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Relationship, Reciprocity, Integration, and Interconnection: An Indigenous Perspective on Healing Trauma With Psychedelic Medicines

Broadcast on May 11, 2023
With Susan Beaulieu, MPP
Hosted by Joe Tafur, MD

Settler colonization and capitalism across the U.S. have generated high levels of unresolved, compounded trauma and grief for Indigenous peoples. According to Susan Beaulieu, MPP, as the psychedelic renaissance ramps up, there is an opportunity to intentionally bring Indigenous healers and wisdom keepers into the fold to honor the sovereignty and self-determination of Indigenous nations for healing, as well as to create space for Indigenous wisdom to guide and strengthen psychedelic efforts for collective healing.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • An Indigenous perspective on trauma and healing, including a medicine wheel meditation
  • The critical role of Spirit and integration in healing with psychedelics
  • Tribal sovereignty and Indigenous wisdom should drive the psychedelic healing work with Indigenous populations
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Susan Beaulieu, MPP

Healing Justice Director, Mind-Body Medicine Facilitator

Susan Beaulieu, MPP, healing justice director, is Anishinaabe and a citizen of the Red Lake Nation in northern Minnesota. She has worked directly with Indigenous communities for over 18 years in a variety of capacities including project development, training, and facilitation. Her primary focus for the past 9 years has been helping communities, organizations, and individuals understand the impacts of unresolved individual, ancestral, and collective trauma, and develop strategies to support healing.

Susan is passionate about creating opportunities and encouraging processes for reconnecting to the mind, body, heart, and spirit to support wellbeing. Profound personal healing with plant medicines and psychedelics has led to Susan's passion and efforts to support access and opportunities for Indigenous people across Turtle Island (North America) to work with these medicines for healing. Susan was a 2016 Bush Leadership Fellow, is an ACE Interface Master Trainer, and is a certified mind-body medicine facilitator. She has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota. 

Susan Beaulieu, MPP