Permaculture: Stories celebrating floristic and fungal abundance
– David Holmgren

David Holmgren draws on a lifelong passion for ethnobotanical knowledge and practise to tell stories that celebrate abundance and diversity, pushing the boundaries of social and, at times, legal norms. These true stories cut paths through the psychosocial wilderness towards a relocalised ethnobotany of the everyday to sustain us in the shadow of failing techno ...

Some Traps, Pitfalls and Questions of the Psychedelic Path
– Nick Sun

With the increasing acceptance within the mainstream, many people are seeking psychedelics for many reasons. Healing, meaning, spiritual awakening, pleasure… The list goes on. There are also many routes for meeting these medicines as well. Medical, shamanic, spiritual, self-experimentation etc... But this is still new territory, and we are in a period of mass experimentation, ...

PRISM: Trip sitting and psychedelic harm reduction
– Steph Tzanetis

The principles for psychedelic support (otherwise known as ‘trip sitting’) that are promoted by international groups like MAPS Zendo Project and Kosmicare Association, as well as PRISM. Psychedelic support in music event settings is different from psychedelic assisted psychotherapy (PAP) in many ways. For example, with PAP a sitter is with a person when they ...

MDMA research 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 ...

Mapping Entheogenesis Through The Ecological-Self
– Jef Baker

Evolving from my 2015 Honours thesis examining the overlaps, intersections, and parallels between the philosophy of Deep Ecology and the Ayahuasca experience, this presentation explores the concept of ‘The ecological Self’ as a key aspect of entheogenic awakening. The ecological Self is a concept developed by Deep Ecologists such as Freya Mathews, Arne Naess, John ...

Philosophical issues in psychedelic research: A review of emerging themes
– Dr Chris Letheby

Serotonergic (or “classic”) psychedelics have struck many researchers as raising significant philosophical questions that, until recently, were largely unexplored by academic philosophers. In this talk, based on collaborative work with Jaipreet Mattu (University of Western Ontario), I will give an overview of four emerging lines of research at the intersection of academic philosophy and psychedelic ...