Psychedelic Orgs & Resources

Amanda Gelender 🔮
3 min readFeb 13, 2022

Here’s a compilation of orgs, people, and resources I recommend checking out in the plan medicine space:

Doorway Therapeutics

Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy by and for QTBIPOC & allies

Fruiting Bodies Collective

ICEERS

Mission: “ICEERS (The International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research, and Service) is dedicated to transforming society’s relationship with psychoactive plants. We do so by engaging with some of the fundamental issues resulting from the globalization of ayahuasca, iboga, and other ethnobotanicals.”

Kilindi Iyi

Not an organization, Kilindi is an ancestor who gave us tremendous knowledge in the psychedelic field, particularly as it relates to psilocybin mushrooms. I highly recommend watching his videos here.

Microdose NYC

About: “We are an educational resource and research hub that centers psychedelics , autism , neuroscience and mental health. Our 501c3 non-profit is called P.R.I.D.E. Inc (Psychedelic Research Integrating the Diaspora Experience): Psychedelic research focusing on the oral histories of trans and non binary autistic melanated people, who regularly use psilocybin to improve their quality of life.

Negus in Nature

About: “Our mission is to challenge the dominant narrative about where Black people belong, and where we’re headed. Through international travel, local exploration, and direct service, we create community, cultivate meaningful encounters with the natural world, and provide a space for collective and personal growth.”

Oakland Hyphae

About: “Oakland Hyphae is a socially responsible, Black-owned grassroots business, who’s goal is to educate and provide dependable, high quality resources and information for plant medicine cultivators and enthusiasts. Locally owned and operated in Oakland,California, we strive to create pathways that make the plant medicine accessible to members of our community.”

People of Color Psychedelic Collective

About: The People of Color Psychedelic Collective (POCPC) is a body of members dedicated to psychedelic healing and education based in the United States. We nurture leaders to work in our communities to undo the harms caused by the war on drugs and oppressive systems of injustice.

Psychedelic Liberation Collective

Mission: “We are working for the healing and liberation for Black, Indigenous and people of color (BI&POC), 2SLGBTQIA+ people, and all who are oppressed by structural inequality. Through the mind-manifesting aspects of psychedelics, we aim to root out the falsehood of supremacy in ourselves, in our relationships and in our communities; heal from the effects of intersecting systems of oppression; and empower ourselves and others in transforming culture.”

A Table of Our Own

A conference and documentary for Black professionals working in the sacred plant medicine space.

Recommended Books

Not every one of these books explicitly cover psychedelics but each explores topics deeply relevant psychedelic journeying

Photo ID: An assortment of beautiful assorted flowers in bright colors. Photo credit: Julien Chatelain

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van der Kolk

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Drug Use for Grown Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear by Carl L. Hart

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown

Hunger by Roxane Gay

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate

Maria Sabina: Selections by Maria Sabina

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by adrienne maree brown

The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys by James Fadiman

Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals by Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Yoke: My Yoga of Self Acceptance by Jessamyn Stanley

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Amanda Gelender 🔮

🪐 Jewish queer anti-zionist 🇵🇸 TV/film, abolition, plant medicine 🍄 Writer | Poet 🌙 linktr.ee/agelender