April update

Posted Mon 3rd Apr 2017, 11:07am

Welcome to the April update!

1. 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 in the Netherlands, where psilocybin truffles are legal, in groups of 10-15.

We’re now holding Experience Weekends every month. The May and June weekends will take place on 5-7 May and 16-18 June.

You can read more and apply here . If you are accepted onto the programme, you will be sent details of future weekends as soon as dates are confirmed.

2. Upcoming events

Anyone can now submit events for the Psychedelic Society website and newsletter via the new events page, and there’s plenty going on over the coming weeks!

3. Breaking Convention 2017: 4th International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness

This summer, on the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the largest psychedelic research conference in Europe returns to the University of Greenwich.

Hosting approximately 150 interdisciplinary presentations over three days, across four simultaneous academic tracks, Breaking Convention is one of the biggest psychedelic meetings in the world. The conference features more than a dozen interactive workshops, a visionary art exhibition, installation gallery, psychedelic film festival, theatre and performance programme, evening banquet, and celebrations every night at the SU bar. Contributions come from the fields of cutting-edge neuroscience, clinical psychology and psychiatry, pharmacology, sociology and criminology, policy analysis, anthropology, archaeology, ethnobotany, music, art, history, literature, theology, mysticism, indigenous perspectives, parapsychology, and much else besides.

Read more on breakingconvention.co.uk or get tickets via Eventbrite (early bird tickets are already sold out!)

4. Psychedelic Survey

The psychedelic research team at Imperial College London has launched a major new survey to discover the effects of the use of psychedelic substances.

If you plan on taking a psychedelic drug in the next two months, then you can sign up. You will be sent a link to a survey at five time points, before and after your experience. The completion time of the survey varies, but none take longer than 40 minutes and one takes only 5 minutes. You can complete each survey in your own time and pace. All data will remain anonymous, and will be stored securely and encrypted.

5. Signed blotter art

How would you like to own a sheet of blotter art signed by one of this generation's outstanding psychedelic scientists?

Robin Carhart-Harris has kindly signed a number of sheets of blotter art gifted to us by blotterart.co.uk, and we are conducting a sealed-bid auction of the sheets to raise funds for The Psychedelic Society.

We will be accepting bids for each sheet via email (bids@psychedelicsociety.org.uk) until the end of April, at which point they will go to the highest bidder.

6. MIT Disobedience Award

The MIT Media Lab is now accepting nominations for the first ever Disobedience Award, which carries a $250,000 cash prize. This award will go to a person or group engaged in "an extraordinary example of disobedience for the benefit of society".

Anyone can nominate an organisation, and we're honoured to have been told that people have been nominating The Psychedelic Society! If you appreciate our work and believe it's impacting society in positive ways, you’re welcome to nominate us too.

7. What’s hot on Facebook

8. Appreciate our work? Become a Supporter!

Appreciate our work? Become a Supporter by making a regular monthly donation to receive invitations to first exclusive supporters-only events (like Tuesday's reception with with Imperial psychedelic scientist Leor Roseman), priority booking to our more popular events, access to the supporters-only email group and the chance to influence the strategic direction of the Society.

With love,
Stephen and the Psychedelic Society team

March update

Posted Tue 7th Mar 2017, 3:02pm

Welcome to the March update!

1. Psychedelic Experience Weekends

We are now running Psychedelic Experience Weekends almost every month. 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."

The March and April Experience Weekends are confirmed for 17-19 March (1 space remaining) and 7-9 April (a few spaces remaining). We will confirm dates for May, June and July soon. You can read more and apply here; if you are accepted onto the programme, you will be sent details of future weekends as soon as dates are confirmed.

2. Upcoming events
3. What’s hot on Facebook
  • LSD could make you smarter, happier and healthier. Should we all try it?: "Far from being harmful, they found, hallucinogens can help sick people: They helped alcoholics drink less; terminal patients eased more gently into death. And it’s not just the infirm who are helped by the drugs. Psychedelics can make the healthy healthier, too."
  • People use drugs, get over it: "Deciding to use substances like tobacco, alcohol, marijuana or heroin does not make people less human. It reflects the fact that they are human. But what might make the rest of us less human is our insistence on creating environments that force people who use substances to be more dejected, debased, desperate, and in danger than anyone should be."
  • Magic mushrooms found at Buckingham Palace

4. Imperial College London survey

Are you - or do you know someone who is - planning to have a psychedelic experience? Would you like to contribute to research into the effects of these compounds? Imperial College London are looking for people willing to share their experience/s in an anonymous online survey.

5. Appreciate our work? Become a Supporter!

Appreciate our work? Become a Supporter by making a regular monthly donation to soon receive an invitation to our first exclusive supporters-only event with Imperial psychedelic scientist Leor Roseman, priority booking to our more popular events, access to the supporters-only email group and the chance to influence the strategic direction of the Society.

With love,
Stefana and the Psychedelic Society team

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.