Working with Challenging Psychedelic Experiences

Date and Time:
Tuesday, August 27th, 2019, 3 PM – 6 PM
Located at Camp:
Psychedelic Foam Village
Psychedelic Foam Village


This year, millions of people will use psychedelics outside of supervised medical contexts, many of them for the first time. Difficult psychedelic experiences can be frightening, but also potentially among the most valuable experiences someone can have. What can you do to help someone having a difficult psychedelic experience? What techniques are available for helping transform a potentially traumatic situation into a positive or even therapeutic one? What role has the Zendo Project played at Burning Man, and what take-home messages are available for others interested in psychedelic harm reduction?

The Zendo Project has been providing compassionate Care Services on playa since 2012.

The mission of the Zendo Project is to provide a supportive environment and education to help transform difficult psychedelic and psychological experiences into opportunities for learning and growth.

We envision a world where communities are engaged in providing safety and support for people having psychedelic and psychological challenges; and harm reduction principles are used foremost to reduce the risks associated with substance use.