At the age of 27—after a lifetime of struggling with autism spectrum disorder and concurrent clinical depression—Aaron Paul Orsini received a dose of LSD that gave him access to emotional and social intuition for the very first time. This 75-minute talk includes Aaron’s first-hand account of his LSD-assisted breakthroughs in behavioral and occupational therapy, as detailed in his newly published essay, “Autism on Acid”, paired with evidence-based theories on the mechanisms of action of LSD, and explorations of how LSD and other 5-HT2A Agonists could be used as “neurological contact lenses” for those struggling with social, emotional, and sensory disabilities.
In this inspiring mini-workshop, Laura Dawn draws from ancient wisdom and the latest research in the fields of neuroscience, psychedelic studies, and quantum physics to share how ayahuasca can work as a powerful tool for manifestation. Plant medicines work to shift your focus and perception and ultimately attune our awareness to quantum reality. Laura will guide us how to tap into that visionary state to create an inner vision and transmute it into real life.
InnerSpace Integration (ISI) and Los Angeles Medicinal Plant Society (LAMPS) is coming together to create community where attendees will have a chance to meet and socialize with fellow members of the Los Angeles psychedelic & plant medicine community. For our members who want to connect more or anyone who is curious about non-ordinary states of consciousness-you all are welcome! Attendees will also have a chance to meet various members & facilitators of the InnerSpace Integration network and LAMPS.
Join us for a deep dive into the mystical facets of psychedelics and how they've helped people discover their soul’s true purpose. Drawing from his personal journey and anthropological research, author Jerry Brown will share explorations into psychedelic's rich religious history, illustrating examples with stunning photographs of magic mushrooms in medieval Christian art. Learn about his studies on how psychedelics can lead to life-changing insights for passion, purpose and healing; and explore a future where psychedelics affect and form spirituality and religion.
Come and join us for this super special evening of cultural sharing of the Yawanawá tribe, who live deep in the Amazon of Brazil. We are very excited to invite you to this rare gathering of not only Matsini, the chief and paje of Mutum, but also his wife and two of his 14 children.
Adam Roa and Azrya Cohen have been in a deep communion with altered states of consciousness for the past seven years. During this talk, Adam and Azrya will share the step-by-step journey they’ve been on to turn Media into Medicine, and use their background in filmmaking and storytelling to elevate human consciousness as shepherds of humanity through a global phase shift of Awakening to Empathy.
Most famous for his controversial bestseller, Fingerprints of the Gods – first published in 1995, translated into 27 languages and sold over 3 million copies. Graham has also become a leading spokesperson about the ‘War on Drugs’, or what he has famously dubbed the ‘War on Consciousness’, highlighting the pivotal role that various sacred, psychoactive plants have played in the evolution of cultures around the globe and even the human understanding of consciousness itself.
Shadow work is a process of uncovering the aspects of personality that we're often completely unaware of. Join our panel for a discussion on how to reveal, accept, and integrate the shadow, find the gifts hidden within it, and learn how medicines supports this process.
Join us for a panel conversation about the intersection of Masculinity and Medicine. We will discuss what it is to be masculine in today's world, the role systematic structures play, what needs to be nourished in men as we shift into ever more integrated ways of being, and how medicine can support this process.
Please join us for a wide-ranging conversation with Dimitri Mugianis, where we will discuss the traditional and medical history of iboga, the commodification of plant medicines, and the dangers inherent in the trend of medicalizing iboga.
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of the hottest psychedelic film in production: Better Living Through Chemistry: The Work of Ann and Sasha Shulgin. The film focuses on the psychedelic godparents of MDMA, their chemical romance, and their significant contributions to psychedelic chemistry, therapy and research.
Join the Aware Project and leaders in the Southern California psychedelic/entheogenic community for a panel and community discussion of issues of power, sexuality, gender, race, and ethical practice.
In honor of the birth of the psychedelic research, we are honored to host Rachel Hope, to share her story being a participant in the MAPS Phase II trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of PTSD.
We will host an informative conversation that allows our community in California to receive a first-hand perspective about amazonian plant medicines as a path promoting a healthy, holistic way of life that is first of all preventative in its approach to disease, while also going deeper in how disease, illness, and so forth can be healed with the help of the plants after it has already manifested in an individual.
Medical doctor, Joe Tafur, and psychologist, Rachel Harris, will discuss their books, interview each other, and share their stories. We'll explore different models of how healing happens with ayahuasca biochemically, neurologically, psychologically, and spiritually (from a Western and indigenous perspective). We'll consider the role of intention before the ceremony, navigation during the ceremony and discernment, and behavior change after the ceremony. We promise love, laughter, and time for questions.
The Healing Powers (of weed, plants, and other mindful experiences) is a documentary serie that seeks to change that. Join us in a preview screening of The Healing Powers and a discussion where we explore what needs to happen to bring more people to the conversation on psychedelics.
Film Preview in Echo Park: Cura presents an inspiring story of the healing power of family, community, and ceremony in the midst of the brutal American public health and criminal justice landscapes. This event will be co-hosted by Cura's Production team members Steve Holmgren and Francesca Alfano, and Filmmaker Ethan Goldwater.
Join us for an evening of connection, healing and celebration with the Yawanawa lineage from the Amazon Forest.
We feel blessed to invite you to sit with Isku Kua and Pêu in a moment that the planet and ourselves need healing, prayers and truthful respect. From an unique and special place deep in the Amazonian forest, wherein lies a culture of a profound spiritual knowledge which has been passed down for generations, since time immemorial.
John Saul shares his story about how he harnessed the experience of being a study subject in the MAPS-sponsored study: “MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of anxiety due to life-threatening illness” to emerge from very dark circumstances, rebuild his fortitude and take another turn at living life.
Join us for a special evening that has the classic Aware Project salon format morphing into a live version of the MAPS Podcast for one night only! The podcast will be a panel format and will include Ashley Booth, Zach Leary and other guests to be announced.
The Last Shaman is the story of James Freeman, a young man who decides to take matters in his own hands when faced with incurable depression. He undergoes a life-changing journey in the Amazon jungle that brings him a deeper understanding and acceptance of self. Along the way, he experiences the healing properties of the tribal plant medicine Ayahuasca and the world around it.
"We decided the best way to get more stories & widen the community would be a continent-crossing storytelling tour centered..."
"we decided the best way to get more stories & widen the community would be a continent-crossing storytelling tour centered "