Jahan Khamsehzadeh, PhD
I completed my dissertation on psychedelics at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). It is being published by North Atlantic Books as The Psilocybin Connection: Psychedelics, the Transformation of Consciousness, and Evolution of the Planet—An Integral Approach and will be distributed by Penguin Random House. The release date is April 5th 2022. Aside from academic work, I have undergone several major trainings, including graduating from the Hakomi Somatic-Psychotherapy program and training within the Mazatec mushroom tradition.
I assisted the Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy Certificate Training at CIIS for two years and mentored at the newly emerging School of Consciousness Medicine. I run a free monthly integration group called “Developing a Relationship with Sacred Mushrooms” with the San Francisco Psychedelic Society. I also taught a class on psychedelic psychotherapy at John F. Kennedy University, and worked with the Cosmic Mass for a year, a project to reimagine ritual in a postmodern culture.
Having attended Burning Man for almost a decade, I have led two camps, and will again be volunteering at the Zendo Psychedelic Harm Reduction Center. Psychedelics, specifically psilocybin mushrooms, set the course for my academic career, first graduating from the University of Arizona with a major in Philosophy and minors in both Physics and Psychology, and then earning a master’s in Consciousness and Transformative Studies from John F. Kennedy University.