Apr 9, 2021
Larry Norris, Ph.D., is the co-founder and executive director of ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education) 501(c)(3), a group dedicated to the development of entheogenic education, research, and integration models. Larry is also a co-founder and one the Board of Decriminalize Nature and helped to co-author the resolution which received a unanimous decision from the Oakland City Council and cities across the US. He holds a Ph.D from the East-West Psychology department at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco; his dissertation reviews archived ayahuasca experiences to identify transformational archetypes and insights and consider their implications for integration. To find out more about Larry's work and ERIE's approach to integration, please visit:
To learn more about Decriminalize Nature, please visit: https://www.decriminalizenature.org/
Carlos Plazola was educated at UCLA (BS in Biology/Anthropolgy) and Yale (MS in Environmental Science) and has lived with the Anchuar of Ecuador where he personally experienced the destruction of the rainforest and its impact on ancient traditions.
Carlos has worked as a political activist with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, ACORN, and the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice. He eventually became the field director for a mayoral campaign, and Chief of Staff to the Oakland City Council President. His latest efforts since 2006 have been in manifesting creativity through the build environment, becoming a real estate developer, completing over 30 projects, including two mid-rises, and winning three Historic Preservation Awards while also exploring and advancing methods of sustainable development.
Due to his own experiences with entheogens, he has become an advocate for the decriminalization of entheogenic plants and fungi in a just and equitable way, ensuring they become accessible to all communities, especially to low-income communities which experience the highest levels of life-inhibiting trauma. To support this intention, he is currently building a financially self-sustaining healing center called The Haven Community, a co-living, co-working consciousness community in Oakland, CA. For more information about this community, please see: https://www.thehavencommunity.org/
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