- February 6, 2019
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Join integral psychotherapist Gisele Fernandes-Osterhold for a conversation with social anthropologist and author Beatriz Labate on the risks and benefits to the globalization of ayahuasca through the lens of her research on new and traditional uses of psychoactive substances. Learn about the healing traditions, politics, and conservation of mood-altering plant medicines and their important role in shamanism and ritual.
Beatriz Caiuby Labate has a PhD in social anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of plant medicines, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, and religion. She is Executive Director of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines, an organization that provides public education about psychedelic plant medicines and promotes a bridge between the ceremonial use of sacred plants and psychedelic science. She is Adjunct Faculty at the East-West Psychology Program at CIIS, and Visiting Professor at the Center for Research and Post Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Guadalajara. She is also Public Education and Culture Specialist at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). She is co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP) in Brazil, and editor of NEIP’s website, as well as editor of the Mexican blog Drugs, Politics, and Culture . She is author, co-author, and co-editor of twenty books, one special-edition journal, and several peer-reviewed articles. Visit her website to learn more about Beatriz and her work.
Gisele Fernandes-Osterhold is a licensed psychotherapist and core faculty member in the Integral Counseling Psychology program at CIIS. She has been working as a psychotherapist for twenty years, using an integrative approach that is rooted in Somatic, Humanistic-Existential and Transpersonal psychologies. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2001, Gisele has been working with diverse clients in community mental health and private practice settings, being particularly involved in serving the Latinx population. Being an immigrant to the United States, a woman of color and in a bicultural marriage, Gisele has a profound interest in multicultural issues, which has become one of the main topics of her clinical work, teaching, and consulting. Gisele's personal approach to healing is rooted in her commitment to yoga, dance, and the spiritual traditions of her native Brazil.