Alexander Beiner
Co-founder of both Rebel Wisdom and Open Meditation

Why We Must Never Talk About Psychedelics

For thousands of years, psychedelics were often available only to those initiated into a sacred tradition. In the 1960’s, they burst into mainstream culture, leaving a powerful but controversial legacy. Now they’re gaining popularity in a post-truth world facing existential crises. Narcissism runs rampant in politics and culture, social media is driving us mad, while Silicon Valley execs fly to Ayahuasca retreats to get an edge on the competition. Drawing on Rebel Wisdom interviews with leading psychedelic voices, this talk asks whether psychedelics still can still change culture – and whether they belong in the mainstream at all.

Alexander Beiner is a writer, facilitator and cultural commentator. He's the co-founder of Rebel Wisdom, a media platform and retreats organisation. and of Open Meditation, a non-religious meditation school based in London. He's also the author of a novel on shamanism, and a member of the Breaking Convention committee.

Alexander is especially interested in the intersection between psychedelics and meditation, and how both can be used together safely for personal growth. This was the subject of an article in the 2015 Breaking Convention book 'Neurotransmissions.' which outlined an approach called TTI (Train, Trip, Integrate).

He regularly discusses psychedelics and interviews key figures in the psychedelic community on Rebel Wisdom, and is currently exploring the role psychedelics can play in an increasingly polarised culture.