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Ayahuasca boiling down in the Peruvian Amazon. Photo by Tracey Eller / Cosmic Sister
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 psychedelics can help women look deeply inside themselves, in part to face core feminist issues in fresh and exciting ways.
Multidisciplinary artist and cultural activist believes that women are grossly underrepresented in media within the psychedelic and cannabis reform community—“a subculture that aspires to be enlightened.” Through , 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 , women can participate in authentic, traditional ayahuasca ceremonies at respected retreats. To date, 14 women ranging in age from 24 to 67 have received the grant and returned from the Amazon inspired and ready to fly. Year 2016 recipients have recently returned from their adventure and will be sharing their experience through articles, photos, presentations and more. The best way to keep in touch is to FOLLOW .
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, and the 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 , , , , , , , , and . For a current list of stories related to the project, please visit Cosmic Sister's and pages.
These projects would not be possible without community support. We deeply appreciate your donation by way of our fiscal sponsorship with the . 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.
THE PSYCHEDELIC FEMINISM GRANTS
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:
COSMIC SISTER PLANT SPIRIT GRANT
The 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
WOMEN OF THE PSYCHEDELIC RENAISSANCE
The Cosmic Sister 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
COSMIC SISTERS OF CANNABIS
The 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
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Donations for Cosmic Sisters of Cannabis and the Cosmic Sister Women of the Psychedelic Renaissance education initiatives are tax-deductible in the U.S. through our fiscal sponsor, The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Thank you for your SUPPORT.
For more information about the Cosmic Sister Plant Spirit Grant, please see Frequently Asked Questions.