The Zendo Project provides professional comprehensive harm reduction education and support for communities to help inform and transform difficult psychedelic experiences into opportunities for learning and growth.
We envision a world where communities are educated, resourced, and engaged in applying harm reduction principles to support individuals exploring psychedelic states; recognizing that challenging experiences can be opportunities for self-exploration and healing.
Training & Educational Opportunities
Our organization recognizes the need to expand psychedelic harm reduction far beyond festivals and events so that we can bring education to all communities. We are excited to continue offering trainings in the late spring of 2021. Please sign up for our email newsletter get updates about our upcoming trainings as dates become available.
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4 Zendo Project Principles
of Psychedelic Peer Support
If someone is having a challenging experience try to move them into a comfortable, warm, and calm environment. If possible try to avoid noisy or crowded spaces. Ask what would make them most comfortable. Offer blankets and water.
Talk through, not down
Without distracting from the experience, help the person connect with what they are feeling. Invite person to take the opportunity to explore what’s happening and encourage them to try not to resist it.
Sitting, not guiding
Be a calm meditative presence of acceptance, compassion, and caring. Promote feelings of trust and security. Let the person’s unfolding experience be the guide. Don’t try to get ahead of the process. Explore distressing issues as they emerge, but simply being with the person can provide support.
Difficult is not bad
Challenging experiences can wind up being our most valuable, and may lead to learning and growth. Consider that it may be happening for an important reason. Suggest that they approach the fear and difficult aspects of their experience with curiosity and openness.
Zendo Project in the Media
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....
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...
CONTACTSBrad Burge, Fireside Projectbrad@integrationcommunications.com Betty Aldworth, MAPS & Zendo Projectmaps.org/mediarequest Today, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and Fireside Project announced a collaboration that will be...