• Community Meeting Series with Alexander Theberge of Chacruna

    San Francisco Psychedelic Society and The Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines are partnering up to create a cutting-edge series to infuse deep psychedelic knowledge on sacred plants, culture and policy into our growing, local community. We are excited to announce the second event of the series will feature a talk by Alexander Theberge MFT, member of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines Women, Gender Diversity, and Sexual Minorities Working Group speaking about How To Deal With A Troubling Psychedelic Experience Plant medicines and psychedelics, used in thoughtful and intentional ways, can be incredibly life changing and transformative. They offer the potential for profound spiritual experiences and deep healing not offered by other modalities. But these experiences can sometimes be very challenging, difficult, dark, or painful. This is especially true when the person is unprepared for the magnitude of what they experience or is working with psychedelics in an unintentional manner. Even people going through positive transformative journeys with psychedelics can find themselves struggling to come to terms with what happened or return to a balanced state. It is not always a smooth process even in the best of circumstances and there are often bumps along the road of psychedelic experience. And there are a variety of experiences that can be particularly troubling and deeply challening for someone journeying with psychedelics or plant medicines. Based on my experience working with hundreds of people before, during, and after psychedelic and plant medicine journeys, I have identified several archetypes of troubling or challenging experiences that can occur as part of a psychedelic experience. These include the classic “bad trip,” experiences with a hellish quality, unexpected revelations, the rocky return home, the spiritual crisis, and psychotic breaks. This talk examines each of these scenarios, discusses how to deal with them as they happen, and offers integration guidance for each of the different archetypes. Alexander will lead a breakout session including a Q & A period to reflect and dive deep into the thought provoking material in the talk. We will also have breakout groups with topics like psychedelics 101 for newcomers. The purpose of this gathering is to facilitate connection and community amongst folks in the SF bay area who are interested in psychedelics. Chacruna will have a table, we will provide healthy snacks and a raffle sponsored by Warmi Guayusa, Real Mushrooms Lion's Mane and Just Say Know. We will begin around 7 PM, please arrive by 6:30 so that we can start on time. We are located on the third floor. When you arrive, please sign in at the door. We are asking a $10-$20 donation to the society, no one turned away for lack of funds. San Francisco Psychedelic Society is evolving to have more frequent and diverse events in the Bay Area. We are looking forward to having you at our community meeting to get involved and meet others! Bio: Alexander Theberge, MFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based out of San Francisco specializing in psychedelic integration and support. He has been exploring psychedelics for 25 years, has spent several years living in the Peruvian Amazon studying ayahuasca shamanism and facilitating plant medicine ceremonies, and continues to lead plant medicine retreats to Peru. Previously, Alex worked at the University of California San Francisco’s Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute where he was a staff therapist and Program Manager in the Partial Hospitalization Program. Alex has a 15 year history of working in diverse clinical and healing settings including community mental health, residential treatment, and hospice care. He is a member of the Charuna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines Women, Gender Diversity, and Sexual Minorities Working Group.

  • Bicycle Day SF 2019

    The Midway

    Bicycle Day, the unofficial holiday amongst psychonauts celebrated worldwide, returns to SF for another epic trip down the rabbit hole! Get your tickets here: https://bit.ly/2F7p7g3 Presented by Euphonic Conceptions & The Legion Of Bloom, San Francisco’s Bicycle Day Celebration is not only a concert, but a petri dish of creativity, inspiration, and sensory stimulation. World renowned visionary artists live painting, an immersive art gallery and exhilarating performances play a large role in this annual festivity that is always packed to the brim with heart opening experiences. :: Bicycle Day SF 2019 :: The Polish Ambassador (LIVE) Slow Magic Rob Garza (of Thievery Corporation) Bluetech Wyatt Marshall (Dirtybird / Desert Hearts) MiHKAL El Papachango Dissølv Evan Casey (Desert Hearts) Justin Campbell (Desert Hearts) featuring LIVE VISUAL ART by Android Jones ** Blotter print museum by Mark Mccloud & the institute of illegal images ** Art Gallery by Tribe13 Gallery + Android Jones ** Floral Design by Anthony Flowers Ward ** Dance performances by The Mothers of Pearl, Maharis & more! ** Psychedelic relics from Shakedown Gallery ** Live painting ** Local vendors ** tea service / chill zone ** ** Interactive installations ** Organic Food ** VIP Experience ** and much more ! What a Long, Strange Trip it's Been ....

  • Psychedelic Recovery

    Floatatious

    RSVP through psychedelicsocietysf.org. We are excited to announce that Psychedelic Recovery group has expanded to Oakland. This group is for people who are using entheogens, cannabis or plant medicine to recover from addiction, alcoholism or dependency to substances. We provide support, integration and community. tickets: http://psychedelicsocietysf.org/event/psychedelic-recovery-6/ Whether you are recovering from addiction and utilizing psychedelics as a tool to heal yourself or struggling with dependency and looking for a unique path to recovery, or know someone who is, this group is for you. Meeting held at Floatatious.org in Oakland Limited spots available. Spaces fill up quickly. Meetup RSVP is not guarentee for attending meeting. Please RSVP by ticket link to reserve a spot and receive location. For questions please email: [masked] Donation: $5-20 If donation is a hardship, let us know. This is a sober, anonymous meeting and safe space. Please do not come intentionally high. This is not a 12-step meeting. Many of us are here because traditional recovery methods have not provided adequate recovery. We will start with a sound meditation, followed by a sharing circle and conscious discussion. This group focuses on intentional use for addiction recovery. We welcome those with experience using these medicines and newcomers alike. Facilitated by Danielle Negrin and hosted by Floatatious We encourage people to attend regularly so we can build a strong group and recovery network. #ibogaine #ayahuasca #5meodmt #psilocybin #lsd #cannabis 🚫**THIS IS NOT A PLACE TO OBTAIN DRUGS**🚫 This is a network of people interested in psychedelic medicine. Use this group to share your story, support one another, swap ideas, make friends and share information. This group is not to be used for the sale/acquisition of illicit substances. SF Psychedelic Society does not condone or facilitate taking illegal drugs. We exist to provide education, harm reduction, and community.

  • Psychedelic Therapeutic Use Peer Support Group in Petaluma

    RSVP by purchasing a ticket in advance required. Responding yes to this meeetup does not guarentee a spot, seating is limited. Please email [masked] to receive location details. We are excited that psychedelic therapeutic use peer support has expanded to Petaluma! A Peer support group for people who are benefiting from or are considering the benefit of psychedelics to treat conditions like PTSD, OCD, Addiction and Depression. tickets: http://psychedelicsocietysf.org/event/psychedelic-therapeutic-use-peer-support-group-in-petaluma-2/ Donation: $15-$20 We start with a sound meditation, followed by a sharing circle and conscious discussion. This group focuses on therapeutic, intentional use for mental health, recovery, personal growth and spiritual development. We welcome those with experience using these medicines and newcomers alike. Facilitated by Danielle Negrin The intention is to cultivate a community and safe container to share and meet others who are in a similar space without judgment. 🚫**THIS IS NOT A PLACE TO OBTAIN DRUGS**🚫 This is a network of people interested in psychedelic medicine. Use this group to share your story, support one another, swap ideas, make friends and share information. This group is not to be used for the sale/acquisition of illicit substances. SF Psychedelic Society does not condone or facilitate taking illegal drugs. We exist to provide education, harm reduction, and community.

  • Psychedelics, Psychosis, and Spiritual Awakening: A Harm Reduction Approach

    Difficult psychedelic trips and extreme emotional crisis create profound opportunities for spiritual growth, but are often treated as psychotic or manic instead. People with past psychosis, bipolar, or schizophrenia diagnosis are shunned or excluded, despite some people - not all - finding psychedelics a useful tool for recovery. Without a more open community conversation stigma, misconceptions, and fear can lead us to rely too quickly on medical or police approaches that can be traumatic. What are new practices and guidelines to meet the challenges of psychosis, mania, and psychedelics? How can we reach a truly heart centered understanding of psychosis and emotional crisis that does not underestimate extreme difficulties, but remains committed to do no harm and to serve spiritual emergence? Most importantly, how can we step out of the shadows and find each other in this vital discussion, and strengthen community capacities to heal each other - including those labeled as "mad?" Will Hall is a therapist who teaches internationally on new understandings of experiences diagnosed as psychosis and mania. He first used psilocybin and cannabis as a teenager, and today also works in psychedelic integration, including with individuals and families struggling with difficult trips and extreme states. Several community members will also share their experiences at the intersection of psychedelics, psychosis, and spirit, leading off a collaborative group discussion. Organized by the San Francisco Psychedelic Society Co-sponsored by Gnosis Retreat Center, and the Bay Area Mandala Project Donation: $10-$30, tickets: http://psychedelicsocietysf.org/event/harm-reduction-will-hall/ Resources Harm Reduction Guide to Coming off Psychiatric Drugs: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-8RULMr9il3pfjVKkTmQhJKNOLlvld3B/view