The Women’s Visionary Council (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 event scholarships and 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.
We are delighted to name Danielle Schumacher WVC’s Visionary Woman of the Year for 2017. Danielle has been a leader in the world of cannabis since 2001, when she co-founded chapters of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and Students for...read more
Overdose of opioids and other substances is a public health concern throughout the world. Yet information about how to prevent overdose, calculate dosage, and test the content of widely available recreational drugs is difficult to acquire. In the spirit of universal...read more
Eleonora Molnar, Executive Director of WVC Canada, will speak at Beyond Psychedelics, Global Psychedelic Forum June 21- 24 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic. Her presentation will discuss the ethical dimensions of current psychedelic research and of future treatments,...read more