Conference Organizers
Dr Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes, Research Fellow, University of Exeter
Prof. Christine Hauskeller, Professor, University of Exeter
Dr Andrew Schwartz, Executive Director, Center for Process Studies

Dr Andrew Davis, Program Director, Center for Process Studies
Dr John Buchanan, Project Director, Center for Process Studies
Dr Lenny and Elizabeth Gibson, Alice Dommert, Dreamshadow Group, Inc.

Discussion Group Facilitators
John Buchanan, Kyle Buller, Travis Cox, Andrew Davis, Alice Dommert, Elizabeth Gibson, Osiris González Romero, Chris Kelley, Jace Langone, David Luke, Farzad Mahootian, Joe Moore, David Nutt, Alexandre Paré , Andrew Schwartz, Ernesto Schwartz-Marin, Johanna Sopanen, Toby Squire, Ros Stone,

About the Facilitators

John H Buchanan received his masters degree in humanistic psychology from West Georgia College, and his doctorate from Emory University. He has been trained and certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner by Stan and Christina Grof. He is finishing up a book based upon his continuing interests in process philosophy and transpersonal psychology and was a contributing co-editor for Rethinking Consciousness: Extraordinary Challenges for Contemporary Science.

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Kyle Buller is the Co-Founder and Director of Training and Clinical Education of Psychedelics Today, an online media and education platform exploring the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. He is also the Founder and Owner of Setting Sun Wellness. Kyle earned his MS degree in clinical mental health counseling with an emphasis in somatic psychology from Prescott College and received his BA degree in Transpersonal Psychology from Burlington College. Kyle has been studying Dreamshadow Transpersonal Breathwork with Lenny and Elizabeth Gibson since 2010. His clinical background in mental health consists of working with at-risk teenagers in crisis and with individuals experiencing an early episode of psychosis, and providing counseling to undergraduate/graduate students in a university setting. www.psychedelicstoday.com www.settingsunwellness.com

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Travis Cox, PhD, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Masters in Ecopsychology program at Naropa University and is on the Naropa University Psychedelic Advisory Committee. He has been studying consciousness throughout his career in academia, both as student and as faculty. His interests in psychedelics are at the intersection of activism, philosophy, sustainability, and ecopsychology. He presented on psychedelics and sustainability at the 2019 AASHE conference and helped organize the “Can Exceptional Experience Save the World?” conference at the Claremont Graduate School of Theology in 2019.

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Andrew M. Davis is a philosopher, theologian, and scholar of world religions. He holds BA in Philosophy and Theology, an MA in Interreligious Studies, and a PhD in Religion and Process Philosophy from Claremont School of Theology (CST). He is a poet, aphorist and author or editor of four books including How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere: An Anthology of Spiritual Memoirs (2018, with Philip Clayton); Propositions in the Making: Experiments in a Whiteheadian Laboratory (2019, with Roland Faber and Michael Halewood); Depths as Yet Unspoken: Whiteheadian Excursions in Mysticism, Multiplicity, and Divinity (2020, with Roland Faber); and Mind, Value, and Cosmos: On the Relational Nature of Ultimacy (Lexington). For more about Andrew’s work and research interests, visit his website at andrewmdavis.info.

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Alice Dommert is the Founder and CEO of Prasada and a WholeBeing Architect with a unique background. She is a licensed architect and exhibit designer, writer, speaker and consultant with training in yoga and mindfulness, breathwork, positive psychology and organizational development. Ms. Dommert leads the Prasada team working with clients across the country to build positive cultures for human sustainability through professional development and wellness programs.

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Elizabeth Gibson is the co-founder of Dreamshadow Group, Inc., a Vermont-based nonprofit that fosters the creative application of exceptional experience. She is certified as a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator by Stan and Christina Grof. Elizabeth is the editor of Stanislav Grof ’s The Ultimate Journey: Consciousness and the Mystery of Death and a contributor to  the teaching manual MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, both published by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. 

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Osiris González Romero is a PhD candidate at Leiden University, Faculty of Archaeology-Heritage of Indigenous Peoples. In 2015 he was awarded the Coimbra Group Scholarship for Young Professors and Researchers from Latin American Universities. He has been involved in psychedelic research for the last thirteen years, and is a founding member of Via Synapsis, an academic society focused on the organization of the University Congress of Psychoactive Substances hosted by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Faculty of Philosophy. He has been working on the book: “New Essays on History and Philosophy of Psychedelics.”

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Christopher “Doc” Kelley is co-founder and organizer of Psychedelic Sangha. He received a PhD in religion from Columbia University where he studied Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with Robert A. F. Thurman. He is a part-time associate professor in Religious Studies at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, the New School University.

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Jace Langone, PsyD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing at the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy in the northeast United States. Complementing a nearly decade-long practice in pastoral counseling, Jace is apprenticing in Core Shamanism with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and is certified as a facilitator of Dreamshadow Transpersonal Breathwork. Jace is interested in exploring how Alfred North Whitehead’s Process Philosophy can validly amplify understanding of exceptional states of consciousness beyond materialistic assumptions inherent to the medical model, as well as how mystical practices akin to pre-Christian wisdom traditions (i.e., Sophiology) resonate with the organismic worldview familiar to early Greek philosophy and Whiteheadian metaphysics.

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Dr David Luke is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Greenwich. His research focuses on transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, especially via psychedelics, having published more than 100 academic papers in this area, including ten books, most recently Otherworlds: Psychedelics and Exceptional Human Experience (2nd ed., 2019). When he is not running clinical drug trials with LSD, conducting DMT field experiments or observing apparent weather control with Mexican shamans he directs the Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness salon and is a cofounder and director of Breaking Convention: International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness.

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Farzad Mahootian is a Clinical Associate Professor of Global Liberal Studies at New York University. He has an interdisciplinary background (PhD Philosophy, MS Chemistry). His research intersects philosophy, science and metaphor. He dreams of making autopoetic chemical music.

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Joe Moore, Psychedelics Today co-founder, began exploring psychedelics after discovering the work of transpersonal psychology founder Dr. Stanislav Grof when he was a philosophy student at Plymouth State University in 2001. Joe has been studying and practicing Grof’s Holotropic breathwork method at the Vermont-based Dreamshadow Group since 2003 and co-founded Boston Holotropic to facilitate breathwork workshops throughout New England.

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David Nutt FRCP, FRCPsych, FMedSci, is a psychiatrist at Imperial College London. He trained at Cambridge, Guys Hospital, Oxford University and NIH in the USA. His research focuses on the use of PET and fMRI imaging to understand how drugs work in the brain and the mechanisms underpinning psychiatric disorders particularly addiction and depression. He has published over a thousand research papers, 35 books and 8 government reports. He won the John Maddox prize for standing up for science in 2013.

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Alexandre Paré is a Canadian nurse working with northern Indigenous communities, who also holds degrees in liberal arts and special care counseling. He has been learning about Breathwork, Stan Grof, Whitehead and life with Lenny and Elizabeth Gibson from Dreamshadow and is now honing his skills as a maple syrup producer.

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Wm. Andrew Schwartz is Executive Director of the Center for Process Studies and Assistant Professor of Process Studies & Comparative Theology at Claremont School of Theology, as well as Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of the Institute for Ecological Civilization (ecociv.org). Dr. Schwartz earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont Graduate University. His academic interests include Comparative Religious Philosophies, Process Thought, Ecology, Education. His recent work has been focused on high-impact philosophy and the role of big ideas in the transition toward ecological civilization.

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Ernesto Schwartz-Marin is a Science and Technology Studies scholar working in the fields of biomedicine, forensics and citizen science. He conducts in-depth ethnographic research and develops participatory action research models to intervene in humanitarian crises via DNA bio banking, grass-roots databases, and citizen-led science. He is currently working with Christine Hauskeller, Amelia Fiske & Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes researching the decolonial dimensions of psychedelic research to open up a new research agenda at the intersections of philosophy and anthropology. 

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Johanna Hilla Sopanen is an independent researcher in Psychology and Religious studies (past: University of Groningen). She wrote her Master’s dissertation with Dr Bernardo Nante on the Red Book during an internship at Fundacion Vocacion Humana, a Jungian center in Buenos Aires. Last summer she taught a course on the interlink between Depth Psychology and the psychedelic experience, offered by ‘Psychedelics Today’ forum. Her other interest include Transpersonal Psychology, Ecopsychology, Holotropic Breathwork, Process philosophy, and Western Esotericism. She is on the board of the Dreamshadow Group, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on transpersonal education and Holotropic Breathwork. 

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Toby Squire graduated in philosophy from the University of Exeter in 2020. Since then he has completed an internship supporting the editorial team for ‘The Philosophy of Psychedelics’ and is continuing to work with them. He is particularly interested in psychedelic experience as a site of convergence between the philosophy of perception and cognitive neuroscience.

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Ros Stone gets through biros as the Outreach Coordinator for the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group, which makes peer-reviewed arguments for evidence-based drug policy reform available to Government policymakers in the UK, and as press officer for Breaking Convention and the Psychedelic Press. Turning to drugs from an English literature background (BA at Oxford University, MA at King’s College, London), she is a writer, publicist and communications specialist fascinated by the potential for transformation in the relationship between attitudes to psychoactive substances and our consumption of/by the mainstream media, and how psychedelic phenomenology can assist us in developing healthier use habits in relation to the latter. Previously Communications Officer at the Beckley Foundation, she has contributed to the growth of the student harm reduction collective drugsand.me, and has words on psychedelic research and altered states of consciousness in publications including The Guardian, Kaltblut Magazine, Talking Drugs, VolteFace, Psymposia and the Third Wave.

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