August update

Posted Wed 15th Aug 2018, 2:47pm

Welcome to the August update!

Events

Featured event: Drum Birthing Workshop (London)

Making your own ceremony drum is an incredibly deep and powerful practice, connecting you with the spirit of the animal and your own unique prayer, which you will infuse into its creation. This practical, hands-on workshop is entirely interwoven with ceremony to support the profound creation of deeply personal drums, infused with individual song, character and prayer, crafted from hand prepared, ethically and locally sourced materials. Read more and book your place — Deadline to sign up Friday 17th August!

Featured event: Sensing Symbiosis (Bristol)

Sensing Symbiosis is a seasonal sequence of events that invites you to come and immerse yourself in the great outdoors and to wonder at the complexities and beauty that the world around us holds. Each session will explore a selection of interesting and unusual elements of the natural world. We will navigate the ecology and biology of plants, animals and fungi through a scientific lens, and then venture into the magical and mysterious secret life of nature through folklore, mythology, ethnobotany and natural geometry. Read more and book your place

Apparel with new logo now available


Visit our Teemill store to purchase t-shirts and tote bags with our new logo.

Experience Retreats

The Psychedelic Society's Psychedelic Experience Retreats allow you to explore the transformative potential of psychedelics in a safe and legal environment. The psychedelic used at the retreats is the psilocybin-containing truffle. The retreats take place monthly in the Netherlands, where psilocybin truffles are legal, in groups of 10-15.

Some participants have little or no prior experience with psychedelics, whilst others may be relatively experienced yet are attracted by the group setting, and/or the idea of taking psychedelics in an intentional way at a potentially higher dose than before. Read more and apply on the Experience Retreats page

We are also now offering private retreats on request: email experience@psychedelicsociety.org.uk

Surveys

  • Imperial College London and the Flow Genome Project have recently launched a new survey to improve our understanding of how mental, physical and environmental variables impact peak-experiences. Read more and participate
  • The three surveys at psychedelicsurvey.com (Ceremony Study, Global Psychedelic Survey, Microdosing Study) continue to invite participation
  • LSD microdosing survey for a MSc research project at King's College London

Sponsor the Psychedelic Society

We're seeking organisations that share our values who would be interested in financially supporting the Psychedelic Society in exchange for visibility on our website, mailing list (35,000 subscribers), social media (46,000 Facebook followers) and at events. If this sounds interesting, drop me an email at stephen.reid@psychedelicsociety.org.uk.

If you're one of the 101 individuals who have already pledged their support, thank you! Learn more about our work and support us via Direct Debit or Patreon

In case you missed it...

Our video demanding the rescheduling of psilocybin has now been viewed over 80,000 times and has been featured in the both Independent and the Times Literary Supplement. Check it out and then sign and share the petition!

With best wishes,
Stephen Reid, Co-director



July update

Posted Fri 20th Jul 2018, 10:32pm

Welcome to the July update!

Become a supporter

We're excited to have gathered some of the country's top creatives and campaigners to work on making safe, legal psychedelic experience available to all. Together, we recently launched the Psychedelics for Mental Health campaign which was featured by the Independent. The campaign animation has now had over 60,000 views across Facebook and Youtube.

Things in the world of drug policy are changing fast: the government's drugs advisory council has just recommended that cannabis-based medicines are made legal. With your support, we can make sure psilocybin is next. Visit our Support page to learn more and donate.

The first 1000 supporters will recieve a limited edition “Change Maker” badge as a token of our appreciation.

Upcoming events

Psychedelic Experience Retreats

The Psychedelic Society's Psychedelic Experience Retreats allow you to explore the transformative potential of psychedelics in a safe and legal environment. The psychedelic used at the retreats is the psilocybin-containing truffle. The retreats take place monthly in the Netherlands, where psilocybin truffles are legal, in groups of 10-15.

Some participants have little or no prior experience with psychedelics, whilst others may be relatively experienced yet are attracted by the group setting, and/or the idea of taking psychedelics in an intentional way at a potentially higher dose than before.

Read more and apply on the Experience Retreats page

We are also now offering private retreats on request: email experience@psychedelicsociety.org.uk

Boom Festival

Many of the team will be at Boom Festival this week, Europe's largest and best-known celebration of psychedelic art, music and culture. Recommended workshops:

With love,
Stephen and the Psychedelic Society team

WATCH: Psilocybin: a 'breakthrough' for mental health

Posted Mon 16th Jul 2018, 6:52pm

After months of work, we're delighted to release our new animation for our Psychedelics for Mental Health campaign, demanding the rescheduling of psilocybin.

Four things you can do to help

  1. Watch and share the animation (via Facebook or Youtube)
  2. Sign and share the petition
  3. Ask your MP to sign the petition
  4. Learn more about our work and make a donation

Let's do this!

With thanks,
Stephen and the Psychedelic Society team

June update

Posted Fri 15th Jun 2018, 3:35pm

Welcome to the June update!

Psychedelics for Mental Health campaign launch

Join us for the launch of the next stage of the Psychedelic Society's Psychedelics for Mental Health campaign on Tuesday 3rd July, demanding the rescheduling of psilocybin. Featuring:

  • Dr. James Rucker, Head of Psychedelic Research at King’s College London
  • Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, Head of Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London
  • Dr. Rosalind Watts, Clinical Psychologist at Imperial College London and co-host of the Psychedelic Integration Discussion Group

We'll screen a première of our brand new campaign animation (voiced by James Rucker) before moving on to a discussion between our three special guests and the Psychedelic Society's co-director Stephen Reid. More information on the Facebook event or tickets £12 via Funzing

Events

By the Psychedelic Society:

Other events:

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. The psychedelic used at the weekends is the psilocybin-containing truffle. The weekends take place monthly in the Netherlands, where psilocybin truffles are legal, in groups of 10-15.

Some participants have little or no prior experience with psychedelics, whilst others may be relatively experienced yet are attracted by the group setting, and/or the idea of taking psychedelics in an intentional way at a potentially higher dose than before.

Read more and apply on the Experience Weekends page

Psychedelics in the media

We're pleased to welcome our new Press Lead, Claudia Zurawell Elliot, coordinating media for our campaign launch, and raising the profile of psychedelics in the media. If you or a friend works for a media outlet and would like to talk to us about coverage of our campaign, or psychedelics, get in touch with claudia@psychedelicsociety.org.uk

Best wishes,

Stephen Reid, co-director

May update

Posted Fri 18th May 2018, 2:48pm

Welcome to the May update!

Events

By the Psychedelic Society:

Other events:

The Purpose Summit Berlin

From the Purpose Summit Berlin:

Are you ready to engage in the critical conversations that your heart knows are necessary? Are you ready to explore parts of yourself that you've never touched before? Do you have the courage to embody your purpose fully and step into your unique leadership role the world needs right now?

If so, join us on June 2-3 for The Purpose Summit Berlin, where the Psychedelic Society's co-director Stefana Bosse will share her perspective on the role of psychedelics in relationship to purpose. Enter the code PSYCH20 at check-out for a 20% discount.



Two days of insight and inspiration.
Over thirty purpose-driven leaders.
One global movement of transformation.

When: Saturday, June 2 & Sunday, June 3
Where: CRCLR House, Berlin, Germany
Details and registration: www.thepurposesummit.org

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. The psychedelic used at the weekends is the psilocybin-containing truffle. The weekends take place monthly in the Netherlands, where psilocybin truffles are legal, in groups of 10-15.

Some participants have little or no prior experience with psychedelics, whilst others may be relatively experienced yet are attracted by the group setting, and/or the idea of taking psychedelics in an intentional way at a potentially higher dose than before.

Experience Weekends will take place on:

  • 25-28 May 20182
  • 2-25 June 2018
  • 19-22 July 2018
  • 30 August - 2 September 2018
  • Women's Retreat: 20-24 September 2018
  • 27-30 September 2018
  • 11-14 October 2018
  • 26-29 October 2018
  • 8-11 November 2018
  • 20-23 December 2018

Read more and apply on the Experience Weekends page

Psychedelic Survey

The Psychedelic Research Group (PRG) of Imperial College London, in collaboration with Psychedelic Survey is excited to announce the launch of three large-scale online survey studies on the effects of psychedelic drugs. With these three new surveys, the Imperial team hopes to advance our understanding of the effects of psychedelics, and so help maximise safety, awareness, and wellness. All surveys are anonymous, reaching out to people who intend to take a psychedelic drug in the near future, but each has a different focus:

  • Global Psychedelic Survey: Are you planning a psychedelic experience using a classical psychedelic (e.g. LSD, ayahuasca, psilocybin) or related drug (e.g. Iboga/Ibogaine, salvia or Ketamine) in any kind of setting apart from an organized retreat or ceremony? Then Imperial’s Global Psychedelic Survey is your survey!
  • Microdosing Survey: Are you planning to begin a course of microdosing soon, i.e. taking very small amounts of a psychedelic over a given period of time e.g. 4 weeks? Then check out Imperial’s microdosing survey.
  • Ceremony Survey: Are you planning on participating in an organized psychedelic ceremony or psychedelic drug retreat sometime soon? If so, please consider signing up for the Psychedelic Ceremony Study, which will collect data on the psychological effects of psychedelic use in these unique settings.

What's hot on social media

psychedelic.community

psychedelic.community is a web app by the Psychedelic Society designed to connect the global psychedelic community. Features include:

  • a map view of people, organisations and events
  • personal profiles, including a messaging feature
  • a database of 300+ relevant organisations
  • events listings, with people receiving notifications when an event is listed nearby
  • discussion groups with a variety of privacy settings and dual web/email access

Sign up today!

New team members

We're pleased to welcome to the team Ivan March as Campaigns Coordinator, Josh Millgate as Lead of Visual Communication and Claudia Zurawell Elliot as Press Lead, so that we're now a team of 9!

With love,
Stephen and the Psychedelic Society team