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, culture and policy into our growing, local community.
We are excited to announce that the first event of the series will feature a talk by Clancy Cavnar, Associate Director of Chacruna speaking about An Examination of Psychological Healing with Ayahuasca.
Ayahuasca has been progressively regarded as a tool for psychological exploration, healing, and mental well-being. Family dynamics, past trauma, and unacknowledged feelings are often brought to the forefront in early experiences of drinkers, and several authors have written about the importance of integration of the powerful visionary experiences people have. This talk will explore the claims made by those who have experienced psychological benefits from ayahuasca, as found in the academic literature and published personal accounts. It will consider reports of psychological insights gained, and the resulting personal transformation or healing that took place. It will also analyze and identify the specific elements of the ayahuasca experience that are considered to be key to psychological healing, both within the experience and afterwards; these aspects will be related to psychodynamic and transpersonal theories of healing. Finally, the talk will contemplate what is known about ayahuasca as a mood enhancer, and how that may assist psychological healing.
Clancy 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 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 third floor in the venue above Odd Job Bar. We have greaters to show you the way- please enter through the left side, follow the signs up to the third 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!
Clancy Cavnar has a doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA. She currently works in private practice in San Francisco, and is Associate Director of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines (http://chacruna.net), an organization that provides public education about psychedelic plant medicines and promotes a
bridge between the ceremonial use of sacred plants and psychedelic science. She is also a research associate of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP). She combines an eclectic array of interests and activities as clinical psychologist, artist, and researcher. She has a master of fine arts in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, a master’s in counseling from San Francisco State University, and she completed the Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). She is author and co-author of articles in several peer-reviewed journals and co-editor, with Beatriz Caiuby Labate, of eight books. For more information see: http://neip.info/pesquisadore/clancy-cavnar