Psychedelics as a Path to Freedom with Vimalasara Mason-John

From: Jack Kornfield <jack>
Date: Wed, Aug 9, 2023, 11:42 AM
Subject: Psychedelics as a Path to Freedom with Vimalasara Mason-John
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[[Riding the Psychedelic Wave] Join me and 12 other experts as we discuss the future of psychedelic therapy.

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Dear Dharma Friends,

The spiritual and mental health world is getting swept up in a psychedelic revolution (like the ’60s but on steroids). But the enthusiasm for psychedelics is shrouded in confusion as well.

How do psychedelics fit in a spiritual path? Is microdosing good for depression? Is an MDMA therapy session of value? What are legal and helpful ways to understand this territory.

I joined my colleague Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John and the Academy of Therapy Wisdom to add my voice with other leaders in talks about the future of psychedelics.

Psychedelics as a Path to Freedom: A New Frontier for Mental Health Treatment with Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John

This online course brings you into the conversation with Vimalasara (they/them) — Buddhist, therapist, addiction coach, and mindfulness teacher — and 12 other leading voices in the psychedelic field.

Meet the Psychedelic Master Presenters:

Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., Buddhist monk and founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society

Gabor Maté, Ph.D., author of The Myth of Normal, founder of Compassionate Inquiry, and addiction expert

Carl Hart, Ph.D., neuroscientist, decriminalization activist, and educator on drug abuse and addiction

Dr. Victor Hugo Rojas, Bolivian shaman, and psychiatrist

Ifetayo Harvey, writer, advocate, and founder of the POC (People of Color) Psychedelic Collective

Dick Schwartz, Ph.D., founder of Internal Family Systems

Frank Anderson, MD, psychiatrist and therapist specializing in the treatment of trauma and dissociation

Marcina Hale, LMFT, therapist certified in psychedelic work and filmmaker/Executive Producer of Fantastic Fungi

Adriana Kertzer, JD, co-founder of Plant Medicine Law Group

Robert Jappie, a pioneer in the area of Cannabis Law and Life Sciences Regulation in the UK and Europe

Amit Elan, founder of Kiyumí, a psychedelic-assisted retreat center in the Netherlands

Lisa Wessing, facilitator for psychedelic therapy and traditional healing practices

Neil Markey, former US Army Captain and survivor of PTSD

Each of these experts has direct experience with psychedelic therapies from legal, academic, personal, or therapeutic perspectives. By learning from them, you’ll better understand psychedelic uses, benefits, concerns, and have accurate information and valuable resources.

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Psychedelics are here to stay. Here is information you can use to inform and navigate the promise and possibilities.


Dr. Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John, M.A. (they/them), is your guide on this mind-opening journey. With over 30 years of mindfulness practice, they are one of the leading African-descent voices in mindfulness and addiction, training professionals worldwide. Vimalasara co-founded Eight Step Recovery and Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR), and is an award winning author of ten books.

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