What we're about

The Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education (ERIE) mission:

1) Review and conduct research on the use of traditional plant medicines, and their modern analogs, for creativity, healing, personal growth, and spiritual exploration;

2) Develop integration methods that combine new research with existing, tested practices to help people incorporate extraordinary experiences into their lives;

3) Articulate a new educational paradigm that honors and draws upon the vast Indigenous knowledge of plant and fungi kingdoms, then envisions new applications of it within contemporary Western contexts; and

4) Create a forum for the responsible discussion of these topics.

Upcoming events (3)

Decriminalize Nature Oakland Educational Launch Rally

There are some exciting actions happening in Oakland that we would love to share with you. A group has gathered in Oakland to put together a resolution to Decriminalize Nature* inspired by the Denver and Oregon ballot initiatives. Join the Decriminalize Nature movement at Omni Commons in Oakland (4799 Shattuck) on March 22 for a rally to educate, advocate, and connect with community. *Decriminalize Nature refers to entheogenic plants, fungi, and natural sources (as defined herein), such as mushrooms, cacti, iboga containing plants and /or extracted combinations of plants similar to Ayahuasca; and limited to those containing the following types of compounds: indole amines, tryptamines, phenethylamines The evening will begin with brief talks and testimonials from residents, thought leaders, researchers, and organizers of our beloved entheogenic community here in Oakland. Following the talks we will break out into tables to participate in hands-on activism, hosted by San Francisco Psychedelic Society, ERIE, Sacred Garden Community, Twisted Thistle Apothecary, Bloom Network, Decriminalize Nature California, Shinan Visionary Arts, and others. The actions will include letter writing, fundraising, and community building, as well as button making, flyer constructing, and silk screening with our epic new logo to wear proudly and loudly! Bring a blank t-shirt, sweatshirt or patch to print the new design on. Come hungry, as Conscious Kitchen will be offering delicious plant-based magic meals and curated alcohol-free drinks. Evening Schedule: 5 - 6pm Doors open 6 - 7:00pm Speakers (including Elizabeth Bast, Chor Boogie, Ryan Miller, and more!) 7 - 7:30pm Community testimonials 7:30 - 7:45pm break 7:45 - 9pm Break out tables, letter writing, t-shirt printing, button making 9:00 - 10pm Music Ticket prices: Super early bird: $5.10* (ends 3/10/19 *cost of the Oakland area code :) Early bird: $15 (3/11-3/17) General Admission: $25 (3/17-3/22) $30 at the door Supporter: $125- includes preferred seating, a photo with the speakers and a Decrim Nature t-shirt To reserve your tickets today go to this link: https://erievision.org/decriminalize-nature-march-22-rally/ *A meetup rsvp does not guarantee entrance, please make sure to grab your ticket at the link to reserve your spot, please contact us directly if you have any difficulties with the link* Decriminalize Nature Oakland: Restoring our roots envisions that through the decriminalization of entheogenic plants and fungi, we can restore our root connection to nature and improve human health and well-being. This statement reflects the need for active engagement to repair this sacred relationship to natural plants and fungi. But this community has already completed the hard work of tilling the soil and planting the seeds. Now the ground is fertile for those seeds to sprout and blossom. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the freedom to work with these ancient sacred medicines that offer direct knowledge without the fear of persecution? Wouldn’t it be nice to address the set and setting elephant in the room - to reduce the immediate fear of persecution involved while engaging our right to access natural healing and insight - by decriminalizing entheogenic plants and fungi? With your help we can make this happen, but we need everybody’s support. Join the movement to restore our relationship to nature and advocate for our inalienable right to cognitive liberty and the freedom to explore our own consciousness. This is one of the first of several celebrations in Oakland weaving education, community building, and advocacy to decriminalize nature. Come bask in the beauty of community standing together in direct action for what we consider essential for the health and well-being of the planet and ourselves. We invite you to learn more about this initiative, participate in skill sharing activities, and save the dates and get the word out to help support this sprouting movement! Let’s Decriminalize Nature!

Peer Integration Circle (Berkeley)

Sage Integrative Health

$15.00

Have you had an entheogenic (psychedelic) experience that you want to discuss? Well, come connect with a peer based community of fellow explorers, as we each lend an ear and reflect on the extraordinary nature of transpersonal experiences. ERIE integration circles are gatherings to assist with the incorporation of entheogenic insights into daily life by reflecting upon them in a community of peers in hopes of discovering the deeper meaning that these experiences hold for us. The lifelong work of integration is enhanced and facilitated by working together in community. ERIE intends that our integration circles will be a safe space in which the receptive, nonjudgmental atmosphere we provide will prove a useful agency for our visitors. Bring something for the altar if you feel called to do so. **In order to provide a safe container for discussion, limited spots are available for this event** Please commit to RSVP's. *Integration circles are peer facilitated and do not provide therapeutic services. Our framework is educational, and we envision educating the self about the Self. Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Time: 7pm-9pm Location: Sage Integrative Health 2185 Ashby Ave Berkeley, CA 94705 *3-4 block East of Ashby BART station, halfway between Adeline and Telegraph. If you are driving please park on Ashby* Fee: Sliding scale $15-$20, We are raising the meetup ticket cost to $15, to cover the $2 service fees... the donation at the door will still be sliding scale $15-20... please make sure to contact us if you plan on attending but do not rsvp here. Please contact us directly if you would like to attend and are unable to pay the fee. RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/erievision/

Integrating Psychedelic Experiences: Daylong Workshop

Sage Integrative Health

$135.00

The daylong workshop provides an opportunity to dive deeper into individual work. The group will be limited to 12-14 participants, to allow for a safe, intimate container to have more in-depth conversations about the principles of integration. Mary and Julie will facilitate discussion, mindfulness practices, and activities throughout the day to guide participants through their integration process. Julie and Mary draw upon their wisdom as licensed clinicians, plant medicine experiences, dietas, and spiritual practices. **This is an integration group, and does not promote, facilitate, or require the use of entheogens. Facilitators: Julie D. Megler, MSN, NP-BC is a licensed family medicine and psychiatric nurse practitioner. She is co-founder of Sage Integrative Health, a multidisciplinary health and wellness clinic in Berkeley, California. She is also chair of the board of directors of ERIE. Her dedication to entheogens has been inspired by her own first hand experience of healing and creative inspiration. Julie has discovered that plant medicine is best practiced when appropriately supported, and it has become part of her path to give back to the community by sharing and expanding on the guidance she has been lucky enough to receive along the way. Learn more about Julie at: sageintegrativehealth.org & erievision.org Mary McDermott, MFT, LPCC, CYT is a licensed marriage and family therapist and professional clinical counselor as well as a Yin yoga teacher. She is also certified as a psychedelic assisted therapist through CIIS. Mary has devoted meditation practice with her teacher Jennifer Welwood, and a long a dedicated relationship to entheogens. Combining her knowledge, practice, and experience she helps people heal the wounds of trauma and integrate their unresolved emotional material. There are many guides on the path and in honoring her own teachers, Mary is grateful to share what has been given her. To learn more about Mary visit: mcdermott-therapy.com Julie and Mary have been working in collaboration over the last 2 years facilitating workshops with ERIE, and as integration facilitators for The Temple of the Way of Light's (an ayahuasca retreat center in Iquitos, Peru).

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Peer Integration Circle (Berkeley)

Sage Integrative Health

$15.00

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