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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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June 28, 2016 10:08 PM PDT

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Terra is a writer, traveler, artist, mother of 2, and organizer with a background in non-profit, community based finance, book-keeping and small event fundraising. In this conversation, Jonathan and Terra talk about her role as a Burning Man volunteer, the current state of cannabis prohibition around the USA, “cannabis vs marijuana,” and how the pro-legalization world can stop preaching to the crowd and begin to more radically change hearts and minds through comprehensive education, directed not just at kids, but at adults who need help understanding how we have gone from our “reefer madness” and “gateway drug” approaches to legal recreational experiences in Oregon and Colorado in such a short period of time.

June 20, 2016 12:33 AM PDT
Mindy is a Soul Coach and Life Purpose Guide. She started her journey to find and live her higher purpose at the beginning of 2014. While going through a painful divorce and a career crisis, she was introduced to Life Purpose Coaching. In this conversation, Jonathan and Mindy talk about her road to recovery, the role of Ayahuasca in her life, and her desire to open a retreat center in Mexico that will be kid- and family-friendly. We look forward to hearing more from Mindy in the coming months and years.
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June 14, 2016 02:13 PM PDT
This episode’s guest asked to go by the pseudonym “Antler” to protect his family and career, and we are happy to share his story. “Antler” is an aspiring herbalist and proud parent of two young children.   He and his partner recently welcomed their son into the world with a challenging premature birth after the mother’s water broke at 32 weeks. In this episode, Jonathan and “Antler” discuss the ReWilding movement, the Pro-Child approach to parenting, and how psilocybin should be seen as a component of “complete nutrition” and how mushroom tea helped “Antler” and his partner conceive, hold a connective space while his premature son was staying in the NICU, and come to terms with the difference between their plans for a natural home birth, and the reality of their circumstances.
Visit www.psychedelicparenting.org/?p=1329 for Full Program Notes with Links
May 30, 2016 04:23 PM PDT
Danny is a father to a magical 3-year-old son, is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota, the Executive Administrative Assistant to Dennis McKenna at Symbio Life Sciences, a music enthusiast and producer, artist, psychonaut, and explorer. In this episode, Jonathan and Danny discuss music, their mutual love of the Promega Bioethics Forum, teaching gratitude to their children, and how they have both been influenced by their relationships with Dennis McKenna and other giants of psychedelic studies. They also discuss Danny’s work with Symbio Life Sciences, the incubator company that Dennis is currently starting. We hope you will enjoy this conversation with one of the shining young faces in psychedelic studies today.
Visit www.psychedelicparenting.org/?p=1254 for Full Program Notes with Links!
May 15, 2016 02:41 PM PDT

Zach is the host of the “It’s All Happening” podcast, an infrequent blogger/writer, a seasoned digital marketer and brand strategist, and the son of psychedelic pioneer, Dr. Timothy Leary . Zach is also a practitioner of bhakti yoga.  Through the practice of bhakti yoga he has found keys that unlock doorways that allow the soul to experience it’s true nature of being eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. In this conversation, Jonathan and Zach talk about what it was like being raised by one of the pioneers of the psychedelic movement, about how this effected Zach’s early encounters with LSD, and his relationship with substances generally. They also talk about Zach’s long relationship to his spiritual teacher and lifelong family friend, Ram Dass (Richard Alpert), and Zach’s feelings on the 12 steps, and it’s relationship to the psychedelic experience.

Visit www.psychedelicparenting.org/?p=1218 for Full Program Notes with Links!

May 05, 2016 02:48 PM PDT

Today's show is the second half of a conversation (for the first 1/2, click HERE) recorded over a couple days last month, on 4/20 and Earth Day with Zoe Helene. Zoe is the founder of Cosmic Sister, which is dedicated to recognizing and elevating feminist voices in the growing Psychedelic Renaissance, and to supporting visionary women in the exploding world of Cannabis business and studies. Zoe is also the wife and partner of ethnobotanist and writer Chris Kilham, and is the manager of the web presence for his site The Medicine Hunterand has accompanied Chris on many trips to the Amazon and elsewhere, looking for healing plants and soul-transforming experiences. Zoe is an artist, writer, journalist, and visionary explorer in her own right. She has been featured in Boston Magazine, Forbes, Boston Globe, AlterNet, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, MIT Technology Review, Utne Reader and Fast Company.

You don't need some Shaman telling you you're special. If that shaman is telling you you're "special," run. Go Run. Friends don't let friends sleep with Shamans.     --Zoe Helene


In this portion of the conversation, Jonathan and Zoe discuss the power of psychedelics to break through cultural programming, how old plays can show us how far we've come (and how little has changed) in society, and Zoe discusses how young people can stay safe when travelling in the Amazon, and ways to navigate the dangers of sexual violence in ceremonial spaces. Jonathan (once again) expresses his undying devotion to Darren Aranofsky's movie Noah.

As always, if you value the info and conversations here, please consider a tax-deductible gift to Psychedelic Parenting through out Fiscal Sponsor, MAPS, by clicking the button below:

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April 28, 2016 02:29 PM PDT

After a long break while Jonathan decompressed from a life-transforming experience with Martin W. Ball, in Ashland Oregon at the 3rd Annual Exploring Psychedelics Conference, We are BACK with another episode of the Psychedelic Parenting Podcast! This week's show is the 1st half of a 2-part interview with Zoe Helene of Amherst, MA.

Today's show was recorded over a couple days last week, on 4/20 and Earth Day with Zoe Helene. Zoe is the founder of Cosmic Sister, which is dedicated to recognizing and elevating feminist voices in the growing Psychedelic Renaissance, and to supporting visionary women in the exploding world of Cannabis business and studies. Zoe is also the wife and partner of ethnobotanist and writer Chris Kilham, and is the manager of the web presence for his site The Medicine Hunterand has accompanied Chris on many trips to the Amazon and elsewhere, looking for healing plants and soul-transforming experiences. Zoe is an artist, writer, journalist, and visionary explorer in her own right, and has been featured in Boston Magazine, Forbes, Boston Globe, AlterNet, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, MIT Technology Review, Utne Reader and Fast Company.

zoewithlambIn this episode, Jonathan and Zoe discuss the art of "Psychedelic Mentoring"
as an important part of the emerging plant medicine culture in this country, and how even those without their own kids have an important job to do in raising the future members of the Psychedelic Society. They talk about the "Faerie Goddessmothers" who were instrumental in Zoe's life, and how she has embraced her role as "Psychedelic Faerie Goddessmother" to the children of her friends and siblings.  Zoe also discusses Earth day and how her Ayahuasca experiences in the 
Amazon have galvanized her as an environmentalist and animal-rights activitst, and her view that "a baby is a baby," whether they be human animals or non-human animals. She also discusses her deep relationship to the Maui's dolphin of New Zealand, which is currently on the verge of extinction.

If you weren't able to make it to Ashland for Exploring Psychedelics this year, Martin Ball will be releasing Jonathan's presentation from that event on The Entheogenic Evolution Podcast in the coming weeks. We will inform you when it goes live. In the meantime, you can check out Jonathan's presentation on Prezi by CLICKING HERE.

Tune in next week Wednesday (5/4/2016) for the second 1/2 of Jonathan's interview with Zoe, when we'll be back on track for our weekly Wednesday podcast releases.

If you're in Los Angeles this weekend for May Day, Jonathan will be remotely presenting a talk called "Envisioning Psychedelic Summer Camp" at May meeting of the Los Angeles Medicinal Plant Society (LAMPS).  For more information, contact chairperson Brad Adams: BAdams(at)mednet(dot)ucla(dot)edu. If you can't make it and are interested in seeing the slideshow from this presentation, CLICK HERE to view it on Prezi.com

As always, if you find this podcast valuable and would like to support our work, consider a tax-deductible gift to Psychedelic Parenting though our non-profit fiscal sponsor, The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. (MAPS) via the button below.


April 07, 2016 12:23 PM PDT

We apologize to our listeners for our show being late this week. We are coming to you directly from the Exploring Psychedelics Conference at Southern Oregon University, and preparations and travel have slowed down the release of this week's episode.

On Today's Episode of the podcast, Jonathan talks with Jon Bridge. Jon is  a 34 year old father of two. from Canada. The two met through a Facebook Group, The Terence McKenna Experience, thanks to Jon's willingness to share his inspiring story of hope and healing. Jonathan felt called to respond almost immediately after the posting appeared on his feed, and the two connected to share Jon's story.

Jon's experience of the failure oJonbridgefacebookf standard  psychiatric
pharmaceutical drugs  and his journey back to health with the help of psilocybin mushrooms and a clear understanding that the conditions that ailed him for years did not have to be permanent, or simply "managed" with ill-understood collections of molecules. Jon

[I was on] daily doses of high strength, high dose pharmaceutical garbage. I was supposed to be a customer for life. Although I have no credentials behind my name I have a story of healing and hope. I had been a long time sufferer of mental illness but thanks to psychedelic medicines I have discovered a new, better self. My journey into psychedelic healing has just begun and I hope to be able to inspire someone to help themselves.

Jon's "before" picture, on the let, is dated March 20, 2010, exactly 6 years before the date of his Facebook post..Looking in the eyes, it feels possible to almost see the changed interior landscape behind them. This is a story that our listeners will not want to miss.

(None of Jon or Jonathan's remarks should be interpreted as psychiatric advice. Neither is a licensed therapist. Changes in medicines should be done with the partnership of a qualified professional.)

santashamanThanks to everyone who "Liked" Psychedelic Parenting on Facebook and helped us reach our goal of 1000 page likes by the end of March. As of 3/31/16 at 11:59pm, we had 1017 page likes! Thanks again to all who clicked, shared or clickshared...

And, as always, if you like what you see and hear, please consider a tax-deductible contribution to the work. Help us keep the podcast streaming and the website improving! Click the purple button below to contribute to Psychedelic Parenting via MAPS


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March 23, 2016 01:27 AM PDT

\Today is the last day of Lent, as tomorrow begins the Holy Triduum (the three days leading up to Easter), and this is our sixth consecutive episode, fulfilling our promise to bring you an episode every week of Lent without fail. Thanks go out to KMO for inspiring this goal with his 9+ years and 500 episodes of weekly C-Realm Podcasts! This effort has been so much fun and so energizing that we're just going to keep on going! To celebrate the goal and the return of Spring, we are asking that you help us reach 1000 "likes" by the end of March! Click the Button below to "like" our Facebook Page and invite others who might find us inspiring to do the same!



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Today, Jonathan talks with his friend, Dr. Neşe Devenot, PhD., Neşe is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Puget Sound, where she teach classes on psychedelics and literature. She is also working on a book, Chemical Poetics: The Literary History of Psychedelic Science. Neşe was also a 2015-16 Research Fellow at the New York Public Library's Timothy Leary Papers and a Research Fellow with the New York University Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Study, where she participated in a qualitative study of patient experiences.

psychedemia_logoNeşe received her PhD in 2015 from the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing her studies on psychedelic philosophy, the literary history of chemical self-experimentation (“trip reports&rdquowinking, and radical poetics.  She is the founder of the Psychedemia interdisciplinary psychedelics conference (which has a radical and profound influence on Jonathan and inspired the creation of this very website), and was a founding member of the MAPS Graduate Student Association.

In this conversation, Jonathan and Neşe discuss her radical healing from crippling childhood social anxiety through the intervention of LSD, her struggles with postpartum depression, and her advocacy for human breastmilk sharing. They also talk about the founding of Psychedemia, her work on the Leary Papers, and their shared conviction in the urgent need for more women and voices of color in the psychedelic conversation.  Neşe also talks about her recent news that she is one of the recipients of the 2016 Cosmic Sister Spirit Plant and Women of the Psychedelic Renaissance Grants.

As always, if you like what you hear and see at Psychedelic Parenting, please consider a tax-deductible gift to this work though our fiscal sponsor, The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, using the button below! Current donations are being used to pay for podcast hosting and the purchase books for our upcoming series of review articles. Future donations will also go toward a revamped website, forum capabilities, and the development of in-person and virtual events for Psychedelic Families. Thank you for your continued support!


March 16, 2016 12:38 AM PDT

On today's episode, Jonathan welcomes Maggie Volpo. Maggie is a writer and cannabis activist, and like Jonathan and Nicole, is a Michigan Native. Maggie has dual degrees in English and Spanish. She has worked in traditional publishing, journalism, as a blogger, and in the medical field as a translator. When she isn't fighting the tyranny of cannabis prohibition or working on her series of cannabis kid's books or science fiction novels, she can often be found sorting her neighbors' recyclables. She also loves to cook, bake, garden, knit, sew and climb trees, the last of which is a joy shared by her son.

Jonathan first discovered Maggie's character "Stinky Steve" while looking for new stinky steve
children's titles about cannabis, and reached out to her via Facebook. He was surprised to find that she was
not only a resident of Michigan, but the idea for Stinky Steve was born while Maggie was a camp counselor at a camp only 20 min from his hometown. Stinky Steve is a fun character who reassures children about the safety of their parents' cannabis use as well as reminding them that the medicine is not for them unless they have a condition which warrants it.

Remember Stinky Steve's Safety Plan:
Don't touch the meds, and don't tell The Man
ladybud-tank-top_designIn this conversation, Jonathan and Maggie talk about the current situation regarding parental rights when dealing with cannabis issues and Child Protective Services. They also talk about Maggie's work on Ladybud Magazine, her year as a cannabis dispensary owner, and the many injustices faced by families across the country as they fight for the right to heal their bodies and minds with the cannabis flower.

Maggie makes her Stinky Steve titles available in digital form to families who think they could benefit from them, but who cannot afford to purchase physical copies. For more information, Maggie can be reached via email at: info(at)stinkysteve(dot)com

primemindIn the intro, Jonathan also discusses the recent article in PrimeMind highlighting Psychedelic Parenting and placing our work in the larger context of the psychedelic movement. PrimeMind is a new digital news source that aims to dig deeper into stories and rise above the usual "clickbait" seen on the internet today. They describe themselves as "a media platform for exploratory journalism through the lens of the human psyche."

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