What’s a psychedelic community catalyst?
Since 2015, I’ve worked full-time in the psychedelic community, starting and contributing to a number of projects as an event and media producer, connector, and advisor.
You can check out highlights of my projects below and support my work via a monthly pledge to the Psychedelic Seminars Patreon.
I use my network and experience to consult for other projects in the psychedelic community. If you are interested to collaborate, send me a brief pitch at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m the Founder of Psychedelic Seminars, a conversation-focused educational event series deepening awareness of the benefits, risks, and complexities of psychedelics.
On the PsychSems stage, I’ve interviewed a range of leaders including bestselling author Michael Pollan, Dr. James Fadiman and Ayelet Waldman on microdosing, and therapeutic ketamine expert Dr. Raquel Bennett.
I started the project in 2015 after returning to my home city of Baltimore to build community for open and honest conversations about psychedelics — because that was what I needed.
The project now operates primarily out of the San Francisco Bay Area and livestreams globally.
I’m former Co-Director of Psymposia, a platform for rethinking drugs through live events and online media.
I co-founded Psymposia Magazine, a free online resource for investigative journalism, personal stories, and deep conversation series.
During my time with Psymposia, I hosted Psychedelics Stories events around the world, co-created our signature conversation series magazine format, and coordinated the #PsychedelicsBecause social media campaign.
Through my psychedelic community work in Baltimore, I seeded the Baltimore Psychedelic Society.
I’ve sparked and mentored similar Psychedelic Societies around the world from Washington DC to San Francisco to Portugal.
I also helped start the Global Psychedelic Network to connect them.
After dropping out of corporate America in 2013, I spent 15 months backpacking and living in India and Southeast Asia.
While on the road, I created and hosted Walking the Earth Podcast, interviewing a diverse array of backpackers and expats about their unconventional lives and experiences.
In a former life…
I used to be a good model citizen.
I received a BS from the University of Maryland in chemical engineering, summa cum laude. I worked as a chemical engineer for ExxonMobil for 5 years.
. . . And then I did ayahuasca.