Cosmic Sister Grants and Awards

Psychedelic Feminism on the Rise Globally
Psychedelic Newswire
by Staff Writer

Cosmic Sister is an environmental collective made up of a growing number of talented women who are broadening the understanding of psychedelics as we know them. The group is doing this by developing and safeguarding valuable spiritual traditions, making art masterpieces, leading scientific research, composing books, publishing articles and presenting at psychedelic events.

This feminist collective underpins emerging voices and female idea pioneers in the psychedelic field. The founder, Zoe Helene, invented the term “psychedelic feminism.” By pitching, supporting and promoting female speakers during more than half a decade, members of Cosmic Sister are helping shape the trajectory of global revolution through access and inclusivity.

Cosmic Sister provides an interconnected group of four legitimacy-based psychedelic feminism educational grants. The groups include CS EVA (Cosmic Sister Emerging Voices Award) and CS WPR (Cosmic Sister Women of the Psychedelic Renaissance) grant for presentation. The former builds visibility for women in cannabis and psychedelics who are talented and work resolutely in behind-the-scene roles and newcomers who bring unique talent and voice to the movement.

In 2020, the collective has collaborated with MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) and SPMC (Spirit Plant Medicine Conference) to award educational advocacy grants, which are merit based, to more than 30 women who live and/or born in various countries, such as the United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Ecuador, Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, India, Nigeria, Japan, Canada and the United States.

Helene states that these women share a passion for environmental protection as well as non-human and human rights. What’s more, they credit hallucinogens for changing their paths in life.

The Dank Duchess, who is a media personality, educator and expert hashmaker, received a grant, the Women of the Psychedelic Renaissance, both in 2019 and in 2020 to speak at SPMC’s stage last year and to present at the conference this year. The grant, she says, provided her with the opportunity to fully immerse herself in the psychedelic academic realm and offer a unique perspective of a Black woman working with medicines that are sacred.

Raven Marie, an integration coach, will be presenting an award for the first time. She stated that she was extremely grateful to be making her speaking debut that will honor iboga, a sacred plant medicine that is of her own ancestry. Her debut would be alongside other intelligent women, making up a dynamic group of women who are changing the narrative of the roles humans play in the world of plant medicines that are sacred.

November 2020