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Building Bridges: Queering Psychedelics Two Years Later [ONLINE]
February 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Featuring Gregory Wells, Mark DiFilippo and Kufikiri Imara
Gregory Wells, PhD is a a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently works as a psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. He is is also a clinical researcher as part of the MAPS-sponsored research trial of MDMA assisted psychotherapy for PTSD where he is in the roles of co-principal investigator and co-therapist. He is also a co-founder of Polaris Insight Center (www.polarisinsight.com) where he provides ketamine assisted psychotherapy and conducts research on the efficacy of ketamine to treat depression and other issues. He is a member of Chacruna’s Women, Gender Diversity, and Sexual Minorities Working Group. Other interests include travel, traditional shamanic healing practices, and plant medicines.
Mark DiFilippo, MA, EdS, LPC, CMT-P is a licensed psychotherapist, meditation teacher, wellness consultant, and psychedelic integration coach based in the Philadelphia metro area. He has been trained through the MAPS’ MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy training program and in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy through Phil Wolfson’s Ketamine Training Center. Author of the forthcoming memoir/guidebook “Mushrooms Made Me Gay”, Mark has learned that he has an enthusiastic and unique ability to sit with others through katabasis and subsequent emergence, never shy of relaxing into the sticky, murky, and shadowy places. His practice involves all humans but tends to focus on queers of all stripes and gay, bi, and questioning men in particular. He currently considers himself bisexual, but, hey, it’s only Tuesday. Mark is also a singer/multi-instrumentalist, a motorcycle and auto enthusiast, and a happy and proud dad to an amazing young woman.
Kufikiri Hiari Imara
Kufikiri Hiari Imara was born and raised in Oakland, California. He grew up in an Oakland very different than the one we see today; it was an Oakland with a broader and more embodied sense of community. He grew up the youngest in a household with parents who are both Bay Area natives, both of them born in San Francisco. In addition, both his parents, growing up, were active in the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements of San Francisco of the 1960s & 70s. So, he grew up in a home and a community environment that strongly emphasized social awareness and social responsibility. Play that forward to an older, wiser individual who unfolded his path through a love of the arts, and his own personal healing spiritual journey. That path led him to volunteer to work with Green Earth Poets Society, bringing poetry to incarcerated African-American youth. He is one of the early members of the Entheogen Integration Circle, a support group in NYC with a focus on marginalized communities within the psychedelic community. He is currently involved with the Sacred Garden Community’s facilitators workshop to deepen his work as a ceremonial facilitator working with ethnically diverse communities. One of the reasons he got involved with the Decriminalize Nature Oakland (DNO) initiative is access. And, as head of the DNO committee focused on Outreach, Education, & Access, he wants to see broad access when it comes to the opportunity to profoundly change one’s life for the better through working with entheogens. Paying special attention to Oakland’s ethnically diverse and marginalized communities, he is actively working with individuals and organizations doing the work in these communities for a better tomorrow. He stays actively engaged with the offices of Oakland City Council members to see a better Oakland for all. Access has always been his message, and was the focus of his talk when he spoke at the CIIS/Chacruna Symposium, Cultural and Political Perspectives on Psychedelic Science, in August of 2018 in San Francisco. He also gave a talk hosted by the San Francisco Psychedelic Society, in March of 2019. He continues to work towards accessible choices for ethnically diverse and marginalized communities in their quest to heal themselves.