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"Integration is a deliberative, active participation, as well as an allowing. Integration is a process of stepping into and trusting that meaning-making is an ongoing, ordinary human capacity that happens throughout your life."

-- James Lawer (druidwalker.org)


Many of us have faced challenging moments and transitions in our lives that require us to step back from our normal responsibilities and obligations, get in touch with our deepest feelings and memories, and then learn how to live again with a new sense of purpose and place in the world. The natural transitions that challenge us the most often include birth, sickness, death and loss. But it is also becoming more common for people to make a choice to enter into the sacred space of transition, growth and healing through the use of psychedelics.

No matter whether an experience is spontaneous or planned, sober or psychedelic, the work of integration is key. How will you bring the insights and intensity of your experience into your daily life? How can we support ourselves and each other in moving through difficult passages, letting go of the old ways of being, and then creating life anew after the experience is over? How can we begin to weave the threads of this great mystery of Life on Earth into meaningful, helpful, loving actions that improve our lives and the lives of those around us?

This workshop is designed to allow you to delve deeper into the layers of the integration process. Through mindfulness meditation we will explore how such an experience is weaved through your body, mind, emotions and feelings as well as the place you occupy within a bigger perspective of the world. The drawing exercises will become the therapeutic and ceremonial space through which we explore the stories and symbols that are waiting to be expressed and integrated in order to birth the next chapter in your life story. You will come away with a better understanding of how altered states work and why this matters as well as come away with a stronger connection to your inner wisdom and creativity.


Schedule:

1 - 2:15pm - Welcome, orientation, and introductions (led by Eileen Hall & Katherine MacLean)

2:15 - 2:30pm - break

2:30 - 4:30pm - Mindfulness exercise and drawing exercise (led by Eileen Hall)

4:30 - 4:45pm - break

4:45 - 6pm - Reflections, discussion and integration (led by Katherine MacLean)



Katherine MacLean, PhD and Eileen Hall are excited to offer their first public workshop on integration that blends their professional skills and life experiences in Buddhist meditation and psychedelic research (Katherine) and shamanic healing and art (Eileen). Katherine and Eileen were first drawn together after facing devastating losses in their own lives (the death of Katherine's sister and the death of Eileen's father, both to cancer). They independently realized that these deaths were a calling into a more sacred and purposeful way of being in the world, a form of spiritual initiation. Their life's work became the work of integration, and this workshop represents some of the most practical and powerful techniques and tools to come out of this period of grief, healing and growth.


DISCLAIMER: We are not therapists or medical doctors, and this workshop does not include group therapy, counselling, or medical advice. We do not provide psychoactive or illicit substances, we do not conduct or promote psychedelic psychotherapy, and we do not provide referrals to "underground" (illegal) psychedelic services. This workshop may not be appropriate for individuals with serious mental health conditions or past histories of severe abuse or trauma. If you have questions about whether this workshop is appropriate for your particular life situation, please contact us before registering.


KATHERINE MACLEAN, PhD is a research psychologist with expertise in studying the effects of mindfulness meditation and psychedelics on cognitive performance, emotional well-being, spirituality, and brain function. As a postdoctoral research fellow and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she conducted clinical trials of psilocybin, the primary chemical found in "magic mushrooms", and other psychedelic compounds. Her ground-breaking research on psilocybin and personality change suggests that psychedelic medicines can enhance openness to new experiences, promote mental health and emotional well-being, and improve creativity throughout the lifespan. Dr. MacLean is the co-founder and current director of the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program in New York, where she leads training workshops, educational seminars, and monthly integration groups focused on increasing awareness and reducing risks of psychedelic use. Learn more: www.psychedelicprogram.com


Other links:

TEDx - Open Wide and Say Awe - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZljALxpt3iU

Psilocybin & Personality Change - https://vimeo.com/109990665

The Psychedelic Art of Dying - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqaRPOzZJ_8

Secular Buddhist interview - http://secularbuddhism.org/2014/08/03/episode-205-katherine-maclean-unplugged/

Psychedelic Parenting podcast - The Sacrifice & Surrender of Motherhood - http://www.psychedelicparenting.org/psychedelic-parenting-podcast-6/


EILEEN HALL is a Transformational Guide, Energy Healer & Artist born in Ecuador and now living in Edinburgh. Over the past 10 years she has trained in; Architecture, Design, the Arts, Healing, Meditation, Mysticism, Shamanism & Life Coaching.

Her consultancy, one on one and group work combines these practices in creative and fun ways to guide people to find meaning and purpose in their lives, heal core traumas and blocks that stop them from thriving in abundance and experiencing health and wellbeing in all areas of her life.

www.upgrade-your-life-now.com

www.eileen-hall.com

She is the founder and creative producer for the Open Close collective, a group of artists, architects, academics and web developers united by an interest in how we can make better creative use of the small spaces in our cities. The collective will be creating a series of temporary sensory installations in the closes of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh this summer as well as developing a web tool to measure the emotional value of these spaces. www.open-close.co.uk

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