Mareesa Stertz is a filmmaker, community organizer, and KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She is the producer and host of the documentary series, The Healing Powers (of Psychedelics and Other Mindful Practices), currently streaming on Gaia TV. Mareesa is the founder of The Psychedelic Leadership Summits, a series of workshops focused on building relationships within the community and creating space for important conversations. Mareesa also programs events at The Aware Project, a Los Angeles Psychedelic Society. She is passionate about finding solutions to systemic problems, and her work is heavily informed by her own journey of healing, which has taken her all around the world, filming with the curanderos of Peru to the holy men of India. She has a BA in Cinema at San Francisco State University, and her documentaries have been featured by Gaia TV, Viceland, Indigenous Films, Merry Jane, and Participant. Her film on the spiritual intentional community Damanhur will be released mid 2020, and she is currently in development on a one-woman play that celebrates the healing journey.