Entheogenesis - Planting seeds for earth, body, and mind

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Event dates currently under review

David Holmgren • Margaret Ross • Bruce Pascoe • Alison Pouliot • Keeper Trout
John Seed • Janet Laurence • Martin Williams • Torsten Wiedemann • Monica Barratt

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

Welcome plant enthusiasts


Due to COVID-19, the conference information on this website is currently under review.

We will take a couple of weeks to assess this situation and determine the best and safest way of bringing the community together. We will inform you as soon as our new conference dates are confirmed, but the event will likely be held next year.

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From everyone on the EGA team, stay safe.


Garden States 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.

The conference will take place as an in-person event on Friday and Saturday, 3rd-4th December 2021. On Sunday, 5th December, we’ll be hosting an informal community gathering in the afternoon, including an outdoor plant meet and a book swap for in-person attendees. We’ll also provide additional streaming content on Sunday, 5th December from remote keynote presentersGarden States Keynote guests will include, but will in no way be limited to David HolmgrenDr Margaret RossBruce PascoeJanet LaurenceDr Alison PouliotJohn SeedDavid Nickles and Keeper Trout.

If you can’t make it along in person, you can still be part of the conference. For the first time, we’ll be operating as a hybrid online event, 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 2021 EGA Garden States Conference ticket holders will have access to the recorded livestream for three months after the conference. All ticket holders will receive a copy of the 2021 EGA Journal, with the physical or digital format of the journal they receive depending on their ticket category.

Unsure whether to purchase an in-person or online ticket? Due to the COVID-19 climate, all in-person tickets can be exchanged for a streaming ticket on request via email to tickets@entheogenesis.org and the difference in value will be refunded. Similarly, if COVID-19 restrictions prohibit the in-person event from running in its full capacity, in-person tickets will be exchanged for streaming tickets and the difference in value will be refunded.

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Garden States 2021 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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Dr Margaret Ross is a consultant clinical psychologist and the clinical lead in Australia’s first ever psychedelic clinical trial....
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Contributors, Streamed
Bruce Pascoe has published widely in both adult and young adult literature. He has won numerous awards, including 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 Alison Pouliot is an ecologist, environmental photographer and honorary fellow at the Australian National University. Her research spans...
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Keeper Trout is an author and archivist living in Northern California.  Trout has published 11 books and numerous articles;...
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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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Dr Suresh Muthukumarasway is currently an Associate Professor in psychopharmacology at The University of Auckland. Suresh started studying psychedelic drugs...
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Monica Barratt is a Vice-Chancellor Senior Research Fellow in the Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University. She...
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Martin Williams, PhD, is a research fellow in Medicinal Chemistry at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University,...
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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 2021 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.