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Explore the intersection between leadership, psychedelics, and other deep spiritual experiences. Learn how these experiences have shaped leaders around us, how they have changed how they manifest their vision, shaped their lives and our world.

Leadershipedelics Sebastien

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Explore the intersection between leadership, psychedelics, and other deep spiritual experiences. Learn how these experiences have shaped leaders around us, how they have changed how they manifest their vision, shaped their lives and our world.

    Luke Jensen, U.S. Marine vet at the intersection of neurofeedback and plant shamanism (S3 Ep1)

    Luke Jensen, U.S. Marine vet at the intersection of neurofeedback and plant shamanism (S3 Ep1)

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    This week meet Luke Jensen, founder, and CEO of Neuro Enlightenment, a company at the intersection of neuroscience and plant shamanism. We worked with Luke and his team during the Sacred Creativity Retreat to measure the impact of ayahuasca ceremonies and creativity workshops on our guests, we were blown away with the results. 
    Luke is from Nebraska and joined the US Marines when he was 18.  After returning from his deployment to Afghanistan in 2011 Luke was searching for meaning in life.  He experienced ayahuasca which changed and reshaped his perspective of reality.  This sent him on a quest to Peru where he spent time living in the jungle with Shipibo healers.  Luke started learning about QEEG brain mapping and different types of brain training.  He eventually became passionate about the potential of brain mapping and training in conjunction with plant medicines.  This led him to the creation of Neuro Enlightenment. 
    We cover Luke’s personal journey from the Marines to his deep soul work that followed, what led him to brain mapping, and what he’s seen in his work at the intersection of neurofeedback and spirituality. After talking with Luke and using brain mapping during our retreat, I’m convinced this is a tool with huge potential in the psychedelic space. Interview not to be missed. We recorded this in person so checkout the video on YouTube as well which has extra footage from the retreat.
    💡Highlights💡
    Spiritual health & the spiritual side of brainwavesRedefining yourself and healing from soul lossBrain mapping, QEEG, training, and neurofeedbackImproving brain efficiency and resilience through neurofeedbackMeasuring the impact of psychedelics on brain plasticity and normalizationCats, neurofeedback & rocket fuel Connecting with Luke
    http://neuroenlightenment.com Neuro Enlightenment on Facebook and InstagramLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/luke-jensen-658454262/Connecting with Sébastien
    YouTube channel (watch the interviews!): https://www.youtube.com/@leadershipedelicsFooyad.com

    • 55 min
    S2 E28 Holiday Special: Hernan Savastano on fatherhood, medicines in life, healing trauma, creating music, & holding space

    S2 E28 Holiday Special: Hernan Savastano on fatherhood, medicines in life, healing trauma, creating music, & holding space

    For the last episode of the year, last episode of season 2, and our 2022 Holiday Special, I am meeting with Hernan Savastano. Hernan is the father of Raina, husband of Angela, and talented plant medicine musician, facilitator, and space holder. He left the corporate world a few years ago after 18 years at Microsoft and Zillow working in User Research. Hernan and his wife now run a wellness and retreat center outside Seattle. Hernan recounts his journey from childhood to fatherhood, his work to heal, the missteps and lessons learned along the way, the role of plant medicine music in healing, and all the forms of medicine in his life. This is a powerful episode full of vulnerability and deep emotions. We cover a lot, from spiritual bypassing to healing generational trauma to holding emotional space for your children. We recorded this in person so watch the video if you can. This was one of the most moving interviews I’ve done so far, enjoy it and Happy Holidays.

    Video available on our YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/AMo2xayB7AI
    💡Highlights💡
    Reconnecting with yourself and finding alignmentThe forms of medicine: children, family, music, and plantsSinging in your native tongueBecoming a father & healing generational traumaHolding emotional space for your childrenLetting the child inside speakHealing from the inside outShadow work and spiritual bypassPatience and compassion during healingPsychedelic-assisted therapyConnection with Hernan
    Find Hernan on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hernan.savastanoSnowgrass Lodge Wellness and Retreat Center: https://www.snowgrasslodge.com/ Hernan on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/hernansAdditional resources mentioned during the interview
    The Wisdom of Trauma movie by Gabor Maté: https://thewisdomoftrauma.com/Medicine songs by Alonso Del Rio – Camino de Estrellas:  https://open.spotify.com/track/5Hgxtfr17kPS4Sl9qGt99b?si=9a291814804345edMedicine songs by Shimshai and Susana: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4AVYJdcFZH9nxlRxlEJWQo?si=BalHaN96ShKYmG95y7-U3wConnecting with Sébastien
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    S2 E27: Phil Dames, Music Maker and Director of Ops at Roots to Thrive, on music for psychedelic therapy

    S2 E27: Phil Dames, Music Maker and Director of Ops at Roots to Thrive, on music for psychedelic therapy

    Today on Leadershipedelics, we talk about music for psychedelic assisted therapy with Phil Dames, the music maker and director of operations at Roots to Thrive. We've had other members of Roots to Thrive on the show, Dr Pamela Kryskow and Shannon Dames. This is very intentional: they’ve got a great team and they’re doing great work. Roots to Thrive is Canada’s first and only multidisciplinary, non-profit healthcare practice to legally offer evidence-informed, group therapy programs that use a community of practice model, uniquely designed to address trauma and to promote resilience, and to also include the option of psilocybin-assisted and ketamine-assisted group therapy.” It’s a pleasure to get to know them and share their work. 
    With Phil being a music maker, and music playing such an important role in psychedelic assisted therapy, we go deep in what it takes to create the perfect playlist for a therapy session, how different types of music are used at different points and with different medicines. We share many resources, all listed in the show notes. And of course, we bring it all back to leadership comparing leadership to a cattle dog, imagine that.
    💡Highlights💡
    Ketamine therapy in group settingCrafting and curating playlists for psychedelic-assisted therapyCreating more inclusive playlistsDifferent music for different medicineStructuring a playlistCustomizing at the cohort levelUse of tension and textures in songsLeadership as a cattle dogConnecting with Phil
    Roots to Thrive: https://rootstothrive.com/More about Phil
    Phil is the Director of operations at Roots to Thrive, a 12-week program aimed at addressing PTSD, treatment resistant depression, anxiety, and others.

    Phil comes to Roots to Thrive with a focus on developing the structure to guide and inform the operations of the program. Phil has a long history of working with families and corporations, in the management of their financial well-being. Phil’s passion surrounds men’s health and the cultivation of environments that promote emotional awareness and expression. Phil developed the structure of the Roots to Thrive virtual program, which is currently is being used for RTT and RTT-KAT.

    Resources mentioned in the show

    Eric Sienknecht:
    https://open.spotify.com/user/estnick46
    Patterns by Solar Fields (“brain scrambler”): https://open.spotify.com/track/1wnZN0xG2bWmlKHP0iYeSG?si=2823b8178bcc4bc2
    4am by Jade Cicada:
    https://open.spotify.com/track/7IIVlJeo9O2DpSCBuWWLtu?si=e53e660bd9544457
    Portals (Avengers Endgame):
    https://open.spotify.com/track/0OVtnS3l4vThGxkdqCxN6K?si=01944b094e3c4f94
    About the Johns Hopkins playlist mentioned during the interview:
    https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/articles/inside-the-johns-hopkins-psilocybin-playlist
    Wilbur Weekend playlist by Eric Sienknecht:
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7raeMhIkbeCyOCXmoAeNY1?si=5f276f4f7d47474a

    Connecting with Sébastien
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    • 52 min
    S2 E26: Jason LeValley, Editor of Psychedelic Scene Magazine on psychedelic music, recreational vs. therapeutic use of psychedelics, and creativity

    S2 E26: Jason LeValley, Editor of Psychedelic Scene Magazine on psychedelic music, recreational vs. therapeutic use of psychedelics, and creativity

    Today, we talk about psychedelic music and therapy with Jason LeValley, the founder and Editor of the online Psychedelic Scene Magazine. Prior to Psychedelic Scene, Jason built a popular and successful radio station which was recognized as Best New Radio Station by Tucson Weekly. Jason shares his love and knowledge of psychedelic music bands, and his experience earlier this year with ketamine therapy, which stressed the importance of doing your research before selecting a clinic and the importance of using the right music for a psychedelic therapy session. We also explore the intersection between psychedelic music, recreational vs. therapeutic use of psychedelics, and creativity.  

    Enjoy 🙏❤️

    💡Highlights💡
    Psychedelic Scene MagazineLessons from Jason’s ketamine experienceImportance of integration workAntidepressants and psychedelics Music for therapyHistory of psychedelic musicRecreational use vs. therapeutic use and creativity🧠 Memorable Quotes 🧠
    [About Ketamine Clinics] “You have to research which clinic you’re going to and what their practices are, because a lot of clinics will just take your money and tell you to come back for more without really helping you.”
     “There has to be integration involved because just the ketamine alone is not enough to have a therapeutic value. It’s the combination of it: the integration with the ketamine therapy.”
    [About Music in Psychedelic Therapy] “If you’re listening to music that has lyrics, you sort of take on the theme of the lyrics and get removed from your own eternal self-processing.”
    “Presumably at some point people who are seeking healing through psychedelics will be healed and then what? Will they be done with psychedelics or will they want to continue to take them for the purpose of inspiration and recreation.”
    Connecting with Jason
    Jason on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonlevalley/Psychedelic Scene Magazine: https://psychedelicscene.com/Links to resources mentioned
    Ketamine treatment article: https://psychedelicscene.com/2022/03/29/the-ketamine-conundrum/Article on 5-MeO-DMT experience: https://psychedelicscene.com/2022/05/23/the-5-meo-dmt-experience-a-tool-for-transformation-and-healing/John Hopkins: MusicFor Psychedelic Therapy - https://open.spotify.com/album/2zY5p176SfmupXceLKT6bH?si=T4vBos94RV2SEg-CAzw8JwEast Forest: Music for Mushrooms: https://open.spotify.com/album/2LFyfGcBrrsvF8tECUs5gK?si=NXxlrUmuQjGtwxWhziyGnQConnecting with Sébastien
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    • 39 min
    S2 E25: Claire Jones, Sr VP of Operations on mental health, Ayahuasca, making time and space for yourself

    S2 E25: Claire Jones, Sr VP of Operations on mental health, Ayahuasca, making time and space for yourself

    In this episode, meet Claire Jones. Claire is a Senior VP of Operations for a digital advertising company in Toronto. She’s passionate about people and mental health. She’s studying for a master’s in psychology & neuroscience, and also volunteers for several non-profit organizations focused on mental health. We talked a few weeks after Claire got back from her first ayahuasca journey in Costa Rica. She recounts her experience, from preparation, to the actual ayahuasca ceremonies, to the integration phase where the hard work begins. She shares many lessons she gained along the way and how she’s integrating them in her work. We cover many topics, from trauma to the importance of slowing down and making space and time for yourself.

    Enjoy. 🙏❤️

    💡Highlights💡
    The dire need for more focus on mental health in the worldPersonal aspect of traumaLack of early education in mental healthClaire’s journey to Costa RicaThe journey back and the integration periodLetting go the fear of vulnerabilityCreating space and time for yourselfAnd more…Connecting with Claire
    ·      LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/claire-michelle-jones/

    Connecting with Sébastien
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    S2 E24: Shannon Dames from Roots to Thrive on healing starting at the basement of the soul

    S2 E24: Shannon Dames from Roots to Thrive on healing starting at the basement of the soul

    In this episode, meet Shannon Dames. She is a professor and researcher at Vancouver Island University, a resilience Health professional investigator, and the Research and Development director for the Roots to Thrive Ketamine assisted therapy program. She is working to develop and study the combination of resilience development and psychedelic-assisted therapies within a novel outpatient mental health model.
    We discuss the role of community in the healing process and why the healing journey should start at the basement of the soul, rather than at the mind. Shannon talks about bringing together western medicine and the indigenous ways of healing and working with the medicines of the land. And finally, she shares her own personal healing journey. 
     Enjoy. 🙏❤️
    💡Highlights💡
    Staying grounded while flowingOver-preparing’s impact on inspirationHealing through CommunityTaking resilience development beyond the mindOperating as whole personHealing at root level rather than top downThe basement of your soulPartnership with First Nations Honoring the indigenous ways of knowing and working with the medicine of the landShannon’s spiritual journey Connecting with Shannon Dames
    www.linkedin.com/in/shannondames/www.rootstothrive.comConnecting with Sébastien
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    • 48 min

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