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WVC Mourns the Oakland Fire  

The Women's Visionary Congress is based in the San Francisco Bay area and our members our among the community of artists who make our culture so vibrant. We mourn the loss of those who died in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, California on December 2nd and...

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We Remember and Honor Kai Wingo: Mushroom Farmer, Activist and Friend

The Women’s Visionary Congress acknowledges with great sadness the passing of Kai Wingo, urban mushroom farmer, activist, and ambassador of the mushroom medicine. Kai started her Buckeye Mushroom Farm and her Kultured Mushrom community project in the Buckeye neighborhood of Cleveland in the fall of 2013 and sold her mushrooms at farmers markets around the city. She hosted workshops in mushroom cultivation and was an enthusiastic advocate for the power of mushrooms to help us create a healthier, more sustainable culture. We first met Kai when she received a scholarship to attend the 2015 Women’s Visionary Congress in Petaluma. We were impressed by her clear, deep wisdom of mushroom medicine of all kinds, her devotion to working with entheogens (no small thing in Ohio) and her gift for connecting people and communities.

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Women’s Visionary Congress Hosts Weekend of Events in New York City

Women’s Visionary Congress Hosts Weekend of Events in New York City

The theme of the 2015 Womens’ Visionary Congress was “Rising from the Underground.” Next month, the WVC will travel east and ascend further by gathering in New York City for a weekend of events from March 11-13. Our conversations in NYC will focus on how we integrate insights from our explorations in expanded consciousness and share them with the world. As with all WVC events, people of all genders are welcome to join us.

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Friends and Allies – The 2015 Women and Entheogens Conference

Friends and Allies – The 2015 Women and Entheogens Conference

As 2015 draws to a close, I’ve been reflecting on some of the remarkable people in the visionary community that I had the pleasure of meeting this year. It’s becoming increasingly common for women who attend our WVC events to create their own gatherings – and then invite us to meet the healers, artists and activists that they admire. I received an invitation to participate in one such event this fall that took place Cleveland, Ohio. Organized by Kai Wingo, the Women and Entheogens conference brought together a particularly inspiring group of entheogenic researchers and teachers from around the U.S.

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Help us Reclaim Women’s Wisdom and Balance the Conversation on Consciousness

Since 2006 – for nearly a decade – the Women’s Visionary Congress (WVC) has been providing much needed balance in the expanding conversation about psychedelics and consciousness. WVC supports the cultivation and preservation of both contemporary and ancestral wise woman traditions across global cultures, and hosts community conversations about the safe and respectful exploration of non-ordinary states of awareness. In gatherings across the US and Canada, we create opportunities for connection and mentorship between generations of women with the expertise and desire to learn more about these realms.

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On Finding your Psychedelic Family: A Review of Rhoney Stanley’s “Owsley and Me”

On Finding your Psychedelic Family: A Review of Rhoney Stanley’s “Owsley and Me”

Rhoney’s memoir Owsley and Me lays out the evolution of this LSD family and, as the title suggests, details her total devotion to Owsley Stanley, the “psychedelic Prometheus” and anti-hero for whom her eyes become dosed and starry. Owsley is a nudist savant, nourished by a strictly carb-less diet and so fixed on alchemical perfection that his name quickly becomes synonymous with first-class acid. He is opinionated and idiosyncratic and arrives into her life on “Owsley time” – a complicated space that includes other women and which she struggles to navigate for the duration of their time as lovers and lab partners. Despite the imperfect arrangement, she calls this the “protected realm,” and having already discovered what kind of chick she does not want to be, resolves to ride the wave: “fuck it, this is freedom time.”

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