From grieving loved ones to the climate crisis, the process of grief can come in waves, from confusion to sorrow. Entheogens and psychedelics have shown unique promise in helping people move through these stages. In clinical trials at NYU, Johns Hopkins, and others, research has shown that there’s an intimate connection between this healing and the mystical qualities of a psychedelic experience.
What is the relationship between mysticism and healing? And how might psychedelics be a catalyst for them both? There will also be time for questions from our community at the end.
Through connecting us with ourselves, one another, and the planet, these powerful compounds can offer a way into and through grief.
In this 75-minute webinar, Françoise Bourzat, counselor, author of Consciousness Medicine, and founder of The Center for Consciousness Medicine will be joined by Rabbi Sydney Mintz to explore the relationship between psychedelics, grief, and mysticism.
If financial constraints are preventing you from attending this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for scholarships.
Françoise Bourzat has been bridging the divide between western psychology and indigenous wisdom in collaboration with healers in Huaulta de Jiminez, Mexico for the past 30 years. She is a co-founder of the Center for Consciousness Medicine, which trains people to become guides in a holistic method of psychedelic assisted therapy. She is also the co-author of Consciousness Medicine, published by North Atlantic Books.
Françoise served on the advisory board for the Oregon Prop 109 initiative and is currently collaborating with the Pacific Neuroscience Institute in an FDA-approved research study on psilocybin-assisted therapy for Covid-related grief.
She has a Master of Arts in Somatic Psychology and is trained in the Hakomi Method. Françoise has taught at CIIS in San Francisco, is a counselor, and runs online courses and lectures in various institutions.
Rabbi Sydney Mintz (she/they) was ordained in 1997 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. She is the founder of the award-winning Late Shabbat Young Adult Program at Congregation Emanu-El where she has served as Rabbi for almost 25 years. She became a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem after completing her fellowship in 2004 and serves on the National Board of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice.
She is a graduate of Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Program is a member of the U.S. State Department’s Working Group on Religion and Social Justice and serves on Reimagine’s 360 Advisory Council.
Rabbi Mintz has collaborated with Dr. Richard Miller, author of Psychedelic Medicine, and Laura Inserra, Sound Alchemist, as part of Reimagine’s San Francisco festival. In 2018, Rabbi Mintz’s one-woman show “You May Think I’m Funny, But It’s Not” premiered and sold out at the Marsh Theatre in San Francisco.
About DoubleBlind Magazine
DoubleBlind is a biannual print magazine and media company covering timely, untold stories about the expansion of psychedelics around the globe.
About The Center for Consciousness Medicine
The Center for Consciousness Medicine's approach to healing is rooted in a long-standing relationship with a lineage of healers from Mexico who have kept the Mazatec tradition of ceremonial use of mushrooms alive for thousands of years in the face of colonialism and industrialization. With permission, blessing, and humility, we have integrated these practices with contemporary therapeutic modalities to create a holistic model of healing.
Reimagine is a nonprofit organization that draws on the arts, design, medicine, and spirituality to transform taboo cultural attitudes around death and grief, and to address the inequities surrounding how we live and die.