Psychedelic Peer Support Education

Harm reduction workshops 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.

Psychedelic Education Information & Resources

Comprehensive Education & Workshops

In addition to creating safe spaces for those in need of support and assistance, the Zendo Project also provides harm reduction education for the public, providing principles 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

Consulting Available – Onsite & Virtual

We provide knowledgable and professional Zendo Project representatives to speak at your event, conference, or university. Additionally, Zendo Project can providing consulting and workshops for festivals and can provide education geared for medical, security, and production staff.

Qualities of a Challenging Psychedelic Experience:


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


Feeling alone or trapped

Memory Loss

Altered sense of time and space



Fear of losing control

4 principles for helping someone having a difficult experience

Psychedelic Peer Support Educational Videos

Psychedelic Peer Support Articles

Intro to MAPS and Harm Reduction with Sara Gael

Q&A with Sara Gael, M.A., Harm Reduction Officer, Zendo Project & MAPS What is the history of MAPS and how did it begin? Since 1986, MAPS has been conducting research to create safe, legal, qualified access to psychedelic therapies for people who may benefit....

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Upcoming Psychedelic Education Events: May 7-9, 2021

This week, explore psychedelics during three online educational events: Friday, May 7, 2021 On Friday, May 7, attend Sacred Sovereignty: Reclaiming Our Right to Heal, an online event with the intention of celebrating the 2-year anniversary of the Denver Psilocybin...

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Zendo Project Fundraising Campaign 2015

Zendo Project: Psychedelic Harm Reduction This year, millions of people will use psychedelics outside of medical and research contexts. Using psychedelics can produce overwhelming and uncomfortable experiences, which becomes more likely with high doses, in first-time...

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How Zendo Project Got its Name

Cardboard Yurt Origins: The Zendo In 2006, Austrian Zen teacher Vanja Palmers began bringing a large group of European Buddhists to Burning Man. After experiencing the event, Palmers saw the need for a refuge/quiet space for people to retreat to in the bustling Black...

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How to have a safe psychedelic trip

Originally published on How to have a safe psychedelic trip A psychedelic experience can be deeply rewarding, but also carries real risks. Here’s how to avoid a bad trip Humans have consumed...

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Statement of Solidarity

Standing in Solidarity During this time of extreme crisis, the Zendo Project stands in solidarity with those protesting against racism, white supremacy, structural violence, and police brutality. To our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities—we...

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Salt Lake City Peer Support Workshop on January 19, 2020

January 19, 10am – 7pmDoors Open 9:30am | Doors close 10:30amClubhouse SLC850 E South Temple Salt Lake City, Utah 84102 $100 General Admission | $75 Students, Veterans and Seniors | $110 at the Door Topics include: physical, mental, and emotional effects of...

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Allied Organizations

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

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 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 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 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.


An open source list of psychedelic clubs, societies, and harm reduction groups throughout the world, maintained in an Airtable spreadsheet.  Organized by type of groups: society, service provider, harm reduction, NGO, media, conferences, events, and educational programs.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)

The largest global youth-led network dedicated to ending the War on Drugs. At its heart, SSDP is a grassroots organization, led by a Board of Directors primarily elected by and from our student and youth members. We bring young people of all political and ideological orientations together to have honest conversations about drugs and drug policy. We create change by providing a platform where members collaborate, communicate, share resources with, and coach each other to generate policy change, deliver honest drug education, and promote harm reduction. Founded in 1998, SSDP is comprised of thousands of members in hundreds of communities around the globe.

The Drug Policy Alliance

The mission of The Drug Policy Alliance is to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies.  They envision a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights, in which people are no longer punished for what they put into their own bodies but only for crimes committed against others, and in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more.