Providing Safety & Support for Transformational Festivals

Integration & Cooperation with Security and Medical
To Ensure Safety for Attendees

The Zendo Project has been a presence at domestic and international festivals and events since 2012,  successfully assisting  hundreds of guests undergoing difficult experiences, substance related or otherwise. We integrate and collaborate with medical staff  and festival security, supporting the health and safety of the festival community.

2017 Public Training Calendar

Washington, DC Workshop

November 9, 2017 | 5-9 PM
One Washington Circle Hotel
Meridian Room

Zendo Manager, Ryan Beauregard, will be giving a training on how to best support difficult psychedelic experiences. This training will address the four principles of psychedelic harm reduction, extreme states, and include experiential tools and exercises.

Portland, OR Workshop

June 10, 2017 | 3-7 PM
Unite Oregon

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 and will include CE (Continuing Education Credits).

2017 Festival & Event Calendar

Envision Festival

February 23-26, 2017
Uvita, Costa Rica

As a celebration dedicated to awakening our human potential, Envision provides a platform for different cultures to co-exist in sustainable community, and inspire one another through art, spirituality, yoga, music, dance, performance, education, sustainability and our fundamental connection with nature.

AfrikaBurn

April 24-30, 2017
Tankwa, South Africa

AfrikaBurn is South Africa’s regional Burning Man event.  It is the spectacular result of the creative expression of participants who gather once a year in the Tankwa Karoo to create a temporary city of art, theme camps, costume, music and performance!

Lightning in a Bottle

May 24-29, 2017
Bradley, California

Lightning in a Bottle (LIB) is a transformational festival in the Central Coast region of California presented by The Do LaB. The Do LaB seeks to promote sustainability, social cohesion, personal health, and creative expression

Burning Man

August 27 – September 4, 2017
Black Rock City, Nevada

Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. In this crucible of creativity, all are welcome.

YOUtopia

October, 2017
San Diego, California

YOUtopia is the San Diego Burning Man Community’s official Burning Man regional event where we celebrate the vibrant creative and communal elements of San Diego and the surrounding areas.

Psychedelic First Aid for Festivals

 

Reducing the number of psychiatric hospitalizations and arrests

Demonstrating that safe, productive psychedelic experiences are possible without the need for law enforcement-based prohibitionist policies

Transforming difficult experiences into opportunities for learning and personal growth

Transforming Emergencies into Positive Outcomes

 

Providing Psychedelic Harm Reduction Services

We offer on-site training and education on psychedelic harm reduction and also provide a space for festival attendees to receive peer-to-peer counseling and compassionate care from volunteers who are trained to work with difficult experiences. Guests also receive a space to rest, water, electrolytes, and snacks. The Zendo is open 24/7 during the festival and is consistently monitored.

Knowledgable, Professional Support

Though the Zendo project is not considered therapy or psychiatric treatment, many of our volunteers have training in the mental health field. Our intention is to hold space for our guests and support them in their process so that they may integrate their experience in the most graceful way possible. When guests are in need of additional medical or mental health care, we help assist their transition into these services.

On-Site & Virtual Comprehensive Training

Zendo provides a comprehensive training at each festival for volunteers, and encourages medical and security staff to attend in order to gain more understanding on how to best handle people undergoing difficult or overwhelming experiences, psychedelic or otherwise.

Needed Services, Responsible Solutions

The reality is that no matter your policy, search, or security, some portion of the ticket holders at your event will be taking psychedelics. Zendo takes the burden off your security and medical teams by providing a specialized staff of individuals who have experience and expertise with these substances and situations.

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. Please contact us directly if you are an event organizer interested in bringing Zendo Project services to your event.

Contribute to the Cause

Because Zendo is part of MAPS.org, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all your contributions to the Zendo project are tax-deductible.