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[San Diego] A Late and Unexpected Journey into Psychedelics

  • Flow Fusions 3705 10th Ave #3 San Diego, California 92103 United States (map)


Doors open at 7:00 PM for drinks and mingling.
Presentation will begin at 8:00 PM.


This is a personal story of how military psychologist Michael Villanueva PhD, came study the EEG and psychedelics and how psychedelics illuminated the need for good neuroscience. Despite professional fears and lack of good psychedelic science, He worked to understand the EEG within the psychedelic state. Prior psychological training proved nearly useless and his anxiety intensified realizing his intellectual toolset was lacking. Professionally broaching, Dr Villanueva jettisoned prior training and adopted techniques of advanced signal processing and neural information flow plugins from the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience. Illustrating his personal journey with 5-MeO-DMT and Ayahuasca EEG data acquired with witches and shamans in Mexico and Australia, Dr Villanueva shows how psychedelic EEG provides an untapped rich source to formulate hypotheses relevant to our humanity. Dr. Michael Villanueva believes that collecting hard and technical data is essential understand the deeper effects of psychedelics and the brain. Psychedelics showed him a hard path towards good science; He now shares this path to help destigmatize these medicines so that we, in our education and understanding, can speak about these issues when the time is right.

Dr. Michael Villanueva, former US Army combat psychologist, heads the Alpha Theta Center, a Neurofeedback and QEEG analysis company. In 2011, he took neurofeedback into combat discovering how effective and easy it was to administer neurofeedback to soldiers. Obtaining a dramatic reduction in Base usage of psychiatric medications, he later returned to San Diego, opening the Alpha Theta Center. However, in 2015 a client’s qEEG (quantitative electroencephalogram) upended his understanding of the EEG and Neurofeedback by suggesting unexpected powerful effects of Ibogaine and 5-MeO-DMT on the client’s brain. Maintaining his clinical practice and working with engineers from the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, he analyzes EEGs of those undergoing psychedelic experiences and uses those insights both to inform his practice and to guide future research.

Please register for tickets online before arriving. $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door. We have a limited number of volunteer positions if you can't afford the ticket price (first come, first serve).

The lot next to the venue belongs to the neighbors, so kindly avoid parking there. Parking info:


IMPORTANT NOTICE: This group is being designed as a secure space. It is not a place to seek, encourage, or participate in the procurement of controlled substances. Do not bring, buy, sell, transfer, or arrive on any illegal substances, or swap information on how to buy them. Members who violate these basic house rules will be removed from the group and will not be allowed to attend future events.