Psychedelic Harm Reduction Training

Harm reduction trainings provide education on how to work with challenging experiences and create a platform for honest and responsible conversations about substance use. Our intention is to create public awareness around the potential risks of drug use and to reduce these risks by providing tools and information.

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Training Information & Resources

Comprehensive Trainings

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.  These topics include:

  • The principles of psychedelic harm reduction
  • How to work with difficult or extreme state experiences
  • Role of the sitter or facilitator
  • Ethics
  • Developing harm reduction protocol

Trainings Available – Onsite & Virtual

We provide knowledgable and professional Zendo representatives to speak at your event, conference, or university. Additionally, Zendo creates trainings and workshops for festivals and can provide custom training geared for medical, security, and production staff.

Qualities of a Challenging Psychedelic Experience:

Mindset

  • Intention/expectation
  • Emotional state
  • Psychological well-being
  • Previous experience with substance

Anxiety

Feeling alone or trapped

Memory Loss

Altered sense of time and space

Confusion

Disorientation

Fear of losing control

4 principles for helping someone having a difficult experience

Psychedelic Harm Reduction Articles

7 Ways To Help Someone Who’s Having A Bad Trip

Original Article By Rachel Sturtz on Refinery29: Learning about Psychedelic Harm Reduction Last month, I sat cross-legged on a plush, red pillow in a classroom at Boulder’s Naropa University and pretended that I, like the 18 other people in class, loved psychedelic...

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Zendo Project 2015 Review

MAPS Bulletin Winter 2015 Vol. 25, No. 3 The Zendo Project, started in 2012, is a Psychedelic Harm Reduction community outreach program which provides tranquil spaces at events with trained volunteers to help those having a difficult psychedelic experience to help...

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Zendo Project 2012: Harm Reduction in the Black Rock Desert

Article: Zendo Project 2012: Harm Reduction in the Black Rock Desert, by Linnae Ponte, from the Winter 2012 edition of the MAPS Bulletin.   For most attendees, the yearly festival in Black Rock City, Nevada, is a break from normal life and an opportunity to build...

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Psychedelic Harm Reduction Services in the Black Rock Desert

This article was written by Brandy Doyle and appeared in the MAPS Bulletin, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Winter 2003). For our third project in providing psychedelic emergency services, MAPS volunteers joined 30,000 other participants in the Black Rock Desert for Burning Man 2003....

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Making Psychedelic Trips Safe — Even at Burning Man

Original Article from AlterNet: Making Psychedelic Trips Safe — Even at Burning Man [Editor's Note: This article originally ran in August, 2013. The message remains potent as ever, as pychedelic harm reduction efforts continue and the Zendo project heads to Black Rock...

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Psychedelic Drugs Linked to Lower Risk of Mental Illness

Original Article from HealthLine: Psychedelic Drugs Linked to Lower Risk of Mental Illness Debunking decades of myths, new research says psychedelics are not linked to mental illness and may in fact have positive residual effects on users. Comedian Bill Hicks famously...

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How to Work with Difficult Psychedelic Experiences

A true psychedelic experience, even a so-called bad trip, is sacred. In earth-oriented, shamanic cultures, even a psychotic breakdown, induced by a psychedelic, is part of the initiation. So remember the way of the ancients: this is a process, a process of awakening,...

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Allied Organizations

MAPS.org

Founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.

Psychedelic Integration List on MAPS.org

Millions of people have had a psychedelic experience at some point in their life. Without support it can be challenging to understand and incorporate these experiences. The Psychedelic Integration List is a resource of individuals and organizations in the mental health field who help people integrate past psychedelic experiences.

Erowid.org

Erowid is a member-supported organization providing access to reliable, non-judgmental information about psychoactive plants, chemicals, and related issues. They work with academic, medical, and experiential experts to develop and publish new resources, as well as to improve and increase access to already existing resources. They also strive to ensure that these resources are maintained and preserved as a historical record for the future.

Bluelight.org

Bluelight is an international, online harm-reduction community, committed to reducing the harm associated with drug use. Bluelight understands that drug use encompasses a broad range of behaviors, some safer than others, and that drug use can progress towards increased risk with some individuals. They encourage our community to be honest and cognizant of their drug use and understand the warning signs of abuse and addiction before they manifest.Bluelight also hosts a robust recovery community for those seeking a way out of drug abuse and addiction.

DanceSafe.org

DanceSafe is a 501(c)(3) public health organization promoting health and safety within the nightlife and electronic music community. Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998 by Emanuel Sferios, DanceSafe quickly grew into a national organization with chapters in cities across North America. Combining harm reduction and peer-based, popular education  has enabled us to create successful programs to reduce drug misuse and empower young people to make healthy, informed lifestyle choices.

Zendo Project Training Manual

Being a Zendo Volunteer This manual will help you understand the principles of Harm Reduction, how the Zendo operates, what you need to know for your shifts, and is required reading for all Zendo Project Volunteers. The Zendo fulfills its mission to provide harm...

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Manual of Psychedelic Support

The Manual of Psychedelic Support is a comprehensive guide to setting up and running compassionate care services for people having difficult drug experiences at music festivals and similar events. The Manual grew out of the work of its original creators at KosmiCare,...

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