2015 Jan 27: The Aware Project (www.awareproject.org) is launching the first in a series of Psychedelic Awareness Salon events. We are creating a connected and educated community that feels passionately about balancing the conversation about psychedelics.
Our first speaker will be Kathleen Wirt, a prominent member of the psychedelic community, who will speak about the Albert Hofmann Friday Night dinners she held at her home in Venice from 1997 to 2005. Reacting to Zero Tolerance and America's Drug War, intellectuals "of like mind" met secretly at monthly potluck dinners with speakers who were experts on the issues at hand. Psychedelic elders passed wisdom to young ravers, alliances were formed, and guerrilla warfare was engaged. Speakers and attendees included Sasha and Ann Shulgin. Jack Herrer, Dr. Oscar Janiger, Myron Stolaroff, Art Kunkin, Gary Fisher, John Lilly, Laura Huxley, Allen Ginsberg. and many more. Lorenzo Hagerty wrote in "Caitlin's Salon," Chapter 9 of his book "The Genesis Generation," "you might imagine that you had found yourself at a Communist Party cell meeting in Chicago in the 1930's." Check out this recording from one of those potlucks (http://www.matrixmasters.net/salon/2013/08/podcast-363-a-venice-beach-salon/). In the spirit of what they started, we would like to gather the psychedelic community in the Los Angeles area so that we may learn from one another.
Listen to the audio from the talk on our podcast:
Here is some continued education on things Kathleen brought up in her talk:
- Dr. Gary Fisher and treating childhood schizophrenia with LSD
- Amy (Ralston) Povah's documentary on marijuana
- Commentary on bad science in MDMA toxicity research
- Cary Grant and LSD
- (Final note: Ash misspoke, the Santo Diame church is from Brazil not Peru)
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/929096570436289/
Return to list of all past salon events here