Neurons to Nirvana ~ Presented by Alaska Entheogenic Awareness Council
- Mon, Nov 20
Director: Oliver Hockenhull Run Time: 120 min. Rating: Not rated Release Year: 2013
Starring: Charles Grob, Gabor Maté, Julie Holland, Ralph Metzner, Rick Doblin
Through interviews with leading psychologists and scientists, Neurons to Nirvana explores the history of four powerful psychedelic substances (LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA and Ayahuasca) and their previously established medicinal potential. Strictly focusing on the science and medicinal properties of these drugs, Neurons to Nirvana looks into why our society has created such a social and political bias against even allowing research to continue the exploration of any possible positive effects they can present in treating some of today’s most challenging afflictions.
Please stay for the Panel Discussion after the film.
Some of the proceeds will benefit AKEAC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
About the panelists from AKEAC – Psychedelics in Mental Healthcare: Ethical, Legal, and Cultural Perspectives.
Moderator – Regina Randall is from Holy Cross, Alaska, an Athabaskan village located on the Yukon river. She grew up in rural Alaska where her mother, Marie Demientieff, worked as a traditional healer and substance abuse counselor. In the spring of 2007, Regina traveled to Peru where she was introduced to the world of shamanic healing. Inspired by her experience, she moved to Peru in 2009 where she spent three years training with indigenous curanderos in the Amazon rainforest.
Regina has a deep reverence and respect for the Shipibo-Conibo tribe and resonates strongly with their healing practices. She has organized and facilitated many healing retreats in Peru and is passionate about sharing the wonders of entheogenic plant medicine with the world.
Regina works as an indigenous rights advocate and political organizer in Alaska. She has a BA in psychology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in political psychology at Arizona State University.
Dr. Ana Verzone is a doctorally-prepared PMHNP, FNP, and mindfulness meditation teacher. She specializes in mindfulness-based and psychedelic-assisted therapy, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP), and nature-based wilderness retreats to help people discover their soul purpose and make the most of this one precious life. She is the founder of Insight AK and is the host of the top-rated Rebel Buddhist podcast. Ana is an undeniable multi-passionate and consummate learner, with a degree in Clinical Psychology and multiple graduate degrees from UCSC, UCSF and Johns Hopkins University. She is also a Master Certified Life Coach.
She also completed advanced training in psychedelic-assisted therapy from MAPS, a fellowship with the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, where she also trained in supporting psychotherapy with ketamine, psilocybin, ayahuasca, and MDMA, and has studied under esteemed mentors such as Drs. Gabor Mate, Stan Grof, Richard Schwartz, and more.
Ana has been a dedicated meditator and Buddhist practitioner since 1992 and completed a 2-year mindfulness teacher training with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach, in-depth training in Mindful Self-Compassion at UCSD’s Center for Mindfulness, is in the Dedicated Practitioner Program at Spirit Rock, and regularly participates in silent vipassana retreats.
Dr. Tami Lubitsh-White, a licensed psychologist, is deeply committed to facilitating transformation and healing through psychotherapy. With a background rooted in diverse life experiences, she brings a unique and empathetic perspective to the field.
Originally from Israel, Dr. Lubitsh-White spent many years working as a journalist and theater director, cultivating qualities of directness and resourcefulness. Having embarked on a new journey as a psychotherapist upon relocating to Alaska, she possesses a deep understanding of life’s transitions.
Academic achievements include a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a doctorate degree from Alaska Pacific University. However, Dr. Lubitsh-White emphasizes that the most profound education arises from life experiences and the wisdom shared by clients.
She is well-versed in a range of therapeutic modalities, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Sensorimotor therapy, Hypnotherapy, and drama and art therapy. Moreover, Dr. Lubitsh-White is certified in psychedelic-assisted therapy, showcasing a commitment to innovative approaches within psychotherapy.
With a wealth of experience working across diverse populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings, Dr. Lubitsh-White specializes in treating trauma, mood disorders, and anxiety. Notably, she emphasizes the importance of acknowledging the person beyond diagnostic labels.
In recent years, she has ventured into integrating behavioral health into primary care, founding and managing an integrated program at Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center. She continues to explore the intricate connection between mind, body, and heart, recognizing that emotions and health are inseparable. This commitment to holistic well-being underscores Dr. Lubitsh-White’s dedication to supporting clients on their transformative journeys.”
Melissa Bradley is a graduate student with the University of Alabama at Birmingham under Dr. Peter Hendricks as well as an epidemiologist for the Alaska Department of Health. Previously, she was a research coordinator at Johns Hopkins University working under Dr. Matthew Johnson. Her academic research interests include the pharmacoepidemiology of psychedelic substances as well as public health policy, clinical trial methodology and risk assessment of psychedelic-assisted therapy.