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The Zendo Project is seeking a Director of Harm Reduction (DHR).
Applications are open until February 28, 2020.

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Upcoming Events & Trainings

Catharsis on the Mall

May 1-3
National Mall
Washington, D.C.

Join Zendo Project at Washington D.C.'s regional Burning Man event, Catharsis on the Mall.  We will be providing psychedelic peer support for the 5th consecutive year, and delivering a public training on Saturday afternoon. Applications close on Monday, March 16.

Only Apply if You've Volunteered Before!

For the Catharsis on the Mall, we only accept applications from individuals who have trained AND volunteered with the Zendo Project within the last 3 years. Your application will only be considered for this event if you fall under this category.

Lightning in a Bottle

May 20-25

Buena Vista Vista Lake
Kern County, CA

Join Zendo Project at Lightning in a Bottle to provide psychedelic peer support for the 8th consecutive. We will have two sites and providing a public training on Thursday afternoon. More details to be announced in late spring. Applications close on Sunday, March 1.

Burning Man

August 30 - September 7
Black Rock City
North of Reno, NV

Join Zendo Project at Burning Man, where we will be providing psychedelic peer support for the 9th cosecutive year, and delivering a public training on Tuesday afternoon. More details to be announced in late spring.


Complete a volunteer profile, apply and get trained to provide psychedelic peer support at the festivals and events where Zendo Project provides services.


Learn the principles of psychedelic support, the ethics of being a sitter and determine when to seek support from medical or mental health professionals.


Share your personal experience about how being a guest or sitter with Zendo Project has made a positive and transformational impact in your life.

Psychedelic Peer Support Services

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.


The mission of the Zendo Project is to provide a supportive environment and education to help transform difficult psychedelic and emotional experiences into opportunities for learning and growth.


We envision a world where communities are engaged in providing safety and support for people having psychedelic and emotional challenges; and harm reduction principles are used foremost to reduce the risks associated with substance use.

Compassionate Care for Overwhelming 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.


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.


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 in Rolling Stone Magazine

Zendo in Rolling Stone Magazine

original article from Rolling Stone Magazine: Meet the People Who Want to Make It Safer to Take Drugs at Festivals Earlier this month, two teenage girls died at the HARD Summer music festival in Ponoma, California, reportedly from "suspected drug overdoses." Less than...

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