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On Psychedelics and Spirituality [ONLINE]

November 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

On Psychedelics and Spirituality: A Live Online Conversation with Francoise Bourzat and Danielle Herrera

About this Event

As psychedelics continue to move into the mainstream, more people are exploring their use for healing through spiritual transformation. Throughout human history the primary use of psychedelics has been for spiritual practices. Indigenous cultures continue to use plant medicines to connect with their cultural and spiritual beliefs. Yet today’s society tends to devalue the spiritual impact of psychedelics, focusing instead on neurological and other medically related health benefits.

Studies have shown that the mystical experiences psychedelics provide are the main source of their therapeutic benefits. Many believe psychedelics can connect us to the innate spiritual aspects of our humanity, enabling us to access non-ordinary states of consciousness in everyday life. They can connect us with our true nature, life purpose, and other intelligences in nature.

Join somatic psychologist Francoise Bourzat and psychedelic therapist Danielle Herrera for a conversation exploring the interconnection of spiritualty and psychedelics. Francoise and Danielle offer an exploration of psychedelics as a tool for spiritual healing and transformation while also touching on the cultural appropriation of Indigenous practices and traditions within psychedelic spirituality in addition to sharing common psychedelic experiences that can lead to spiritual transformation such as the dissolution of self and a sense of non-duality.

Explore how psychedelics can be used to expand human consciousness and deepen our relationship to ourselves and the universe.

Please note that this conversation will be hosted live online. Instructions on how to join the conversation will be included in your event confirmation email. If you need additional assistance finding or joining the event, please email publicprograms@ciis.edu.

Francoise Bourzat holds a MA in Somatic Psychology from New College of California. She is a certified Hakomi Therapist. She is an adjunct faculty in the East West Psychology Program at CIIS. Since 1987, Francoise has apprenticed with shamans and healers in the US and Mexico. In the last 20 years, she has traveled with groups to Mexico, incorporating her counseling practice experience with her knowledge of expanded states of consciousness where she partners with Mazatec healers in Sacred Mushrooms ceremonies. She lectures internationally and she leads trainings in the US, France, Lebanon, and Israel.

Danielle M. Herrera (she/hers) is a Mixed Indigenous Harm Reduction and Psychedelic Psychotherapist who serves communities on occupied Ohlone Land (San Francisco and Oakland, CA). Danielle is passionate about accessible social justice and psychedelic psychotherapy, decriminalization and destigmatization of all drugs, representation of Indigenous voices, writing and sharing of poetry, and practicing with ritual and Tarot. Danielle’s voice has been present in Psychedelic Seminar’s Racial Justice Series, Al Jazeera’s “The Stream”, Medium, and others. Danielle is currently dedicated to projects that teach the process and practice of decolonization, psychedelic psychotherapy, and to intimate interpersonal healing work.


November 19, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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