Midnight Water: A Psychedelic Memoir

Midnight Water: A Psychedelic Memoir by Katherine MacLean, Ph.D. is a beautifully told story by a groundbreaking scientist who led the way in psychedelic research. Dr. MacLean’s story begins during her first year on the faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine when her path takes a sudden and unexpected detour following the death of her younger sister from cancer. After leaving her faculty job, MacLean travels the world – bringing medical and humanitarian aid to remote Himalayan villages and creating sanctuary spaces for psychedelic support – until she finally settles on an organic farm. While birthing and raising her two children, leading workshops and psychedelic retreats, and training to become an MDMA therapist, MacLean’s traumatic past and the loss of her sister continue to haunt her. When her father’s lung cancer finally invades his brain, MacLean realizes that she must dive straight into the heart of her own labyrinth in order to forgive her dad before he dies. Midnight Water is not only a compelling personal story of psychedelic healing but an inspired vision for a psychedelic future that positions women and family caregivers at the center of home-based healing, from birth through death.

About the Author

Katherine MacLean, Ph.D. is a research scientist with expertise in studying the effects of mindfulness meditation and psychedelics on cognitive performance, emotional well-being, spirituality, and brain function. As a postdoctoral research fellow and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she conducted clinical trials of psilocybin, the primary chemical found in “magic mushrooms,”  and other psychedelic compounds. Her groundbreaking research on psilocybin and personality change suggests that psychedelic medicines can enhance openness to new experiences and promote mental health and emotional well-being throughout the lifespan. Dr. MacLean co-founded and directed the first center for psychedelic education and training in New York, was featured in the New Yorker article entitled “The Trip Treatment” by Michael Pollan, and her TED Talk has been viewed nearly fifty thousand times.

Author photo by Amanda Temple

330 pages; 6 x 9 / Trade Paperback
$19.95 print / $9.99 e-book
ISBN: 979-8-9865324-7-9
Publication Date: JUNE 2023
Distributor: IPG / Chicago
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