Meet The Speakers

2019 Conference Speakers

We were pleased to announce that James Fadiman as the keynote speaker at the 2019 Portland Psychedelic Conference: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Healing

In addition to the rare appearance by James Fadiman, we had an impressive line up of speakers who delivered information from a variety of perspectives including research information. The 2019 conference also offered CE credits to professionals. 

Keynote Speaker

James Fadiman,PhD  in a rare appearance. Microdosing, the Next Psychedelic Frontier

Fadiman and Robert Frager co-founded the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now known as Sofia University) in 1975. Fadiman was a president of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology. He was also a director at the Institute of Noetic Sciences from 1975–77. James has been associated with psychedelics since the early 1960’s when introduced to them by Richard Alpert (Ram Das) in Paris, in 1962. A selection of James’ published books include: The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys Paperback (2011) Be Love Now (with Rameshwar Das) (2010) Personality and Personal Growth (7th Edition) (with Robert Frager) (2012) The Other Side of Haight: A Novel (2004) Essential Sufism (1998) 


Additional Speakers

Rachel Harris PhD

Psychologist Rachel Harris, PhD is the author of Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD and Anxiety. She was in private practice for thirty-five years working with people interested in psychospiritual development. During a decade working in research, Rachel received a National Institutes of Health New Investigator’s Award and published more than forty scientific studies in peer-reviewed journals. She has also consulted to Fortune 500 companies and the United Nations. Rachel was in the 1968 Esalen Residential Program, Big Sur, CA. This intensive six-month program focused on meditation and body work. In the early seventies, Rachel studied with Dorothy Nolte in the movement system, Structural Awareness, based on Dr. Ida Rolf’s Structural Integration (Rolfing). Rachel also co-edited the Journal of the American Dance Therapy Association for three years. Awareness of how people live and move in their bodies has always been an aspect of Rachel’s approach to psychotherapy.


Kilindi Iyi, “Psilocybin Spores: An Organic Artificial Intelligence”

At the dawn of modern humanities relationship with AI we must look to the past and to our entheogenic technologies to glimpse the future of what will usher us out of the human and into the unimaginable. Infra particle intelligence older than time lead us to access points in quantum space that will deliver humans a hyper-dimensional knowledge and a more mature understandings of reality. Psilocybin mushrooms gives us the tools to answer these questions of our very near future and beyond. Kilindi’s lecture pushed the envelope of how we can attain the wisdom to make it through these difficult times of doubt and fear ushered in by the acceleration of these these new technologies through the ingestion of high dose mushrooms. Kilindi Iyi shared his experiences in these realms in this very important lecture.

Kilindi Iyi is the head instructor and technical advisor of Tamerrian Martial Art Institute. A world traveler and mycologist, Kilindi has presented on the subject of psilocybin as far north as Norway and as far south as Australia. His exploration and research centers on the high dose psilocybin mushrooms. Kilindi shares information gleaned from many excursions into the hyper-dimensional and inter-dimensional realms through his direct experience with dosages in the 20 thru 40 dried gram range of mushroom ingestion. Kilindi brings decades worth of traveling in novel states of consciousness to share, coupled with the skills of master cultivator of exotic mushrooms lends a power and authenticity to his presentations. Kilindi remains a student teacher and advocate for the hallucinogenic experience.


Angela Ward, RNC Ob/EFM CPRT, Ketamine and other Non-Ordinary States – A Nurse’s Perspective

As the psychedelic pathway continues to open up, there are more and varied lenses to examine the ways in which we offer care for those going through these healing processes. Angela Ward, RNC Ob/EFM CPRT, will share her perspective caring for patients in more than 300 individual and group ketamine-assisted therapy sessions, and will discuss how Registered Nurses bring a unique skill set to psychedelic-assisted therapy. Angela has spent the majority of her nursing career as a Labor and Delivery nurse, helping women through the transformative process of birthing their babies into the world. Her practice philosophy was shaped by her time at Seattle University, where the Jesuit values of social justice and education instilled in her a deep belief that all people deserve the highest quality of care no matter what their means and resources.


Fred Sly PhD Healing, Music, The 60s, and Set and Setting: The Primacy of Music as an Effector of Psychological Change

Psychedelic-assisted therapy has been repeatedly and undeniably found to be highly effective at resolving many existential conditions including treatment-resistant PTSD. The standard therapeutic protocol includes music, however, until recently, the contribution of music to the observed therapeutic outcomes has not been measured even though it’s been informally acknowledged.

April Bolding, PT, CCE, CD Dr. April Bolding, PT, CCE, CD

Dr. April Bolding is co-author of Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn, is a Women’s Health physical therapist in Seattle.  She holds a doctorate in physical therapy, is a Maya abdominal therapy practitioner, childbirth educator, birth doula, author and speaker.  She is the creator of the Phoenix Heart ARISE™ Healing Program, a holistic healing kit that helps people prepare for and heal from childbirth, heal from pelvic pain, surgery, trauma to ultimately restore more optimal pelvic floor function.


Merrill Ward

Merrill Ward possesses the rare gift of exquisitely articulating deep esoteric wisdom as well as transmitting this wisdom to those who work with him through imagery, mythology, ontology, noetic experiences and profound metaphor. He is deeply involved is studying and teaching the esoteric wisdom of the Western Mystery School tradition and comparative world religions and has done so over 20 years. His work acts as a transformative catalyst for individuals and groups to gain a richer and deeper understanding of their power, creativity and innate magical abilities aligning them with their true mission and purpose in life.

Anthony Bossis PhD

Anthony P. Bossis, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Bossis is director of palliative care research, co-principal investigator, session guide, and co-author on the 2016 clinical trial and publication demonstrating a significant reduction in psychological distress from a single psilocybin session in persons with cancer. He is also the lead investigator for a clinical trial evaluating psilocybin-generated mystical experience upon religious leaders. He is on the faculty of The Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research at the California Institute of Integral Studies and co-editor (with Charles Grob, MD) of a Special Series on Psychedelics for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Dr. Bossis is a training supervisor of psychotherapy at NYU-Bellevue Hospital Center and co-founder and former co-director of the Bellevue Hospital Palliative Care Service and maintains a private psychotherapy practice in NYC.

Dr. Bossis’s presentation reviewed findings and implications from FDA-approved research with the naturally occurring psychedelic compound psilocybin. The NYU School of Medicine clinical trial demonstrated efficacy of a single psilocybin-generated mystical experience in helping individuals with cancer cultivate meaning, enhance existential and psycho-spiritual well-being, and foster a greater acceptance of the dying process with less anxiety. Subjective features of a psilocybin-generated mystical experience include unity, sacredness, transcendence, and a greater connection to deeply felt positive emotions including that of love. The landmark 2016 findings of a rapid decrease in depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and demoralization along with improvements in spiritual well-being will be presented. A review of existential distress in end-of-life care was presented along with a review of the phenomenology of mystical experience and the implications for the study of meaning, spirituality and consciousness research.

Web: Anthony P. Bossis – NYU Faculty Page, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry