Integrating spiritual and psychedelic care
Moana Meadow is an interfaith chaplain and the Program Staff Director of the Psychedelic Facilitation Certificate Program at UC Berkeley’s Center for the Science of Psychedelics. She has served as a birth doula, hospice chaplain, spiritual director, writer, and teacher, working at the edge of life, death, earth, and prayer. As an educator, she incorporates traditional spiritual practices and contemporary ethical concerns.
Drawing from her interfaith education and her years of experience in health care and ceremonial settings, Reverend Meadow creates custom learning opportunities for groups and educational programs on the topics of spirituality, chaplaincy, and psychedelic care. She has supported the design of the BCSP educational curriculum for two years, and has overseen its implementation for the past year.
The threads of human experience require not just the head, but the heart and hands to come together in service to our wider communities. Integrating the grit and shadow of our lives—loss, grief, fear, and shame—is part and parcel with receiving life’s beauty, joy, and peace. The dark and light of life provide the foundations for experience as spiritual and mortal beings.
Moana Meadow is a psychedelic educator and curriculum consultant focused on spiritual care and ethics in expanded states of consciousness. Born and raised in rural Hawaii, she completed her Bachelor of Science at MIT, her Master of Arts at Boston University, and her Master of Divinity at the Pacific School of Religion.
She completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and has worked as a hospice chaplain and spiritual director for over ten years. She was ordained as an interfaith minister at the Chaplaincy Institute, where she served as guest faculty and academic advisor until 2018. She was a founder and Executive Director of a non-profit church in Sonoma County from 2020-2022.
She has studied with indigenous elders in the United States and Mexico, and has supported travelers to Mexico and Peru in their desire to learn more about indigenous medicine practices.
- 4-minute PBS interview clip with me
- Full 27-minute PBS episode
- 9-minute radio interview with me
- Psychedelic chaplains: In clinical trials, a new form of spiritual guide emerges, by Kathryn Post, Religion News Service
- Free talk from the the Graduate Theological Union’s Psychedelics and Religion Speaker Series: Attunement to Diverse Traditions in the Training of Psychedelic Guides, an interview with Moana Meadow by Jewish Studies Professor Sam Shonkoff (Note: must create your own login to access.)
- Bachelor of Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Master of Arts
- Master of Divinity
Pacific School of Religion
- Interfaith Ordination
- Spiritual Director Certificate
- Comprehensive Training
Hakomi Institute of California
- Center for Indigenous Lifeways Program