February update

Posted Fri 10th Feb 2017, 11:50am

Welcome to the February update!

1. Psychedelic Experience Weekends

The next Psychedelic Experience Weekends will take place on 17-19 March and 7-9 April. Some feedback from recent weekends:

"I felt so comfortable, accepted and loved for the whole weekend."
"I felt completely safe and comfortable, the facilitators were fantastic, kind, loving, interesting and humble."
"It was the most profound experience of my life."
"[The experience was] profound beyond words."
"Incredible venue, exquisite food, and the structure of the weekend was so lovingly thought out."

Read more and apply.

2. Petitions update

Our petition to relegalise the supply and possession of psilocybin mushrooms has just passed 8,000 signatures. Sign and share then contact your MP (your MP is obliged to respond!)

Our petition to London mayor Sadiq Khan, asking him to follow the lead of Bristol and Durham and stop drug arrests in the capital, continues to grow. Sign the petition then email Sadiq.

3. Upcoming events
4. Other events
5. What’s hot on Facebook
6. Logo competition

Thank you to everyone who submitted designs to our logo competition. We had many excellent submissions and will be announcing the winner soon.

7. Appreciate our work? Become a Supporter!

Become a Supporter by making a regular monthly donation to soon receive an invitation to our first exclusive supporters-only event, priority booking to our popular events, access to a supporters-only Facebook group and the chance to influence the strategic direction of the Society.

With love,
Stefana and the Psychedelic Society team

January update

Posted Fri 6th Jan 2017, 2:51pm

Welcome to our first update of 2017, packed with good stuff!

1. New petition: Follow Bristol and Durham, stop drug arrests!

As has been widely reported, police in Avon & Somerset (including Bristol) and Durham have stopped arresting people for carrying personal amounts of drugs. Sign our petition asking London mayor Sadiq Khan to implement a similar policy.

2. Your MP on Magic Mushrooms

Our petition to relegalise the supply and possession of psilocybin ('magic') mushrooms has now been signed by almost 7,000 people. Use our new tool to ask your MP to sign it.

3. Democratising our social media feeds

Anyone can now submit content for our social media feeds via this page. Interesting videos, articles, links, etc are all welcome, and once approved, the content will be queued to appear randomly over the coming days. We’re also happy to host original content on our blog: you can submit pitches via email.

4. Logo competition

Calling all graphic designers! We’re holding a competition to find a logo. The winner will receive a free place at a future Psychedelic Experience Weekend for themselves or a friend (assuming a satisfactory interview), whilst designers of shortlisted logos will receive a signed copy of a book of their choice from our Books page.

We’re looking for something that fits neatly with our existing design. You can find some other logos/concepts that we like in this album. Email submissions to enquiries@psychedelicsociety.org.uk by the end of January.

5. Psychedelic Experience Weekends

The Psychedelic Society's Psychedelic Experience Weekends allow you to explore the transformative potential of psychedelics in a safe and legal environment. A few spaces remain for the weekends of 3-5 Feb (women only) and 10-12 Feb. Dates for weekends in March/April will be confirmed soon. Read more and apply

6. Upcoming events

Now available: footage (video, album 1, album 2) from last month’s Psychedelic Christmas Social & Legal Regulation debate

7. Other events

Alice's Adventures in Underground Culture, Wed 1st Feb: Launch of three day exhibition of John Coulthart’s Alice artwork, with John Coulthart, Andy Roberts, Nikki Wyrd and Jake Fior. Full details here

Bridges Not Walls, Fri 20th Jan: For many people, one of the most profound aspects of the psychedelic experience is a sense of unity and interconnectedness. Thus many of us will be feeling deeply uneasy at the rise of demagogues promoting a politics of separation and division. On Friday 20th January, the day of Trump’s inauguration, banner drops will take place from bridges across the country by people moved to stand up to the rise of fascism. Read more and get involved on the Bridges Not Walls website.

8. What’s hot on FacebookWith love,

Stephen and the Psychedelic Society team

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Psychedelic Experience for Women

Posted Sat 24th Dec 2016, 11:00am

Something magic happens when a group of women come together with the intention to hold each other in a sacred space, so we are excited to announce our first psychedelic experience weekend for women on 3-5 Feb 2017 in the Netherlands.

We invite you, or a woman in your life, on a soul-journey with other women to experience the unity and connectedness of all things through the psychedelic experience, and meet the divine goddess that lives in all of us. Throughout the weekend you will be nurtured and inspired through ceremony, art, visioning, group inquiry, meditation, music, dance, nature and melt-in-your-mouth-food.

You will be guided and supported by our Head of Experience Stefana Bosse and guest facilitator Beatrix Bliss. Together they will create a safe space to support you in diving deep, drawing on the wisdom of these age-old psychedelic medicines, in connection with other women and holding each other through the insights, emotions and awakening.

The cost for the weekend is £300 (incl. food, shared accommodation and facilitation, not incl. travel). The weekends are already at cost, but we don't want money to stop anyone from attending, so if you are really struggling with funds, please get in touch.

For more information, and to apply, please visit psychedelicsociety.org.uk/experience-weekends

If you have any questions, please contact stefana.bosse@psychedelicsociety.org.uk

With love,
Stefana, Beatrix and the Psychedelic Society team

This workshop is an inclusive space for all women. We welcome people whose gender is not binary, but wish to emphasise that this workshop will have a strong focus on femininity and the female experience. If you are called to join and you are nonbinary, please get in touch and we can discuss if this would be a safe space for you, and how to make more inclusive spaces in the future.

Guest facilitator: Beatrix Bliss

Beatrix is a freelance facilitator who has heard the call to create spaces for women to come together. She holds a weekly women’s group in Frome and collaborates with others to design experiences in which women explore what it is to be a woman at this time.  She feels a sense of clarity, purpose and meaning when amongst a circle of women.

Themes of sustainability, community-building and education have been at the centre of her work to date which have taken her from corporate offices, to schools, to favelas, to boats - sailing across the Atlantic aboard an engine-less tallship being a highlight. Combining her thirst for adventure with a desire to make ideas happen, Beatrix has been supporting teams of young adults to set up social enterprises and community projects at Edventure:Frome, where she is now a trustee.

Beatrix is working on honing her intuition as an inner guide amidst the noise of modern life, which, like many of us, can lead her astray. Her latest mission is to walk a pilgrimage route from Lands End to Avebury in January, seeking ancient wisdom, simplicity and silence. Beatrix feels at home in psychedelic spaces that unleash her creativity, a deep reverence for life and connection to the natural world.

Mindful eating and soulful dancing are top on her list of life's pleasures along with running, cycling and wild swimming. In the spring she will embark on training for an Iron(wo)man triathlon as part of a documentary encouraging women into macho sports, unleashing her inner Artemis.

December update

Posted Thu 1st Dec 2016, 2:49pm

Welcome to the December update!

1. Psychedelic Christmas Social & Legal Regulation debate
Saturday 17th December, 6pm – 11pm
Conway Hall, London

Join us for our biggest event of the season, in collaboration with VolteFace, as we take a look ahead at the future of psychedelics and a look back at the Psychedelic Society's second year:

6pm-8.30pm: Debate on the legal regulation of psychedelics, featuring diverse perspectives from:
  • Dr James Rucker, NHS psychiatrist, clinical lecturer at King's College London, research associate of Prof David Nutt and Robin Carhart-Harris at Imperial College London, co-founder of the The Maudsley Psychedelic Society
  • Charlotte Walsh, Lecturer in Law at the University of Leicester and member of the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research and Service Expert Committee
  • Steve Rolles, Senior Policy Analyst at Transform
  • Sam Bowman, Executive Director at the Adam Smith Institute

8.30pm-11pm: Christmas social featuring delicious, affordable food, psychedelic cocktails and tunes from resident DJ Ro Greene

Tickets (£9, including both debate and social) available via Billetto

2. New UK psilocybin mushroom/truffle supervision service

If you're going to consume psilocybin-containing mushrooms or truffles, it's safest to do so in the presence of an experienced supervisor. If you are already in possession of psilocybin mushrooms or truffles, and are already set on consuming them, you may apply for our new UK mushroom/truffle supervision service.

If your application is accepted, we'll liase with you to find a suitable time and place in the UK for you to take the mushrooms/truffles under supervision. Read more and apply

3. Netherlands Psychedelic Experience Weekends

“The weekend was one of the most profound, deeply moving and healing experiences of my life. It surpassed all my expectations. I felt very safe throughout the weekend, and the venue was well chosen.”

The Psychedelic Society's Psychedelic Experience Weekends are a means of having a safe, legal and affordable psychedelic experience in a setting conducive to mystical/spiritual experience. The psychedelic used at the weekends is the psilocybin-containing truffle. Weekends will take place regularly throughout 2017 in country houses close to Amsterdam. Read more and apply

4. Upcoming events5. What’s hot on Facebook

With love,
Stephen and the Psychedelic Society team

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November update

Posted Tue 8th Nov 2016, 3:27pm

Welcome to the November update, and mushroom season!

1. Psychedelic Experience Weekends

“The weekend was one of the most profound, deeply moving and healing experiences of my life. It surpassed all my expectations. I felt very safe throughout the weekend, and the venue was well chosen.”

The Psychedelic Society's Psychedelic Experience Weekends are a means of having a safe, legal and affordable psychedelic experience in a setting conducive to mystical/spiritual experience. The psychedelic used at the weekends is the psilocybin-containing truffle. Weekends will take place regularly throughout 2017. Read more and apply

2. Upcoming events
3. Other events
With love,

Stephen and the Psychedelic Society team

Appreciate our work? The Psychedelic Society is a registered non-profit organisation and we gratefully accept one-off and regular donations