Psychedelic Peer

Creating Communities of Compassionate Care


The Zendo Project offers professional harm reduction education to communities and organizations, and provides peer support services at events to help transform difficult psychedelic experiences – and other complex emotions – 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.

Zendo Project at Burning Man 2023

The Zendo Project celebrated 10 years of providing services at Burning Man this year, providing peer-to-peer support for nearly 600 guests! We are so grateful for the dedication of our 450 volunteers who made this a possibility. Stay tuned for more information about the Zendo Project and future opportunities to get involved by signing up for our newsletter!

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How we help

Psychedelic Peer Support. Education. Consulting. Resources.


Professional consultation services are available for multi-responder personnel, event production, safety teams and mental health professionals.


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


A collection of hotlines, manuals, organizations and websites for psychedelic support, education and harm reduction.

Let go.
Be open.

4 Zendo Project Principles of Psychedelic Peer Support

Safe Space

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.

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.

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.

Difficult is Not Necessarily 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.

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The Zendo Project is always interested in hearing more from our community about your experiences with our services, volunteering, and our trainings. You can choose whether to share your information or remain anonymous.

Zendo Project in the Media

  • Chelsea Rose Pires interviews Andrew Tatarsky for the MAPS Bulletin
    Chelsea Rose Pires interviews Andrew Tatarsky for the MAPS Bulletin

    *Note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity*   Dr. Andrew Tatarsky is an internationally recognized leader in the treatment of problematic substance use and a psychobiosocial process model for understanding it. He has developed Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) as an effective treatment for the full spectrum of substance use issues. IHRP has…

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  • Psychedelic Support hosts Sara and Chelsea for a Harm Reduction Talk
    Psychedelic Support hosts Sara and Chelsea for a Harm Reduction Talk

    Chelsea Rose Pires, MA, LMFT and Sara Gael, MA, LPCC have over 17 collective years of harm reduction and peer support expertise with MAPS Zendo Project. Chelsea, a CIIS Counseling Psychology graduate has a passion for harm reduction as a therapeutic and practical approach to drug use and abuse prevention while Sara, a Naropa University…

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  • Clarity Project Hosts Chelsea Rose of Zendo Project and Wesley Bellanca of Fireside Project
    Clarity Project Hosts Chelsea Rose of Zendo Project and Wesley Bellanca of Fireside Project

    Clarity Project is a Hawaiʻi-based organization working on psychedelic access through education & advocacy. Wesley was part of volunteer harm reduction Sanctuary Team with smaller Burning Man events. He started writing for Psychedelic Times and became editor-in-chief. He now works with Fireside Project, started in April of 2021. Fireside is a totally free service and nonprofit for people to…

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