Sierra Psychedelic Society Newsletter

Education | Risk Management | Community

Greetings SPS Community,

We hope you enjoyed a beautiful August, and that your summer is filled with light, love and adventure! Wishing you all a safe and joyful Labor Day Weekend, and sending playa love to all the Burners as we celebrate the change of seasons.

We're excited to share some recent highlights, new offerings, and upcoming September events.

August Highlights:

Leo Birthday Festivities

We truly felt the love of our community Saturday night of August 19. Following integration circle we threw a birthday party to celebrate several members of our community including Taylor Atkins, Rachelle Lanning, and Julie Jackolat. Thank you all for sharing the birthday love!

Meet our new Director: Taylor Atkins!

We welcome Taylor Atkins as Sierra Psychedelic's new Director. Taylor has been instrumental in growing our community, and we celebrate their wealth of knowledge, experience and passion! Thank you, Taylor, for everything you do for us!

Learn more about Taylor here.

Welcome to September!

This month, SPS is excited to announce "The Neuroscience of Psychedelics" for our 3rd Friday event!

Join us on Friday, September 15 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at The Studio Reno (1805 S. Virginia St.) for a presentation on "The Neuroscience of Psychedelics" with Kate Cotter.

Are you intrigued to learn more about the remarkable nature of psychedelic compounds and their unique mechanisms of action in the brain? How and why are these novel treatments so effective for treating conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, OCD and eating disorders? What sets the classic serotonergic psychedelics (psilocybin, DMT, LSD) apart from medicines such as MDMA or ketamine? How does N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) differ from 5-MeO-DMT, and what are the effects on the brain and body?

Whether you're new to psychedelics and interested to learn more, or a professional in the field looking to gain a deeper understanding of the science & latest research, this talk will provide you with a higher level understanding in an easy-to-understand format.

Kate Cotter serves as the Executive Director for Sierra Psychedelic Society and Nevada Coalition for Psychedelic Medicines. She has been researching psychedelic medicines for over 15 years and believes they hold great potential for healing trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, and more—in addition to offering profound opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. Kate is dedicated to bringing awareness, building community, and providing education around psychedelics, in addition to advocating for policy reform. She believes that revising drug policy is a crucial step in bringing much-needed healing to our communities, as well as a critical matter of criminal justice reform.

Kate’s passion for psychedelic therapy dovetails with her studies in depth psychology, Jungian theory, neuroscience, mindfulness and meditation. She is a certified yoga instructor, a trained flow state coach, and holds degrees in Religion and French. Kate has recently completed an 8 week (20 hour) course in the neuroscience of psychedelics, and is currently enrolled in Psychedelics Today's 12-Month Vital Psychedelic Training Program in Psychedelic Therapies and Integration.


Sierra Psychedelic Society is holding a fundraiser this November, and we are collecting goods and services for our silent auction. If you'd like to support SPS by contributing to the silent auction, we invite you to click the button below and submit the form. Thank you for the support!

Donate to SPS Silent Auction!

Community Announcements

Explore the rejuvenating summer experience of Soulful Sundays, a retreat held every week in Quincey, CA. Embrace nature and nurture your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being within a supportive community. To learn more, reach out to Taylor Atkins at tayloratkins@wholisticintegration.com.

Our offerings are continuously growing. In addition to the existing program, we now feature integrative art classes, guided breath-work, sound healing sessions, hape ceremonies, intention setting circles, music circles and much more!

Seeking Volunteer Social Media Wizard

Nevada Coalition for Psychedelic Medicines and Sierra Psychedelic Society are seeking a volunteer social media wizard to help with our instagram and facebook accounts. If you or anyone know would love to support the cause by posting about circles, upcoming events, and psychedelic education, we would greatly appreciate your help in growing our community! If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at: info@sierrapsychedelic.org

We also encourage you to check out the SPS website, SPS Instagram, or slack channel for the most current and up to date information. Thank you all again for your participation, advocacy, and support!

To join the Nevada Coalition for Psychedelic Medicines, to learn more about our integration circles, and to see our monthly meeting line up, continue scrolling.

With love and psychedelia,

Sierra Psychedelic Society



If you know anyone who would like to join and/or be included in occasional updates and event info, please feel free to forward this email to themthere’s a signup page here for our email list. We promise to keep your information confidential and if for any reason you’d prefer to opt out—no worries! Just click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of this email. For more information, please visit our website, slack channel, or email us at: info@sierrapsychedelic.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

Integration Circle &

Micro-dosing Support


"Integration refers to the process by which the material accessed, and insights gained in an entheogenic experience, are incorporated over time in a way that benefits the individual and the community." -ERIE (Entheogenic Research Integration and Education)

These circles are a safe and confidential space to talk openly about non-ordinary states of consciousness. To learn more about integration, click HERE. If you'd like to connect online with our group between meetings, we invite you to join the slack group.

Microdosing Support Group

Join us every first Thursday at 12:00 noon at Idlewild Park next to the California building for our microdosing support group. This is a safe space to share experiences and learn from others who have explored the practice of microdosing to benefit mental health. All are welcome--from experienced microdosers to curious beginners!

Saturday Night Standard Integration Circles

These circles are designed to offer a safe space to discuss non-ordinary states of consciousness, while providing emotional support and guidance after transformative experiences. All levels of life experience are welcomed and accepted. 

The 1RV (1st Responders + Veterans) Integration Circle is a confidential and secure space dedicated to first responders and veterans. This is a place to gather, connect and learn about the potential for healing through alternative remedies. Thank you for continuing to bring awareness to this very necessary conversation, and for your continued support of our first responders and veterans and their healing journeys. Learn more here.

It's Book Club Time!

Calling all book lovers!

September 11 at 5:30pm

We are diving into chapter 7 of:

Entangled Life:

How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, & Shape Our Futures

by: Merlin Sheldrake

Join us every 2nd Monday for a monthly book club discussion.

For current details & meeting location, please join our slack channel or email us at:


Monthly Event Lineup

Mark your calendars early, the stage is set for a great summer series!

Our Sister Advocacy Organization

We invite you to check out & support Nevada Coalition for Psychedelic Medicines!

NCPM is currently working with legislators to change outdated laws and penalties in Nevada through lobbying, educating, and raising awareness. If you would like to be part of this change, please consider joining the coalition to support drug policy reform in our state!

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