Daniel ‘Sitaram Das’ Shankin is the founder of Mt. Tam Psychedelic Integration, an organization serving individuals who are exploring their consciousness for transformational evolution within a supportive community. He offers one of one integration coaching, and his clients describe his work as as profound yet casual, both humorous and reverent.
After a deep and intense awakening experience in 1998, Daniel dove deep into his yoga and meditation practice to stabilize his realization in his body and the world. He began teaching in 2002, and took over leadership of his neighborhood yoga studio in 2004. As a yoga and meditation teacher for over 20 years, Daniel has dedicated his life to the cultivation of clarity, resilience, and heart. He uses tools from a wide variety of traditions to help his clients to develop powerful personal practices for psychedelic preparation and integration. You can visit him at www.tamintegration.com.
Throughout her life, Robin has turned to psychedelics as allies in her growth. Nearly 40 years ago she experienced her first LSD trip and from the beginning she connected deeply with mother earth and the sacredness of life. Since then she has developed an intimate relationship with sacred medicines.
While addressing her alcoholism and starting a focused journey of self-awareness in her late 20’s, she was introduced to women’s new moon ceremonies, Paganism, and Native American rituals. These practices – women’s circles, meditation, Reiki, rigorous ayahuasca and mushroom journeying, dancing, yoga – are the foundation for her current way of being in the world. Robin is an artist, life coach, and micro-dosing protocol counselor.
Dr. Sa'ed Al-Olimat
Beginner’s Circle Co-Lead
Sa’ed is a pharmacy manager and mental health advocate. His passion in advancing mental health outcomes led him to investigating psilocybin and other classical psychedelic compounds as tools for mental, spiritual, and emotional support.
Now he serves as the Vice President of the Psychedelic Club of Pittsburgh, Co-Founder of the Psychedelic Pharmacists Association, and Founder of PsiloHealth. He believes in ending the war on drugs and establishing equitable entheogen regulatory frameworks to promote safety, accessibility, and inclusivity.
In his free time, he enjoys socializing with friends, practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and spending time with his partner Marielle.
BIPOC Circle Lead
Buki Fadipe, a Nigerian/British, writer, content creator, educator and healing catalyst. She founded Adventures in OM (@adventures.in.om) as an educational resource for those seeking expansion, healing and growth with sacred earth medicine. Her work is rooted in spirituality and reclaiming ancient earth/indigenous wisdom to act as a basis for earth based holistic healing.
Buki is completing a Psychedelic Practitioner certification with Synthesis Institute, and is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor. She runs educational workshops, courses, and one-on-one sessions on preparation, navigation, harm reduction and integration for those seeking holistic alternatives to conventional Western medicine. Buki writes about the intersections of psychedelic healing and spirituality. She is focused on investigating how psychedelics can be used as a catalyst for decolonization, healing systemic & ancestral trauma, ecological injustice to ultimately assist in individual, ecological and collective liberation.
Jean has been a student of personal growth, self-healing and transformation for over 20 years, and is a registered yoga instructor with 1200+ hours of formal training and over a dozen years of teaching experience. She began in earnest to address a lifetime of depression, anxiety and addictions in the summer of 2019 through the skillful use of psychedelic assisted psychotherapy. She is extraordinarily grateful to
share that she is now free of anti-depressants and addictive substances for the first time in her adult life. Life is not perfect, but the ongoing use of these medicines is helping her to continue to heal. She is now committed to giving back in this sacred medicine space.
Dr. Eric Sienknecht
Ketamine Assisted Therapy
Eric Sienknecht, Psy.D., is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Co-founder of Polaris Insight Center, a ketamine-assisted psychotherapy clinic in San Francisco. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and World Religions from Georgetown University in 2000 and his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies in 2011. He has undergone training in psychedelic psychotherapy with the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and serves as Sub-investigator and Study Therapist on the Phase 3 MDMA-assisted psychotherapy clinical trials for treatment of PTSD. His areas of expertise include treatment of depression, chronic pain, trauma, and integration of psychedelic experiences. His professional interests include psychoanalysis, consciousness research, mystical and peak experiences, mindfulness, and studying the synergistic effects of yoga, music, and psychedelics. He writes articles for Chacruna.net and Psychedelic Support Network and presents regularly at psychedelic conferences on topics such as Set and Setting in Psychedelic Therapy and Ethics of Psychedelic Therapy and Research.