Psychedelic Sitters School
Psychedelic Sitters School is our facilitators and guidework training program, as well as the introductory training series that is a prerequisite for becoming a Sitter at our Community Breathwork, Cannabis Healing Meditations, Conscious Cannabis Circles and Transformational Healing Sessions, private groups and retreats.
Please review the sections below if you are interested in the program. We host the intro series 2-3 times per year in the spring, summer and fall semesters, and rotate from monthly classes to full weekend trainings. Participating in one each of the Community Breathwork, Cannabis Healing Meditation and the Conscious Cannabis Circle during the training series is also required to graduate from the program to become a Sitter for our community events and private sessions.
This program also teaches fundamental skill sets to safely sit for friends and family, and to handle psychedelic crises at parties and festivals as a "good samaritan."
Psychedelic Facilitators Training Program
Thank you for your interest in our program. Medicinal Mindfulness is excited to announce the next evolution of Psychedelic Sitters School for 2018. Please review the following information and class descriptions. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and to begin the simple application and registration process.
Core Training Workshops offered in 2018
- Psychedelic Sitters School (4.5 Days - Wednesday Evening to Sunday) 4x
- Community Breathwork Facilitation (4 Days - Thursday to Sunday) 2x
- Psychedelic Guiding with Cannabis Sativa (4 Days - Thursday to Sunday) 3x
$799/$699(scholarship) per training. Students and Veterans automatically receive the scholarship rate. Email us to apply for our needs based scholarship.
2018 Training and Event Schedule
The training is held at a private residence in Boulder, CO. Participants are required to take care of their own travel, food and lodging needs. Ask us about hotel and AirBnB options. Medicinal Mindfulness provides ample snacks and one shared community meal. Usually participants bring their own lunches and dinners and organize one shared potluck meal.
Additional Trainings Beginning in 2019
- Conscious Cannabis Events Facilitation
- Cannabis Assisted Breathwork Facilitation
- Cannabis Assisted PTSD Healing Protocol
Medicinal Mindfulness Memberships & Ongoing Support
Please review our membership information for opportunities of ongoing participation and support. Memberships are a simple and affordable way to be active in our program. Graduates of the Level 1 Psychedelic Sitters School are invited to sit for local Boulder events, or host events where they live. Sitters and Facilitators are encouraged to attend monthly teleconference supervision and support meetings facilitated by Daniel McQueen.
Certificates of Completion and Certification
Trainees that complete the weekend training will receive certificates of completion. Level 1 Psychedelic Sitters School is a prerequisite for other trainings as well as our sitter and facilitator certification program. Medicinal Mindfulness is offering one certification beginning in 2018: Certified Psychedelic Sitter (CPS). The CPS certifies that you have a certain amount of sitter training and agree to important code of ethics requirements. Please review additional details on page 8 for more information.
A $100 deposit is required to begin the application process for the first class. Email email@example.com and you will receive an invitation for a brief interview and an electronic invoice for the deposit. Once approved, a non-refundable half tuition payment is required to reserve your space for a particular training date. Final payment is due 1 month before class begins.
Due to limited space and the small class sizes, you are reserving your spot even if you don’t show up. Refunds are only issued in extenuating circumstances. With written email notice of one month to first day of class, the full tuition or deposit can be transferred to credit for other training dates or MM services. With 2 weeks notice, half of the tuition is transferred, and the other half is used to cover the cost of an empty position. With less than two weeks notice, the full tuition is abdicated by the trainee. Before paying the first half of the tuition deposit, please confirm that the dates work on your end. The initial $100 deposit can be used for any training of 2018.
Please review the Safety Self-Assessment, participation waivers for both the Conscious Cannabis Events and Community Breathwork, the Logistics and Welcome Letter, and the Medicinal Mindfulness Safe Community Policy (currently being drafted) before applying to ensure the training is a good fit.
The initial deposit of $100 is required to apply and to cover the cost of a 30 minute interview and safety review process. If selected, the deposit is applied to your tuition. This is for safety and security purposes. Please review the Safety Self-Assessment to determine your readiness to attend the program before this interview. If after the interview it is determined that this training isn't a good fit at this time, you will be provided with recommendations for next steps and refunded half ($50) of your $100 initial deposit. The reminder is kept to cover the cost of the interview process. The interviewer is paid either way to ensure objectivity.
Psychedelic Sitters School is a psychedelic and cannabis harm reduction program and complies with all applicable Colorado laws related to cannabis use. Must be 21 years old or older to attend. Consuming cannabis is completely optional.
Psychedelic Sitters School 2018
Level 1 Training Program -Wednesday Evening through Sunday Afternoon
Learn Psychedelic Informed Mindfulness Practices & Skill Sets to Safely Hold Space for Transformational Experiences
This 4.5 day training program is designed for out of town participants and those wanting a crash course in advanced Psychedelic Journeywork and Psychedelic Sitting practices. It includes 5 training modules (Foundations in Sitting, Advanced Journeywork Practices, Shadow Work & Crisis Intervention, Making a Psychedelic Cannabis Blend, and Integration & Sustainability). Participants will learn powerful foundational skills for sitting with people in extreme states of consciousness.
The class begins Wednesday evening with a dinner and introduction, followed by the first Conscious Cannabis Circle. Thursday and Friday include training modules in the morning, and a Cannabis Healing Meditation in the afternoon. The class will split into two groups on these days to practice sitting for each other. Saturday includes a module in the afternoon, and an extended Conscious Cannabis Circle with optional breathwork in the evening. On Sunday, we will debrief and integrate, including a final Community Breathwork experience, and will close with conversations on safety and sustainability as a medicine practitioner.
This course is a prerequisite for being a volunteer sitter at our events, a Sitter level member of Medicinal Mindfulness, and our new certification: Certified Psychedelic Sitter (CPS) program.
Maturity, psychological stability, your own ongoing journeywork practice and relevant training are essential in being a competent sitter and guide. The Level 1 training series is designed to provide students with foundational skill sets to increase the depth and meaning of transformational experiences while keeping them as safe as possible. Additional readings and other educational resources will be provided.
4.5 day training program schedule:
- 6-11pm Wednesday - (Dinner, Introductions and Conscious Cannabis Circle)
- 10am-6pm Thursday - (10am-1pm Class: Foundations in Sitting, 2-6pm First Sitting Experiential and Cannabis Healing Meditation)
- 10am-6pm Friday - (10am-1pm Class: Advanced Journeywork Practices, 2-6pm Second Sitting Experiential and Cannabis Healing Meditation)
- 12:00-11pm Saturday - (12:00-4:30 Class: Crisis Interventions & Shadow Work, 4:30-6:30 Community Potluck, 6:30-11pm Making a Psychedelic Cannabis Blend & Conscious Cannabis Circle with Breathwork)
- Sunday 10am-5pm - (10am-1pm Community Breathwork, 2-5pm Class: Integration & Sustainability)
The program is designed intentionally with breaks to facilitate health and integration. Night time journeys are scheduled to amplify set and setting. A Designated Driver required for pick up on training days cannabis is consumed. Consuming cannabis as part of this training is recommended but completely optional.
Psychedelic Guiding with Cannabis Sativa
Level 2a Training Program - Thursday Morning through Sunday Afternoon
Learn how to facilitate profound psychedelic journey experiences for a friend or client using cannabis sativa and mindfulness based, somatically informed journeywork techniques. The program is experientially based. Participants will each be guided on an intentional cannabis session, and will take turns practicing sitting, guiding and "holding space" for each other. The group will participate in a Conscious Cannabis Circle Saturday night as part of their initiation into guidework.
The lead facilitator will guide 1-2 participants to demonstrate techniques.
Topics covered include:
- Holding Space
- Interventions, verbal and energetic - being a secondary nervous system of support
- Handling difficult experiences
- Somatic trauma work
- Shadow work
- The 5 Awareness Practice & Tracking
- Creating Intentions
- Creating Sacred Space
- Facilitating Guided Meditations
- Guide Code of Ethics
- Creating evocative music sets
- Safety and Contraindications
Prerequisite: Psychedelic Sitters School or private instruction
4 day training program schedule:
- Thurs 10am-5:30pm - (Mindful Guidework Techniques & Experientials)
- Friday 10am-5:30pm - (Mindful Guidework Techniques & Experientials)
- Saturday 12:30-11pm (Afternoon - Advanced Mindful Guidework Techniques, Shared Dinner, Evening - Conscious Cannabis Circle)
- Sunday 10am-5pm - (Guidework experiential in the morning and Integration, Sustainability & Closing Conversation in the afternoon)
Community Breathwork Facilitation
Level 2b Training Program - Thursday Morning through Sunday Afternoon
- 4/5-4/18 Current MM members
- 8/23-8/26 All Community
This training will be held twice in 2018, first with current Medicinal Mindfulness members in April, and again in August for the larger community. Our goal is to break down the barriers to this safe, affordable and transformational healing modality. Our own breath is our greatest ally. This training facilitates it’s own transformational process, with the focus on gaining the skills and confidence necessary to facilitate the healing experience in your own practice, with other individuals and with groups.
Participants are expected to have some breathwork experience before attending, either in our Community Breathwork program, or other breathwork programs. Participants will split into two groups, and hold space for each other during individually supported breathwork sessions. On Saturday night, the lead facilitator and assistants will guide the participants on a Cannabis Assisted Community Breathwork Experience, followed by a rejuvenating gentle Community Breathwork experience on Sunday morning. The program will close on Sunday afternoon with a conversation on healership practices and sustainability.
Topics covered include:
- Breathwork physiology and history of technique
- Breathwork fundamentals
- Theoretical principles of breathwork from various traditions
- Breathwork guiding individual sessions
- Breathwork guiding group sessions
- Creating breathwork music sets
- Working with Trauma and Pain
- Safety and Contraindications
- Creating a personal breathwork practice
- Using breath in conjunction with psychedelics
- Creating a safe space for transformational experiences
Tentative 4 day training program schedule:
- Thurs 10am-5:30pm - (10am-1pm Breathwork Training, 2-5:30pm Breathwork Experiential)
- Friday 10am-5:30pm - (10am-1pm Breathwork Training, 2-5:30pm Breathwork Experiential)
- Saturday 12:30-11pm (Afternoon - Advanced Breathwork Facilitation Techniques, Shared Dinner, Evening - Breathwork Facilitated Conscious Cannabis Circle - cannabis optional)
- Sunday 10am-5pm - (Gentle Breathwork Experiential in the morning and Integration, Sustainability & Closing Conversation in the afternoon)
Additional Information about the Program
What is a psychedelic sitter?
A sitter is someone who stays in contact with another person’s inner journey experience and takes care of their physical, psychological, mental and spiritual needs while simultaneously allowing them to be fully immersed in their experience without interference. A sitter does everything they can to protect the journeyer while simultaneously allowing the person to experience everything fully, even the feeling of dying. Sitting is not a passive state. ‘Just’ sitting there is an extremely active state... requiring attention, compassion, and skill. Sitters ‘hold space’ for deeply transformative experiences.
Why is this kind of a training important?
Psychedelics are being widely used in our culture. We can reduce the harm of such use, and increase the benefits of it, by having individuals educated and professionally trained in safer use practices. We believe that this training can save lives and protect many people from unnecessary trauma.
Particularly with the summer festival season upon us, it is crucial that we have as many people as possible trained in psychedelic harm reduction before attending these events. Help keep your friends and loved ones safe!
Who this training is for:
- Therapists, therapists-in-training, and other healers interested in psychedelic-assisted therapies
- Festival goers and people who want to help keep their friends safe in recreational settings
- Those interested in volunteering in psychedelic harm reduction
- Psychedelic medicine users
- People interested in navigating extreme situations such as hospice work or crisis intervention
What you’ll get out of this training:
- Foundational sitters skills
- Deepened understanding of set, setting, and skill
- Psychedelic first aid
- Crises intervention tools that are both clinically and transpersonally informed
- Tools to protect yourself psycho-spiritually and energetically from secondary trauma
- Mindfulness practices that deepen journeywork experiences
- Opportunities to participate in Conscious Cannabis Circles and Medicine Song Community Breathwork as a sitter
- Possible volunteer opportunities at local festivals
- Skills that will apply to other work you are doing in the world
- Networking/community engagement
How we work:
The purpose of this program is to (1) introduce participants to a set of navigation and somatically oriented mindfulness skills that support the safe and intentional use of psychedelic medicines, and (2) to facilitate the development of advanced, transpersonally oriented “sitters” skills that can be used to support others having difficult or profound altered states experiences. We will do this through resilience development practices, educational modules, experiential partner exercises, guided meditation music journeys, and opportunities to sit in altered states events such as our Medicine Song Community Breathwork Events or Conscious Cannabis Circles. Readings and journeywork oriented mindfulness practices will be offered as well.
Examples of Experientials Involved:
- How to maintain deep contact with yourself and another before, during, and after an intense experience
- Guided mindfulness meditations relevant to psychedelic medicine work
- Grounding, rooting, and tracking skills to stay resourced and connected
- Demos of examples of crisis situations: panic attacks and other “freakouts”
What past participants are saying about this training:
“This course gave me wisdom, showing me that after 10 years of doing this work I am still working at the tip of an iceberg. The course reinforced what I am already practicing and gave framework and a plethora of resources to continue investigating and exploring what lies beneath the surface. I walked away far more resourced and ready to continue along my path. And this doesn't even speak to the wonderful community of people that you will find here. So stoked to have done this!” -G.
“Sitters school has given light to the possibilities of connection with one another and the world around me. For the first time, I have been surrounded by like- minded people who all have the intention of healing themselves and everyone they come into contact with. Sitters school has taught me how to hold space and to fine-tune my resources. I am grateful and thankful for my time with Medicinal Mindfulness and their sitters program!” -L
“I was blessed to join in the Psychedelic Sitters School AND the Conscious Cannabis Circle in one weekend, so this is two reviews in one. Psychedelic Sitters School was informative and inspiring. I gained useful knowledge and skills and came out of it strongly motivated to continue learning and sharing this work. I actually already had a chance to apply some of my new knowledge by sitting for a small group last night, and I'm happy to report it was a wonderful experience for everyone involved. The Conscious Cannabis Circle I did the same weekend was astonishing. Daniel performed a truly beautiful ceremony supported by a wonderfully warm community of seekers. Using cannabis in that context evoked an experience in me that I was really not expecting. Turns out that it actually is a true psychedelic. After 20 years of smoking, I had no idea that good ol' Mary Jane could be so powerful. So yes. 10 out of 10, I will do again.” -C.
“Psychedelic Sitters School taught me the fundamentals of not only what sacred space is, but how to hold it for others.” -M.
Philosophy & Curricula
With Medical Marijuana becoming mainstream (First Frontier), and recreational use of cannabis increasingly becoming legal on the state level (Second Frontier), we believed it was important to explore the potential of cannabis to be used “entheogenically,” that is, with transformational and spiritual intention. We call this the “Third Frontier” of Cannabis exploration. What we sense before us is a vast expanse of unknown possibilities that has yet to be fully investigated by the activists and advocates in the consciousness movement. Cannabis has been far too often downgraded to just a recreational drug, when in fact, it clearly has far more potential than that. So how do we access that potential as safely and skillfully as possible? Not only the full potential of cannabis but also all psychedelics and entheogens? Are there specific skill sets that would useful in this exploration?
It might be best to describe our training program as one part martial arts school and one part sailing and navigation training. We combine experiential exercises with a meditation program and skill development/harm prevention teachings to support our students in creating their own safe, sacred and sustainable Mindful Journeywork practice. We don’t just teach ways to surrender into an inner experience. The transpersonal terrain involved seems to require a much more complex response than that.
Our training program is comprised of a twice annual Mindful Journeywork and Mindful Guidework program offered in the Spring and Fall. In addition, participants are expected to bring more intention into their own journeywork practice and document their experience and attend either/both our Medicine Song Community Breathwork or Conscious Cannabis Circles. Once the Journeywork program is complete, participants are encouraged to participate in these programs as assistant and lead sitters as part of their ongoing training and personal development.
Each three hour class begins with teachings on Mindful Journeywork topics, includes specific experientials to support both community and skill development, and ends with a guided inner journey using our music “short sets.” Our students will have access to these music sets and other resources to support their own Mindful Journeywork practice through the resources page of our website.
In addition to these introduction programs we offer, we also have a monthly Flagship Class, that provides an ongoing conversation and meditation practice opportunity that supports continued journeywork skill development through special topics.
The most advanced stages of the work include an advanced experiential practicum where participants practice guiding each other through a Conscious Cannabis Journey. Conscious Cannabis Circle and Medicine Song Community Breathwork Facilitator Training is also being developed.
In the Mindful Journeywork program, you will learn basic strategies to begin a sacred journey that supports bringing more skill, safety and intention into your own personal use of entheogenic substances. From this space you can explore profound inner states and transformational healing, from deep understandings of the cosmos and our place in it, higher dimensional perception, communication with the divine, soul travel, trauma resolution, extrasensory perception, emotional transmutation and kundalini awakening, just to name a few. We divide the program into four main categories: Harm Prevention, Set, Setting and Skill, and then explore experiential, transpersonally-aligned, somatically oriented and research informed mindfulness practices for journeywork skill development. It is an incredible, transformational experience.
This three month program is designed to prepare your body, mind and soul for deeper levels of the work while also giving you direct experiences of exploring transpersonal terrain in a safe container using breath and music. We will focus on the skillful development of mindful navigation techniques, and explore practices that enhance psychological and energetic resilience. We will learn about the ‘map’ of alchemy, how to set sacred space, practices that clear alchemical dross (ie trauma and armor held in the body) and develop the light body (the vehicle we use to travel transpersonal spaces). We will also explore understandings of shadow, safety and education regarding medicines, developing ceremonies and daily practices to support intention and manifestation, contacting and developing relationships with energies/totems/archetypes as allies and guides, and how to integrate experiences by ‘translating’ them into our everyday lives.
A subset of this program, Cannabis Assisted Mindful Journeywork™ (CAMJ) is explored to teach participants who are already using cannabis how to create intentional psychedelic experience with this medicine. Cannabis is both a powerful tool on it's own, as well as a potent training ground to prepare you for other psychedelic/entheogenic experiences.
As part of the program, you will receive writing, reading and mindfulness practices and assignments. A regular meditation practice designed to cultivate qualities and skills necessary for inner journeywork is taught and strongly encouraged. A spiritually oriented somatic practice such as yoga or Tai Chi is also encouraged.
The twice annual Mindful Guidework training extends and deepens the training of the Mindful Journeywork program by introducing participants to foundational knowledge and skill sets required to hold space safely for another. Participants will have the opportunity to volunteer as sitters at our Medicine Song Community Breathwork and Conscious Cannabis Circles. Participants are also encouraged to participate in our Psychedelic Harm Reduction at Festivals program.
We strongly believe that proper education on how to handle psychedelic and other medicine induced crises may become as important as other physical first aid and mental health first aid/crisis intervention programs. Fortunately, being able to handle a crisis is only an important foundation, for when experiences remain safe, a properly trained facilitator may hold space for miracles of transformation. There are a lot of highly qualified individuals interested in learning safe and sacred guidework techniques. Other than books and rare opportunities in research, there are not many opportunities to learn these skills. This program is a response to a growing need in our society.
In addition to the introduction and sitters training, we regularly teach special topics on guidework, an advanced practicum in which participants practice being guides for each other in a safe and facilitated space, and Medicine Song Community Breathwork and Conscious Cannabis Circles Facilitation. There is a lot to look forward to as we bring more and more teachers into the program.
Medicinal Mindfulness Events LLC is a professional mindfulness training and education program, and a meditation and breathwork event company that offers harm reduction services and facilitates private meditation experiences in conjunction with such services. Because some of our clients are cannabis users and/or psychedelic medicine users, we use language on our website and marketing material that is nonjudgemental and accepting of personal medicine use decisions. The purpose of Medicinal Mindfulness is to provide our services within the legal constraints of our society so that we can (1) best reach those who need the services we provide, and (2) to inspire others by living into what is now possible to do in compliance with the law. Medicinal Mindfulness fully complies with all local and Colorado State cannabis laws, and all relevant federal regulations. We are a harm reduction service and education company. We do not encourage any illegal activities or the use or abuse of cannabis or any other medicine. Nor do we believe that cannabis or psychedelic medicine exploration, even within the confines of applicable laws, is appropriate or beneficial for everyone. We are conditional advocates for intentional, sacred and non-habitual cannabis use for those individuals who already use cannabis on their own. Medicinal Mindfulness does not provide or sell cannabis for any aspect of our program, and it is not a retailer, supplier, reseller, distributor, agent, representative or subcontractor of any cannabis supplier or retailer. Any decision by you or another Medicinal Mindfulness event participant to purchase or accept such products from a vendor or individual outside of our program is a decision made at your sole discretion. Medicinal Mindfulness does not and does not intend to provide supplier, retailer, or distributor services or act in any manner as a cannabis vendor or retailer. Medicinal Mindfulness disclaims all responsibility or liability for any sale of cannabis voluntarily provided to you by such vendors. Please direct any inquiries about our services to firstname.lastname@example.org.