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Heroic Hearts Project logo HHP’s Response to ICER’s Final Report on National PTSD Awareness day

More often than not, national awareness days come and go without notice. But I truly hope that today we all take a moment to pause in reflection for National PTSD…

Heroic Hearts Project logo Exposing ICER’s Anti-Veteran Campaign Against MDMA-Assisted Therapy

An Open Letter From Our Veteran Community: For the past two decades, scientists, researchers, and veteran advocates have sought the answer to a burning question: Can MDMA-assisted therapy (MDMA-AT) provide…

From Afghan to Ayahuasca – Bobby’s Story

Then there is that moment when it all clicks, hope takes the shape and form of a small flame, you breathe out a sigh of relief, you have direction, light, you have hope, you have fire, you have life. But you know that the work is only just beginning.

Devin, Ranger An Army Ranger’s Healing Journey Through Ayahuasca: Devin’s Story

As he reflects on the past seven years, Devin acknowledges that healing is an ongoing process. The lessons from ayahuasca continue to unfold, offering new insights and perspectives.

The Story of a Wounded Warrior

Haunted by past decisions that led him to stay in the Army and the subsequent injuries that left him paralyzed, Travis’s new view of the world was shrouded by self-hatred and blame. Plant Medicine helped him address these root issues and break the cycle of anger.

You Are The Mission: Crystal’s Story

“n my opinion, psychedelics are 100% the way to go if you want to really get to know yourself and you want to fall in love with yourself again. Don’t put yourself on the back burner. You are the mission”

From Self to Service: Alex’s Story

Alex’s journey has taken her from the front lines, through her own healing process, to advocating for equitable healing for minority groups within the veteran community.

Embracing Identity & The Human Experience: Heather’s Story

Heather’s journey is a vibrant tapestry woven with threads of pain, growth, and self-discovery. It reminds us that embracing our complexities, both light and shadow, is the true essence of being human.

A Warrior Poet: Healing through Writing, Companionship, and Ayahuasca

After a lifetime of prioritizing others, the plant medicine journey imparted a crucial revelation: to be the best for others, one must first prioritize oneself.

Untreated PTSD in Veterans Hurts the Whole Family

While the detriments of PTSD on Veterans are well-documented, a growing amount of research suggests untreated PTSD impacts a Veteran’s entire family. Luckily, there’s hope…

Healed People Heal People: From Warrior to Psychedelic Integration Coach

Chris’s experience with HHP offered him the chance to rewrite the narrative, release entrenched fears, and reframe his understanding of himself. He now helps other veterans to do the same.

Artist Sam Juan posing next to painting titled "Self Love" Integration Unfolding as Art – Sam’s Process

So often, we speak to veterans shortly after their retreat experience to understand what they’ve learned and what they hope to carry with them from the experience into the future.…

Photo of Dia in her uniform A Beacon of Hope: Dia’s Story

Before Dia connected with HHP, she found herself in a place of disconnection and depression that was all too familiar. She found herself cocooned in her pain, unable to reach or…

An American Yogi: Phil’s Story

In his lowest moment, he thought about swimming out into the sea so far that he’d never be able to make it back to shore. Now he’s writing love poems and helping other veterans on their path to healing using plant medicine.

Group of attendees of military spouses retreat More Than Just Military Wives – Warrior Women

Mia Black: This past fall, I was given the opportunity through Heroic Hearts to facilitate a retreat for military spouses in the Amazon jungle, to experience ayahuasca healing in traditional…

Photo of Kegan Flying to New Heights

Flying to New Heights

Aug 01 2022

By Kegan Gill On January 15th, 2014, my life changed drastically. I was a F/A-18E Super Hornet pilot in VFA-143, The Pukin’ Dogs, stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana. Just…

Kiernan in uniform 22 Jumps

22 Jumps

May 25 2022

The first time I watched my brother Kiernan BASE jump, I was mesmerized. Jumping off a cliff with a parachute looked like it was the most fun thing in the…

Matt and friends taking a break Matt’s Story – On the Trail Back to Self

By Matt Kat Swartling I served with the 1-505 PIR in the 82nd Airborne Division. I deployed 2011-2012 to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Village Stability Operations (VSO). My…

Soldiers sitting in a truck Finding Healing and Purpose: Tim’s Story

By Hannah Kimyon Tim Jensen was basically born to be a serviceman.  He became enamored by the military from a very young age after finding a box of his grandfather’s…

Psilocybin mushrooms A Veteran’s experience micro-dosing psilocybin

By: Anonymous “When we look within ourselves with psilocybin, we discover that we do not have to look outward toward the futile promise of life that circles distant stars in…

People sitting in a retreat center in Mexico A Mission Within Testimonial

By: Ryan Roberts How do you even begin to share an experience that can only be described as ineffable? Words have the ability to be extremely powerful, but they’re merely…

Photo of veteran CT, in uniform The Core Lesson – CT’s Story

By: Hannah Kimyon After spending time getting to know CT, it’s hard for me to envision him as the man he described who was in a very dark place when…

Infographic on treating PTSD with MDMA Story of an Anonymous Veteran

By: Anonymous: I had been on active duty for six years when I first tried MDMA. Until then, the furthest I had strayed from the D.A.R.E. program was a little…

Photo of Brandon Mills playing guitar “Don’t Overthink It.” Brandon’s Story

By: Hannah Kimyon You may have heard of Brandon Mills.  He’s a singer-songwriter who lives in Nashville, and his music has touched hundreds of thousands of people across the globe. …

Photo of Crystal It’s Okay to be Okay – Crystal’s Story

When I first met Crystal, I was taken aback by her energy.  Even over zoom, which can often feel contrived and stiff, she exuded vibrance and groundedness.  Perhaps it was…

Photo of Josh Trust the Process – Josh’s Story

By Hannah Kimyon When Josh received the invitation to attend a retreat with Heroic Hearts Project in May of 2021, he had all but forgotten he had applied for the…

Plastic model of a brain Let’s Talk About Ketamine

What is ketamine? Special K. KitKat. Super K. Vitamin K. Cat Valium. Purple. These are all street names for the drug known as ketamine. Ketamine is a drug that was…

Promotional image for Have a Good Trip The Psychedelic Renaissance: Psychedelics in Pop Culture

Photo Source: Netflix via Hollywood Reporter “Drug use in educational films has always been portrayed in a somewhat exaggerated and hysterical way: parents panicking, children having freak-outs, and people jumping…

Photo of marijuana and US $100 bill Legalizing Psychedelics as Therapeutic Medicine

The 2020 election season was historic in a number of ways.  When it comes to psychedelics we saw Oregon pass a measure to legalize administration of psilocybin and become the…

Graphic depiction of neural pathways How Does Ayahuasca Impact the Brain?

For millennia, communities around the world have incorporated the consumption of psychedelic substances into their cultural, religious, and healing practices. In these communities, psychedelics have held a revered and nearly…