About Us

The Women’s Visionary Congress (WVC) is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports investigations into non-ordinary forms of consciousness. Since 2007, WVC has organized gatherings of researchers, healers, artists, and activists whose work explores these states. WVC also raises funds to provide grants to women in this field and encourage their inclusion in scholarly discussions.

The word “psychedelic,” derived from the Greek words psychē (ψυχή, “mind”) and dēloun (δηλοῦν, “to make visible, to reveal”) is sometimes used to describe these forms of awareness. While “mind-revealing” properties are most commonly associated with psychoactive substances, WVC acknowledges that non-ordinary consciousness can be reached through many means including meditation, dreams, prayer, physical disciplines, near death events, spiritual practices, dance, music, and encounters with the natural world. Natural selection suggests that we would not have this capacity unless the ability to alter our awareness confers some advantage for survival.

We recognize that forms of non-ordinary consciousness can be entered not just for play, but for serious purposes, and that we can find joy and healing in these mysterious worlds of discovery. WVC supports frank and open conversations about these experiences and careful consideration of their benefits and drawbacks. We draw from current research and personal stories to create a body of knowledge that can benefit future generations of investigators.

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Annie Oak telling the Women’s Visionary Congress Origin Story at Burning Man 2012