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Psychedelic Harm Reduction
Zendo Project

Full-Day Workshop: Monday, April 24, 2017

This year, millions of people will use psychedelics outside of supervised medical contexts, many of them for the first time. Difficult psychedelic experiences can be frightening, but also potentially among the most valuable experiences someone can have. What can you do to help someone having a difficult psychedelic experience? What techniques are available for helping transform a potentially traumatic situation into a positive or even therapeutic one? What role has MAPS and the Zendo Project played at festivals, and what take-home messages are available for others interested in psychedelic harm reduction?  

Topics to be covered include:

  • Psychological and emotional components of a challenging psychedelic experience
  • Principles of psychedelic harm reduction
  • Techniques for working with difficult experiences 
  • Tools for integration
  • Sitter ethics
  • Drug testing


Developed by MAPS in 2012, The Zendo Project provides a supportive environment, specialized care, and education designed to transform difficult psychedelic experiences into valuable learning opportunities, and even potentially offer healing and growth. In turn, our work reduces the number of drug-related hospitalizations and arrests. We envision a world where communities are engaged in providing safety and support for people having psychedelic and psychological challenges; and harm reduction principles are used foremost to reduce the risks associated with substance use.



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