Dr. Nick Atlas has 25 years of experience with psychedelics and the healing arts, having facilitated over 200 solo and group journeys with a variety medicines. Nick holds a Ph.D. in Psychology with multiple certifications, has taught extensively at the university-level, and serves as Faculty Chair at Atlantic University. The Director of Evolutionary Education®, he also offers personal and professional training in Breathwork, Meditation, Yoga Nidra, and Lucid Dreaming, and specializes in trauma-sensitive, body-centered approaches for emotional release. He works with a wide range clients dealing with various issues including anxiety, depression, OCD, substance abuse, and terminal illness, as well as those seeking spiritual awakening, reconnection and realization. Originally from New York City, Nick has authored a memoir detailing his own psychedelic journey and world travels, and enjoys making music, open-water swimming, and hiking with his dog in the beautiful, Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts.
Born and raised in New York City, I was an athlete throughout my youth. I went on to study sociology and visual art at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (USA), where I also fell in love with ecstatic dance and the burgeoning rave scene. During my senior year, I spent a semester abroad in Belize and traveled throughout the Guatemalan backcountry researching the impact of Western materialism on native cultures. I also developed a passion for photography and began to explore yoga, qigong, and meditation. Upon graduating from college, a series of mystical dreams, as well as a profound spiritual awakening while under the influence of psilocybin, radically altered the course of my life.
No single event was more impactful than a loved one’s tragic car accident when I was twenty-two years old. Prompted by support from an online community of healers, my subsequent attempt to heal my friend inspired me to quit my job, hit the road, and follow my heart into the unknown. I began to record my dreams on a nightly basis, and a remarkable, decade-long journey unfolded.
After several years spent documenting music festivals and visiting natural places throughout North America, I met my first great yoga teacher, Stephen Spyrit, in Portland, Oregon, and was inspired to travel to India, Nepal, Southeast Asia, Israel, and Egypt. From there, I spent a year as a professional photographer in New York before another mystical experience revealed my life calling: to start a school. Relocating to the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, I devoted myself to yoga full-time, ultimately returning to India, Thailand, and the Philippines to advance my spiritual practice.
In 2012, I commenced doctoral studies in Psychology: Consciousness & Society at the University of West Georgia, the only public institution in the US offering such a program. My research examined the dynamics of healing and psychospiritual transformation during lucid dreaming, and its relationship to archetypal mythology and yoga psychology–aka, Sleep & Dream Yoga. Concurrently, I continued to develop Evolutionary Education®, an institute for experiential learning, where I currently serve as the Director and facilitate a wide range of continuing education courses and events.
Along the way, I have been blessed to study with and assist many incredible mentors, including Paulie Zink, Richard Miller, Toni Bergins, Jack Kornfield, Rhiannon, Bobby McFerrin, and the entire Department of Psychology at UWG.
In 2019, I published my first book, The Light Travelers, which describes my transformative journey, a generation “waking up,” and what happens when waking and dreaming merge into one. In 2020, I began working full-time as a psychedelic guide, offering preparation, facilitation, and integration services to a wide range of clients.
When I’m not teaching, speaking, writing, traveling, or working with others, I enjoy making music (especially improvisational singing), hiking, swimming, storytelling, and deep listening in nature.