About

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Our Mission

Community, Education, Support

We aim to connect, educate, and support individuals who recognize the potential of psychedelic experiences for healing, personal transformation, the exploration of consciousness and scientific advancement. Our primary goal is to build a Montreal-based community of people interested in psychedelics and the exploration of non-ordinary states of consciousness. We additionally aim to educate this community on ethical practice, public policy and scientifically-grounded information about these compounds in order to contribute to their de-stigmatization and promote harm reduction approaches. Finally, we intend to provide platforms for those who are embarking on their respective journeys to receive support and share their experiences.

We value inclusivity and welcome people of all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, ages, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds. Ultimately we hope to empower individuals in their psychedelic endeavours by offering the three pillars of community, education and support!

Our Team

Executive Board

Roxanne Hallal

Executive Director, Integration Circle Facilitator and Translator

Roxanne is currently finishing up her master’s degree in sexology, studying Burning Man and sexual and gender diversity. Subcultures and marginalized communities have been a big interest for her, leading her to create safer spaces in festive events and facilitating integration circles with the MPS. She wants to create conversations around diversity and inclusion in the psychedelic space, and also talk about the intersection between psychedelics and sexuality. French being her mother tongue, Roxanne has been translating a lot of psychedelic content over the last year, hoping to fill a gap in the french content within the psychedelic community.

Étienne Billard

Treasurer and Harm Reduction Teacher

Etienne is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at McGill, focused on the study of the pharmacology of LSD. Passionate about psychedelics and concerned about the potential problems associated with their use, he has been intervening in party settings since 2017, distributing information on psychoactive substances and accompanying people in crisis.

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Carrie Katz

Integration Circle Facilitator and Social Media Coordinator

Carrie is a graduate of The Center for Optimal Living’s Integrated Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Certificate Program, is a certified Transformational Recovery Coach and Psychedelic Integration Coach (Senior Coach at BTTY) and a graduate of Concordia University's Professional and Personal Coaching Program (PPCC). She works with individuals and offers workshops on Coaching Creativity and Recovery.

Her focus is on transformational recovery, facilitation and integration of psychedelic experiences with an integrative harm reduction therapeutic approach. Since 2019, Carrie has been a Clinical Research member of the Stage III Clinical MAPS trial in Montreal for MDMA and PTSD. In 2021, Carrie joined  PEx- Psychedelic Experience,  an international initiative to form an online information hub for psychedelic science, retreats, medicine practitioners, facilitators, therapists and coaches.

Advisory Board

Jessica Cadoch

Advisor

Jessica is currently completing her masters in Medical Anthropology at McGill University and is the Research Manager at Maya PBC. Her master's research explores the implications involved in a shifting paradigm around psychedelic substances. She pays particular attention to the ethics involved in integrating this new approach to managing mental illness into conventional and dominant ones, particularly in looking at twelve-step-based models of recovery from addiction. By connecting, educating and engaging the community, Jessica hopes to facilitate the shifting narrative around psychedelic substances. 

Andrew Rose

Advisor

Andrew is a mindfulness teacher and the Director of Programming and the Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration program at Mindspace Wellbeing, a mental-health organization in Montreal that offers therapy and group programming with an emphasis on mindfulness-based programs. Andrew teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and works one on one with individuals for psychedelic harm reduction and integration. He is also an assisting trainer at Fluence, a New York-based organization currently at the forefront of training therapists and clinicians in psychedelic competency.

Manesh Girn

Advisor

Manesh has had a passionate interest in psychedelics and their scientific investigation since his teens. He is currently a PhD student in Neuroscience at McGill University and has been lead or co-author on over a dozen scientific publications and book chapters on topics including psychedelics, meditation, daydreaming, and brain networks. He also runs a YouTube channel - called The Psychedelic Scientist - where he discusses the latest findings in psychedelic science in an easy to understand, but non-superficial, form. 

See Manesh’s ResearchGate page for more information on his research.