and mental health has led him towards psychedelic education. Dr. Kwasi Adusei is the founder of the Psychedelic Society of Western New York, out of which he developed a local psychedelic harm reduction organization that has served 7 festivals over the last two years, coordinating up to 40 volunteers to provide around the clock service. He is currently working developing a grassroots harm reduction resource to support groups in creating these services in their local communities. In the global space, Kwasi launched a project to create a comprehensive guide on starting psychedelic societies. Additionally, he has led events that engage psychedelic societies across continents to synchronize around service events that have included the Global Psychedelic Month of Service and the Global Psychedelic Earth day Cleanup. He is also the creator of Psychonauts of the World, a psychedelic story telling project modeled after Humans of New York that is intended to help people come out of the proverbial “psychedelic closet” and connect psychedelic stories to the mainstream. Kwasi intends to publish these stories in a book and sell to raise funds for psychedelic research and advocacy efforts. Kwasi graduated with his degree as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in May 2019. Ana Holub, MA, teaches forgiveness and recovery from addiction as a counselor, author, poet, and educator. She holds a BA in Peace Studies and an MA in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law. As an expert in the field of forgiveness and reconciliation, Ana was honored as a Champion of Forgiveness by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance (2018). She is a frequent speaker on the essential role of forgiveness in various settings, including during the use of entheogens for inner healing and deep spiritual liberation. Her books include Forgive and Be Free and The Edges Are Friendly. She has also created four online courses, including Forgive and Be Free of Your Addictions. Reach Ana at Phoenyx is a free-spirited, psychonautical futurist, creator, writer, artist, lover, educator, consultant, coach, philosopher, and global traveler, passionately inspired by individual empowerment, harmonious interpersonal dynamics, community-building, authentic relating, and tech-forward ecological solutions. These passions intersect in areas of  social permaculture and relationship anarchy, entheogenic exploration and harm-reduction, natural wellness, anarcho-pacifism and decentralization, mind-hacking and practical magic, broader permaculture and sustainable food systems, economics and cryptocurrency, taoism, virtual reality, and innovation, all with the vision of moving into a more harmonious, sustainable future. With a love for fostering connection between people and ideas, Phoenyx cultivates space, organizes events, is launching a podcast and series of online courses, and is currently authoring the book “Relationship Anarchy: Liberating Love,” ( as well as a series of zines on the subject. She is the author of The Tripper's Guide to an Awesome Ride, a harm reduction resource available for free ( She is the creator and curator of the Brilliant Ideas Project (, co-founder of the cryptocurrency consultancy Bit Consultants (, the artist behind Phoenyx Creative Works (, and the founder of Phoenyx Enterprising ( She is also the creator and facilitator of the Relationship Anarchy Portland Meetup Group ( Lori Tipton is an author, playwright, public speaker, and advocate for the use of psychedelics in the field of mental health. She is currently completing a book, which chronicles her journey of healing as a participant in the MAPS-funded FDA trial to treat PTSD with MDMA. Lori has been interviewed by NPR, CBC and ABC news as well as the Gambit Weekly and She has spoken publicly at Tulane University, the New Orleans Psychedelic Society and private events along with MAPS founder Rick Doblin.  She has been featured on the podcasts “Conscious Living Network,” “It’s New Orleans,” “LA Talk Radio” and “Psychedelics Today.” Her work is published online at both and She is one of three subjects of the upcoming feature-length documentary about MDMA psychotherapy by Directors Caleb Hellerman and Micha Peled. Lori currently serves as Executive Director of the Psychedelic Society of New Orleans where she happily lives & co-parents her son with his three fathers. She can be reached through her website at Jerry B. Brown, Ph.D., is an anthropologist and activist. He is coauthor with Julie M. Brown of The Psychedelic Gospels: The Secret History of Hallucinogens in Christianity (2016).  He is also coauthor of “Sacred Plans and the Gnostic Church,” Journal of Ancient History (2014) and of the forthcoming “Iconic Evidence of Entheogens in Christian Art,” Journal of Psychedelic Studies (2019). Michael Scott started his Television and film making career in the early 80s, completing multiple degrees of higher education in Television and film production. Michael has been a visual artist most of his life; not having been involved or interest in politics or medicine; however, life-threatening illness and the awareness of how cannabis could help humanity changed Michael’s path. Cannabis saved Michael's life, so his new path has included grass roots lobbying for human rights, veterans rights, and cannabis rights. He ran for state legislative office several times and has dedicated his life’s work to a worldwide understanding and legislation of Cannabis. Several years ago Michael created Project Positive Change, a nonprofit working to create positive media and educational material. Michael’s currently the SAL commander of the American Legion Post #92 in Stanwood, Washington. As Michael met doctors, scientists, researchers, and interviewed patients, he was saddened to learn that we lose twenty-two service men and women every day. Michael creates the "Positive Change Tour" traveling across the US and Canada to share with our service men and woman how this wondrous plant can help them and their families. Michael's about to publish his newest book, highlighting the information he shares during the "Positive Change Tour." To learn more please visit: Brad Adams received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology at USC and is currently working in cancer research at the UCLA Medical Center.  He is the Founder of the Los Angeles Medicinal Plant Society (LAMPS), was the Chair of the Los Angeles Psychedelic Science (LAPSS) Planning Committee in 2018, and is again for LAPSS 2020 (stay tuned!). He collaborated with Drs. Charles Grob and Dennis McKenna on a pilot study entitled, Ayahuasca, Psychiatric Distress, and the Meaning of Life: Results from a Pilot Study in Peru (  He is in the process of setting up a podcast called The Inner Lighthouse with Michael Scott (, which will include topics pertaining to psychedelic medicines, PSI phenomena, Complementary\Alternative\Integrative medicine, technological advances, et al.  He is also in the early stages of setting up a global alliance of psychedelic research centers called the Global Psychedelic Alliance, as well as collaborating to set up a psychedelic conference in Asia. Kristofer Wolcott holds degrees in Adventure Based Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Kristofer continues his quest learning and integrating Reiki, shamanism, plant medicine, Herbalism, Mystical Tantra and Qabalah to his toolbox/repertoire. For the last 6 years he has been providing safe containers and space holding for altered states of consciousness sessions and for group events; and providing integration sessions one on one as well. He also has been providing harm reduction care at events andfestivals such as Burningman, SOAK, Eclipse Festival and local events. His most current integration is integrating transpersonal Alchemy into his practice. Kristofer focuses on spiritual/religious, relational, and sexual challenges; helping individuals, children, couples, and families. He helps open perception, move through, and hold difficulties/blocks. Kristofer can be reached at Reverend Teri D. Ciacchi, MSW  Being Teri includes generating the relational matrix of the Living Love Revolution®, being a holistic sex educator, a Priestess of Aphrodite, a leader of the EcoSexuality movement, and an EcoMagicks practitioner. We have been generating Cascadia Holistic Peer Counseling system since 1997, holding Aphrodite Temples since 2000 and co-created Surrender: The EcoSex Convergence ®from 2013-2017. EcoSex: Celebrating Lover Earth was the focus of 2018. In July 2017 she started Interdependence and Autonomy LLC®, a for profit business that builds consent culture by healing conflict through education and legal advocacy, creating consent-centric events. Reverend Ciacchi looks to Nature for guidance and wisdom. She translates the teachings she receives from mycelium, bees and stardust into useable social skills for human beings. They lead collaborative workshops and events that honor the innate connections between humans and the Living Earth. Recent publications include essays in the books: Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love  Numen Naturae Vol I : The Magician’s Wand and Queer Magic. You can find her works at the following websites:  and Ian Mae is an ecosexual herbalist, a licensed body worker, peer counselor, a feminist and a queer, poly, genderfluid PAMP (person with access to male privilege) of European descent who has several years of experience participating in and facilitating transformational men's circles in the Portland area. At Surrender 2017  Mae was wedded into sacred marriage to Earth.  He has a magical background in Reclaiming Witchcraft, as well as the Northern Mysteries and works closely with the Runes as ancestral guides and teachers.  He believes that men working together to heal themselves and each other is a critical step on the journey towards collective liberation. Joël Karamdeep Singh Brierre began his relationship with psychedelics as a teenager in an exploratory manner. Marveling at the chance to explore the unexplored, Joël began training with Curanderos in Peru in 2001 where he further pursued these heightened states of awareness. Eventually shifting his focus into a deep and devoted yoga practice, he began teaching yoga and meditation and soon moved on to India to study in an ashram setting in Rishikesh. From there he traveled all around the world, soaking up knowledge and sharing what he’d learned. He was reintroduced to plant medicine in 2009 while living in the Caribbean, and began to incorporate them into his yoga practice. With this combination of knowledge, Joël now leads retreats and workshops around the world on the plant medicine and yoga connection. With over 10 years of teaching and multiple teacher trainings, Joël is certified at 500 ERYT. Joël mainly works with the venom of the Bufo Alvarius toad, which contains the compound 5-MeO-DMT. This compound is said to be one of the most powerful entheogens on the planet, allowing participants to experience a non-dual state of awareness in which they cease to view reality as an individual and are completely absorbed into the infinite. Joël believes the toad medicine’s effect of a non-dual experience is congruent with the Samadhi states that can be attained through yoga. Using the wisdom from Vedantic Scripture to map out the paths to reach and return from these states, he assists individuals through pre and post integration.  Joël has also structured an eight limbed path of integration that is directly based off of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Tara Rose is the host of the Green Goddess podcast, which explores sacred medicine, philosophy and the evolution of consciousness. She brings a deep love for Pachamama to her work as an initiated medicine woman, facilitating kambo frog medicine ceremonies to purify and raise the vibration of consciousness on the planet. She is a published author with a BA in philosophy from Rutgers University and MFA in creative writing from Goucher College. Dr. Justin Panneck is an associate professor of psychology at Colorado Technical University and adjunct faculty for Blue Cliff College. He holds a MEd in Instructional Technology, an M.S. in Counseling, and a PhD in Health Psychology. He is an individual, couples, and family therapist, as well as eco-therapist, providing therapy on a 70-acre farm, and often takes clients on mushroom forages, using the rich metaphors nature provides in the therapeutic process. He also works as a Behavioral Health Consultant at a rural medical clinic outside of Portland, OR, providing alternative healing modalities and nutritional interventions alongside a team of physicians and nurses, treating patients with cancer, diabetes, obesity, and other health issues. He is a writer and author and published a fictional book entitled The Knight of Dark Wood: The Last Tree Whisperer, which includes themes related to mythology and consciousness. His current research interests include consciousness, altered states, dreams, ethnopharmacology and plant medicines, shamanism, mythology and alchemy, spirituality, and behavioral health. His last research study involved the effects of ayahuasca on consciousness, spirituality, and stress coping, which was later published as a book entitled Ethnopharmacology and Stress Relief. A master mushroom forager and culinary alchemist, he is currently working on book related to the healing powers of nature, plants, creative expression, and consciousness, as well as topics like spiritual evolution, quantum realms, spiritual entities, archetypes, mythology and alchemy, culture, and the future of global society. His work has included small business consultant, mentor, private school teacher, DJ, technical writer, public speaker, and instructional designer. He also speaks annually at the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness (SAC)—a division of the American Anthropology of Association—where he also serves on the board. He has spoken at the Qualitative Research Association in Florida; the Happiness Institute in San Francisco, and the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco. In his spare time, Justin does everything in his power to flexibly bend social mores and societal rules, forging new paths, exposing some semblance of truth, conducting humorous and uncomfortable skits in public, and manifesting assorted riotous adventures. He is also an avid mushroom hunter and spends a good deal of time in the woods connecting with nature and enjoying her mycelial fruits. As a cultural critic and researcher, he also spends time exploring important mysteries, such as the Bigfoot phenomenon and UFOs, mostly exploring the psychology of those who pursue this field and the cultural meaning behind its relevance. A self-proclaimed iconoclastic oneironautic psychonaut, he also spends time exploring his dreams and consciousness and all of its abilities by experimenting with altered states, active imagination, and lucid dreaming. He lives in Portland, OR by day, and somewhere near the fringes of Sloan’s Wall by night. Jane E. Latimer, MA has more than 30 years of experience working with trauma, eating disorder and addiction recovery, as well as nature and expressive arts healing. She is the author of two books on eating disorder recovery, and the founder of the first spiritually-informed online recovery program, Bodyway. Through the years working with clients suffering with CPTSD and related addictions, she has discovered the power of psychedelics for getting to places that are otherwise impossible to access. As she witnesses the power of psychedelics to help individuals heal from crippling CPTSD, she has become an advocate and activist on behalf of psychedelic psychotherapy. *Changes in the speaker lineup will not result in a material alteration. 

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