Portland Psychedelic Society Presents Discovering Psychedelics: An Intro & Community Forum @ Clinton Street Theater | Interactive Discussion
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Discovering Psychedelics: An Intro & Community Forum
March 28, 2023
Doors 6:30PM, Event 7PM | All Ages
ADV $5-$25, Doors $30
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Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton St., Portland
Psychedelics are having a major moment right now. Some even call it a Psychedelic Renaissance, and Oregon is leading the way as the first state to legalize psilocybin services.
Curious about the psychedelic buzz, but don’t know where to start?
Portland Psychedelic Society is hosting an evening of interactive discussion with local experts to break down the psychedelic basics. You will walk away with an understanding of the psychedelic fundamentals, additional resources for further psychedelic exploration, and ways to stay plugged in to the psychedelic community.
Perceptions of psychedelics are shifting as research continues to show their efficacy for improving mental health and facilitating healing and personal growth. The increase in public acceptance is especially true in Oregon, where we are treading uncharted territory with the passage of Measure 109, and psilocybin services launching in 2023.
And while perceptions are shifting, the stigmas still linger. What is true and what is myth? This event aims to demystify the world of psychedelics, and to provide an educational platform and community resource center for those who are newer to the psychedelic space.
Meet our Speakers
Psychedelic Brain Science 101
Aaron Eisen, MS, Integrative Biobehavioral Researcher
Aaron Eisen is an integrative biobehavioral researcher who is the Director of the Portland Psychedelic Society Research Group. He is currently receiving doctoral training and is working to advance the field of psychedelic science through collaboration with other health-related disciplines.
Alyssa Gursky, MA, LPC-I, Research Assistant and Therapist at Sequoia Center
Alyssa Gursky is a Transpersonal Art Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor intern in the state of Oregon. Her private practice, operating out of Somatic Center Portland, focuses on supporting people of all genders in building deeper relationships, starting with their own bodies. She has received her clinical training at Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado.
Intro to Psychedelics and Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness
Kayci Marie Mitchell, Founder of Into The Looking Glass
Kayci has been a transformational life coach for over 15 years, offering coaching and educational services on the safe, conscious, and responsible use of psychedelic medicines. She has consulted for numerous ibogaine treatment facilities and pre and post care clinics. Kayci is the founder of Into the Looking Glass Integration Services, and served as the Portland Psychedelic Society Board President from 2020-2021. Her work is trauma-informed and harm reduction based, drawing on over 40 years of experience in the field of addiction recovery, and her own dedication to personal and spiritual growth.
Psychedelic History & Policy
Gabe Kates-Shaw, Co-Founder of The Rhizome
Gabe has been working with psychoactive drugs in various capacities for many years, and began co-facilitating sessions in 2019. He studied psychoanalysis and philosophy during his undergraduate years at Bennington, and worked closely alongside the non-verbal autistic community for seven years, starting in Manhattan and ending at Harvard. He continues to work closely with mushrooms and other psychoactive compounds as both a mycologist/chemist and a facilitator, and is a co-founder of the Rhizome, a community healing center in NE Portland
About Portland Psychedelic Society
Portland Psychedelic Society (PPS) is a not-for-profit, donation-based organization with the mission to create inclusive space for people to share, learn, and grow together in community through the pillars of psychedelic education, research, and integration. PPS is the largest psychedelic society in the country on MeetUp, with over 10,000 members. PPS envisions a world where people have the freedom and support to explore consciousness through psychedelics.
Learn more at portlandpsychedelic.org.
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