Sleeping Octopus Assembly on Psychedelics II

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The Sleeping Octopus

1300 Wood Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15221

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SOAP II is a conference exploring the role of psychedelics in science, medicine, policy, and culture, September 27-29, 2019 in Pittsburgh PA

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We are excited to announce that tickets are on sale for the second annual Sleeping Octopus Assembly on Psychedelics (SOAP) conference!

Hosted at a historic mansion in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, SOAP is a yearly conference exploring the role of psychedelics in science, medicine, policy, and culture.

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 psychedelic musical and comedic performances, as well as 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.

Saturday Speakers:

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

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

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

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

Saturday MAPS Benefit Dinner:

Enjoy a catered, farm-to-table meal and show your support for the legalization of psychedelic medicine during a benefit dinner for psychedelic research conducted by MAPS.

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

Saturday Evening Entertainment:

On Saturday evening, SOAP is hosting a night of psychedelic entertainment, with live R&B piano music by Tom Roberts, live Jamtronica by Sweet Earth, live painting with visionary artists John Shook and Seth Leibowitz, and a stand-up comedy and variety show act with Sarah Rose Siskind.

Sunday Speakers:

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

Mitchell Gomez, Executive Director of DanceSafe

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

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Zendo Project Training presenters:

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

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 "

SOAP II Sponsors:

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

The Sleeping Octopus, Wilkinsburg PA

PSI 2020

The Brick House Tap & Grill


Cafe 9

SOAP II Partners:

Usona Institute

Horizons - Perspectives on Psychedelics

The Heffter Research Institute

The Zendo Project

Dr. Bronner's


Cosmic Sisters

The Psychedelic Club



Psychedelic Seminars


We are accepting applications for vendors at SOAP. To apply, please visit

Refund Policy:

There are no refunds, however registrations are transferable.

Line up, schedule, prices, and venues are subject to change.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.




Instagram: @pittsburghSOAP

Twitter: @pittsburghSOAP


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The Sleeping Octopus

1300 Wood Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15221

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