Providing Safety & Support for Transformational Festivals

Integration & Cooperation with Security and Medical
To Ensure Safety for Attendees

The Zendo Project has been a presence at domestic and international festivals and events since 2012,  successfully assisting thousands of guests undergoing difficult experiences, substance related or otherwise. We integrate and collaborate with medical staff  and festival security, supporting the health and safety of the festival community.

2020 Festival & Event Calendar

Entheogeneration Virtual Speaker Series

Details TBA

Click the button below for details about the 2019 Entheogeneration Speaker Series that took place at the All-One Foam Home at last year's Burning Man, including talks by Rick Doblin, Paul Stamets, and Alex & Allyson Grey.

Psychedelic First Aid for Festivals

Reducing the number of psychiatric hospitalizations and arrests

Demonstrating that safe, productive psychedelic experiences are possible without the need for law enforcement-based prohibitionist policies

Transforming difficult experiences into opportunities for learning and personal growth

Transforming Emergencies into Positive Outcomes

Providing Psychedelic Harm Reduction Services

We offer on-site training and education on psychedelic harm reduction and also provide a space for festival attendees to receive peer-to-peer counseling and compassionate care from volunteers who are trained to work with difficult experiences. Guests also receive a space to rest, water, electrolytes, and snacks. The Zendo is open 24/7 during the festival and is consistently monitored.

Knowledgable, Professional Support

Though the Zendo project is not considered therapy or psychiatric treatment, many of our volunteers have training in the mental health field. Our intention is to hold space for our guests and support them in their process so that they may integrate their experience in the most graceful way possible. When guests are in need of additional medical or mental health care, we help assist their transition into these services.

On-Site & Virtual Comprehensive Training

Zendo provides a comprehensive training at each festival for volunteers, and encourages medical and security staff to attend in order to gain more understanding on how to best handle people undergoing difficult or overwhelming experiences, psychedelic or otherwise.

Needed Services, Responsible Solutions

The reality is that no matter your policy, search, or security, some portion of the ticket holders at your event will be taking psychedelics. Zendo takes the burden off your security and medical teams by providing a specialized staff of individuals who have experience and expertise with these substances and 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. Please contact us directly if you are an event organizer interested in bringing Zendo Project services to your event.

Contribute to the Cause

Because Zendo is part of MAPS.org, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all your contributions to the Zendo project are tax-deductible.

Join Our Team

 

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.

Zendo Project Volunteers

Our volunteers are committed to offering support to individuals undergoing challenging or overwhelming experiences. Volunteers come from a variety of different backgrounds and are knowledgable in the fields of psychedelics, psychology, and psychotherapy. Volunteers must be able to assist in crisis situations while remaining calm and grounded.

If you are interested in volunteering please sign up for our newsletter via the subscribe button in this section. Once you sign up, you will receive updates on training and event application announcements. Then when we announce a training or volunteer opportunity you will have the opportunity to apply.

Zendo Project Volunteer Training Materials