Creating a
Community of
Compassionate Care

Psychedelic First Aid for Festivals & 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.

Zendo in the Media

Zendo at Envision Festival

Original Article from Fest300: I Did “Psychedelic First Aid” at a Festival In Costa Rica It was some time after 2 am and I was sitting in front of a structure made of bamboo and cloth at Envision Festival in Costa Rica. It was warm enough that I was dressed in a tank...

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Transforming Drug Use at Festivals

Original Article from eNews Park Forest: How Transformational Festival Lightning in a Bottle Could Transform the Way Drug Use is Managed at All Festivals By: Stefanie Jones “Transformational festival” is a phrase that’s often used to describe festivals that intend to...

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The Battle Against ‘Bad Trips’

Original Article from Good Times Weekly: The Battle Against ‘Bad Trips’ Santa Cruz-based organization brings psychedelic harm-reduction to Burning Man An estimated 55,000 people are currently gathered in the Nevada desert for Burning Man, the annual summer festival of...

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