RSF IN THE NEWS
Sacred Speaks Podcast
September 10, 2023
"Miriam argues that a deeper, more direct connection with the Sacred can
catalyze to rekindling our relationship with our immediate environment."
August 3, 2022
The Peyote Plot: The Indigenous Fight to Conserve the Sacred Plant and the Spiritual Medicine it Contains
"The healing centers around colonial trauma. The plant itself is rare and precious, and the culture and the way of life that is deeply connected to the Indigenous people of the US having their own mental and community healthcare system that addresses all of post-colonial ills" - Miriam Volat
Psychedelic Leadership Podcast
May 26, 2022
A New Philanthropic Paradigm Supporting Plant Medicine Conservation, Indigenous Sovereignty and Biocultural Diversity
"If we envision a future where indigenous peoples, their medicines, & traditional knowledge are honored, respected, and supported to thrive for generations to come then what specific actions can we take to do no harm, to truly be in right-relationship with these cultures?"
April 8, 2022
Funders at Johns Hopkins Shape The Future of Psychedelic Research
Pioneering donors including Ferriss, Jesse, businessman Carey Turnbull, T. Cody Swift of the Riverstyx Foundation, and the nonprofit Heffter Research Institute were indispensable in the early years of psilocybin research. “These are the people who have been keeping the flame alive through the darkest years,” Johnson says.
October 22, 2019
RiverStyx – Funding the Access and Preservation of Sacred Plant Medicines
"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."
"Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy"
"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."
March 28, 2016
"Psychedelic compounds like esctacy may be good for more than just a high"
"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."
February 6, 2023
The Indigenous Medicine Conservation Fund Works to Preserve Five Keystone Medicines and Their Stewards
“We are under threat of physical and cultural extermination,” Evanjuanoy adds. “Colonization has not stopped...We reach out to allies and share our voices [in order to] continue moving forward with protecting our territories and forming alliances, to help each other’s communities resist.”
July 21, 2022
Indigenous Medicine Conservation Fund To Raise $20 Million In Support Of Indigenous-Led ‘Psychedelic’ Projects
"We have the opportunity to get this right — the interface between mainstreaming of these medicines for alleviation of trauma, without perpetrating more trauma in these keystone communities.” -Miriam Volat
April 20, 2022
Pioneering Clergy of Diverse Religions Embrace Psychedelics
“We’ve lost touch with how to connect to primary religious experience,” she said. “Modern traditions, especially the Abrahamic traditions, are spooked by it. Christianity has burned people at the stake and killed off indigenous traditions for saying (psychoactive) plants can show us another realm of being. It goes deep.”
UW Medicine | Newsroom
December 13, 2021
Psilocybin study enrolls clinicians with COVID-linked blues
“We’re looking for doctors, nurses and advance-practice providers who have clinically significant symptoms of depression and anxiety. We hope to help them address their feelings of grief, inadequacy and moral distress as a result of caring for COVID patients,” said Dr. Anthony Back, the lead investigator.
April 27, 2019
"Why Sun+Earth and Brother David’s are So Vital for Organic Stakeholders and Our Planet."
"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."
February 13, 2019
"Riverstyx: A Small Family Foundation That Funds Psychedelic Research and Other Fringe Causes."
“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.
December 1, 2016
"Magic mushrooms drug shown to ease cancer patients’ depression"
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.
October 1, 2012
"A $4 million marijuana campaign war chest"
"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.”"
Psychedelic.Support / Quick Trip
June 10, 2022
Indigenous Sovereignty and Plant Medicineswith Miriam Volat, MS & Cody Swift, MFT
"Native American communities are suffering. Their suffering isn’t something of the past, but those traumas continue to reverberate and continue...and now recognizing that plant medicines are powerful healers. Native communities are already using them and what they need most is support and strategic thinking on how to ensure that they have continued access to that medicine. And that’s what they want most.”
April 19, 2022
The Emergent Field of Psychedelic Chaplaincy
For Petersen, psychedelic chaplaincy presents itself as a form of spiritual harm reduction in the current paradigm of psychedelic research. “What’s missing is a rigorous and grounded approach for how to hold space for people to reckon with the epistemological and ontological questions that can arise but not always do arise.”
The Jewish News of Northern California
April 12, 2021
The first ever Jewish Pyschedelic Summit is about to take off
"Kamenetz has a vision. He dreams of a world in which the trauma of the Jewish past can be healed through psychedelic experiences, a world in which chemically assisted mystical encounters are a normative part of Jewish spirituality."
NPR - KNKX
April 27, 2019
"The government won’t pay for research into psychedelic drugs. Cody Swift will."
"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?"
March 8, 2017
"Some say taking small amounts of LSD or psychedelic mushrooms can decrease depression, anxiety, and chronic pain."
"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"
By T. Cody Swift
"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."