Talks, Workshops and Performances

Feed your Mind with talks and workshops co-curated by the Psychedelic Society, covering topics such as permaculture, the future of politics, the mystery of consciousness, the nature of reality, ritual, the resurgence of psychedelic research and everything in between.

All offerings which are not mentioned as paid for are free. Timings will be confirmed closer to the event and in the program. Free offerings will be operated on a drop in, first come first served basis.

The Shroomshop with Darren Springer: Mushroom Cultivation for Beginners

Paid Offering £20:  Book here

Friday 18:15 – 19:15

Mushrooms have been growing wild since prehistoric times. Their therapeutic value has been acknowledged by indigenous cultures for thousands of years.

In this interactive workshop we will explore some of these ideas, and look at ways that we can work with mushrooms to develop and implement practical solutions in our daily urban settings.

We will also explore various techniques for growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms using so called waste materials that you have access to you in your immediate environment.

 

Andy Raingold: Leading from the Heart 

12pm – 1pm, Mind Tent

We are capable of extraordinary leadership when our intellect and sense of identity are both activated and aligned. How can we cultivate ourselves to be courageous, purpose-led leaders in a world where universal values are so often being undermined? How do we sustain our vitality and motivation to lead in this time of crisis, uncertainty and volatility?

Andy set up Change in Nature hosting nature connection, leadership, sustainability and mindfulness retreats and workshops with the intention to inspire transformative and sustainable change. His dedication in this area has taken him from Westminster to the frontline of the refugee crisis in Greece. Join him and fellow change makers to explore and discuss reigniting personal leadership and drive in challenging times.

 

Carl Smith: Cyberdelics 

The Cyberdelics incubator will explore how we can create measurable altered states of consciousness through the use of technology. The aim is not to try to replicate psychedelic effects but instead to enable an entirely new range of experiences. Hybrid and perceptual technologies such as VR, AR and MR (Mixed Reality), provide us with a whole new tool-set for metaprogramming and self-transformation that allow us to expand our perception of ourselves and of the reality we live in. More information: https://www.cyberdelicsociety.com/

 

Darren Springer: An introduction to Permaculture

Permaculture is a practical method of developing ecologically harmonious, efficient and productive systems that can be used by anyone, anywhere.

This will be an interactive introductory workshop looking at the fundamental ethics and principles of permaculture, while learning practical tips for personalising and implementing these tools in our busy daily urban settings.

 

Darren Springer – Psychedelics: Origins, History & Future

Fungi and plants have been used for millennia by indigenous Africans for spiritual, personal and community development. Darren will be sharing his extensive research on the indigenous usage of psychedelic plants on the African continent.

Darren Springer is a grass-roots researcher and event organiser based in London, the Director of Ancient Future, the Convenor of the Psychedelia Railway Gatherings and curator at Earth Tone Arts.

 

Dr David Luke – The Science of Psychedelics and Exceptional Human Experience

The traditional use of psychoactive plants and fungi for spiritual and shamanic rituals has occurred for thousands of years, whereas the Western scientific research of these substances has only been explored in the last 100 years, and prohibition stalled the last 50 years of this.

Now that scientific research is resuming, what do psychedelics tell us about the weirder side of human consciousness, and what can be learned from the traditional shamanic practices with these substances?

Dr David Luke is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich where he has been teaching an undergraduate course on the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience since 2009.

 

Find your festival Flow with Mindful Talent’s Stuart Sandeman & Alister Gray.

Find your Festival Flow is a high vibrational workshop to tee you up for a fun fuelled weekend – Global coaching organisation founders Alister Gray & Stuart Sandeman will take you through a engaging experience of movement, meditation and breath to connect you to inner dopeness! You will leave energised, aligned and heart full.

 

George Teal: Microdosing for the Modern Modus

Microdosing appears to be gaining increasing traction. But what even is ‘microdosing’? Who’s doing it, and with what substances? And what supposed benefits are there in doing so?

What science do we have – or indeed not yet have to validate the variety of beneficial claims being accrued? Whilst not forgetting, what potential risks might there be? To conclude: where might the future lie for microdosing in our fragmented societies?

 

Helene Su: Dance Medicine

Dance has the unique ability to touch and transform us on every level of our being; the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual. When we get into ‘the zone’ on the dancefloor, we can enter a magical, sacred space of interconnection, with ourselves, each other and beyond, we can become total. We will talk about the mind body connection, our subtle body energetic system, mysticism, neuroscience, our connection to earth and quantum physics.

 

Kash L: Transhumanism, where are we now and where to go from here?

In an interconnected, digital world, what technologies will be at the forefront of human evolution? This is the question put forward in this talk, as an opportunity to inform and reflect on how life will change if/when implant and connective technologies become integrated into everyday activities and their ethical implications.

 

Mikey Matania: Psychedelics, meet meditation. Meditation, meet psychedelics

Psychedelics and meditation are powerful tools for personal and societal transformation – but how do they fit together? In this interactive talk, we will compare and contrast psychedelics and meditation as tools for altering consciousness.

Michael is a mental health professional with the charity Mind. He now runs “Tough Cookie”, a company that teaches meditation to the most marginalised and hard to reach groups in society.

 

Ros Watts (UCL): The Healing Potential of Magic Mushrooms

Scientists at some of the world’s most prestigious universities are studying single psychedelic therapy sessions to treat severe mental health conditions. A psychologist and participant from the ‘Psilocybin for depression study’ at Imperial College take you step by step through the psychedelic treatment journey.

Dr Rosalind Watts is a clinical psychologist in the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College (led by Robin Carhart-Harris).

 

Stephen Reid (Psychedelic Society Founder): Psychedelics, non-duality and the nature of consciousness.

One of the remarkable features of psychedelic substances is their ability to reliably bring about so-called ‘enlightenment’ experiences, characterised by a profound sense of the unity and interconnectedness of all things and a feeling that all existent phenomena, including human consciousness, are manifestations of an ultimate reality sometimes identified with ‘God’, ‘Brahman’ or ‘Tao’.

Join this session to consider such questions as: What is consciousness? What isn’t nonduality? Can psychedelics truly offer a glimpse of enlightenment?

 

Sara Zaltash – Psychedelic Story Slam

Come along and tell the story of your wildest, tenderest, gnarliest and most blessed psychedelic experiences. Best stories win prizes (maybe Koolaid).

No narrative too next level, no genre too wacky. Come one, come all, come listen, come judge, come and stop caring about being judged, come laugh, come see the unifying truths of all our souls.

 

Sarah Janes: The Ancient Art of Lucid Dreaming

In the ancient world, many cultures built temples dedicated to healing through sleep and sacred dreams. Elaborate systems of fasting, dedication, ritual drama, invocation and dream interpretation remained commonplace for many thousands of years. Clearly the sleep temples were effective for many, but how? And would these old methods work today?

Sarah Janes is a writer living in Hastings, England. She has been obsessed since childhood with dreaming, especially lucid dreams.

 

The Power of Electronic Music – Professor Stretch

Professor Stretch explores the effects of electronic music on body and brain and synchronicity through rhythm and frequencies, and a new paradigm of music composition catalyzed by the democratization of the tools of production and collectivism, the rise and role of the Sound System.

Learn about the effectiveness of the analog synthesisers keyboards and Samplers to create indeterminately diverse timbres as well as the Social Cohesion created by electronic music and its power to remove barriers and prejudice.

 

 

Tell Me Your Story: Storytelling workshop with Daniel Allison 

Workshop is by donation. There is nothing simpler and yet nothing more powerful than telling a story. In this fun and lively workshop, international storyteller Daniel Allison will show you how to find, learn, develop and tell a story, be it a myth, folk-tale or your own experience.

The Kingdom Beneath; Myths & Music of the British Isles – A Performance with Daniel Allison and Lally O’Keeffe.

Join us for a ritual as old as humanity; the sharing of our native stories and songs. Featuring shapeshifting witches, lusty fairies, otherworldly voyages and a giant who wants you to chop his head off, woven together with music on didgeridoo, guitar and hang drum.

‘Get it off yer chest!’ aka Body Positive Boob Printing

Too shy for the full glitter boob about town? Then this cheeky workshop is for you!

Run by certified health coach Harri Rose and the Anti Diet Riot Club, ‘Get if off yer chest!’is a celebration of womanhood and diversity – and is a fun way to increase body acceptance.

Feeling like your boobs are way too small, too big, wonky, too saggy, non-existent, all nipple, no nipple? ‘NO WAY!’, we say. There is no wrong way to have a boob! Come and learn how to embrace your lovely lady lumps just as they are in this safe, friendly female only space.

#freetheboob #lovemyfestivalbody

 
The Future of Politics

Co Curated with The Alternative UK: Imagining different futures labs

 

  • If Politics is Broken, What’s The Alternative? Friday 1-2

Who is the human being at the heart of politics? Is all I need a job and a tax cut, or is it time to recognise my emotional and spiritual needs too? Find your political calling as Artist and Ritualist Gaia Harvey Jackson leads us to dance, drum and chant our way into a new experience of power and possibility.

  • If Politics is Broken, What’s The Alternative? Saturday 1-2

We all dream of a new world, but how can we begin to make that a reality? What are the new cultures and ways of being together that are going to lead to a genuine transition? In this workshop Artist / Priestess Sarah Zaltash with Dancing Alchemist Kyle Reeves will be using a collective visualisation manifestation to imagine the changes we want to see in the world.

  • If Politics is Broken, What’s the Alternative? Sunday 1-2

Can our transformational cultures and practices have any impact upon the the multiple crises of climate change, poverty and mental illness? Join Indra Adnan and Pat Kane, Co-initiators of The Alternative UK in a fishbowl conversation. As they connect their personal and collective awakening to a radical new politics for the future, you connect yours.

 

Resist and Renew: Sci-Fi, Storytelling and Revolution

Come build Utopia! Get creative and make the world of your dreams. Using the mind expanding medium of sci-fi, join us to tell a story and build new worlds in this imaginative and fun workshop.

Let activist Ali and writer Rob take you on a tour of what could be and, together, we’ll get one step closer making it a reality.

 

Emil Friis: The Listening Society – How to Save a Million Lives

If you want to make the world a better place, which effort would have the greatest impact? In this talk Emil Ejner Friis sheds light on how psychological development, if we made it a political priority, could save millions of future lives and improve that of countless more.

 

Ronan Harrington: Why Spirituality is the Key to a More Visionary Politics

Our system has reached crisis point but still staggers on as normal. This calls for the creation of deeper cultural spaces and stories that can help us awaken from our dominant system and participate in a regenerative vision of self and society.

In this talk, Alter Ego Founder Ronan Harrington, shares his experience building a global network of social change makers that are mainstreaming a more conscious culture and visionary politics.

 

 

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