Workshops

WASSON WORKSHOPS (LARGE)
11:30 – 13:00    PsyCare
Introduction to Psychedelic Support with PsyCare UK - How to Support Someone Through a Challenging Psychedelic Experience

PsyCare UK have over ten years of experience provided support for challenging psychedelic experiences at festivals and events. Providing support in the event of a challenging experience can ease discomfort for the person, help to restore equilibrium to their biopsychosocial functioning, minimise the potential for psychological trauma, and facilitate the transformation of the experience into an opportunity for personal growth.

In this workshop you will learn about the principles of psychedelic support, how a challenging experience might manifest and the practical application of the skills. Feel confident that you would know what to do if you came across someone in need.

Lunch
14:30 – 16:30    Stuart Verity
Posture, Eyes, Movement and the Entheogenic Experience

How movement and stillness meditation and dancing are used within the Brazilian Ayahuasca lineages such as Santo Daime and Umbandaime. Ongoing daily meditation, movement and awareness practices for psyconaughtical health stability and integration.

Outline of Workshop Presentation

1. What are the subtle effects on the body, mind and awareness when Lying down, Sitting or Standing while in an Entheogenic meditative state?

2. How are the modalities of sitting, standing and coordinated line dancing used by the Brazilian Meistrei Irineu Ayahuasca/Daime lineages such as Santo Daime, Santo Alto?

3. How are the more freestyle, archetypal and spinning dances used during Santo Daime spirit incorporation works and Umbandaime Gira ceremonies?

4. How meditation in lying, sitting and standing, as well as moving meditations such as Tai Chi or Qi/Nei Gong movements can help as a daily practice for integrating higher Entheogenic insights and states into permanent traits.

Break
17:00 – 18:00    Skanda Gopal
PSY/QI

Take a moment to come back down to ground. This workshop involves a gentle foray into foundational Qi energy work, revealing the keys to manifesting, accessing and harnessing bio-energetic feedback rhythms. Using a selection of tools and techniques that are rooted in Zen and Buddhist traditions, participants will be led through a series of heart-centering exercises that facilitate a deepening of awareness through body-sensing, guided visualisation and breathwork. Honing in on the dynamic interplay between inner and outer states, these exercises allow the practitioner to be totally present and integrated within their own personal cosmology.

Break
18:30 – 20:00    Melissa Warner
Psychedelic Assisted Mindfulness: Altered States to Altered Traits

With these questions in mind, we will explore the concept of ‘psychedelic-assisted mindfulness’.

While altered states can open a portal, a new perspective, what is enduring? When do altered states lead to altered traits?

We will explore the relationship between meditation and psychedelics through history, within neural networks and in practice. We will learn how anyone can use biotech advances such as biofeedback, AR/VR and neurofeedback to support their process. The workshop will empower participants with a with a practical meditation practice adapted from the Dzogchen school of Buddhism for psychedelic preparation.

Close
WASSON WORKSHOPS (SMALL)
11:30 – 13:00    Sam Knot
Psychedelic Innocence and Experience

It seems to me that even the barest facts of life are like artistic climax, or epic epiphany, or ultra-scientific uber-wonder. It is simply astonishing even to exist, and the natural world is a joyride through uncontainable creative vision. We are magical monkeys with multiverses at our fingertips.

Yet this is a vision we can lose. Even though it might feel like the most natural thing in the world to be alive to life in this way, it is undeniably difficult to sustain and integrate such levels of openness, sensitivity, and wonder.

We might describe such heights in terms of "seeing the poetry of life" - yet poetry can suffer the same fate: meaning sometimes seems to just evaporate. But it waits. It lurks between the words, waiting for its equally creaturely dancing partner to animate and be animated.

William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience, in their seeming simplicity, embody this kind of "hiding in plain sight". In their innate music, and their writhing decoration, they might appear to actively resist death, waiting to burst into your life and SQUEEGEE YOUR THIRD EYE!

These poems are songs, and we know Blake himself would sing them, although the music was never written down. Various people have set them to music since, perhaps most notably Allen Ginsberg. I wish to introduce an approach to singing them spontaneously, letting them act in our bodies to reveal melodies. I personally still struggle to sing in front of people - it can be a profoundly nerve-wracking thing to bare ones soul in such a way! - yet I love to do it: singing has helped me so much in keeping my spirits up through troublesome times, and in progressively deepening the presence of my own psychedelic experiences.

For me it is not about singing well, so much as being able to express oneself naturally. I am no professional, but due to my own experimental processes I do have a basic approach, an attitude, that I can share with you. I am hoping to learn something too! There will be no pressure if you are too shy - the singing is just a way to add another dimension to the poetry - the most important thing will be bringing the book to life by performing from it however we feel comfortable, and exploring its meanings together.

We will treat the book as a deck of cards - a game of sorts - reading as much or as little into any synchronicities as we may wish. It sometimes seems there is as much poetry between the poems as there is *in* them...

Eternal delight!

Lunch
14:30 – 16:30    Hattie Wells & Svea Nielsen
Psychedelics and Parenting – A Sharing Circle

The vision for this is a well-held, non-judgemental sharing circle, where parents or carers, can come and openly discuss the ways in which they integrate their work with psychedelics or plant medicines with their family lives, their role as parents and how to navigate discussions with children, given the context of prohibition. Elders who have traversed this landscape will be sharing their experiences and lessons learned.

Close
WASSON WORKSHOPS (LARGE)
08:00 – 09:30    Akal Anand Kaur & Lani Rocillo
Kundalini Yoga Rebirth with Gong

In this workshop, you will be taken on a journey to connect with the source of your life force, gaining energy to activate all realms of your experience. Kundalini Yoga is a pure stream of ancient yogic practices designed to support and elevate the creative potential of all beings. The gong allows for entrainment into the vastness of the mystery beyond. Sound medicine harmonises dissonances in the physical, emotional, mental and etheric body. Facilitating the expansion of self awareness, compassionate perspective and balanced health.

09:30 – 11:00    Richard Spurgeon
Encounters with the Dark Side: Shadow-work and Light-play in Psychedelic Experience - A Therapeutic Discussion, Sharing and Support Workshop

Experiences of the dark side, of seemingly evil, negative and destructive forces and energies can be the most difficult of all psychedelic experiences to make sense of, work with and integrate. In this workshop we will explore the central importance of set and setting, re-contextualizing and transforming these types of experience in a safe and supportive environment, using an eco-psychospiritual therapeutic perspective. It will be a space for sharing, healing and inner transformation where we learn how to find their lessons and gifts as we open to our collective wisdom, to Spirit and to the healing power of Love.

Break
11:30 – 13:00    Philip Wolfson, Gita Vaid, Monica Winsor & Wesley Ryan
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)—Trance and Transformation - The First Legal Psychedelic Psychotherapy

Ketamine as an assisted psychotherapy is the first legally available psychedelic medicine in the toolbox. We have been developing KAP and training KAP practitioners—by year’s end 260 worldwide-- didactically and experientially in our methodology. Workshop participants will be presented with KAP’s potentialities, our methods of practice, the generation of psychedelic psychotherapy in the KAP process, and its utility and benefits for a variety of diagnoses and human dilemmas. We invite those qualified to train and administer KAP as a breakthrough modality. Our non-profit Ketamine Research Foundation contains the full human studies bibliography; our research projects, data collection process, and much more. Our just published first ever KAP study of 235 patients is available at the JoPD.

Lunch
14:30 – 16:30    Maria Papaspyrou
Workshop 1: Breaking Convention Systemic Constellation

Systemic Family Constellations is an experiential enquiry tool that reveals the hidden and systemic dynamics behind any given issue. It can be used for personal matters as well as for conceptual explorations. In this workshop we will create a three-dimensional living map of the various elements that obstruct or facilitate the legal regulation of drugs in the UK. The aim of the workshop is to experiment with movements that support the legislative legalisation of all drugs. This is an experiential and explorative workshop and we aim to get an experience and insights to further ponder on, rather than definitive answers.

The constellation will be held and facilitated by Maria Papaspyrou. The issue we will be working with will be framed and presented by Cara Lavan who is part of the Breaking Convention team. The rest of the group will hold the outer circle for the work and step in as and when appropriate, to represent various aspects of the system we will be looking into.

Break
17:00 – 18:00    Christa Mackinnon
Workshop for Women: The Archetypal Medicine Woman Within and her Role in the Paradigm Shift

The medicine woman is one of the most suppressed and persecuted archetypes in patriarchal history. She nevertheless often lies at the heart of women’s quests to re-claim and manifest their powers and embodied wisdom, coming increasingly into consciousness in one of her many aspects, such as the seer, the oracle, the sorceress, the shaman, the herbalist, the midwife, the spiritual feminine leader, the wild earth woman or the heroine. In this workshop we will utilise journeying, movement, drumming and other means to contact our specific inner wild medicine woman and discuss how we can embody her specific skills, develop and utilise them to step into our power and contribute to the necessary change. Bring a yoga mat and drum if you own one.

Break
18:30 – 20:00    Infinite Spirit Sounds
Psychedelic Yoga & Sound Meditation

Psychedelic Yoga equips participants with yogic techniques to prepare the body & mind for the psychedelic experience, whilst practicing tools which assist in navigation & integration. We will explore ‘intention setting’ (giving a focus for healing), postures (releasing tension and preparing for the journey), pranayama (quietening the mind & surrendering to the medicine), mantras & mudras (navigating planes of consciousness), philosophy & meditation (integrating the experience). The sound meditation is designed to facilitate enhanced states of consciousness & is created with 38” gongs, shamanic drumming, singing bowls, flutes, samples from nature, a loop station, overtoning & medicine songs.

Close
WASSON WORKSHOPS (SMALL)
11:30 – 13:00    Matthew Watkins
Maths for Psychonauts

The “Maths for Psychonauts” session is part freestyle performance maths lecture, part open-ended Q&A discussion. Bring your most profound questions of a mathematical nature, and we'll see where this goes! Previous workshops have been known to tangent off into philosophy, neuroscience, anthropology, physics, sociology and more. Common areas of interest in the psychonaut community tend to be infinity and transfinite numbers, fractals, e, pi, prime numbers, higher dimensions and “sacred geometry”, but Matthew is happy to talk about anything remotely mathematical, within the bounds of his knowledge.

Close
WASSON WORKSHOPS (LARGE)
08:00 – 09:30    William Rowlandson
Drumming Meditation

Repetitive rhythms have been employed across time and cultures for the purpose of entering altered states of consciousness. One well-documented method is the steady, quite rapid, beat of a large resonant drum. With practice and guidance, it is possible to navigate the dream-like state induced by such repetitive techniques and to follow the cascade of images towards a given objective. This may be for reflection, meditation or to summon healing energy for oneself or others, to focus on a particular dilemma, or to seek resolution to relationship difficulties.

In this workshop William will introduce the ancient story of the drum and its role in altered states of consciousness and we will introduce ourselves and share our intentions for the drum journeys ahead. You will be invited to lie comfortably, perhaps with eye shades, and to follow the steady beat of the large frame drum into the imaginal realm. This will be followed by gentle group reflection, followed by a new drum journey and further reflection.

09:30 – 11:30    Yakir Elkayam
A Meditative Journey into the Body’s Proprioception

Our senses act as the only intermediate gate between existence and the perception of the existence. The workshop will facilitate the setting required for enhanced experimentation in the interoceptive experience so that body patterns and mind itself can become more evident. The proprioception element, outlines the felt self at the present moment in the present place. The act of realising the felt body reveals the dynamic integration it has with the whole body and self. This bodily expression of the minds habitual patterns in the way we somatically hold our emotions and memories is then encouraged to manifest fully until it becomes exhausted and released through surrendering.

Break
11:30 – 13:00    Bernadette Martinez Hernandez
Ego Death for Beginners

This workshop introduces simple, yet powerful, exercises that gently generate small scale ego-dissolving experiences. By means of this gentle exploration, attendees expand their awareness, presence and ability to navigate mind and body during a peak experience (with and without entheogens). Exercises are designed to be safe and playful spaces for exploration; they range from awareness games to verbal interactions. Their key marker is their simplicity, a quality that allows them to be easily replicated and built into a self-discovery practice. Attendees expand their understanding of suitable practices for the preparation, navigation and integration of an ego dissolving experience.

Lunch
14:30 – 16:30    Ashleigh Murphy-Beiner & Alexander Beiner
Preparation and Integration for Psychedelic Experiences

This workshop will provide you with tools to help you stay centred and receptive during a psychedelic experience, and integrate it into your life afterwards. It will be led by Ashleigh Murphy-Beiner (psychedelic researcher and mindfulness instructor) and Alexander Beiner (Holistic Counsellor and workshop facilitator). We'll guide you through some simple techniques we've found to be effective, including meditation, inquiry and embodiment practices. Together, we'll drop into the present moment and tap into the wisdom of the body, learn how to flow with the unfolding process of integration in the weeks and months after, and explore why these are important skills.

Break
17:00 – 18:00    Maria Papaspyrou
Workshop 2: The Heroic Journey: A Map for Self Discovery and Integration

Life’s challenges, if successfully negotiated, they can help us grow and mature into a fuller version of ourselves. However, turning these times to fertile soil for our psychospiritual growth, requires us to navigate an inner journey that is as full of potential as it is of peril. This is the journey of integration we sometimes have to complete after a difficult psychedelic experience, or a life crisis of any kind.

These times require us to reach into our inner depths in order to support the shifts life calls on us to make. This experiential workshop is a combination of guided meditation and practices from systemic family constellations to support an embodied experience of the different phases of the heroic inner journey. Along the way we will explore tools and rituals that can support change when we find ourselves stuck on a particular part of the path. We will close the workshop with sharing and reflecting on the journey, whilst revising the main tools to take home to support our integration process, whether we are called to manage a psychedelic experience or a life crisis that calls on us to grow beyond who we already are.

Break
18:30 – 20:00    Mark Waking Light, Jenni Roditi and Alistair Smith
A Guided Journey into the Heart of a Transpersonal Psychedelic Experience

Once you see your original face, you cannot ever look away from its embrace. This workshop is a guided meditation, a poetic journey accompanied by harp music, taking you into the heart of a psychedelic mystical experience. This is an invitation to encounter transpersonal non-dual awareness, the essential shift from person to presence. Capturing the step-by-step process of how a life transforming experience unfolds, it is a true story of what happens when you come as a man treading a path winding through the forest and leave as the forest unwinding a path trodden by a man.

Close
WASSON WORKSHOPS (SMALL)
14:30 – 16:30    Luke Davis
Poetry as the Discovery of the Undiscovered

Here the focus will be on poetry as the discovery of the undiscovered,
the silence speaking, the secrets unfolding, and the membrane
between Here and There becoming ever more porous.

This is poetry as communication-
between the constituent parts of self
and between self and not-self,
the inside and the outside.

Here we will learn to listen to the silence, to speak to silence, to have silence
answer back.

We will learn to turn the dial and move through the frequencies, tuning in to
broadcasts and transcribing what we hear.

We will try to separate signal from noise, 'Frustrator' from 'Instructor'
sense from nonsense, and then we will look again and ask if perhaps,
hidden in the noise, is more signal, if sense does not sometimes
disguise itself as nonsense and truth sometimes speak in riddles.

To both pay attention to the surface manifestations and to dive down into the depths
and to ask, for every communique we receive and transcribe

"Who's voice is this? Who or what am I speaking to?"

Close
WASSON WORKSHOPS (LARGE)
11:30 – 13:00    PsyCare
Introduction to Psychedelic Support with PsyCare UK - How to Support Someone Through a Challenging Psychedelic Experience

PsyCare UK have over ten years of experience provided support for challenging psychedelic experiences at festivals and events. Providing support in the event of a challenging experience can ease discomfort for the person, help to restore equilibrium to their biopsychosocial functioning, minimise the potential for psychological trauma, and facilitate the transformation of the experience into an opportunity for personal growth.

In this workshop you will learn about the principles of psychedelic support, how a challenging experience might manifest and the practical application of the skills. Feel confident that you would know what to do if you came across someone in need.

Lunch
14:30 – 16:30    Stuart Verity
Posture, Eyes, Movement and the Entheogenic Experience

How movement and stillness meditation and dancing are used within the Brazilian Ayahuasca lineages such as Santo Daime and Umbandaime. Ongoing daily meditation, movement and awareness practices for psyconaughtical health stability and integration.

Outline of Workshop Presentation

1. What are the subtle effects on the body, mind and awareness when Lying down, Sitting or Standing while in an Entheogenic meditative state?

2. How are the modalities of sitting, standing and coordinated line dancing used by the Brazilian Meistrei Irineu Ayahuasca/Daime lineages such as Santo Daime, Santo Alto?

3. How are the more freestyle, archetypal and spinning dances used during Santo Daime spirit incorporation works and Umbandaime Gira ceremonies?

4. How meditation in lying, sitting and standing, as well as moving meditations such as Tai Chi or Qi/Nei Gong movements can help as a daily practice for integrating higher Entheogenic insights and states into permanent traits.

Break
17:00 – 18:00    Skanda Gopal
PSY/QI

Take a moment to come back down to ground. This workshop involves a gentle foray into foundational Qi energy work, revealing the keys to manifesting, accessing and harnessing bio-energetic feedback rhythms. Using a selection of tools and techniques that are rooted in Zen and Buddhist traditions, participants will be led through a series of heart-centering exercises that facilitate a deepening of awareness through body-sensing, guided visualisation and breathwork. Honing in on the dynamic interplay between inner and outer states, these exercises allow the practitioner to be totally present and integrated within their own personal cosmology.

Break
18:30 – 20:00    Melissa Warner
Psychedelic Assisted Mindfulness: Altered States to Altered Traits

With these questions in mind, we will explore the concept of ‘psychedelic-assisted mindfulness’.

While altered states can open a portal, a new perspective, what is enduring? When do altered states lead to altered traits?

We will explore the relationship between meditation and psychedelics through history, within neural networks and in practice. We will learn how anyone can use biotech advances such as biofeedback, AR/VR and neurofeedback to support their process. The workshop will empower participants with a with a practical meditation practice adapted from the Dzogchen school of Buddhism for psychedelic preparation.

Close
WASSON WORKSHOPS (SMALL)
11:30 – 13:00    Sam Knot
Psychedelic Innocence and Experience

It seems to me that even the barest facts of life are like artistic climax, or epic epiphany, or ultra-scientific uber-wonder. It is simply astonishing even to exist, and the natural world is a joyride through uncontainable creative vision. We are magical monkeys with multiverses at our fingertips.

Yet this is a vision we can lose. Even though it might feel like the most natural thing in the world to be alive to life in this way, it is undeniably difficult to sustain and integrate such levels of openness, sensitivity, and wonder.

We might describe such heights in terms of "seeing the poetry of life" - yet poetry can suffer the same fate: meaning sometimes seems to just evaporate. But it waits. It lurks between the words, waiting for its equally creaturely dancing partner to animate and be animated.

William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience, in their seeming simplicity, embody this kind of "hiding in plain sight". In their innate music, and their writhing decoration, they might appear to actively resist death, waiting to burst into your life and SQUEEGEE YOUR THIRD EYE!

These poems are songs, and we know Blake himself would sing them, although the music was never written down. Various people have set them to music since, perhaps most notably Allen Ginsberg. I wish to introduce an approach to singing them spontaneously, letting them act in our bodies to reveal melodies. I personally still struggle to sing in front of people - it can be a profoundly nerve-wracking thing to bare ones soul in such a way! - yet I love to do it: singing has helped me so much in keeping my spirits up through troublesome times, and in progressively deepening the presence of my own psychedelic experiences.

For me it is not about singing well, so much as being able to express oneself naturally. I am no professional, but due to my own experimental processes I do have a basic approach, an attitude, that I can share with you. I am hoping to learn something too! There will be no pressure if you are too shy - the singing is just a way to add another dimension to the poetry - the most important thing will be bringing the book to life by performing from it however we feel comfortable, and exploring its meanings together.

We will treat the book as a deck of cards - a game of sorts - reading as much or as little into any synchronicities as we may wish. It sometimes seems there is as much poetry between the poems as there is *in* them...

Eternal delight!

Lunch
14:30 – 16:30    Hattie Wells & Svea Nielsen
Psychedelics and Parenting – A Sharing Circle

The vision for this is a well-held, non-judgemental sharing circle, where parents or carers, can come and openly discuss the ways in which they integrate their work with psychedelics or plant medicines with their family lives, their role as parents and how to navigate discussions with children, given the context of prohibition. Elders who have traversed this landscape will be sharing their experiences and lessons learned.

Close
WASSON WORKSHOPS (LARGE)
08:00 – 09:30    Akal Anand Kaur & Lani Rocillo
Kundalini Yoga Rebirth with Gong

In this workshop, you will be taken on a journey to connect with the source of your life force, gaining energy to activate all realms of your experience. Kundalini Yoga is a pure stream of ancient yogic practices designed to support and elevate the creative potential of all beings. The gong allows for entrainment into the vastness of the mystery beyond. Sound medicine harmonises dissonances in the physical, emotional, mental and etheric body. Facilitating the expansion of self awareness, compassionate perspective and balanced health.

09:30 – 11:00    Richard Spurgeon
Encounters with the Dark Side: Shadow-work and Light-play in Psychedelic Experience - A Therapeutic Discussion, Sharing and Support Workshop

Experiences of the dark side, of seemingly evil, negative and destructive forces and energies can be the most difficult of all psychedelic experiences to make sense of, work with and integrate. In this workshop we will explore the central importance of set and setting, re-contextualizing and transforming these types of experience in a safe and supportive environment, using an eco-psychospiritual therapeutic perspective. It will be a space for sharing, healing and inner transformation where we learn how to find their lessons and gifts as we open to our collective wisdom, to Spirit and to the healing power of Love.

Break
11:30 – 13:00    Philip Wolfson, Gita Vaid, Monica Winsor & Wesley Ryan
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)—Trance and Transformation - The First Legal Psychedelic Psychotherapy

Ketamine as an assisted psychotherapy is the first legally available psychedelic medicine in the toolbox. We have been developing KAP and training KAP practitioners—by year’s end 260 worldwide-- didactically and experientially in our methodology. Workshop participants will be presented with KAP’s potentialities, our methods of practice, the generation of psychedelic psychotherapy in the KAP process, and its utility and benefits for a variety of diagnoses and human dilemmas. We invite those qualified to train and administer KAP as a breakthrough modality. Our non-profit Ketamine Research Foundation contains the full human studies bibliography; our research projects, data collection process, and much more. Our just published first ever KAP study of 235 patients is available at the JoPD.

Lunch
14:30 – 16:30    Maria Papaspyrou
Workshop 1: Breaking Convention Systemic Constellation

Systemic Family Constellations is an experiential enquiry tool that reveals the hidden and systemic dynamics behind any given issue. It can be used for personal matters as well as for conceptual explorations. In this workshop we will create a three-dimensional living map of the various elements that obstruct or facilitate the legal regulation of drugs in the UK. The aim of the workshop is to experiment with movements that support the legislative legalisation of all drugs. This is an experiential and explorative workshop and we aim to get an experience and insights to further ponder on, rather than definitive answers.

The constellation will be held and facilitated by Maria Papaspyrou. The issue we will be working with will be framed and presented by Cara Lavan who is part of the Breaking Convention team. The rest of the group will hold the outer circle for the work and step in as and when appropriate, to represent various aspects of the system we will be looking into.

Break
17:00 – 18:00    Christa Mackinnon
Workshop for Women: The Archetypal Medicine Woman Within and her Role in the Paradigm Shift

The medicine woman is one of the most suppressed and persecuted archetypes in patriarchal history. She nevertheless often lies at the heart of women’s quests to re-claim and manifest their powers and embodied wisdom, coming increasingly into consciousness in one of her many aspects, such as the seer, the oracle, the sorceress, the shaman, the herbalist, the midwife, the spiritual feminine leader, the wild earth woman or the heroine. In this workshop we will utilise journeying, movement, drumming and other means to contact our specific inner wild medicine woman and discuss how we can embody her specific skills, develop and utilise them to step into our power and contribute to the necessary change. Bring a yoga mat and drum if you own one.

Break
13:30 – 15:00    Infinite Spirit Sounds
Psychedelic Yoga & Sound Meditation

Psychedelic Yoga equips participants with yogic techniques to prepare the body & mind for the psychedelic experience, whilst practicing tools which assist in navigation & integration. We will explore ‘intention setting’ (giving a focus for healing), postures (releasing tension and preparing for the journey), pranayama (quietening the mind & surrendering to the medicine), mantras & mudras (navigating planes of consciousness), philosophy & meditation (integrating the experience). The sound meditation is designed to facilitate enhanced states of consciousness & is created with 38” gongs, shamanic drumming, singing bowls, flutes, samples from nature, a loop station, overtoning & medicine songs.

Close
WASSON WORKSHOPS (SMALL)
11:30 – 13:00    Matthew Watkins
Maths for Psychonauts

The “Maths for Psychonauts” session is part freestyle performance maths lecture, part open-ended Q&A discussion. Bring your most profound questions of a mathematical nature, and we'll see where this goes! Previous workshops have been known to tangent off into philosophy, neuroscience, anthropology, physics, sociology and more. Common areas of interest in the psychonaut community tend to be infinity and transfinite numbers, fractals, e, pi, prime numbers, higher dimensions and “sacred geometry”, but Matthew is happy to talk about anything remotely mathematical, within the bounds of his knowledge.

Close
WASSON WORKSHOPS (LARGE)
08:00 – 09:30    William Rowlandson
Drumming Meditation

Repetitive rhythms have been employed across time and cultures for the purpose of entering altered states of consciousness. One well-documented method is the steady, quite rapid, beat of a large resonant drum. With practice and guidance, it is possible to navigate the dream-like state induced by such repetitive techniques and to follow the cascade of images towards a given objective. This may be for reflection, meditation or to summon healing energy for oneself or others, to focus on a particular dilemma, or to seek resolution to relationship difficulties.

In this workshop William will introduce the ancient story of the drum and its role in altered states of consciousness and we will introduce ourselves and share our intentions for the drum journeys ahead. You will be invited to lie comfortably, perhaps with eye shades, and to follow the steady beat of the large frame drum into the imaginal realm. This will be followed by gentle group reflection, followed by a new drum journey and further reflection.

09:30 – 11:30    Yakir Elkayam
A Meditative Journey into the Body’s Proprioception

Our senses act as the only intermediate gate between existence and the perception of the existence. The workshop will facilitate the setting required for enhanced experimentation in the interoceptive experience so that body patterns and mind itself can become more evident. The proprioception element, outlines the felt self at the present moment in the present place. The act of realising the felt body reveals the dynamic integration it has with the whole body and self. This bodily expression of the minds habitual patterns in the way we somatically hold our emotions and memories is then encouraged to manifest fully until it becomes exhausted and released through surrendering.

Break
11:30 – 13:00    Bernadette Martinez Hernandez
Ego Death for Beginners

This workshop introduces simple, yet powerful, exercises that gently generate small scale ego-dissolving experiences. By means of this gentle exploration, attendees expand their awareness, presence and ability to navigate mind and body during a peak experience (with and without entheogens). Exercises are designed to be safe and playful spaces for exploration; they range from awareness games to verbal interactions. Their key marker is their simplicity, a quality that allows them to be easily replicated and built into a self-discovery practice. Attendees expand their understanding of suitable practices for the preparation, navigation and integration of an ego dissolving experience.

Lunch
14:30 – 16:30    Ashleigh Murphy-Beiner & Alexander Beiner
Preparation and Integration for Psychedelic Experiences

This workshop will provide you with tools to help you stay centred and receptive during a psychedelic experience, and integrate it into your life afterwards. It will be led by Ashleigh Murphy-Beiner (psychedelic researcher and mindfulness instructor) and Alexander Beiner (Holistic Counsellor and workshop facilitator). We'll guide you through some simple techniques we've found to be effective, including meditation, inquiry and embodiment practices. Together, we'll drop into the present moment and tap into the wisdom of the body, learn how to flow with the unfolding process of integration in the weeks and months after, and explore why these are important skills.

Break
17:00 – 18:00    Maria Papaspyrou
Workshop 2: The Heroic Journey: A Map for Self Discovery and Integration

Life’s challenges, if successfully negotiated, they can help us grow and mature into a fuller version of ourselves. However, turning these times to fertile soil for our psychospiritual growth, requires us to navigate an inner journey that is as full of potential as it is of peril. This is the journey of integration we sometimes have to complete after a difficult psychedelic experience, or a life crisis of any kind.

These times require us to reach into our inner depths in order to support the shifts life calls on us to make. This experiential workshop is a combination of guided meditation and practices from systemic family constellations to support an embodied experience of the different phases of the heroic inner journey. Along the way we will explore tools and rituals that can support change when we find ourselves stuck on a particular part of the path. We will close the workshop with sharing and reflecting on the journey, whilst revising the main tools to take home to support our integration process, whether we are called to manage a psychedelic experience or a life crisis that calls on us to grow beyond who we already are.

Break
18:30 – 20:00    Mark Waking Light, Jenni Roditi and Alistair Smith
A Guided Journey into the Heart of a Transpersonal Psychedelic Experience

Once you see your original face, you cannot ever look away from its embrace. This workshop is a guided meditation, a poetic journey accompanied by harp music, taking you into the heart of a psychedelic mystical experience. This is an invitation to encounter transpersonal non-dual awareness, the essential shift from person to presence. Capturing the step-by-step process of how a life transforming experience unfolds, it is a true story of what happens when you come as a man treading a path winding through the forest and leave as the forest unwinding a path trodden by a man.

Close
WASSON WORKSHOPS (SMALL)
14:30 – 16:30    Luke Davis
Poetry as the Discovery of the Undiscovered

Here the focus will be on poetry as the discovery of the undiscovered,
the silence speaking, the secrets unfolding, and the membrane
between Here and There becoming ever more porous.

This is poetry as communication-
between the constituent parts of self
and between self and not-self,
the inside and the outside.

Here we will learn to listen to the silence, to speak to silence, to have silence
answer back.

We will learn to turn the dial and move through the frequencies, tuning in to
broadcasts and transcribing what we hear.

We will try to separate signal from noise, 'Frustrator' from 'Instructor'
sense from nonsense, and then we will look again and ask if perhaps,
hidden in the noise, is more signal, if sense does not sometimes
disguise itself as nonsense and truth sometimes speak in riddles.

To both pay attention to the surface manifestations and to dive down into the depths
and to ask, for every communique we receive and transcribe

"Who's voice is this? Who or what am I speaking to?"

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