Psychedelic Peer Support Workshop

March 15, 1pm – 6pm
Portland, Oregon

Topics include: physical, mental, and emotional effects of psychedelics; factors that contribute to a difficult experience; Zendo Project’s four principles of psychedelic support; tools, techniques, and protocols; sitter self-care; assisting the integration of a psychedelic journey; ethical guidelines for psychedelic peer counseling.


This year, millions of people will use psychedelics outside of supervised medical contexts, many of them for the first time. Difficult psychedelic experiences can be frightening, but also potentially among the most valuable experiences someone can have. 


Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.


What can you do to help someone having a difficult psychedelic experience? What techniques are available for helping transform a potentially traumatic situation into a positive or even therapeutic one? What role has MAPS and the Zendo Project played at festivals, and what take-home messages are available for others interested in psychedelic harm reduction? 

Learning Objectives

Describe and provide examples for the four principles of psychedelic harm reduction. Explain the unique needs and of a person having a difficult psychedelic experience, including contributing factors such as trauma, set, and setting. Identify resources for triage, safety, and integration. Integrate self-care practices for harm reduction providers

Pre-Registration Ticket Cost: $40 Students | $50 General

This event will likely sell out.

$10 additional for tickets purchased at the door. Our venue is limited to 120 seats.  If sold out before the day of the event, we will indicate that status here on this webpage and not sell any additional tickets at the door.

Workshop Venue

The Little Church

5138 NE 23rd St
Portland, OR 97211

The Little Church

About the Workshop

This training is designed for those who are interested in learning how to assist in difficult psychedelic experiences. We demonstrate that safe, productive psychedelic experiences are possible without the need for law enforcement-based prohibitionist policies.

This is also an opportunity to connect with your community in an immersive workshop complete with role playing, exercises for grounding and connection, and the opportunity to meet and develop relationship with your local community.

Developed for peer counselors, educators, mental health clinicians, event producers, and individuals who are interested in volunteering for harm reduction organizations like the Zendo Project, creating their own grassroot peer support, or helping others in psychedelic challenge.

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Workshop Presenters and Biographies



Presenter Bio

Ryan Beauregard

Zendo Manager

Ryan received his B.A. in Psychology from Claremont McKenna College, and spent 10 years mentoring at-risk teens and families through wilderness survival skills and nature connection. His passion for community connection, the environment, and intrapersonal healing continued with his involvement in permaculture, natural building, and ancestral grief rituals.

As a volunteer with the Zendo Project since 2013, Ryan has had the opportunity to connect and expand the scope of psychedelic harm reduction in communities and festivals all over the globe. As the Zendo Project Manager, he integrates his skills in psychology, design and and community engagement. When he isn’t on the road with the Zendo Project, Ryan can be found at his home in Boulder, CO enjoying the great outdoors, experimenting with sustainable technology, and designing websites, logos and sacred geometry art.

Dr. Erica Zelfand

Family Physician

Erica Zelfand, ND, is a family physician, medical writer, and teacher. She sees patients of all ages in her private family practice with special interests in neuroendocrine health the mind/body connection. She is deeply committed to a patient-centered, root-cause-oriented, nature-honoring approach to healing.

Erica (aka “Dr.Z”) is adjunct faculty at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon, a clinical mentor, and a Zendo Project volunteer. She particularly enjoys presenting and writing about psychedelic medicine and educating fellow healthcare providers on the science and clinical relevance of entheogens.

Timothy Crespi


Timothy Crespi, LPC, CADC is a Somatic Oriented Licensed Professional Counselor and has been practicing as a therapist for 10 yrs. Timothy completed his Bachelors in Contemplative Psychology, with a concentration in Eco-Psychology from Naropa University, Boulder, CO. He also holds a Masters degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University.

Timothy enjoys working with adults and couples struggling with unresolved trauma, anxiety, and grief/loss. In his spare time Timothy loves creating connections between others in community, spending time at the ocean, and cultivating his garden.

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