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GARDEN STATES 2021

Cultivating Ethnobotanical Plant Knowledge
a small selection of

Garden States 2021 Speakers

The St Vincent’s Melbourne Psilocybin-Palliative Care Trial – Much behind us, but so much still ahead…

Friday 31st January 2020 was a momentous day in the history of psychedelic research in Australia, as the clinical team of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne’s landmark trial of psilocybin-assisted therapy for anxiety and depression associated with terminal illness treated their first participant in their first drug-therapy session. That day marked just over two years after ...

Between Sex and Death – A Journey in the Mycosphere

The scent of the prized Périgord truffle is somewhere 'between sex and death', according to one Australian forager. This fungus vies with Iranian caviar as one of the most expensive foods in the world. Australia’s costly culinary predilections have driven a significant European truffle-growing industry since the 1990s. Throughout history, fungi have confounded with their ...

The alchemical life

I am thinking about the dreams of plants in order to enter into an intimate relationship with them and create a possibility for them to express their fears, delights and needs. Dreams are a series of thoughts, images and sensations occurring during the sleep of plants. My talk will involve presenting my collected images and ...

Every nectar needs a vessel to hold it. The greater the vessel, the more potent the nectar can be.

As we go through rites of passage, initiations, plant medicine inductions, we are strengthening our capacity and crafting the vessel of our being. In this way we are capable of holding finer and finer nectar. Vision, wisdom, resilience, power, all has a home in which to reside. Every culture has somewhere in its lineage rites ...

Encrypted communications, digitally mediated drug trading and psychedelics

In 2011, the first darknet market or cryptomarket for illegal drugs (Silk Road) began trading. It marked a key innovation in digitally mediated drug trading, where buyers could purchase illegal drugs, including psychedelics, from an array of vendors with quality rankings, using anonymised browsers and currencies. Completing a purchase on a darknet market requires a ...

The causal relevance of psychedelic experiences to therapeutic benefits

Increasing evidence suggests that psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can durably reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and addiction. Despite increasing enthusiasm about this treatment modality, including “Breakthrough Therapy” designations and talk of a “new paradigm” in psychiatry, fundamental questions remain unresolved. First, it is unclear whether psychedelic administration has a genuine causal effect on symptomatology, given problems concerning ...

Some Traps, Pitfalls and Questions of the Psychedelic Path

With the increasing acceptance within the mainstream, many people are seeking psychedelics for many reasons. Healing, meaning, spiritual awakening, pleasure… The list goes on. There are also many routes for meeting these medicines as well. Medical, shamanic, spiritual, self-experimentation etc… But this is still new territory and we are in a period of mass experimentation, ...

Mushroom Culture without a Lab II (Beyond Intro Workshop)

Beyond learning the skills necessary to isolate and clone fungi, there is a range of other techniques to learn and master on the path to growing Mushrooms. This workshop builds on the techniques taught in our basics workshops and requires little prior knowledge other than familiarity with the peroxide agar tek. This workshop will cover ...
a small selection of

Garden States 2021 Presentations

The St Vincent’s Melbourne Psilocybin-Palliative Care Trial – Much behind us, but so much still ahead…

Friday 31st January 2020 was a momentous day in the history of psychedelic research in Australia, as the clinical team of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne’s landmark trial of psilocybin-assisted therapy for anxiety and depression associated with terminal illness treated their first participant in their first drug-therapy session. That day marked just over two years after ...

Between Sex and Death – A Journey in the Mycosphere

The scent of the prized Périgord truffle is somewhere 'between sex and death', according to one Australian forager. This fungus vies with Iranian caviar as one of the most expensive foods in the world. Australia’s costly culinary predilections have driven a significant European truffle-growing industry since the 1990s. Throughout history, fungi have confounded with their ...

The alchemical life

I am thinking about the dreams of plants in order to enter into an intimate relationship with them and create a possibility for them to express their fears, delights and needs. Dreams are a series of thoughts, images and sensations occurring during the sleep of plants. My talk will involve presenting my collected images and ...

Every nectar needs a vessel to hold it. The greater the vessel, the more potent the nectar can be.

As we go through rites of passage, initiations, plant medicine inductions, we are strengthening our capacity and crafting the vessel of our being. In this way we are capable of holding finer and finer nectar. Vision, wisdom, resilience, power, all has a home in which to reside. Every culture has somewhere in its lineage rites ...

Encrypted communications, digitally mediated drug trading and psychedelics

In 2011, the first darknet market or cryptomarket for illegal drugs (Silk Road) began trading. It marked a key innovation in digitally mediated drug trading, where buyers could purchase illegal drugs, including psychedelics, from an array of vendors with quality rankings, using anonymised browsers and currencies. Completing a purchase on a darknet market requires a ...

The causal relevance of psychedelic experiences to therapeutic benefits

Increasing evidence suggests that psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can durably reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and addiction. Despite increasing enthusiasm about this treatment modality, including “Breakthrough Therapy” designations and talk of a “new paradigm” in psychiatry, fundamental questions remain unresolved. First, it is unclear whether psychedelic administration has a genuine causal effect on symptomatology, given problems concerning ...

Some Traps, Pitfalls and Questions of the Psychedelic Path

With the increasing acceptance within the mainstream, many people are seeking psychedelics for many reasons. Healing, meaning, spiritual awakening, pleasure… The list goes on. There are also many routes for meeting these medicines as well. Medical, shamanic, spiritual, self-experimentation etc… But this is still new territory and we are in a period of mass experimentation, ...

Mushroom Culture without a Lab II (Beyond Intro Workshop)

Beyond learning the skills necessary to isolate and clone fungi, there is a range of other techniques to learn and master on the path to growing Mushrooms. This workshop builds on the techniques taught in our basics workshops and requires little prior knowledge other than familiarity with the peroxide agar tek. This workshop will cover ...

ABOUT  ENTHEOGENESIS AUSTRALIS

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Entheogenesis Australis is a charitable, educational organisation established in 2004; we provide opportunities for critical thinking and knowledge sharing on ethnobotanical plants, fungi, nature and sustainability. 

Through our conferences and workshops, we aim to celebrate the culture, art, politics and community around medicine plants in the hope to better wellbeing for humankind and the planet. 

 

Mission Statement - Statement seeds for earth, body, and mind. 

Statement of Purpose - Entheogenesis Australis exists to enhance the Australian natural environment by: 

E – Encouraging the propagation, cultivation, conservation, preservation and sharing of plants and fungi of ethnobotanical significance whilst nurturing botanical environments. 

G – Growing community and developing connections through conversation, events, media and the creative arts, acting as a multidisciplinary nexus for knowledge sharing within the field of Ethnobotany. 

A – Advancing botanical discussion through research, critical thinking, education, creativity, innovation, and awareness about plants, fungi and related compounds with potential beneficial applications for humankind and the natural environment. 



We acknowledge that in Australia, we live and work on stolen Country, never ceded. We acknowledge that this dispossession, from which most in our community continue to benefit materially, causes ongoing trauma to Indigenous people and communities.

We acknowledge that we benefit from Indigenous knowledge and insights, including long relationships with the plants we revere, from around the world. We acknowledge that Indigenous knowledge has often been taken disrespectfully.

We encourage all in our community to learn to do our work "right way", to understand the protocol and to show respect.

EGA endorses the Uluru Statement from the Heart, which calls for a First Nations' Voice to the Australian Parliament, Treaty and Truth. We encourage each and all of our community to take up the invitation in the Uluru Statement to work through Australia's unfinished business.

https://www.1voiceuluru.org/the-statement/