Psychedelic Peer Support Training

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.

Training Information & Resources

Comprehensive 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
  • Ethics
  • 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.

Qualities of a Challenging Psychedelic Experience:

Mindset

  • Intention/expectation
  • Emotional state
  • Psychological well-being
  • Previous experience with substance

Anxiety

Feeling alone or trapped

Memory Loss

Altered sense of time and space

Confusion

Disorientation

Fear of losing control

4 principles for helping someone having a difficult experience

Psychedelic Harm Reduction Videos

Psychedelic Harm Reduction Articles

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...

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Salt Lake City Peer Support Workshop on January 19, 2020

January 19, 10am – 7pmDoors Open 9:30am | Doors close 10:30amClubhouse SLC850 E South Temple Salt Lake City, Utah 84102 $100 General Admission | $75 Students, Veterans and Seniors | $110 at the Door Topics include: physical, mental, and emotional effects of...

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SOAP Peer Support Workshop on Sept 27

Wilkinsburg, 1300 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15221 Sept 27, 2019 | 6-9pm Topics include: physical, mental, and emotional effects of psychedelics; factors that contribute to a difficult experience; Zendo Project’s four principles of psychedelic support; tools,...

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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...

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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...

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Chicago Peer Support Workshop on November 3, 2018

November 3, 10am – 7pm Chicago, Illinois $90 Public | $70 Students & Veterans | $100 at the Door Topics include: physical, mental, and emotional effects of psychedelics; factors that contribute to a difficult experience; Zendo Project’s four principles of...

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SOAP Peer Support Workshop on July 15

Wilkinsburg, 1300 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15221 July 15, 2018 Topics include: physical, mental, and emotional effects of psychedelics; factors that contribute to a difficult experience; Zendo Project’s four principles of psychedelic support; tools, techniques, and...

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Lightning in a Bottle 2018

Thursday, May 24 – Monday, May 28, 2018 • Bradley, CA Zendo Project is collaborating with the Lightning in a Bottle festival to provide psychedelic peer support and harm reduction education for attendees.   Volunteering All applications for volunteering for...

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COSM Peer Support Workshop on June 22-23, 2018

June 22, 7:30 – 10pm June 23, 10am – 9pm Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM) Wappingers Falls, New York Topics include: physical, mental, and emotional effects of psychedelics; factors that contribute to a difficult experience; Zendo Project’s four principles of...

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Allied Organizations

MAPS.org

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.org

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.org

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.org

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.

Psychedelic.Community

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.

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...

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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...

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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,...

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