Entheogenesis - Planting seeds for earth, body, and mind

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December 2nd, 3rd and 4th 2022

David Holmgren • Margaret Ross • Giuliana Furci • Alison Pouliot • Keeper Trout

Bruce Pascoe • John Seed • Janet Laurence • Martin Williams • Monica Barratt

A Three Day Forum for Cultivating Ethnobotanical Plants, Research, Knowledge and Community
Designed for in-person & online attendees

Welcome plant enthusiasts

In lieu of the physical conference, on December 5th 2021 we are hosting a day long webcast fundraiser. For this event we have curated a selection of the finest international and local psychedelic and botanical minds. For more information and ticketing click here.

Garden States 2022 is a not-for-profit initiative, designed to encourage community building around medicinal plants, research, and psychedelic culture. Get your hands dirty and learn how to grow and share ethnobotanical plants from the experts. Participate in citizen science and meet like-minded botanical folk from across Australia.

Our program is designed to explore relationships between humankind and plants, including gardening, conservation, sustainability, culture, art, altered states, spirituality, philosophy, psychedelic research, harm reduction and politics.

This conference will be a hybrid event that takes place across three days; one full day of online streaming for international and remote presenters, as well as a two day in-person conference event that will also be streamed. Friday the 2nd of December 2022 will be the streaming-only day and Saturday and Sunday the 3rd & 4th December will be an in-person community gathering, streamed online for those unable to attend the event in person.

Garden States keynote guests include, but will in no way be limited to, David Holmgren, Dr Margaret Ross, Bruce Pascoe, Janet Laurence, Suresh Muthukumaraswamy, Dr Alison Pouliot, The Seed SistAs, John Seed, Martin Williams, Dr Monica Barratt, and the legendary Keeper Trout.

If you can’t make it along in person, you can still be part of this conference. For the first time, we’ll be allowing people from across Australia and around the world to tune in. Online attendees will have access to the main stage live conference stream made up of keynote lectures and discussion panels. All attendees will also receive a copy of our renowned conference journal.

The in-person conference gathering will be composed of around thirty lectures, twelve workshops and five discussion panels that have been curated to help you along the journey to plant seeds for earth, body, and mind.



Due to COVID-19, the conference information on this website is currently under review, some updates and corrections will be expected.

We are moving the conference to the first weekend in December 2022, following continuing restrictions on social gatherings due to COVID-19. Ticket sales are temporarily suspended.

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From everyone on the EGA team, stay safe.

a selection of

Garden States 2022 Contributors

David Holmgren is the co-originator of the permaculture concept following publication of Permaculture One, co-authored with Bill Mollison in...
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Giuliana is foundress and executive director of the Fungi Foundation. She is a Harvard University Associate, Dame of the...
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Janet Laurence is a leading Sydney-based artist who exhibits nationally and internationally. Her practice examines our physical, cultural and...
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Dr Margaret Ross is a consultant clinical psychologist and the clinical lead in Australia’s first ever psychedelic clinical trial....
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Dr Alison Pouliot is an ecologist, environmental photographer and honorary fellow at the Australian National University. Her research spans...
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Contributors, Streamed, Webcast Contributors
Bruce Pascoe has published widely in both adult and young adult literature. He has won numerous awards, including the...
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Contributors, Streamed
Keeper Trout is an author and archivist living in Northern California.  Trout has published 11 books and numerous articles;...
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Contributors, Streamed
Dr Suresh Muthukumarasway is currently an Associate Professor in psychopharmacology at The University of Auckland. Suresh started studying psychedelic drugs...
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Contributors, Webcast Contributors
Dr Monica Barratt is a Vice-Chancellor Senior Research Fellow in the Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University....
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Contributors, Webcast Contributors
Martin Williams, PhD, is a research fellow in Medicinal Chemistry at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University,...
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Contributors, Streamed
The Seed SistAs, Karen and Fiona, are writers, speakers, eco-activists and Sensory Herbalists who have dedicated their lives to...
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Dr Prash Puspanathan, a medical doctor and former Neuropsychiatry Fellow at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, is one of...
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Garden States 2022 Presentations

‘Deep Ecology’ (and the power of ethnobotanical plants)
I have worked for worldwide rainforests since 1979. Although many of our efforts succeeded, for every forest saved 100...
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Some more thoughts and observations on cacti
A lot has happened in the two decades since Trout’s cactus books went into print. Cactus lover Keeper Trout...
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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...
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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...
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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 culture, science, art, politics and community around medicine plants. We aim for this celebration to contribute to the wellbeing of both earth and humankind.


Mission Statement - Planting 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. 

Acknowledgement Of Country

We acknowledge that in Australia, we live and work in a stolen country that was never ceded. This dispossession, from which many in our community continue to benefit materially, causes ongoing trauma to Indigenous people and communities.

We recognise that we benefit from the knowledge and insights of First Nations people, including long relationships with the plants we revere, from around the world. We acknowledge that knowledge of First Nations people has often been obtained disrespectfully.

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

EGA enthusiastically supports the Uluru Statement, which calls for First Nations' voices in Australian parliament, for treaty, and for truth. We encourage each and all our community to take up the invitation in the Uluru Statement to work through Australia's unfinished business.


This is a list of organisations that support our events. Do join them.