DMT: Indigenous gateway to the soul and endogenous reality thermostat?
– David Luke

N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), dubbed the ‘spirit molecule,’ is an extremely potent short acting psychedelic substance found endogenously in the human organism and occurring widely (possibly ubiquitously in many kingdoms) in nature, and has been theorised to account for numerous spontaneous exceptional experiences such as those occurring near or at death. The traditional indigenous use of DMT ...

5-MeO-DMT containing plants: Fact and fiction

This talk will examine several plants containing 5-MeO-DMT and talk about their botany, cultural uses and history. Drawing on archaeological records, ethnobotanical work and recent biochemical analysis, we can shift the focus from the Sonoran Desert toad to a variety of entheogenic plants, for example from Anadenanthera, Virola, Phalaris genera, as well as other plants ...

In Conversation
– with Douglas Rushkoff

From hanging with Tim Leary in the 80s underground psychedelic culture to playing a crucial role chronicling the rise (and maybe fall) of cyberpunk rave culture in the 90s, Douglas Rushkoff has been at the frontline of some startling cultural shifts over the past few decades. His latest book, Survival of the Richest, is a ...

DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF

Douglas Rushkoff will be streaming into the conference for a live ‘in conversation’ piece with writer and long-term friend of EGA, Rich Haridy.   Winner of the Media Ecology Association’s first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity, Dr. Douglas Rushkoff is an author, teacher, and documentarian who focuses on the ways ...

Plant tissue culture
– Darklight & Jess

Plant tissue culture can be an easy way to produce large numbers of disease-free clones much faster than more conventional propagation techniques. It’s also a starting point for further plant molecular and metabolic studies, mutation breeding, and it can be a critical technique for conservation projects. This workshop will offer demonstrations to guide you through ...

Embodied Plant Wisdom
– Stephanie Hazel

Entheogens and psychedelic journeys can facilitate communication and relationships with plants and provide ecological and medicinal insight. In fact, they have done just this for healers throughout plant people throughout the ages. How can we draw upon the expanded awareness of altered states to cultivate better relationships with the plant world? How do we use ...

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 ...

Strychnine
– Keeper Trout

What is strychnine, and why do people seem to believe that it is in so many different plants and drugs? Has that ever been true? If so, why, when, and where? And why do so many people want to believe that strychnine causes symptoms that it does not? Keeper Trout takes us on a fun ...

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 townsfolk, ...

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 ...