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Introducing The Chalice

The Chalice is a new monthly psychedelic salon held at the Berkeley Alembic. At a time of relentless hype, bitter turf wars, and crass commodification, the very identity of psychedelic plants and substances is up for grabs. Instead of the mainstream focus on clinical trials, legal frameworks, and psychotherapy, The Chalice will draw from the deeper humanistic wells of history, poetry, the gods, ethnobotany, humor, and mystery. We are less interested in fetishizing psychedelic substances or psychedelic experiences than in cultivating psychedelic people.

The co-hosts for Chalice are Erik Davis, author and Alembic co-founder; Maria Mangini, co-founder of the Women’s Visionary Council and old-school head; and Christian Greer, currently a lecturer on counterculture at Stanford University. The first half of each gathering will feature a talk or special guest interview; we are particularly devoted to centering members of the underground, especially elders whose stories, wisdom, and perspectives are too often drowned out in the hot glare of today’s hype. The second half of the evening is designed to develop the community, with breakout groups and peer-to-peer discussion, and more questions than answers.


An End Of The Year Greeting

Dear Friends and Advocates, This Giving Tuesday, we invite you to make a meaningful impact by supporting the Women’s Visionary Council (WVC) in our work assisting psychedelic elders, which involves honoring their knowledge, supporting their work, and ensuring their contributions continue to benefit us all. Your generosity can help us continue to honor and preserve […]

Published November 28, 2023

By Annie Oak

WVC 23 Just One Week Away!

Dear Friends,We are just a few days away from the 2023 Women’s Visionary Congress in Berkeley, CA  taking place this weekend Friday, October 6th to Sunday, October 8th. We hope you can join us for what will be the first in-person Women’s Congress gathering since 2019. The theme of the 2023 Women’s Visionary Congress is Renewal: Drawing on Tradition […]

Published October 2, 2023

By mgillespiedesign@gmail.com

Announcing WVC 2023!

Dear Friends,We are delighted to announce that the Women’s Visionary Council (WVC) will host the 2023 Women’s Visionary Congress in Berkeley, CA from Friday October 6th to Sunday, October 8th. We hope you can join us for what will be the first in-person Women’s Congress gathering since 2019. Save the date! The theme of the 2023 Women’s Visionary Congress […]

Published August 22, 2023

By mgillespiedesign@gmail.com