Bay Area Weekend Film Retreat Explores Health and Creativity Benefits of Psychedelic Drugs

Petaluma, CA (PRWEB) January 24, 2012

HopeDance Films will host a weekend retreat of films and discussions that explore the health and creativity benefits of psychedelic plants and substances February 10 to 12, 2012, at EarthRise Retreat Center at the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

At least 12 films and six seminars on the topic of entheogens, including cannabis, ayahuasca, ibogaine, LSD, MDMA (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine), and DMT (Dimethyltryptamine), will cover use in indigenous shamanic societies for healing and connecting to the spirit world. They also will explore how these substances treat modern day addictions, support psychotherapy, expand consciousness insight, and heighten creativity.

Cost for the weekend is $ 395$ 475, which includes lodging on campus and six meals, beginning with dinner Friday evening and a closing reception Sunday afternoon. The event is limited to 75 overnight guests. Visit the EarthRise website for a detailed schedule and registration. For additional information, contact Jan Fischer at 707-779-8202.

Seminars and discussions will be led by entheogenic experts, including filmmaker Rod Mann; CIIS psychology professor, Frank Echenhofer, Ph.D.; Holos Institute Executive Director Jan Edl, Ph.D.; and Martin Lee. The sessions will be moderated by Ralph Metzner, an expert in the study of consciousness transformation and entheogenics since the early 1960s when he was a graduate student working with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later Ram Dass) on the Harvard Psilocybin Projects. Visit the EarthRise Entheogenics Film Festival web page for updates on other panel experts.

The roster of films features some of the most dramatic investigations into the cultural influences, history, and applications of entheogenics, including: Shamans of the Amazon, which explores ayahuasca healing, Brazilian land struggle and the global drug wars; Ibogaine: Rite of Passage, the story of ibogaine addiction treatment and the indigenous Bwiti eboka initiation ceremonies in the Congo; and DMT: The Spirit Molecule, which examines the connections between cutting-edge neuroscience, quantum physics, and human spirituality.

About Ralph Metzner

Ralph Metzner co-wrote The Psychedelic Experience and was editor of The Psychedelic Review (19631971). Currently he is professor emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), where he was academic dean during the 1980s and taught courses on Altered States of Consciousness and Developing Ecological Consciousness. His books include two edited collections on the science and the phenomenology of Ayahuasca and Teonan


Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.