In case you haven't heard, psilocybin mushrooms have been decriminalized in Denver, and Oakland, just decriminalized sacred plants, fungi, and cacti. For the most part there is a general excitement over this victory but there are also legitimate concerns that this discussion will address. This will surely be a rich conversation with amazing speakers contributing their unique perspectives.
This panel discussion is dedicated to and wishes to honor the memory of Kai Wingo.
Kai Wingo lives on with us in the world of Mycology and beyond. Kai was incredible person. She was a leader, a mother, a cultivator, educator and defender of sacred plants and mushrooms. She defied archaic laws to make this medicine part of her journey within Mycology and her community in Cleveland. In 2015, Kai hosted the first Women and Entheogens Conference. She was a visionary and is deeply missed both in our community and from the lives of her three children she had raised brilliantly. Please support her children's college fund by clicking below and honor our ancestor Kai Wingo.
Our Sacred Plant & Fungi Decriminalization Panel that's being presented at this years New Moon Mycology Summit is dedicated in her honor. We loved Kai and we want her vision to be known and remembered. May her memory be eternal.
Sacred Plant & Fungi Decriminalization Panelists
YarelixEstrada is a psychedelic organizer and professional harm reductionist and researcher. Yarelix became involved in drug policy through her time assisting in substance use research at the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit at Johns Hopkins. She further expanded into community-based harm reduction work with DC DanceSafe, volunteering with the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition, and co-founding the Baltimore Psychedelic Society. Yarelix currently works as a Field Research Associate with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene conducting overdose prevention work through community-based substance use harm reduction outreach and research. She is also an organizer with the New York City Psychedelic Society, where she hopes to help build a connection of psychedelic New Yorkers that is grounded in inclusivity, evidenced-based research, and community.
Esteban Orozco is a holistic nutrition coach, based in Huichun territory (Oakland CA). He’s the son of a Huichol midwife and stepson of an Aztec (Mexica) medicine man. He grew up primarily on the west coast and has degrees in Cultural Anthropology, Bodywork, Nutrition, Ethnic Studies, Social Enterprise Business, Solar Energy and Permaculture. His professional career has been primarily in natural health, coaching, healthy cooking, and cannabis growing and manufacturing. Esteban has been a food justice organizer and indigenous activist in the Bay Area for over 10 years. He’s a member of Xochipilli Chicano men's group. A member of the Bay Area Peace & Dignity Journeys steering committee. Which is a transcontinental inter-tribal run, done every 4 years. A member of NDNG Hackathon which works to with tech companies to perform land acknowledgements and pay land equity taxes to indigenous groups. A member of ISKN- Indigenous SeedKeepers Network. He’s currently studying permaculture with Mayan elder Guillermo Vasquez, from Indigenous Permaculture. All of they various trainings and organizing has inspired him to write an indigenous food security cookbook. It's due to be published in the Fall of 2019, called “For The 7 Generations”. It discusses decolonizing history, re-indigenizing food and medicine practices, and proactive strategies for the climate crisis. He’s presented aspects of the book at several conferences: the MEChA Nationals 2019 Conference in LA, and the Chingonas, Badasses and Goddesses Conference in Oakland; the first Environmental Students of Color Conference at UCB.
Allie Rose has worked with 20+ psychedelic therapy clinics, herbal harm reduction clinics, and private practice locations around the world on scaling infrastructure, making services more accessible, and protecting patient privacy and autonomy. They co-founded a grassroots PAC that lobbies local government on issues of housing as harm reduction, syringe access, and patient autonomy in mental health care and crisis response, and are working on language for an all-drug decriminalization bill which also addresses these issues. Allie Rose has been creating safe containers for people experiencing difficult altered states of consciousness for 5+ years, as a peer support volunteer at private events. In their community, Allie Rose produces smaller events around healing through art and backyard farming, including psychedelic integration circles for people who identify as queer and/or neurodivergent.
Antonia Perez is a clinical herbalist born and raised in NYC. They have apprenticed with several herbalists around the Northeast and South America and Arborvitae School of Traditional Herbal Medicine . They graduated from Bard College where they studied environmental and urban studies, art and dance. They are a community organizer, gardener, food and environmental justice educator. They are also the co founder of collectives: Brujas and Herban Cura. They are passionate to share their knowledge with other folks especially in urban centers, in order to interrupt notions of individualism and separatism from nature and grow towards collaborative and symbiotic communities.
Mario Ceballos is a Chicanx from Kumeyaay territory also known as San Diego CA. Mario is a stay at home parent of three children, and when they aren't braiding hair or making lunch they are thinking of ways to heal their community. Whether that be by using medicinal Fungi, direct action, smashing the patriarchy, or painting rocks with kids. Mario advocates for all marginalized people and looks to indigenous ways and models for organizing community and cultivating resilience. Growing up in a " border town" , Mario has been forced to navigate two different worlds, with family on both sides of the border, they have first hand experience with the devastating effects of colonization and the re-traumatization of a increasingly militarized border. In a attempt to mitigate appropriation of traditional medicine and to increase access and representation for people of color, Mario created the POC Fungi Community.
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