New Frontiers

New Frontiers

May 29, 2024

Watch an enlightening Beckley Talk hosted by Beckley Retreats Co-Founder Alexandra Pallas. This webinar features Hunt Priest, founder of Ligare, an organization dedicated to exploring the interaction of Christianity and psychedelics and Ayize Jama-Everett, a renowned author and therapist known for his insightful work on psychology and spirituality.

In this Beckley Talk, Hunt shares his transformative experiences with psychedelics and their impact on his spiritual practice as an Episcopal priest. Hunt discusses the implications of the Psychedelic Renaissance on religious practices and spiritual guidance, aiming to destigmatize the conversation around psychedelics and Christianity. 

Ayize Jama-Everett brings a complementary perspective with a background in therapeutic practices and his experiences as a writer of speculative fiction exploring themes of race, power, and spirituality. Together, they discuss how psychedelics can enrich spiritual understanding and personal growth across diverse cultural and religious landscapes. 

This webinar is particularly relevant for those curious about the spiritual dimensions of psychedelics, and anyone seeking to deepen their faith or spiritual practice through safe psychedelic experiences

Alexandra Pallas is a co-founder and the Senior Vice President of Programs at Beckley Retreats, where she applies her extensive background in organizational learning strategy, leadership development, and program design. With over two decades of experience in holistic wellbeing practices, including yoga, meditation, and energy medicine, Alexandra is passionate about creating transformational experiences that foster personal and professional growth.

Her journey into wellness was catalyzed by overcoming severe adrenal burnout, deepening her commitment to ancient wisdom traditions. Today, Alexandra leads seasonal ceremonies and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Mindful Leadership, blending her expertise with spiritual practices to support transformative journeys at Beckley Retreats.

Ayize Jama-Everett is an accomplished author, therapist, and educator, holding a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Born in Harlem and raised globally, he infuses his multicultural insights into his work, addressing complex human behaviors and mental health issues. Ayize’s literary contributions, particularly the “Liminal People” series, delve into themes of culture, identity, and power through a speculative fiction lens.

In addition to his novels, Ayize leads workshops and lectures on psychotherapy, exploring the intersections of culture, history, and personal growth. He is celebrated for his dynamic public speaking, enriching discussions on psychology and spirituality with his profound narrative understanding.

Hunt Priest | Episcopal Priest and Founding Executive Director of Ligare

Hunt Priest, founder of Ligare, innovatively blends Christianity with psychedelic science to deepen spiritual practices. An experienced Episcopal priest, Hunt’s transformative experiences with psychedelics at Johns Hopkins inspired him to establish Ligare to help religious leaders integrate these experiences into their spiritual work. Ligare, meaning “to bind” in Latin, aims to merge deep spiritual insights with established religious practices, enhancing both personal and communal spiritual depth.

Through seminars, workshops, and educational materials, Hunt provides the tools and knowledge necessary to safely and effectively explore the intersections of psychedelics and spirituality, making Ligare a cornerstone for innovative spiritual development.

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