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CARTOGRAPHIE PSYCHEDELICA: December 8-12, Oakland Marriott City Center

From December 8-12, 2011, MAPS celebrated 25 years of psychedelic and medical marijuana
research and education with five days of education and entertainment in downtown Oakland.

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CONFERENCE OVERVIEW



FEATURING

THE LUMENARIUM
Tribute Banquet to Honor Stanislav & Christina Grof

TRANSPERSONAL PIONEERS & FOUNDERS OF HOLOTROPIC BREATHWORK



THE
KALEIDOSCOPE VAULT

Experiential Benefit
Celebration
THE
MEDICINE BALL

Late-Night Party
THE
FLOATING WORLD

Morning Cruise
on the San Francisco Bay

Main Conference
LECTURES

Pre and Post-Conference Full Day
WORKSHOPS

The Founding and History of MAPS
RICK DOBLIN PhD

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD Research
MICHAEL MITHOEFER MD

Two Decades of Politics & Science in Medical Marijuana Research
DONALD ABRAMS MD

LSD Research for End-of-Life Anxiety
PETER GASSER MD

Ayahuasca Research for Addiction
PHILIPPE LUCAS MA

Ibogaine Research in Opiate Addicts
THOMAS KINGSLEY BROWN PhD

Constitutional Freedoms, the Uses of Psychedelics, & MAPS' Mission
ETHAN NADELMANN PhD

PANEL:
THE POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF RESEARCH
WITH PSYCHEDELICS AND MARIJUANA

PANEL:
MDMA-ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR PTSD
RESEARCH: PHASE 1 AND 2 PILOT STUDIES

PANEL: MARIJUANA RESEARCH

PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHEDELIC PSYCHOTHERAPY:
LESSONS FROM MDMA RESEARCH FOR PTSD

Video Available


THE SCIENCE & POLITICS OF
MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Video Available


VISIONARY ART WORKSHOP
WITH ALEX & ALLYSON GREY


THE NEW ERA OF PSYCHEDELIC STUDIES:
THE EXPERIENCE THAT ALTERS ALL OTHERS


AYAHUASCA HEALING:
MEDICAL, LEGAL, & CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS


DEFENDING PSYCHEDELIC CULTURE:
THE WOMEN'S VISIONARY COUNCIL


PSYCHEDELIC NEUROSCIENCE

Continuing Education (CE) Credits Available in
Select Programming for Medical & Therapeutic Professionals

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CEs for psychologists are provided by The Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. SCRC is a California Board of Registered Nursing Provider (BRN) and a Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider (BBS). For questions about CE, visit the SCRC website or contact David Lukoff, PhD at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 707-763-3576.

Main Conference Program

contract Lectures

MAIN CONFERENCE PROGRAM

—LECTURES—

Lectures eligible for Continuing Education credits (CEs) are marked with an asterisk (*)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10

9:15-9:35 AM

Conference Welcome

Valerie Mojeiko, MAPS Deputy Director
Brad Burge, MAPS Director of Communications

Grand Ballroom, Oakland Marriott City Center

Valerie Mojeiko has worked with MAPS since 2001. She earned her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies, prior to which she attended New College of Florida. She has received two years of specialized training and mentorship in results-driven non-profit management from The Management Center of Washington, DC, and has completed related courses with Interaction Associates of San Francisco and the Conflict Resolution Center of Santa Cruz. She has also completed coursework in clinical trials administration for pharmaceutical drug development. In her work leading MAPS' psychedelic harm–reduction project, Valerie has prepared over 200 volunteers to provide peer–based psychedelic emergency services from Burning Man to Tel Aviv.

Brad Burge earned his B.A. in Communication and Psychology from Stanford University in 2005 and his M.A. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego in 2009. His graduate work focused on the political, scientific, and cultural changes required to make illicit drugs into legitimate medicines. In 2009, he presented his work on the history of the distinction between the recreational and medical use of drugs at the Critical Legal Studies conference at the University of Leicester in the UK. He has also interned for the Drug Policy Alliance and has a longstanding interest in drug policy reform and activism.

9:35-10:00 AM

The Founding and History of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

Rick Doblin, Ph.D., MAPS Founder and Executive Director
Grand Ballroom, Oakland Marriott City Center
Includes 15 minutes for Q&A

Rick Doblin, Ph.D., founded MAPS in 1986. His dissertation (Public Policy, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government) was on "The Regulation of the Medical Use of Psychedelics and Marijuana," and his master's thesis (Harvard) focused on the attitudes and experiences of oncologists concerning the medical use of marijuana. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise "healthy" people, and to also become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He resides in Boston with his wife and three children.

10:00-10:10 AM

Ashawna: A Passionate and Clear Vision

Kim Hailey
Grand Ballroom, Oakland Marriott City Center

Last month, MAPS board member Ashawna Hailey died peacefully at her San Jose home. She is survived by her children, Neal and Nora, and by her twin brother Kim. Shawn and Kim worked together for thirty years. Shawn designed AMD's first microprocessor, starting a heated rivalry with Intel. Later they founded Meta-Software Corporation. Their Hspice circuit simulator is used to design most of the integrated circuits in use today. They took the company public in 1995 and it is now part of Synopsys, the world's largest electronic design automation company. As a philanthropist, Ashawna sought to reform government policies on psychedelic drugs and marijuana. She donated generously to a number of important organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Marijuana Policy Project, the Drug Policy Alliance, and MAPS, where she served on the Board of Directors for four and half years. At MAPS, Ashawna championed the study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy and worked to develop MDMA into a prescription medicine for PTSD. Her latest cause was to fund MAPS' Asperger's pilot protocol.

—Break—

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

PANEL: The Political Implications of Scientific Research with Psychedelics and Marijuana

Gary Johnson (former Governor of New Mexico), Aaron Houston (SSDP), Rob Kampia (MPP), Jay Rorty, J.D. (ACLU), Paul Armentano (NORML), and Steph Sherer (ASA)
Moderated by Richard Miller, Ph.D.
Grand Ballroom, Oakland Marriott City Center
Includes 30 minutes for Q&A

Governor Gary Johnson, who has been referred to as the "most fiscally conservative Governor" in the country, was the Republican Governor of New Mexico from 1994-2003. Term-limited, Johnson retired from public office in 2003. An avid skier, adventurer, and bicyclist, he has currently reached four of the highest peaks on all seven continents, including Mt. Everest. In 2009, after becoming increasingly concerned with the country's out-of-control national debt and precarious financial situation, the Governor formed the OUR America Initiative, a 501(c)(4) non-profit that promotes fiscal responsibility, civil liberties, and rational public policy. He traveled to more than 30 states and spoke to over 150 conservative and libertarian groups during his time as Honorary Chairman.

As executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Aaron Houston oversees the work of a national staff that coordinates students on more than 200 campuses around the world. Named a "Rising Star of Politics" by Campaigns & Elections' Politics Magazine in 2008, Aaron is a nationally recognized expert on drug policy and marijuana law having played a key role in pushing the Department of Justice to formally issue written guidelines on medical marijuana in October 2009. Aaron has appeared on NBC's Today Show, The Colbert Report, FOX News, CNN, and NPR, and his efforts on Capitol Hill were chronicled in a 2007 Showtime original documentary, In Pot We Trust. A Bloomberg News review of the film noted that, "Anyone wondering how lobbyists operate will benefit from watching Houston. [He] is...clearly comfortable with political combat."

Rob Kampia co-founded the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) in January 1995 and has been its executive director ever since. Rob co-authored most of the medical marijuana laws currently on the books in 16 states and the District of Columbia, with MPP taking a leading role in passing the laws in Hawaii (2000), Montana (2004), Vermont (2004), Rhode Island (2006), Michigan (2008), Maine (2009), Arizona (2010), and Delaware (2011) Rob also oversaw the campaign to decriminalize the possession of marijuana in Massachusetts, where voters passed MPP's ballot initiative in 2008. This is the only state to decriminalize marijuana via a vote of the people. Rob has testified before a U.S. House subcommittee twice (2001 and 2004), and has also testified before legislative committees in California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, Vermont, and Washington state. Rob has been quoted in almost every newspaper in the U.S., and has appeared on national TV dozens of times, including The Today Show (NBC), the Montel Williams Show (CBS), the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (PBS), Glenn Beck (Fox News Channel), Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN), Power Lunch (MSNBC), Geraldo Rivera Live (CNBC), Happy Hour (Fox Business Network), and the special Marijuana: A Chronic History (History Channel).

Jay Rorty, J.D. is the head of the Police Misconduct Unit of the San Francisco Public Defender. He is the former Director of the national ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project. In that capacity, he won significant victories in federal criminal cases by challenging the scientific validity of the United States Sentencing Guidelines for MDMA. The cases undermine the DEA's position on the harms of MDMA and pave the way for a chance in federal penalties for MDMA. He is a former Federal Public Defender and has collaborated with MAPS in a number of projects and litigation.

Paul Armentano is the Deputy Director of NORML and the NORML Foundation. Mr. Armentano is an expert in the field of marijuana policy, health, and pharmacology, and has served as a consultant for Health Canada and the Canadian Public Health Association. He has spoken at numerous national conferences and legal seminars, testified before state legislatures and federal agencies, and assisted dozens of criminal defense attorneys in cases pertaining to the use of medicinal cannabis, drug testing, and drugged driving. He also serves of the faculty of Oaksterdam University in Oakland, where he lectures on the science surrounding the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis. He is the author of Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis, which reviews some 200 clinical and preclinical studies assessing the therapeutic properties of marijuana and its cannabinoids. Mr. Armentano is a frequent guest on national radio and television, having appeared on FoxNews, MSNBC, and CBS News. His writing and research has appeared in approximately 1,000 publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor, as well as in some two-dozen textbooks and anthologies. Mr. Armentano is a 2008 recipient of the 'Project Censored Real News Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism.' In 2009, he co-authored the book Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?, which has appeared on Amazon.com's best-sellers list and has been recently licensed and translated internationally.

As the founder of Americans for Safe Access, Executive Director Steph Sherer has become the foremost international leader and expert on medical cannabis patient advocacy. Her vision for keeping patients' needs at the forefront of the medical marijuana debate has brought safe and legal access to millions of Americans. Steph is a medical cannabis patient with over 14 years of experience servicing and managing non-profit businesses and community organizations. Through her work at ASA, she has built a powerful organization by bringing together an exceptional staff team, prominent volunteer leaders, and thousands of patient activists nationwide. She has created the strategic framework for ASA, and in addition to harnessing the resources to implement her vision, she participates in the organization as a patient spokesperson, an organizer, a trainer, and a lobbyist for patients' rights.

Richard Miller, Ph.D. is Founder & CEO of Wilbur Hot Springs Health Maintenance Organization, providing healing, prevention, and health maintenance. As the Founder of the internationally acclaimed Cokenders Alcohol and Drug Program, Dr. Miller integrated his techniques of humanistic psychology and psychophysical fitness training with social models of rehabilitation. Dr. Miller's innovative approaches to healing have been the subject of national television news reports (including segments on the news programs of Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, David Brinkley and Phil Donahue), print media (Time, Newsweek, and US News & World Report), two film documentaries, and the book Gestalting Addiction. In order to share information with the general public, he co-authored a weekly news column in the San Francisco Chronicle while co-hosting a weekly syndicated radio program. Dr. Miller has presented his work at national conferences of the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Psychotherapists, and the White House Conference on Drugs. He has spent 50 years studying, teaching, researching, administering, and practicing psychology, health education, psychotherapy and executive consulting.

—Lunch—

1:45-2:40 PM

Two Decades of Politics and Science in Medical Marijuana Research*

Donald Abrams, M.D.

Dr. Abrams will present the results of his groundbreaking research on marijuana as a treatment for pain and symptoms of HIV/AIDS, as well as from his seminal vaporizer studies. He will also explore the implications of that work for future research in the field.

Grand Ballroom, Oakland Marriott City Center
Includes 10 minutes for Q&A

Donald I. Abrams, M.D. is Chief of the Hematology-Oncology Division at San Francisco General Hospital and a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He has an Integrative Oncology consultation practice at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. He received an A.B.in Molecular Biology from Brown University in 1972 and graduated from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1977. After completing an Internal Medicine residency at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco, he became a fellow in Hematology/Oncology at the Cancer Research Institute of the University of California, San Francisco in 1980. He was one the original clinician-investigators to recognize and define many early AIDS-related conditions. He has long been interested in clinical trials of complementary and alternative medicine interventions for HIV/AIDS and cancer, including evaluations of medicinal marijuana, as first inspired by Rick Doblin in 1992. In 1997 he received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to conduct clinical trials of the short-term safety of cannabinoids in HIV infection. Subsequently he was granted funds by the University of California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research to continue studies of the effectiveness of cannabis in a number of clinical conditions. He completed a placebo-controlled study of smoked cannabis in patients with painful HIV-related peripheral neuropathy as well as a study evaluating vaporization as a smokeless delivery system for medicinal use. His last NIDA-funded trial investigated the possible pharmacokinetic interactions between vaporized cannabis and opioid analgesics in patients with chronic pain. He co-authored the chapter on "Cannabinoids and Cancer" in the Oxford University Press Integrative Oncology text that he co-edited with Andrew Weil.

2:45-3:45 PM

PANEL: Marijuana Research

Dale Gieringer, Ph.D., Lyle Craker, Ph.D., Allen Hopper, J.D., and Sue Sisley, M.D.
Moderated by Donald Abrams, M.D.

A panel of experts lead an open dialogue about medical marijuana research, focusing primarily on the political struggles that MAPS has been engaged in since 1992 to develop the marijuana plant into an FDA-approved prescription medicine. Speakers will discuss MAPS' efforts with Prof. Craker to obtain a DEA license to start our own medical marijuana production facility, currently in litigation against the DEA, our marijuana/PTSD protocol that FDA has accepted but NIDA has refused to sell us the marijuana, and about marijuana harm reduction and vaporization research conducted by MAPS and CaNORML (also blocked by NIDA).

Grand Ballroom, Oakland Marriott City Center
Includes 15 minutes for Q&A

Dale Gieringer, Ph.D. has been State Director of California NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) since 1987. In this capacity he has spoken with thousands of medical marijuana users and is the author of the Marijuana Medical Handbook. He is Vice-Chairman of the national NORML Board of Directors. He is also Director of the California Drug Policy Forum (DPFCA) and treasurer of the Oakland Civil Liberties Alliance (OCLA). He has published research on the economic benefits of legalization, medical marijuana usage, the history of marijuana and drug prohibition, potency testing, marijuana and driving safety, and drug urinalysis. He sponsored path-breaking research and development on vaporizers as a smoke-free delivery system for cannabis. He has testified before the legislature, local governments, and courts on issues related to marijuana. He was one of the original co-authors of California's medical marijuana initiative, Prop. 215, the proponent of Oakland's Measure Z cannabis initiative in 2004, a sponsor of California's pathbreaking legalization bill AB 390, and a consultant on numerous other cannabis reform campaigns.

Lyle Craker, Ph.D., Director of the Medicinal Plant Program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has been working with MAPS for over 10 years to end the federal government's monopoly on marijuana for research by applying for a license to start a MAPS-sponsored marijuana farm for research. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and his doctorate from the University of Minnesota. He served two years as a Chemical Corp Officer at Fort Detrick, Maryland, then began work at the University of Massachusetts where his focus has centered on the production and chemistry of medicinal and aromatic plants. Dr. Craker was founding Editor for the scientific Journal of Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants and is currently founding Editor of the Journal of Medicinally Active Plants. He organized the Herb, Spice, and Medicinal Plant Working Group in the American Society for Horticultural Science and served six years as Chairman of the Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Section in the International Society for Horticutural Science which awarded him a lifetime honorary membership for his service to the Society. His organization of a medicinal plant program at the University of Massachusetts consists of nine courses enrolling approximately 220 students each year.

Allen Hopper, J.D., is an attorney and the Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Director at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California, where he develops and implements strategies to reform California's criminal justice system and drug policies. Specific areas of focus include down-sizing California jails and prisons, drug law enforcement, medical marijuana implementation issues, and broader marijuana law reform. Prior to moving to the California ACLU, Mr. Hopper was the Litigation Director for the National ACLU's Drug Law Reform Project, where he coordinated the ACLU's drug policy-related litigation and litigated cases across the nation as part of an overall strategy to combine impact litigation with policy and legislative advocacy, public education, media, and grassroots-and-tops organizing to transform public understanding of, and government response to, drug use and drug policies.

Sue Sisley, M.D. is the Clinical Investigator for MAPS' planned study of marijuana for symptoms of PTSD in veterans of war. Dr. Sisley began her full-time TELEMEDICINE practice starting in 2009, where she employs a full array of telecommunications technology to continue delivering high-quality medical care to populations across rural/underserved areas of Arizona. She is an Institutional Member of the American Telemedicine Association and serves on the ATA's Legislative and Policy Committee. She also serves as Clinical Faculty at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center at the MercyCare Adult Medicine Clinic for indigent patients. Dr. Sisley completed her medical degree at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and proceeded to complete her five-year Residency Training at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in the fields of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. Dr. Sisley also founded and serves as CEO of a non-profit corporation entitled Ensuring Tomorrow Productions, an organization that delivers health education through music, theater, and dance. Dr. Sisley has received many recent honors including the President's Point of Light Award and the Leo B. Hart Humanitarian Award for "outstanding contributions made for social reform" by the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Sisley was also given the Arizona Medical Association's highest honor, the President's Distinguished Service Award, and received Arizona's most prestigious recognition for volunteerism, the Hon Kachina Award.

—Break—

4:00-4:40 PM

Ibogaine Research in Opiate Addicts*

Thomas Kingsley Brown, Ph.D.
Moderated by Valerie Mojeiko
Grand Ballroom, Oakland Marriott City Center
Includes 10 minutes for Q&A

Thomas Kingsley Brown, Ph.D. is a researcher and educator at the University of California, San Diego. His professional background and training is in chemistry, neuroscience, and anthropology. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.S. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from UCSD. At CalTech Tom achieved doctoral candidacy while working in a neurobiology lab studying the chemistry of learning and memory; however, his ethical qualms with animal research—in concert with some intense, mind-altering experiences—motivated him to leave the hard sciences behind in order to pursue studies of human consciousness. He worked briefly as a political activist in Los Angeles and as a lab technician at the University of Pennsylvania (Dept. of Neurology) before starting doctoral studies at UCSD, where he researched and wrote about altered states of consciousness, paranormal phenomena, and religious conversion. He has taught anthropology courses on religion, the environmental crisis, and mental illness and deviance. In November of 2009 he undertook a study of personal narratives and quality of life changes for people at ibogaine clinics in Baja Californa, Mexico, and in 2010 he began working on the MAPS-funded long-term outcomes study of ibogaine-assisted treatment for opiate dependence. He resides in San Diego with his partner and their two sons.

4:45-5:45 PM

LSD Research for End-of-Life Anxiety*

Peter Gasser, M.D.
Grand Ballroom, Oakland Marriott City Center
Includes 15 minutes for Q&A

Peter Gasser, M.D. was born in Switzerland in 1960 and works as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in his own private practice. In 2007 he started a small, still running, MAPS-sponsored study of LSD-assisted psychotherapy for individuals suffering from anxiety as a result of advanced-stage illness. His interest for drug-assisted psychotherapy started in the late 1980s, when therapy with LSD and MDMA was legal in Switzerland for a five-year period. Dr. Gasser is member of the Swiss Medical Society for Psycholytic (Psychedelic) Therapy since 1992 and the society's president since 1997. He is married and father of 3 children.

6:30-7:30 PM (optional)

Film Screening: The Jungle Prescription

6:30-7:30 PM
Oakland Marriott City Center
Room 208

The Jungle Prescription tells of ayahuasca, a visionary Amazonian brew of indigenous origin and its encounter with the West, as played out through the story of two doctors. The first, Dr. J. Mabit, runs a legendary detox centre deep in the Peruvian jungle, in partnership with indigenous healers. The second, Dr. Gabor Maté, is trying to establish a similar program in Canada of which MAPS is conducting an observational study. Through the intimate stories of these doctors and their patients, we see how an ancient medicine causes cathartic, life-changing insight, and we witness the commitment of people who have devoted their whole lives to applying this medicinal knowledge.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11

1:00-1:40 PM

Ayahuasca Research for Addiction*

Philippe Lucas, M.A.
Grand Ballroom, Oakland Marriott City Center
Includes 15 minutes for Q&A

Philippe Lucas, M.A., is a Research Affiliate with the Center for Addictions Research of British Columbia (CARBC), a member of the CARBC Advisory Board, and the founder of the Vancouver Island Compassion Society (http://www.thevics.com). His current research interests, projects, and publications include the use of cannabis, ibogaine, and ayahuasca in the treatment of addiction, and he is the Coordinator and Co-Investigator of a cutting-edge MAPS Canada-sponsored observational study of ayahuasca-assisted treatment for addiction and stress currently underway on Canada's West Coast. A founding board member of MAPS Canada and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, in 2008 Philippe was elected as a Victoria City Councillor, where his focus has been on social justice issues such as harm reduction, homelessness, environmental sustainability, and food security.

1:45-3:00 PM

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD Research*

Michael Mithoefer, M.D.
Grand Ballroom, Oakland Marriott City Center
Includes 20 minutes for Q&A

Michael Mithoefer, M.D., is a psychiatrist practicing in Charleston, SC, where he divides his time between clinical research and outpatient clinical practice specializing in treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with an emphasis on experiential methods of psychotherapy. He is a Grof-certified Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator and is trained in EMDR and Internal Family Systems Therapy. He and his wife, Annie Mithoefer, recently completed a MAPS-sponsored Phase II clinical trial testing MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. A paper about their study was published in July 2010 in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. They are currently conducting a second trial with veterans who have PTSD resulting from service in the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as psychotherapy training programs for MAPS researchers. Dr. Mithoefer is the medical monitor for MAPS-sponsored clinical trials in Europe, the Middle East and Canada. Before going into psychiatry in 1995 he practiced emergency medicine for ten years, served as medical director of the Charleston County and Georgetown County Emergency Departments, and has held clinical faculty positions at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is currently board certified in Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, and Internal Medicine.

—Break—

3:15-4:45 PM

PANEL: MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD Research: Phase 1 and 2 Pilot Studies*

Michael Mithoefer, M.D., Charles Grob, M.D., Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D., and Ingrid Pacey, M.D.
Grand Ballroom, Oakland Marriott City Center
Includes 30 minutes for Q&A

Michael Mithoefer, M.D. (see above)

Charles S. Grob, M.D. is Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine. In the early 1990s he conducted the first government-approved psychobiological research study of MDMA, and was the principal investigator of an international research project in the Brazilian Amazon studying ayahuasca. He has also completed an investigation of the safety and efficacy of psilocybin treatment in advanced-cancer patients with anxiety and published his findings in the January 2011 issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2010, and utilizes her scientific training and experience in for-profit pharmaceutical research to help lead MAPS' clinical team to develop, design, and implement clinical psychedelic research in the U.S and beyond. She earned her B.S. in Biological Science from Stanford University, with an emphasis on the neurobiology of drugs. Prior to entering graduate school, Berra worked as a Research Associate with Geron Corporation screening for drugs that activate telomerase, and with Millennium Pharmaceuticals on Phase 1 clinical trials to treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Berra joined MAPS in order to work with an organization where profit wouldn't dictate the agenda of scientific research.

Ingrid Pacey, M.D., is the principal investigator for MAPS' upcoming Canadian study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. She has been a psychiatrist for 35 years and her work has focused on therapy for trauma survivors. She trained in Holotropic Breathwork from 1987-1990 with Stan and Christina Grof and facilitated Breathwork groups from 1990-2004. Ingrid worked a lot in these groups with trauma survivors and has written about this work in The Inner Door, the journal of the Association for Holotropic Breathwork International. She is looking forward to beginning working with trauma survivors using MDMA assisted psychotherapy.

—Break—

5:00-5:35 PM

Constitutional Freedoms, the Uses of Psychedelics, and MAPS' Mission

Ethan Nadelmann, J.D., Ph.D.
Grand Ballroom, Oakland Marriott City Center
Includes 15 minutes for Q&A

Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States advocating for drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health, and human rights. Nadelmann was born in New York City, received his BA, JD, and PhD from Harvard, as well as a M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and then taught politics and public affairs at Princeton University from 1987 to 1994. He has authored two books on international criminal law enforcement—Cops Across Borders and (with Peter Andreas) Policing the Globe—as well as many dozens of articles on drug policy in publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Science, International Organization, National Review, and The Nation. Described by Rolling Stone as "the point man" for drug policy reform efforts, Ethan Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad.

5:40-6:00 PM

Closing Sentiments and the Future of MAPS

Rick Doblin, Ph.D.
Grand Ballroom, Oakland Marriott City Center

—END OF MAIN CONFERENCE PROGRAMMING—

*CEs for psychologists are provided by The Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. SCRC is a California Board of Registered Nursing Provider (BRN) and a Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider (BBS). For questions about CE, visit the SCRC website or contact David Lukoff, PhD at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 707-763-3576.


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contract Workshops Overview

MAIN CONFERENCE PROGRAM

—WORKSHOPS—
Pre- and Post-Conference

CE indicates workshops for which Continuing Education credit is available.
PEP indicates workshops that count for credit in the MAPS Psychedelic Education Program.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9
9:00 AM-5:00 PM

THE PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHEDELIC PSYCHOTHERAPY:
LESSONS FROM CLINICAL MDMA RESEARCH

with Michael Mithoefer MD & Annie Mithoefer BSN
Location TBA, Oakland Marriott City Center
CE / PEP

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THE NEW ERA OF PSYCHEDELIC STUDIES:
RESEARCH & THERAPEUTIC PRACTICE

with James Fadiman PhD & Tom Roberts PhD
Location TBA, Oakland Marriott City Center
CE / PEP

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THE SCIENCE AND POLITICS OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA

with Donald Abrams MD, Lyle Craker PhD, Sue Sisley MD,
Martin Lee, Clint Werner, Fred Gardner, Amanda Reiman PhD MSW,
Dale Gieringer PhD, Debby Goldsberry, & Steph Sherer
Moderated by Allen Hopper JD (ACLU of Northern California)

Location TBA, Oakland Marriott City Center

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BODY & SOUL:
VISIONARY ART WORKSHOP WITH ALEX & ALLYSON GREY

with Alex Grey & Allyson Grey
Location TBA, Oakland Marriott City Center


MONDAY, DECEMBER 12
9:00 AM-5:00 PM

AYAHUASCA HEALING:
MEDICAL, LEGAL, & CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS

with Beatriz Caiuby Labate PhD, Susana Bustos PhD, Roy Haber,
Philippe Lucas MA, Ralph Metzner PhD, Sidarta Ribeiro PhD,
Eduardo Ekman Schenberg PhD, Kenneth W. Tupper PhD,
Stephen Trichter PhD, and Charles Grob MD

Location TBA, Oakland Marriott City Center
CE / PEP

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DEFENDING PSYCHEDELIC CULTURE:
THE WOMEN'S VISIONARY COUNCIL

with Annie Oak, Maria Mangini PhD, & Carolyn Garcia
Location TBA, Oakland Marriott City Center
PEP

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PSYCHEDELIC NEUROSCIENCE

with Matthew Baggott PhD & Nicholas Cozzi PhD
Location TBA, Oakland Marriott City Center
CE / PEP


*CEs for psychologists are provided by The Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. SCRC is a California Board of Registered Nursing Provider (BRN) and a Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider (BBS). For questions about CE, visit the SCRC website or contact David Lukoff, PhD at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 707-763-3576.


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contract Pre-Conference Workshop: Principles of Psychedelic Psychotherapy

MAPS 25th Anniversary Conference
Pre-Conference Workshop

THE PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHEDELIC THERAPY:
LESSONS FROM MDMA RESEARCH FOR PTSD

with Michael Mithoefer MD & Annie Mithoefer BSN

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2011

Oakland Marriott City Center

CE & Psychedelic Education Program


5 parts | 220 minutes
Parts 2-5 are also available on YouTube.

Workshop Program

Overview of historical and contemporary clinical psychedelic research, with emphasis on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD

  • Overview of PTSD: symptoms, etiology, and current treatments
  • Overview of MDMA: Risks and effects
  • Why MDMA for PTSD?
  • Results of recent clinical trials
Therapeutic Method for MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD
  • Treatment manual: Developing a standardized approach
  • Treatment: Basic principles of therapeutic method
  • Patient screening: Indications and contraindications
Specific Elements of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Treatment
  • Preparatory sessions
  • MDMA-assisted sessions
  • Integration sessions
Reflections on current research: Lessons and patient stories

Discussion and questions

Workshop Participants

Michael Mithoefer, M.D., is Clinical Investigator for MAPS' MDMA-assisted psychotherapy studies. Dr. Mithoefer is a psychiatrist practicing in Charleston, SC, where he divides his time between clinical research and outpatient clinical practice specializing in treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with an emphasis on experiential methods of psychotherapy. He is a Grof-certified Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator and is trained in EMDR and Internal Family Systems Therapy. He and his wife, Annie Mithoefer, recently completed a MAPS-sponsored Phase II clinical trial testing MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. A paper about their study was published in July 2010 in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. They are currently conducting a second trial with veterans who have PTSD resulting from service in the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as psychotherapy training programs for MAPS researchers. Dr. Mithoefer is the medical monitor for MAPS-sponsored clinical trials in Europe, the Middle East and Canada. Before going into psychiatry in 1995 he practiced emergency medicine for ten years, served as medical director of the Charleston County and Georgetown County Emergency Departments, and has held clinical faculty positions at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is currently board certified in Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, and Internal Medicine.

Annie Mithoefer, B.S.N., is a Registered Nurse living in Charleston, SC, where she divides her time between clinical research and outpatient clinical practice specializing in treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with an emphasis on experiential methods of psychotherapy. She is a Grof-certified Holotropic Breathwork Practitioner and is trained in Hakomi Therapy. Recently she and her husband, Michael Mithoefer, M.D., completed a MAPS-sponsored Phase II clinical trial testing MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. A paper about their study was published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. They are currently conducting a second trial with veterans who have PTSD resulting from service in the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as psychotherapy training programs for MAPS researchers.

CEs for psychologists are provided by The Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. SCRC is a California Board of Registered Nursing Provider (BRN) and a Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider (BBS). For questions about CE, visit the SCRC website or contact David Lukoff, PhD at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 707-763-3576.


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contract Pre-Conference Workshop: The New Era of Psychedelic Studies

MAPS 25th Anniversary Conference
Pre-Conference Workshop

THE NEW ERA OF PSYCHEDELIC STUDIES:
THE EXPERIENCE THAT ALTERS ALL OTHERS

with James Fadiman PhD & Thomas Roberts PhD

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9
9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Location TBA, Oakland Marriott City Center

CE & Psychedelic Education Program credit available

Workshop Program

Psychedelics, Medicine, and Science

  • Roberts: Psychedelics in Medical, Scientific, and Cultural Contexts
  • Fadiman: Basics of Therapeutic Sessions: Role of guides, role of patients, set and setting, patient screening, and the significance of rapport between guides and patients
  • Questions & Discussion
Psychedelics, Religion, and Spirituality
  • Roberts: Understanding Contemporary Mystical Experiences
  • Fadiman: Understanding Patients' Religious and Spiritual Issues and Implications for Treatment
  • Questions & Discussion
Psychedelics, Cognition, and Intelligence
  • Fadiman: Uses of Psychedelics for Creative Problem Solving: A case study
  • Roberts: Uses of Psychedelics for Cognitive Enhancement
  • Questions & Discussion
The Future of Psychedelics in Medicine, Science, and Culture
  • Roberts: Multistate Theory: Psychedelics and mind/body medicine
  • Fadiman: Looking Forward: Micro-doses, psychedelic education, legal and regulatory policies, medical and psychological indications and contraindications, and the interface of legal-medical-theological concerns
  • Questions & Discussion
Workshop Participants

James Fadiman, Ph.D. earned his B.A. from Harvard and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford. He began his personal psychedelic research a few weeks before starting his graduate work at Stanford where he did his dissertation on the effectiveness of LSD-assisted therapy. During the research lull of 40 years, he has held a variety of teaching, consulting, training, counseling, and editorial positions. He has taught in psychology departments, design engineering, and for the past three decades at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology that he co-founded. He has published textbooks, professional books, a self-help book, a novel, and a series of videos ("Drugs: The Children are Choosing") for National Public Television. His books have been published in eight languages. He has been the subject of a one-hour documentary released by Page3 Films, featured in a National Geographic documentary and had three solo shows of his nature photography. He had his own consulting firm and sits on two non-profit boards as well as having been the president of several small natural resource companies. He has been involved in researching psychedelic for spiritual, therapeutic, and creative uses when it was legal and subsequently. He has recently published The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys.

Since 1981, Thomas Roberts, Ph.D., has taught Foundations of Psychedelic Studies, the world's first catalog-listed psychedelic course at a university. His major publications include Psychedelic Medicine (2 vols), Psychedelic Horizons, Psychoactive Sacramentals and the online archive Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments. He is Professor Emeritus in the Honors Program at Northern Illinois University. He originated the celebration of Bicycle Day. His next book, The Fruitful Mind, is forthcoming in 2012. See also Dr. Roberts' faculty webpage.

CEs for psychologists are provided by The Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. SCRC is a California Board of Registered Nursing Provider (BRN) and a Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider (BBS). For questions about CE, visit the SCRC website or contact David Lukoff, PhD at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 707-763-3576.


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contract Pre-Conference Workshop: The Science & Politics of Medical Marijuana

MAPS 25th Anniversary Conference
Pre-Conference Workshop

THE SCIENCE & POLITICS OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA

with Donald Abrams MD, Lyle Craker PhD, Sue Sisley MD,
Martin Lee, Clint Werner, Fred Gardner, Amanda Reiman PhD MSW,
Dale Gieringer PhD, Debby Goldsberry, & Steph Sherer
Moderated by Allen Hopper JD (ACLU of Northern California)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2011

Oakland Marriott City Center


7 parts | 339 minutes
Parts 2-7 are also available on YouTube.

Workshop Program

Prominent experts will share the lessons they have learned about marijuana research methodology (such as dosing, self-titration, placebo doses, and outcome measures), discuss the differing effects of the two primary cannabinoids THC and CBD, examine the forces impeding government approval of medical marijuana research, explore the history of the medical marijuana movement in California from 1996 to the present, and discuss future possibilities for research. The implications of new data on the use of cannabis as a substitute for alcohol, illicit, and prescription drugs for the clinical application of medical marijuana will also be discussed.

Workshop Participants

Donald I. Abrams, M.D. is chief of the Hematology-Oncology Division at San Francisco General Hospital and a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He has an Integrative Oncology consultation practice at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. He received an A.B. in Molecular Biology from Brown University in 1972 and graduated from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1977. He was one of the first clinicians to recognize and define many early AIDS-related conditions. He has long been interested in clinical trials of complementary and alternative medicine interventions for HIV/AIDS and cancer, including evaluations of medicinal marijuana, as first inspired by Rick Doblin in 1992. In 1997 he received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to conduct clinical trials of the short-term safety of cannabinoids in HIV infection. Subsequently he was granted funds by the University of California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research to continue studies of the effectiveness of cannabis in a number of clinical conditions. He completed a placebo-controlled study of smoked cannabis in patients with painful HIV-related peripheral neuropathy as well as a study evaluating vaporization as a smokeless delivery system for medicinal. His last NIDA-funded trial investigated the possible pharmacokinetic interaction between vaporized cannabis and opioid analgesics in patients with chronic pain. He co-authored the chapter on "Cannabinoids and Cancer" in the Oxford University Press Integrative Oncology text that he co-edited with Andrew Weil.

Lyle Craker, Ph.D., Director of the Medicinal Plant Program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has been working with MAPS for over 10 years to end the federal government's monopoly on marijuana for research by applying for a license to start a MAPS-sponsored marijuana farm for research. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and his doctorate from the University of Minnesota. He served two years as a Chemical Corp Officer at Fort Detrick, Maryland, then began work at the University of Massachusetts where his focus has centered on the production and chemistry of medicinal and aromatic plants. Dr. Craker was founding Editor for the scientific Journal of Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants and is currently founding Editor of the Journal of Medicinally Active Plants. He organized the Herb, Spice, and Medicinal Plant Working Group in the American Society for Horticultural Science and served six years as Chairman of the Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Section in the International Society for Horticutural Science which awarded him a lifetime honorary membership for his service to the Society. His organization of a medicinal plant program at the University of Massachusetts consists of nine courses enrolling approximately 220 students each year.

Fred Gardner is a journalist who has been covering the medical marijuana movement in California since 1996. Since 2003 he has been managing editor of O'Shaughnessy's, a journal he co-founded with Tod Mikuriya, MD. In 2010, with Martin A. Lee, he organized Project CBD to expedite production of cannabidiol-rich strains and to publicize their medical potential. Previously, he was Public Information Officer for the District Attorney of San Francisco. His varied career includes stints as an editor of Scientific American, an anti-war organizer, a private investigator, a scriptwriter, and a songwriter. He is a regular contributor to the Anderson Valley Advertiser and Counterpunch.org.

Dale Gieringer, Ph.D. has been State Director of California NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) since 1987. In this capacity he has spoken with thousands of medical marijuana users and is the author of the Marijuana Medical Handbook. He is Vice-Chairman of the national NORML Board of Directors. He is also Director of the California Drug Policy Forum (DPFCA) and treasurer of the Oakland Civil Liberties Alliance (OCLA). He has published research on the economic benefits of legalization, medical marijuana usage, the history of marijuana and drug prohibition, potency testing, marijuana and driving safety, and drug urinalysis. He sponsored path-breaking research and development on vaporizers as a smoke-free delivery system for cannabis. He has testified before the legislature, local governments, and courts on issues related to marijuana. He was one of the original co-authors of California's medical marijuana initiative, Prop. 215, the proponent of Oakland's Measure Z cannabis initiative in 2004, a sponsor of California's pathbreaking legalization bill AB 390, and a consultant on numerous other cannabis reform campaigns.

Debby Goldsberry is a pioneer of the medical cannabis industry, with 25 years experience. Recently, she co-founded United Cannabis Collective, a medical cannabis dispensary dedicated to ending cannabis prohibition. Ms. Goldsberry also co-founded the Berkeley Patients Group (BPG) medical cannabis collective, which she directed for 11 years, and several non-profit organizations, including Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the Medical Cannabis Safety Council(MCSC), and Cannabis Action Network (CAN). She serves on the steering committee of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Woman's Alliance, and is a former board member of the Marijuana Policy Project. Ms. Goldsberry was twice designated High Times Freedom Fighter of the Month and was given NORML's Paula Sabine Award for Woman in Leadership. Ms. Goldsberry currently serves as HIGH TIMES Freedom Fighter of the Year.

Allen Hopper, J.D., is an attorney and the Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Director at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California, where he develops and implements strategies to reform California's criminal justice system and drug policies. Specific areas of focus include down-sizing California jails and prisons, drug law enforcement, medical marijuana implementation issues, and broader marijuana law reform. Prior to moving to the California ACLU, Mr. Hopper was the Litigation Director for the National ACLU's Drug Law Reform Project, where he coordinated the ACLU's drug policy-related litigation and litigated cases across the nation as part of an overall strategy to combine impact litigation with policy and legislative advocacy, public education, media, and grassroots-and-tops organizing to transform public understanding of, and government response to, drug use and drug policies.

Martin Lee, an award-winning investigative journalist, is the author of several books, including Acid Dreams and The Beast Reawakens. Lee is Co-founder and Director of Project CBD and associate editor of O'Shaughnessy's, the journal of cannabis in clinical practice. Lee is also co-founder of the New York-based media research group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting), and the former editor and publisher of FAIR's magazine Extra!. His articles have appeared in numerous publications in the United States and abroad, including the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Harpers, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Nation, Christian Science Monitor, and Mother Jones. Lee's forthcoming book Smoke Signals, a social history of marijuana, will be published by Scribner in 2012.

Amanda Reiman, M.S.W., Ph.D., is the Director of Research for community-based medical cannabis dispensary Berkeley Patients Group, a Lecturer in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, and an Affiliate Scientist at the Alcohol Research Group in Emeryville, California. Dr. Reiman has a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois, Chicago, a doctorate in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Dr. Reiman's dissertation, Cannabis Care: Medical Cannabis Facilities as Health Service Providers, was the first in-depth study of medical cannabis patients through dispensaries. She has published numerous articles on medical cannabis dispensaries, patients and the use of cannabis as a substitute for alcohol. At Berkeley, Dr. Reiman teaches Substance Abuse Treatment and Drug and Alcohol Policy. Dr. Reiman served as the Chairwoman of the first Medical Cannabis Commission for the City of Berkeley and has consulted with other cities in the Bay Area regarding medical cannabis policy and dispensing. Dr. Reiman regularly presents her research on cannabis use at National and International conferences including the International Cannabinoid Research Symposium, the International Conference on Safe Medicine, the American Public Health Conference, the National NORML Conference, and the Harm Reduction Conference. Dr. Reiman is a member of the Multidisciplinary Scientific Advisory Board (MSAB) for Americans for Safe Access, a consortium of health professionals, researchers, and academics. The MSAB includes individuals from the fields of Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Addictions, Osteopathy, Sociology, Public Health, Public Policy, and Law from across the world.

Steph Sherer, Founder and Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), has become the foremost international leader and expert on medical cannabis patient advocacy. Her vision for keeping patients' needs at the forefront of the medical marijuana debate has brought safe and legal access to millions of Americans. Sherer is a medical cannabis patient with over fourteen years of experience servicing and managing non-profit businesses and community organizations. Through her work at ASA, she has built a powerful organization by bringing together an exceptional staff team, prominent volunteer leaders, and thousands of patient activists nationwide. She has created the strategic framework for ASA, and in addition to harnessing the resources to implement her vision, she participates in the organization as a patient spokesperson, organizer, trainer, and lobbyist for patient's rights.

Sue Sisley, M.D. is the Clinical Investigator for MAPS' planned study of marijuana for symptoms of PTSD in veterans of war. Dr. Sisley began her full-time TELEMEDICINE practice starting in 2009, where she employs a full array of telecommunications technology to continue delivering high-quality medical care to populations across rural/underserved areas of Arizona. She is an Institutional Member of the American Telemedicine Association and serves on the ATA's Legislative and Policy Committee. She also serves as Clinical Faculty at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center at the MercyCare Adult Medicine Clinic for indigent patients. Dr. Sisley completed her medical degree at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and proceeded to complete her five-year Residency Training at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in the fields of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. Dr. Sisley also founded and serves as CEO of a non-profit corporation entitled Ensuring Tomorrow Productions, an organization that delivers health education through music, theater, and dance. Dr. Sisley has received many recent honors including the President's Point of Light Award and the Leo B. Hart Humanitarian Award for "outstanding contributions made for social reform" by the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Sisley was also given the Arizona Medical Association's highest honor, the President's Distinguished Service Award, and received Arizona's most prestigious recognition for volunteerism, the Hon Kachina Award.

Clint Werner is the author of Marijuana: Gateway to Health and has studied the medical marijuana literature and movement closely for the last 20 years.


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contract Pre-Conference Workshop: Visionary Art with Alex & Allyson Grey

MAPS 25th Anniversary Conference
Pre-Conference Workshop

BODY & SOUL:
VISIONARY ART WITH ALEX & ALLYSON GREY

with Alex & Allyson Grey

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9
9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Location TBA, Oakland Marriott City Center

Workshop Program

Psycho-activate your energy centers with Alex and Allyson Grey. Using the divine imagination, ceremonially ascend the seven chakras by meditating on each center. With music supporting the creative force, we then draw a nude yogini and clairvoyantly vision the subtle field surrounding and interpenetrating the flesh. This class, primarily focused on drawing, will include an illustrated cross-cultural examination of the portrayal of the light body.

Bring colored pencils with sharpener, pens, watercolor, paper (11" x 14" is good), brushes, and other favorite supplies.

Workshop Participants

Alex Grey is a world-renowned artist, poet, and author. His books, Sacred Mirrors, The Mission of Art, Transfigurations, and Art Psalms, trace the development of his work and the mystical experiences that have shaped his personal, spiritual, and artistic life. His artwork will soon be on view again at CoSM, the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, a art retreat center and trans-denominational church, just north of New York City, that celebrates creativity as a spiritual path. Also see alexgrey.com.

Allyson Grey is co-founder of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors and an artist whose work is sold and exhibited widely. With an MFA from Tufts University, she has been an editor, educator, and muse to artists for over thirty years. Also see allysongrey.com.


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contract Post-Conference Workshop: Ayahuasca Healing

MAPS 25th Anniversary Conference
Post-Conference Workshop

AYAHUASCA HEALING:
MEDICAL, LEGAL, & CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS

with Beatriz Caiuby Labate PhD, Charles Grob MD, Susana Bustos PhD, Roy Haber,
Philippe Lucas MA, Ralph Metzner PhD, Sidarta Ribeiro PhD,
Eduardo Ekman Schenberg PhD, & Stephen Trichter PhD

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12
9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Location TBA, Oakland Marriott City Center

CE & Psychedelic Education Program credit available

Join us during Cartographie Psychedelica for two screenings of the new ayahuasca film The Jungle Prescription. The film will be shown on Saturday, December 10 from 6:30-7:30 PM (room 208), and following the workshop on Monday, December 12 from 5:30-7:00 PM (Junior Ballroom 1 & 2).

Workshop Program

Transnational Ayahuasca Drinking: An Overview of the Spread of a Plant Teacher
Kenneth W. Tupper, PhD

This presentation offers a general overview and typology of the modes of ayahuasca drinking around the globe: indigenous, mestizo, the Brazilian ayahuasca religions, psychotherapeutic circles and the progressive internationalization of such trends. It will outline basic concepts to each tradition, and present an update on the policy or legal status of ayahuasca drinking in several countries. In addition, some reflections on the concept of "plant teacher" and the educational potential of ayahuasca will be discussed.

Shamanic Entheogens and the Animistic Revitalization of Culture
Ralph Metzner, PhD

The current state of modern life is seen by many as a military-corporate-industrial world system in slow-motion catastrophic collapse, resulting in worldwide environmental destructiveness, economic bankruptcy, perpetual war, and the moral decay of the ruling elites. Against this backdrop, many people in North America, South America, and Western Europe have shown a burgeoning interest in ayahuasca and other shamanic "entheogens," which are praised for their ability to produce multi-dimensional, spiritual-ecological perspectives. This interest is often seen as signaling an instinctive return to a healthier, non-exploitative and protective relationship of human culture to all other species of plants, animals, and ecosystems. This talk presents an emic look on this subculture in the making that has been growing around ayahuasca use for the past twenty years.

The Hoasca Project: A Twenty-Year Retrospective
Charles Grob, M.D.

This presentation will provide an overview of the Hoasca Project, conducted in Brazil in the early 1990s, studying the acute and long-term effects of ayahuasca in subjects recruited from the syncretic religion União do Vegetal (UDV), as well as a follow-up investigation from the early 2000s studying the effects of ayahuasca in adolescent subjects from UDV families. Implications for psychological and medical health will be examined, as will the potential of ayahuasca to be utilized as part of a novel therapeutic model, particularly for conditions that are not responsive to conventional treatments.

Seeing with the Eyes Shut: The Neural basis of Enhanced Visual Imagery following Ayahuasca Ingestion
Sidarta Ribeiro, PhD

The Amazonian brew ayahuasca, a rich source of serotonergic agonists and reuptake inhibitors, has been used for ages to induce visual revelation in shamanic rituals. During such "seeings," users report potent visual imagery even with the eyes closed. This presentation will report the findings of our research administering ayahuasca to experienced ayahuasca users in a laboratory setting in Brazil; the results of this experiment will soon appear in the journal Human Brain Mapping. After administering the brew to the subjects, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) during a visual imagery task. We found that ayahuasca produces a robust increase in the activation of several cortical areas involved with episodic memory, attention, and vision. I will share and reflect on our results, which indicate that ayahuasca visions may be produced by boosting the vividness of recalled images to the same level as visual perception, granting the status of reality to inner experiences. Finally, I will discuss the possible philosophical, ethical, and political implications of these results as they relate to drug policy and the pathologization of alternative mental states.

Ayahuasca Visions and Brain Waves
Eduardo Ekman Schenberg, PhD

This presentation describes a new study of brain waves during the ayahuasca experience in a placebo-controlled experiment with healthy individuals, taking place in Brazil. The work is approved by the ethics committee of Universidade Federal de São Paulo and financial support is provided by FAPESP. Subjects will receive liophilizated ayahuasca or placebo in capsules, in an equivalent dose of the tea containing 0.85mg DMT/kg body weight. Subjects will answer psychological scales such as HRS and brain waves will be recorded during the whole time with an electroencephalogram (EEG). Spectral alterations in many different frequency bands will be measured, as well as coherence between different brain areas in the main frequencies of interest, as previously reported by pioneering studies already published. We will also quantify tea, liophilizate, and plasma levels of ayahuasca's main constituents in order to determine whether there is a correspondence between metabolic, neurophysiologic, and subjective domains. The work will be conducted between October 2011 and September 2013.

Reflections on the Relationship between Scientific Research and the Legalization of Religious Drug Use
Roy Haber

This presentation will address the history of the legalization of a controlled substance when used for religious/spiritual purposes and the legal case the Santo Daime church in Oregon, including current religious freedom challenges, after the recent appeal of the US Government. It will analyze the scientific expert reports presented in the Santo Daime case and the dynamics through with some experts were credited or discredited by Judge Panner. It will reflect especially on the importance of language for scientists looking at "risks" associated with imbibing entheogens, and the impact that certain choices might have in court cases.

Out of the Jungle and Onto the Couch: A Psychoanalytic Model of Understanding the Therapeutic Effects of an Ayahuasca Experience
Stephen Trichter, PhD

Over the past couple of decades mental health researchers have investigated how participating in an ayahuasca ceremony may affect the mind, body, and spirit. At the same time, very little public attention has been devoted to discussing how the results of these investigations fit within current theoretical models of the mind. One result of this has been a lack of a collaborative effort amongst researchers and practitioners in the development of effective integrative tools for patients who have participated in ayahuasca rituals. This workshop will examine some of the most commonly discussed features of an ayahuasca experience from the perspective of several psychoanalytic theories. In addition, a model of therapeutic follow up care will be proposed based on the theories discussed.

Out of Mind: Preliminary Results From a Study of Ayahuasca-Assisted Treatment for Stress and Addiction
Philippe Lucas, MA

This presentation is a comprehensive overview of an observational study of ayahuasca-assisted therapy for addiction and patterns of dependence currently underway in British Columbia, Canada. The study is currently tracking the progress of 20 participants in the "Working with Addiction and Stress" retreats organized by Dr. Gabor Maté (author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction), which combine 4-5 days of psycho-spiritual counseling with participation in two ayahuasca ceremonies in the Peruvian Shipibo tradition. The presentation will begin with an examination of an observational research design to evaluate the therapeutic potential of illicit substances, and then discuss researcher observations of the retreat itself. The retreat took place in the longhouse of a coastal First Nations band in cooperation with the Band Council and health office in June and September 2011. The session will close with the presentation of preliminary study results, and a discussion of the challenges and opportunities of using ayahuasca-assisted therapy to reduce stress and problematic substance use.

The Sounding Landscape of the Icaros
Susana Bustos, PhD

This portion will be an introduction to the icaros, the songs utilized by the shamans of the Peruvian Vegetalismo tradition. Combining images and soundtracks, I will depict the role of the icaros within this tradition, along with their musical features and distinctive characteristics among ayahuasqueros of different indigenous lineages. In order to deepen participants' understanding of these traditions, we will study the lyrics and meaning of one icaro and learn how to sing it.

Workshop Participants

Susana Bustos, Ph.D., holds degrees in Clinical Psychology (1992) and Music Therapy (2002) from Chilean universities. She received her doctorate in East-West Psychology (2008) from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco. Her work has focused on the therapeutic potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness and the supportive role of music and song in those states. Susana teaches Entheogenic Shamanism and Research Colloquium at CIIS, and works with clients seeking to integrate non-ordinary experiences into their daily lives in her private practice in Oakland, CA.

Charles S. Grob, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. In addition to his investigations of ayahuasca in Brazil, he also conducted in the early 1990s the first FDA approved research study on the effects of MDMA in normal volunteers, and in the 2000s an investigation of the use of a psilocybin treatment model in patients with advanced-cancer anxiety. He is the editor of Hallucinogens: A Reader (Tarcher/Putnam, 2002) and co-editor (with Roger Walsh) of Higher Wisdom: Eminent Elders Explore the Continuing Impact of Psychedelics (State University of New York Press, 2005).

Roy Haber is a civil rights and religious freedom enforcement lawyer. He was Deputy Chief of the Civil Rights Division in the Department of Justice under President Jimmy Carter. He was the lawyer for the Oregon Santo Daime "Church of the Holy Light of the Queen" in their case, which was won in 2009. Mr. Haber also represents midwives who seek to be protected from harassment from public officials, represented the leadership of the American Indian Movement at Wounded Knee, and has helped closing many jails which were inhumane. Mr. Haber has prosecuted many large cases involving religious freedom for prisoners all across the United States, and his worked contributed to end the last official slave plantation in the United States, the Mississippi State Prison in 1972.

Beatriz Caiuby Labate, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in Social Anthropology from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), Campinas, Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of psychoactive substances, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, and religion. She is currently a Research Associate at the Institute of Medical Psychology, Heidelberg University. She is also a researcher at the Nucleus for Interdisciplinary Studies of Psychoactives (NEIP) and editor of its website (http://www.neip.info). She is author, co-author, and co-editor of seven books, two with English translations, and one journal special edition. Her book "A Reinvenção do Uso da Ayahuasca nos Centros Urbanos" (Mercado de Letras, 2004) received the prize for Best Master's Thesis in Social Sciences from the National Association for Graduate Studies in Social Science (ANPOCS) in 2000. For more information, see http://bialabate.net.

Philippe Lucas, M.A., is a Research Affiliate with the Center for Addictions Research of British Columbia (CARBC), a member of the CARBC Advisory Board, and the founder of the Vancouver Island Compassion Society (http://www.thevics.com). His current research interests, projects, and publications include the use of cannabis, ibogaine, and ayahuasca in the treatment of addiction, and he is the Coordinator and Co-Investigator of a cutting-edge MAPS Canada-sponsored observational study of ayahuasca-assisted treatment for addiction and stress currently underway on Canada's West Coast. A founding board member of MAPS Canada and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, in 2008 Philippe was elected as a Victoria City Councillor, where his focus has been on social justice issues such as harm reduction, homelessness, environmental sustainability, and food security.

Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., is a psychologist and professor emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he organized an international conference on ayahuasca in 2000. His writings include two edited collections on the science and the phenomenology of shamanic entheogens: Sacred Mushroom of Visions – Teonanácatl and Sacred Vine of Spirits – Ayahuasca. He is founder and president of the Green Earth Foundation (http://www.greenearthfound.org), an educational organization dedicated to harmonizing humanity with Earth and with Spirit. His two most recent books are MindSpace and TimeStream and The Life Cycle of the Human Soul.

Sidarta Ribeiro, Ph.D. holds a Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences from the Universidade de Brasília (1993), a Masters in Biophysics from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (1994), and a Doctorate in Neurosciences and Animal Behavior from Rockefeller University (2000) with a Post-Doctorate in Neurophysiology at Duke University (2005). Currently he is a Full Professor of Neurosciences at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Director of the Brain Institute of UFRN, and Laboratory Director for the International Institute of Neurosciences of Natal Edmond e Lily Safra (IINN-ELS). He has experience in the areas of neuroethology, molecular neurobiology, and multi-electrode neurophysiology, and works principally in the following areas: sleep, dreaming and memory; immediate genes and neuronal plasticity; vocal communication in birds and primates; and symbolic understanding in non-human animals. He is greatly interested in the study of the neural bases of consciousness and its alteration. He has been involved in the public debate on the medicinal uses and the legalization of cannabis in Brazil.

Eduardo Ekman Schenberg, Ph.D. holds a Bachelors degree in Biomedicine and a Masters in Psychopharmacology from the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (2005), a Doctorate in Neurosciences and Behavior from Universidade de São Paulo (2010), and a Post-Doc in Psychobiology at Universidade Federal de São Paulo (2011). Currently, he is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the Universidade Federal de São Paulo and Director of Plantando Consciência, a Brazilian NGO dedicated to the study of consciousness and psychedelics with the objective of fostering the development of a new scientific paradigm. His main interests concern ayahuasca, sacred plants, psychedelic substances, brain waves, and consciousness.

Stephen Trichter, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and a candidate at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California in San Francisco. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and obtained his doctorate from Argosy University in 2006. In addition to working with his patients and teaching future psychologists, he is currently interested in opening discussions about the theoretical models behind psychedelic psychotherapy and examining how meditative dream states can be effectively integrated into the psychoanalytic relationship.

Kenneth Tupper, Ph.D. earned his doctorate in Educational Studies from the University of British Columbia. Kenneth's graduate studies have focused on the public policy implications of ayahuasca drinking outside the Amazon and the refinement of a theory of entheogenic education to understand "plant teachers." His other academic interests include drug education (public, professional and school-based), drug policy reform, public health policy and monetary policy. Since 2003, Kenneth has been based in Victoria, British Columbia, where he works in the area of problematic substance use prevention for the BC Ministry of Health. More information about Kenneth and his work is available at http://www.kentupper.com.

CEs for psychologists are provided by The Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. SCRC is a California Board of Registered Nursing Provider (BRN) and a Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider (BBS). For questions about CE, visit the SCRC website or contact David Lukoff, PhD at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 707-763-3576.


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contract Post-Conference Workshop: Defending Psychedelic Culture: The Women's Visionary Council

MAPS 25th Anniversary Conference
Post-Conference Workshop

DEFENDING PSYCHEDELIC CULTURE:
THE WOMEN'S VISIONARY COUNCIL

with Annie Oak, Maria Mangini PhD, and Carolyn Garcia

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12
9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Location TBA, Oakland Marriott City Center

Psychedelic Education Program credit available

Workshop Program

What impact have psychedelic experiences and communities had on the larger culture? This discussion will consider the ongoing influence of psychedelic awareness on art, technology, activism, medicine, and spiritual practices. How should these stories be told? What contributions can you make by offering your own personal history? How do we want people to remember the legacy of Haight Ashbury and the global cultural sparks of the psychedelic movement?

The workshop will be divided into two parts. The first portion will be presentations by the workshop leaders and possibly some invited speakers. The second portion will be an opportunity for participants to tell their own stories.

Workshop Participants

Artist and community organizer Annie Oak, is the founder of the Women's Visionary Congress, an annual gathering of visionary women healers, scholars, activists, and artists who study consciousness and altered states. Annie also created the Saraswati Tea House which offers tea and compassionate hospitality to those who need a place to rest during their passage towards evolved consciousness. An author and journalist, Annie is a proud resident of the Haight-Ashbury where psychedelic culture is alive and well.

Psychedelic veteran Carolyn Garcia, aka "Mountain Girl," joined the Merry Pranksters in 1964 and traveled on Ken Kesey's bus "Furthur" presenting "Acid Tests" in California. She joined the Grateful Dead family in the Haight-Ashbury in 1966. Jerry Garcia and Carolyn have two daughters. She has been on the board of Rex Foundation among others for many years, and keeps up with psychedelic and cannabis issues and developments as best she can. She now serves as President of the Women's Visionary Council, which presents the annual Women's Visionary Congress and other educational events investigating the marvelous. In 1974 she wrote The Primo Plant, one of the earliest books published about sinsemilla marijuana growing.

Mariavittoria Mangini, Ph.D., F.N.P., has been a family nurse midwife for 25 years. She has written extensively on the impact of psychedelic experiences in shaping the lives of her contemporaries, and has worked closely with many of the most distinguished investigators in this field. Her current project is the development of a "death midwifery" practice providing services to dying persons and their families.


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contract Post-Conference Workshop: Psychedelic Neuroscience

MAPS 25th Anniversary Conference
Post-Conference Workshop

PSYCHEDELIC NEUROSCIENCE

with Matthew Baggott PhD & Nicholas Cozzi PhD

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12
9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Location TBA, Oakland Marriott City Center

CE & Psychedelic Education Program credit available

Workshop Program

Workshop leaders will present the latest advances in scientific understanding of how psychedelics affect the brain, in terms that are accurate yet accessible. Topics will include: DMT and its role in the brain, new views on the receptor interactions of psychedelic agents, mechanisms of psychedelic-induced visuals, what makes MDMA different from most other psychedelics, and up-to-date information on the potential harms and benefits of these fascinating compounds.

Workshop Participants

Matthew Baggott, Ph.D. is one of a small number of scientists in the world who administers psychedelics to healthy people in a laboratory setting in order to better understand how these substances affect consciousness. He earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Psychiatric Genetics at the University of Chicago. He has published in prestigious medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has written book chapters in Ecstasy: the Complete Guide and the Handbook of Neurotoxicology. You can find him online at http://gplus.to/mattbaggott or at http://www.psychedelicresearch.org.

Nicholas V. Cozzi, Ph.D. is a scientist and educator in the Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI. His background and training is in pharmacology, chemistry, and neuroscience. He holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and a B.S. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy. Dr. Cozzi's research interests include the design, synthesis, and mechanisms of action of substances with central nervous system activity. Compounds of special interest include tryptamines, phenylalkylamines, and lysergamides with psychedelic, antidepressant, and psychostimulant effects. As a neuroscientist, Dr. Cozzi is interested in how these drugs act in the brain to produce changes in consciousness, including spiritual or mystical experiences and changes in mood and cognition. Dr. Cozzi is a Pharmacology focus-area leader and instructor for courses taken by second-year medical students and Ph.D. students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Cozzi has won several teaching and research awards and is involved in shaping medical education policy at the UW. Outside the University, Dr. Cozzi consults for legal, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology clients.

CEs for psychologists are provided by The Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. SCRC is a California Board of Registered Nursing Provider (BRN) and a Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider (BBS). For questions about CE, visit the SCRC website or contact David Lukoff, PhD at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 707-763-3576.


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Students for Sensible Drug Policy Holiday Party

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The LUMENARIUM—A Tribute Dinner for Stanislav & Christina Grof

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On December 10, 2011, MAPS staff, speakers, and icons of the psychedelic community gathered together to honor Stan and Christina's incredible contributions to the development of scientific literature and to mainstreaming the field of psychedelic science worldwide.


PROGRAM

Opening Remarks

Rick Doblin, Ph.D.
MAPS founder and executive director

Maria Mangini, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Nursing, Holy Names University in Oakland

Peggy Goodale
bodyworker and sister of Christina

Tav and Cary Sparks
Co-directors of Grof Transpersonal Training and
Holotropic Breathwork practitioners

Sheelo Bohm
EDUCARE teacher and Holotropic Breathwork facilitator
and
Ahmayo Bohm
Grof Transpersonal Training coordinator, 1986-1991

Coleen LeDrew Elgin
documentary filmmaker and video producer,
Stanislav Grof: Researcher, Author, Teacher and Visionary

Rick Tarnas, Ph.D.
author and Stan's close friend and student

Tom Roberts, Ph.D.
educational psychologist, author, and editor

Roger Walsh MD, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Philosophy, and Anthropology,
University of California, Irvine
and
Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.
transpersonal psychologist, educator, and author

Joel Elkes (video)
John Hopkins University; brought Stan to U.S.

Richard Yensen, Ph.D.
pioneering psychedelic researcher, Spring Grove, Maryland

Michael Mithoefer, M.D., and Annie Mithoefer, B.S.N.
MDMA-assisted psychotherapy researchers

Charles Grob, M.D.
psychiatrist and psychedelic researcher

Ingrid Pacey, M.D.
MDMA-assisted psychotherapy researcher

Alex & Allyson Grey (video and painting)
presented by Brian Wallace of MAPS

Logan MacSporran presents award to Stan and Christina

Stan and Christina Grof to speak

Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D., is a psychiatrist, one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology, and a pioneering researcher exploring the healing, heuristic, and evolutionary potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness. Grof is known for his early studies of LSD and its effects on the psyche and for helping found the field of psychedelic psychotherapy. When legal suppression made psychedelic exploration impossible, Stan and Christina Grof jointly developed Holotropic Breathwork, a method that makes it possible to induce and explore powerful non-ordinary states using breathing techniques, music, and focused bodywork in a supportive environment. They have trained hundreds of facilitators of this method worldwide.

Christina Grof, Ph.D.h.c., is the former vice-president of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA), president of Grof Transpersonal Training (GTT), and founder of the Spiritual Emergency Network (SEN). She has been active in the field of transpersonal psychology for more than 35 years, and has given lectures and workshops around the world on topics ranging from psychotherapy and transpersonal psychology to the role of spirituality in addiction and recovery, consequences of sexual abuse, and spiritual emergence.


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The KALEIDOSCOPE VAULT—An Experiential Benefit Celebration

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THE KALEIDOSCOPE VAULT
MEMORIAL TRIBUTE FOR ROBERT VENOSA
Charles Shaw

Join MAPS for The Kaleidoscope Vault, an experiential benefit celebration that will delight your senses. Purchase artworks from the world's preeminent visionary artists, rare collectibles from the history of psychedelic science, and priceless travel packages and experiences—all while enjoying a unique and stimulating series of intimate encounters and interactive adventures with artists, thinkers, and activists.

Guests of The Kaleidoscope Vault will be treated to a multitude of sensory indulgences, including themed food stations, full-service bar, music, and interactive displays and exhibits, including meet-the-artist stations hosted by visionary painters and digital and organic mural-makers. Enjoy a ceremonial cup of tea, and participate in the Treasure Hunt Adventure to increase your chances of winning a prize from our $2500 raffle.

The evening's journey continues as luminaries from the psychedelic past, present, and future share their hearts and minds and discuss MAPS' work at the frontiers of psychedelic science. Presentations by Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Alex & Allyson Grey (Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors), Charles Shaw (FractalNation Village, The Exile Nation Project), Android Jones & Phaedra Ana (Phadroid), Daniel Pinchbeck (Evolver, Reality Sandwich), Paul Stamets (Mycologist, 6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World), Neal Goldsmith, Ph.D (Author: "Psychedelic Healing"), Ethan Nadelman (Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance), and many others.

After the presentations the performance auctioneer extraordinaire Elias Arjan takes to the stage to conduct an entertaining auction unlike any you have ever attended, where your enjoyment of the moment is enhanced by the opportunity to buy visionary art, travel packages, and unique gifts. Elias will be accompanied by The Shamanic Cheerleaders—a performance troupe guaranteed to elevate spirits and open minds. Come discover a treasure you'll cherish for a lifetime, an emblem of psychedelic history, or a once-in-a-lifetime experience not generally available to the public. Your participation in this event will fund research into the beneficial applications of MDMA, LSD, ayahuasca, ibogaine, and medical marijuana.

The evening will come to a close with a memorial celebrating the late Robert Venosa, hosted by Martina Hoffmann with accompaniment from Charles Shaw. The memorial will feature a special tribute video on Robert's life from Jonathan Singer, a Venosa-inspired Phadroid digital dance performance by Android Jones & Phaedrana, and will close with musical performances by Random Rab and David Block (The Human Experience).

Standalone tickets for The Kaleidoscope Vault are $45 in advance and $65 at the door. All General Conference Passes and VIP All-Access Conference Passes include complimentary admission to The Kaleidoscope Vault at no additional charge! Kick off the weekend in style at this must-attend event filled with fun, creativity, and contribution. Don't miss The Kaleidoscope Vault at the Oakland Marriott City Center East Hall on Friday, December 9th, 2011. Doors open at 6PM for socializing, food service, and experiential revelry. Presentations and auction start at 7PM.


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The MEDICINE BALL—A Late-Night Party

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THE MEDICINE BALL

Join MAPS on Saturday December 10th for The Medicine Ball as we celebrate 25 years of uniting art, medicine, science and music through psychedelic and medical marijuana research and education.

This late-night electronic dance celebration will feature some of today's most sought after DJ's, producers, artists, and performers displaying their own personal inspirations and creative explorations through sound and art, as well as feature a number of interactive art exhibits and installations for guests to explore and discover throughout the evening.

The Medicine Ball will feature epic musical performances by one of the most influential artists to ever rock the bass scene, Daly City Records superstar, Mochipet (SF) alongside the master of polytemponic glitch bass himself, Sugarpill ( LA).

Be prepared for an incredible experience as legendary producer and songstress Ill-Esha (Vancouver B.C.) teams up with the Bay Area's own poetic genius, Joe Mousepad (SF) for an enlightening journey you will not forget. Sweet melodies and bouncing bass continue throughout this epic celebration with special sets by Mihkal (SF), VNDMG (Salt Lake City, UT) and Michael Garfield (TX).

***SET TIMES TBA***

MOCHIPET (SF) • SUGARPILL (LA) • ILL ESHA (VANCOUVER|SF)

featuring
JOE MOUSEPAD (SF) • MIHKAL (SF) • VNDMG (SF)
MICHAEL GARFIELD (TX)

PHA-DROID (SF) • FALSE PROFIT INTERACTIVE PLAYGROUND (SF)
VJ ALL OF IT NOW (SF) • THE MECHANICAL GARDEN (CA) • HeartBeat Amplifier (PORTLAND)

Explore the highly anticipated digital installation park, complete with six different interactive exhibits, curated and designed by the infamous False Profit Artist Collective. Amaze your senses in the Mechanical Garden and HeartBeat Amplifier.

Witness a top visionary performance by Pha-Droid (SF) bringing you out of this world and surrounding the evening in magical movement.

Unwind inside the ultimate relaxation space provided by the OmShanTea and Saraswati Tea Houses. Explore the TeacherBus/MagicBusSF and journey through the Visionary Art Gallery with Live Media Art by VJ All of it Now.

Delight and indulge all your senses in this highly interactive playground of sound, light, sculpture, and performance.

Saturday December 10th
Doors 8pm
Event and Performances 8pm-2am

Oakland Marriott City Center East Hall
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607


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Viva Venosa Benefit: An Evening of Visionary Art, Music, and Live Painting

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VIVA VENOSA

Benefit Tribute

Martina Hoffmann and friends will be hosting a special evening of art, music, and live painting in honor of Robert Venosa's life and work.

The Nexus cultural center
1414 Harbor Way South. Ste 1010
Richmond, CA, 94804

December 11th, 2011

5PM - 7PM meet and greet the artists.
7PM into the AM music will start with a great selection of talent.

A full-size Robert Venosa and Martina Hoffmann exhibition will shown in the gallery all night.

Visionary artists Andrew Jones, Amanda Sage , Carey Thompson, Ka Katheryn June, Michael Divine and Jessica Pearlstein will be in attendance, painting and projecting live magic.

Johnathan Singer will be projecting his amazing animations throughout the evening.

LINEUP

  • Kamianda
  • Liberation Movement featuring Resurrecter, Sasha Rose, and Dakini Star (see below)
  • The Human Experience w/ Amae Love
  • DJ Dragonfly
  • Phadroid
  • Ka Katheryn June
  • Visuals by Johnathan Singer

VISIONARY ARTISTS

  • Carey Thompson
  • Michael Divine
  • Jessica Perlstein
  • And more...

All attending artists and musicians have generously donated their time and talent to support V•I•V•A (Venosa Initiative for Visionary Art, future location of the Robert Venosa museum collection and visionary cultural center in Boulder, CO).

All proceeds will go towards the manifestation of a dream that Robert Venosa had before his recent passing in August 2011.

We look forward to sharing community, great creative energy, and fun.

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

Before 7PM: $15
After 7PM: $25


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The FLOATING WORLD—A Morning Cruise on the San Francisco Bay

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THE FLOATING WORLD

Step aboard a luxury yacht for stunning views of the city of San Francisco, Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the entire East Bay horizon of redwoods. The morning cruise will be a perfect chance to meet and mingle with people working in the field of psychedelic and medical marijuana research in a more personal setting.

Join MAPS staff, speakers, and industry professionals from the psychedelic and medical cannabis community for a morning full of connections and inspirations.

The Floating World will board at the famous Jack London Square Pier on Sunday, December 11th, 2011 at 9AM sharp. Each attendee will enjoy a three-hour tour of San Francisco Bay, as well as a light breakfast. Tickets are $65/person, or if you buy the VIP All Access Conference Pass a ticket will be included with your purchase. Don't miss this opportunity to network with researchers, industry professionals, fellow MAPS supporters, and MAPS staff while taking in the most inspiring morning sights of the city of San Francisco.

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Merchants & Scholars Marketplace

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Take a walk through our exhibitor's hall and learn about innovative services being offered by our friends in the alternative health and healing, visual arts and music, and medical cannabis industries. Get acquainted with these businesses and non-profit organizations, purchase goods, and network with colleagues working in related fields.

Visit the MAPS Store and explore our wide variety of books, videos, clothing, and artwork, and help support psychedelic and medical marijuana research and education.

The Merchants & Scholars Marketplace will be held in the Oakland Marriot City Center, East Hall, throughout the duration of Cartographie Psychedelica. Admission to the expo is free with your conference ticket, and free to the public.

 

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Erowid | DanceSafe | Mind States | Herbs America
Viva Venosa at The Nexus | New Living Expo | Onanya
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps | Elixir Cafe | RocknSocks
Green Earth Foundation | Telluride Mushroom Festival | Luscious
Psychedelic Art & History Museum | Mythobotanical Press | Kokopalien
Sheldon Norberg, Progressive Drug Educator
| Happy High Herbs
Grassroots California | KoKoPalien and Gypsy Jenny's | Vialluvia
Ram Dass/Love Serve Remember | Dr. Nick, Holistic Pharmacist
Liquid Fire Mantra | Alco Chan's Healing Hands | Chrysalis Yashpal Janye, ND

Shakedown Gallery | Cerebral Palsy Alternative Living Solutions
The Association for Transpersonal Psychology | Shamanic Harmonics
Homeopathy West | Sound Spaces | Madarella Wood/Artist

Friday Preview: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM (open to the public)
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM (open to the public)


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Partners and Sharing Opportunities

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{ SPONSORSHIP AND EXHIBIT OPPORTUNITIES }

Business owners and non-profits are invited to participate in Cartographie Psychedelica as vendors, exhibitors, and sponsors. MAPS offers a multitude of opportunities for getting your name, products, and face in front of people who care about healing, personal growth, and social change.

The following materials contain all the information you and/or your organization will need to decide at what level you'd like to participate in this one-of-a-kind event.

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Erowid | DanceSafe | Mind States | Herbs America
Viva Venosa at The Nexus | New Living Expo | Onanya
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps | Elixir Cafe | RocknSocks
Green Earth Foundation | Telluride Mushroom Festival | Luscious
Psychedelic Art & History Museum | Mythobotanical Press | Kokopalien
Sheldon Norberg, Progressive Drug Educator
| Happy High Herbs
Grassroots California | KoKoPalien and Gypsy Jenny's | Vialluvia
Ram Dass/Love Serve Remember | Dr. Nick, Holistic Pharmacist
Liquid Fire Mantra | Alco Chan's Healing Hands | Chrysalis Yashpal Janye, ND

Shakedown Gallery | Cerebral Palsy Alternative Living Solutions
The Association for Transpersonal Psychology | Shamanic Harmonics
Homeopathy West | Sound Spaces | Madarella Wood/Artist

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Our success relies on people like you spreading the word.

The MAPS 25th Anniversary E-Promo Kit has everything you need to share Cartographie Psychedelica, MAPS' 25th anniversary conference and celebration this December, with your friends, colleagues, and mailing list subscribers, including:

Business owners and non-profits are invited to participate in Cartographie Psychedelica as vendors, exhibitors, and sponsors. Click here for more information about sponsorship and exhibit opportunities.

Non-profit organizations that share one of the banners or flyers included in the E-Promo Kit from now until December 8 and send a message to their email subscribers are eligible for discounted tickets. For more information, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Give Our Veterans Hope
1 in 7 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD, in many cases leading to suicide. We owe it to our veterans to stop this epidemic.

Tell the Pentagon to fund MAPS' groundbreaking work to treat PTSD.