SEXUAL ETHICS IN THE PSYCHEDELIC COMMUNITY


DATES OFFERED

Friday, October 11th, 2019

CLASS SCHEDULE

9:30 am | Convene
10:00 am | Morning session
1:00 pm | Break for lunch
2:00 pm | Reconvene
2:15 pm | Afternoon session
5:30 pm | Session concludes
6:00 pm | Adjourn

VENUE

Down Town Association
60 Pine Street, New York, NY 10005
(map and directions)

REGISTRATION

Registration required.

See below for registration form, information, and policies.

dialogue, ethics, PREVENTING HARM, AND restorative responses

Update 10/6: This class has sold out, although some seats are expected to come available this week. Please contact us to be put on the waiting list for when seats become available.

This class is available to anyone interested, regardless of ability to pay. Sliding scale registration (below) begins at $0.

Sexual harm is a global epidemic that happens everywhere, including psychedelic and entheogenic spaces. How can we learn to come together as a community around this issue? What are some preventative measures we can take to end sexual harm? How might psychedelics themselves assist us in transforming a culture endemic with sexual harm? What tools are available to help transform harm when it happens?

Join with other community members for presentations and dialogue about sexual harm in psychedelic and entheogenic spaces.

The day will open with in a circle, led by restorative justice facilitators, to increase our collective capacity for these hard conversations.

In the afternoon there will be presentations examining:

  • power dynamics and sexual harm

  • embodying consent in psychedelic and entheogenic spaces

  • building accountability culture

  • psychological dynamics that lead to sexual harm in healing relationships

Following the presentations there will be an integration circle to sit with the day’s content and identify community needs and concerns in addressing sexual violence.

This dialogue will also guide future programming, including more involved training and community planning around recognizing, addressing, and preventing sexual violence.


REGISTER

Update 10/6: This class has sold out, although some seats are expected to come available this week. Please contact us to be put on the waiting list for when seats become available.

Please see the bottom of this page for important information and attendee policies, including our safer space policy.


INSTRUCTORS

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Shailly Agnihotri spent more than 20 years as an attorney, and has developed an expertise in criminal justice through working as a prosecutor, teacher, and public defender. She has come to understand the power for individuals and communities to come to a deeper emergent wisdom of justice through facilitated circles.  She is a trained facilitator in Restorative Practices and a Certified Mediator, has a J.D. (cum laude) from Tulane Law School and a LL.M. (Prettyman Fellowship) from Georgetown Law. Shailly has also completed advanced training in yoga and meditation teaching (500 RTA) and studied techniques of breath work, restorative yoga, yoga nidra, yin yoga and meditation.

As founder and director of The Restorative Center, Shailly has presented at conferences around the world on TRC's vision for an independent free-standing model for Restorative Justice, codified as the Newburgh Model. She has lead trainings for community members, teens, social workers and attorneys, and has facilitated RJ circles in schools, community centers and the workplace.


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Gabrielle Burton-Hill, a proud Newburgh, NY native, dedicates her days as Community activist, leader and servant. After attending a Community Building Circle held by The Restorative Center, Gabrielle heard the call to get actively involved.

Since then, Ms. Hill has taken a leadership role as the Program Director for TRC in Newburgh. Passionate about promoting healthy community relationships, she and other team members, create and hold space for community circles to address topics such as gentrification, race relations, water pollution, and youth and crime in venues throughout the city including parks, barbershops, and art galleries.

Gabby believes that intergenerational conversations are an important part of the community and family dynamics. In this space there is the possibility of collective wisdom of elders and youth to intertwine in an organic way. This opens the door to endless possibilities to having a more connected experience for all. She looks forward to expanding the reach of the RJ process in arenas such as schools, prison, politics and the workplace. 


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Britta Love is a somatic sex educator, writer and healer based in NYC. She is currently completing a research-based memoir about healing and awakening through conscious sexual practice and psychedelic ritual, based on her Consciousness Studies thesis completed at Goddard College. She became an advocate for sex workers’ rights as an undergraduate at the London School of Economics in 2007 and has been a writer and activist pushing for the decriminalization of drugs and sex work ever since. Most recently she presented “What Could a Conscious, Psychedelic #MeToo Look Like?” at the Breaking Convention psychedelics conference in London, UK. You can find more of her writing, interviews and presentations at BrittaLoved.com.


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Laura Mae Northrup, LMFT is the creator and host of the podcast Inside Eyes, a series that explores the use of entheogens and psychedelics to heal sexual trauma. She is a practicing somatic psychotherapist and educator in Oakland, CA. Her work focuses on defining sexual violence through a spiritual and politicized lens and supporting the spiritual integrity of our collective humanity. She is a champion of living more fully engaged and responsible lives through the healing use of entheogens and psychedelics. Some of her past experience includes supporting community-based transformative justice responses to sexual violence with The Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective. You can find more information about Laura and the Inside Eyes podcast at lauramaenorthrup.com.


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Leia Friedman, M.S. is a teacher, writer, and permaculturist. She is the host of “The Psychedologist: consciousness positive radio,” a cofounder of Boston Entheogenic Network, a psychedelic integration support provider and an activist. Her work focuses on phenomena related to the human experience of consciousness through the lens of social and environmental justice. thepsychedologist.com


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Andy Izenson, Esq., is an activist and educator around gender, sexuality, positive consent practices, and de-escalation and communication. Andy brings a varied skillset, radical compassion, and an anti-oppression focus to engage with family, community, and organizational conflict.

Andy’s advocacy extends both to education work, including cultural competency trainings for legal professionals, consent and communication workshops at high schools and colleges, and extensive alternative justice system education across the country, as well as to direct services work as an attorney, mediator, consultant, and practitioner of restorative and transformative justice.

In Andy’s legal work, he is most passionate about supporting family creation and communication by aiding clients with family agreements, assisted reproduction technology work, and estate planning and advance directives. In addition to being an attorney, Andy has spent the last decade creating community events in the LGBTQ and polyamorous communities, including week-long retreats, and learning about best practices for safety and accountability policies from that experience.


TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • The venue for classes is the Down Town Association, 60 Pine Street, New York, NY 10005.

  • Convenient transit includes the 4, 5, 2, 3 at Wall Street and J/Z at Broad Street, or East River Ferry at Wall Street/Pier 11.

  • On-site lodging is available at discount rates at the Down Town Association. Inquire for more information.

  • There is no on-site parking and street parking is unlikely. Commercial garages are located nearby.

  • No catering is provided.

POLICIES

  • The venue’s dress code is business casual attire.

  • Participant photography, videography, and audio recording is not permitted.

  • Registrations are non-refundable but are transferable.

  • Registration for classes is separate from conference registration, which must be purchased independently.

  • Please click here to read our Safer Space and Code of Conduct Policy, which applies to all persons in attendance.