Psychedelics and Religion: Part One

This GTUx Original explores the interdisciplinary work of the first-of-its-kind partnership between the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics and the GTU. Dr. Sam Shonkoff and a panel of experts examine the relationship between the ways that contemporary research and ancient wisdom traditions navigate the terrain of sacred plant narratives and how current theoretical frameworks and spiritual traditions may inform one another. In contemporary practice, this presentation will also explore how chaplaincy and spiritual care are essential elements in setting intentions and guidance in these experiences, as well as how the “war on drugs” has disproportionately impacted indigenous people and people of color regarding the use of “drugs” which might also be effective psychological and spiritual tools.