Thu, Nov 02|
Casa de Luz
Psychedelics & Healing the Wounds of War (Austin)
Come hear from three veterans about their life-changing experiences with psychedelic medicines to heal the traumas of war. In anticipation of Veterans Day, pledge your support by showing up to witness them and hear their powerful journeys.
Time & Location
Nov 02, 2023, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
Casa de Luz, 1701 Toomey Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
About the event
In this provocative panel conversation, we'll hear from three Austin-area veterans who have experienced the healing power of psychedelic medicine to transcend their trauma to become their best selves. These three individuals now serve as advocates, visionaries, leaders, and volunteers in this emerging field of therapy. Come learn about their journeys, the healing power of these medicines, and the ways in which many in the veteran community have transformed their lives and their relationships with loved ones as a result. These veterans represent some of the major organizations shaping the psychedelic therapy movement: Heroic Hearts Project, Heroic Path to Light, and The Mission Within.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Justin LaPree is a decorated Marine and former Austin, Texas, firefighter. After returning home from the Middle East, he struggled with a TBI, PTSD, and survivor's guilt, enduring everything from homelessness to opioid dependence. In 2018, he attempted suicide at his fire station. Psilocybin and other sacred medicines served as the catalyst to change his life, and after 15 years of losing friends to suicide, he was determined to create a safe and sacred container for healing, connection, and transformation. In 2022, he founded Heroic Path to Light, a Texas-based nonprofit serving the veteran, first responder, and Gold/White star communities.
Kasey Pipitt enlisted in the Army at 18 and became a Ranger by 19. When wounded in Afghanistan by a grenade, his logical mind processed the trauma with reasoning: a dangerous job has life threatening consequences. It wasn't until his separation from the military that he realized he was mentally distraught. Like so many of our veterans, Kasey's transition into the civilian world resulted in a loss of identity. Psilocybin opened his mind to new perspectives and opportunities, as did ayahuasca. His search for a deepening relationship with plant medicine led him to Heroic Hearts Project, where he now serves as an integration coach.
Cassie Cantin is a veteran who served around the world — from South Carolina to Korea to Ft. Hood, Texas. She deployed to Iraq from March 2003 until March 2004. After that deployment, she had the honor of serving at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), now known as San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC), and cared for several wounded veterans. While there, she realized that many service members, herself included, were battling invisible wounds. Plagued by insomnia, PTSD, and survivor's guilt, Cassie decided to attend the Mission Within treatment program in June of 2022. Cassie lives in New Braunfels, TX and also serves as a veteran ambassador for the Boot Campaign.
The ticket cost will cover fees for renting the event space, A/V equipment, administrative fees for the Psychedelic Society of Texas. These are sliding scale tickets -- please feel free to choose the ticket price based on what works for your financial situation. We appreciate your generosity and willingness to further psychedelic community and education.
Please RSVP before this one-of-a-kind event fills up!
PsyT Disclaimer: Version September 2023
PsyT does not hold ceremonies or promote illegal activities during our events. This is not a place to seek, encourage, or participate in the procurement of controlled substances. You agree that you will not contact us for such things and will not engage in any such activities in your participation in any PsyT event. We provide a platform to discuss experiences that offer transformation in our personal and professional lives. You acknowledge that any information we provide is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
**Please do not use our space to promote or source substance and retreats**
$23 Supporter Ticket
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$16 Supporter Ticket
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$10 Supporter Ticket
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