- May 5, 2018
- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Explore the roles that natural psychoactive substances like Ayahuasca, Peyote, and Magic Mushrooms play in indigenous history, contemporary culture and consciousness. Psychedelic plant and mushroom rituals are part of our ancient relationship to nature and are being increasingly adopted as a means of spiritual exploration. Learn more about the function of botanical beings in our collective story and how ancient psychedelic traditions are evolving in the 21st century.
With fascinating information, historical insight, creative speculation, and dialogue, participants unearth a new way of thinking about the deep and complex relationship humans have with magical plants.
Kathleen Harrison, MA, is an independent scholar and teacher of ethnobotany. She focuses particularly on the way that various native cultures perceive nature, and how they exhibit that in story, ritual and healing. Psychedelic plant and mushroom rituals are part of that relationship to nature.
Since the 1970s, she has done recurrent fieldwork in Mesoamerica, the Amazon Basin, the West Coast subcultures, and Pacific islands, and is a published author and photographer. She is the president of Botanical Dimensions, a non-profit organization, which she founded with her former husband, Terence McKenna, in 1985. Through BD, she has studied medicinal and shamanic species and practices, and the lore that helps us understand them. She founded BD's active Ethnobotany Library in Occidental, Sonoma County, CA, where she currently teaches daylong workshops in a variety of topics.
She has taught field courses in South America and Hawaii for various universities, and often gives international presentations. She helps her students understand the nature-based worldviews of traditional cultures, how to see and identify plants, how to use plants and fungi in healing and ritual, their role in the human story, and our species' ancient role as stewards of nature.