Date(s) - 04/19/2022
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Join Professor Ayize Jama-Everett of Starr King’s Sacred and the Substance course as he interviews some of the top writers, practitioners, and religious leaders in the psychedelic movement. Our final interview will be a roundtable of Starr King graduates who all work within the field of psychedelics, including Celina De Leon, Anthony Graffagnino, and Rev. Emily Webb.
Celina De Leon, M.Div, has extensive experience in the field of psychedelics and contemplative practice with particular experience working with indigenous and spiritual lineages. She received an M.Div from the Graduate Theological Union- Starr King School for the Ministry and is broadly interested in the application of psychedelic plant medicines from the lens of spiritual care. Her long-standing relationship with the Kamentsa indigenous community of the Putumayo of Colombia informs her perspective on valuing how indigenous knowledge contributes to our understanding of the spiritual and therapeutic uses of psychedelics. Celina is a leader on the training team at the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics (BCSP) and also consults on indigenous reciprocity and DEI. She is also the founder and director of Circle of Sacred Nature Church, the Chair of the board of directors of Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines, and the program director of Posada Natura retreat center in Costa Rica.
Rev. Emily Webb has a M.Div degree from Starr King School for the Ministry and a B.A in Sociology/Anthropology from Lewis and Clark College. Her professional experience is as a hospice chaplain, a community organizer and as an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. Her professional interests include the intersection of spirituality/religious traditions and Western medical practice; with a focus on addressing moral injury among healthcare and mental healthcare providers.
In 2021, she completed a graduate certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research from the California Institute for Integral Studies. Her professional practice supports clergy, healers and healthcare professionals to access inner resources for sustaining themselves and to live more authentically.
Anthony Graffagnino, MDiv, is an Interfaith-Quaker Chaplain who currently provides end-of-life care at Hospice of the East Bay. He attended Starr King School for the Ministry from 2014-2018, during which he completed a field internship at the Maitri Compassionate Care Center in SF, a Spiritual Direction Certificate at the Interfaith Chaplaincy Institute, a CPE internship at Kaiser Walnut Creek, and a year-long residency at UCSF Medical Center. While at UCSF, he completed a specialization project under the mentorship of Clinical Researcher Dr. Brian Anderson, developing a spiritual assessment model for chaplains serving in psilocybin therapy contexts. Anthony has continued to expand his work in psychedelic chaplaincy by serving as a night-attendant in MAPS’ clinical trials of MDMA for PTSD and as a clinician in Hospice of the East Bay’s Ketamine for End-of-Life Anxiety study. He has published an article focused on the Enneagram as a vital tool for psychedelic journeying and continues to write on the subject. He will be attending the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Psychedelic Therapy and Research Certificate program in Summer 2022 in order to create further in-roads for spiritual care practitioners within the emerging field of psychedelic therapy.
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