Psychedelic Alchemy Speaker Series

Naropa Center For Psychedelic Studies Presents Psychedelic Alchemy, a speaker series dedicated to exploring the modern psychedelic landscape.

Featuring prominent and emerging leaders in the field, these public events will investigate salient topics in the psychedelic space such as psychedelic-assisted therapy, science, social action, spirituality, healing integration and more. Whether you’re a novice or well-researched expert, join us for this curated series of inspiring à la carte discussion panels, lectures, and interviews with galvanizing psychedelic luminaries.

Upcoming Event

Psychedelic Therapies for Veterans and Enlisted Soldiers:
Opportunities and Challenges

A special forum co-hosted by Naropa University and Chacruna Institute

April 5th, 2023 // 1:00 - 2:30 PM MT // Live Online

From our friends at Chacruna Institute:

Each day, anywhere from 16 to 44 veterans die by suicide in the United States. Psychedelic-assisted therapy has inspired hope for addressing this dire reality, and at the same time, many psychedelic leaders see veterans as a strategic way to advance the mainstreaming and medicalization of psychedelics due to their often-bipartisan political commitments. While there has been a steady focus on addressing trauma experienced by soldiers, less attention has been given to how psychedelics might address the structural problems that lead to violence and impact both veterans and civilians alike.

This community forum, comprised of veterans and researchers, will explore sensitive and controversial questions such as:

  • What is moral injury?
  • How can we ensure BIPOC veterans know psychedelic treatments are available?
  • Should psychedelics be given to active soldiers?
  • Can psychedelics affect political views and raise issues about the American military-industrial complex?
  • Can psychedelics promote pacifism?
  • What are the future and hopes of the psychedelic movement in the US?

Come join us for this intriguing conversation!

Recent Past Events

Valeria McCarroll PhD, LMFT - Are psychedelics doomed to be tools of oppression, or can they be agents of liberation?

On October 20th, 2022, NCPS hosted Valeria McCarroll for an engaging talk on psychedelics, mysticism and possibilities for transformation. Valeria is a consciousness guide, teaches somatic and transpersonal psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and serves as the Embodied Wisdom Advisor for Synthesis Institute. Valeria’s interests lie at the nexus of nondual wisdom traditions, somatics, psychedelics, and social/transformative justice, which culminate into her healing work called Somadelics℠. Valeria lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter and, when not synthesizing and refining liberative systems for deconstructing patriarchy, enjoys playing outdoors and creating beauty.

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