Talks

. Drug Policy Reform by Aimee Tollan .

. Holy Moly: Bottled Madness & Lysergic Poesy by Robert Dickins .

. Getting High with the Most High: Drugs in the Bible by Rev Danny Nemu .

. The Science and Art of Tarot Divination by Adam Malone .

. MAMBE and AMBIL the four doors of tobacco to unveil our sacred origins by Anthar Kharana .

. Raising Our Life Force : The Science of the Dance by Helene Su .

. How to Clear & Understand Depression Using Traditional Oriental Medicine and the Yogas by Michael Hetherington .

. What is Kambo? by Ian Willink .

. Power, Empowerment and Electronic Music by Professor Stretch .

. Awakening Our Spirits to the Earth by Michael Paul Hill .

* Donations will be given to the Woodland Heritage *


Drug Policy Reform

by Aimee Tollan

The University of Life

Saturday : midday – 1pm

Aimée will be summarising the main points from a symposium on Drug Policy Reform, where various experts in the field met at Breaking Convention. What does the current situation on drugs look like and where do we go from here?

Aimée Tollan is a Director at Breaking Convention, an organisation that holds biennial academic conferences on psychedelic consciousness. She is an Anthropology graduate from the University of Kent, where she wrote her undergraduate thesis on public attitudes towards drugs.


Holy Moly: Bottled Madness & Lysergic Poesy

by Robert Dickins

The University of Life

Saturday : 11am – midday

This talk explores the poetic culture of early LSD history in Britain and the United States. The story begins with a children’s tale in a 1950’s research laboratory, stretching through the heavenly and hellish hero’s journey of a newly birthing counterculture, and right through to the radical politics of the British Underground at the end of the 1960s. It unravels the way in which LSD poetry questions and plays with the psychedelic experience, and the manner in which it critiques society and the self.

Robert Dickins is a historian, writer and editor. He is the founder of the Psychedelic Press, co-director of the Psychedelic Museum, and is currently undertaking his PhD at Queen Mary, University of London. His research interests focus on the history and literature of psychedelic substances, and the role of writing in spiritual and magical traditions during the 19th century. He is also the author of the novel ‘Erin’, and has occasionally be known to perform a poem or two.


Getting High with the Most High: Drugs in the Bible

by Rev Danny Nemu

Mind Body & Soul Stretch Tent

Friday : 9 – 10pm

“Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard, spikenard and saffron; cane and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and agarwood, with all the chief spices.”

Nearly all of the plants listed here in the Song of Songs contain known psychoactive compounds, and the combination of some of them into the holy massage oil described in Exodus reveals that the ancient Hebrews were adept at working with synergies and enzyme-inhibition to trigger powerful psychedelic experiences. There are several other mid-bending preparations, including the shewbread that satisfies at tiny doses, and temple incense containing opioid-receptor and GABA-receptor agonists, dopamine boosters and other curious chemicals. Then there is the enigma of manna and the collective synaesthetic vision at Mount Sinai.

The good Reverend Danny Nemu will be dishing out doses of the sacraments with messianic abandon.

Danny’s background is in the History and Philosophy of Medicine from the University of Manchester. He first encountered ayahuasca in the form of Daime when living in Japan, and eventually followed the trail back to its source in the Brazilian Amazon, where the bite of a sand fly infected him with leishmaniasis. This highly aggressive bacterial parasite quickly colonised a few inches of his flesh, and had designs on much more; but it proved to be a great teacher, providing ample opportunity to study firsthand the intricacies and potencies of ayahuasca within the Daime world view.


The Science and Art of Tarot Divination

by Adam Malone

The University of Life

Sunday : 11am – midday

Despite our scientific age, the allure of divination still exists in the modern world. Our largely secular and rational society has still not completely divorced the modern mind from the mystical promise held by psychics, palmists or tarot card readers. For some of us, these experiences still hold true, and their revelations still remain relevant. So the question still persists after hundreds of years of rational scientific enquiry – Why do we still seek these experiences? What does the divinatory experience offer the modern mind? And, of course, what the hell is going on? Adam Malone will explore these questions drawing on theories from thinkers such as Carl Jung and Iain McGilchrist and some of the weird and wonderful out-there scientific experiments that allow us to begin to place the divinatory pursuit within a more rational understanding.

Adam is currently completing an MA in Myth, Cosmology and The Sacred at Canterbury Christchurch University where he has written on tarot divination as well as the meta-myth of David Icke. He has worked in both London and Brighton as a professional tarot card reader for nearly a decade as well as producing film projects on the indigenous shamanic practices of Mexico. He currently runs Club Imaginal in Brighton, and is on the board for Breaking Convention, Europe’s leading psychedelic research conference.


MAMBE and AMBIL

The four doors of tobacco to unveil our sacred origins

by Anthar Kharana

The University of Life

Sunday : 4 – 5pm

An ancient wisdom from Colombia in the land of the Condor, Mambe and Ambil are the sacred union between heart and mind, feeling and thought. For the natives of the Andes, “Hayo” is one of the most respected plants which represents a direct connection to our Mother Earth through different practices and one of them is the Mambeadero where Mambe medicine is used. However, Mambe is never used without Ambil which comes mainly from the Tobacco plant, a plant that holds the entire wisdom of the Americas, from the Land of Fire in Chile all the way up to Canada and it connects us with the heart of the Sky, the heart of the Father. Together, these two plants represent a mystical blend of the Mother and Father within us.

In this talk, Anthar Kharana, native from Ocaña in the north of Colombia, territory of the Muisca people and strong warriors Hacaritama, will be sharing traditional stories about its uses as well as sharing a sacred wisdom and songs related to the different medicines that come from the Tobacco plant, its relation to the medicine wheel and how it can take us to the centre of the spiral of our ancient origins.

Anthar Kharana is a medicine man, musician and international sound healer native from Colombia. He comes from a long lineage of musicians in his family and is also a guardian of traditions and medicines of the Americas. 


Michael Paul Hill is San Carlos Apache and does spiritual advocacy work to spread the truth according to his Apache heritage and life/spiritual experience. He was struck by lightning four times with four colours in which He received spiritual power, wisdom, and knowledge.  He attended the University of Arizona and Arizona State University and also is a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribal Bar Association. Over the past decade, Michael has also done extensive work on Apache rights at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Issues, and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination in New York City, and Geneva, Switzerland. Importantly for the last decade, he has been focusing on Ndee Nnee laws and rights to identity, land, and territory for Apache peoples who never surrendered their rights or resources to the nation-states, i.e., the “unrecognised indigenous Americans”. He has also focused on critical examination of corruption within indigenous communities that are within the sovereignty of the nation state.  Most recently, He was a part of a delegation of Original Peoples from North and South America to meet with Pope Francis in Rome demanding abrogation of the Doctrine of Discovery and Papal Bull Inter Caeterum of 1493.  On the home front, Michael has organised and assisted many grassroots movements within the Apache nation including the San Carlos Apache Tribe, Chiricahua Apaches of Mexico and United States, The Chihene Nde Nation of New Mexico, and the Lipan Apaches beyond borders. He has been featured in several documentaries including The Immigration Paradox, Agent Orange on the Rez, Oak Flat Apache Country, and cited in scholarly publications and books, co-authored several papers including a submission to the Academy of Social Sciences for the People’s Republic of China, along with articles in  Indian Country Today and local newspaper publications. He has worked closely with his mother Katherine Lomayesva, Margo Tamez, and Lorraine Garcia in decolonization and revitalization of the true Ndee Nnee matrilineal law systems and borders.


Raising Our Life Force : The Science of the Dance

by Helene Su

www.vitalbodyvitalmind.com

The University of Life

Saturday : 10 – 11am

What happens when we get into ‘the zone’ on the dancefloor – that magical, spiritual, sacred space of interconnection, and how exactly do we raise our frequency? What happens to us physically, biologically, psychologically and shamanically? Helene will talk about the mind body connection and our subtle body energetic system. This includes the elements and the chakra system, our direct connection to earth, DNA, the chemicals of our emotions, mysticism, neuroscience and quantum physics.

Yoga and dance are Helene’s passions, dance her first love. It has inspired, uplifted and transformed her time and time  again. Through dance she has found power, clarity, vision and tranquility. Originally trained in classical dance as a child, she has been using dance as a healing tool for more than 25 years.

Born in England but of pure Chinese descent, she grew up with real questions about identity. While dancing wild in nature; on mountain tops, in jungles, by the edge of the sea in free flow shamanic and ecstatic dance, she has discovered insight, joy and freedom. An inner place she calls home.


How to Clear & Understand Depression Using Traditional Oriental Medicine and the Yogas

by Michael Hetherington

The University of Life

Sunday : 1 – 2pm

More than 10% of the population are experiencing depression and these numbers seem to be climbing. Our current approaches and the use of antidepressant medications don’t seem to be curbing its growth. It’s time to open up and look into different approaches.

In this presentation style workshop we will be diving into Eastern, Traditional Chinese and Oriental medicine models of psychology and looking into how depression tends to play out in the human being. The biggest difference with this model is that psychology and depression is not located in the brain, but in the body organ systems and the energy field of the human being.

By the end of this workshop you will have a better understanding of depression in relation to the human energy field. You will also be equipped with a list of practical, simple and powerful methods to help you clear it from the system, for good.

Michael Hetherington (BHlthSci, TCM, Yoga) is an author, yoga instructor, acupuncturist, psychotherapist and a teacher of traditional Oriental medicine. He is originally from Brisbane, Australia. He holds a Bachelor in Health Science from Charles Sturt University, an Advanced Diploma in Acupuncture from the Australian Institute of Applied Sciences and a level 2, yoga teacher certificate from the Byron yoga centre. He has been teaching yoga since 2008 and was a lecturer of Oriental medicine and Chinese medical massage (Tui-Na) at the Australian Institute of Applied Sciences from 2014-2015.

Michael is passionate about self health care, Oriental philosophy applied to modern living, empowering education and embracing the human potential. Inspired by the teachings of many he has learned that a lighthearted and nurturing approach to life serves best.

He can be found bouncing between Thailand, Bali, Australia and Germany writing, dancing, teaching and drinking cups of tea.


What is Kambo?

by Ian Willink

The University of Life

Sunday : 5 – 6pm

Spreading awareness about Kambo. What it is, where it comes from and why we use it. Sharing about it’s benefits and effects, the science behind the medicine and why it works, it’s traditional and modern usage, information on the frog itself, on how the medicine is collected and information on the tribes that have been using it for thousands of years.

Ian is a highly committed and conscious Earth Activist whose path in life is to help facilitate deep self-healing through the use of medicines and music. Through this work contributing what he can to support shifting consciousness towards a more fulfilling, respectful and connected way of living life on this planet.

He has been interested since a very young age in the healing and entheogenic properties of different substances. A few years ago his path was led to Kambo. After experiencing it’s magic he had a clear vision to start serving it to other people. Receiving intensive training under the IAKP (International Association of Kambo Practitioners) he now operates as a fully functional practitioner. Also having high levels of experience with other medicines including Ayahuasca, Iboga, San Pedro, Mapacho, Rape, Sananga and Sangre de Grado in between others.


Power, Empowerment and Electronic Music

by Professor Stretch

The University of Life

Saturday : 1 – 2pm

Creative Artist, Producer and Lecturer in Electronic Music Production : Prof. Stretch has been producing and playing high quality electronic dance music for the past 23 years. After a childhood of classical performance of keyboards and vocals, he discovered synthesis and sampling at the age of 14 and began programming music shortly after. He co-produced the seminal early jungle tune ‘Dub War’ by ‘Dance Conspiracy’ on XL Recordings in 1993, and he quickly gained a reputation for being able to combine different styles of music to produce solid, soulful and somehow timeless electronic timbres. In collaboration with DJ Pulse he went on to release music on the iconic D&B labels Moving Shadow and Creative Wax, as well as gain production credits with a wide range of major artists. He was heavily involved with the free party movement of the early 90’s, engineering for and playing with Spiral Tribe at Castlemorton Free Festival amongst others.

Stretch achieved critical acclaim as one half of ‘The Underwolves’ securing an album deal with Island Records in 1998. He co-produced, programmed and engineered ‘Under Your Sky’, an album recorded with the Bombay Philharmonic Orchestra in India drawing influence from an eclectic range of dance music styles, mixing electronic and organic musical elements from a globally diverse range of sources. His more recent remix credits include Groove Armada, Jill Scott and
Deepest Blue.

Now studying a Masters in Music Production at Kingston University, his main field of study next year will be the application of electronically generated sound within embodied Music cognition.

During the talk Stretch will be exploring the following themes:

The effects of electronic music on body and brain, synchronicity through rhythm and frequencies ( not just Sub Bass ! ) A new paradigm of music composition catalysed by the democratisation of the tools of production and collectivism, the rise and role of the Sound System. Creating with synthesised sound, the effectiveness of the analog synthesiser keyboards and Samplers to create indeterminately diverse timbres Social Cohesion, removing barriers and prejudice and historical lessening the objectification of performer or individual: Cultural Unification and Genre diversification and about the worldwide cultural impact of the electronic music scene in Europe which exports new music culture across the globe.


Awakening Our Spirits to the Earth

by Michael Paul Hill

The University of Life

Sunday : 10 – 11am

Michael Paul Hill is San Carlos Apache and does spiritual advocacy work to spread the truth according to his Apache heritage and life/spiritual experience. He was struck by lightning four times with four colours in which he received spiritual power, wisdom, and knowledge.  He attended the University of Arizona and Arizona State University and also is a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribal Bar Association.

Over the past decade, Michael has also done extensive work on Apache rights at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Issues, and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination in New York City, and Geneva, Switzerland. Importantly for the last decade, he has been focusing on Ndee Nnee laws and rights to identity, land, and territory for Apache peoples who never surrendered their rights or resources to the nation-states, i.e., the “unrecognised indigenous Americans”. He has also focused on critical examination of corruption within indigenous communities that are within the sovereignty of the nation state.

Most recently, He was a part of a delegation of Original Peoples from North and South America to meet with Pope Francis in Rome demanding abrogation of the Doctrine of Discovery and Papal Bull Inter Caeterum of 1493.  On the home front, Michael has organised and assisted many grassroots movements within the Apache nation including the San Carlos Apache Tribe, Chiricahua Apaches of Mexico and United States, The Chihene Nde Nation of New Mexico, and the Lipan Apaches beyond borders. He has been featured in several documentaries including The Immigration Paradox, Agent Orange on the Rez, Oak Flat Apache Country, and cited in scholarly publications and books, co-authored several papers including a submission to the Academy of Social Sciences for the People’s Republic of China, along with articles in  Indian Country Today and local newspaper publications. He has worked closely with his mother Katherine Lomayesva, Margo Tamez, and Lorraine Garcia in decolonisation and revitalisation of the true Ndee Nnee matrilineal law systems and borders.

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