Psychedelic Sitters School
Psychedelic Sitters School
Hosted by Medicinal Mindfulness
Weekend Workshop April 23-24, 10am-4pm at Solstice Center
What is a psychedelic sitter?
A sitter is someone who stays in contact with another persons inner journey experience and takes care of their physical, psychological, mental and spiritual needs while simultaneously allowing them to be fully immersed in their experience without interference. A sitter does everything they can to protect the journeyer while simultaneously allowing the person to experience everything fully, even the feeling of dying. Sitting is not a passive state. Just sitting there is an extremely active state... requiring attention, compassion, and skill. Sitters hold space for deeply transformative experiences.
Why is this kind of a training important?
Psychedelics are being widely used in our culture. We can reduce the harm of such use, and increase the benefits of it, by having individuals educated and professionally trained in safer use practices. We believe that this training can save lives and protect many people from unnecessary trauma.
Particularly with the summer festival season upon us, it is crucial that we have as many people as possible trained in psychedelic harm reduction before attending these events. Help keep your friends and loved ones safe!
Who this training is for:
- Therapists, therapists-in-training, and other healers interested in psychedelic-assisted therapies
- Festival goers and people who want to help keep their friends safe in recreational settings
- Those interested in volunteering in psychedelic harm reduction
- Psychedelic medicine users
- People interested in navigating extreme situations such as hospice work or crisis intervention
What youll get out of this training:
- Foundational sitters skills
- Deepened understanding of set, setting, and skill
- Psychedelic first aid
- Crises intervention tools that are both clinically and transpersonally informed
- Tools to protect yourself psycho-spiritually and energetically from secondary trauma
- Mindfulness practices that deepen journeywork experiences
- Opportunities to participate in Conscious Cannabis Circles and Medicine Song Community Breathwork as a sitter
- Possible volunteer opportunities at local festivals
- Skills that will apply to other work you are doing in the world
- Networking/community engagement
How we work:
The purpose of this program is to (1) introduce participants to a set of navigation and somatically oriented mindfulness skills that support the safe and intentional use of psychedelic medicines, and (2) to facilitate the development of advanced, transpersonally oriented sitters skills that can be used to support others having difficult or profound altered states experiences. We will do this through resilience development practices, educational modules, experiential partner exercises, guided meditation music journeys, and opportunities to sit in altered states events such as our Medicine Song Community Breathwork Events or Conscious Cannabis Circles. Readings and journeywork oriented mindfulness practices will be offered as well.
Examples of Experientials Involved:
- How to maintain deep contact with yourself and another before, during, and after an intense experience
- Guided mindfulness meditations relevant to psychedelic medicine work
- Grounding, rooting, and tracking skills to stay resourced and connected
- Demos of examples of crisis situations: panic attacks and other freakouts
Facilitated by Daniel McQueen, MA, Executive Director of Medicinal Mindfulness
Guest speaker Alison McQueen, MA, MDMA-for-PTSD Researcher and Therapist will be speaking about therapist and client resourcing in altered states work
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (register by April 9): $225/$150 for students, includes catered lunch both days
OR $250/$175 students if registering after April 9
Limited scholarships available to non-students that equate to the student rate.
Optional Conscious Cannabis Circle $125 with sliding scale to $75
Pre-registration required at firstname.lastname@example.org
***Optional Cannabis Circle on Saturday night
What past participants are saying about this training:
This course gave me wisdom, showing me that after 10 years of doing this work I am still working at the tip of an iceberg. The course reinforced what I am already practicing and gave framework and a plethora of resources to continue investigating and exploring what lies beneath the surface. I walked away far more resourced and ready to continue along my path. And this doesn't even speak to the wonderful community of people that you will find here. So stoked to have done this! -G.
Sitters school has given light to the possibilities of connection with one another and the world around me. For the first time, I have been surrounded by like- minded people who all have the intention of healing themselves and everyone they come into contact with. Sitters school has taught me how to hold space and to fine-tune my resources. I am grateful and thankful for my time with Medicinal Mindfulness and their sitters program! -L
I was blessed to join in the Psychedelic Sitters School AND the Conscious Cannabis Circle in one weekend, so this is two reviews in one. Psychedelic Sitters School was informative and inspiring. I gained useful knowledge and skills and came out of it strongly motivated to continue learning and sharing this work. I actually already had a chance to apply some of my new knowledge by sitting for a small group last night, and I'm happy to report it was a wonderful experience for everyone involved. The Conscious Cannabis Circle I did the same weekend was astonishing. Daniel performed a truly beautiful ceremony supported by a wonderfully warm community of seekers. Using cannabis in that context evoked an experience in me that I was really not expecting. Turns out that it actually is a true psychedelic. After 20 years of smoking, I had no idea that good ol' Mary Jane could be so powerful. So yes. 10 out of 10, I will do again. -C.
Psychedelic Sitters School taught me the fundamentals of not only what sacred space is, but how to hold it for others. -M.
Solstice Center (View)
302 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|