On November 10th, ERIE will be hosting a full day of talks on entheogens/psychedelics covering a broad range of academic themes. We are lucky to have such a great panel of speakers! The doors open at 10:15am and the event will begin at 10:30am. At the end of the event there will be time to mingle and meet the community. Light refreshments will be offered all day. We look forward to seeing you!
room 304 (3rd floor) at CIIS
Annie Oak, MS:
Risk Reduction in the Tea House
The Full Circle Tea House is a mobile tea service that serves at festivals and events throughout the west coast. The Tea House was founded in 2011 to provide a safe place for rest, rehydration and integration. Even in challenging physical conduction such as Occupy demonstrations or the Black Rock Desert, the ritual of tea can help calm and nurture participants. Providing a tea bar also creates an alcohol-free social space. A simple model for risk reduction, the Full Circle Tea House been replicated by a number of sister tea projects. This discussion will look at how mobile tea houses operate and support a community of servers who offer tea and empathy in a wide range of environments.
Annie Oak is the founder of the Full Circle Tea House that provides mobile tea service at events throughout the west coast. Miss Oak also founded the non-profit Women's Visionary Congress http://www.visionarycongress.org/ The WVC presents the work of women who study consciousness and altered states. An event promoter and logistics manager, Miss Oak is currently writing a how-to manual for tea house projects. Annie Oak received an M.S. from the Columbia University School of Journalism and worked for many years as a science reporter.
Spiritual Adaptogens and Cardiotonic Arts
Entheogens can be understood as spiritual adaptogens, a new class of substances and practices which increase the ability of an organism or population to adapt to unique environmental factors and to avoid damage from such factors.
Entheogens can also be understood as being cardiotonic, having a healing and rejuvenating effect on the heart.
Visionary arts are manifestations and expressions of these characteristics in shareable forms and experiences.
Our world is facing unprecedented challenges of sustainability and various well explored crisis. These challenges range from cataclysmic collapse of our supportive ecosystems to personal struggles with trauma and ungrieved suffering and anguish.
Entheogens address these needs in powerful ways. They provide us with direct experience of unity with our cosmos and the mystery of life itself. They help to heal injured hearts by re-awakening empathy, compassion, and kindness, to all and to ourselves. Entheogens enhance and vitalize our creative and emotional intelligence by providing new frames of reference and a felt knowledge of universal love.
Ken Adams is an artist devoted to entheogenic practice, communications and experiences. He is collaborator and co-creator with Terence McKenna of several experimental films including Alien DreamTime (1994), Strange Attractor (2000), and The Terence McKenna Experience (2013). He is also creator of the film Imaginary Muslims & Other Perfect Strangers. Current projects include enhanced eBooks Blue Rumi and An Ode to Billy the Kid with poet Robert Anthony.
Ryan Indigo Warman, MA: East-West Psychology PhD student, ERIE member
Our Psychedelic Heritage of the 60's
Where would our Entheogenic Explorations be today, were it not for such academic pioneers as Dr. Timothy Leary and Dr. Richard Alpert? The latter of whom is better known as Baba Ram Dass, author of the transformational manifesto Be Here Now. Ryan Indigo Warman explores this lineage and our connection to it in a dynamic multimedia presentation, which includes Hunter S. Thompson's soliloquy about "the High and Mighty Wave," and the meaning behind Don MacLean's famous rock ballad American Pie, "the Day the Music Died..."
Ryan “Indigo” Warman holds an M.A. in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness, and is currently a Ph.D. student in East-West Psychology, preparing to advance to Candidacy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is a dedicated Cannabis Activist, and welcomes the input of his colleagues. He works as a Medical Cannabis Consultant for a Wellness Center in San Jose.
Larry Norris, MA: East-West Psychology PhD student, ERIE Organizer
The phenomenon of ayahuasca induced archetypes of transformation: The "more real than real" experience
Ayahuasca is a powerful entheogenic technology. Indigenous cultures in the Amazon developed this sacred medicine long ago; today this brew is found worldwide. Visionary states of the ayahuasca experience provide unique insights into consciousness, suggesting a reexamination of the Western psychological model’s approach to entheogens. Within the ayahuasca experience, the drinker reports entire realms of spirits and allies imbued with insights. Jung (2009) explores a similar realm of characters in the Red Book. Jung calls this pantheon of consciousness, “archetypes of personality”: the shadow, the anima, and the wise old man, among others (Jung, 1959, p. 37). In addition, Jung describes “archetypes of transformation”, such as the experience of rebirth (p. 116). In this talk I will unpack Jung’s concept of archetypes, including those of transformation. I will present three different archetypes of transformation reported by ayahuasca drinkers with a focus on the more real than real (MRTR) experience, a specific subset of ego dissolving ayahuasca visions. What are the implications for Western psychiatry if entheogenic experiences were transformational instead of pathological or criminal?
Larry Norris, MA is a PhD student in the East-West Psychology program at CIIS. He is also the co-founder and organizer of ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education). His research focuses on the phenomenology of ayahuasca experiences to develop a broader understanding of consciousness and personal/spiritual growth. Larry spends time as a research assistant at Wasiwaska Research Center for Consciousness Studies, Visionary Art, and Psychointegrator Plants in Brazil, and his dissertation project has developed from this work.
Robert Colbert, MA: Anthropology and Social Change PhD student, ERIE member
Entheogens, Entactogens, and Empathogens: Implications for psychedelics in therapy
Rob Colbert received a BA in Contemplative Psychology in 2008, and an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology in 2012 from Naropa University. While at Naropa Rob was an active member of Student Orientation Leadership, Student Life Programming, and is a founding member of the Naropa Alliance for Psychedelic Studies (NAPS).
At CIIS Rob is finishing his course work towards a PhD in Anthropology and Social Change and is a member of ERIE. His studies span an eclectic mix of counseling psychology, spiritual models of social action, and scientific research.