FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I Didn't Register in Time—How Can I Still Participate?

Even though tickets for the Three-Day Conference are now sold out, you can still be part of Psychedelic Science 2017. Join us in the free Marketplace from April 21-23, 2017, come connect at the free Celebrations on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, or join us for the Integration After-Party on April 23. You'll also be able to watch the entire conference online free shortly after the event on YouTube. You can also donate to help make psychedelic therapy a legal treatment.

How Do I Receive My Tickets?

Registration for available components can be completed here, or call 831-429-6362. No paper tickets will be issued. Please bring a copy of your email invoice to the event to ensure smooth processing at registration. Photo ID will be required if no invoice is present. Cash or checks must be received in our office at 1115 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, by April 5, 2017 in order to secure a registration. In cases when payment is not received before the event, we reserve the right to refuse admission to the event. Payment may be made by cash, check, or credit card.

Are Day Passes Available?

Due to venue capacity restrictions, we are unable to offer day passes for the Three-Day Conference.

Are Discounts Available?

Student and veteran/active duty military discounts are available on the main registration page. You must bring a valid student or military ID to the conference check in desk, or you will be asked to pay the difference. For speaker discounts email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Can I Get a Free Ticket If I Volunteer?

Unfortunately, we are unable to give out free tickets to volunteers. A limited number of discounted tickets are available at $125 through our Work Trade program. Those awarded Work Trade tickets must also volunteer for 12 hours during the conference. All volunteer positions have been filled.

Can I Receive Continuing Education (CE) or Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit for Attending?

Continuing Education (CE) credits will be available for psychologists, social workers, MFTs, and nurses. More than 76 conference presentations and eight workshops qualify for CE credit. CE is available for $50, payable online or at the event. All CE forms will be available at the event. Continuing Medical Education (CME) is available for physicians for $150, payable online or at the event. All CME forms will be available at the event.

Where Can I Stay?

Overnight accommodation is not included in the registration fee. Rooms at the Oakland Marriott City Center are no longer available. Several hotels in the immediate vicinity have vacancies, and we encourage you to explore these options as soon as possible. More information is available here. You can also explore other accommodations in the area through AirBnB, Booking.com, Hotels.com, or Hostelworld.com.

When Is Registration Open?

Wednesday, April 19—Registration closed. Workshop attendees bring photo ID to Workshop room (be sure to arrive early).
Thursday, April 20—12:00 PM - 10:00 PM in the Main Foyer. Workshop attendees bring photo ID to Workshop room (be sure to arrive early).
Friday, April 21—7:00 AM - 7:00 PM in the Main Foyer.
Saturday, April 22—7:00 AM - 7:00 PM in the Main Foyer.
Sunday, April 23—8:00 AM - 7:00 PM in the Main Foyer.
Monday, April 24—Registration closed. Workshop attendees bring photo ID to Workshop room (be sure to arrive early).

Are Meals Included?

Continental breakfast is provided from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM on April 21 (Friday), April 22 (Saturday), and April 23 (Sunday) in the Grand Ballroom foyer for registered Three-Day Conference attendees. You are on your own for the mid-morning, lunch, and mid-afternoon breaks. There are dozens of small, friendly restaurants near the hotel (detailed list here). On Friday, April 21, from 8am-2pm, the Old Oakland Farmer's Market (one block from the hotel) will be open. The Beckley Sunset Cruise on Friday, April 21, 2017, includes a casual dinner and cash bar. The Comedy Banquet also includes dinner and will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Banquet admission is not included in the conference pass, and must be purchased separately. Space is limited.

Are There Restaurants Nearby?

The Oakland Marriot City Center Hotel has a wonderful list of onsite and nearby restaurants. You can find the detailed list here.

How Do I Get There?

Travel is not included in the conference fee. The Oakland Airport (OAK) is the closest airport. Alternatively, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) are also nearby if you are able to book a flight at a better rate. The subway (BART) station is located on 12th Street, two blocks from the hotel. Conference organizers are not liable for any non-attendance resulting from delayed or suspended transportation or weather-related travel conditions. More information, including parking information, is available on the Hotel and Travel page.

What Is the Cancellation Policy?

Cancellations received in writing by March 30, 2017, will be refunded in full, minus a 3% accounting processing fee. Notice of cancellation must be made in writing by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail addressed to MAPS, 1115 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Should you need to cancel your registration after April 1, 2017, a transfer (giving your ticket to someone else) will be accepted. No refunds will be made after April 1, 2017.

Can Someone Else Attend in My Place?

Transfers are acceptable at any time. Please send a signed letter to MAPS at 1115 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. The letter must clearly state your name and who will receive your tickets. Email and fax are acceptable as long as the document has been signed and scanned. Emails may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and faxes may be sent to +1 (831) 429-6370.

Does MAPS Share Personal Information?

No. We keep all personal information entered during registration confidential. When we do collect personally identifiable information, it is always voluntarily submitted by you (e.g., when you fill out registration pages or send us feedback). The information collected is used to send our registrants email reminders and other information about MAPS that we think will be of interest. If, for any reason, you would like to be removed from our email list, you can unsubscribe through the link at the bottom of our email messages.

What Happens if the Venue Changes or the Conference is Cancelled?

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the conference organizers to alter the venue, content, or the timing of the program. We will try to keep you informed of such changes, but any reasonable change to the conference format will not constitute a reason to refund the conference fee. In the event that the conference is canceled by the organizers, the registration fee shall be refunded in full. The liability of the organizers shall be limited to that refund and the organizers shall not be liable for any other loss, cost or expense, whatsoever caused, incurred or arising.

What Happens if I Have an Accident or Lose Something?

While every effort has been made to ensure the safety of all attendees, the organizers cannot be held responsible and/or liable for any personal accident, loss, or damage to private property of those attending the conference. For lost items, please check with the Oakland Marriott City Center hotel staff.

Is Smoking or Vaporizing Allowed?

Smoking or vaporizing any substance is strictly prohibited inside the Oakland Marriot City Center and Oakland Convention Center. A designated Smoking Lounge for attendees will be available outside the Oakland Marriott City Center's 10th Street entrance.

What Is Appropriate Conference Decorum?

We work to demonstrate the rigor and potential of psychedelic research to a wide range of scientists, physicians, therapists, regulators, media, and the general public. Out of respect for this work that happens within legal regulatory systems, we ask that you limit your engagement with psychedelic and other illegal drugs at the conference to the realm of intellectual discussion.

"The revival of psychedelic research today owes much to the respectability of its new advocates."
—Michael Pollan, The New Yorker, February 2015

What Is the Dress Code?

Suggested attire for the conference days is business casual, however don't be shy about bringing in your own flair and expressing your individuality. Bring comfortable shoes and layers for the long conference days and spring temperatures. Evening events will feature musical performances; psychedelic chic attire is encouraged.

Will There Be Photo and Video Recording at Psychedelic Science 2017?

Psychedelic Science conferences attract significant interest from journalists and filmmakers. By entering the event premises and by participation in this event, you consent to the use of your photograph, likeness, or video or audio recording in whole or in part without restriction or limitation for any educational, promotional, or any purpose for distribution online and in printed publications or publication in other media. You release MAPS, their officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitization, or publication of interviews, photographs, computer images, or video and/or sound recordings. We are happy to remove your image from any digital property over which we have control upon your request.

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