Ayahuasca boiling down in the Peruvian Amazon. Photo by Tracey Eller / Cosmic Sister

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“Women are different—we’re deep, and we’re awesome—and the public deserves to know about how we experience psychedelics and cannabis as powerful allies for personal growth and fulfillment.” – Zoe Helene

Psychedelic Feminism is a sub-genre of feminism that embraces the power of the frontier field of psychedelic healing, transformation, inspiration, and mind/body/spirit exploration into altered states of consciousness. Safe, intentional journeying with psychedelic evolutionary allies from nature can help women look deeply inside themselves, in part to explore core feminist issues in fresh and exciting ways.

Multidisciplinary artist and cultural activist Zoe Helene believes that women are grossly underrepresented in media within the psychedelic and cannabis reform community—“a subculture that aspires to be enlightened.” Through Cosmic Sister, which she founded in 2007 to provide a higher self-selected and connected network and resource for progressive women, Helene financially supports communicative women so they can experience the healing, consciousness expansion, clarity and inspiration that she found through ayahuasca. With funding from the Cosmic Sister Plant Spirit Grant, women can participate in authentic, traditional ayahuasca ceremonies at respected retreats.

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Media plays a powerful role in shaping society, but men get the lion’s share of it. This creates imbalanced messaging. Women have been forced to work within a broken system with an extreme power imbalance for millennia, and it has warped the way we evolve as a species. This inspired Helene to create two new companion projects, Cosmic Sisters of Cannabis and the Women of the Psychedelic Renaissance educational initiatives, which fund and support Plant Spirit Grant recipients—and other female psychedelic thought leaders—as they educate the public about the benefits and risks of psychedelics and responsible use of sacred plants, including ayahuasca, cannabis and psilocybin, through articles, presentations and public outreach projects.

Cosmic Sister's Psychedelic Feminism advocacy projects were most recently featured in Bust, The Wisdom Daily, Vice | Broadly, AlterNet, Boston Yoga, LA Yoga, AlterNet, Boston Magazine, Utne Reader, MassRoots, Psymposia, and Psychedelic Parenting. For a current list of stories related to the project, please visit Cosmic Sister's Women of the Psychedelic Renaissance and Cosmic Sisters of Cannabis pages.

These projects would not be possible without community support. We deeply appreciate your donation by way of our fiscal sponsorship with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Your donation to MAPS for Cosmic Sister is tax-deductible in the U.S. as allowed by law. All contributions made through this form will be allocated to Cosmic Sister, minus modest (and totally fair!) administrative processing fees.


Cosmic Sister currently offers three interconnected grant programs in the psychedelic feminism and sacred plant medicine space. Please find a brief description of each, below:


The Cosmic Sister Plant Spirit Grant is a merit-based program that supports outstanding women from all walks of life and in different times of life to experience the healing and consciousness-expanding journey of ayahuasca ceremony in the Peruvian Amazon. Ayahuasca, a traditional psychedelic brew, is not only legal in Peru—it is designated as a “Cultural Patrimony” by the Peruvian government.

“We women need to rise to the occasion. The ayahuasca experience rebirths, inspires, empowers, and ignites us to do that. The Cosmic Sister Plant Spirit Grant is just one small way women can encourage and support women to take that journey and shine as they were born to do.” - Zoe Helene, Boston Magazine


The Cosmic Sister Women of the Psychedelic Renaissance education initiative is an important companion project of the Cosmic Sister Plant Spirit Grant. The program focuses on helping women educate the public honestly about the risks and benefits of psychedelics and the responsible use of sacred plants in transformational, consciousness-expanding mind/body/spirit work with sacred plants, such as ayahuasca, cannabis, peyote, and psilocybin mushrooms. Women play a vital role in the Psychedelic Renaissance and have rich, unique and fascinating voices to share. Our mission is to see more powerful stories about women’s frontline work in this arena to the forefront of public conversation, helping to promote a healthy gender balance in this important, exciting frontier mind/body/spirit wellness work.

“Imbalanced systems are inherently unhealthy, and this work is about wellness. Sexism is a chronic, systemic problem and has no place in the psychedelic renaissance arena. This is our last chance to evolve ethically, so we’d better get it right.” - Zoe Helene, Utne Reader


The Cosmic Sisters of Cannabis education initiative covers women of the cannabis liberation movement. We also include stories by women in support of cannabis reform, that are sometimes about men. We have many great stories in the works!

“I’m not a pothead. For me, cannabis is a loving plant spirit that helps me understand myself. It heightens my senses and reminds me of higher levels of consciousness I can attain. And then I attain them, without it.” - Zoe Helene, Forbes


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For more information about the Cosmic Sister Plant Spirit Grant, please see Frequently Asked Questions.