San Francisco Psychedelic Society and The Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines are partnering up to create a cutting-edge series to infuse deep psychedelic knowledge on sacred plants, music, integration, culture and policy into our growing, local community.
We are excited to announce the second event of the series will feature a talk by Alexander Theberge MFT, member of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines Women, Gender Diversity, and Sexual Minorities Working Group speaking about How To Deal With A Troubling Psychedelic Experience
Plant medicines and psychedelics, used in thoughtful and intentional ways, can be incredibly life changing and transformative. They offer the potential for profound spiritual experiences and deep healing not offered by other modalities. But these experiences can sometimes be very challenging, difficult, dark, or painful. This is especially true when the person is unprepared for the magnitude of what they experience or is working with psychedelics in an unintentional manner. Even people going through positive transformative journeys with psychedelics can find themselves struggling to come to terms with what happened or return to a balanced state. It is not always a smooth process even in the best of circumstances and there are often bumps along the road of psychedelic experience. And there are a variety of experiences that can be particularly troubling and deeply challening for someone journeying with psychedelics or plant medicines. Based on my experience working with hundreds of people before, during, and after psychedelic and plant medicine journeys, I have identified several archetypes of troubling or challenging experiences that can occur as part of a psychedelic experience. These include the classic “bad trip,” experiences with a hellish quality, unexpected revelations, the rocky return home, the spiritual crisis, and psychotic breaks. This talk examines each of these scenarios, discusses how to deal with them as they happen, and offers integration guidance for each of the different archetypes.
Alex will lead a breakout session including a Q & A period to reflect and dive deep into the thought provoking material in the talk. We will also have breakout groups with topics like psychedelics 101 for newcomers. The purpose of this gathering is to facilitate connection and community amongst folks in the SF bay area who are interested in psychedelics. Chacruna will have a table, we will serve cacao, provide healthy snacks and a raffle.
We will begin around 7 PM, please arrive by 6:40 so that we can start on time. We are located on the second floor. When you arrive, please sign in at the door. We are asking a $5-$20 donation to the society, no one turned away for lack of funds.
San Francisco Psychedelic Society is evolving to have more frequent and diverse events in the Bay Area. We are looking forward to having you at our community meeting to get involved and meet others!
MFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based out of San Francisco specializing in psychedelic integration and support. He has been exploring psychedelics for 25 years, has spent several years living in the Peruvian Amazon studying ayahuasca shamanism and facilitating plant medicine ceremonies, and continues to lead plant medicine retreats to Peru. Previously, Alex worked at the University of California San Francisco’s Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute where he was a staff therapist and Program Manager in the Partial Hospitalization Program. Alex has a 15 year history of working in diverse clinical and healing settings including community mental health, residential treatment, and hospice care. He is a member of the Charuna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines
Women, Gender Diversity, and Sexual Minorities Working Group.