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Psychedelic Society Tea Time: Conversations about Mental Health [ONLINE]
December 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
by Portland Psychedelic Society
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Grab a cup of tea and join us for a discussion on mental health and psychedelics.
This month, Dr. Rachel Clark, a board certified naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist will lead the discussion with a 20 minute presentation. Her journey with psychedelics began with attending ayahuasca ceremonies under the guidance of a Shipibo trained Ayahuasquero. It was in those ceremonies that she was able to connect with the deepest and most authentic parts of herself. She witnessed and experienced the powerful effects of working with Ayahuasca within the context of traditional ceremonies. In 2015 she further cultivated her learning of psychedelics in Costa Rica, where she studied Iboga and participated in ceremonies with traditionally trained Bwiti facilitators. Under the guidance of therapists and other health care professionals, Dr. Clark has also studied the therapeutic effects MDMA, psilocybin, San Pedro, 5 MEO DMT and ketamine.
In 2018 Dr. Clark became a certified Kambo (south American frog medicine) practitioner through the International Association of Kambo Practitioners. In this rigorous training Dr. Clark learned both traditional Matse practice and administration of Kambo along with proper and safe administration of Kambo in the modern context.
Psychedelics have informed the way Dr. Clark practices body work, acupuncture, her work with patients and how she practices medicine as a whole. With the passing of measure 109, she hopes to be able to safely and therapeutically share these deeply healing medicines and practices with her patients.
She currently practices at Soma Trauma Therapy in downtown Portland, specializing in trauma recovery and pain management.
Elizabeth Hoke is Clinical Director of Portland Liberation Institute and a Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a fierce advocate for mental wellness in marginalized communities and believes that mental health is a basic human right, not just a privilege. Elizabeth is enthusiastic about psychedelic medicine and is committed to learning and discussing how it can heal and help our mental health crisis.
Tatum Marcus is an acupuncturist and artist (see painting above) who started studying psychology to learn more about the various lenses people use to understand their situations. She is committed to helping people heal their narratives and shift their perspectives around situations that are uncomfortable whenever possible.
Matt Branch is a graduate student at the California Institute for Integral Studies’ Community Mental Health program. He is passionate about the entheogenic potential of psychedelics. In addition to his work sitting for others, he has oriented much of his graduate work toward psychedelic therapy, and in 2019 completed MAPS’ ‘Beyond Therapy’ coursework.