Psychedelics & Racial Justice

A mini-course (60 minutes) exploring the use of psychedelics to support mental health and healing for ethnic minorities.

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  • All levels
  • Last updated Aug '23
  • English
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Course Description

While psychedelic therapies show promise for treating PTSD, depression, anxiety, addiction, and more, most research has excluded people of colour. This mini-course (60 minutes) explores how psychedelics can support mental health and healing for ethnic minorities.

Review relevant studies documenting the lack of diversity in psychedelic research. Examine how discrimination impacts communities of colour and how psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy could help or harm these groups. Learn about efforts to ensure access to culturally-informed psychedelic care as these treatments expand, including prioritizing providers of colour and culturally competent approaches.

Gain insights into new research on psychedelics across racialized populations. This timely course empowers professionals to deliver psychedelic therapies equitably and sensitively, honouring the importance of race, ethnicity, and culture in healing.

You will learn:

  • What is Bwiti?
  • Roles in Bwiti initiation/treatment
  • Instruments in Bwiti: ngombe, mogongo
  • What is an Nganga
    • Maboundi/Yombo
    • Maboundi/Yombo
  • Sustainability/reciprocity

You will learn:

  • History of the Fang tradition
  • Dissumba vs. Dissumba Fang
  • Ombwiri/Mbumbayano Fang
  • The kambo
  • State of Fang Bwiti in Gabon
  • Impact of Westerners coming to work with the sacred wood

You will learn:

  • History of the Missoko tradition
  • Various branches of Missoko initiation:
    • Miobe/Mioba
    • Ngonde Na Dipuma
    • Sengedia
  • The impact of logging on the tradition
  • What the future of Bwiti could look like in Gabon

You will learn:

  • History of Dissumba
  • Various branches of Dissumba initiation:
    • Abanji/Mabanji
    • Ilombo
    • Ombwiri
    • Ombudi
    • Loro
  • The ngombe (sacred harp)
  • Healing rituals involved in her tradition
  • Training to serve the wood
    • What does it involve?
    • How long does it take?




About Instructor

Tatayo (“Fruit of the Wind”) first arrived in Gabon in 1971 at the age of 21 and became a Gabonese citizen. In 1979, he became the first white person to be initiated into the Bwiti Fang tradition in Gabon. In 1994, he was initiated into the Misokko tradition. As a guide for numerous expeditions and missions, including those of National Geographic, the BBC, and others, Tatayo is considered to have “opened the door” to westerners in Gabon.

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Please see below for start and finish dates/times. This course is currently being offered live and dates/times will change throughout the year.


This course includes

  • Lectures 1
  • Duration 1 Hours
  • Skills All levels
  • Language English
  • Availability Always
  • Certificate CE
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