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  3. The WVC is planning a series of gatherings in 2022 that will take place in Northern California. To support community safety, we are currently planning outdoor events, including a series of service days at historic gardens. Stay tuned for updates and details. We miss seeing members of our community in person.
  4. Dear Friends, We hope this letter finds you well and enjoying the beauty of this season. It has been a challenging time for all of us since we last gathered for the 2019 Women’s Visionary Congress. While we miss opportunities to connect in person, the WVC has been busy preparing the ground for new projects that we want to share with you. Since the first Women’s Congress in 2007, the WVC has presented the work of women researchers, healers, artists, and activists who explore expanded consciousness. Our original mission was to emphasize the voice
  5. I traveled with WVC Executive Director Kristina Soriano to see Jane Staight's beautiful garden in Sonoma County, CA. We are planning to organize a service day a Jane's garden and at other gardens in Northern California next year. Stay tuned for more updates.
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  8. Welcome the public to the new interactive community site, hosted by the Women's Visionary Council. www.visionarycongress.org
  9. Tsion “Sunshine” Lencho is a graduate of Stanford Law School and cannabis law expert assisting companies, lawmakers and consumers in navigating the complex regulatory environment of medicinal and adult-use cannabis globally. Formerly corporate counsel at Privateer Holdings, Ms. Lencho supported portfolio companies and brands including Leafly, Tilray, Marley Natural, and Goodship. She is co-founder and former Board Chair of Supernova Women. A committed citizen, Ms. Lencho previously served as Mayor Libby Schaaf’s appointee to the Oakland Cannabis Regulatory Commission and received a commendatio
  10. Raquel Bennett, Psy.D. is a psychologist and a ketamine specialist from Berkeley, CA. She primarily works with people who are living with severe depression, bipolar disorder, and/or suicidal ideation. She is fascinated by the antidepressant properties of ketamine, and has been studying this for over seventeen years. She also has a long-standing interest in the psychedelic and mystical properties of ketamine, and the potential for this medicine to be used for spiritual exploration. Dr. Bennett is the founder of KRIYA Institute and the organizer of KRIYA Conference, an annual international event
  11. Tania is currently developing a nonprofit called Breathe, helping to build the movements for racial, environmental and climate justice by leveraging media that features community activism and performing arts with interactive web technology. She is an event producer, an artist, and an activist, and is intrigued with innovative community organization. In 2020, she served in the debut year of the Femtheogen Collaborative, a women-led funding initiative in the greater psychedelic field supported by the RIverstyx Foundation. Tania is also a leader in People of TechnoColor, an informal organizatio
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    Dr. Raquel Bennett

    Raquel Bennett, Psy.D. is a psychologist and a ketamine specialist from Berkeley, CA. She primarily works with people who are living with severe depression, bipolar disorder, and/or suicidal ideation. She is fascinated by the antidepressant properties of ketamine, and has been studying this for over seventeen years. She also has a long-standing interest in the psychedelic and mystical properties of ketamine, and the potential for this medicine to be used for spiritual exploration. Dr. Bennett is the founder of KRIYA Institute and the organizer of KRIYA Conference, an annual international event
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    Sophia Buggs

    Sophia is reclaiming the sacred roots of sustainable living through farming. She is a fourth generational grower connecting her black ancestry to the land. Lady Buggs Farm is a 1.3-acre Urban Farm located on the South Side of Youngstown, Ohio. Her mission is to Restore, Revamp and Revitalize her community and provide local fresh foods and wellness products that are affordable and accessible to all, while creating a loving urban homestead with her daughter, Passion.
  14. Ifetayo first joined the Drug Policy Alliance as an intern in 2013 and has been an integral part of the Communications staff since 2016. She has shared her experience of being personally impacted by the drug war, and plays an instrumental role in developing DPA's voice and perspective with LGBTQIA+ audiences. As Marketing Coordinator, Ifetayo manages DPA's social media channels, and works in creative development, marketing, inventory management, distribution of promotional materials, and coordination and sponsorship of DPA's presence at third-party events. Ifetayo also contributes to digital a
  15. Ismail Lourido Ali is Policy & Advocacy Counsel for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), where he supports the development and implementation of strategies to create legal access to psychedelic substances in medical, sacramental, and personal contexts. Ismail is licensed to practice law in the state of California, and presently sits on the Advisory Committee of the Ayahuasca Defense Fund. Ismail has previously served as Chair of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Board of Directors, and has worked for the ACLU of Northern California’s Criminal Justice
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    Ifetayo Harvey

    Ifetayo first joined the Drug Policy Alliance as an intern in 2013 and has been an integral part of the Communications staff since 2016. She has shared her experience of being personally impacted by the drug war, and plays an instrumental role in developing DPA's voice and perspective with LGBTQIA+ audiences. As Marketing Coordinator, Ifetayo manages DPA's social media channels, and works in creative development, marketing, inventory management, distribution of promotional materials, and coordination and sponsorship of DPA's presence at third-party events. Ifetayo also contributes to digital a
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    Ismail Lourido Ali

    Ismail Lourido Ali is Policy & Advocacy Counsel for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), where he supports the development and implementation of strategies to create legal access to psychedelic substances in medical, sacramental, and personal contexts. Ismail is licensed to practice law in the state of California, and presently sits on the Advisory Committee of the Ayahuasca Defense Fund. Ismail has previously served as Chair of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Board of Directors, and has worked for the ACLU of Northern California’s Criminal Justice
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    Tania Abdul

    Tania is currently developing a nonprofit called Breathe, helping to build the movements for racial, environmental and climate justice by leveraging media that features community activism and performing arts with interactive web technology. She is an event producer, an artist, and an activist, and is intrigued with innovative community organization. In 2020, she served in the debut year of the Femtheogen Collaborative, a women-led funding initiative in the greater psychedelic field supported by the RIverstyx Foundation. Tania is also a leader in People of TechnoColor, an informal organizatio
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    Maya Blow

    Maya Blow is a wife, mother, herbalist, classical homeopath, organic farmer and educator practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied herbal medicine at the California School of Herbal Studies in Northern California, completed four years of homeopathic medical school at the Institute of Classical Homoeopathy in San Francisco, studied Afro Botany through the NCB School of Herbalism & Holistic Health as well as studies Traditional Chinese Medicine & Ayurveda through the East West School of Planetary Herbalism. After graduating from homeopathic medical school, Maya went on to tea
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    Maya Blow

    Maya Blow is a wife, mother, herbalist, classical homeopath, organic farmer and educator practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied herbal medicine at the California School of Herbal Studies in Northern California, completed four years of homeopathic medical school at the Institute of Classical Homoeopathy in San Francisco, studied Afro Botany through the NCB School of Herbalism & Holistic Health as well as studies Traditional Chinese Medicine & Ayurveda through the East West School of Planetary Herbalism. After graduating from homeopathic medical school, Maya went on to tea
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    Scott Bodarky

    Scott Bodarky is an independent researcher who has been studying the history of opium for many years. He has worked in a number of different domains, including Internet technology, real estate, book publishing, event production, and the new Cannabis industry. He published a book about cocktails, recently started a recording studio in Oakland called The Dime, is working on a new album, and was Sasha Shulgin’s Go opponent. Presentation: “Unraveling Opium” From today’s headlines one might think that the current opiate crisis is unprecedented, but in fact it is merely the latest iteratio
  22. Scott Bodarky is an independent researcher who has been studying the history of opium for many years. He has worked in a number of different domains, including Internet technology, real estate, book publishing, event production, and the new Cannabis industry. He published a book about cocktails, recently started a recording studio in Oakland called The Dime, is working on a new album, and was Sasha Shulgin’s Go opponent. Presentation: “Unraveling Opium” From today’s headlines one might think that the current opiate crisis is unprecedented, but in fact it is merely the latest iteratio
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    Jennifer Dumpert

    Jennifer Dumpert is a San Francisco-based writer, lecturer, and consciousness hacker. She is the author of Liminal Dreaming: Exploring Consciousness at the Edges of Sleep, published in May 2019. She is the founder of the Oneironauticum, an international organization that explores the phenomenological experience of dreams as a means of experimenting with mind. She also teaches the practice of Liminal Dreaming – surfing the edges of consciousness using hypnagogic and hypnopompic dream states. Presentation: “Dreamhacking: Consciousness Exploration and Dream Experimentation” For this spe
  24. Jennifer Dumpert is a San Francisco-based writer, lecturer, and consciousness hacker. She is the author of Liminal Dreaming: Exploring Consciousness at the Edges of Sleep, published in May 2019. She is the founder of the Oneironauticum, an international organization that explores the phenomenological experience of dreams as a means of experimenting with mind. She also teaches the practice of Liminal Dreaming – surfing the edges of consciousness using hypnagogic and hypnopompic dream states. Presentation: “Dreamhacking: Consciousness Exploration and Dream Experimentation” For this spe
  25. As a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of The Hood Incubator, Lanese spearheads the organization's political strategy, including base-building, community organizing, and policy advocacy work. Lanese began her professional career consulting small family businesses by systemizing their operations and developing growth strategies for them. While studying for an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise she began to shift her focus to political organizing and progressive campaigns. Her work as the Field Director for an Oakland-based nonprofit led to deep relationships with non-profits and Black & Brown
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    Lanese Martin

    As a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of The Hood Incubator, Lanese spearheads the organization's political strategy, including base-building, community organizing, and policy advocacy work. Lanese began her professional career consulting small family businesses by systemizing their operations and developing growth strategies for them. While studying for an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise she began to shift her focus to political organizing and progressive campaigns. Her work as the Field Director for an Oakland-based nonprofit led to deep relationships with non-profits and Black & Brown
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    Sunshine Lencho

    Tsion “Sunshine” Lencho is a graduate of Stanford Law School and cannabis law expert assisting companies, lawmakers and consumers in navigating the complex regulatory environment of medicinal and adult-use cannabis globally. Formerly corporate counsel at Privateer Holdings, Ms. Lencho supported portfolio companies and brands including Leafly, Tilray, Marley Natural, and Goodship. She is co-founder and former Board Chair of Supernova Women. A committed citizen, Ms. Lencho previously served as Mayor Libby Schaaf’s appointee to the Oakland Cannabis Regulatory Commission and received a commendatio
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