Program Overview

The Medicinal Mindfulness Psychedelic Sitters School training program began in 2012 as a local Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration Support training program.  Since the legalization of cannabis in 2014, we’ve transitioned the first training to a retreat event with facilitated psychedelic experiences.  Hundreds of students from all over the world attend these retreats and enjoy the beautiful State of Colorado. 

In some psychedelic communities, a “sitter” is someone who facilitates a psychedelic experience or helps hold space for another. In other psychedelic communities, it is the “sitter” who has the psychedelic experience. Therefore, the word, “sitter” in our program has a double meaning, in that we teach both mindfulness-based psychonautic practices for safe journeywork, as well as practices in holding space and guiding others

Exploring these themes have allowed us to evolve the program into two main tracks, a Psychedelic Therapy training program designed to prepare people to facilitate safe and transformative psychedelic experiences for others, as well as the Psychedelic Activism track that explores the use of psychedelic medicines for the betterment of ourselves, society and our shared ecology.

Our program is specifically designed to teach psychedelic practices that are congruent with both the ancient ceremonial depth and modern scientific orientation of the psychonaut’s psyche in 2020. We also acknowledge the global context of uncertainty and the Climate Crisis. For these reasons, we do not limit our trainings to just medical and clinical professionals. We believe many of us have heard the call, and that with the right training and experience, we all have the capacity to safely, ethically and skillfully “hold space” for others. 

Inclusion and accessibility are important to us and our trainings are a Safe Space for all people.  We offer need-based scholarships for students and veterans, and diversity scholarships for people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and for other underrepresented minority communities.

Teaching safety and appropriate boundaries while “holding space” for others is our highest priority.

Psychedelic Therapy

The 3 Part Psychedelic Therapy Program provides hours of pre-training online lectures and over 14 full days of psychedelic therapy training. It includes over 90 hours of psychedelic experiences in a total of 26 psychedelic therapy individual and group sessions. Our credentialing process in Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapy® with a specialty in Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Therapy® and Cannabis-Assisted Somatic Psychotherapy® allows our students to immediately start practicing as a psychedelic professional anywhere cannabis is medically or recreationally legal. The skill sets taught are traditional and clinical psychedelic therapy practices that are currently used in MDMA, psilocybin, ketamine, DMT and other psychedelic medicine sessions.

Psychedelics aren’t just used in clinical and medical settings, but are used throughout the world to discover solutions to complex problems, both technological, and ecological, as well as to work within solo practices for personal growth and healing. The Psychedelic Activism track is interrelated to the therapy track to teach individuals of all professions how to stay safe, and keep others safe while exploring psychedelic experiences for personal growth, trauma resolution and societal and ecological problem solving.

LEVEL 1
Foundations in Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapy 

This online or in-person 5 day experiential retreat includes over 10 hours of pre-retreat online lectures to prepare students in necessary mindfulness, self-care and psychedelic facilitation skill sets to be competent psychedelic therapists. With multiple psychedelic therapy sessions and experientials each day, students will participate in over 38 hours of psychedelic journey experiences. You’ll learn how to make your own psychedelic cannabis blends, set up your therapy space, use music and prompts to safely hold space as a psychedelic sitter. The skill sets taught are similar to facilitating Ketamine and N,N-DMT psychedelic experiences.

LEVEL 2
Psychedelic Guide Training

This online or in-person training is a full, 4-day professional training program with online lectures and 22 hours of psychedelic therapy experientials. Level 2 is designed to teach students everything they need to know to facilitate MDMA/Psilocybin style individual psychedelic cannabis therapy/journey sessions in a professional setting, and how to deepen and broaden their clients process of healing and transformational discovery.

LEVEL 3
Advanced Practices in Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapy

This 5 day training includes online lectures and 30 hours of psychedelic therapy experientials. Students learn how to identify and work with specific mental and spiritual health concerns, and develop mindfulness protocols to assist in the healing of trauma. Special topics include parts work and trauma resolution strategies, and how to provide the necessary support structure to safely assist clients going through major healing and transformational experiences. Students will practice breathwork and cannabis-assisted breathwork techniques to elicit N,N-DMT and 5-MeO-DMT level psychedelic experiences using special blends of psychedelic cannabis.

 

While a large percentage of our students are clinical or medical practitioners, you do not need to be a therapist or medical provider to safely practice as a psychedelic guide for others. These skillsets, with the right training and oversight, are available to everyone. 

 

Online vs. In-Person Training Retreats  

Covid-19 has certainly changed the world, and in doing so, radically transformed our training program. We successfully transitioned to an all-online model in September 2020 to continue this important work, and have since facilitated seven online training intensives. We are now including the practicum into the training beginning 2021 and will continue to develop the program in this new format as we go. All in all, the transition to the online platform was quite the ride and well worth it!

Currently, we are only offering online trainings, but hope to transition to an online and in-person hybrid model in the fall of 2021. We are also training a core group of facilitators who will offer these trainings regionally beginning sometime in 2021 or 2022.

So far  this is what we have learned about online vs. in-person trainings with psychedelic cannabis:

  • While we only recommend working with cannabis where it is safe to do so, our program is now greatly more accessible, more affordable  (no travel or lodging costs), and now has an international reach. We are so honored to work with from students all over the world.
  • Making your own Psychedelic Cannabis blend WORKS wherever you live, as long as cannabis is safely available. Our students reliably report psychedelic level experiences using the cannabis strains they have available. Please consider the implications of this on the psychedelic movement.
  • In-Person vs. Online – Although we truly miss our retreats, neither is better than the other, just different. Our students regularly report that they feel even safer and more comfortable in their own homes during their journey experiences, and can feel the support of the virtual circle just as they would in person.
  • Psychedelic Cannabis Experiences facilitated online WORK, and are very safe. We screen all of our students for safety, but cannabis is generally very safe. As long as you have a decent internet connection, we can play our music sets over the internet and the connections are very reliable. Plan on having full psychedelic experiences and prepare accordingly.
  • We need Community! Psychedelic medicine people were already isolated before the pandemic, and it has only gotten worse since. We need community connections, and we need a space to shake off the trauma of tolerating the new realities of the world. Because so many of our students are social distancing, we teach you how to facilitate psychedelic cannabis experiences online. This isn’t a skillset you can just start doing, so we provide access to the technology to practice with others in your cohort first.
  • We don’t have time to wait for the world to return to normal, if it ever does. This is the time to learn these skillsets so you’ll be ready for the massive wave of transformational healing required for everyone waking up.
  • Online trainings are so awesome they will always be part of our program. It is a much more resilient model to our new global reality of pandemics, or climate change, or otherwise. Beginning in the second half of 2021, we will start transitioning back to a regional in-person training model with online components as an option so we can share sacred space again. Plan on coming to our International Community Gathering in Colorado in September 2022. Hopefully, we’ll be through this by then.

Psychedelic Activism


Psychedelic First Aid®/CPR Certification

This standalone, 4-day training with and additional 10 hours of mental health online lectures, teaches students how to identify, assess and competently respond to all of the mental and spiritual health crises, medical emergencies such as overdoses, and other worst-case scenarios not uncommon in psychedelic experiences. Includes a 3-year CPR/First Aid Certification and a Conscious Cannabis Circle.


EcoPsychedelics – Sustainability and Psychedelics Retreat

The EcoPsychedelics retreat is a subtrack of PSS1 Retreat. The retreat includes shared psychedelic cannabis experiences with the Psychedelic Sitters School cohort, small group experiences facilitated by ecopsychology professionals, including outdoor experiences, and one-on-one transformational support. Topics include: Theory and Practices from Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects, a Foundational Framework to connect Sustainability and Psychedelics, some expanded Journeys which will embrace the more-than-human world by taking our journeys outside, and additional support and skill building through the use of Council.

This program is designed to benefit new and experienced psychedelic facilitators.

Through this Psychedelic Therapy training program, you’ll gain everything that you need to safely begin the practice of integrating psychedelics into a functional, healing modality. While a large percentage of our students are clinical or medical practitioners, you do not need to be a therapist to safely practice as a psychedelic guide for others. 

 

Heal and transform humanity and our shared ecology through the education, facilitation and integration of safe, legal psychedelic practices.

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PSS Orientation, Paradigms and SkillSets

Vision Statement

Heal and transform humanity and our shared ecology through the education, facilitation and integration of safe, legal psychedelic practices.

We teach from a multi-paradigm, transpersonal, holistic orientation that incorporates modern progressive values and service oriented action for personal and ecological healing and transformation. 

We do not limit ourselves to just the clinical and medical models, but actively incorporate these models into a multi-paradigm approach that draws from the four primary paradigms of psychedelic medicine use: Clinical, Spiritual, Creative, and Discovery (Research). These interrelated paradigms are discussed in depth in our online lecture series in the training program.  

We also add an additional dimension of “Skill Sets” to the classic paradigm of “Set & Setting” to promote therapeutic, mindfulness and journeywork skill development and the development of the psychedelic resilience required to safely be a guide and psychedelic therapist for others. 

We further build upon the “S’s” of Set, Setting, and Skill by including “Substance Education” and “Support/Integration,” all of which are integral themes of the program.

While Psychedelic Sitters School is clinically and medically informed, we incorporate perspectives that are in alignment with traditional psychedelic healing modalities, something we call “Psychedelic Therapy.” This is an umbrella perspective that includes, but is not limited to “Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy, spiritual practices that incorporate psychedelics, or solely scientific research endeavors. We also actively incorporate artistic expression and music into our practices as both are essential in psychedelic community practices.

This program is designed to benefit new and experienced psychedelic facilitators.

Through this Psychedelic Therapy training program, you’ll gain everything that you need to safely begin the practice of integrating psychedelics into a functional, healing modality. While a large percentage of our students are clinical or medical practitioners, you do not need to be a therapist to safely practice as a psychedelic guide for others. 

“Psychedelic therapy, I can honestly say is one of the most meaningful jobs I’ve ever had.” – Daniel McQueen

 

Center for Medicinal Mindfulness

Daniel and Alison McQueen, co-founders

Established 2012 in Boulder, Colorado, Medicinal Mindfulness pioneered and became the first Cannabis-Assisted Psychotherapy, Psychedelic Therapy & Conscious Cannabis organization in the United States, and has since become an established leader in the emerging field of Psychedelic Harm Reduction, Psychedelic Psychotherapy, and safe & legal Psychedelic Experiences.

Medicinal Mindfulness is not just a psychedelic therapy clinic, we are an intentional psychedelic community that promotes safe and intentional psychedelic medicine use practices for personal and global healing and transformation.

Psychedelic therapy, I can honestly say is one of the most meaningful jobs I’ve ever had.  In this time, I have discovered one of the most important healing interventions we have available to us: Community.  We no longer have to practice in isolation.  We can come together to share who we are and our gifts, without the fears and traumas caused by prohibition.  This is what Psychedelic Sitters School really is all about.  I hope you can join us on this sacred expedition of healing and discovery.

Safe Travels,

Daniel McQueen

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Coming Out Psychedelic

Since my first true initiatory experience on New Years Eve between 1999 and 2000, I have been deeply inspired by psychedelic medicines.  After an 8-year journey as a psychedelic apprentice, I attended Naropa University and earned my masters degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with the utmost intention of becoming an ethical underground psychedelic therapist. When cannabis became legal in Colorado, everything changed.  As I began to explore the significance of using cannabis as a psychedelic for therapeutic purposes, I realized quickly that I wanted to devote my life to not just psychedelics, but also to this humble plant medicine, Cannabis Sativa, as a tool for psychedelic healing.  I dropped all of my previous plans and became a full-time, professional, psychedelic therapist using this sacred plant ally. 

Psychedelic Sitters School is the expression of my desire to share what we’ve discovered to help others who are as inspired as I am in becoming ethical, professional, and sustainable psychedelic therapists.

This training program is both a standalone credentialing program for those who wish to safely step into becoming a psychedelic therapist, and it is also an excellent experiential adjunct to other psychedelic therapy training programs currently being developed.  As other medicines become legal to use, we’ll simply add them to this program as additional trainings.  I think fundamentally, I’d like to say this, you don’t have to wait for MDMA and psilocybin to be legalized to become a psychedelic therapist.  You can become a psychedelic therapist now, fully in compliance with the law.  As other medicines become available for use, by training with us, you’ll have already developed the experience and skill necessary to successfully step into other treatment modalities safely and ethically.

Since cannabis became legal in 2014, I have used these skillsets to have the privilege of working openly and legally, full-time as a psychedelic therapist. I can honestly say that I have one of the most meaningful jobs I’ve ever had.  In this time, I have discovered one of the most important healing interventions we have available to us: Community.  We no longer have to practice in isolation.  We can come together to share who we are and our gifts, without the fears and traumas caused by prohibition.  This is what Psychedelic Sitters School really is all about.  I hope you can join us on this sacred expedition of healing and discovery.

Safe Travels,

Daniel McQueen

Daniel McQueen's book "Psychedelic Cannabis: Breaking the Gate" is now available!

After years of exploring cannabis and working with it as a psychedelic, Daniel McQueen has written down what he has learned to share with you. In this book, you will learn how to transform Cannabis into a potent psychedelic medicine and use it as a tool to support you on your journey.