#519: Françoise Bourzat — The Maven of Consciousness Medicine

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Françoise Bourzat — The Maven of Consciousness Medicine

One quick but important disclaimer on this episode: 2-3 months after the publication of this episode, public allegations of sexual misconduct were made against Françoise Bourzat and her husband, Aharon Grossbard. Subsequent media coverage has catalyzed critical conversations in the psychedelic communities about therapeutic boundaries, potential abuses of power, and how to prevent and mitigate misconduct.

I struggled with whether or not to take down this episode entirely, especially given my own history as a childhood victim of sexual abuse. For now, I’ve decided to leave this episode up with this clear disclaimer added to the beginning of all audio and blog posts on tim.blog related to the episode. I’ve made this decision—and my feeling could change later, of course—because this conversation also includes tools and frameworks that I think can be very valuable to those considering psychedelic medicine in any capacity.

Suffice to say, it’s with a very heavy heart that I deliver this update, but I’m also happy that these conversations around ethics are happening now, at the forefront and before we have thousands of additional therapists in the field.

Thank you for listening.

— Tim

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Françoise Bourzat (@Francoise_Bourzat) has been bridging the divide between Western psychology and indigenous wisdom in collaboration with healers in Mexico for the past 30 years. She is a co-founder of the Center for Consciousness Medicine, which trains people to become guides in a holistic method of psychedelic-assisted therapy. She is also the co-author of Consciousness Medicine, published by North Atlantic Books.

Françoise served on the advisory board for the Oregon Prop 109 initiative and is currently helping to design training for future facilitators of mushroom experiences. She is also collaborating with the Pacific Neuroscience Institute in Santa Monica, California, in an FDA-approved research study on psilocybin-assisted therapy for COVID-related grief. She leads mushroom ceremonies and retreats in Jamaica for bereaved parents (www.reliefforgrief.org).

She has a Master of Arts in somatic psychology and is trained in the Hakomi Method. Françoise has taught at CIIS in San Francisco, and she lectures at other academic institutions, such as Yale, Stanford, and UCSF. She runs online courses and contributes to advisory boards and organizations offering value-aligned trainings on the topics of mushroom ceremonies.

Please enjoy!

P.S. During this podcast, Françoise shares few stories of people participating in her retreats and she wishes to inform the listeners that these people have given her consent to speak about them and their experiences.

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