Psychedelics Panel at Imagine Festival – Part 2 – MP3
This episode is an insightful panel discussion about psychedelics, recorded at Imagine Festival on Orcas Island in September 2015. Moderator and panelists: Rick Ingrasi, Donna Dryer, Richard Yensen, and Magenta Ceiba. Some of the topics we touch on include the legal history of psychedelics, possibilities for intergenerational collaboration, and the different types of settings people can create for their trips. We also describe several entrypoints for receiving training in therapy for altered states. This panel is rich with wisdom and experience, and we hope you enjoy it! To stay tuned to other podcasts, media and in person
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Richard Yensen, PH.D.
Richard is currently administrator and research psychotherapist for the MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) sponsored MDMA & PTSD study in Vancouver, BC. He has been a pioneer in transpersonal psychology since 1972 when he began his psychedelic research career working with Stanislav Grof as a Research Fellow at Maryland Psychiatric Research Center in Baltimore, Maryland USA.
He went on to work in Mexico with Salvador Roquet, a Mexican psychedelic psychoanalyst, and Maria Sabina, priestess of the sacred mushrooms, who first disclosed their secret to the west. He was co-holder of IND 3250 from the US Food and Drug administration for the psychotherapeutic use of LSD. He has pioneered non-drug ways to access deeply sacred states of mind usually only available through high doses of sacred medicines. He has taught at Harvard & University of Maryland medical schools, Johns Hopkins and Union Graduate School. He is director of the Orenda Institute on Cortes Island.
Donna Dryer, MD, MPH
Dr. Donna Dryer is a transpersonal psychiatrist in private practice at Connect Health Integrative Medicine Centre in Vancouver and a faculty member in psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. is a transpersonal psychiatrist in private practice on the coast islands of British Columbia and a faculty member in psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. With her husband, Dr. Richard Yensen, she had received permission for LSD psychotherapy research protocols with addicts and people dying from cancer from the US Food and Drug Administration in 1991. They have been giving an “entheogenically–informed” workshop, The Heart of the Shaman, for 28 years at Hollyhock Retreat Centre, Cortes Island. Currently, she serves on the board of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies in Canada to provide a thoughtful and hopeful physician’s voice in educating health professionals and the public about psychedelic medicine. Dr. Yensen and Dr. Dryer are carrying on the excellent work of Dr. Ingrid Pacey and Dr. Andrew Feldmar in the MAPS sponsored research study of MDMA for people with treatment- resistant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Vancouver.
Rick Ingrasci, MD, MPH - Healer and Activist
Rick is a healer and activist who has been involved in consciousness exploration and social transformation since the mid 1960s. Ingrasci has a strong background in psychiatry, holistic medicine, and community development. He co-founded Physicians for Social Responsibility, the American Holistic Medical Association, Interface, and Hollyhock, a retreat center in British Columbia. He is the co-author of Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Daily Life.
Magenta is the executive director of Bloom Network, which facilitates knowledge sharing and grassroots activism to catalyze the growth of the global transformational movement. Bloom’s global collective of local chapters connect together the people and initiatives in their city that are creating a regenerative society. Bloom will tour festivals and conferences in 2017 to bring holistic integration between festivals and the “default world”. Magenta has trained in hosting community containers for working with mushrooms and ayahuasca. Her background is in arts activism in queer feminist collectives. She does organizational development and copywriting for companies at the forefront of legalizing plant medicines and transforming financial power structures.