Psychedelic Peer Support Education
Harm reduction trainings 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.
Zendo Project Peer Support Online Workshop
We are beyond excited to announce that we will be offering a virtual workshop this summer. It has been way too long since we’ve offered a peer support workshop, and we appreciate all the continued community encouragement to get back in action! So here we are!
Do you want to learn the skills needed to be a Zendo Project sitter? Please join us for a day-long workshop on Saturday, July 22nd, from 9am – 4pm PST!
The workshop will be led by long-time Zendo team members Simone Weit and Timothy Crespi, two leading experts in psychedelic peer support and harm reduction. The skills taught in this workshop can be used to support anyone experiencing emotional or psychological distress, no matter the cause. If you are passionate about safe psychedelic exploration, want to gain practical tools to support your community, or just want to learn how to help someone going through a difficult time – this workshop is for you!
Upon registering, you’ll receive an email to submit your payment.
We’ll send you a link to join the Zoom meeting the day before the training.
You must use your Zoom login email to join the workshop.
On your registration form at the link above, please provide the same email address below as the one you use to log in to Zoom.
Training registration is $195.
Your contribution helps Zendo Project further its mission of providing professional comprehensive harm reduction education and support for communities to help inform and transform difficult psychedelic experiences into opportunities for learning and growth.
Thank you for your support!
If the cost is prohibitive for you, we have a few scholarship tickets available. Please click here to apply for an Education & Training Scholarship.
For additional questions email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Your Instructors:
Simone Weit LPCC
Simone is an educator in the Psychedelic field as well as a therapist working in a private Ketamine Therapy practice. Simone has worked as a supervisor for the Zendo Project and has training in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy through the Polaris Insight Center, MDMA Assisted Therapy through MAPS, and has completed the Synthesis Psychedelic Practitioner Training Program. Simone has also served as a learning facilitator, educator, and content advisor for the Synthesis Institute. Her additional experience includes over over 20 years of experience in Peruvian plant medicine traditions, work as a Sitter and trauma-attuned Yoga Instructor at the Iboga Therapy House in British Columbia, and multiple years of combined experience in service to children and elders in the Global South.
Tim Crespi LPC, CADC
Timothy has been a Zendo Supervisor for the past 7 years and has co-led Zendo trainings in Portland in Seattle. He has a private practice in Portland, Oregon where he offers Somatic Counseling and works with clients integrating non-ordinary experiences. He also offers Ketamine Therapy, and has completed trainings in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy and Ketamine assisted psychotherapy through MAPS and Polaris. He has worked as an Educator, Curriculum Developer, and Program Director in the field of Psychedelic Care. In recognition that psychedelic work is deeply relational, Timothy is dedicated to co-creating harm reduction practices in all aspects of the emerging field.
Information & Resources
Comprehensive Education & Trainings
In addition to creating safe spaces for those in need of support and assistance, the Zendo Project 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. These topics include:
- The principles of psychedelic harm reduction
- How to work with difficult or extreme state experiences
- Role of the sitter or facilitator
- Developing harm reduction protocol
Trainings Available – Onsite & Virtual
We provide knowledgable and professional Zendo Project representatives to speak at your event, conference, or university. Additionally, Zendo Project creates trainings and workshops for festivals and can provide custom training geared for medical, security, and production staff.
The Zendo Project Training Manual
The Manual of Psychedelic Support
Characteristics of a Challenging Psychedelic Experience
Psychedelic experiences can vary tremendously, and are sometimes unpredictable, but are most influenced by these factors:
- Presence of impurities
- Sense of safety
- Level of noise/activity
- Emotional state
- Psychological well-being
- Previous experience with substance
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.
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.
Psychedelic Peer Support Educational Videos
Psychedelic Peer Support Articles
- 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 […]
- Psychedelic Support hosts Sara and Chelsea for a Harm Reduction TalkChelsea 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 […]
- Clarity Project Hosts Chelsea Rose of Zendo Project and Wesley Bellanca of Fireside ProjectClarity 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 […]
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 MAPS.org
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.
Born in March of 2018 as a platform to accelerate personal and global transformation by advancing responsible psychedelic assisted therapy, our mission in disguise as a business quickly became the leading directory of providers and the benchmark for accredited online education.