Eco-chaplaincy Psychedelics and Spirituality

Date: December 12, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Zoom
Eco chaplaincy psychedelics and spirituality

Professional spiritual care practitioners (chaplains) work in diverse healthcare settings and many are trained in psychedelic-assisted therapy. With expertise in psychology, spirituality, religion, and existential care, they support health outcomes and meaning-making, and represent diverse religious, spiritual and humanist traditions.


This external event is sponsored by the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab.

This is a paid event; scholarship information available here.

Eco-chaplaincy, an emerging specialty, integrates spirituality and ecological consciousness into a view of spiritual health that includes care and reciprocity with the more-than-human world. Eco-chaplaincy regards planetary healing, adaptation to climate change, and ecological grief as a central consideration for spiritual health.

Eco-chaplains offer:

Support for climate anxiety and grief

Earth-based rituals and ceremonies for life transitions

Nature-based psychedelic care for PTSD, end-of-life anxiety, and other mental health challenges

Crisis care for climate change disasters and support for eco-justice initiatives and indigenous communities

Exploration of ecological identity as a core psychological factor in well-being

Spiritual support that emphasizes nature connection

Stewarding and caring for plants, animals, land, and every aspect of the eco-system as a network of relations rather than resources to be exploited

This workshop is for those who want to pursue eco-chaplaincy as a vocation, as well as scholars and practitioners interested in the intersection of spirituality, ecological consciousness, and psychedelic care. Clear and specific guidance will be offered for how to become an eco-chaplain or psychedelic practitioner, with time to address educational and professional chaplaincy certification requirements.

CEUs will be available for professional spiritual care providers.

Jamie Beachy, MDiv, PhD, is field scholar for Emory University’s Center for Psychedelics and Spirituality. She is a spiritual health educator, ethics consultant, and psychedelic therapy practitioner and was a sub-investigator for MAPS Phase III clinical trials in Boulder, Colorado, researching the safety and efficacy of MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of PTSD. Dr. Beachy now serves as an Associate Supervisor, offering consultation for practitioners training in MDMA-Assisted therapy. Dr. Beachy developed graduate level course offerings and curricula related to psychedelic therapies as Director of Education and Faculty Co-founder of Naropa University’s Center for Psychedelic Studies. An advocate for the integration of spiritual health and psychedelic care, she co-founded the Psychedelic Care Research Network through the Transforming Chaplaincy initiative and has spoken broadly on the role of professional spiritual care in psychedelic therapy. Dr. Beachy offers preparation and integration support in collaboration with her husband, Dr. Wael Garas, an integrative medicine practitioner and MDMA research physician, in Boulder, Colorado. Additionally, she sits on the Board of Directors of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines.


Lauren Van Ham is an ordained interfaith minister. Spiritual growth, art and Earth’s teachings infuse her focus in eco-ministry and sacred activism. For 9 years, she served as a hospital chaplain, then served with a consulting firm where she custom-designed employee engagement programs for companies committed to sustainability and culture change. For more than a decade, Lauren was Dean at The Chaplaincy Institute. A spiritual director, guest faculty for several schools and guest writer for “Progressing Spirit,” and co-author of A Joyful Path (Year 3), an interfaith Earth-centered, spiritual formation curriculum for ages 9-13. Lauren serves as Climate Action Coordinator for the United Religions Initiative, a global grassroots interfaith organization. She holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Naropa University.

Van Ham

Dr. Beatriz Caiuby Labate (Bia Labate) is a queer Brazilian anthropologist based in San Francisco. She has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of plant medicines, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, religion, and social justice. She is Executive Director of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines and serves as Public Education and Culture Specialist at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). She is also Adjunct Faculty at the East-West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and Advisor for the Veteran Mental Health Leadership Coalition and the Soltara Healing Center. Dr. Labate is a co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP) in Brazil and editor of its site. She is author, co-author, and co-editor of twenty-seven books, two special-edition journals, and several peer-reviewed articles (


You may also be interested in our previous webinar “What Chaplains Should Know about Psychedelic Medicines.”