IamA former army ranger and psychedelic research advocate. I just passed the mile 30 of a 100 mile ultramarathon. I will be joined by 4 leading psychedelic science & ayahuasca medicine experts. AMA!
Update: This concludes the live portion of the IAmA, but we will follow up to more questions over the next few days so feel free to keep the conversation going. Thank you everyone and good luck Jesse with your race!
My short bio: My name is Jesse Gould and I am a former army ranger. Currently, I am at mile 20 of a 100 mile ultramarathon called Keys100. I run a foundation for veterans with PTSD called Heroic Hearts Project (https://www.heroicheartsproject.org/keys100/) that helps the learn and access psychedelic therapy with ayahuasca. Today I will be joined by the world's leading experts from the field of psychedelic science & ayahuasca medicine practice. Ask us anything! I am just running a major storm but for now... let's get it started!
Live video Update from the race Update from Mile 30
Special thanks to the naturopathic medical student organization, ERA - Entheogenic Research Awareness, who are currently planning the first ever psychedelic medicine conference at a medical school next year, at SCNM in Tempe, AZ - the Southwest Conference of Entheogenic Medicine. Find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=entheogenic%20research%20awareness
1) MARIYA GARNET is an ayahuasquera and sound healer with over 10 years of experience. Having begun doing plant dietas in Peruvian Amazon in 2008, Mariya moved to Peru and dedicated herself full time to shamanic apprenticeship and healing work. Having built and ran a retreat in the Amazon, Mariya has worked with thousands of people following both her native Siberian shamanic tradition and Amazonian vegetalismo path. These days Mariya spends most of her time in Canada dedicating herself to her family, Shamanic Sound Healing work and online counselling focused on psychological preparation and integration of the ayahuasca medicine.
Sat, May 19th @ 11am-1pm EST
2) BRYCE MONTGOMERY is the Associate Director of Communications at Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and also serves as a volunteer for their Zendo harm reduction project which applies the therapeutic principles and practices developed in their research settings to alternative real-world applications where users of psychedelic drugs can benefit from the support, guidance, and nurturance of well trained and caring staff.
Sat, May 19th @ 1pm-3pm EST
3) SHIMA ESPAHBODI, PhD is trained in both clinical sciences and psychotherapeutic approaches. She is co-founder with Dr Robin Carhart-Harris of the new charity GLOBAL PSYCHEDELIC RESEARCH launching on 9/20 (http://www.globalpsychedelicresearch.org). She worked as a scientist at the University of Oxford prior to returning to the Peruvian Amazon to work alongside indigenous curanderos learning about Ayahuasca's therapeutic potential. She has an integral/holistic approach to psychotherapy encompassing work with clients struggling with symptoms diagnosed as Bipolar, PTSD, CPTSD, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), depression, anxiety, and other issues. She is interested the relationship between chronic pain, depression and anxiety with patients who suffer from chronic disease and how plant medicines can be used to resolve these issues.
Sat, May 19th @ 3pm-4.30pm EST
4) JOE TAFUR, MD - For the last decade, family physician Dr. Joe Tafur, author of "The Fellowship of the River", has been exploring the role of spiritual healing in modern healthcare. At Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual - an ayahuasca healing centre in the Amazon jungle of Peru, Dr. Tafur supervised traditional education for allopathic (Western) medical students. He is now developing new educational programs for Modern Spirit. Dr. Tafur currently works part-time as a family physician in the United States and continues as a medical consultant to Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual.
Sat, May 19th @ 4.30pm-6pm EST