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Dear EMC Community,

We are writing to inform you all that we have made a decision to not move forward with the EMC facilitator training program. For several logistical reasons listed below and personal considerations, this is the best path for our leadership group going forward. We are grateful for your trust, support, and belief in us and the school we were hoping to create.

Initially, we believed that we would be operating solely under OHA guidelines and we felt there was plenty of flexibility to create a program in our own unique way.  We were on the cusp of beginning our program when we were made aware of the HECC requirements. For a small boutique program like ours, these requirements not only added many cumbersome aspects to the application process but also to the sustainability of our organization as a whole. 

Our business model, when coupled with the HECC requirements, is simply not sustainable from a financial perspective. We have no outside donors, sponsors, or investors, plus the hefty fees associated with these new licensing requirements have created unforeseen financial burdens that we do not have the resources to cover.  On top of that, most psilocybin businesses will be subject to IRS 280E tax rules that essentially work to tax organizations or private contractors out of business.  We’ve also been told that it will be difficult for facilitators to obtain liability insurance and don’t feel comfortable asking our students to put themselves at such a risk. There are also concerns for students who hold professional licenses in the state of Oregon as well. Those that have liability insurance may be putting their insurance at risk by proceeding forward as a facilitator. 

Beyond the financial woes, we are deeply concerned about our ability to conform our visions within the confines of the medicalized models. We desired to teach about ceremony, reciprocity, and respect for the medicine while doing so in more traditional ways.

Finally, there are too many unknowns about future potential income and work for facilitators, service centers, and the lack of protection that will be granted to facilitators. At the moment, we would basically be setting up our students for loads of unforeseen risks without understanding the upside reward.  There are roughly 15 training programs that will be pumping out anywhere from 50-100 students each per cohort. Meanwhile, there are no approved service centers, meaning there's no place for any of these students to legally work. We feel it may be several years before the supply and demand even out and we feel morally unable to proceed, leading our students on, with no guarantees.

To the students who submitted their applications and were accepted, we offer our deepest and sincerest apologies for letting you down and possibly delaying or impeding on your pathway forward with other programs.

To all the interested parties seeking to become students or collaborate in other ways, we are incredibly grateful for the support you've offered along the way, and thank you for all the love. We will be returning the application fees that we collected via Venmo soon.

We wish you all the best in your future endeavors and hope to see you somewhere down the road.

Kind regards,

Pilar Hernandez- Wolfe, Elizabeth Hoke, Michelle Christensen and Adam Linder 

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