Sleeping Octopus Assembly on Psychedelics II

September 27-29 2019
Pittsburgh PA

Sleeping Octopus Assembly on Psychedelics II

On the Forefront of the Psychedelic Renaissance
Sept 28-29, 2019

Hosted at a historic mansion in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, SOAP is a yearly conference exploring the role of psychedelics in science, medicine, policy, and culture, taking place Sept 27th - 29th, 2019.

In partnership with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and the Pittsburgh Psychedelic Society, this year's event will feature conversations with experts from various realms of the psychedelic renaissance, to broaden horizons and inspire guests with the power of these substances to heal lives and communities. A signature feature of the event is its intimacy, providing a conversational setting for attendees to connect with international luminaries in the psychedelic space.

In addition to the diverse presentations, there will be food and craft vendors, healing and wellness practitioners, a visionary art exhibit, and other unique engagements taking place throughout the mansion all weekend. We will also continue our popular and productive tradition of “tentacle” breakout sessions, to organize and equip attendees according to eight avenues of action that advance the responsible use of psychedelics.

On Saturday evening, we will be hosting a night of psychedelic entertainment and live music, featuring interactive engagements throughout the mansion 

A limited number of tickets are also available for an immersive, participatory Zendo Project psychedelic harm reduction training, taking place on Friday evening beginning at 6pm. Seats are limited and are not included in the full conference pass.

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If you’re interested in attending a MAPS fundraising dinner on Saturday evening, please see details here:




Proud to bring luminaries in psychedelic research and culture from across the globe

Speaker Announcements:

  • Shannon Clare Carlin M.A., A.M.F.T., Associate Director of Training and Supervision of MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC)

  • Rick Doblin Ph.D, Founder and Executive Director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

  • Gül Dölen, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Brain Science Institute, Johns Hopkins University

  • Tricia Eastman, medicine woman in Iboga traditions

  • Sheri Eckert P.C., M.A. and Tom Eckert  L.P.C., M.A., co-founders of the Oregon Psilocybin Society (OPS) and authors of the 2020 Psilocybin Service Initiative

  • Sara Gael M.A. and Ryan Beauregard, Director and Manager of the Zendo Project

  • Dawn McCollough, Chairman of the Board, MAPS Public Benefit Corporation

  • Hannah McLane, MD, MA, MPH & Michelle Joy, MD, SoundMind Center, Philadelphia

  • Mitchell Gomez, Executive Director of DanceSafe

  • Kilindi Iyi, mycologist and head instructor and technical advisor of Tamerrian Martial Art Institute

  • Dr. David Rabin M.D. Ph.D, psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and Chief Innovation Officer and Co-Founder of Apollo Neuroscience

Part of SOAP’s mission is to showcase local talent in psychedelics. Accordingly, we welcome the following members of our local Pittsburgh community to the stage: 

  • John (“TJ”) Jackson, owner of Real Fungi LLC

  • Dory Perry MSEd, presenting "Holotropic Breathwork - The Healing Potential of Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness "







We are honored by the interest in supporting our efforts. If you are interested in learning more about our donor program, email for more information. To donate directly, click the button below. Donations are processed through MAPS and are tax-deductible.

Emerging Voices Educational Award

In partnership with the psychedelic feminism educational advocacy group Cosmic Sister, open to individuals ages 21+, we invite you to apply for The Emerging Voices Educational Award. This award is offering the opportunity to receive a complimentary ticket to the full conference, not including Zendo training. There are ten awards available.

Vendor Registration

Throughout the grounds and within the facility we will be offering our partners in the local community opportunities for activitations, engagements, and vending. If you are interested in offering a service please fill out the form below. 


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