Francoise Bourzat, is a Somatic counselor in the San Francisco Bay Area. In collaboration with healers in Huautla de Jimenez, Mexico, she has practiced and guided ceremonies with sacred mushrooms for the last 30 years. She teaches at CIIS in San Francisco, runs online courses and lectures in various institutions. She is one of the lead investigators in a FDA approved research on psilocybin assisted therapy for Covid related grief in Los Angeles, and collaborates with various physicians on treatment projects. She trains psychedelic guides internationally and is the author of the book entitled Consciousness Medicine, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA
Neil Hanon, MD, FRCPC, is a psychiatrist in Kelowna, British Columbia and is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is the Year 3 Director (the clinical year) of the Southern Medical Program of UBC in Kelowna. Dr. Hanon also does inpatient work at Kelowna General Hospital, and outpatient work at Outreach Urban Health (an Interior Health operated, primary care clinic where he works with homeless, street entrenched people struggling with addictions and other mental health challenges), and at his private practice. Dr. Hanon has a research interest in legally sanctioned trials with ketamine, MDMA, and psilocybin for the treatment of complicated grief, treatment resistant depression, and severe addictions. Dr. Hanon got involved in Holotropic Breathwork first as a participant to help with his grief after the death of his 17 year old son, then continued on to become certified as a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator in 2015. He is faculty for Grof Legacy Training Canada, and is training Faculty for TheraPsil Canada, an organization to help people with end of life anxiety access legal psilocybin treatment. Dr. Hanon was fortunate to have Dr. Ralph Metzner as his teacher and mentor from 2015 until Ralph’s death in 2019. He was also trained by Francoise Bourzat.
Kari Brown is a Jamaican physician and researcher. After completing her medical degree at the University of the West Indies and an MSc in research Oncology at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam in the Netherlands, she joined the Jamaica Cancer Care & Research Institute (JACCRI), which focuses on improving the quality of cancer and palliative care in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Her other professional interests include holistic approaches to patient care and wellness.
Steven Smith MBBS, is a Research Associate and Project Manager at the Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute (JACCRI). He attained a medical degree with Honours from the University of the West Indies, Mona. His research interests include the identification of health disparities associated with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer within the Caribbean and the improvement of regional cancer research and partnerships. His work with JACCRI focuses on projects aimed at regional palliative care collaborations and the development of integrative treatment options for end of life care in low-income and disadvantaged populations.
Jenn Collotta is the project manager for the Center for Consciousness Medicine, whose mission is to be the leading organization in guiding expanded states of consciousness for human healing and growth, while integrating holistic approaches to training, treatment, and research. Originally from Boston, Jenn was drawn to move to O’ahu, Hawai'i, to pursue her passion for yoga and immerse herself in the healing energies of the islands. With a degree in Psychology and a decade of research into yoga and meditation techniques, Jenn has spent much of her life investigating the intricacies of our human psyche, the psychosomatic imprints of trauma, and the potential for healing through self-study and expanded states of consciousness. She is passionate about psychedelic-assisted therapy and its capacity to offer lasting relief from suffering and grateful to be able to share resources around this work with those in need.