Dr. Sandra (she, her)
Sandra is an Ethicist and Psychedelic Ethics specialist with a MA, Ph.D. in Philosophy exploring Ethical Decision Making and Moral Psychology. She is an Ethics Advisor active in Psychedelic Integration, Therapy, Education, and Advocacy as well as a Psychedelic facilitator. Sandra also teaches Bioethics at the University of California, Santa Cruz for the Biomolecular Engineering and Philosophy Departments, has worked for many years in the tech industry primarily at Apple, and is a Reiki Master in two lineages. Sandra focuses on listening and uplifting the voices and values of the Psychedelic Community especially the disenfranchised with the heart space intention of compassion and love.
Seba (he, him)
Seba is a hacker gone healer. Originally from Chile, with a background in computer engineering, and after 18 years of coding and consulting, he transitioned to psychotherapy responding to a deeper calling towards nature, healing, reconnection, and consciousness. He obtained his psychology degree in Santiago and trained in Gestalt Therapy through Claudio Naranjo’s SAT program. In 2014 he moved to San Francisco and completed a MA in Integral Counseling Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). In 2017 he began studying with Daniel McQueen through the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness where he currently collaborates as a Cannabis Guide and trainer. In 2021 Seba graduated from CIIS’s Certificate in Psychedelic Therapies and Research. He currently works in private practice through Holos Institute specializing in trauma healing and psychedelic integration.
mental health, tech, cannabis & yoga
Javiera Kostner (she, her)
Javiera is a Ganja Yoga instructor and Cannabis Guide trained by Dee Dussault and Daniel McQueen. Javi has specialized in Trauma Recovery Yoga and also works with clients in preparation, guidance, and integration of psychedelic journeys. In 2021 she graduated as an Integral Nutrition Coach (INN). In 2019 Javi began leading the San Francisco Ganja Yoga community and since 2020 has been teaching Ganja Yoga Online. In 2022 she will begin offering Ganja Yoga in Santa Cruz. Javi also works as the Training Program Coordinator for the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness.
community, nutrition, cannabis, yoga
Deborahlise (she, her)
Daisy (she, her)
Most of my life has been spent trying to “fit in.” When I hit my 40’s, I realized that “fitting in” was killing me. My 40’s have been what I call, my “cacoon phase,” where I withdrew from what was my “normal,” to shed several layers, started listening to my inner/higher self, and began the process of becoming who I have always been.
My early 40’s was also the period when I found mushrooms. It’s not a coincidence that it coincides with the shedding of layers and my “becoming.“ Mushrooms have opened up the door, to my rich inner world, that I had shut out, while trying to “fit in.”
“Shedding of layers” and “cocooning” sound so peaceful and calm. I laugh, as I often have that soothing effect on chaos, change, and surrender. It’s not at all! What it looks like is the ego playing tug-of-war with my spirit. It’s an all-out war. Shedding my corporate persona and my executive life, was both scary, and uplifting. I struggled with identity, worth, and passion -who am I without this corporate persona? Am I doing the right thing? can I survive? Am I good enough? If I’m not doing the right thing, I can’t handle another day of this life. Those were the thoughts and questions I struggled with every day, during that time. As well as doubt, around every corner and every decision. Mushrooms helped me to find my center in that chaos. I began to appreciate the beauty in my life, find peace in the midst of chaos and calm in a sea of doubt. The “noise” that used to plague my mind, became less and less. Until there was stillness.
I’ve now changed my course and dedicated my life to finding joy, laughter, and passion, in my own life, as well as to helping others find theirs, with the help of psychedelics. I’ve joined Santa Cruz Psychedelic Society, to both learn and to help build a community of support for others, as there’s no need to do it alone. There’s so much to learn, do and grow. Having a community to lean on, changes everything.
Lauri (she, her)
Lauri is a Graphic Designer and Artist by trade whose passion is Lifestyle Design via combining Mindfulness practices for the Mind, Body, Spirit, and Space. NeuroScience Life Coach, 200RYT Yoga Instructor, Feng Shui Consultant, and Neurographica Integrative Art Coach; she approaches healing and self-mastery from an all-encompassing perspective, using NeuroArt as a Psychedelic Integration and coaching medium.
community, creativity, yoga, chocolates