RiverStyx – Funding the Access and Preservation of Sacred Plant Medicines

Psychedelics Today

October 22, 2019

"In the west we need to redevelop healthy relationships with these plants - yes they can be dangerous and risky, but that's where relationship is, where we respect those edges. RiverStyx is looking into how to help put a lot of these plant medicines back into a place of honor and respect."

"Native American Church Works to Conserve, Sustain Peyote."

VOA News

March 9, 2019

“It’s about generations to come,” said Iron Rope. “To reconnect them to the land and to the medicine. And that’s the healing process that we’ve been missing.”

"Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy"

Don Lattin,  

Spring, 2017

"I absolutely loved the guiding work. As a psychologist, there's no other venue where you can see the nature of true psychological healing unfold over this short period of time. You  feel  transcendent love leading to changes in perspective."

"Psychedelic compounds like esctacy may be good for more than just a high"


March 28, 2016

"Scientists are testing whether drugs that alter consciousness can treat intractable mental health conditions... Potential applications include treating addiction, post traumatic stress disorder, neuropathic pain, epilepsy, and anxiety caused by diagnosis of a life-theratening illness such as cancer."

"Why Sun+Earth and Brother David’s are So Vital for Organic Stakeholders and Our Planet."

Organic Inside

April 27, 2019

"Brother David's envisions a world when all our family ecosystems are regenerative and organic. Producing our food, clothes, personal care and medicines in ways that support thriving rural economies and biodiverse wild habitats." 

"Riverstyx: A Small Family Foundation That Funds Psychedelic Research and Other Fringe Causes."

Inside Philanthropy 

February 13, 2019

“Often when we push things out, that’s when they become problematic. Actually bringing them into the fold of society and our consciousness has great power,” Swift says.

"Magic mushrooms drug shown to ease cancer patients’ depression"


December 1, 2016

Two studies published Thursday in the Journal of Psychopharmacology — one conducted at Johns Hopkins University and the other at New York University — found that a single dose of psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient found in hallucinogenic mushrooms, can produce immediate, lasting, and positive effects for cancer patients with anxiety and depression.

"A $4 million marijuana campaign war chest" 

Seattle Pi

October 1, 2012

"The campaign war chest for Initiative 502, which would legalize marijuana, swelled by more than $1 million on Monday with new donations from an Ohio insurance magnate and two executives of the Kirkland-based Riverstyx Foundation a family-underwritten foundation which, in its own words, supports “attempts to lessen human suffering caused by fear and misguided social policy.”"

"The government won’t pay for research into psychedelic drugs. Cody Swift will."


April 27, 2019

"How does a research study get funded? The most common way is to apply for a grant from the government. But what if what you’re studying is so controversial that government funders won't touch it?"

"Some say taking small amounts of LSD or psychedelic mushrooms can decrease depression, anxiety, and chronic pain."

The Stranger

March 8, 2017

"So much is happening on a level beyond our consciousness," Swift says. "It showed me that this is not just a recreational tool. It's a profound tool for understanding the mind."

"Psychedelic Philanthropy: Making Medicines and Reclaiming Time"

"Psychedelics not only have the potential to work at the root level of psychological issues, but if we accept that almost all social problems are psychological in themselves, then psychedelics may help to address the source of almost every other philanthropic effort—from environmental devastation to the volatility in our economic system."