Workshops & Speakers

Workshop: Microdosing A Guide for Beginners

Speaker: C.J. Spotswood. MSN. APRN. PMNP

Evidence has shown that mushrooms have unique healing properties and have been used for thousands of years. More recently we have seen numerous news reports and media coverage that describes the unique healing properties of psychedelic mushrooms, but what does it all mean? Whether it is large doses or mushrooms, also known as “macrodoses” or the tiny, sub perceptual doses also known as “microdoses”, in this workshop we will discuss what this means, some of the research, and answer questions about the magic of magic mushrooms.

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C.J. Spotswood, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC aka “EntheoNurse” is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practioner working in an emergency department in central Maine. C.J. is a 3rd generation male nurse and has 20 years of psychiatric nursing experience. C.J. recently graduated from the University of Southern Maine completing his Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. C.J.’s undergraduate nursing degree (BSN) was from the University of Maine at Augusta, one of 15 nursing schools endorsed as a holistic school of nursing. This curriculum included yoga, Reiki, and various other complementary and alternative modalities.

C.J. has been researching and teaching on psychedelics since 2018, which include having presented at the American Psychiatric Nurse Association’s National Conference on psychedelics in psychiatry, teaching master classes for Psychedelics Today’s Navigating Psychedelics: Clinicians & Therapists education program, co-authored Psychedelic.Support’s continuing education module on psilocybin, and is a past presenter at the Mt. Tam’s Psilocybin Summit.

C.J. is the author of “The Microdosing Guidebook: A Step-by-Step Manual to Improve Your Physical and Mental Health through Psychedelic Medicine” which will be available through Ulysses Press on March 8th, 2022. C.J. presents an accredited continuing education program entitled “Psychedelics in Psychiatry for Nurses” on his personal website. C.J. is a charter member of the International Association of Psychedelic Nurses, member of the Psychedelic Medicine Association, and the American Psychiatric Nurse Association. When he is not working, reading, or writing, he can be found spending time with his wife Magen and his daughter Malarie exploring Maine’s outdoors and craft breweries.

Workshop: Packing for Your Trip: Preparing for Psychedelic Therapies

Speaker: Dustin Sulak, D.O.

In this experiential workshop, Dr. Sulak guides participants through preparation and follow-up strategies to maximize the healing potential of a psychedelic experience and prevent common pitfalls. Basic principles and practices for guides and sitters will be covered as well. This workshop is ideal for those planning a journey, supporting a traveler, or interested in learning more.

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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 Healer.com, with the mission to empower people to live life to its fullest in great health, achieving this through education, advocacy, and research.

Workshop: Fungus Amongus – The Dark History and Bright Future of Psylocibin in Medicine

Speaker: Jim Belt – Musician

For generations psylocibin has been demonized, criminalized, and feared in many western cultures. Now we are seeing a resurgence and awakening to the possibilities. Musician and psychedelic journeyer Jim Belt will lead us through an examination of the 20th Century history and cultural discussio of psylocibin and where it could lead us.

James began his journey with "Classical Psychedelics” (Mescaline, LSD, Psilocybin, & DMT) in 1986 when he was introduced to LSD by Yippie Hippie writer Bleary S. Berserkowitz. Over the next thirty years he would continue this journey and help guide others in using these substances safely whether it be for medical or recreational use. James will be performing a short introductory presentation on psilocybin its historic uses spiritually and new advancements in uses for mental health through the lens of his own experience as a seasoned Psychonaut.

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Workshop: Mushrooms and the Ecology of Consciousness

Speaker: Sean Donahue

Beneath our feet the mycelia of mushrooms and the roots of plants intertwine, forming the nervous systems of forests and fields. Some of those mushrooms also have the capacity to help our own consciousness become woven back in with the living world around us.   

 

Psilocybe mushrooms can help many overcome depression, addiction, trauma, and other painful experiences that stem from the alienation and disconnection of modern life.   

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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 https://otherworldwell.com/

Workshop:

Psychedelic Chaplaincy

 

Speaker: Annick Macintosh

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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Annick is a native Texan but has found Home here in Maine. While she's always had a penchant for all-things-biology, Paul Stamet's book Mycelium Running sparked an intense love for mushrooms in 2018. Annick currently works for North Spore and has volunteered with Decriminalize Maine since 2020.  Additionally, she's in her second year of school at the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine, pursuing a focus in psychedelic chaplaincy. 

Workshop: Commercial Mycological Cultivation

Speakers: Erik Lomen and Tyler Crawford

Join Erik Lomen and Tyler Crawford of Maine Cap N' Stem and The MycoWizards Podcast for an introduction into the world of commercial mushroom cultivation. We will explore the commercial process with which we produce four million pounds of ready to fruit substrate annually along with over one hundred thousand pounds of spawn. From substrate composition to mixing and sterilization/pasteurization, lab design and flow to fruit room concepts and design for the expanding cultivators. 

 

Post presentation Erik and Tyler will pass out free ready-to-knock sterilized grain bags to anyone who would like them and entertain a Q&A section for anything pertaining to commercial cultivation of edible and medicinal fungi!

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Erik Lomen founded Maine Cap N' Stem over a decade ago and has been researching different aspects of mycology for the last 16 years. Keeping the focus for Maine Cap N Stem as a supporter and supplier of decentralized mushroom farms world wide, Erik has developed products, equipment and processes with the amateur mycologist in mind. Today Cap N Stem is an international supplier of Certified Organic gourmet mushroom cultures, spawn and fruiting substrate. Our emphasis is on the products that keep commercial mushroom farms growing successfully, thus Cap N Stem does not sell fresh mushrooms in an effort to not be competition to our customers. 

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Tyler Crawford Joined the Cap N Stem team over half a decade ago and has developed our spawn division from the ground up. Tyler's primary focus has been the production of the highest quality gourmet mushroom spawn products on the market through research and work with companies like Mycelia BVBA. With our one of a kind system and processes, Tyler's ability to move farms forward from purchasing in the form of ready to fruit substrate into generating their own using our spawn products has been a primary goal to support the sustainabile growth of the farms that have come to rely on our consistency and guidance.