Creating a
Community of
Compassionate Care

Psychedelic Peer Support for Events

The Zendo Project provides a supportive environment and specialized care designed to transform difficult psychedelic experiences into valuable learning opportunities, and even potentially offer healing and growth. In turn, our work reduces the number of drug-related hospitalizations and arrests.

Mission

The mission of the Zendo Project is to provide a supportive environment and education to help transform difficult psychedelic and psychological experiences into opportunities for learning and growth.

Vision

We envision a world where communities are engaged in providing safety and support for people having psychedelic and psychological challenges; and harm reduction principles are used foremost to reduce the risks associated with substance use.

Compassionate Care for Overwhelming Situations

Events

Festival producers are increasingly recognizing the necessity for spaces dedicated to helping individuals through the challenges that can result from the consumption of psychoactive substances. Psychological support services are beginning to be seen as equally important as medical care services in festival environments, where many individuals choose to use these substances.

Volunteers

The Zendo offers peer to peer counseling with individuals who are trained to work with overwhelming experiences. Many of our volunteers are mental health professionals, psychedelic researchers, and medical service providers. Others have training in holistic healing modalities or other relevant experience. We provide our volunteers with an on-site comprehensive training which further prepares them for offering harm reduction services.

Education

In addition to creating safe spaces for those in need of support and assistance, the Zendo also provides harm reduction trainings for the public, providing education on how to work with challenging experiences and creating a platform for honest and responsible conversations about substance use.

2018 Public Workshops

Portland, Oregon Workshop

March 15, 2018 | 1 PM – 6 PM
The Little Church
5138 NE 23rd St
Portland, OR 97211

Zendo Manager, Ryan Beauregard, will be giving a training on how to best support difficult psychedelic experiences. This training will be supplemented by Timothy Crespi, LPC, CADC and Dr. Erica Zelfand, Family Physician.

Seattle, Washington Workshop

March 17, 2018 | 10AM – 3 PM
The Auditorium at UHeights
5031 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105-4341

Zendo Manager, Ryan Beauregard, will be giving a training on how to best support difficult psychedelic experiences. This training will be supplemented by Timothy Crespi, LPC, CADC and Dr. Erica Zelfand, Family Physician.

Humboldt, California Workshop

March 31, 2018 | 1 PM – 5 PM
The Native American Forum
Behavioral and Social Sciences Building
Humboldt State University

Zendo Logistics and Volunteer Coordinator, Erica Siegal, will be giving a training on how to best support difficult psychedelic experiences.

Zendo in the Media

Zendo in Rolling Stone Magazine

original article from Rolling Stone Magazine: Meet the People Who Want to Make It Safer to Take Drugs at Festivals Earlier this month, two teenage girls died at the HARD Summer music festival in Ponoma, California, reportedly from "suspected drug overdoses." Less than...

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