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Psychedelic Parenting Podcast
Research, Resources and Reflections on Psychedelic Family Life
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Collecting the stories of the Psychedelic Community in exile.

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April 30, 2017 10:05 PM PDT

Today, Jonathan talks with Shane LeMaster. Shane earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO, completed extensive coursework towards a Master of Arts Degree in Sport & Performance Psychology at the University of Denver, and earned his Master of Arts Degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology from Argosy University.  Shane is nationally certified as a Sport Psychology Consultant and a licensed mental health clinician in the state of Colorado. 

In this conversation, Jonathan and Shane discuss Psychedelic Science 2017, Shane's work in addiction treatment, the strengths and weaknesses of the 12 steps, and how Shane is integrating his personal work with psychedelics into future professional endeavors. Enjoy.

Full Podcast notes can be found at http://www.psychedelicparenting.org/psychedelic-parenting-podcast-34/

April 19, 2017 07:39 PM PDT

In this episode, Jonathan talks with his dear friend Lex Pelger. Lex is a co-Founder (along with past podcast guest Brett Greene) of the psychedelic media group Psymposia, an author, and the new host of the legendary psychedelic podcast The Psychedelic Salon.

Lex has recently begun publishing his magnum opus, Anandamide, or: The Canabinoida graphic novel about cannabis, the war on weed, and our own endocannabinoid system, based on Moby Dick He is also co-hosting a cross-country tour of Psymposia's popular Psychedelic Storytelling events, called The Blue Dot Tour, with a goal of building psychedelic community in "blue cities inside red states"

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March 09, 2017 06:23 PM PST

On this episode, Jonathan talks with Omar Thomas, founder of 5 in the Dark Life Coaching, retired Army Ranger, and fellow partner, facilitator and Visual Media Director at MycoMeditations, which offers Psilocybin-assisted retreats and therapeutic experiences in beautiful Treasure Beach, Jamaica. Omar is also the founder of CannaMed Consultants, a medical cannabis nutraceutical company. In this conversation, Jonathan and Omar discuss their mutual excitement after their recent experience facilitating together for the first time on Treasure Beach, Omar's personal struggles with PTSD, and what it means to be a Psychedelic Dad. Omar also chimes in on our eternal question: How old is "old enough?"
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February 22, 2017 09:49 PM PST

Today, Jonathan once again welcomes Psychedelic Parenting's favorite author, Natalie Grigson. Natalie is the author of the amazing title Just Call Me Is, which we helped to sponsor on Kickstarter. Natalie is now launching another campaign for the sequel, Call Me Perfect , which is currently 1/2 way funded with about 2 weeks to go. Call Me Perfect approaches body image and identity with the same gentle touch that Just Call Me IS brought to mindfulness. In this conversation, Jonathan and Natalie talk about the new book, and how Natalie's own psychedelic experiences helped her heal from a childhood eating disorder. Jonathan also discusses some of the struggles with identity and body image that led to the recent gap in podcast creation. Enjoy. Get Full Program Notes at: http://www.psychedelicparenting.org/psychedelic-parenting-podcast-31/

February 15, 2017 04:51 AM PST

After MANY months hiatus, we return with a new episode, featuring our friend, Stephen Gray, Co-founder and MC of the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference, and Editor of the new Anthology, Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer's Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally. Stephen is also the Author of the book Returning to Sacred World: A Spiritual Toolkit for Emerging Reality, and has many years of experience with plant medicine ceremonies in both the Native American Church tradition, as well as the Santo Daime religion. In this conversation, Jonathan and Stephen discuss Cannabis and Spirituality in detail, give tips on incorporating Santa Maria into your own spiritual work, and ask the perennial question: "How old is old enough?"

September 30, 2016 05:24 PM PDT

In this episode, Jonathan talks with fellow Michigander, Kilindi Iyi. Born and raised in Detroit, Kilindi is the head instructor and technical adviser of Tamerrian Martial Art Institute. A world traveler and mycologist, Kilindi has presented on the subject of psilocybin as far north as Norway and as far south as Australia. His exploration and research centers on high-dose psilocybin magic mushrooms. Jonathan and Kilindi met at Psychedemia in 2012, and have appeared together at many conferences around the USA and the world. They are currently both speaking at Beyond Psychedelics in Prague.

Join Jonathan and Kilindi as they talk about the role of mushrooms in the secret history of martial arts, about the lessons Kilindi has learned form his 40+ years of symbiosis with the mushrooms, and about why he prefers the title "explorer" over "shaman," "medicine man," or "healer." Also discussed is the upcoming Detroit Psychedelic Conference, October 28-30 at the historic First Unitarian Church of Detroit on Cass.

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September 09, 2016 05:10 PM PDT

In this episode, Jonathan talks with father, facilitator, and mushroom farmer Eric Osborne. With a Master’s Degree in Education Eric Osborne taught middle school language arts for seven years. In 2009, he left education to open a gourmet mushroom farm Magnificent Mushrooms in Indiana and the first State recognized Wild Mushroom Expert in Indiana allowing him to legally sell wild mushrooms. Eric is founder and facilitator at Myco-Meditations, a psilocybin retreat center in Treasure Beach, Jamaica. Listen as Jonathan and Eric discuss his family's incredibly intimate relationship with fungi, how he turned a legal setback into a healing journey, and how he is changing lives with his Myco-Meditations mushroom retreats in Jamaica.
For Full Program Notes, go to http://www.psychedelicparenting.org/podcast-28/

August 17, 2016 08:54 PM PDT

In this episode, Jonathan talks with Ryan, Lisa, Sean, and Gabrielle LeCompte. Ryan is the founder of Veterans for Entheogenic Therapy (VET), and a graduate student at Naropa University, studying Transpersonal Psychology and recently brought his family along with him as he accompanied a group of veterans to a healing experience with Ayahuasca in Florida.

The LeCompte family talks about their collective healing experience, how their Cajun roots created space for forgiveness and reconnection through food, and how Lisa's gumbo is so good that it even makes vegans give up their vows! Ryan also talks about how childhood trauma makes some vets more susceptible to PTSD, and what's next for VET.

Get Full Program notes at: : http://www.psychedelicparenting.org/podcast-27/

July 27, 2016 01:20 PM PDT

On this episode, Jonathan talks with Natalie Grigson, who is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign for her new project Just Call Me IS, a book designed to teach tweens techniques of minfulness, as well as help them understand and get to know their Inner Self ("IS"). Jonathan and Natalie talk about launching her Kickstarter, in which she is seeking to raise $10,000 to pay for her time to fully illustrate the book, as well as resources for printing and marketing the final product. They also talk about how her experiences with psychedelics have influenced her career path, her creative process, and her work with children.

Get full Program notes HERE: http://www.psychedelicparenting.org/?p=1621

July 18, 2016 01:07 PM PDT

Get FULL program Notes at: www.PsychedelicParenting.org/?p=1396

Dr. Ben Sessa is a consultant in adult addictions and is senior research fellow at Bristol, Cardiff and Imperial College London Universities, where he is currently taking time off from clinical medical practice to study towards a PhD in MDMA Psychotherapy, and has specialist training as a child and adolescent psychiatrist. Dr Sessa's joint interests in psychotherapy, pharmacology and trauma have lead him towards researching the subject of drug-assisted psychotherapy using psychedelic adjuncts. In this conversation, Jonathan and Ben discuss "How old is old enough," the illogic of the new UK Psychoactive Substances Law, and how to take your kids to festivals safely. Ben also explains his belief in why the medical model of psychedelics has the best chance of changing the hearts and minds of mainstream culture and making them more widely available to all. As a pediatric psychiatrist, a father of 2, and an expert in the clinical application of psychedelic medicines, Dr. Sessa is uniquely qualified to provide insight into many of the questions we often ask here at Psychedelic Parenting, and we are excited to have him on the show.

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