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Psychedelic Feminism—Sacred Death + Rebirth
UBC Psychedelic Society
University of British Columbia

Zoe Helene, MFA, will present “Psychedelic Feminism—Sacred Death + Rebirth” for Spring Equinox with host Kyle Mahoney for UBC Psychedelic Society at the University of British Columbia, March 20, 2021, at 2 pm PST | 5 pm PST.

Zoe founded the environmental feminism collective Cosmic Sister (@CosmicSister) and originated the term Psychedelic Feminism, a sub-genre of feminism that embraces the power of psychedelic plants and fungi—such as ayahuasca, peyote, iboga, San Pedro cactus, psilocybin mushrooms and cannabis—as nature’s co-evolutionary allies. She advocates for intentional journeying with these medicines in a safe, legal set and setting, from a healing, empowerment, and self-liberation perspective.

Zoe is a spiritual agnostic with a passion for cultural and biological diversity, global consciousness, and archetypal psychology as the Language of Psyche. Her matrilineal ancestry is Indigenous Hellenes (Greek), a passionate, tribal people in diaspora who developed complex, nature-based pre-Christian spiritual traditions, including sophisticated sacred plant medicine ceremonies and universal language that remains profoundly relevant to the human condition today, especially for shamanic and personal journeying. Zoe advocates for the arts and sciences as essential allies, and she inspires people to nurture their imaginations and temporarily suspend disbelief when working intentionally with psychedelics.

For Spring Equinox, Zoe will show how archetypes are an essential universal language (like music, math, visual art, dance) that is highly relevant to the psychedelic experience, sharing herstorical wisdom from her ancestral line and focusing primarily on divine feminine archetypes that reflect the sacred cycles of death and rebirth, each in their own unique way. She will start with the Minoan Labyrinth, then move outwards, exploring symbols, sacred non-human animals, divine anthropomorphic entities, and more.

We will explore how archetypes as the Language of Psyche and the labyrinth, spiral, double-edged axe, Selene (moon) reflects sacred death and rebirth. We will also explore how sacred non-human animal archetypes, such as the Phoenix, Bear Mother, Ouroboros (snake), Moth, Frog, Hare, and divine anthropomorphic archetypes such as Demeter, Kore/Persephone, The Fates, Hecate, Ariadne, and Dionysus, represent deeply human psychedelic journeys of sacred death and rebirth. Working with psychedelic medicines entails learning to trust the process and to accept, embrace, and even welcome death and rebirth.

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UBC Psychedelic Society (@ubcpsychedelicsociety) is a student club at The University of British Columbia advocating for the research and legal therapeutic use of psychedelic substances. This talk will be hosted by Kyle Mahoney, a senior at the University of British Columbia in the Faculty of Science who is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, with aspirations of psychotropic drug research.

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March 2021