Live Taught Course Outline:
Over the course of nine weeks our group will cover the following topics:
Week 1: Introductions & Brief History of Psychedelics - with David Drapkin
Delve into the origins of the course and get to know your peers. This week provides an overview of the historical use and significance of psychedelics, from traditional and indigenous use to modern-day research and practices.
Week 2: Set, Setting, Sacred Time & Space - with Madison Margolin
Explore the importance of mindset (set) and environment (setting) in the psychedelic experience. Drawing from Jewish traditions, we'll discuss the sanctity of time and space, and how these concepts can be applied to create a safe, authentic and spiritually enriching container for psychedelic journeys.
Week 3: Harm Reduction Overview - with Shaun Lacob
Safety first! This week focuses on the potential risks and harms of using psychedelics. Specifically, how we can use intention setting, preparation and accountability to align what we want and don't want, with what we need and already have within us.
Week 4: MDMA-Assisted Therapy - with Natalie Ginsberg
Dive into the pioneering MDMA research being done by MAPS / MAPS PBC, and learn how these treatments may be effective for conditions such as PTSD. This week we also cover issues around ethics, social/cultural equity, and systems approaches to psychedelic healing.
Week 5: Jewish Phenomenology of Psychedelics - with Rabbi Zac Kamenetz
How do psychedelics influence our perception of self, God, the universe? This week, we'll explore the phenomenological effects of psychedelics through a Jewish lens. Discussing mystical experiences, interpretations of Torah and tradition, and the potential for spiritual growth, meaning making and healing on the individual and collective level.
Week 6: Meditation & Mystical Experiences - with Michael Fine
Drawing parallels between meditative practices and psychedelic experiences, this week delves into Jewish and non-Jewish traditions of applied spiritual practice. We'll explore how meditation can induce states of consciousness that mirror and complement those induced by psychedelics.
Week 7: Holding Space for Healing - with Tal Sharabi
Learn the importance of being a supportive presence during your own and other's psychedelic journeys. Drawing on personal experience and inner wisdom as a source of compassion, love, trust and forgiveness, we learn tools for tuning into our body, heart and soul for healing.
Week 8: Integration of Selves and Generations - with Dr. Ido Cohen
Post-psychedelic integration is essential for personal growth, but also for anchoring psychedelic experiences within one's daily life reality. This week, we cover practices and techniques that illuminate our shadow and integrate our multiplicity of personal selves with our intergenerational/familial inheritance.
Week 9: Student Integration Projects - with David Drapkin
In this concluding week, students will present personal projects that encapsulate their learnings and reflections from the course. this is an opportunity for students to integrate their knowledge, share insights, and showcase their integration project with their peers.