2019 Women’s Visionary Congress

The WVC is delighted to announce the 11th annual Women’s Visionary Congress. After a three-year hiatus, the 2019 Women’s Congress will gather at the Omni Commons in Oakland, CA from June 14-16, 2019. Tickets are available here.

Since 2007, the Women’s Congress has presented talks from activists, healers, artists, and researchers who work with non-ordinary states of consciousness. While we preference the voices of women, WVC events are open to people of all genders. Bios of the speakers can be found here.

This year’s Women’s Congress features a group of groundbreaking activists including Ohlone elder Corrina Gould of the Sogorea Te' Land Trust, Sunshine Lencho of Flow Kana, Ifetayo Harvey of POC in Psychedelics, Lanese Martin of The Hood Incubator, Madalyn McElwain of DanceSafe, Ismail Ali of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, (MAPS), WVC board member Annie Oak of Take 3 Presents, Christine Stenquist of Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE Utah), and Elise Szabo of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP).

The healers presenting are also activists in their own right. They include author and therapist Ann Shulgin, herbalist and classical homeopath Maya Blow Soul Flower Farm, nurse practitioner Mariavittoria Mangini, community food reformer Joy Moore, and psychologist and ketamine specialist Raquel Bennett of the KRIYA Institute. Artists Gisele Fernandes-Osterhold, Maria Padilha, and Tania Abdul will present with the Afro-Brazilian performance group Mulhercatu. Tea service is provided by the Full Circle Tea House led by Cat Ho. Lunch and snacks provided by food activist Emma Sanchez.

The 2019 Women’s Congress will also highlight the work of researchers including ethnobotanist Jane Straight, publisher Scott Bodarky, somatic psychotherapist Eleonora Molnar, and Josie of Psychonautwiki. On Saturday evening, June 15, Jennifer Dumpert will present a workshop that explores consciousness using liminal dream practices. Participants are invited to join the Oneironauticum, a worldwide dream event.  

Please send any questions about this event to info@visionarycongress.org. See you there!





Your Digital Privacy Is Important To WVC – Here’s What We’re Doing About It

Your Digital Privacy Is Important To WVC – Here’s What We’re Doing About It

When the Women’s Visionary Congress was founded 10 years ago things were very different for people who use psychedelics for healing and consciousness exploration. The War on Drugs was in full force, and so relatively few people felt comfortable speaking publicly about their use of psychedelic substances designated Schedule I by the U.S. Government. As a result, WVC’s first website, which many of you will remember, was remarkably secure.

How to Make the Most of the 2016 Women's Visionary Congress

How to Make the Most of the 2016 Women's Visionary Congress

Today, I hiked to the labyrinth at Hillside Park in El Cerrito. I’m starting to feel what it will be like to once again retreat to a profoundly inspiring and safe space – the Women’s Visionary Congress at IONS in Petaluma. It was during my first time there 4 years ago that I learned how to walk a labyrinth as meditation.  

 Today’s mediation inspired me to write a list of ways to make the most of the WVC retreat:

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

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.

Women's Visionary Congress Hosts Weekend Events in New York City

Women's Visionary Congress Hosts Weekend 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.

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 in Cleveland, Ohio. Organized by Kai Wingo, the Women and Entheogens conference brought together an inspiring group of entheogenic researchers and teachers from around the U.S. It was an opportunity to meet Kai’s community from Cleveland and Detroit and visit her urban mushroom farm, Kultured Mushrooms, where she grows shiitake, lion’s mane and other fungal delicacies. Kai has also been outspoken about the therapeutic benefits of psilocybin mushrooms for both personal and cultural healing.

In addition to being a teacher and pioneering urban farmer, Kai has a gift for connecting people. Kai first contacted WVC requesting a scholarship to our 2015 Women’s Congress. Thanks to WVC donors and supporters, we were able to grant her one. When Kai invited me to speak at her gathering in September, I booked a flight to Cleveland and met people from Cleveland, Detroit and other cities. Many of the participants were teaching and practicing plant and spiritual traditions from African, Native American and contemporary urban cultures.

Help Us Reclaim Women's Wisdom and Balance the Conversation on Consciousness

Help Us Reclaim Women's Wisdom and Balance the Conversation on Consciousness

We are in the midst of a profound cultural transformation in which the medicines and spiritual practices which were familiar to our ancestors, but which have historically been suppressed, denigrated, and demonized, are gaining acceptance world wide. While the mainstream scientific community is recognizing the benefits of this inheritance, clinical data alone cannot shift cultural perceptions.

As we take our next steps, we invite you all to help us strengthen and integrate our community for decades to come. We have a modest fundraising goal of $7000 which will allow us to expand our programs and help fund our upcoming events in 2016.

Of funds raised:

•    40% will help secure event spaces and spread the word about our gatherings
•    20% will support our scholarship fund, ensuring that people of slender means can attend our gatherings
•    20% will fund speaker travel expenses
•    10% will go towards operational expenses

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.

The Shaman Woman, Plant Medicine, and Psychedelics Salon

The Shaman Woman, Plant Medicine, and Psychedelics Salon

I have just returned from Canada where I attended WVC’s third annual Shaman Woman, Plant Medicine and Psychedelics Salon at Simon Fraser University in downtown Vancouver. Organized by Eleonora Molnar, the Director of WVC Canada, the event included a series of thoughtful conversations about the use and misuse of power in ceremonies that include psychoactive materials. The gathering also featured presentations by speakers who looked at the history of these substances and ways in which they shape culture, politics and our own personal search for self-knowledge. It was great fun to reconnect with a community of people in Vancouver who care deeply about these topics and have a well of insights to offer.