2019 Speakers

Andrew J. Assini, MA, LAC, LCADC

is a licensed mental health professional, college professor, and person in long-term recovery, who is personally and professionally familiar with the benefits of plant medicine. Assini specializes in addiction treatment and recovery and has worked with mental health, substance abuse, and dual diagnosis populations across the continuum of care and lifespan. Assini teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in psychology, addictions, and counseling at local universities and colleges, and also spends time each summer offering classes and groups for the staff at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. Ayahuasca, Huachuma, and Iboga have all been tremendous allies in Assini’s personal journey of healing and recovery, and the insights and “downloads,” received from these sacred teachers have proven invaluable in the work he does with his clients. Assini considers it a great honor to participate in supporting the re-emergence of entheogens and earth medicine.

Ryan Jay Beauregard

received his B.A. in Psychology from Claremont McKenna College, and spent 10 years mentoring at-risk teens and families through wilderness survival skills and nature connection. His passion for community connection, the environment, and intrapersonal healing continued with his involvement in permaculture, natural building, and ancestral grief rituals. As a volunteer with the Zendo Project since 2013, Ryan has had the opportunity to connect and expand the scope of psychedelic harm reduction in communities and festivals all over the globe. As the Zendo Project Manager, he integrates his skills in psychology, design and and community engagement. When he isn’t on the road with the Zendo Project, Ryan can be found at his home in Boulder, CO enjoying the great outdoors, experimenting with sustainable technology, and designing websites, logos and sacred geometry art.

Chloe Bee, RH

is an herbalist, educator, dancer and entrepreneur. Her passion is to educate and encourage people to embrace clinical herbalism and plant therapeutics in order to build a healthy body, mind and spirit. She is the creator of Rainbow Bliss Botanicals, a line of hand-crafted, high-quality organic plant medicines, tinctures, teas, salves, aromatherapy mists and body care which she sells both online and at her apothecary located in Tempe, AZ. She studied at the East West School of Planetary Herbology with Michael and Lesley Tierra.

Kyle Buller

is the co-founder of Psychedelics Today, along with Joe Moore. Kyle received his B.A. in Transpersonal Psychology from Burlington College, where he studied the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness by exploring shamanism, plant medicine, Holotropic Breathwork, and psychedelic psychotherapy. Kyle is currently completing an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Somatic Psychology, where he is researching how breathwork can help heal trauma and other mental health issues. You can learn more about Kyle’s work at psychedelicstoday.com or settingsunwellness.com

Brad Burge,MA

is the Director of Strategic Communications for the non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He earned his B.A. in Communication and Psychology from Stanford University in 2005 and his M.A. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego in 2009. He began working with MAPS in 2009, where he engages daily with journalists and media producers around the world to enhance public knowledge about psychedelic research, while also helping develop and evolve MAPS’ brand and outreach strategy. Brad is passionate about finding better ways for humans to work with the pharmaceutical and digital communications technologies of the 21st century.

Rael Cahn, MD, Ph.D.

is an Assistant Clinical Professor with the USC Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Assistant Research Professor at the USC Brain and Creativity Institute. He has been studying the neuroscience and clinical importance of meditation and states of consciousness throughout his career in science and psychiatry and has authored numerous basic neuroscience investigations of meditation and psychedelic-induced states and traits of consciousness as well as comprehensive integrative reviews of both the neurophysiology of meditation and the impact of meditative practices in Major Depressive Disorder. Dr. Cahn has investigated the brain states associated with a wide range meditative practices and is currently using fMRI and EEG methods to investigate the neurophysiologic mechanisms underlying mindfulness practice in diverse populations as well as advanced states of narrative-free awareness in long term meditators. Dr. Cahn has a particular interest in methods to promote the healing of emotional disturbance and psychospiritual crises through developing acceptance, equanimity, compassion, and expanded awareness of the levels of self-experience and the clinical and societal applications of such approaches. In addition to the systematic training of awareness through meditative practice Dr. Cahn has an interest in the adjunctive use of psychedelic medicines to promote deeper insight into automated emotional patterning and dysfunctional self-narratives leading to his engagement as Principal Investigator on the study of the Epigenetic regulation underlying the efficacy of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD in collaboration with the MAPS-funded Phase III Trial.

Nicholas V. Cozzi, Ph.D.

is an educator and scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. He holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and a B.S. in Pharmacology and Toxicology, both from the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy. His background and training is in pharmacology, chemistry, and neuroscience. As an educator, Dr. Cozzi teaches pharmacology at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the UW School of Pharmacy and he is a frequent guest lecturer at other academic institutions around the United States. Dr. Cozzi’s research involves the design, chemical synthesis, and pharmacological testing of substances with central nervous system activity. He is interested in how these agents act in the brain to enhance mood, improve cognition, and increase awareness, and in their clinical value for treating addiction, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic fear, and other mental health ailments. Dr. Cozzi is internationally recognized for his work in these areas. Dr. Cozzi has received several teaching and research awards, including a Distinguished Basic Science Teaching Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a prestigious NARSAD Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation for his studies involving the serotonin uptake transporter. His research has also been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health. Outside the University, Dr. Cozzi consults for legal, pharmaceutical industry, and government clients.

Belinda Eriacho

is of Navajo and Zuni lineage. Her maternal clan is One Who Walks Around. Her paternal clan is Zuni. Growing up as a child on the Navajo reservation she was exposed to her ancestral teachings and culture of the Navajo and Zuni peoples. After 28 years as a professional she decided to retire and continue her journey as a healer. As an adult she journeyed through her own inner and physical healing. She then recognized her gifts as a healer and her true calling. She is the owner of Kaalogii, LLC. Her business specialized in cultural and traditional native education and experiences. In addition, she uses native herbs, essential oils and energetic healing to assist in individual transformation.

L. Burke Files, DDP, CACM

is a risk management and business consultant. He is an international due diligence, investment, investigative, and research expert. As a finance and corporate world insider, Mr. Files is keenly aware of the types and accuracy of the information required to make informed and timely decisions, and he brings this into the venture arena. For nearly three decades he has worked as a knowledge specialist in international finance and due diligence working on projects in over 100 countries. Previously, he was a partner in a regional business, finance, and securities consulting firm. He has served as the director of corporate finance for an investment banking company and the principal of a business and venture capital consulting firm. Mr. Files continues to serve on Boards for private companies working in international finance, due diligence, and Anti-Corruption. These and a multitude of other experiences provide Mr. Files with a broad and exceptional knowledge base and contacts in the international finance, and corporate worlds. He has received a Commission and a Medal of Merit from the President of the United States is an award-winning author and is frequently sought out by media as a quotable and reliable source.

Sara Gael

is the Director of Harm Reduction for the MAPS Zendo Project. She received her Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University. She began working with MAPS in 2012, coordinating psychedelic harm reduction services at festivals and events worldwide with the Zendo Project. Sara was an Intern Therapist for the recently completed MAPS Phase 2 clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD in Boulder, CO. She maintains a private practice as a psychotherapist specializing in trauma and non-ordinary states of consciousness. Sara believes that developing a comprehensive understanding of psychedelic medicines through research and education is essential for the health and well being of individuals, communities, and the planet.

Albert Garcia-Romeu, Ph.D.

is a member of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Guest Researcher at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Neuroimaging Research Branch, where he studies the effects of psychedelic drugs in humans, with a focus on psilocybin as an aid in the treatment of addiction. He received his doctorate in 2012 from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, where he researched self-transcendence and meditation, and their role in mental health. His current research interests include clinical applications of psychedelics, mindfulness, and altered states of consciousness, and their underlying neurobiological mechanisms.

Jesse Gould

Founder of Heroic Hearts Project, was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and grew up in New Smyrna Beach, FL. In 2009 he graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Economics. After working in investment banking for a short time he enlisted in the Army and became an Airborne Ranger for four years and three combat deployments. Most recently, he worked in finance in Tampa, FL. After struggling with severe anxiety for many years, he finally decided to go to an ayahuasca retreat which has had a profoundly positive effect on his anxiety and daily life. During the week long retreat he instantly saw the healing potential of the drink and knew that it could be a powerful tool in healing the mental struggles of his fellow veterans. This experience inspired him to found Heroic Hearts Project, an organization which connects veterans in need of healing with ayahuasca therapy. In 2018, he ran a 100-mile ultramarathon to raise money for veterans in need of ayahuasca therapy for PTSD and promote the need for psychedelic research.

Veronika Gold, MA, MFT

is a co-founder, therapist, and consultant at Polaris Insight Center, San Francisco based clinic providing Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. She is a sub-investigator and co-therapist in MAPS Clinical Program for MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for treatment of PTSD. Veronika received her MA in Clinical Psychology from the Charles University in Prague, and an MA in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a certified EMDR therapist and training facilitator, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Organic Intelligence Expert, and Realization Process Teacher. Veronika is deeply interested in the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness and creating the optimal set and setting for these experiences.

Ronan Hallowell, EdD

is an assistant professor of clinical medical education at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He is a student of the world’s wisdom traditions and a ceremonial singer in the Lakota tradition. Dr. Hallowell has spent over twenty years researching and writing about intercultural communication in the context of the Lakota/Native American Sun Dance tradition. He also conducts research on physician professional identity formation, curriculum design and cross-cultural perspectives on medicine which has included a long-term interest in traditional Amazonian plant medicine. As a member of the Learning Sciences team in the Department of Medical Education at Keck, he works with colleagues to provide a suite of curriculum and instruction services to faculty and administrators that includes instructional design, faculty development and the Keck Next Curriculum Renewal Initiative. Dr. Hallowell earned his EdD in educational psychology from the University of Southern California and his MA in philosophy and religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Shana Harris, Ph.D.

is a cultural and medical anthropologist and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Central Florida. Her research, which has been funded by several organizations including the National Institutes of Health and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, focuses on drug use and abuse and health politics and interventions in Latin America and the United States. Her current work examines medical travel and the use of a psychedelic called ibogaine for drug treatment in Mexico.

Hamid Jabbar, JD

has been working with sound for over 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Music from NYU and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from UCLA. Since 2005, he has been exploring the interconnectedness of various lineages from Yoga to mediation, indigenous traditions of the Americas, and Eastern and Western medicines. Hamid’s primary work is as a teacher of sound and meditation, conducting regular Sound Practitioner Trainings where he empowers others to work with the voice, overtone emitting instruments like gongs and singing bowls, flutes, drums, bells, and chimes. He also conducts regular workshops using breathwork and sound to facilitate transcendent experiences. Hamid remains fascinated by the broader use of sound in all of the shamanic models, including those that involve entheogenic plants. He apprenticed in the Shipibo medicine tradition with Don Enrique Lopez at Inkan Kena Centro Espiritual outside of Iquitos, working with numerous plant medicines, including Ayahuasca, along with the icaros (medicine songs) central to the tradition. He studied the Huachuma (San Pedro) traditions of the Andes region in Piscac, Cusco, and their related sound practices. Hamid is the creator of several Yoga Teacher Training Programs in Phoenix, and the Meditation Director for Current Meditation, the first meditation-only studio to incorporate sound into every class. He is a frequent presenter on sound for retreats, workshops, and conferences. More information about Hamid can be found at www.hamidyoga.com.

Samuel Ko, MD, MBA, FACEP

is a Board Certified Emergency Physician and founder of Reset Ketamine (www.resetketamine.com) in Palm Springs, CA. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and member of the American Society of Ketamine Physicians. Dr. Ko received a Bachelor of Science from Seattle University and went on to graduate from the joint MD/MBA program from the University of Rochester in New York, where the biopsychosocial model of medicine was created. He completed his residency training at Loma Linda University Medical Center, where the mission is “To Make Man Whole.” This means Dr. Ko takes a holistic approach to ketamine infusions, including the biology, psychology, sociology, and spirituality of his patients. Using his unique training, Dr. Ko is committed to improving the lives of patients. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Ko is Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center and attending ER doctor in the Inland Empire. During his free time, he practices yoga, meditation, reads voraciously, and travels globally with his amazing wife.

Beatriz Caiuby Labate, Ph.D

received her doctorate in social anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of psychoactive substances, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, and religion. She is Adjunct Faculty at the East-West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco and Visiting Professor at the Center for Research and Post Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Guadalajara. She is Public Education and Culture Specialist at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). She is co-founder of the Drugs, Politics, and Culture Collective, in Mexico (http://drogaspoliticacultura.net), and co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP) in Brazil, as well as editor of NEIP’s website (http://www.neip.info). She is also Chief Editor at Chacruna (http://chacruna.net). She is author, co-author, and co-editor of eighteen books, one special-edition journal, and several peer-reviewed articles (http://bialabate.net).

Candace Lewis, Ph.D

aims to revolutionize mental health care by exploring dynamic environmental and genetic influences on brain-behavior relationships. A native of Alaska, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Next, she earned a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience at Arizona State University on a Harry S. Truman Scholarship while investigating the effects of early life stress on addiction behavior and neurobiology. After graduation, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to learn advanced neuroimaging and psychedelic research methods at the University Hospital of Zurich. She was also awarded the Science Foundation Arizona Bisgrove Fellowship to investigate the interplay between early experiences, epigenetics, physiology, and behavior. Taken together, her research centers around the age-old question of nature versus nurture with a modern twist. Dr. Lewis seeks to unravel how genetics and experiences continuously interact to shape neurobiology and behavior.

Natalie Metz, ND, MA

is in practice in Oakland with a focus on Women’s Health, Botanical Medicine, and Digestive Wellness. A large part of her practice is the natural management of cervical dysplasia, with an expanding interest in treating men with HPV. During medical school, she pursued additional training in herbalism, midwifery, and naturopathic philosophy. She helped found the Naturopathic Gathering, an annual philosophy conference, and taught within the botanical medicine NPLEX review curricula. She received her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and has a background as a medicinal chemist, designing novel pharmaceutical agents. She serves as faculty for several educational institutions, is featured in the documentary The Future of Medicine, and is a contributing author for the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine textbook. She completed graduate studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program and now teaches in their Integrative Medicine program. She was among the first to receive a Certificate in Psychedelic Research and Therapy at CIIS.

Esteban Yepes Montoya

is a professional chef, dedicated to study and the pedagogy of fermented foods and edible wildlife plants. He works with the Kogi, Mhuysqa, Misak and Murui communities of Colombia in the rescue of ancestral technologies, and is dedicated to building a bridge between the indigenous and western worlds through food and regenerative culture. He studied gastronomy in the Basque Culinary Center of Euskadi and left his career last year to retrace Central America in search of routes and races of cocoa. He is a empirical student, self-taught in ethnobotany, pharmocognosy, herbology and regerative nutrition. He works with the cocoa to facilitate space for the expression of creative language, self-investigation and healing.

Joe Moore

is a co-founder of Psychedelics Today. After stumbling upon the work of Stanislav Grof during his undergraduate years, Joe began participating in Holotropic Breathwork workshops in Vermont at Dreamshadow in 2003. Joe helped facilitate Holotropic and Transpersonal Breathwork workshops while he spent his time in New England. He is now working in the software industry as well as working on Psychedelics Today. He also coordinates Dreamshadow Transpersonal Breathwork workshops, in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Anny Ortiz

is a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Human Ecology in the department of Human Development and Family Studies where she works under the mentorship of Dr. Charles Raison. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Arizona State University. Over the past 17 years Anny has worked in a variety of therapeutic programs including a residential treatment center in Mexico, a wilderness therapy program in the United States and a therapeutic boarding school in Costa Rica where she had the opportunity to work with skillful psychotherapists and gained clinical experience working primarily with adolescents and young adults with anxiety and substance use disorders. From 2013 to 2016 Anny worked and consulted with two different ibogaine treatment centers in Baja, Mexico where she integrated the use of 5-MeO-DMT, along with heart-rate variability training into already existing ibogaine treatment protocols for opioid addiction. The anecdotal reports of the positive impact the addition of the 5-MeO-DMT experience was having on individual’s lives compelled her to pursue graduate education and to seek a way to see clinical research with 5-MeO-DMT get off the ground. As a human ecology scholar, she is interested in human development not just from a lifespan perspective, but also from a larger evolutionary psychology framework. Anny is also interested in the role psychedelics have played, and will continue to play, on human cognitive, moral and prosocial development. With the study of the interrelationships between humans, nature and the built-environment being within the purview of human ecology, Anny feels it is important to raise awareness about the ecological situation that has been unfolding in her native land of Sonora since 2012 when the once obscure and little known Incilius Alvarius toad was shot to world fame and set on a path of ecological distress.

Kenneth Proefrock, NMD

graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1996. Prior to naturopathic medical school, he received a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry and Zoology from Northern Arizona University. For the past fifteen years, he has conducted a very busy Naturopathic medical practice in Surprise, AZ. He is also sole owner and formulator for Vital Force Naturopathic Compounding which provides consulting services and a wide variety of unique and effective compounds for other Naturopathic Physicians and their patients. He speaks at conferences across the country sharing his perspective on Botanical Medicine and the modern practice of Naturopathic Medicine. He is also the Vice-President for the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners and the chairperson for the biochemistry portion of the Naturopathic Physician’s Licensing Exam. In his spare time, when such a thing rarely exists, he is in the desert with his kids, honing his skills in primitive archery, wildcrafting, gardening, and home brewing.

Saj Razvi, MA, LPC

was a clinical investigator for the recently completed MAPS Phase 2 trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He is the Director of Education at Innate Path and is currently developing a psilocybin treatment protocol for use at Innate Path Jamaica. His clinical interest is on the use of psychedelic medicines (ketamine, cannabis, MDMA, and psilocybin) with non-ordinary state psychotherapy (NOSP) for improved outcomes in mental health. He has taught trauma studies as faculty at the University of Denver as well as being a national topic expert for PESI education seminars focusing on complex trauma. Saj is part of the program evaluation process taking place at Innate Path in collaboration with Johns Hopkins psilocybin researcher Alan Davis to validate the use of cannabis in mental health.

Sara Reed, M.S.

is a Marriage and Family Therapist who practices in Farmington, Connecticut. She is currently a Sub-Investigator and Study Coordinator for the MAPS MDMA Clinical Study of PTSD at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Sara’s clinical interests include exploring relational processes and emotional patterns in Black-Americans and identifying sociocultural variables for ethnoracial minority participants in the MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD clinical trials. Sara also works to advance health equity and upward social mobility among boys and men of color through neutral strategies, such as art, in the state of Connecticut. As a socially-minded therapist, Sara continuously works to expand culturally sensitive practices within her work and within the literature of the mental health field. ​

Amanda Ryskowski

is a third year naturopathic medical student at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM). She received her BA in Biology from the University of Oregon with minors in Chemistry and Religious Studies, and completed a teacher training in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Rishikesh, India. She is the founder and President of Entheogenic Research Awareness (ERA), a student organization dedicated to educating healthcare professionals and the general public about the therapeutic potentials of entheogens. Amanda is deeply interested in the potential clinical applications of psychedelics and mystical experiences, and hopes to someday incorporate psychedelic medicines into her naturopathic medical practice.

Paul Richard Saunders, PhD, ND, DHANP, CCH

is an Adjunct Professor of Materia Medica, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, has been in private practice in Dundas, Ontario, Canada since 1991. His earned a PhD in forest ecology at Duke University, was on the faculty at Clemson University, and tenured at Washington State University. He earned his ND from Ontario (now Canadian) College of Naturopathic Medicine, and did additional training and residency at National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon, earned a second ND, served as their interim Research Director, and initiated their Institutional Review Board. Paul earned a Diplomate from the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians (DHANP) and Certified Classical Homeopath (CCH) from the American Council on Homeopathic Certification in 1993. He completed chelation board examinations from the International College of Integrated Medicine in 1998. As Editor, The Canadian Journal of Herbalism, 2000-2002, he instituted peer-review. He does grant reviews for the NIH, NCCAM, and Sick Kids Foundation. He has honoured as Ontario Naturopathic Doctor of the Year in 1994 and 2002. In 1999 he was a member of the Transition Team that established the Office of Natural Health Products, Health Canada, served on its Expert Advisory Committee to 2006, and served as an expert on various subcommittees. He is president of NPLEX, has co-authored three books, served as an expert legal witness, conducted clinical research, published numerous papers, lectured frequently on naturopathic medicine and reviewed many scientific papers and chapters.

Felix Quispe Sarmiento

is a curandero and descendant of the ancient Nazcan civilization. He guides spiritual healing ceremonies at sacred sites and uses San Pedro and other plant medicines to treat a variety of conditions. He believes that you can employ any class of medicine, with all the wisdom in the world, but if there is not love, there will be no cure. Love and connection to earth and the cosmos are the most important medicine.

Mamma Senchina (Santiago Zarabato)

is a wise elder of the Kogi community in the Sierra Nevada region of Santa Marta in Colombia. He comes from a lineage that has protected the advice safeguarded in the coca and tobacco plants for many generations. He inherited the legacy “el Mamma Aluka” from his father-in-law of the Kogi-Wiwa tribe when he immigrated from the Sierra to the region of Cundi-Boyacense in the nineties to share his teachings and seed change. Mamma Senchina was one of the only survivors of the lightening bolt that fell the 8th of August in 2014 on the principle house of ceremonies in the Sierra. After that near death experience he embarked on a journey through various territories, making payment to the Mother hills and lagoons, endorsing the original agreements made by his fellow communities; and for 3 years he settled in Cundinamarca, a place where his father-in-law lived, to share and help give new life to the legacy of the Kogi-Wiwa people of Mhuysgas. The wisdom Mamma Senchina protects is based on the order of the Gonadindua, founded in the sacred lands and snow peaks of the Sierra, considered by many as the “heart of the world”. The Council of these communities has been preserved, by word of mouth using song and dance, and is guided by the consecration of the coca, tobacco, and the constant care of the the Poporo and spindle. In addition, Mamma Senchina has witnessed and participated in the emergence of the “Cocaoteaderos” (a mix between the traditional Mambeadero and the emerging “cacao ceremony”); an inclusive community who processes chocolate in a space open and safe of conflict for human dialogue. The word and action of the Mamma is oriented toward guaranteeing the care, toward the planting and maintaining of the seed of life; in his backpack of wisdom is preserved various methods that the people remember on how to plant, on how to cultivate the food that has sustained the people as well as the homeostasis of the planet, and to maintain the care of our connection.

Sue Sisley, MD

is an Arizona-based physician practicing Internal Medicine & Psychiatry. She works as Independent Medical Director for medical cannabis license holders in 17 different states from Hawaii to Florida to New Jersey. Sue serves as President of Scottsdale Research Institute & Site Principal Investigator for the only FDA-approved randomized controlled trial in the world examining safety/efficacy of whole plant marijuana in combat veterans with severe post traumatic stress disorder PTSD. Dr. Sisley is on faculty at Colorado State University & Humboldt State University, and Senior Fellow at Thomas Jefferson University Lambert Center, and University of Michigan College of Medicine, assisting their Institutes of Cannabis Research. Dr. Sisley has been a Member of Nevada ILAC Medical Cannabis Commission for the past 3 years, outlining regulations for laboratory testing (limits on pesticides, residual solvents and other guidelines) that are currently being used as a model for other states’ medical cannabis laws. Her other areas of current IRB-approved research include supervising studies evaluating cannabis for pain management, cannabis as substitution therapy for opioids, and also a safety study looking at cannabis edibles. Dr. Sisley is also Principal Investigator on a CSU project to build a robust nationwide medical cannabis patient registry.

Darryl Slim

is a healer and mentor. He is Tangle Clan on his mother’s side, Many Goat Clan on his father’s side, Bitter Water Clan on his paternal grandparent side, and Mexican Clan on his maternal grandparent side. He grew up on the Navajo Nation where he learned traditional Navajo medicine from his grandparents Danny and Aurora Joe. From a very young age, he was mentored into the wisdom traditions of our ancestors. He lives with his family in Mesa, Arizona. He loves to listen and share with all the earth’s relatives, water his plants and play with his three dogs.

Joe Tafur, MD

is a Colombian-American family physician originally from Phoenix Arizona. After completing his family medicine training at UCLA, Dr. Tafur spent two years in academic research at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry in a lab focused on mind-body medicine. After his research fellowship, over a period of six years, he lived and worked in the Peruvian Amazon at the traditional healing center Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual. There he worked closely with master Shipibo shaman Ricardo Amaringo and trained in ayahuasca shamanism. In his new book “The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor’s Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine,” through a series of stories, Dr. Tafur shared his unique experience and integrative medical theories.

Caitlin Thompson

After struggling with her own battle with depression and anxiety, Caitlin Thompson applied her background in neurobiology and dove into the cutting edge scientific literature on mood disorders and mental illnesses, developing an understanding of the importance of nutrient therapy for psychiatric conditions. This led her down a health rabbit hole, realizing that lyme disease, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, microbiome dysbiosis and emotional trauma were at the root of her and many others’ depression and autoimmune health challenges. Caitlin utilized nutrition, diet, herbs, psychedelics, Kambo, mindfulness practice, neurofeedback training and a number of other tools to successfully recover. Caitlin is an IAKP certified Kambo frog medicine practitioner out of San Diego, CA and the founder of the nutritional supplement company, EntheoZen. She uses a variety of modalities and educational platforms to support and guide others on their healing path to achieving optimal mental wellness.

Rabbi Matthew Kent & Reverend Anne Zapf

are co-founders of The Peyote Way Church of God, a non-sectarian, multicultural, experiential, Peyotist organization located in southeastern Arizona, in the remote Aravaipa wilderness. In 1977, together with Reverend Immanuel Trujillo, they wrote a Declaration of Intent stating that they were going to grow, steward, protect and distribute the holy sacrament Peyote. Since 1978, they have directed this 160 acre religious sanctuary and seminary dedicated to the sacramental use of Peyote and a Word of Wisdom lifestyle. The Peyote Way Church of God teaches that direct religious revelation remains available to anyone who seeks it, and is directly beneficial providing it is sought in the right spirit. For a more detailed biography, click here: Matthew Kent and Anne Zapf Bio.