About the Co-founders

Hi! I am Jess 

I am a Brazilian psychedelic-assisted medicine guide, Women On Psychedelics co-founder, and freelance writer in the psychedelic space. Since 2020, I have been behind WOOP's content production, where my passions for storytelling, women's empowerment, and psychoactive substances converge. 

 

Women On Psychedelics exists to bring awareness about the benefits and risks of psychedelics use for women and encourage all of us to make well-informed choices about their therapeutic potential and transformational capacities. 

 

Psychedelics have made me more aware not only of the crisis of our planet but also of the mental crisis humanity is in. I feel a heightened responsibility to take action in a way that serves the Earth and our human collective. And I trust we can mobilize inner healing towards outer action.

 

In 2021 I was listed among the "40 Under 40 Outstanding BIPOC Leaders in Drug Police in the USA" by the SSDP, and in the article "9 Women of Color Creating A More Inclusive Psychedelic Movement" by Psychedelics Today. My goal as an advocate for psychedelics is to work towards the normalization of these substances and the end of the stigmatization of women’s mental health and women’s drug use.

 

Through my work, I hope to connect women through creative, social, and political educational content and activities that work to create a positive change in the ways psychedelics are viewed/perceived by the general public. You can further connect with me via Linkedin or Instagram.

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Hi! I am Tian

I am from Singapore and an avid explorer of the world and human consciousness, and love to ponder the very nature of reality. Serendipitous encounters brought me into the incredible world of fungi and plant medicines, initiating a journey of discovery, learning and deep healing. This ignited a passion to share the emerging research, and to help amplify the voices of women in this field.

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About the Team

Hi! I am Ana

I am a Romanian living in Canada for the past 9 years. I’ve always been interested in diving deep into the self, exploring my wounds, and using play and creativity to transform those sorrows into something beautiful in the world around me. Trying psychedelics opened me up to new ways of doing that and took all those interests to the next level. 

As for many, 2020 has been a year of reflection, reconsideration, and reprioritizing. As I started doing that, my world unfolded and expanded in ways I never imagined; the microdosing journal took off and I’ve met wonderful people within the psychedelics space.

 

At WOOP I hope to bring a bit more of my experience and enthusiasm for microdosing and share with the wonderful women involved in the psychedelic space all over the world. 

 

As psychedelics expanded my sense of self, my love for humanity and brought unconditional love and acceptance into my life, I truly believe that everyone could benefit from this medicine. 

My mission is to guide anyone on their journey to successfully incorporate microdosing psychedelics into their lives if they choose to do so.

 

Based on my own microdosing experience, I've developed a couple of tools that can empower anyone to use microdosing practices to design the life you’ve always desired. 

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Hi! I am Melissa

To sum up my vastness in a few simple words, I am a Greek/Moroccan writer and storyteller, psychonaut, humanitarian, and dog mama from the beautiful, multi-cultural city of Montreal, Canada. I have long since been a seeker of truth, striving to uncover what lies beneath the surface, and never one to shy away from exploring the complexities that surround human behaviour.

 

My personal quest for healing and deep pull to investigate the dark corners of my psyche, are what lead me to the mystical world of psychedelics. Advocating for their responsible use has since
become one of my many missions. I strongly believe that, when used responsibly, they have the potential to aid in solving several of the global issues we are dealing with today.

 

Along with plant medicine, writing has become an indispensable tool on my path and utilizing it to serve the collective feminine is a cause I am sincerely committed to. The power of sisterhood, and the healing that results from releasing our truth in witness of one another is undeniable.

 

So, I am profoundly grateful to be a part of the WOOP community; a community that doesn’t withdraw from dissecting topics that, in my humble opinion, require our focused attention. The fact that I am able to use my voice through this platform is a privilege I do not take lightly, and I intend to portray so by using my writing to inspire the awakening in women near and far.

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Hi! I am Micah

I'm a writer, a mom, a speaker and Psychedelic Integration Therapist. Raised by evangelicals on a farm in rural Tennessee, I am now far from home in Mexico where I reside with my family and work as an integrative support therapist with trauma survivors.

 

I am currently writing and revising a memoir, chronicling the path to heal intergenerational trauma and PTSD with MDMA, psilocybin and guided psychotherapy.

This is a defining time in our collective history. Beneath all the pain and adversity of now, lies a great renaissance of plant medicines and the divine feminine. Her power has been so abused, and now it’s come to a moment of reckoning and reset. I believe it takes strong women like us in our little corners of the world, head down, heart open working away to contribute to this larger momentum. 

 

I’m honored to have the opportunity to cross-pollinate. As we work together, rather than in competition, we heal the feminine and demonstrate to other girls and women what all is possible through love, courage and vulnerability.

To learn more about my work check out my website and Sugar Foot Journey.

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Hi! I am Ksyha

Adopted from Russia, with a very colorful ethnic background. I was brought to Canada when I was two years old and still reside here in BC. 

 

Plant Medicines have always been in my scope. But being raised in a religious home, my parents thought they were doing what was right by telling my siblings and I that these ‘drugs’ could cause insurmountable damage.” My mother, being raised (also religious but with less guilt tactics...) a total hippy with her siblings. She would often tell stories about the visions she had seen or the experiences she had, the creation of my name being one of them. She knew how healing they were but also knew how to properly caution them. "Integration is one of the biggest keys to plant medicines." She'd say. And I concur. 

 

Being a twenty four year old, mom of two. I teach Pre & Postnatal Yoga to help facilitate early healing and proactive guidance for labor. I turned to plant medicines as a way to help with Postpartum. Rage and sadness consumed me. I got sick of the constant battle in my head, so I looked for a natural way out and I found solace in microdosing & cannabis. I thank Pachamama everyday for her gifts and constant support. 

 

My hope here at WOOP, is to help bring awareness to these Medicines healing capabilities and to show that the stigma around these modalities is unnecessary, but education around them is a must. I eventually want to become a psychotherapist so I can share the dream with my mom about the importance of integration. I don't want anyone to feel alone on this journey, so if I can help even one person bridge the gap from their experience with Mother Medicina, to applying it in real life scenarios, then a purpose is complete. 

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Hi! I am Marlies

I am Dutch and an explorer, a wanderer, a dreamer. As long as I can remember, I’ve had an insatiable curiosity and eagerness to get the most out of life. In the past two decades, this translated into living a traveling life. Working and studying abroad, always trying to understand and learn as much as I could from ‘the others’.


Slowly, however, I started to feel eager to travel more inside. To get to know myself on a deeper level. And it was in psychedelics, that I found a ‘travel guide’ for this purpose. Of course, I already had experience – I am an explorer, remember? But I had never looked into using psychedelics for spiritual growth. Their potential to break through fixed patterns and to zoom out and look at yourself from a
distance, convinced me that they make a powerful tool for self-exploration.


True to my previously mentioned insatiable curiosity, I felt an urge to expand my knowledge about psychedelics. I started to study the history – how come that, while there was so much promising research going on, psychedelics ended up with such a bad name? I compared the facts with the (many!) ungrounded fairy tales – how come that these stories spread like wildfire and are still buzzing around after so many years? I dove into old and new research - The results! Are! Amazing!…and came to the conclusion that the demonisation of psychedelics is one of the dumbest things that has
happened in the last 60 years.


But although they deserve a clean slate (and I’m shouting this from the rooftops!), you cannot take psychedelics lightly. They are a medicine – as many native communities have known for centuries - and should be treated with the same care and precaution. A lot of good, clear, and easy to find information is necessary.


And therefore, I feel honoured to be part of Women on Psychedelics. We, fourth wave feminists, living the third wave of psychedelics, spreading the word. I truly believe that psychedelics can be one of the keys to a better world. Or as Flea wrote in his mind-blowing book ‘Acid for the Children’: “Psychedelics are a great gift to humanity”.

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Hi! I am Ngozi

I am a multidisciplinary Nigerian/Motswana artist based in Botswana. My work often uses the female form to explore themes related to spirituality and nature and lives at the intersection of intuition and action.


Microdosing has helped me to understand and appreciate that transition, flow and change are the nature of the universe, and I am free to invent, reinvent and ground myself whenever I choose. I am leaning into the idea that home is always where I make it – and that I am safe.


As part of my journey with psychedelics, I am shifting my artistic practice to become more grounded in Love, healing, community and participation. My experience in the communication space has opened me up to a deeper understanding of the potential for making meaning, and how creativity can heal trauma and unearth potential.


At WOOP I am looking forward to sharing my experience as a healer, creative and communicator, and hold space with everyone who is either on this journey, or thinking about embarking on it.

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