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Understanding Ayahuasca: From Indigenous Origins To Neo-Shamanism -- LONDON

Synergetic Press

Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 10:30 PM (GMT)

Understanding Ayahuasca: From Indigenous Origins To...

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Full programme Symposium, Dinner with Speakers & Salon 35 Tickets Nov 5, 2016 £75.00 £4.62 £15.92
Symposium and Dinner 20 Tickets Nov 5, 2016 £60.00 £3.79 £12.76
Salon and Dinner 40 Tickets Nov 5, 2016 £40.00 £2.69 £8.54
Full Program (WITHOUT DINNER) 1 Ticket Nov 5, 2016 £60.00 £3.79 £12.76

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Jeremy Narby * Martina Hoffmann * David Luke * Francoise Barbira Freedman  * John Dolphin Allen * Terry Wilson (tbc), music by Elstir and Others

Presentations • Panel Discussions • Dinner • Visionary Art • Poetry • Live Music • Dancing

The October Gallery

24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL Holborn/Russell Square

Ayahuasca Reader bookJoin leading authorities on ethnobotany, ayahuasca and visionary art for an enlightening afternoon Symposium and stimulating evening Salon as we explore the cultural history, traditional and neo-shamanic practices, artistic and literary inspirations, and the scientific, therapeutic and ecological dimensions of the sacred Vine of the Amazon. The afternoon symposium will feed your mind and heart with compelling presentations and lively discussions, and the evening Salon will continue the journey with spoken word, art, music and dance.

Celebrate publication of the new edition of the Ayahuasca Reader, the most comprehensive book of writings on the subject ever published. 


2:00 - 6:30 Symposium

6:45 - 7:45 Dinner in the Gallery

8:00 - 10:30 Salon

EARLY BIRD TICKETS closed. Book soon to reserve you seat.


Full Programme includes Symposium, Dinner and Salon  £75

Symposium and Dinner 2:30 - 7:30 pm  £60 

6:30 - 10:30  £40

Seating is limited, so book early. A few discounted tickets available if you wish to volunteer, please write 

Dinner is catered by the new October Gallery Cafe team serving up delicious freshly prepared dinner, choice of meat or vegetarian dish, and desserts that are out of this world. The cost is £15 and included in price of the ticket.



2:00       Registration

2:30      Welcome – Announcements / Introductions Deborah Parrish Snyder & David Luke

2:45       David Luke – The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness of Ayahuasca

3:15       Francoise Barbira Freedman –  Medicine from the Amazon and Preservation of Culture

4:00       Break

4:15       Martina Hoffmann – Art, Expanded States and Spirit Connection

5:00       Jeremy Narby – Ayahuasca as Antidote

5:45       Break

6:00       Panel Discussion with all speakers led by David Luke

6:30-7:45 catered Dinner in the Gallery. Mingle with the presenters over sumptuous fare from the new October Cafe. 


8:00.    Welcome from David Luke and "The Cosmic Serpent"

8:15     John Dolphin Allen -- Biospheric Poetry

8:45     Terry Wilson –  reading Perilous Passage

9:15.    Music by Elstir, and others to be announced - music and dancing

About the Speakers

Jeremy Narby, PhD, is an anthropologist and author of several books, including The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge and Intelligence in Nature. Narby has altered how we understand the Shamanic cultures and traditions that have undergone a worldwide revival in recent years. He has traveled the globe from the Amazon Basin to the Far East to probe what traditional healers and pioneering researchers understand about the intelligence present in all forms of life.

Françoise Barbira Freedman, PhD, was born and raised in France before studying anthropology at Cambridge, England. She has had close ties with the Jakwash Lamista of Peruvian Amazonia ever since her doctoral fieldwork in the late 70s. Her pilot project of Yaku Mamay, near Iquitos, Peru, aims at applying the knowledge of shamanic plants to women’s health. Mother of four children, she teaches Medical Anthropology at Cambridge University and also coordinates  Birthlight, a charitable trust to promote the enjoyable experience of pregnancy, birth and babies.

David Luke is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich where he teaches an undergraduate course on the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience. His research focuses on transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, especially via psychedelics, having published more than 100 academic papers in this area, including five books, most recently Neurotransmissions: Essays on Psychedelics (2015). David is also director of the Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness salon and is a cofounder and director of Breaking Convention: Multidisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness.

Martina Hoffmann is a painter and sculptress. Her unique iconography has been greatly inspired by expanded states of consciousness; the realms of the imagination, meditation, shamanic work and the dream state. Much of her imagery has deep connection to the sacred feminine while her sculptural work is undeniably influenced by African energy. She studied art with Professor Kiefer (father of Anselm Kiefer) and sculpting at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt with Professor Spelmann. Her work is exhibited around the world.

John Dolphin Allen is author of Me and the Biospheres (Synergetic Press), poet, playwright who invented, conceived and co-founded the Biosphere 2 project – the world’s largest laboratory for global ecology. Biosphere 2 set a number of world records in closed life system work including, among others, degree of sealing tightness, 100% waste recycle and water recycle, and duration of human residence within a closed system (eight people for two years). Allen has also conceived and co-founded nine other projects around the world, pioneering in sustainable co-evolutionary development.

Terry Wilson, author of Perilous Passage, writes in this work of fiction of his apprenticeship under the tutelage of the legendary Brion Gysin, painter/writer/inventor and accomplished shaman of the avant garde. Terry’s work includes Dreams of Green Base and “D” Train.

Elstir is a 20 year old electronica producer. His music blends various influences, from ambient to downtempo. The first half of his musical process is spent with a recorder, walking around, capturing sounds such as the creaking of a chair, or a forest ambiance. The second half is about organising these, and layering them with electronics. The set that he is going to do at the October Gallery will also incorporate Amazonian field recordings and ayahuasquero songs, captured in the summer 2015.


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24 Old Gloucester Street
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Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 10:30 PM (GMT)

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