Sacred Garden Community Church is a religious institution in Berkeley, California, dedicated to helping its members experience divine presence in this lifetime through the use of psychedelics. The church holds a weekly Sunday Satsang, a spiritual service attended by about 60 members, both virtually and in person, and bimonthly plant ceremonies for initiated church members.

The ceremonies involve psychedelic substances like Salvia divinorum, MDMA, and psilocybin mushrooms. Anyone interested in the church can attend public community events and become a confirmed practitioner after attending at least eight community events over the course of three months.

Pastor Bob, founder of the Church, writes:

Our required practice is grounded within traditional, modern and positive post-modern teachings regarding what we recognize and consecrate as venerated Sacraments. The Sacraments of our church are required and central to the identity and practices of SGC and its members. Recognition of our faith, practice and core values is central to the identity and practices of SGC and its members.

By Molly Cowell

Molly is a freelance writer who lives in Hamburg, Germany.

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