2018 Plant Spirit Grant recipient Sabrina Pilet-Jones at Temple of The Way of Light. Photo by Tracey Eller

WOMEN OF THE PSYCHEDELIC RENAISSANCE
WOMEN OF THE PSYCHEDELIC RENAISSANCE“Ayahuasca helps us become our own greatest allies rather than our own worst enemies.” - Faye Sakellaridis, Vice | Broadly

Cosmic Sister's Women of the Psychedelic Renaissance 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 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.

To date, Cosmic Sister's Women of the Psychedelic Renaissance and Cosmic Sisters of Cannabis educational initiatives have been featured in Vice | Broadly, Bust Magazine, VICE, LA Weekly, LA Yoga, Boston Yoga, Business Insider, AlterNet, Organic Spa Magazine, Utne Reader, MassRoots, Civilized, Lift, Culture, Revelist, Oyster, Reset, and The Saturday Paper, a major weekly newspaper in Australia.

Infinite Perception,
by Zoe Helene, with Ocean Malandra, November 2018
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Infinite Perception,
by Faye Sakellaridis, November 2018
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Infinite Perception,
by Kathleen Barnes, November 2018
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Cosmic Sister,
Women of the Psychedelic Renaissance, August 2018
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VICE | TONIC,
by Suzannah Weiss, June 2018
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Playboy,
by Michelle Janikian, May 2018
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LA Yoga,
by Zoe Helene, April 2018
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Cosmic Sister Plant Spirit Grant 2018,
Cosmic Sister, March 2018
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Press Release,
by Cosmic Sister, February 2018
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VIVA,
by Sarah Johnson, January 2018
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Spirit Plant Medicine,
Women of the Psychedelic Renaissance, November 2017
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Psychedelics Today,
with hosts Kyle Buller + Joe Moore, September 2017
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Organic Authority,
by Emily Monaco , August 2017
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New England Women’s Herbal 30th Anniversary,
by Zoe Helene, August 2017
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The Wisdom Daily,
by Fiona Tapp , May 2017
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VICE,
by Kate Richardson, May 2017
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Psymposia,
by Leia Friedman , May 2017
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SF Weekly,
by Katie Bain, April 2017
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Civilized | Cosmic Sisters of Cannabis,
by Zoe Helene, April 2017
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Psychedelic Science 2017 | Psymposia,
with Leia Friedman, April 2017
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The Saturday Paper,
by Jenny Valentish, January 2017
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New York Magazine | The Cut | Love & War,
by Rachel Monroe, January 2017
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Rebel Circus,
by Rebel Circus, December 2016
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Vice | Broadly,
by Gabby Bess, December 2016
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Cosmic SIster,
Press Release, December 2016
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Revelist,
by Rae Paoletta, October 2016
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BUST Magazine,
by Julie K. Godard, October 2016
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Spirit Plant Medicine Conference,
with Robyn Griggs Lawrence, October 2016
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Boston Yoga | Utne Reader,
by Zoe Helene, August 2016
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LA Yoga | Utne Reader,
by Zoe Helene, June 2016
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Psychedelic Parenting (Podcast),
with Jonathan Thompson, May 2016
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MassRoots,
by Julie Godard, May 2016
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Organic Spa Magazine,
by Zoe Helene, May 2016
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Psychedelic Parenting (Podcast),
with Jonathan Thompson, April 2016
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People Making Change (Podcast),
with Susun Weed, December 2015
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Visionary Convergence,
with Robyn Griggs Lawrence, September 2015
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LA Weekly,
Katie Bain, September 2015
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Reset.Me,
by Zoe Helene, September 2015
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LA Yoga,
by Zoe Helene, September 2015
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Reset.Me,
by Zoe Helene, September 2015
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Reality Sandwich,
by Chris Kilham, July 2015
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Utne Reader,
photos by Tracey Eller, words by Zoe Helene, June 2015
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Utne Reader,
by Laura Marjorie Miller, with photos by Tracey Eller, June 2015
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Utne Reader MIND + BODY,
by Lynne Woodward, June 2015
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Utne Reader's Abstract Notions (Podcast),
with host Christian Williams, June 2015
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Cosmic Sisters of Cannabis,
by Rachael Carlevale, May 2015
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Boston Magazine,
by Jamie Ducharme, January 2015
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Huffington Post 50,
by Yagana Shah, March 2014
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Outside Magazine,
by Steve Hendricks, January 2014
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Forbes,
by Robyn Griggs Lawrence, May 2013
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Huffington Post STYLE,
by Zoe Helene, February 2013
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Huffington Post PARENTS / Organic Authority,
by Zoe Helene, October 2012
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“Humans are natural beings, and nature has our best interests at heart. She wants us to thrive, in exquisite harmony with other beings of the natural world. Ayahuasca, too, comes from nature. She’s a wild, sentient plant spirit ally that helps us listen to our own natural inner wisdom so we can help ourselves in ways no one else can and empower others—not just humans—to thrive. When our spirits are well, we do no harm to ourselves, others or our home.” - Zoe Helene, Boston Magazine

Ayahuasca caapi vine in rare bloom -- a rare siting! Photo by Tom Newmark



Cosmic Sister encourages people to experience ayahuasca in the Peruvian Amazon in part because it is legal there, but also because that’s where these plants originate from. Founder,Zoe Helene, is particularly drawn to the indigenous Shipibo tradition, which she describes as “brilliant, powerful and otherworldly.” While participating in ethnobotantical and sustainable medicinal trade, Helene has made friends with some of the Shipibo people and gives back to their communities by promoting the cultural preservation and evolution of their fascinating traditions, and by supporting non-profit organizations that work extensively with communities in the region. She is also passionate about supporting the precious environment they (and other indigenous tribal people) steward.

“Ayahuasca is a jungle medicine, and nothing compares to ceremony in the jungle where you’re can experience the closest thing to authentic indigenous ceremonies in a rapidly changing world. We are grateful for these beautiful people for opening their hearts and sharing their indigenous wisdom with us, and we do what we can to support their work.” -- Zoe Helene