Beyond Psychedelics, Global Psychedelic Forum - June 21- 24 2018 - Prague, Czech Republic
Eleonora Molnar, Executive Director of WVC Canada, discussed the ethical dimensions of current psychedelic research and of future treatments, as psychedelics become a legal adjunct to psychotherapy.
Risk Reduction Workshop - April 15, 2018 - Nevada City, CA
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 access to all knowledge and to prevent future deaths, the WVC hosts risk reductions workshops at no cost to participants.
Canning Class & Dinner – November 18th, 2017 – Grass Valley, CA
Our first workshop in the Sierra Foothills was a cooking and canning class at Cybele Farm in celebration of seasonal foods and our connection.
Risk Reduction and Drug Safety Skills – July 22, 2017 – Oakland, CA
Overdose of opioids and other substances has become a major public health concern throughout the world. Yet information about how to calculate dosage, prevent overdose, and test the content of widely available recreational drugs is difficult to acquire. How to accurately measure liquids and powders and how to test to identify substances and discover potentially deadly adulterants was taught. Also, there was a training to administer Naloxone or Narcan to prevent opioid overdose and participants received their own Naloxone kits.
Women & Cannabis Salon – March 4 & 5, 2017 - Oakland, CA
Women have been using cannabis since ancient times. As cannabis has become legal for both medical and recreational use, many women are reexamining this powerful plant ally. On March 4th and 5th, 2017 the Women’s Visionary Council (WVC) held two days of workshops and discussions to explore our relationship with cannabis in all her manifestations.
Psychedelic Culture & Community Workshop at Psychedelic Science 2017 – April 24 – Oakland, CA
Together again for the first time: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, The Tennessee Farm, The Hog Farm, The Merry Pranksters, Synergia Ranch, and the Women’s Visionary Council.
Members of these visionary psychedelic groups shared their stories of building and maintaining their communities since the 1960’s, diving into the lessons that have enabled them to survive and preserve their ideals and ideas 50 years later. This information is particularly valuable as we face the potential for political and environmental challenges reminiscent of the cultural environment that these communities broke away from, and offered as a community conversation.
Tasting the Harvest & Saving the Seasons – Nov 6, 2016
The Women's Visionary Congress presented its first workshop on savoring seasonal foods as a delicious connection to the Earth and her bounty! The adventure began with a FREE FARM TOUR of City Slicker Farms at 2847 Peralta St. in West Oakland. Then after lunch, Chef Emma Sanchez led a dazzling canning workshop and dinner in San Francisco at Parties That Cook.
Risk Reduction and Drug Safety Skills – July 16, 2016 – San Francisco & Oakland
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San Francisco-based nonprofit organizations, the Women’s Visionary Congress (WVC) and the San Francisco Psychedelic Society co-hosted a free workshop at the Internet Archive to teach critical risk reduction skills.
The workshop featured Earth and Fire Erowid, founders of the Erowid archive, who demonstrated how to prevent overdose by accurately measuring liquids and powders. Using water and baking powder as demonstration tools, the Erowids showed how to properly use a microgram scale and provide instruction on techniques to improve the accuracy of measurement. The Erowids also showed how to use commercially available reagent testing kits to test for the presence of psychoactive substances and potentially deadly adulterants.
Dr. Gantt Galloway, Pharm.D., Research and Executive Director of the New Leaf Treatment Center, provided training in the use of Naloxone or Narcan which blocks the effects of opioids, especially in cases of overdose. At the start of the workshop, WVC board member Mariavittoria Mangini, PhD, FNP, talked about public health risk reduction initiatives and was joined by those working in this field. At the close of the event, Internet Archive Administrative Coordinator Michelle Krasowski read remarks by librarian Andrea Mitchell, a member of the Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists (SALIS), who have developed a collection of digital resources at the Internet Archive for ongoing risk reduction education.
This event was presented at no cost for maximal accessibility. We are grateful to our sponsor the THC Staffing Group, a boutique staffing firm for the marijuana industry, for helping to cover the production costs for this event. Tax deductible donations are gratefully accepted.
New York Salon – Integrating Visionary Experiences – March 11-13, 2016
The Women’s Visionary Congress held its 1st annual salon in New York City. The kickoff was a party on Friday from 6-10pm at the Rubin Museum. The Salon on Saturday from 11am–5pm took place at The Alchemist’s Kitchen and featured presentations by research scientist Katherine MacLean PhD, psychiatrist Julie Holland MD, and painter and social sculptor Allyson Grey. Read their bios.
Finally, we gathered on Sunday from 10am-2pm for a tea party and immersive art experience at the statue of Alice in Wonderland and her friends located in Central Park north of the Conservatory Water at East 74th Street.
WVC Vancouver Salon – September 2015
The WVC held a Salon in Vancouver, B.C. on Friday, September 25th from 6-9pm at Simon Fraser University Harbourfront Campus. The evening opened with a 30-minute presentation on cultural appropriation followed by a community discussion about this and other important topics within the entheogenic discourse. One purpose of this salon was to provide an opportunity for discussion before and after October gatherings about entheogens in Victoria and Vancouver. It was hoped that another WVC Salon would be scheduled in Vancouver in November so that the community could collectively consider what was presented at these gatherings and could engage in critical self reflection.
The 3rd annual Shaman Women, Plant Medicine
and Psychedelics Salon - Nov. 14 & 15, 2014 – Vancouver, B.C.
On Friday night at Simon Fraser University in downtown Vancouver, the salon hosted a roundtable community discussion entitled Self Defense and Jedi Practices in the Psychedelic World, about benefit maximization and harm reduction. We examined different ways that power can be misused in ceremonies with entheogenic substances and invited suggestions for practical steps participants can take to protect themselves. Here is a list of recommendations which summarize many of the points made during this conversation.
On Saturday afternoon we gathered at the university again for an afternoon of presentations.
Artists & Scientists on the Visionary Frontier - May 2014 - Santa Fe, New Mexico
The 2014 WVC salon in Santa Fe was held in May at the beautiful Synergia Ranch featuring two days of conversations with artists and scientists who scout the frontiers of consciousness. We asked that participants bring an open mind, a ready heart and be prepared to dance.
The 2014 New Mexico Salon opened with a presentation by Dr. Michael Bogenschutz, an addiction specialist from the Heffter Research Institute. Dr. Bogenschutz offered an update on the groundbreaking investigations taking place at the University of New Mexico where researchers are looking at the use of psilocybin in the treatment of alcoholism. This talk was followed by a reading from author Joanna Harcourt Smith, creator of the Future Primitive Podcasting Website. Harcourt Smith read from her book, “Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary: My Psychedelic Love Story” which documents pivotal events told from the perspective of a woman who found herself caught up in the radical politics of the 1960’s.
On the second day of the 2014 Salon, activist and artist Jean Nichols founder of the Art for the Heart Studio, showed upcycled clothes from the UpCycled Fashion initiative. The project, which is based in the Santa Fe area, creates jobs, saves clothes from landfill, mentors youths and provide affordable one-of–a-kind “clothes with a conscience.” The display of wearable art was followed by a presentation and discussion by Requa Tolbert RN, an artist and MDMA researcher. Tolbert showed images from her Stormrider Calling Cards, which received a WVC artists grant. The final event of the day was a screening of “Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary” by local filmmaker Gay Dillingham which chronicles the long friendship between these two scientific pioneers. This was followed by a lively discussion of the film with Dillingham and community members.
After two days of thought provoking art and scientific discussions, the Salon concluded with a dance party led by DJ Erin English who spun global gems and heavenly beats long into the spring evening.