ERIE provides education and integration services for individuals interested in entheogens and/or psychedelics

What is an Entheogen?
Ruck and colleagues propose a new term that would be appropriate for describing states of shamanic and ecstatic possession induced by ingestion of mind-altering drugs. In Greek the word entheos means literally “god (theos) within,” and was used to describe the condition that follows when one is inspired and possessed by the god that has entered one’s body. It was applied to prophetic seizures, erotic passion and artistic creation, as well as to those religious rites in which mystical states were experienced through the ingestion of substances that were transubstantial with the deity. In combination with the Greek root gen-, which denotes the action of “becoming,” this word results in the term that we are proposing: entheogen.
— Ruck et al 1979


The Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education (ERIE) mission:

1) Review and conduct research on the use of traditional plant medicines, and their modern analogs, for creativity, healing, personal growth, and spiritual exploration;

2) Develop integration methods that combine new research with existing, tested practices to help people incorporate extraordinary experiences into their lives;

3) Articulate a new educational paradigm that honors and draws upon the vast Indigenous knowledge of plant and fungi kingdoms, then envisions new applications of it within contemporary Western contexts; and

4) Create a forum for the responsible discussion of these topics.

Upcoming Events:

March 4, 2015: 3rd Annual Women's Entheogenic Symposium with keynote speaker Diana Slattery. Doors open at 6:00pm (6:10-9) Namaste Hall, CIIS, 1453 Mission St. SF

March 27, 2015: ERIE-SG Entheogenic Student Symposium Namaste Hall, CIIS, 1453 Mission St. SF

April 27, 2015: Entheogenic Toads Doors open at 7pm (7:30-9) Namaste Hall, CIIS, 1453 Mission St. SF

Featured ERIE educational series videos. For more please see the ERIEvision youtube site


      ERIE was founded in 2012 by graduate students at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco. ERIE members conduct research on entheogens (psychedelics); we host peer integration circles for those seeking to comprehend and incorporate complex and challenging transpersonal experiences into their lives; and we sponsor lectures, panel discussions, conferences, and round table dialogues to educate the public about the potential of entheogenic medicines. ERIE is a California exempt non-profit corporation and we have applied and await our determination letter for our 501(c)(3) status.