The Women’s Visionary Council (WVC)

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“What We Do — Women’s Visionary Council

The Women’s Visionary Council (WVC) is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization. The WVC presents discussions, workshops, and events which are open to people of all genders.  Our Mission The Women’s Visionary Council (WVC) expands the inclusion of women in critical discussions about mental health and community wellness. In 2007, during the re-emergence of research into psychedelic-assisted therapies, the WVC began advocating for more representation of women in public discussions about the ethics and safety of these investigations. The WVC presents conferences and workshops throughout the US and Canada which are open to people of all genders, including the Women’s Visionary Congress , a gathering of women researchers, healers, artists, and activists who explore different forms of expanded consciousness. WVC workshops also provide risk reduction information and information about the benefits and challenges of altered states. The WVC raises funds to provide grants to women whose work engages these topics and encourage their inclusion in scholarly discourse. It seeks to amplify the voices of people of color and support the transfer of knowledge among generations and cultural traditions. The WVC is building an archive of presentations by women in our community which includes more than a decade of research, activism, and personal stories of cognitive liberty – a body of knowledge that will benefit future generations of investigators.

WVC Goals and Values The WVC advocates for the inclusion of women from all communities and generations in leading edge conversations about healthcare and social justice.

Respect for the contributions of women and people of color in the development of new therapies and community healing

Events where people of all genders can share ideas and present research from a wide range of disciplines

Open discussions about different forms of expanded consciousness, endogenous experiences, dream states, and our connection to the earth

Support for community-based food systems, woman farmers, and education about nutrition and medicinal plants

Honoring of traditional and indigenous forms of knowing together with qualitative and quantitative scientific inquiry

A grants program that supports both emerging and established researchers, healers, artists, and activists

Frank examination of ethical and safety concerns in the therapeutic use and commercialization of psychoactive substances

Risk reduction education including training in the use of naloxone to prevent opioid overdose

Development of best practices to prevent sexual assault, uphold consent practices, and develop restorative justice systems

Engagement with people at every stage of their lives including the end of life and other rites of passage”

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