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Working With Plant Medicines

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This event is hosted by the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community.
on Wed. May 24th, 5:30pm-7pm.

All Welcome, Donation-Based


With deep respect to the ancient lineages and cultures these medicines have been safe-guarded in, you are invited to join a discussion about plant medicine work. The panelists are all currently working under the philosophy that plant medicines play a key role in our health, and it’s important to build communities to engage with them in a safe way. They will share detailed perspectives on plant medicine churches/retreats, medical safety, integration practices, spiritual growth, guiding ceremony and healing with plant medicines. They each bring their own skillset and background to shed light on their plans for supporting responsible practices in our community.


***You can also catch Stephen, Christopher and Alex in an upcoming 5/15 Kambo medicine ceremony, which is a powerful Amazonian frog medicine that offers deep cleansing and release. Stephen is IAKP-certified and trained. The medicines are ethically harvested and sourced.


Disclaimer: This event is not for the purpose of seeking underground services or controlled substances. It is for educational purposes only. 

Panel Bios:

Stephen Goterch

Stephen has facilitated hundreds of treatments over 15 years and was trained by Diego Palma the Sacred Valley Tribe, Shipibo ayahuasca traditions, Apache peyote shamans, Bwiti iboga practitioners, and various entheogen retreat centers with a variety of plant sacraments. He has extensive experience serving here in the states, thus, he offers a deeply integrated fusion of these ancient disciplines with the needs of our modern society.

His personal medicine journey began with his life hitting a wall, physical and mental health deteriorated from chronic stress and a medley of negative coping mechanisms. As soon as he found himself in the rainforests of Peru and Machu Picchu in 2007, his life found a new path continually working with these traditions. Additionally, sound meditation, holistic health/wellness, herbalism, and EMT/firefighting are all apart of Stephen’s education and experience.

Christopher Gunlock, M.H.S.

For the past 18 years, the world of expanded states of consciousness have been a core part of Christopher’s life. He now specializes in providing preparation education, journey planning, sitter matching, risk assessment, and post-integration. He’s also involved in the organizing, intake, health assessment, and musical elements of ceremonies.  For the last 5 years, he’s been working in the psychedelic community as a spokesperson, educator, event organizer and coach, where he learned from many colleagues in medicine, shamanism, psychotherapy, and research. He studied under traditional plant medicine carriers from the Mestizo tribe in yagé & hoska ceremony. He’s also assisted in kambó, bufo, and ayahuasca ceremonies under trained supervision. In 2018 he completed a Master’s in Health Science in Integrative Medicine. His platform Open Mind Integration offers in-depth educational content and coaching on psychedelic harm-reduction.

Alex Freese


Alex was born with an innate desire to help and a gift for healing. He has brought his constructive compassion to multiple career paths– including as a firefighter and EMT, Kinesiologist and physical trainer– learning and growing from every step along the way. After many years of service and countless hours studying holistic healing arts, Alex now uses his gifts to transform the lives of others. Alex leads multiple group events spanning guided mediation, sound healing, movement-ecstatic dance and authentic relating.


Alex discovered the power of plant medicine amidst challenges of working as a first responder, physical trauma and a PTSD diagnoses. The medicine guided him to sit with different circles in a variety of traditions and practices.  He volunteered at Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth, focused on providing community service, education, spiritual fellowship, healing practices, guidance, and ayahuasca ceremonies. Alex’s practice is currently based in Minneapolis, where he also lives with his wife and daughters.


For more events like this, visit the LHSC Meetup

5/15 Kambo Ceremony with Stephen, Christopher and Alex
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