December update

Posted Thu 27th Dec 2018, 8:06pm

Welcome to the December update!

Featured events

Introducing: Members’ Socials

🍲 Eat delicious, nourishing, home-made wintry food
🎤 Listen to a talk from a special guest speaker
👫 Meet and connect with new friends
🕺 Dance with a DJ into the night

Each month, the Psychedelic Society invites its Members to come together to contribute to the vision and direction of the Psychedelic Society. There will be nourishing wintry food, new friends waiting to be met, a special guest speaker and a DJ to take us into the night.

Our guest speaker at our first social of 2019 is Nadav Modlin. Nadav is a psychological therapist in private practice, a member of the King's College psychedelic research team and an expert in the integration of psychedelic experiences.

Tickets (£15) are available for purchase by Members via https://psychedelicsociety.org.uk/events/members-social-fri-4th-jan-2019-442
If you're not already a Member, you can become one via http://psychedelicsociety.org.uk/become-a-member

Join us at London's beautiful Conway Hall for a conversation between Dr. Gail Bradbrook, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, and Stephen Reid, founder and co-director of The Psychedelic Society.

At this event, Gail and Stephen will present on their personal journeys involving psychedelics and social change before entering into a dialogue on questions including:

  • What's the root cause of our current ecological crisis?
  • Can psychedelics help us to come into right relationship with nature?
  • What's the role of psychedelics in social change movements?

Tickets (£15) via https://psychedelicsociety.org.uk/events/psychedelics-extinction-and-social-change-tue-15th-jan-2019-417

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.

To go with previous coverage by the BBC, the retreats recently featured in Forbes (article shared over 11k times) and were also the subject of a documentary by Real Stories (2m subscribers), which you can watch here:

Read more and apply on the Experience Retreats page

Psychedelics for Mental Health

We've created a nifty system for turning the touching comments people are leaving on our Psychedelics for Mental Health petition into images for sharing via social media. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for some of our favourites, and if you haven't already, please consider signing and sharing the petition.

Become a Member

The Psychedelic Society is a non-profit organisation. We are a mixture of volunteers and paid staff, with no one being paid more than £15/hour, and we rely on the generosity of people who understand the transformative potential of psychedelics.

We need your help to cover the £6k/month running costs of our new space. In return we can offer you:

  • A 10% discount on tickets to our events
  • Access to the members' Facebook group
  • Invitations to our members-only events

Best wishes,
The Psychedelic Society team

November update: We're turning 4 years old!

Posted Wed 14th Nov 2018, 4:36pm

Join our 4th birthday celebrations on Saturday 1st December

We can hardly believe it, but the Psychedelic Society is turning 4 years old! In that time:

  • We've run 26 Experience Retreats for 345 participants
  • 37,000 people have joined our email list
  • 24,000 people have signed our petitions
  • We've sold over 13,000 tickets to our events
  • We've received 3,000 one-off donations

Whether you've attended a retreat, signed a petition, attended an event, made a donation or just mentioned the Society to a friend - thank you. Together, we're creating a more compassionate and joyful world through the conscious use of these incredible substances.

In the afternoon, we're screening the premiere of 'The Mind Explorers', a documentary featuring one of our Psychedelic Experience Retreats, at the Rio Cinema in Dalston. The screening will be followed by a reception at our new HQ.

In the evening, we're hosting a banquet at our HQ, where 30 lucky souls will be wined, dined and delighted by the Psychedelic Society team and some very special guests.

We expect demand for this event to be high, so we're allocating the places at the banquet by lottery. To enter the lottery, either:

Becoming a Member will of course entitle you to the great existing benefits:

  • A 10% discount on tickets to our events
  • Access to the members' Facebook group
  • Invitations to our members-only events

Upcoming Events

Events at the Psychedelic Society's new space in London
Wed 14th Nov Death Café Facebook event
Fri 16th Nov Dancing Freedom Facebook event Eventbrite
Sat 17th Nov Restless Future: Open Mic for the Conscious Community Facebook event Eventbrite
Sun 18th Nov Sensual Flow - A Day Retreat Facebook event Eventbrite
Mon 19th Nov Sister's Breathwork Circle Facebook event Eventbrite
Tue 20th Nov Psychedelic Sound Journey with Infinite Spirit Sounds Facebook event
Wed 21st Nov Psychedelic Women's Circle: Claim Your Power Facebook event Eventbrite
Thu 22nd Nov Psychedelic Tea Ceremony Facebook event
Fri 23rd Nov Songs of the Heart Cacao Ceremony Facebook event Eventbrite
Sat 24th Nov Cyberdelics Incubator Facebook event Eventbrite
Mon 26th Nov Psychedelic Men's Circle Facebook event Eventbrite
Tue 27th Nov Sufi Shekhina Song Circle Facebook event Eventbrite
Wed 28th Nov Psychedelics & the Shadow Facebook event Eventbrite
Thu 29th Nov Psychedelic Philosophy: Getting Saved from the Sixties Facebook event Eventbrite
Fri 30th Nov Dance in the Dark Facebook event Eventbrite
Sat 1st Dec 4th Birthday Banquet Facebook event
Mon 3rd Dec Doors of Perception: Mind Games to Get High Facebook event Eventbrite
Tue 4th Dec Psychedelic Yoga & Sound Meditation Facebook event
Wed 5th Dec Sex Club Facebook event Eventbrite
Thu 6th Dec Rave Ritual: Manifest Through Dance Facebook event Eventbrite
Fri 7th Dec Love Always Wins Facebook event Eventbrite
Sun 9th Dec Immersive: A Psychedelic Art Fair Facebook event Eventbrite
Tue 11th Dec Harmonia: Voice and Sound Healing Facebook event Eventbrite
Sat 15th Dec The Wild Voice Unleashed Facebook event Eventbrite
Mon 17th Dec The Doors of Perception: Mind Games to Get High Facebook event Eventbrite
Tue 18th Dec Death Cafe Facebook event
Wed 19th Dec Psychedelics & the Shadow Facebook event Eventbrite
Mon 21st Jan Dharma-Delia Facebook event Eventbrite
Events elsewhere in London
Thu 22nd Nov Shroomshop: Mushroom Cultivation for Beginners Facebook event
Sat 1st Dec The Mind Explorers: Premiere – A Psychedelic Documentary Facebook event Eventbrite
Fri 7th Dec All-Night Psychedelic Gong Bath Facebook event
Events in Bristol
Thu 22nd Nov Harmonia – Voice & Sound Healing with Tallulah Rendall (Bristol) Facebook event Eventbrite
Thu 22nd Nov Psychedelic Series: Astrology Facebook event
Thu 29th Nov Magic Medicine screening + panel discussion Facebook event
Fri 30th Nov Magic Medicine screening + panel discussion with Prof David Nutt Facebook event
Thu 20th Dec Harmonia – Voice & Sound Healing with Tallulah Rendall (Bristol) Facebook event Eventbrite

October update

Posted Fri 12th Oct 2018, 9:26pm

Upcoming Events

Events at the Psychedelic Society's new space in Homerton

Sat 13th Oct Psychedelic Social: DMT & 5-MeO-DMT
Mon 15th Oct Durga Kali Mythic Yoga Flow: Empower & Breathe
Tue 16th Oct Resonating Sounds - with Tallulah Rendall
Thu 18th Oct Shroomshop: Mushroom Cultivation for Beginners
Fri 19th Oct Restless Future & The Psychedelic Society Open Mic Night
Sun 21st Oct Smokin' Hot & Holy - with Joy Thunder
Tue 23rd Oct Psychedelic Sound Journey with Infinite Spirit Sounds
Wed 24th Oct Psychedelic Women's Circle
Mon 29th Oct Honouring Earth Cycles; Samhain Yoga Special with Rosie Slay
Wed 31st Oct Cacao Ceremony with Gaia Harvey Jackson and Stephen Reid
Mon 5th Nov Dharma-Delia
Tue 6th Nov Psychedelic Yoga & Sound Meditation with Infinite Spirit Sounds
Wed 7th Nov Psychedelic Poetry
Thu 8th Nov Psychedelic Philosophy: Psychedelic Moral Enhancement
Sat 10th Nov Shroomshop Pro with Darren Springer
Wed 14th Nov Death Café
Thu 15th Nov Shroomshop: Mushroom Cultivation for Beginners
Thu 29th Nov Psychedelic Philosophy: Getting Saved from the Sixties
Mon 21st Jan Dharma-Delia

Events elsewhere in London

Sat 13th Oct Collective Joy
Mon 15th Oct Psychedelic Breathwork
Sat 27th Oct Psychedelic Drum Birthing Workshop
Mon 29th Oct Psychedelic Gong Bath at The Round Chapel

Events in Bristol

Sat 13th Oct Sensing Symbiosis - The Thinning of the Veil
Thu 1st Nov Psychedelic Series: Mythology
Fri 9th Nov Kin Festival: Posthuman Party
Sat 10th Nov Kin Festival: Magic Medicine Premiere

Experience Retreats waitlist

Due to overwhelming demand, we are currently not accepting new applications to the Experience Retreats programme. You can however sign up to the waitlist to hear when applications reopen. We apologise for the delay, and thank you for your patience in allowing us to deal with this demand to the best of our ability.

Podcasts

Listen to the Psychedelic Society's Stefana Bosse on the Third Wave Podcast and Stephen Reid on Inner Truth.

Become a Member

A grassroots movement for change has formed through our petitions, events and Experience Retreats. We're now seeking to raise £10,000 in monthly donations so that we can continue to grow. Become a Member of the Society by making a regular donation and receive:

  • a 10% discount on tickets to our events
  • access to the members-only Facebook group
  • invitations to our members-only events

Best wishes,
The Psychedelic Society team

September update

Posted Sun 23rd Sep 2018, 2:19pm

Welcome to the September update!

We have a new home!


We are delighted to announce that the Psychedelic Society has a new home, the top floor of a beautiful warehouse right next to Homerton station.

The grand opening of the space will take place from 2-6pm on Saturday 29th September, and you're invited!

Come along to meet Psychedelic Society team members including Stephen Reid, Gaia Harvey Jackson, Alana Bloom, Anya Spelt, Claudia Zurawell Elliot and Lode Lhamo; learn more about our Experience Retreats and campaign plans; and experience tasters of some of the events we'll be running in the space.

Tickets to this event are by donation. RSVP at http://psychedelicsociety.org.uk/grand-opening

Help make the new space a success

The new space represents a significant financial commitment for the Psychedelic Society. For it to work out, we really need to fulfil our goal of reaching 1,000 regular donors over the next few months.

If you believe in the work of the Psychedelic Society and want to continue to see us grow, please consider making a regular donation via http://psychedelicsociety.org.uk/support. Due to popular demand, we've added a new £3/month tier so you can support us for the price of a tea/coffee/pint/tub of organic hummus each month 😉

Events

Events at the new space:

Events elsewhere in London:

Events in Bristol:

Seeking expertise

Some areas that we feel we could be doing better on:

  • Fundraising (including hitting our goal of 1000 regular donors and support on an up-and-coming crowdfunding campaign)
  • Events marketing (making sure all our events sell out, probably by spending some money on paid advertising)
  • Merchandise (expanding our range of products and increasing our sales)

Some key points about how we work:

  • We are inspired by the Teal paradigm
  • Everyone in the organisation is paid at the same rate of £15/hour
  • We track time and work as much or as little as we desire and seems useful (most of us end up working 2-3 days/week on average)
  • Ideally you'd be able to work from our new space in Homerton, London at least some of the time

If you have experience in these areas and are interested in working with us, get in touch via enquiries@psychedelicsociety.org.uk.

With love,
The Psychedelic Society team

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