November 2023 Newsletter – The Aliveness Around Us

Written by Sam Killmeyer

Sam Killmeyer is a writer and organizer living in Northern Colorado. She serves as PRATI’s Communications and Program Assistant.

Welcome to our November 2023 Newsletter!

We invite you to pause for a moment and ask yourself: what brings you joy? How do we flourish and feel a sense of aliveness and belonging? In his Director Address, ED Jamie Harvie asks himself these questions, and explores how psychedelics help us reconnect to our inner healer and a life force that runs through all beings.

We also have an article about the benefits of incorporating mindfulness into KAP practice for both client and practitioner, as well as the poem “For Us” by Andrea Millen for this month’s Art and Integration feature. Plus, check out recordings of our past webinars, a new KAP playlist, Ketamine: Life on Earth, and photos of the beautiful humans who joined our September training.

We’re so glad that you’re here with us and hope you enjoy our offerings. We’ll be holding more webinars and offerings in the coming months, so keep an eye out for emails about those as well.

orange fall leaf


Let us take heed. Psychedelic medicines are not simply drugs or tools, they are alive as helpers and teachers. If we are to flourish and thrive as a species, let us work to remind ourselves that we are one part of the community of life working together to create the universe we all live in.

night sky with meteor


Healing takes many forms, and we all continually seek pathways to restore connection and wholeness. Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) and other psychedelic therapies have great potential to bring profound transformation, and when combined with mindfulness practices, these two approaches enrich each other.

abstract watercolor painting


Andrea Millen, PsyD wrote this poem after offering her first KAP session to a client of hers who experiences OCD. She writes in her reflection following the poem, “As I shaped these words into a poem, I realized it was both inspired by my clients, and also a reflection of my own experiences in therapy.”

Upcoming events

ketamine: life on earth cover. a whale in space with a tree growing out of her head


Check out the newest PRATI Spotify playlist, curated by Music Faculty Stephen Thomas. This immersive, introspective, and joyful playlist incorporates sounds of nature along with ambient electronica.

spanish language resources


As the number of Spanish speakers in the PRATI community grows, we’re exploring translating some of our website resources into Spanish. Here is the first offering, translated by PRATI staff and faculty: Psicoterapia Asistida Con Ketamina Versus Terapia de Infusión de Ketamina. If you find this useful and would like more resources like this, please let us know! Email

KAP Business training


Join our self-paced, online Business of Psychedelic Medicine Training Program and learn how to set up and run a successful clinic for psychedelic medicine. This two-part training includes business practices, ethics, accounting, marketing, and more. Together, let’s create a world where health and economy thrive hand in hand.

Contribute To Our Newsletter!

Our newsletters are a space where we uplift artwork from our community, and if you’re inspired by this work and would like to contribute psychedelic-inspired poems, essays, visual art, or music, contact us!

Co-Create an Earth Invocation Poem

We are continually adding to our Earth Invocation, a collective project where people in our community anonymously share some words of gratitude for the natural world. If you have five minutes, consider contributing so that we may learn about, elevate, and celebrate what we hold sacred.

We are also seeking volunteer catalysts — individuals or organizations willing to collaborate and share the link, get the word out, and help curate submissions! Want to get involved? Contact us!


If you’ve made it to the end of this lengthy newsletter (we’re glad you’re here!), we invite you to take a moment to step away from the computer and take a mindful minute (or minutes) to pause and reconnect with yourself and with the world around you. Here is a Wendell Berry poem to take with you:


The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For the time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

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