Media, Articles & Resources

A collection of articles, interviews, resources and other media about Zendo Project and written by Zendo Project staff and volunteers via the MAPS Bulletin.

Zendo Project in the Media

How Zendo Project Got its Name

How Zendo Project Got its Name

Cardboard Yurt Origins: The Zendo In 2006, Austrian Zen teacher Vanja Palmers began bringing a large group of European Buddhists to Burning Man. After experiencing the event, Palmers saw the need for a refuge/quiet space for people to retreat to in the bustling Black...

How to have a safe psychedelic trip

How to have a safe psychedelic trip

Originally published on Psyche.co: https://psyche.co/guides/how-to-have-a-safe-psychedelic-trip How to have a safe psychedelic trip A psychedelic experience can be deeply rewarding, but also carries real risks. Here’s how to avoid a bad trip Humans have consumed...

Statement of Solidarity

Standing in Solidarity During this time of extreme crisis, the Zendo Project stands in solidarity with those protesting against racism, white supremacy, structural violence, and police brutality. To our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities—we...

Lightning in a Bottle Promotes Harm Reduction For Festival Goers

Lightning in a Bottle Promotes Harm Reduction For Festival Goers

By Mary Carreon Sasha Rodriguez was 15-years-old when she went to Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 2010. After a night of experimenting with dance music’s beloved molly (MDMA, or ecstasy), Rodriguez overdosed and died at a nearby hospital....

Zendo Project Articles from MAPS Bulletin

Archetypes of the Feminine in Psychedelic Peer Support

This article was written by Brooke Balliett, LMFT and Sara Gael, M.A.and appeared in the MAPS Bulletin Spring 2019: Vol 29, No. 1 The Zendo Project has provided specialized harm reduction services for those experiencing psychedelic and emotional crises at events in...

The Zendo Project: Six Years of Psychedelic Peer Support

This article was written by Sara Gael, M.A., and Ryan Jay Beauregard and appeared in the MAPS Bulletin Winter 2018: Vol 28, No. 3 The Zendo Project provides a supportive environment and specialized care designed to transform challenging psychedelic experiences into...

The Zendo Project: Evolving Psychedelic Support Since 2012

This article was written by Ryan Jay Beauregard and appeared in the MAPS Bulletin Spring 2018: Vol 28, No. 1 Special Edition: Breakthrough A History Beyond the Zendo Project During the Zendo Project’s Psychedelic Harm Reduction workshop at the Psychedelic Science 2017...

Zendo Project 2017: Co-Creating a Community of Compassionate Care

This article was written by Sara Gael, M.A., & Ryan Beauregard and appeared in the MAPS Bulletin Winter 2017: Vol. 27 No. 3 Annual Report 2017 was the Zendo Project’s sixth year in operation, providing psychedelic peer counseling at festivals and events worldwide....

Sitting, Not Guiding: The Power of Non-Directive Support

This article was written by Erica Zelfand, N.D. and Timothy Crespi, L.P.C., C.A.D.C. and appeared in the MAPS Bulletin, Summer 2017: Vol. 27, No. 2 Research Edition An hour after eating psilocybin mushrooms at a festival, Olivia notices her left hand is shaking. She...

Zendo Project Manuals & Resources

Tripsitters.org Psychedelic Guide Manual

Tripsitters.org Psychedelic Guide Manual

Excerpt from The Tripsitters.org Psychedelic Guide Manual PDF: Introduction The practice of working with psychedelics for healing or spiritual purposes is not new. Many indigenous traditions have used “sacred medicines” in ceremonial healing and spiritual contexts for...

Zendo Project Training Manual

Zendo Project Training Manual

Being a Zendo Volunteer This manual will help you understand the principles of Harm Reduction, how the Zendo operates, what you need to know for your shifts, and is required reading for all Zendo Project Volunteers. The Zendo fulfills its mission to provide harm...

Manual of Psychedelic Support

Manual of Psychedelic Support

The Manual of Psychedelic Support is a comprehensive guide to setting up and running compassionate care services for people having difficult drug experiences at music festivals and similar events. The Manual grew out of the work of its original creators at KosmiCare,...

How to Work with Difficult Psychedelic Experiences

How to Work with Difficult Psychedelic Experiences

A true psychedelic experience, even a so-called bad trip, is sacred. In earth-oriented, shamanic cultures, even a psychotic breakdown, induced by a psychedelic, is part of the initiation. So remember the way of the ancients: this is a process, a process of awakening,...

Zendo Project is sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a 501©3 research and education organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana. To find out more, visit MAPS.org.