Episode 8: Healing from Sexual Trauma with Psychedelics & Entheogens: A Conversation with Laura Mae Northrup

Photo of Laura Mae Northrup

Join us for a conversation with Laura Mae Northrup where we discuss her podcast Inside Eyes and the therapeutic use of psychedelics and entheogens in healing sexual trauma. 

Topics we discuss include:

  • Entheogens as a “a spiritual remedy for the spiritual wound” of sexual trauma.
  • Understanding sexual violence within a political context.
  • The relational nature of healing sexual trauma
  • The racist basis of psychedelic exceptionalism and arguments for decriminalization.
  • The therapeutic use of entheogens/psychedelics with folks who experience altered states without the use of medicines.

About Laura Mae Northrup:

Laura Mae Northrup 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 psychotherapist and educator. 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.  She lives and works in Oakland, CA.

Find Laura online:

Links to relevant resources:

Links to So Many Wings’ social media and website

On the web: https://somanywings.org

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/somanywingspodcast

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/somanywingspodcast

On Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/join/somanywingspodcast

 

Episode 7: Art and Trauma Therapy for Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, with Isabel Ribe

Join us for a powerful conversation with bilingual art therapist Isabel Ribe on her work inside and outside of US detention centers, her poetry and painting, and frontline community organizing to build a more just world.

Content warning: There’s a beautiful and powerful poem at the end of this podcast that has descriptions of gender based violence.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Trauma therapy for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers
  • The critical importance of bilingual counselors and therapists
  • The trials of navigating grad school and legitimacy in the system
  • The importance of recognizing art and creative healing in communities of color
  • Santa Fe Dreamers Project
  • Working as a counselor for trans folks held in detention centers
  • Relationship with the land and painting and poetry as practices of resistance

About Isabel:

Isabel Ribe is a Bilingual Counselor and Art Therapist providing trauma therapy and case management for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers throughout New Mexico as well as remotely in detention centers around the country. Isabel did her clinical training at Solace Crisis Treatment Center, Esperanza Shelter and with Gerard’s House’s Nuestra Jornada Program. She also served for many years as a case manager and family advocate with the Santa Fe Public School’s Adelante Program. She is passionate about providing culturally competent, Spanish language mental health services to the immigrant community. Isabel is also a poet and artist and member of Santa Fe’s Alas de Agua Art Collective, and enjoys life on her farmstead in Pojoaque with her husband and four legged family. 

Find Isabel online:

  • On Instagram @ceryndipitous

Links to relevant resources:

Links to So Many Wings’ social media and website

On the web: https://somanywings.org

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/somanywingspodcast

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/somanywingspodcast

On Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/join/somanywingspodcast

Episode 6: Mentorship and Collective Liberation: A Conversation with Clare Bayard

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Join us for a wide ranging conversation with Clare Bayard where we discuss her 20+ years of organizing in grassroots multiracial struggles for collective liberation, and the role of somatic healing work and the importance of mentorship for intergenerational movements of resistance. Content warning: interview includes mention of sexual trauma and white nationalism.

Topics we discuss include:

  • The space between impact and intention.
  • Healing for the sake of being able to show up in work for collective liberation.
  • How anti-racist work has evolved over the years.
  • The role of mentorship in movement building. Mentorship as a bidirectional relationship.
  • Community safety work - alternatives to police, transformative justice, grassroots neighborhood organizing. Concrete suggestions on how we prepare for the wave of increased state repression that is coming.
  • Security as solidarity.

About Clare Bayard:
Clare Bayard has organized for over 20 years in grassroots multiracial movements for collective liberation, and co-founded Catalyst Project, a movement building center supporting white anti-racist organizing. Clare is an organizer and a parent, a direct action trainer with The Ruckus Society, a writer, and a somatic healing practitioner who focuses on working with survivors of sexual assault and war. Clare's training comes from coalition and campaign work in many movement sectors, particularly in migrant rights, global justice, housing rights and anti-displacement, Palestinian liberation, anti-imperialist struggles against US wars and G.I. resistance, post-Katrina Gulf Coast Reconstruction, and climate justice. Demilitarization and connecting struggles against US empire at home and abroad are at the heart of Clare’s political work. Clare is active in the War Resisters International Network, served in board and staff positions at the War Resisters League for over a decade, and has worked closely with About Face (formerly known as Iraq Veterans Against the War) since soon after its founding.Clare’s writing has been published widely including the Guardian UK, Z Magazine, Alternet, Common Dreams, The Hill, and the recent anthology We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st century America.

Find Clare online:
Catalyst Project: collectiveliberation.org
Clare’s writing: https://healingandjustice.wordpress.com/

Links to relevant resources:
War at Home book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/927659.War_at_Home
A Troublemaker’s Guide: Principles for Racial Justice Activists in the Face of State Repression: https://tinyurl.com/y9kxhom4
Catalyst Project: www.collectiveliberation.org
GI Rights hotline: https://girightshotline.org/
About Face’s Open Letter from Veterans to Recently Activated National Guard: https://medium.com/@VetsAboutFace/minnesota-national-guard-stand-down-for-black-lives-7596e1f0493b
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/
Anti Police-Terror Project: https://www.antipoliceterrorproject.org/
Ruckus Society: www.ruckus.org
Bay Area Solidarity Statement: https://couragetoresist.org/solidarity2020/

Links to So Many Wings’ social media and website
On the web: https://somanywings.org
On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/somanywingspodcast
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/somanywingspodcast
On Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/join/somanywingspodcast

Episode 5: We’ve Been Too Patient, A Conversation with L.D. Green

Join us for a conversation with L.D. Green, in which we discuss their contributions in radical mental health movements, the anthology We’ve Been Too Patient, which they co-edited with Kelechi Ubozoh, and their practice as a writer. 

Topics we discuss include:

  • Labels and language in radical mental health movements. 
  • Representation of queer and trans folks and people of color in the anthology 
  • Time travel and madness in speculative fiction and science fiction

About LD Green:

LD Green is a non-binary writer, performer and educator. They have been published in Salon, The Body is Not an Apology, Mad in America, TruthOut, and elsewhere. They co-edited and contributed to We’ve Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health, Stories and Research Challenging the Biomedical Model with Kelechi Ubozoh published by North Atlantic books and distributed by Penguin Random House in 2018. A former member of the Icarus Project and a former poetry slam champion, they are a Lambda Literary Fellow in Fiction and write and enjoy science fiction and fantasy. They are assistant professor of English and creative writing at Los Medanos College in the Bay Area of California. 

Find LD Green online:

On the web: 

Links to relevant resources:

Links to So Many Wings’ social media and website

On the web: https://somanywings.org

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/somanywingspodcast

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/somanywingspodcast

On Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/join/somanywingspodcast

Episode 4: The Waves and the Water, a conversation with emiko yoshikami

 

Join us for a conversation with emiko yoshikami where we discuss her contributions to The Icarus Project, her practice of Buddhism, and her work in surrogate partner therapy. Topics we discuss include:

  • Critiques of “mental health” and biomedical understandings of “mental illness” 
  • Experiences of deep empathy and burnout in meaningful work 
  • Reliance on intuition and spiritual exploration in the fight for social justice 

About emiko:

emiko lovingly identifies as a queer, crazy, half-breed, ho. She is interested in how our lives are made meaningful through language and the stories we tell. Through Buddhist wisdom and political engagement, emiko is committed to co-creating a more just and compassionate world. She lives in a small flat in San Francisco with 3 other housemates.

Find emiko online:

On the web: healingintimacy.org

Links to relevant resources:

Links to So Many Wings’ social media and website

On the web: https://somanywings.org

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/somanywingspodcast

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/somanywingspodcast

On Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/join/somanywingspodcast

Episode 3: Urban Agriculture and Racial Justice

Join us for a conversation with Kanchan Dawn Hunter about the trajectory of her decades of social justice work, raising children, and specifically the ways mental health, racial justice and urban agriculture are all intertwined. Kanchan talks with us about her work to support black and brown women in farming and herbalism, and her efforts to lift up black boys and men in the face of increased targeting of their lives. We had this conversation a few months ago, while sitting around a table in Kanchan’s beautiful tiny house with a view of the San Francisco Bay, as her puppy was running around our feet.

About Kanchan:

Kanchan Dawn Hunter is a parent, an educator, and the Director of Community Outreach at Spiral Gardens Community Food Security Project. For more than 30 years she has been engaged in work at the intersection of community building and racial and environmental justice. Kanchan has worked with Hand in Hand Parenting, the Berkeley Ecology Center, World Trust, and Spiral Gardens, as well as helping to develop the breakthrough curriculum “Healing the Hurts of Racism” and the film “Making Whiteness Visible.” Her deep commitment to healing her own internalized oppression made it possible for her  to intentionally reach out to black and brown men and boys in her community as a way to actively show support for them in the face of increased targeting of their lives. Since transitioning into environmental justice work, Kanchan co-founded Soil Sistahs with Doria Robinson, a gathering of black and brown women that meets at Spiral Gardens monthly. Through this gathering, women of color are able to meet in a safe space connecting with the soil through meditations, garden projects, and plant study. The purpose of this gathering is to ensure that we have equal access to local soil and growing our food together in it, as a way to deepen our connection to the planet, ourselves….. and each other. Soil Sistahs inspired her to co-create the 1st and 2nd Annual California Women of Color Herbal Symposium, an event that spanned an entire weekend sharing and learning from multiple teachers and each other on the beautiful Navarro River. 

Find Kanchan online:

On the web: http://www.spiralgardens.org/

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kanchandawnhunter

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mamakanchan/

 

Links to resources that were mentioned:

Spiral Gardens Food Security Project: http://www.spiralgardens.org/

Soil Sistahs: https://www.facebook.com/soilsistahs/

California Women of Color Herbal Symposium: https://www.facebook.com/CWOCHS

 

Links to So Many Wings’ social media and website

On the web: https://somanywings.org

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/somanywingspodcast

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/somanywingspodcast

On Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/join/somanywingspodcast

Episode 2: Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness

Join us for an epic conversation as Jacks and Sascha interview David Treleaven about his work in the realms of trauma, mindfulness, and social justice. Some of the topics we explore together include:

  • What would allow people to be as safe, powerful, and liberated as possible inside a contemplative practice?
  • Is it irresponsible to ask people to “be with what’s here” if we don’t have an analysis of the social conditions or trauma they may have experienced?
  • How the language of “mental illness” can often end up masking larger social factors
  • The power of mindfulness practice in empowering us to grow our social justice movements.

About David:

David Treleaven is a writer, educator, and trauma professional whose work focuses on the intersection of trauma, mindfulness, and social justice. He is author of the book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing which has been incorporated into a number of meditation teacher training programs around the world. 60% of the proceeds from David's book are being donated to three organizations that are challenging systemic conditions that create and perpetuate trauma: generative somatics, the Sogorea Te Land Trust, and Black Lives Matter. 

Find David online:

On the web: https://davidtreleaven.com/

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trauma.sensitive.mindfulness

On Instagram: https://instagram.com/trauma.sensitive.mindfulness

Podcast: https://davidtreleaven.com/podcast-2/

 

Links to resources that were mentioned:

generative somatics

Sogorea Te Land Trust

Black Lives Matter

 

Links to So Many Wings’ social media and website

On the web: https://somanywings.org

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/somanywingspodcast

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/somanywingspodcast

On Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/join/somanywingspodcast