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Integration Circle: No Mud No Lotus
March 10 @ 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
What?s the role of “bad trips” in the psychedelic experience? How can we see the “bad trips” as the mud that helps the lotus to bloom?
We are excited to announce that now the SF Integration Circle is happening twice a month, in cooperation with Twisted Thistle Apothecary, with an educational format! The capacity for our group is limited to 15 people, so please RESERVE your spot ahead of time by purchasing your ticket online or RSVP by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep in mind that RSVPing doesn’t guarantee a ticket, you need to buy it online through Eventbrite.
Suggested sliding scale: $10-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Our circle will begin with a tea ceremony, and expansion meditation. It will be followed by a 5-10 min educational presentation about a specific framework in an open discussion format, and it will continue to hold the space for sharing, questions, and feedback.
If you’ve had a psychedelic experience (including near-death, meditation, and other spiritual experiences) that you are struggling to make sense of, this integration circle provides an opportunity to share, explore, and understand its impact as a community. The circle will be facilitated by psychologists and counsellors with extensive experience in clinical, shamanic, and indigenous healing practices.
We ask the members to arrive 10 mins early to start on time.
Please bring a journal, a pen, a friend, and any other sacred items you?d like to place on the altar.
This is a sober meeting. The group discourages any use of psychoactive drugs during group meetings, and neither provides illicit substances nor referrals to illegal psychedelic services.
About our Hosts:
Sonia Troiani Doulton MA is an integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor with a certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy and Research from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Sonia has been exploring the therapeutic potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness for the last 30 years and has worked in mental health for the last 10 years. Sonia currently runs her private practice, collaborates in a ketamine-assisted therapy clinic and provides psychedelic integration both online and in San Francisco.
Howie Whitehouse received a PhD in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in 2005. His dissertation research entitled, The Challenges of the Return from a Shamanic Odyssey: A Heuristic Exploration, involved a ten-year apprenticeship with Pablo Sanchez MSW, a Native American curandero, who?s approach derives from the lineage of Maria Sabina. He is Co-founder of the Human Science Research Institute at UWG. He’s worked as a Research Associate at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, UCSF, MacArthur Foundation Research Program on Conscious & Unconscious Mental Processes; Staff Counselor, Rhythm Society, Council on Spiritual Practices; Extended Faculty at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS); Recipient of a Circle of Bridge-Makers Award in 2004; Alum. Advisor & Board Member, E.R.I.E., 2012-18; Peer-Counselor, M.A.P.S. 2017 Psychedelic Science Conference Workshop, Integrating Psychedelic Experiences. Recent Presentations: Psychedelic Society, ERIE & Spiritual Emergence Group at CIIS. Current research interests include: shamanism, sacred initiation process for post-modern culture, Integral Psychology of Sri Aurobindo, The Self Archetype as the Vessel for Lucid Awakening.
Damla Gungor is the Creative Director of San Francisco Psychedelic Society. Her interest in exploring non-ordinary states of consciousness began with living with a schizophrenic, narcissistic father as a child. She began studying psychosis, and how exploration of plant medicine, roots of psychedelic psychotherapy, and theater can be helpful as healing modalities. She co-facilitates integration and women circles, and she envisions to co-create a community that explores alternative visions in psychedelic activism to help transform self and society.?