25th June . Setúbal, Portugal


Discussing sacred plants in our ecosystem

* All talks will be in Portuguese *

Nature is abundant. She is our food, drink, medicine, cosmetics and some believe in her power as a gateway to the spiritual. Indigenous communities have respected and guarded these sacred plants and their wisdom for thousands of years. 

SafeJourney was born to be a gateway to these sacred plants and the psychedelic journey more generally. They say there is so much to know and even more to learn about these magical tools – it is a fertile time, still confusing, and everyone deserves to travel safely.

Spiritual tourism sees huge numbers of people travelling from Europe to take part in shamanic experiences, more organisations are studying their effects and laws are slowly changing globally to permit consumption.

Residents Festival has partnered with SafeJourney to curate our talks. Leading psychologists, psychiatrists, researchers and academics in Portugal will guide us through our talks, sharing their experiences studying sacred plants and working with these sacred plants in various different environments. 

Join us and other like-minded curious souls to reflect and contemplate. Knowledge is power.

Full schedule

Sacred plants for spiritual explorers - what are we looking for?

Before lunch our experts will be taking a look at the benefits and risks of sacred plants and psychedelics more widely for the individual. Why are people consuming these plants and these substances today in Portugal? What do we know about the effect of the substances biologically and chemically? What benefits do they unlock for us individuals in our lives? What are the risks that we should remain aware of? Are these substances for everyone?

Sacred plants for social change - what does the world need?

After lunch our experts will be discussing the benefits and risks of sacred plants and psychedelics for communities and society as a whole. How have indigenous communities been working with these plants and preserving their wisdom? How is the western world’s relationship with these plants changing? Are these changes having an effect on indigenous communities? How can we ensure reciprocity for their work? How can we ensure those most vulnerable in our society have access to these tools if beneficial?


Pedro Teixeira
Pedro Teixeira

Professor at Lisbon University, Director of Research at Synthesis Institute and Founder of SafeJourney

Rita Águila

Clinical Psychologist, Music Therapist, Hypnotherapist

Pedro Castro Rodrigues

Psychiatrist at Centro Hospitalar Psiquiátrico de Lisboa and Professor of Mental Health at Nova Medical School

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Pedro Zuzarte

Medical Doctor PhD specialist in Psychiatry and Professor of Medicine at University of Lisbon

Inês Macedo

Psychiatrist and Kosmicare co-founder

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João Costa Ribeiro

Psychiatrist and co-founder of Liminal Minds