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GARDEN STATES 2021

Cultivating Ethnobotanical Plant Knowledge
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Garden States 2021 Speakers

Tobacco Substitutes in Australia – the Whitefella Perspective
– Snu Voogelbreinder

  Following on from my previous EGA presentation on pituri and tobacco substitutes used by Aboriginal Australians, we revisit the topic from another angle by looking at plants used by non-indigenous Australians as tobacco substitutes. The tobacco of the newcomers was mostly imported in the early years of colonisation, and availability could be patchy. Curious ...

The 3F Initiative: Conservation of Fungi
– Giuliana Furci

In this talk Giuliana will discuss how The Fungi Foundation and other organisations are committed to using “mycologically inclusive” language in their internal and public-facing communications (“Fauna, Flora and Funga” and “animals, plants and fungi”) and to incorporate fungi in conservation strategies with rare and endangered plants and animals.   The 3F Initiative: Conservation of ...

Panel: Plant Thieves & Plant Keepers
– Anya Ermakova, Ricard Faura, Liam Engel & Darklight

Illegally collecting wild plants can threaten vulnerable species. Yet, the illegal collection has also helped protect some vulnerable plants from extinction. At the same time, someone may be seen as both a plant thief, and as a plant keeper. The thief and keeper issue is uniquely complex when psychoactive plants are involved. We have special ...

Psychedelics & Nature Connectedness
– Sam Gandy

A growing body of research is showing that psychedelics can influence people's connection to nature. What makes psychedelics such as psilocybin promising agents for enhancing nature connectedness, and what are the potential implications of this at a time of growing mental health and ecological crises? What overlap is there between the mechanisms underpinning how psychedelics and contact ...

Entheogenic Conservation: Protecting naturally-occurring psychoactives
– Anya (Anna) Ermakova, PhD

Psychedelics have an incredible potential to catalyse change and transformation or support traditional cultured and ways of life. However, many naturally occurring psychoactive plants and even animals are facing threats from climate change, habitat loss and other anthropogenic pressures like overharvesting. In my talk we will dive deep into the conservation issues around some of ...

Beyond Psilocybin: The medical potential of other psychedelics
– Dr Martin Williams

Intense interest in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy has been sparked over the last five years, as promising results of Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials reaffirm the potential for psychedelics to aid in the treatment of a range of mental health conditions. Historically, the “natural” classical psychedelics - psilocybin, mescaline and LSD - were employed as adjuncts ...

Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy
– Dr Renee Harvey

This presentation will focus on psilocybin, its therapeutic uses and outcomes in various settings for people with a variety of mental health related challenges.  How essential is the psychotherapy for the process of change, and what sets it aside from other approaches?  The presentation will also cover the key elements in training therapists for this work and ...

MDMA Down Under: What does a decade of persistence look like?
– Dr Stephen Bright

Prior to MDMA being banned internationally in 1987, it was showing promise as a pharmacological adjunct to psychotherapy. In the past decade, there has been significant global growth in clinical trials of MDMA that have shown MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can be effective in treating treatment-resistant posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), alcohol use disorder, and social anxiety among ...
a small selection of

Garden States 2021 Presentations

Tobacco Substitutes in Australia – the Whitefella Perspective
– Snu Voogelbreinder

  Following on from my previous EGA presentation on pituri and tobacco substitutes used by Aboriginal Australians, we revisit the topic from another angle by looking at plants used by non-indigenous Australians as tobacco substitutes. The tobacco of the newcomers was mostly imported in the early years of colonisation, and availability could be patchy. Curious ...

The 3F Initiative: Conservation of Fungi
– Giuliana Furci

In this talk Giuliana will discuss how The Fungi Foundation and other organisations are committed to using “mycologically inclusive” language in their internal and public-facing communications (“Fauna, Flora and Funga” and “animals, plants and fungi”) and to incorporate fungi in conservation strategies with rare and endangered plants and animals.   The 3F Initiative: Conservation of ...

Panel: Plant Thieves & Plant Keepers
– Anya Ermakova, Ricard Faura, Liam Engel & Darklight

Illegally collecting wild plants can threaten vulnerable species. Yet, the illegal collection has also helped protect some vulnerable plants from extinction. At the same time, someone may be seen as both a plant thief, and as a plant keeper. The thief and keeper issue is uniquely complex when psychoactive plants are involved. We have special ...

Psychedelics & Nature Connectedness
– Sam Gandy

A growing body of research is showing that psychedelics can influence people's connection to nature. What makes psychedelics such as psilocybin promising agents for enhancing nature connectedness, and what are the potential implications of this at a time of growing mental health and ecological crises? What overlap is there between the mechanisms underpinning how psychedelics and contact ...

Entheogenic Conservation: Protecting naturally-occurring psychoactives
– Anya (Anna) Ermakova, PhD

Psychedelics have an incredible potential to catalyse change and transformation or support traditional cultured and ways of life. However, many naturally occurring psychoactive plants and even animals are facing threats from climate change, habitat loss and other anthropogenic pressures like overharvesting. In my talk we will dive deep into the conservation issues around some of ...

Beyond Psilocybin: The medical potential of other psychedelics
– Dr Martin Williams

Intense interest in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy has been sparked over the last five years, as promising results of Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials reaffirm the potential for psychedelics to aid in the treatment of a range of mental health conditions. Historically, the “natural” classical psychedelics - psilocybin, mescaline and LSD - were employed as adjuncts ...

Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy
– Dr Renee Harvey

This presentation will focus on psilocybin, its therapeutic uses and outcomes in various settings for people with a variety of mental health related challenges.  How essential is the psychotherapy for the process of change, and what sets it aside from other approaches?  The presentation will also cover the key elements in training therapists for this work and ...

MDMA Down Under: What does a decade of persistence look like?
– Dr Stephen Bright

Prior to MDMA being banned internationally in 1987, it was showing promise as a pharmacological adjunct to psychotherapy. In the past decade, there has been significant global growth in clinical trials of MDMA that have shown MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can be effective in treating treatment-resistant posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), alcohol use disorder, and social anxiety among ...

ABOUT  ENTHEOGENESIS AUSTRALIS

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Entheogenesis Australis is a charitable, educational organisation established in 2004; we provide opportunities for critical thinking and knowledge sharing on ethnobotanical plants, fungi, nature and sustainability. 

Through our conferences and workshops, we aim to celebrate the culture, art, politics and community around medicine plants in the hope to better wellbeing for humankind and the planet. 

 

Mission Statement - Statement seeds for earth, body, and mind. 

Statement of Purpose - Entheogenesis Australis exists to enhance the Australian natural environment by: 

E – Encouraging the propagation, cultivation, conservation, preservation and sharing of plants and fungi of ethnobotanical significance whilst nurturing botanical environments. 

G – Growing community and developing connections through conversation, events, media and the creative arts, acting as a multidisciplinary nexus for knowledge sharing within the field of Ethnobotany. 

A – Advancing botanical discussion through research, critical thinking, education, creativity, innovation, and awareness about plants, fungi and related compounds with potential beneficial applications for humankind and the natural environment. 



We acknowledge that in Australia, we live and work on stolen Country, never ceded. We acknowledge that this dispossession, from which most in our community continue to benefit materially, causes ongoing trauma to Indigenous people and communities.

We acknowledge that we benefit from Indigenous knowledge and insights, including long relationships with the plants we revere, from around the world. We acknowledge that Indigenous knowledge has often been taken disrespectfully.

We encourage all in our community to learn to do our work "right way", to understand the protocol and to show respect.

EGA endorses the Uluru Statement from the Heart, which calls for a First Nations' Voice to the Australian Parliament, Treaty and Truth. We encourage each and all of our community to take up the invitation in the Uluru Statement to work through Australia's unfinished business.

https://www.1voiceuluru.org/the-statement/