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Lectures & Presentations

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True Life Podcast: Ayahuasca Awakening 1
True Life Podcast: Ayahuasca Awakening 2
True Life Podcast: Spiritual Reality
Watch Ayahuasca Awakenings: Interview with Rev Dr Jessica Rochester

The internationalization of Ayahuasca and the current interest in entheogens and psychedelics for treatment and self-discovery bring challenges to professionals and participants alike. While licensed ritual use, research and clinical efforts are moving forward, there seems to be little knowledge available for the community at large regarding the experiences, and the potential awakening precipitated by non-ordinary states of consciousness (NOSC). This presentation discuses the “maps” necessary for depth inner exploration, for these journeys require a broader cartography of the self and the unseen, transpersonal realms. We will address how in NOSC each person’s experience is unique, why issues such as boundaries, identities and ethics need specific attention, and how to wisely manage care of one’s body, soul, and spirit during the process of self-discovery. Join Dr. Pam Kryskow and Dr. Reverend Jessica Rochester for this necessary discussion of the importance of self care surrounding psychedelic experiences.

Watch Ayahuasca Awakenings: Interview with Rev Dr Jessica Rochester

Stephen Gray interviews Rev Dr Jessica Rochester on her books: Ayahuasca Awakening, and the emerging field of psychedelic therapies and the need for guidelines.


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This interview is one of over two dozen with leading influencers in fields related to psychedelics and consciousness transformation. All of the interviews can be viewed on the 

Stephen Gray Vision YouTube channel

Spirituality In Psychedelic Assisted Therapy and Plant Medicine Circles


The Ayahuasca Religions: The Sacrament, the Traditions and the Science was held at St. James United Church, Montreal, QC, Canada, on October 19th, 2019 Montréal, Québec, Canada
The Ayahuasca Religions, The Sacrament, the Traditions and the Science was Canada’s first conference on the religious and scientific aspects of Ayahuasca.

– Opening Ceremony: Elders Paul-Conrad Carignan & Sylvia Bertolini

– The Santo Daime in Canada, Céu do Montreal and Evolutionary Eclecticism: Rev. Jessica Rochester D.Div

– Criteria for Defining What Constitutes Conscientious Responsible Sacramental Use: Mestre Jeffrey Bronfman

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The Ayahuasca Religions,
the Sacrament, the Traditions, the Science

Videos: Welcome

Depression, mood disorders, well-being and psychedelics
A Conversation with Dr. Paul Grof and Rev. Dr. Jessica Rochester

Hosted by the Ottawa Psychedelic Education Network (OPEN) and the Psychedelic and Spirituality Studies Initiative at uOttawa’s Department of Classics and Religious Studies

The Santo Daime and the Search for Consciousness, Meaning and Spirituality

An overview of the Santo Daime tradition, and a discussion about consciousness and non-ordinary states of consciousness. Lecture given 03.03.2021 at the St. James Society, Montreal, Canada.


Dr Paul Grof
Psychedelics – past and present, variety of benefits, focus on treatment efficacy with examples of studies and patients


Rev Dr Jessica Rochester
Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness, Spiritual Development, and the Transpersonal Maps of the Self


Rev Dr Jessica Rochester & Dr Paul Grof
“In conversation” with Q&A


Videos: Welcome

The Santo Daime, Entheogens, Consciousness,
and Spiritual Evolution


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