ENTHEOGENIC HERBS & MUSHROOMS
Classes for Herbalists, Healers, & Culture Shifters – at the upcoming 2018 Good Medicine Confluence
For the first many years of Plant Healer’s annual international gatherings, our characteristically beautiful rural event sites had too few buildings of us to expand the number of classes to accommodate topics beyond essential foundational folk herbalism. Fortunately, since moving our Good Medicine Confluence to its new mountain-top site in Durango, Colorado, we have been able to procure sufficient spaces to expand our topics to include additional modalities, and means for a wildly healthy and deeply meaningful life. In May, 2018, we will be presenting 5 days and nights of classes and entertainment for the same prices as most conferences charge for only 3: over 70 inspiring teachers presenting over 140 unique classes that have never been taught anywhere before, exploring the depths and frontiers of empowered healing in all its many forms frombotanical medicine to healthy foods, nature therapy, cannabis, and the radical remaking of the current cultural paradigm!
There are many kinds of healing: addressing ailments of the body, the mind, the emotions, and the spirit… all of which are inextricably connected, and all of which can improve our work to heal our community, culture, and planet. The amazing Kenneth Proefrock delves deep into the uses and mythos of Peyote and San Pedro throughout history, Amber Magnolia Hill presents an important class on how to safely use entheogens as medicine and not for just partying, and Sean Croke speaks about employing these incredible natural substances to help in the treatment of unhealthy addictions.
Magical Cacti & The Doors of Perception
with Kenneth Proefrock (1.5 hrs)
The consumption of mescaline containing cacti can be traced back several thousands of years. Indigenous people of central and South America consider it the key to the kingdom of nature spirits and gods. Like psilocybin from mushrooms, mescaline from cacti is one of the oldest knows substances to serve humans as a deeply acting plant medicine. Besides the psychoactive effects of plants like Peyote or San Pedro cactus there are other clinically important aspects that are intriguing, for example, it was recently discovered that such cacti exert an antibacterial effect on Staphylococcus species. This discussion springs from the premise that empathogenic and entheogenic substances induce an experiential dissolution of the defensive intra-psychic separation between spirit, mind and body that encourages physical healing, psychological problem solving and an increase in spiritual awareness. The temporary state changes that occur in an individual’s consciousness after ingestion of a psychedelic substance like mescaline, in a ritualized setting, is conducive to a change in attitude towards one’s €˜self’, physical and etheric, which facilitates the body’s own healing and regenerative processes. The psychological problem solving that results from a radical shift in perspective can help reframe beliefs with deep spiritual implications that are often profoundly healing .
Simply the realization of that spiritual core of being can be inherently healing and often affirming and empowering of the individual’s sense of agency and integrity. Here we discuss the sacred acts of growing, collecting, preparing and administering specific cacti for therapeutic effect. We discuss the safety of these compounds, with considerations towards pre-existing medical conditions in participants and dosing strategies. We cover specific ways to ensure that a positive outcome is generated through a sacramental consumption in a controlled, safe space and setting. We also discuss some of the sticky ethical considerations inherent in such practices. Case studies and first hand personal experiences will be shared as examples of potential best and worse case scenarios, as well as suggestions for first aid measures, and directives for altering the course of an experience when it is not going as planned.
How to Have Safe & Meaningful Psychedelic Experience
with Amber Magnolia Hill (1.5 hrs)
The word psychedelic comes from the Greek root words “psyche” and “delos,” meaning soul or mind and to make clear or manifest. These soul-manifesting medicines are undergoing a resurgence in our culture right now, with vast potential to shift the individual and collective consciousness and to heal everything from addiction to PTSD. But for many, they are still used as party drugs. This class will delve into how these medicines work and why they’re so important, and discuss practical steps for preparing for, undergoing, and integrating psychedelic journeys meant to facilitate growth and healing.
Entheogenic Herbs in The Treatment of Addiction
with Sean Croke (2 hrs)
The culture is shifting in the ways that we view people who are living with addictions, in many ways for the better. While for many years the addict was seen as a weak or degenerate individual who should primarily be punished back into being a good and productive member of society again the shift has been made to a more disease based approach in which the addict suffers from a metabolic disorder that can be treated through a series of interventions and should not be punished as harshly for their disorder. I hope and think that I see the shift happening further towards the direction that the addict is largely reacting to the ills of the culture in which they live when they take on this often self-destructive path of interacting with substances. Often there is a goodly amount of intergenerational trauma that needs to be worked through that leads to sometimes wonky brain chemistry which makes the substances so delicious and appealing. The addict is venturing deep into their own psyche to try to find healing, and therefore to bring healing to the larger society/family.
While the general goal of the AA or NA approach is to encourage the addict to give up all substances and maintain total sobriety, I would like to propose that it may be fruitful in some cases to get the recovering person involved with the set of herbs that we know of as visionary medicines, entheogens, or psychedelic plants. These plants have been worked with in a number of different cultural contexts in order to help people to recover from the damages of addiction (and often the traumas that lead to this state) such as the Native American Church, the Santo Daime, and the Bwiti. While not a plant, LSD served a pivotal role in the journey away from alcoholism of none other than Bill W, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. The entheogens can bring about healing on the deep neurochemical level by resetting some of the chemical imbalances that may come about from long term substance use, and perhaps more importantly can allow the personality type that loves to delve deeply into altered states looking for pearls of wisdom to continue doing so but using tools that will facilitate a deep spiritual renewal rather than leading to confusion and destruction.
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