Thu, Oct 05|
Psychedelic Medicine Book Club with Author
Engage with other clinicians for a multi-week psychedelic medicine bookclub, including author, Jeremy Narby, to deepen discussion on the book Plant Teachers
Time & Location
Oct 05, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
About the Event
Join Rebecca Hendrix, LMFT and Liz Anable, PhD, LMHC from Evolve Integration in exploring the world of psychedelic medicine through reading and intentional discussion. This virtual book club and discussion with the author is designed for clinicians and psychedelic professionals, but is open to all who are interested in psychedelic healing.
Every two weeks, we will gather virtually to discuss a portion of the assigned book, and our facilitators will prepare insightful questions to guide each session. Members are asked to complete the assigned reading prior to the biweekly meeting and be ready to participate in a lively discussion.
Please ensure that you can attend 3 out of the 4 sessions below from 9am pst/12pm est -10am pst/1pm est. SESSIONS WILL BE RECORDED.
- Thursday, October 5th (pages 1-36 + suggested podcast)
- Thursday, October 19th (pages 37-54 + suggested podcast, author visit with Jeremy Narby.)
- Thursday, November 2nd (pages 55-72 + suggested podcast)
- Thursday, November16th (pages 73-88)
This is an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and deepen your knowledge of psychedelic medicine. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out, this book club is a great way to explore this fascinating field while making new friends!
Tickets are income based sliding scale between $50-$125, with all proceeds going to the Psychedelic Access Fund,. If you need an accessible ticket option, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a scholarship.
If you can not attend, but would still like to support the access fund with a donation, click here.
We will be reading Plant Teachers by anthropologist Jeremy Narby and Peruvian healer Rafael Chanchari Pizuri. This brief, information-packed book presents a cross-cultural dialogue exploring the similarities between ayahuasca and tobacco, the role of these plants in indigenous cultures, and the hidden truths they reveal about nature. Dr. Narby will be joining us for one session — since 1990, he’s held the title of Amazonian Projects Director for the Swiss NGO “Nouvelle Planète,” a nonprofit organization that promotes the economic and cultural empowerment of indigenous peoples.
Narby became an early pioneer of ayahuasca research while living with the Ashaninca people of the Peruvian Amazon in the 1980s. He studied anthropology at Stanford University and now lives in Switzerland. Jeremy is also the author of the award-winning book The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, which was originally published in 1998.
Check out some more detailed book reviews below.
“Plant Teachers offers a rare glimpse into the worldview of a Peruvian healer, Rafael Chanchari Pizuri. Anthropologist Jeremy Narby is our guide, bridging Western science with traditional knowledge, traversing this gap delicately and respectfully. The first chapter describes the indigenous belief that certain plant species have an ‘owner’ or ‘mother’ — ‘something like a personality’ — and that it is possible to learn from that other-than-human source. This book presents an opportunity for Westerners to stretch their concept of reality and enter into the magical depths of the Amazonian jungle, a wholly different kind of learning.”
— Rachel Harris, author of Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety
“Jeremy Narby has done it again. This is just the book that is needed in these times: a bridge between indigenous knowledge and Western science that is both rigorous and accessible. Narby has deep respect for both ways of knowing and masterfully reconciles them together into a holistic perspective that is bigger than the sum of its parts. A tour de force for anyone interested in the world of plant teachers, ayahuasca, or tobacco.”
— Jerónimo Mazarrasa, the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research, and Service (ICEERS)
Chapter titles include:
- Medicine and Maile: Tobacco from an Indigenous Perspective
- Remedy and Poison: The Science of Tobacco
- Two-Sided Purge: Ayahuasca from an Indigenous Perspective
- Discombobulating Therapeutic Cocktail: The Science of Ayahuasca
About Our Facilitators:
Rebecca Hendrix has been a practicing therapist for 15 years. She completed her Master of Spiritual Psychology and Counseling Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and is licensed by the state of New York. She then completed Fluence’s Psychedelic Education 101/102 program, the MAPS MDMA Therapy Training Program, and has advanced training in Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) with Phil Wolfson.
Elizabeth Anable is a licensed mental health counselor with a PhD in Clinical Social Work from Smith College, 12 years of training in Somatic Experiencing, and advanced training in Psychedelic Integration Psychotherapy. Currently, she is working with non-ordinary states and Internal Family Systems, as well as supervising and teaching therapists on neuroscience, trauma, and practice evaluation for Columbia University’s School for Social Work’s MSW program.
* EVOLVEIntegration does not provide illegal substances nor do we encourage participation in the use, purchase, or transfer of illegal substances. EVOLVEIntegration operates from a harm reduction approach. They provide education, aim to increase awareness around safe practices and offer assistance to integrate experiences after they occur.