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

A Year of Transition – WVC Gatherings in 2017

As this year may present many challenges for our communities and our nation, we have decided to refocus our efforts to make our voices heard by holding a series of events in 2017 that reflect requests from you, our members. While we will not be hosting a Women’s Congress this year, we will be hosting a series of events in Northern California which will be opportunities for you to speak out on issues you care about, connect with community and receive support for your projects, and evolve the world of ideas that we have set in motion since our first gatherings over a decade ago.

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