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PANEL: Integration: Bridging Ancient Wisdom and Contemporary Science
Patricia James, Sitaramaya Sita, Katherine MacLean, Marc Aixalà
Moderators: Julie Megler and Tanya Maté
Sunday, April 23, 2017 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM • Skyline Room

This panel will explore key aspects of integration of non-ordinary states of consciousness, and how they are incorporated, over time, into one's life.  Panelists will discuss basic guidelines, common challenges, and practical techniques of integration, drawing upon their experience in the field, expertise, and real-world examples. A major aim of this panel is to highlight the many interweaving threads of knowledge that contribute to our current understanding of integration, including: transpersonal perspectives, indigenous traditions, scientific research, allopathic medicine, religious practices and recreational (non-ceremonial, non-therapeutic) use of psychedelics.


Patricia James

Patricia James is a Medicine Woman, cross cultural expert, and ceremonialist. For over 25 years, Patricia has studied and been initiated in multiple indigenous and wisdom practices. She is a mixed blood of Seminole heritage, as well as a traditionally trained Cheyenne Pipe Carrier and Priest.

She maintains a private practice in the Bay Area that focuses on Psycho-Spiritual Mentoring, Integration, and ceremony.   Patricia’s work is informed by her traditional teachers, including, Angeles Arrien, as well as decades of Public Administration experience.  Patricia aims to: bridge ancient wisdom with our contemporary times, bring practical application to the Mystical, and to weave a new ‘Braided Way.’


Sitaramaya Sita

Sitaramaya Sita is a spiritual herbalist and PlantWisdom Practitioner formally trained in the Shipibo Ayahuasca tradition. She has been traveling extensively in the Amazon for the past 17 years, working with, learning from, and engaging with local people who use ayahuasca in ways that draw from traditional practices. She shepherds a powerful community in Los Angeles and globally of healers, seekers, visionaries, and creators. She works with individuals and groups, in ceremonies, stewarding plant dietas. She lectures, teaches and tours bridging the chaos of modern life with the wisdom of indigenous spiritual practice. It was overcoming her own personal challenges with addiction early in life that prepared Sita so uniquely for her commitment to the plant medicine path that requires dietary restrictions and other disciplines of body and mind. It paved the way for an understanding of how our lives are always perfectly unfolding for our greatest learning, a grace that she passes onto her students. She produced the groundbreaking event Visionary Convergence: Los Angeles in September 2015. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


katherine maclean

Katherine MacLean, Ph.D., is the Director of the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program in New York and has worked as a research scientist on groundbreaking studies of meditation and psychedelics. Her research on psilocybin and personality change suggests that this class of medicines may play an important role in enhancing mental health, promoting emotional well-being, and creativity throughout the lifespan. She currently leads monthly psychedelic integration groups in New York City as well as teaches training workshops on psychedelic education and harm reduction. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Marc Aixalà , is a Telecommunication Engineer and Psychologist. Post degree studies in Integrative Psychotherapy and Strategic Therapy. Trained in the therapeutic use of Non Ordinary States of Consciousness. Trained in MDMA assisted-psychotherapy for PTSD by MAPS Coordinates the ICEERS Support Service and offers integration psychotherapy sessions for people in challenging situations after experiences in non ordinary states of consciousness.

Holotropic Breathwork facilitator and member of Grof Transpersonal Training Staff. Marc has facilitated workshops in Barcelona, Switzerland, Romania, Israel and Slovenia. Works as a psychotherapist in Barcelona and is doing research into the therapeutic applications of Holotropic Breathwork. He has also been a Team Leader and Trainer at Kosmicare in Boom Festival.


Julie Megler, N.P., is a board certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family medicine. She received her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami, Florida and post master’s certificate in psychiatry at the University of California-San Francisco. Julie maintains licenses in family medicine and psychiatry in an effort to close the gap between medical and psychiatric care, incorporating the mind/body connection for most effective treatment. She currently is in private practice in the San Francisco/Bay Area. Her practice focuses on integrative mental health services for emotional and physical well being, as well as integration of non-ordinary states of consciousness. In addition to her clinical work, Julie is on the board of directors of ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education). ERIE is a 501c3 non-profit organization based out of the San Francisco/Bay Area that focuses on integration and education of entheogens. She has presented on the topics of psychedelic risk reduction and therapeutic applications of ayahuasca at the Psychedelic Science Conference 2013, The Women’s Visionary Congress, Detroit’s First Entheogenic Conference, and the Visionary Convergence 2015. She has also co-authored chapters in the books Manifesting Minds and The Therapeutic Uses of Ayahuasca. As an experienced clinician, and activist for the psychedelic movement, Julie is dedicated to educating the community about safety and the therapeutic benefits of entheogens. Her particular emphasis on integration assists individuals to develop practices that bring insights from entheogenic work to daily life. You can learn more about Julie’s work at &


tanya maté

Tanya Maté, N.D., is the Integration Director at the Temple of the Way of Light, an ayahuasca healing centre that works with Shipibo healers in Peru. She is a naturopathic doctor, and is in an ongoing apprenticeship with her father-in-law, Dr. Gabor Maté, and his unique style of compassionate inquiry and ayahuasca processing. Tanya is based in Vancouver, Canada, and facilitates both individual and group integration sessions online, in addition to offering psychological screening calls for potential guests. She also facilitates workshops at the Temple, drawing on her clinical and experiential training, as well as her personal work with the plants, to help people interpret their ceremony experiences and set the stage for powerful integration in their day-to-day life. She is deeply committed to bridging shamanic and western worldviews in an accessible way that respects tradition. Tanya is passionate about helping people identify whatever is in the way of personal and interpersonal connection, and aims to help people build community and make practical changes that are grounded in reality, yet influenced by plant-spirit teachings. She works from a trauma-sensitive, biopsychosocial-spiritual understanding of health, believes that true healing is possible for each and every person, and wants your life to be awesome. Tanya was originally trained as a geneticist, and worked for years in research before pursuing a career in the healing professions. Her science background helps her to be just the right amount of skeptical, while maintaining a strong spiritual connection.

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