The Psychedelic Society Festival
Join us for our birthday bonanza!
To celebrate five years of blowing hearts and minds we’ve curated two jam-packed days of talks, workshops and immersive experiences to tickle and nourish you.
The festival will be spread across four spaces within The Old Baths in Hackney Wick. The Main Space for talks and larger sessions, The Workshop Space for intimate hour long sessions on a huge range of subjects, The Experience Space for technology based altered states, and the foyer for hang outs and food.
We've carefully crafted the programme to take you on a journey, gently easing you into the festival on Saturday morning, helping you make new connections, expanding your mind, body and soul over the weekend, and guiding you into a place of integration on the Sunday evening. We highly encourage you to come for the whole festival.
Each day we will host a panel discussion with leading experts, discussing how psychedelics act as connectors both phenomenologically and scientifically, and the role this can play in individual and collective transformation.
We look forward to welcoming you to an extraordinary adventure...
10:00 -11:00 Yoga - with Annalisa Tiranti - Centre and ground yourself in an integrated practice of chanting, meditation, breath control and dynamic practice (Mix of Vynasa, Hatha, Asthanga style).
11:00 -12:00 Meditation - with Amir Giles
12:00 -13:00 Opening Ceremony and Connection Games -with Gaia Harvey Jackson, Muti Musafiri and Zandra Garcia - Join us as we officially open the festival with a playful, dynamic and connecting ceremony where we come together to set intentions and bring our good vibrations to the space. Gaia, Muti and Zandra will whisk you away in a delicious crucible of clowning, ritual and revelation that will gently open you up and prepare you for a heart expanding festival.
13:00 -14:00 Lunch at the delicious in house cafe Gaia Pulses
14:00 -17:00 Saturday Panel Discussion: Healing into greater wholeness
Psychedelics can help people to feel more connected to themselves, others and the natural world. In this panel, we take a look at how psychedelic experience can heal our personal traumas, repair our relationships with others and inspire us to connect with nature and take action to halt the destruction of the planet.
- Jules Evans: Writer, speaker and Gonzo philosopher interested in ideas and practises that support human flourishing
- Akua Ofosuhene: Co-founder of Hub and Culture (an African and Caribbean life style shop and event space in Peckham), psychedelic fashion designer and advocate for the therapeutic use of psychedelics to combat depression, illness and white supremacy racism.
- Sam Gandy: Collaborator with the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London. Sam has a PhD in ecological science, his research interest is whether psychedelics have the capacity to reconnect our increasingly disconnected species to the natural world
- Ronan Harrington: Founder of Alter Ego and political strategist with Extinction Rebellion.
- Lindsay Jordan (chair): Lindsay Jordan is a senior lecturer at the University of the Arts London where she leads a postgraduate course in the philosophy and practice of higher education.
17:00 -18:00 Break and Dinner
18:00 -20:00 Cacao Ceremony - with Songs of the Heart - Get loved up on ceremonial cacao (raw chocolate), and join this angelic troupe of live musicians in song that will open your heart, ease your mind and bring you into your body.
20:00 -22:30 Rave Ritual - with Witch Clown - Break free of your box in this epic ecstatic dance that fuses together the sacred, the sexy, and the downright absurd.
10:00 -11:00 Meditation - with Amir Giles
11:00 -12:00 Wild Play - with Dani Tonks - Unlock creative blocks, release stored tension and create more space for your intuitive self to emerge, through simple and fun theatre games, improvisation and play.
12:00 -13:00 Deep Connection with Gaia Harvey Jackson -Get to know those around you on a deeper level as Gaia takes you on a playful and heart opening journey into vulnerability, love and silliness. Weaving together theatre games, authentic relating, embodied movement, and the conversation cafe using the 36 questions to intimacy as a prompt for more curious conversations.
13:00 -14:00 Lunch at the delicious in house cafe Gaia Pulses
14:00 -17:00 Sunday Panel Discussion: Connective Intelligence - Networks, Neuroscience and the New Paradigm
How does increased connectivity - biologically, neuroscientifically and technically give rise to higher orders of intelligence? In this panel we look at hyperconnectivity as a biological and social phenomenon and explore its relationship to evolution and the emergence of novelty.
- Phoebe Tickell: Renegade Scientist, Complex Systems Designer and Social Entrepreneur
- Stephen Reid: Transdisciplinary thinker, cultural changemaker and metamodern mystic
- David Satori: Mycologist, organic gardener, activist, and teacher
- Kevin Davidson is multi-disciplinary artist facilitator and a lecturer in Creativity and Play at Goldsmiths College.
- Tom Mansifeld (chair): Cultural innovation consultant with a focus is on 'ecological thinking' as it relates to design and language.
18:00-19:00 Storytelling: The Tree of Life -with Andreas Kornevall. Tonight, through mythic imagination and music, Andreas will help us to track the green sapling that grows from the ashes. Expect glances of Persian and Norse poetry, silver strings and epic myths and folktales that raises fundamental questions about our meta modern society and how we can find the hidden roads towards an age of restoration.
19:00 -20:00 Soundscapes and Sufi Chanting - with Fahad Khalid. Inspired by the Sufi wisdom of the mystic poet Rumi, Fahad takes us on an auditory journey of 'Eastern Folk Jazz', balancing classical eastern and modern western music in this multi-layered multi-instrumental sound experience. Fahad has been involved with various multifaith projects in London in an effort to bring all the different communities together.
20:30 -22:30 Gong Bath - with Wisdom Roundhouse - Relax and integrate your weekend to the enchanting sounds of gongs, singing bowls, and voices. A truly cosmic and healing experience.
13:00 -14:00 Sigil Magic - with Stephen Reid - Step into the mysterious realms of chaos magick and manifestation. Create your own personal sigil (symbol) to charge up during the weekend
14:15 -15:15 Integration Circle - with Biz Bliss - a sharing circle to help you talk about and integrate your psychedelic experiences with one of our lead facilitators from the Experience Retreats team. If you've had a challenging trip, confused, or simply want somewhere to process your experiences this is the place for you.
15:30 -16:45 Sex Club - with Jules Mueller and Chloe Wisdom - Let’s talk about sex. A discussional workshop sharing our sexual experiences for a happier and healthier sex life.
17:00 -18:00 Creating Space for Connection - with Dan Joy - A playful-serious exploration of the ordinary magic of connection between human beings. Or the lack of it. Sometimes our thoughts, expectations, desires are in the way. Through this workshop we can aim to make a little bit more space for a connection by becoming aware of our own thoughts, feelings, body sensations when meeting someone. The workshop will include movement, working in pairs and exercises involving touch.
12:00 -13:30 Shroomshop Express - with Darren Springer - A cheeky quicky for a beginners guide to growing mushrooms at home. Shorter than the regular Shroomshop, but still jam packed with high quality goodness! (£20. Pre-booking in advance is essential)
14:00 -15:00 Doors of Perception - with Amir Giles - Challenge your perception of reality through a series of mind-bending games and meditations.
15:15 -16:30 Blood Love - with Inka Linda - A womb embodiment workshop journeying into the 4 seasons of the menstrual cycle through movement, voice and play. In a world that teaches us to be disconnected from our menstrual wisdom, Blood Love is a workshop for participants to deeply connect to the cosmic power of our cyclical nature.
16:45 -18:00 Enrich Your Life with Touch with Abbey Wesson - Touch is vital for our health and happiness, it's the first sense we develop in the womb, but many of us just don't get enough of it. In this workshop we will work in pairs and small groups to explore: Tuning into the body, trusting our impulses, welcoming our unique desires, asking for what we want, negotiating and articulating boundaries, and creating consensual agreements. We will also discuss what holds us back from getting more of all kinds of touch in our lives.
Please note that all touch is completely optional and you are welcome to attend without touching anyone!
Shining a Light on Consciousness - Pandora Star Immersion with Alistair Siddons and Nigel -Take a while to slow down and experience a hypnagogic state (similar to pre-sleep) under a Pandora Star, a strobing light technology.
After a short test of your tolerance to flashing lights, you will experience a longer introduction. You may have strong visual impressions reminiscent of a DMT or LSD trip, or simply feel a sense of relaxation and ease.
It’s likely that afterwards, you will feel like taking some time to return to activity and intense interaction, so the invitation is to listen to your body and to take what you need.
The Foyer is the perfect place to chill and make new friends, encounter psychedelic artwork, and nourish your body with delicious vegetarian food, served by the marvellous in house cafe, Gaia Pulses.
Tarot and Tea with Melanie Howarth
Elixir Bar with Mama Xanadu
Bring a cushion, blanket and water bottle (if you can).
Wear comfortable clothing for workshops.
This event has full wheelchair access.
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