Who We Are
Daniel McQueen, MA - Executive Director
Spirituality and Life Coach, Transpersonal Facilitator
Daniel was always a little different from other folks growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas. He discovered meditation and spiritual practices at twelve and has been exploring altered states ever since. He apprenticed under a number of shamanic teachers and has been a practicing intentional journeyer for over 15 years. For Daniel, working in the professional field of Psychedelic Harm Reduction isn’t a career interest, but represents a core identity and life calling. Finding a place to honor such a life calling within a world that has until recently prohibited it has been an interesting challenge.
After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Communication, where he was a student activist and a non-native member of the Native American Student Association, Daniel traveled down a many forked and unmarked road through the wild terrain of political activism, corporate accountability research and campaign finance reform for many years in Washington, DC. Disillusioned by the city, he moved to Florida and opened a small meditation center to explore grassroots community organizing before moving to Boulder, CO and returning to school at Naropa University.
Daniel earned a Masters Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa and received advanced training in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy through a year internship with the MAPS Boulder MDMA for PTSD Study. It was his experience with MAPS that inspired Daniel to explore alternative visions in psychedelic activism and entrepreneurship.
Daniel bridges transpersonal paradigms with the grounded clinical and organizational skills necessary to begin addressing the significant ecological and mental health crises facing our society today. Although Daniel no longer practices as a clinical psychotherapist, he supports his clients as a teacher, coach, ally and event facilitator, providing individual and group transformational experiences and deeply held intentional conversations. In his practice, Daniel quickly realized that the most important intervention he could provide to his clients, who were isolated and longed for meaningful contact with others, was a sense of community. Medicinal Mindfulness is, in a very real way, a cultural intervention that provides a safe and transformational community container for healing and awakening... a program based on skill development and not dogma. Since 2012, Daniel has been teaching a psychedelic harm prevention and intentional psychedelic use course called Mindful Journeywork. Since the legalization of recreational cannabis in Colorado, he has been facilitating Conscious Cannabis Circles and individual cannabis journeys.
In addition to his work with Medicinal Mindfulness, Daniel has a successful spirituality and life coaching practice with his wife, Alison, through their company, Aspenroots Counseling LLC. Highly skilled in identifying and cultivating giftedness in young people and supporting significant life transitions, Daniel is inspired to support passionate and talented individuals striving to live into their calling. A primary focus of his practice involves assessing and addressing the benefits and difficulties related to psychedelic and cannabis use and misuse.
Daniel co-founded the Naropa Alliance for Psychedelic Studies and helped organize the first annual Psychedelic Symposium at Naropa University in 2012. He is currently working with Grounding Solutions, Inc. to develop a natural rescue medicinal for users of psychedelics and cannabis.
He is CPR and First Aid Certified, as well as Mental Health First Aid Certified.
Daniel is a member of the Native American Church.
Private practice profile: www.aspenroots.org/daniel
Alison K. McQueen, MA - Executive Director, Aspenroots Counseling LLC
Psychotherapist, Art Therapist, and MDMA Researcher
Alison K. McQueen, MA is an internationally-trained art therapist and somatic trauma specialist, and has worked as a researcher treating chronic post-traumatic stress disorder through the use of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. As a transpersonal therapist and clinical investigator in an FDA-approved MDMA for PTSD research study in Boulder, Colorado, Alison received extensive experience in the use of non-ordinary states of consciousness for trauma recovery. Alison has a Masters Degree from Naropa University in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology (Art Therapy Emphasis), is on the steering committee of Medicinal Mindfulness, and has a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. Alison is particularly passionate about creating a world in which awake and aware humans are capable of loving and being loved. Cultural, familial, individual, professional and systemic trauma, when gone untreated, create unnecessary obstacles to love, which can pass through the generations. The good news is that it does not have to be that way. Alison supports innovative ways of approaching the ever-important task of healing on the planet. Unfortunately, since MDMA-assisted psychotherapy is not legal outside of the research context, Alison does not offer this service to our community. Rather, she is supporting Medicinal Mindfulness in developing legal altered states work opportunities such as the Conscious Cannabis Circles and Medicine Song Community Breathwork.
Alison has particular interest in the psychological risks and benefits of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, the stages of integration involved in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy processes, the role of resourcing in preparation for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy sessions, and the role intentional medicine use plays in conscious parenting. For more information about Alison’s work and upcoming publications see http://www.alison-mcqueen.com. For information about Alison’s group therapy opportunities, including her art-based women’s group, contact her directly.
Private Practice Profile: www.aspenroots.org/alison
Juan Andres Wulff, Massage Therapist and Breathwork Facilitator
Clarissa Cigrand, MA - Festival Harm Reduction Coordinator
Clarissa Cigrand is a Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Graduate from Naropa University. She is currently working to obtain her LPC to become a licensed counselor while simultaneously working to obtain her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Northern Colorado.
Clarissa is passionate about the transformational power of music festivals, and as festival harm reduction coordinator she works to both coordinate and provide services so festival goers can have a safe and supported experience. She facilitates intention setting and integration support circles for medicine users in an affirming, supportive, and uplifting way.
Private Practice Profile: www.aspenroots.org/clarissa
David Jacques - Social Media Coordinator
Additional Medicinal Mindfulness Allies & Staff
Medicinal Mindfulness is as much a community as it is a business, or in some ways, we're like a crew on an expedition voyage. It takes a lot of back end work to keep this ship sailing in the right direction, and we have a lot of people we could thank for that. Even with the progress that has been recently achieved against cannabis prohibition in Colorado, there's still a long way to go. With the Colorado Supreme Court recently ruling companies can fire employees because of cannabis use, even if responsible and off the job, we've decided to evaluate how we promote our team, many of which have other jobs and families to support.
In the meantime, use the following emails to contact our team member:
- General Information: email@example.com
- Event Registration/Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Volunteer Coordinator: email@example.com
- Letters to Molly Blog: firstname.lastname@example.org
- NAC Sponsorship: email@example.com
Aspenroots Counseling LLC
We've also allied with the independent practitioners of Aspenroots Counseling, which Medicinal Mindfulness emerged as a program from, to provide additional therapeutic support for those looking for services that will be non-judgmental towards medicine users, even in addictions counseling. Drug use is a complex phenomenon and requires compassionate objectivity to discern right action. The support offered by the Aspenroots community is fully holistic, ranging from body work practitioners, nutritionists and chiropractors, psychological and mental health services specifically with somatic trauma resolution, addiction counseling services and spiritual and energetic support services.
Please note: We do not encourage any illegal activities or the use or abuse of cannabis or any other medicine. Nor do we believe that cannabis or other medicine exploration, even within the confines of applicable laws, is appropriate or beneficial for everyone. We are conditional advocates for intentional, sacred and non-habitual cannabis use for those individuals who have chosen to use cannabis already on their own. A substantial amount of skill development, the right mind set, and an intentional setting are required to minimize the risks involved in the exploration of powerful medicines. Our work is, at its foundation, a Harm Reduction program.