Nearly every culture throughout history has used naturally occurring psychoactive compounds for spiritual exploration, and entheogenic experiences have scientifically documented long-term benefits, including greater satisfaction with life, improved social relationships, and a deeper connection with nature. Psychedelics allow us a temporary glimpse beyond the curtain of our ordinary perceptions, allowing for transpersonal changes in perspective and helping to clarify what is really important.
Through this conference we will strengthen our connection to the sacred by deepening our understanding of the ancient relationship between the intelligence of plant medicines and indigenous spiritualities around the world, exploring the overlap between psychedelic experiences, altered states, spiritual self-transcendence, and near-death experiences.
The altered states of consciousness that psychedelics evoke have been described similarly to those accompanying (conscious) death processes. In studying death and dying, we lift the veils of the material world and enter immaterial realms, uncovering the long-held wisdom carried by indigenous peoples throughout the ages. The only ‘real’ death is never knowing who you really are, never understanding your ‘true’ self. When you have a higher sense of self, this can never die.
Arriving at the central inquiry “where do we go from here?”, we look to the ancient wisdom keepers and Mother Nature herself to illuminate our collective path forward. We offer this deep dive with renowned teachers from around the world to lead us in a transmission of love and deep wisdom, bringing clarity around what is of true value in this time of great change.
“Through all of history, mankind has ingested psychedelic substances. Those substances exist to put you in touch with spirits beyond yourself, with the creator, with the creative impulse of the planet.”
- Ray Manzarek