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 last event of the series will feature a talk by Robert Heffernan, who is part of Chacruna’s Council for the Protection of Sacred Plants speaking about Empowering Legal Protection and Freedom for Sacred Plant Communities in the US
The use of ayahuasca in the United States has greatly expanded over the last 20 years. What began as an obscure Amazonian sacred plant medicine used in small hidden groups has turned into a vibrant movement. It now involves everything from extremely well organized churches who have won major court cases to traditionally based shamanic groups that have organized themselves into incorporated spiritual congregations to new age endeavors of questionable quality and some misleading and fraudulent practitioners. This presentation will offer perspectives on some of the social and legal challenges and opportunities ayahuasca and other plant communities face in the US. The author will suggest ways groups can organize and protect themselves, engage in legal harm reduction and associate with like minded groups nationally and internationally. He will outline how Chacruna’s Council for the Protection of Sacred Plants
can support the community in these efforts.
Robert 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!
is an independent researcher and activist who has been involved in the vegetalismo, Santo Daime and other syncretic traditions since 2000. He has been involved with legal issues and organizing efforts in the Santo Daime and ayahuasca community for the last 12 years and has recently begun to speak and write about these matters publicly. He is part of Chacruna
’s Council for the Protection of Sacred Plants. He is involved with integration work as a certified Shamanic Breathwork facilitator and a certified Integrative Sound and Music Practitioner (sound healing). This is complimented by a long term involvement with Buddhist Dharma. He has recently begun to write and speak about the integration of Buddhist Dharma and medicine work.