MAPS Offers First Ever Online Course

Reality Sandwich announces MAPS’ first live online video course, “Psychedelic Science: How to Apply What We’re Learning to Your Life,” a 5-week educational webinar with experts discussing how insights from conducting psychedelic research can be applied to daily life. The begins May 7 and will include Rick Doblin, Gabor Maté, Brad Burge, Rak Razam, Alicia Danforth, Linnae Ponté, Julie Megler, Clancy Cavnar, and others who presented their work at the historic Psychedelic Science 2013 conference in Oakland, California. The course will cover topics including drug addiction, psychedelic harm reduction, psychedelic-inspired art, the therapeutic use of ayahuasca, and openly communicating with your peers about psychedelics.

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Join Brad Burge of MAPS and other leading experts in the field of psychedelic science, medicine, art, and spirituality for the live, interactive video course, "Psychedelic Science: How to Apply What We're Learning to Your Life."  Learn how to understand and integrate the most recent research from this transformative field. This 5-session webinar, produced by Evolver and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), starts May 7. For this course, Brad has assembled an exciting line-up of guests that includes Rick Doblin, Gabor Maté, Rak Razam, and Alicia Danforth.

Scientists around the world are now exploring the risks and benefits of psychedelics—such as MDMA, LSD, psilocybin, ayahuasca, ibogaine, and many more—to recover from trauma, heal illness, enhance creativity, awaken spirituality, and transform consciousness. While psychedelics are still illegal outside of research in most countries, we can still apply what we are discovering to how we understand and live our lives. In this course, you’ll explore:

How can you apply lessons from modern psychedelic research to your life?

What can psychedelic science and spirituality teach you about how to heal from trauma, addiction, and mental illness?

What can you do to help people who are having difficult psychedelic experiences?

How can you talk openly about psychedelics with your family, friends, and coworkers?

How do you use insights from psychedelic science to improve your career, relationships, creative projects, and spiritual life?

 In this unique course, you will gain a deeper understanding of psychedelics' potential as treatments for trauma and addiction, learn what's unique about psychedelic experiences, and discover how you can help create contexts for the safe and beneficial use of psychedelics.

Brad Burge, Communications Director of MAPS, has invited some of the leading experts in the field of psychedelic science and medicine to help you understand, integrate, and learn to use the most recent research from this transformative field. They include:

Rick Doblin, PhD, founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

Gabor Maté, MD, addiction researcher and author of four bestselling books, including In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

Rak Razam, experiential journalist and author of Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey

Alicia Danforth, PhD, clinical MDMA researcher at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Linnae Ponté, harm reduction coordinator for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

Julie Megler, MSN, NP-BC, psychiatric and family practice nurse practitioner and ayahuasca researcher

Clancy Cavnar, PsyD, co-editor (with Bia Labate) of The Therapeutic Use of Ayahuasca

All of these experts also presented their work at the historic Psychedelic Science 2013 conference in Oakland, Calif., which brought together over 1,900 people from around the world to share the latest research results and celebrate the return of psychedelics to mainstream science and medicine. This course is your chance to go deeper, and find out how to directly apply the most recent insights from psychedelic science to healing, spirituality, creativity, and communication.

You will be part of the discussion, able to ask your questions on camera, just like a Skype call. If you happen to miss a live session, you can view a video recording at any time. These sessions will be filled with provocative information, honest testimonials, and practical advice from some of the thinkers, writers, and doers at the leading edge of the 21st century psychedelic renaissance.

Learn about:

What psychedelic research is teaching us about drug addiction and recovery

How traditional and therapeutic uses of ayahuasca interact with gender and sexual identity

How to provide compassionate support for a friend or stranger who is having (or has had) a difficult psychedelic experience

How to choose effective metaphors and communicate clearly with people who are ignorant or fearful about psychedelics

How psychedelic experiences influence the perception and creation of art

What modern psychedelic science can teach you about being a political or spiritual activist

Join Brad and his guests to explore what it means to live in a world where science and education are used to reduce the risks of using psychedelics while maximizing their benefits for society. Learn from this diverse group of international experts how to transform your relationships, deepen your spiritual practice, enhance your creativity, and gain a more complete understanding of how to harness your own innate healing potential.

Over 5 weekly sessions, you will gain a deeper understanding of how you can integrate insights from psychedelic science, medicine, and spirituality more deeply into your life.

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. Learn more at

A portion of the proceeds help support MAPS' psychedelic and medical marijuana research and education projects.