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Dr.dustin sulak


Dustin Sulak, D.O. is a renowned integrative medicine physician based in Maine, whose practice balances the principles of osteopathy, mind-body medicine and medical cannabis. Regarded as an expert on medical cannabis nationally, Dr. Sulak educates medical providers and patients on its clinical use, while continuing to explore the therapeutic potential of this ancient yet emerging medicine.

Dr. Sulak received undergraduate degrees in nutrition science and biology from Indiana University, a doctorate of osteopathy from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed an internship at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency.

Dr. Sulak is the founder and medical director of, with the mission to empower people to live life to its fullest in great health, achieving this through education, advocacy, and research.

"Who can mushrooms help? A summary of clinical trials, potential risks, and practical use cases for psilocybe mushrooms."

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annick mcintosh


Annick is a native Texan but has found Home here in Maine. She will be finishing her second year at the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine and seeking ordination in June 2022. From 2020-2022, she worked at the North Spore Mushroom Company and volunteered with Decriminalize Maine. Since 2021, she has served as a Psychedelic Peer Support volunteer with the Fireside Project, the first psychedelic call line. Her chaplaincy work is focused on providing Mainers equitable access to psychedelic support. 

"What is the potential role of spiritual caregivers in providing support for people preparing for, undergoing, or integrating psychedelic experiences? What are the challenges in creating psychedelic education and training opportunities for chaplains and clergy? To what extent does the continually increasing access to psychedelics call on us to rethink, reshape, or expand conceptions of chaplaincy writ large?"


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dana sawyer


Dana Sawyer is professor emeritus of philosophy and world religions at the Maine College of Art and author of biographies of both Aldous Huxley and Huston Smith.  His primary expertise is in Hinduism and Buddhism but for more than twenty years, his work has focused on comparative mysticism, theories of the “perennial philosophy”. His essays have been published by the University of California at Berkeley, the State University of New York, the University of Muenster, Germany, and have appeared in such popular journals as Parabola, Yoga Journal and Tricycle: the Buddhist Review.  He lives for six months each year in an off-the-grid cabin in Maine with his artist wife, Stephani.


"Spiritual value of psychedelic experiences."  


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Eliah Thanhauser

Eliah is a true Mainer through and through and an entrepreneur at heart. He is also a North Spore co-founder and its CEO. Eliah is an expert in greenhouse and organic farm management and ran a small organic farm in Downeast Maine before founding North Spore. These days he oversees operations and business development. Eliah is an avid sailor and musician.




"The history of mushroom cultivation and where we see it leading too- new technologies and techniques."


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Seán Pádraig O’Donoghue

Seán Pádraig O’Donoghue is an herbalist, writer, and teacher, and an initiated Priest in two traditions. He lives in the mountains of western Maine. Seán’s approach to healing weaves together the insights of traditional western herbalism and contemporary science. He regards physical, spiritual, and emotional healing as deeply intertwined.  He is the author of The Forest Reminds Us Who We Are (North Atlantic Books, 2021). Prior to becoming an herbalist, Seán was a political organizer in movements for peace, human rights, and global economic justice, and a freelance journalist documenting the human and ecological impacts of U.S. policies in Latin America.     For more information about his work go to

"An exploration of the ecology, biology, medicine, and magic of these healing fungi."

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Selma holden, m.D.

Selma Holden, M.D., M.P.H. is an integrative family physician who offers legal psychedelic assisted psychotherapy at the Riverbid Clinic in Portland, Maine.  She serves on the advisory board for Decriminalize Maine and is an assistant professor at the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Dr. Holden’s background in harm reduction raised her awareness of the traumatic histories that many people share, which guided her clinical training at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and Maine-Dartmouth’s Family Medicine Residency program.  She received her degree in public health and completed her fellowship training in Integrative Medicine research at Harvard University.  


"Recognizing the published evidence and anecdotal effectiveness of psychedelic assisted therapy for treating trauma, Dr. Holden advocates for the decriminalization of psychedelic mushrooms for personal growth." 



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