About the Co-founders
Hi! I am Jess
I am a Brazilian storyteller, adventure seeker, and Earth advocate. In 2020, I co-founded the platform Women On Psychedelics to raise the voices of women on the scene and to bring awareness about the benefits and risks of psychedelics use for women and encourage them 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.
The psychedelic sphere is heavily male-dominated, and it’s time to bring visibility to the incredible self-identified women in the field and also to bring information to other women who look to learn more about it. Our world has been so harsh to women. We have so many cases of eating disorders, body dysmorphia, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, abusive relationships, sexual abuse. I believe psychedelics can help undo social programming and also work on the healing and empowerment of women, helping them reconnect with their inner voices and strength.
At WOOP we believe that equal representation and cooperation at all levels of the psychedelic renaissance is a must. And also that the mindful, integral and culturally aware use of psychedelic substances can help us build a better world, connecting us to ourselves, to others, and to our planet.
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.
About the Authors
Hi! I am Tatiana
I’m a Yoga and Mindful Meditation Teacher, born and raised in Algarve, Portugal and currently living in London. About 6 years ago I had my first encounter with psychedelics but only around 3 years ago I started looking at these compounds as tools for mental health and self-discovery.
This fascinates me not only for the positive effects that experimenting with altered states of consciousness had on me but also for the potential that they have in the future of psychology, humanity and connection with our ecosystem.
I am also very aware of the dangers and how these compounds can be used in harmful ways, and do think that safe spaces and platforms with factual information where people can talk about and have their experiences with the right assistance are crucial now, in the time of the Psychedelic Renaissance.
That’s why Women on Psychedelics is so important and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of. It gives us a way to use our voice to spread the right information, teach, learn, support each other, and everybody else.
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”.
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.
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.
Hi! I am Sarah
I am a cis woman of color, with a mixed Trinidadian/West Indian and Jewish/European ethnic background. I was born and raised in Canada, originally from Ottawa, Ontario. Long before discovering the psychedelic community, mental health and Psychology in general have always been core passions of mine.
Painting is another one of my greatest passions and tools for self-expression. In my recent acrylic and mixed media artwork, I experiment with a colorful psychedelic style, exploring topics such as consciousness (and particularly altered states of consciousness), psychedelics, neurophenomenology, early Indian philosophy, metaphysics, mind-body-environment connection, and space-time reality.
I discovered the psychedelic and plant medicine community during my senior year at UBC. There I got my degree in Psychology. After discovering this awesome community, I started volunteering with MAPS Canada, and through them I discovered WOOP. I was thrilled to join a community with such integral values in diversity and inclusion- issues that go overlooked on so many levels in our society.
At WOOP, I hope to learn more about, and contribute to the intersections of these fundamental social issues and how psychedelics can be used as tools for collective healing.
About the PR Team
Hi! I am Lizzy
Hi, I'm Lizzy! Born and raised in LA, an adventure and travel junky who always loves being outdoors especially by a beach. Not only do enjoy traveling around the world but also traveling inward. Looking inwards can be a huge challenge and if used properly psychedelics can be an amazing aid to healing.
Ever since college, I became fascinated with psychoactive substances and began learning what I could to understand them further. Through my research, I learned how much misinformation is out there and how skewed the media portrays psychedelics. These substances have been proven to be some of the best treatments for certain mental illnesses, yet the war on drugs continues.
I'm ready to be at the forefront of the psychedelic revolution and am so excited to be working with WOOP. I hope to help change the dialogue around psychedelics for the better, especially as it pertains to women. I fully believe in the power of psychedelics and know if used properly, they can change the world.