What we're about

Psychedelic Professionals Meet is a meetup-style group for professionals, healers, researchers, activists, and explorers on the leading edge of work with psychedelic medicines. Learn, share, network, and connect with the Colorado community of psychedelic professionals who are leading the way forward in transforming our relationships with drugs and medicines. Or, come as an interested community member to learn more about and discuss some really interesting topics!

Our community is based on values of openness and inclusivity, authentic empowerment, right relationship with medicines and drugs, and showing up for the people and causes important to our lives. Each meetup starts with an informative presentation on new or interesting happenings in psychedelic research, practice, or activism, with plenty of time for discussion and networking. Let's keep Colorado on the leading edge of psychedelic medicine work!

This meetup group is hosted by The Nowak Society (http://www.nowaksociety.org) -- a Colorado non-profit that aims to educate and support people in building safe, informed, and empowering relationships with self, others, and the drugs and medicines we interact with.

Relationship with self is the most important, primary relationship in our lives. We focus first and foremost on opening up to ourselves, finding our source of creative power, passion, inspiration, and enjoyment. In our experience, relationship to self is most supported when in community with others who are also desiring authenticity and connection. That's essentially what brought us together and what Nowak Society is about! From our work original work in festival harm reduction and in mental health, we found that so many people have confused and disempowered relationships with drugs and medicines --- from antidepressants, stimulants and other drugs taken under the umbrella of psychiatry, to alcohol, marijuana, MDMA, LSD, and other drugs taken under the umbrella of recreation. We aim to re-frame how and why we use drugs and medicines of all kinds, and support people and communities in re-claiming what "medicine" is for them. How can we relate to any of these substances in ways that open us up to expand and empower our relationship with self, rather than in ways that shut us down or represses pieces of ourselves?

Upcoming events (3)

Psychedelic Professionals Social Hour: Fort Collins

Pour Brothers Community Tavern


Psychedelic Professionals Social Hour is now happening monthly in Fort Collins! Join us on the second Monday of each month, 6pm, at Pour Brothers Community Tavern in Old Town. This is a casual, friendly space where we can network and meet other like-minded practitioners and activists in the psychedelic space. Come for appetizers, drinks, and socializing. We have no formal presentations planned for our Social Hour events. Just conversations, hugs, and connecting in community.

Please also be aware of our Community Guidelines for Nowak Society events. To protect the community, we ask that no one try to solicit illegal substances or services from anyone attending the event. Be kind, be respectful, and keep it legal.

We can't WAIT to see you there, Fort Collins!

"Personal Use" Community Workshop Series

Shared Ground

Join us for a special community workshop series aimed to empower communities in safe and optimal personal use of natural medicines. Proposition 122 in Colorado decriminalized the personal use of psilocybin-containing mushrooms and other natural medicines, including growing for personal use, sharing, gifting, possessing, ingesting, and engaging supportive services around someone's personal use. As an educational non-profit, The Nowak Society believes in open-source and community-sourced education, meaning that we strive to make knowledge and skill-building accessible to all and held by community.

In service to this mission, we are honored to welcome a series of expert guests donating their time by offering deeply discounted workshops to the broader community of non-clinicians and non-psychedelic-experts. Each workshop is intended to unlock essential knowledge and skills from the professional domain to lay people seeking to optimize their personal use of natural medicines in safe and maximally beneficial ways.

You are invited to "pay what you can" to join each workshop. Attend one workshop or join us at all of them! Your generous support is appreciated and all proceeds are shared between The Nowak Society 501c3 and allied non-profit causes specified in each workshop description.

Note that some of these workshops are typically offered at $125+ by the professionals and clinical scientists leading them. We've set our "pay what you can" tickets to a minimum of $20 in order to make the knowledge and skills being offered accessible to as many people as possible. If you have the financial means available to you, we suggest setting your ticket price to $25-$75 per ticket, with full price up to $125. It's entirely up to you to "pay what you can" and please know that we appreciate your support at whatever level is available to you.
Space for each workshop is limited, so please purchase a ticket in advance. Each workshop is ticketed separately, so you must purchase a ticket for each workshop you want to attend (on this event registration page, click "select a different date" to purchase a ticket for a particular workshop). All workshops take place in person in Denver, Colorado during the evening (approximately 6-9pm) on the date listed.

June 14, 2023
Dr. Adele Lafrance
Family Matters in Psychedelic Medicine
While significant attention has been paid to the intersection of mind-body-spirit in the context of medicine work, the impact of medicine work on relationships throughout the healing process has received insufficient attention. This workshop will introduce the ethical, brain-based and psychological rationales for attention paid to family matters in psychedelic medicine. Tools and techniques to maximize positive outcomes and minimize distress within the system will also be shared. Clinicians and non-clinicians are welcome.
Proceeds from this workshop are shared with The Indigenous Reciprocity Initiative

Next up...
August 9, 2023
Dori Lewis, MA, LPC-S and Dylan Rivard, LPC
Preparation and Integration for your Psiloycbin Journey
Learn the essential knowledge and skills for your self-guided mushroom journey. Explore what matters in terms of mindset, your own sense of readiness to build a relationship with psilocybin, the physical and energetic space for your journey, and useful tips to meet the mushroom with openness. We will also offer simple ways to think about integration and how you might engage that process in order to maximize the potential of your self-guided work with mushrooms to make positive impacts in your life.

Find more information and purchase tickets at Events | Nowak Society | Colorado (thenowaksociety.org)

The Official Psychedelic Science-Colorado Welcome Party & Drag Bingo

Ophelia's Electric Soapbox

Join The Nowak Society, Ophelia's, and the leading psychedelic organizations in Colorado for the official kick-off to Psychedelic Science Week! Starting at 6:00pm, sip, snack & socialize with Colorado's psychedelic leaders while we get ready for the main event... Psychedelic Drag Bingo! Featuring cash prizes up to $1,000 (!!!), performances by CO-based drag artist Jessica l'Whor, drag ballroom family House of LeBeija, & psychedelic trivia winner giveaways!

Your bingo card purchases go toward supporting the Harm Reduction Action Center and local Queer & Trans advocacy organizations -- in honor of celebrating PRIDE MONTH! Let us welcome you to Colorado in style at Ophelia's and show our collective LOVE for community, celebration, and allyship!

Full dinner menu available from 5-10p, bar until close. To ensure table reservations please book using the link provided below. For parties of 5 or more please call or text the restaurant at (303)[masked]. Click Here for table reservations. If you plan to enjoy dinner at Ophelia's, we highly encourage you to make a table reservation.

This is a FREE event for Psychedelic Science week, but please do RSVP in advance. RSVPs allow us to estimate attendance, but it does not guarantee you entry if we reach capacity. Seats and standing room are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so try to arrive early and hang out with us all the way through to the grand prize!
And finally, remember to have fun and tip the performers! Bring cash for bingo card purchases and we'll be sure to have loads of singles to make change for tips.

Thank you also to the amazing Colorado orgs that donated for our prize giveaways: Reflective Healing, Elemental Psychedelics training center, McAllister Law, SPORE, and Vincente.


Past events (124)

Psychedelic Professionals Meet: Denver

Mercury Cafe