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: Monday, December 17, 2018
Time: 7 pm-9pm
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:
Big Sky Sacred Plants and Traditions
Bright, warm, opening, knowing, learning, loving
Cacti and phenethylamine bearing plants
at Terra's Temple In Berkeley
Co-hosted by Twisted Thistle and the Psychedelic Society of San Francisco
**We are streamlining the ticket processing, so please reserve your tickets by paying through the meetup rsvp, or give us a note to let us know you will pay at the door so we don't run out of seats. Thank you!
This talk will focus on traditional "Big Sky" Sacred Plants and their active relatives. Bob will bring live plants, experience and information… and will leave plenty of time for open discussion. Peyote/Peyotl, San Pedro/Huachuma (also Trichocereus Bridgesii, Cristata, and Peruvianus), Sassafras, Nutmeg, Fennel and Dill are just a few of the phenethylamine bearing plants we will share company with. Learn about the geography, history, activity, sacred shapes and traditions associated with these plants. View and carefully and respectfully touch the living plants. Learn how you can deepen your own practice by growing and caring for them. Learn about other mescaline-like phenethylamines that grow from these plants, such as the 2E and 2C molecule series that Sasha and Anne Shulgin brought to us. Share and grow community with others who respect and appreciate the presence of Sacred Plants in our lives.
Bob "Otis" Stanley has been growing and exploring sacred plants and traditions for over 30 years. He builds on family healing and wisdom traditions, and related exposure to non-Western traditions through his family’s medical and ecological work in Appalachia, Asia, Central and South America. Bob was fortunate to begin exploring sacred plant traditions in his late teens. Early mystical experiences informed communication with respected elders who encouraged Bob to engage directly with experts associated with rebirth of sacred plant practices in the West. Following Psychology and Religious studies degrees from University of California Santa Cruz, Bob earned a Master's in Divinity from University of Chicago focused in comparative religion and epistemology. Research at New York University led to a career working in Life Science informatics. In addition to over 30 years of learning, teaching, curation and conservation of sacred plants, Bob's passions include bicycling and playing his Grandma's violin.
Bob has enjoyed giving educational talks, community gardening, and facilitating individual and group meditations with live Salvia Divinorum. His focus is on Truth-seeking practices, preparation and integration work. He is called to develop non-dogmatic religious practices that enable spiritually healing traditional sacred plant work within emerging modern settings. Bob recognizes these plants as healing sacraments, properly venerated by ancient, living and emerging traditions.
Join ERIE board chair Julie Megler and Mary McDermott for a day-long workshop on integration at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Entheogenic/psychedelic integration is the process by which the material accessed and insights gained in an entheogenic experience are incorporated over time into one's life in a way that benefits ourselves and our communities. In this workshop, licensed clinicians Julie D. Megler and Mary McDermott share the basic principles of integration, as well as a structure to approach it and understand our own experiences more deeply.
Julie and Mary guide the group through experiential meditation, art, journaling, and ritual in addition to practical discussion throughout this day-long integration process. Drawing upon their wisdom as licensed clinicians, plant medicine experiences, dietas, and spiritual practices, Julie and Mary teach participants how to work with shadow material and develop skills to meet uncomfortable emotions with openness.
Leave this workshop with your own daily practice for integration as well as the ability to evaluate of how your physical and emotional environment and belief structures can benefit or hinder integration.
This is an integration group, and does not promote, facilitate, or require the use of entheogens.
**Reminder! For this event your meetup rsvp does not reserve your spot!**
Please register for your tickets at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/integrating-psychedelic-experiences-a-workshop-with-julie-d-megler-and-mary-mcdermott-tickets-48289283547
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 (Entheogenic Research, Integration, & Education a non-profit established in 2011, with a focus on entheogenic integration, peer support, and education in the Bay Area. 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. Learn more about Mary at: mcdermott-therapy.com
Julie and Mary have been been working in collaboration over the last 2 years facilitating day long Entheogenic Integration Workshops for ERIE, and as integration facilitators for The Temple of the Way of Light's (an ayahuasca retreat center in Iquitos, Peru).
**partial proceeds from the event will be donated to ERIE!**
An intimate dialogue with Dr. Joe Tafur, Rachel Harris & Sitaramaya Sita on Ayahuasca - Spiritual Healing, Plant Medicine & Integration
Join us for a fantastic workshop at the Berkeley Unitarian Fellowship Hall (1924 Cedar St.)
February 16th, 2019 (2-6pm)
Tickets for the 4-hour workshop are $90 + $2.50 meetup processing fee
Save the date, you won't want to miss this one!
Please join us for this special opportunity to be in conversation with authors Joe Tafur - Fellowship of the River, Rachel Harris - Listening to Ayahuasca and PlantWisdom Practitioner Sitaramaya Sita.
**specific workshop details coming soon!**
Rachel Harris, PhD is the author of Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety. She was in the 1968 Esalen Residential Program and had a private psychotherapy practice for thirty-five years. Rachel received a National Institutes of Health New Investigators Award and has published more than forty scientific studies in peer-reviewed journals. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine and winters in the SF Bay area. Visit listeningtoayahuasca.com
Sitaramaya Sita, who has traveled and worked in the Amazon for the past 17 years, is a spiritual herbalist and plant wisdom practitioner formally trained in the Shipibo ayahuasca tradition. Founder of PlantTeachers, dedicated to cultivating entheogenic awareness, and Producer of the Visionary Convergence conference, she lectures, teaches, and works with individuals and groups in ceremonies and stewarding plant dietas. She currently trains, teaches and practices to heal personal, institutional and cultural trauma. Visit PlantTeachers.com
Joe Tafur, M.D., 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 Doctors Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine, through a series of stories, Dr. Tafur shares his unique experience and integrative medical theories. Visit drjoetafur.com and modernspirit.org.