WHAT IS BEYOND EXPERIENCE?

Beyond Experience is a self-awareness course. In this course we teach a comprehensive set of methods that helps to deal with changing states of consciousness. A successful handling of such states can be called “integration”. Integration is a process of learning from extraordinary experiences. These experiences can have a positive, easy to accept character (e.g. the experience of being connected to the surrounding nature) or represent a challenge through their strangeness and emotional intensity (e.g. in trauma). However, we also understand integration as a value-based attitude with which we approach these experiences – be they spontaneous, triggered by psychedelic substances or non-pharmacological methods such as breathwork.

WHAT AWAITS YOU?

In BEYOND EXPERIENCE the participants will be instructed to work on their own values that can positively change the personal handling of “psychedelic experiences”. This can involve achieving “wholeness”, i.e. bringing different parts of the self into a well-functioning relationship with each other.
The workshop takes place every day from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

WHAT IS THE THEORETICAL BACKGROUND?

BEYOND EXPERIENCE is based on the theories and methods of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). This serves as a scientifically founded frame of reference in dealing with psychedelic experiences. The term “psychedelic” can be translated as “manifesting the mind”. Such experience can show us something about ourselves and our way of being in the world.

After our integration team conducted five pilot groups in 2018 and 2019, we now offer the integration program BEYOND EXPERIENCE in its final format. We have carefully created a multi-day group process through experimentation and feedback, which serves to enable a deeper understanding of one’s own psychedelic processes and to prepare for possible future experiences with expanded states of consciousness.

We do not only work with knowledge transfer, but actively practice the change between different states of consciousness (especially the change between ego-states) and their interpretations. The aim is to provide each participant with an individual set of methods that will make it easier to follow a personal path of development and increase one’s own well-being.

The methods in the course range from variations of automatic writing, intensive music trances, working with self-aspects, hypnotherapeutic trance journeys to mindfulness meditation practices.

There are theoretical sessions on substance-related topics, set and setting, trip sitting and basic concepts for understanding “integration”. This is all part of a strong and beneficial self-awareness process in the group.

PREPARATION

Each participant fills in a medical form so that possible contraindications regarding the intensive context of self-awareness can be checked in advance. This includes psychological conditions such as psychotic episodes or severe PTSD or physical complications such as epilepsy or heart disease. If you have any questions about your suitability for participation, we will contact you to suggest suitable activities or therapists if necessary.

FAQS

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the MIND Integration Program BEYOND EXPERIENCE.

IMPORTANT

No psychoactive substances are used in this course. “Integration” is not a code word, but a process, a state and an attitude that contributes to a meaningful handling of altered states of consciousness.

REGISTRATION FEES

Early Bird prices available until 31st of July.

The registration fee includes participation in one of the MIND Integration Process groups on the specified days, print material, most of the artistic material used in the workshop, as well as drinks (juice and water) and snacks during the workshop. Meals and coffee are not included. Participation cannot be distribute their presence to different BEYOND EXPERIENCE groups.

Participation fee: between 500€ and 750€ – for 5 days. We look forward to your participation. You can purchase reduced Early Bird tickets if you book in time.

Between Science and Eco-Awareness: Bringing the Lab to Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca left the amazon half a century ago and as it spreads we hear stories of love and redemption in syncretic religions, drug tourism, psychedelic science, shamanism and eco-awareness. The social narratives seem as diverse as the effects’ in an individual can be. Some feel connected to life and the universe, others may struggle with strangely challenging experiences about death and dying. Meanwhile, biomedical researchers around the world investigate the brew’s therapeutic potentials: cerebral organoids, animals models, EEG and clinical trials. With biomedicine’s results’ being increasingly used to propose ayahuasca as a new psychiatric drug, it is time to critically examine the epistemic authority conferred to biomedicine regarding the therapeutic potentials of this amerindian medicine and the consequences of this movement. Just one of the many indications now under biomedical scrutiny, depression, affects 300 million people worldwide, has high overall prevalence internationally (around 6 %), and is estimated by the WHO to become the first cause of the burden of disease by 2030. It has high direct and indirect medical costs, with an economic burden estimated in 200 billion dollars in the USA alone. This inserts this ancient, indigenous medicinal practice into a billionaire pharmaceutical market. Can ayahuasca be sustainably developed using the mainstream biomedical approach and pharmaceutical markets, while the ecological and socio-economic situation in the Amazon quickly aggravates? Or has this process already violated indigenous rights, with other potentially negative consequences for the forest and its people? In this talk I will explore why a new, epistemically just research and development program about ayahuasca, respectful of indigenous rights, is essential to turn it into a genuine amerindian biotechnology. I will show some of the first steps already taken in this effort and propose that inserting ayahuasca into Amazonia 4.0 and sharing the benefits with the people who use it for millenia can allow preservation and sustainable development to coexist for its people, from which we all depend to maintain a stable climate in order to thrive in the anthropocene.

 

About Eduardo Schenberg, PhD

Dr. Eduardo Schenberg is a Brazilian neuroscientist studying ayahuasca and psychedelics for almost twenty years, from the inside looking out and from the outside looking in. He has a Bachelor in Biomedicine (2002), a Master in Psychopharmacology (2005), a PhD in Neuroscience (2010) and is a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator. Author of ayahuasca, ibogaine and MDMA studies and co-author of LSD neuroimaging, Eduardo now pioneers psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy in Brazil and leads an international cooperation together with Tomas Palenicek and his team at Nudz.cz to study Nixi Pae (aka ayahuasca) with the Huni Kui people in the heart of the enchanted Amazon forest.

 

Event in the MIND Academy’s Forum Bewusstseinskultur

The Forum Bewusstseinskultur includes events that address a general public. Usually there is no or low requirement for technical terminology. The Forum Bewusstseinskultur strives for connecting science and culture. We seek to establish an evidence-based culture of consciousness. The Forum Bewusstseinskultur integrates first and third person perspectives on consciousness and particularly the psychedelic experience. Click HERE for more information about the MIND Academy and its four different tracks.

Box office tickets at event time include a +2 € handling fee for everybody who pays in cash.
For low income validation, please send via e-mail a photo/scan of your student card / Hartz IV notice to [email protected] (just answer to the confirmation mail after you ordered).

Please arrive 15-30 min. before the event so we can have a smooth check-in.

WHAT IS BEYOND EXPERIENCE?

Beyond Experience is a self-awareness course. In this course we teach a comprehensive set of methods that helps to deal with changing states of consciousness. A successful handling of such states can be called “integration”. Integration is a process of learning from extraordinary experiences. These experiences can have a positive, easy to accept character (e.g. the experience of being connected to the surrounding nature) or represent a challenge through their strangeness and emotional intensity (e.g. in trauma). However, we also understand integration as a value-based attitude with which we approach these experiences – be they spontaneous, triggered by psychedelic substances or non-pharmacological methods such as breathwork.

WHAT AWAITS YOU?

In BEYOND EXPERIENCE the participants will be instructed to work on their own values that can positively change the personal handling of “psychedelic experiences”. This can involve achieving “wholeness”, i.e. bringing different parts of the self into a well-functioning relationship with each other.
The workshop takes place every day from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

WHAT IS THE THEORETICAL BACKGROUND?

BEYOND EXPERIENCE is based on the theories and methods of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). This serves as a scientifically founded frame of reference in dealing with psychedelic experiences. The term “psychedelic” can be translated as “manifesting the mind”. Such experience can show us something about ourselves and our way of being in the world.

After our integration team conducted five pilot groups in 2018 and 2019, we now offer the integration program BEYOND EXPERIENCE in its final format. We have carefully created a multi-day group process through experimentation and feedback, which serves to enable a deeper understanding of one’s own psychedelic processes and to prepare for possible future experiences with expanded states of consciousness.

We do not only work with knowledge transfer, but actively practice the change between different states of consciousness (especially the change between ego-states) and their interpretations. The aim is to provide each participant with an individual set of methods that will make it easier to follow a personal path of development and increase one’s own well-being.

The methods in the course range from variations of automatic writing, intensive music trances, working with self-aspects, hypnotherapeutic trance journeys to mindfulness meditation practices.

There are theoretical sessions on substance-related topics, set and setting, trip sitting and basic concepts for understanding “integration”. This is all part of a strong and beneficial self-awareness process in the group.

PREPARATION

Each participant fills in a medical form so that possible contraindications regarding the intensive context of self-awareness can be checked in advance. This includes psychological conditions such as psychotic episodes or severe PTSD or physical complications such as epilepsy or heart disease. If you have any questions about your suitability for participation, we will contact you to suggest suitable activities or therapists if necessary.

FAQS

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the MIND Integration Program BEYOND EXPERIENCE.

IMPORTANT

No psychoactive substances are used in this course. “Integration” is not a code word, but a process, a state and an attitude that contributes to a meaningful handling of altered states of consciousness.

REGISTRATION FEES

Early Bird prices available until 25th of September.

The registration fee includes participation in one of the MIND Integration Process groups on the specified days, print material, most of the artistic material used in the workshop, as well as drinks (juice and water) and snacks during the workshop. Meals and coffee are not included. Participation cannot be distribute their presence to different BEYOND EXPERIENCE groups.

Participation fee: between 500€ and 750€ – for 5 days. We look forward to your participation. You can purchase reduced Early Bird tickets if you book in time.

Psychedelic States and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Synergies, Opportunities, and Challenges

On Friday Dec 6th, 2019 at 7.30 pm, the MIND Academy invites you to a public talk by Dr. Max Wolff, followed by a panel on “Psychedelic States and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Synergies, Opportunities, and Challenges” with Dr. Max Wolff, Dr. Ricarda Evens, and Dipl.-Psych. Hanspeter Eckert. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Henrik Jungaberle. Contributions from the audience are welcome.

How do psychedelic-assisted treatments for mental disorders work? Can psychedelic therapy be understood from a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) perspective? Is CBT a useful therapeutic framework for psychedelic interventions? How could CBT benefit from incorporating psychedelic interventions?

In recent years, several early-phase clinical trials have provided evidence that psychedelic therapy – the carefully controlled administration of psychedelics such as psilocybin, LSD, or ayahuasca in a professional clinical setting – can be an effective treatment for various mental disorders including depression, anxiety disorders, and addiction. Qualitative patient interviews suggest that psychedelic therapy works by helping patients overcome pathological patterns of experiential avoidance, thus promoting healthy acceptance of feelings, thoughts, and sensations. So far, the psychological mechanisms underlying such change remain largely unclear. In his short talk, Max Wolff will present a novel conceptual model that may contribute to filling this knowledge gap. Accordingly, synergies between psychedelics’ acute pharmacological action and favorable context factors that are purposefully established in psychedelic therapy create a special learning environment that is uniquely suited for inducing the same acceptance-promoting learning processes that are also targeted by CBT.

The following panel will discuss implications for research and clinical practice, and more broadly, address opportunities and challenges on the path towards a fruitful integration between psychedelic states and CBT.

About Max Wolff

Dr. rer. nat. Max Wolff is a clinical psychologist and addiction researcher at the University of Dresden. His research is concerned with processes of behavior change, and focuses on self-control failures in addictive disorders. As a clinical psychologist, he works with cognitive behavioral therapy and is inclined towards acceptance-based approaches. Max Wolff is an active member of the MIND Foundation. He is involved in research projects about long-term responses to psychedelics and psilocybin-assisted treatment of depression.

About Ricarda Evens

Dr. rer. nat. Ricarda Evens is a psychologist and psychotherapist trained in cognitive behavioral therapy. She received her PhD from the University of Dresden where she investigated the interaction of disease and treatment effects in the development of cognitive symptoms in Parkinson’s disease. Her current research is concerned with the further development of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. As a psychotherapist, she works with patients suffering from trauma-related, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

About Hanspeter Eckert

Dipl.-Psych. Hanspeter Eckert is a psychologist and lead psychotherapist at Kokon, Verein für ambulante Drogentherapie, an outpatient addiction treatment center in Berlin. He has extensive experience in the treatment of a wide range of mental disorders, and has worked with patients addicted to illicit drugs in inpatient and outpatient settings since 1993. He is influenced by a diverse set of therapeutic schools including psychodrama, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy, as well as his own longstanding practice in meditation and yoga. His current work at Kokon involves the use of holotropic breathwork, which he considers an effective tool for helping patients (re-)connect with their own values and make corresponding behavior changes.

About Henrik Jungaberle

Dr. sc. hum. Henrik Jungaberle is a public health, drug, and prevention researcher. His focus is on human development, integration, and integrity in the use of psychoactive substances – and shaping this on the individual, social and political level. He develops and implements strategies to minimize the negative consequences of alcohol and other drug use. On the other hand, he works on strategies to sustain and improve health through the professional application of psychedelic substances. He has worked at the Institute of Medical Psychology, University Hospital Heidelberg, for 18 years (1996-2014) where he conducted and lead EU- and DFG-financed research on salutogenesis and psychoactive substances. With his teams he built programs like REBOUND (drug education) and BEYOND EXPERIENCE (psychedelic integration and harm reduction). Henrik Jungaberle is director and co-founder of the MIND Foundation.

 

Event in the MIND Academy’s Forum Bewusstseinskultur

“Scientific research programs on consciousness and its neurofunctional correlates could be greatly optimized if researchers were well travelled in phenomenal state space, if they were cultivated in terms of the richness of their own inner experience as well.“
Prof. Dr. Thomas Metzinger

The Forum Bewusstseinskultur includes events that address a general public. Usually there is no or low requirement for technical terminology. The Forum Bewusstseinskultur strives for connecting science and culture. We seek to establish an evidence-based culture of consciousness. The Forum Bewusstseinskultur integrates first and third person perspectives on consciousness and particularly the psychedelic experience. Click HERE for more information about the MIND Academy and its four different tracks.

Important information

Location: MIND Foundation @betahaus, Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 23, 10969 Berlin, 1. floor

For low income validation, please send via e-mail a photo/scan of your student card/Hartz IV notice to [email protected] (just answer to the confirmation mail after you ordered).

Please arrive 30-45 min. before the event so we can have a smooth check-in.

Psychedelic Medicines: A Paradigm Shift from Pharmacological Substitution Towards Transformation-Based Psychiatry

Clinical evidence shows that psychedelic medicines have the potential to accelerate psychotherapeutic change processes in supportive settings and resolve mental health problems related to anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress and addictive behaviors. While ketamine and psilocybin have been researched extensively in the past decades, the plant medicine ayahuasca currently stimulates a tremendous public and scientific interest. Beyond its traditional indigenous use in the Amazon, ayahuasca is currently spreading all over the world as an alternative plant medicine in various ritualistic contexts. This rapid dissemination coincides with the observational evidence that ayahuasca facilitates transformative processes with beneficial health outcomes.

In my talk, I will review the adaptogenic effects of psychedelic medicines on body, brain and mind from the perspective of contemporary neuroscience. Next, I will discuss the potential of psychedelics to shift the paradigm from substitution to transformation-based psychotherapy. This novel treatment framework is less focused on specific symptoms and their substitution by means of psychotropic drugs, but rather aims at directly resolving underlying maladaptive processes. Finally, the challenges of intercultural knowledge transfer and future research directions of developing pharmahuasca applications for integrative mental healthcare will be discussed.

 

About Dr. med. Milan Scheidegger

Milan Scheidegger is a resident physician at the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics (University of Zurich), who aims at developing „Transformational Psychotherapy“ as a novel and paradigm-changing treatment approach that advocates a shift from pharmacological substitution towards integrative transformational healthcare.

 

Event in the MIND Academy’s Forum Bewusstseinskultur

The Forum Bewusstseinskultur includes events that address a general public. Usually there is no or low requirement for technical terminology. The Forum Bewusstseinskultur strives for connecting science and culture. We seek to establish an evidence-based culture of consciousness. The Forum Bewusstseinskultur integrates first and third person perspectives on consciousness and particularly the psychedelic experience. Click HERE for more information about the MIND Academy and its four different tracks.

 

You can buy reduced Early Bird tickets till 06th of August. From 30th of November on Late Bird tickets (+20 %) will be sold, as well as box office tickets at event time (+2 € handling fee for everybody who pays in cash).
For low income validation, please send via e-mail a photo/scan of your student card / Hartz IV notice to [email protected] (just answer to the confirmation mail after you ordered).
Please arrive 15-30 min. before the event so we can have a smooth check-i

Do psilocybin, LSD and MDMA gain medical significance after all?

The worldwide increase in mental illnesses such as depression and substance use disorders represents a serious crisis (WHO Mental Health Action Plan): 13% of the “global burden of disease” is attributable to mental health diagnoses. Effective psychotherapy is not available or only available to a limited extent for some disorders and the development of new psychiatric drugs with fewer side effects has almost been abandoned by the pharma-industry.

In this situation, more than 30 universities worldwide are conducting research into psychedelics-assisted treatment of depression, addiction, anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder – with astonishing interim results so far. In Germany, too, universities are setting out to research such therapies, which have now been approved for evaluation by the US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) as breakthrough therapies. Prejudices and the memory of accidents in the context of esoteric underground therapies still determine the attitude of doctors, psychotherapists and the press in this country.

What contributes to rationalisation here and at the same time fulfils the ethical obligation to help patients? How could psychedelics-assisted therapy take a serious and effectively-oriented place in the health care system and even contribute to the renewal of psychiatry? Do the same risks to public health arise here as from the widespread, non-medically prescribed use of tranquilizers, stimulants and opiates – or how could this be prevented?

The talks is a starter for those who have never heard about this emerging field of medicine or want to update their knowledge of what is happening in the so called psychedelic renaissance. We will touch some basic research, therapeutic application and public health issues. There will be time to discuss the interesting and critical topics around the history, current research and future implementation of psychedelic substances in medicine and society.

 

WHAT IS BEYOND EXPERIENCE?

Beyond Experience is a self-awareness course. In this course we teach a comprehensive set of methods that helps to deal with changing states of consciousness. A successful handling of such states can be called “integration”. Integration is a process of learning from extraordinary experiences. These experiences can have a positive, easy to accept character (e.g. the experience of being connected to the surrounding nature) or represent a challenge through their strangeness and emotional intensity (e.g. in trauma). However, we also understand integration as a value-based attitude with which we approach these experiences – be they spontaneous, triggered by psychedelic substances or non-pharmacological methods such as breathwork.

WHAT AWAITS YOU?

In BEYOND EXPERIENCE the participants will be instructed to work on their own values that can positively change the personal handling of “psychedelic experiences”. This can involve achieving “wholeness”, i.e. bringing different parts of the self into a well-functioning relationship with each other.
The workshop takes place every day from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Last day, April 14th – will start at 1 pm until 9 pm.

WHAT IS THE THEORETICAL BACKGROUND?

BEYOND EXPERIENCE is based on the theories and methods of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). This serves as a scientifically founded frame of reference in dealing with psychedelic experiences. The term “psychedelic” can be translated as “manifesting the mind”. Such experience can show us something about ourselves and our way of being in the world.

After our integration team conducted five pilot groups in 2018 and 2019, we now offer the integration program BEYOND EXPERIENCE in its final format. We have carefully created a multi-day group process through experimentation and feedback, which serves to enable a deeper understanding of one’s own psychedelic processes and to prepare for possible future experiences with expanded states of consciousness.

We do not only work with knowledge transfer, but actively practice the change between different states of consciousness (especially the change between ego-states) and their interpretations. The aim is to provide each participant with an individual set of methods that will make it easier to follow a personal path of development and increase one’s own well-being.

The methods in the course range from variations of automatic writing, intensive music trances, working with self-aspects, hypnotherapeutic trance journeys to mindfulness meditation practices.

There are theoretical sessions on substance-related topics, set and setting, trip sitting and basic concepts for understanding “integration”. This is all part of a strong and beneficial self-awareness process in the group.

PREPARATION

Each participant fills in a medical form so that possible contraindications regarding the intensive context of self-awareness can be checked in advance. This includes psychological conditions such as psychotic episodes or severe PTSD or physical complications such as epilepsy or heart disease. If you have any questions about your suitability for participation, we will contact you to suggest suitable activities or therapists if necessary.

FAQS

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the MIND Integration Program BEYOND EXPERIENCE.

IMPORTANT

No psychoactive substances are used in this course. “Integration” is not a code word, but a process, a state and an attitude that contributes to a meaningful handling of altered states of consciousness.

REGISTRATION FEES

Early Bird prices available until 13th of March.

The registration fee includes participation in one of the MIND Integration Process groups on the specified days, print material, most of the artistic material used in the workshop, as well as drinks (juice and water), snacks and lunch everyday during the workshop. Other meals and coffee are not included. Participation cannot be distribute their presence to different BEYOND EXPERIENCE groups.

Participation fee: between 600€ and 850€ – for 5 days. We look forward to your participation. You can purchase reduced Early Bird tickets if you book in time.

Within the last century we have come up with modern remedies and solutions for many situations that were desolate and unescapable before. Often antibiotics prevent death from diseases that were considered fatal in the past. Worn out hips can be replaced and modern clinical medicine almost seems to be working miracles. But just almost.

At the end of the day, the essential questions are still the same as they have been in preceding millennia. We all come to face death, the inevitability of our own end and the loss of those we love.

Our culture has outsourced the physical processes of birth and death to hospitals and nursing homes. These and other essential experiences no longer naturally come to us as we turn into adults. Many people live their lives without ever really coming face to face with the realization that they, too, are dying bit by bit every day and are eventually headed towards individual extinction.

In this cultural paradigm of negligence concerning death, age and disease, many people are thoroughly unprepared when they face a fatal disease, tumor or accident. Since the essential questions “How do I want to grow old and die?“ and “How can I cope with the existential fear of dying?“ have never been asked, there are no answers when the are desperately needed. People often feel alone, desolate and in despair in the face of disease and death.

Psychedelics have often shown their ability to allow us glimpse beyond the curtain of taboo and fear to do with death and dying. They allow for changes in perspective and help to adjust and clarify what is really important for the individual. The altered states of consciousness surrounding the use of psychedelics have been described similarly to those accompanying (conscious) death processes.

Several of the very successful contemporary scientific studies on classic psychedelics like LSD and psilocybin have been conducted with patients suffering from anxiety to do with terminal illness – often leading to patients reporting a growing sense of calm and lessened fearfulness concerning their immanent deaths.

Bridging the gap between academic medicine and holistic approaches on death with a special emphasis on the psychedelic state and its possible learnings , our team of facilitators will draw from their broad scope of experience on how altered states of consciousness and especially the psychedelic experience can help us come to terms with our own existential limitation and mortality, including aspects of secular spirituality and personal observations.


ABOUT DR. MED. ANDREA JUNGABERLE

Dr. med. Andrea Jungaberle (previous Zeuch) is a medical doctor living and working in Berlin. She is specialized in Emergency Medicine and works mainly in Intensive Care. She has facilitated workshops on Psychedelic Integration with Dr. Henrik Jungaberle since 2015. Her interests in altered states of consciousness range from psychedelics over breathwork to yoga with a focus on integrative practises. She is one of the founders of MIND European Foundation for Psychedelic Science and a member of the Swiss Association for Psycholytic Studies (SÄPT). She is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, participated in the MAPS training for MDMA assisted therapy and involved in scientific projects on the nature of expanded states of consciousness.

Psychedelics are purported to change people’s minds, sometimes in unexpected ways. However, is it possible they change your political perspective? If so, does this effect occur in every situation and for every political background?

After reading an article giving examples of extreme right-wing usage of psychedelics, we became intrigued. Most people answer the above questions with a resounding Aye; should they?

Join us for this open discussion to explore these questions! After a short introduction into the topic and the different perspectives, MIND staff will pose questions to you and moderated the conversation. Together, we hope to engage in deep thought and discover what it is about the psychedelic experience, if at all, that changes your political orientation. Perhaps the forming of your own political views will become better understood…

This event is free of charge and invites anyone to attend. Register HERE.


The discussion will be moderated by Lukas Basedow, Patrick Wentorp, and Andy Meijer. Their backgrounds are in, respectively, neurobiology, philosophy, and neuropsychology.

Neuro and biofeedback technologies can help highlight the various states of awareness that underlie the positive outcomes associated with meditative practices and psychedelic therapies.

My focus as a neurofeedback therapist is one of working with clients from a perspective of “state awareness”. Psychedelics are “state” shifting medicines, therefore I believe that the use of neurofeedback inspired individuals exploring various, states better acquaint themselves with the human capacity to state shift in general.  

Meditation and psychedelic inspired neurofeedback modalities offer direct experience of how attention alters states, which can offer support toward preparing individuals for the psychedelic experiences, by helping to reduce the preoccupation (i.e. monkey mind) often associated with challenging psychedelic experiences, while simultaneously increasing a state experience of embodied surrender, associated with an increase in mystical experiences.

Beyond this, neurofeedback therapies also offer a method to support the integration of psychedelic sessions, as the afterglow state can sometimes become dimmed and lost if not rehearsed and therefore maintained via state therapy support.

This webinar offers an overview of the four specific styles of meditation:

(1) Focus: Voluntary control of attention and cognitive processes;
(2) 
Mindfulness: Non-judgmental awareness of the present moment;
(3) 
Open Heart: Feelings of compassion for self and others;
(4) 
Quiet Mind: Spacious awareness and expanded consciousness — that are based on the role of attention, intention, brainwave states and the brain regions involved. 

We will also touch on how and why various styles work with various mental health conditions, including ADHD, anxiety and chronic stress, depression, personality disorders, or PTSD and how to learn to self assess and direct your own meditation practice based on your personal goals, inclusive of goals related to psychedelic preparation and integration.

ABOUT HEATHER HARGRAVES

Heather Hargraves, MA is a trauma therapist and researcher in London, Ontario, Canada. Heather specializes in the use of neuro and biofeedback technologies to support a broad range of neurologically and/or psychologically traumatized clients within her clinical practice. 

The revival of psychedelic research and therapies in the last decade has resulted in a growing number of publications from the medical sciences and psychology. This discourse is accompanied by a vivid and more debate on the philosophy of psychedelic states, on identity and gender politics around psychedelics, a rapidly evolving psychedelic industry and last but not least new social movements crystallising around psychedelic spiritualities and religions.

Which perspectives on being human are emerging from these often contradictory psychedelic perspectives and movements? Moreover, are there glimpses on a psychedelic-inspired humanism that we can see in these debate? Is this a possible position at all: a humanism (traditionally emphasizing the agency of humans as opposed to gods, traditions, ideologies etc.) and psychedelic experience (often focussed on – a discourse about – the experience of unity, oneness, no-self)? There are many contradictions and paradoxes to discuss. 

The debate between Nicolas Langlitz and Henrik Jungaberle will evolve around a number of general questions and is loosely structured by the topics below.

This talk was initially scheduled as an onsite public talk by Nicolas Langlitz, but due to Coronavirus situation we decided to move it online and transform it into a debate between the two researchers involved. Join us for an evening of profound explorations into the open horizon of the emerging psychedelic discourse.

 

ABOUT PROF. DR. NICOLAS LANGLITZ

Nicolas Langlitz is an anthropologist and historian of science who uses ethnographic fieldwork to think through philosophical questions. He wrote three books: Chimpanzee Culture Wars: Rethinking Human Nature alongside Japanese, European, and American Cultural Primatologists (forthcoming), Neuropsychedelia: The Revival of Hallucinogen Research since the Decade of the Brain (2012), and Die Zeit der Psychoanalyse: Lacan und das Problem der Sitzungsdauer (2005). He is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research in New York.

PRESENTATION

This talk will give an overview over the specific alterations within brain functioning and attachment patterns that contribute to the chronic course of trauma-related disorders. A special focus will be put on the phenomena of traumatic dissociation, which can be found in both the individual and society. The psychedelic experience appears to be a tool of developing “co-consciousness”, which is a first important step to achieve the realization of “what is”. Once realization is achieved, the individual experience can be integrated into a holistic view, which is mandatory to overcome trauma. However, integration is a never-ending dynamic process that takes place both in the individual and collective consciousness. Therefore, efforts to improve prevention and treatment of trauma-related disorders can only be undertaken within this interplay between the individual and the societal experience. The psychedelic movement in research and medicine has to pay special attention to these reciprocal interactions. This is of particular importance when it comes to consider the question whether the psychedelic experience will be part of a transformative process as an object or as an agent of this process.


ABOUT DR. MED. ANSGAR ROUGEMONT-BÜCKING

Ansgar Rougemont-Bücking, Dr med, is a psychiatrist, EMDR therapist, addiction specialist and researcher in the field of stress-related disorders. He works in private practice in Vevey and at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. At the moment he runs a research project aiming to measure the neurophysiological reactivity in patients suffering from professional stress and to assess effects of an ACT-MBCT group intervention on this reactivity.

 

EVENT IN THE MIND ACADEMY’S FORUM BEWUSSTSEINSKULTUR

The Forum Bewusstseinskultur includes events that address a general public. Usually there is no or low requirement for technical terminology. The Forum Bewusstseinskultur strives for connecting science and culture. We seek to establish an evidence-based culture of consciousness. The Forum Bewusstseinskultur integrates first and third person perspectives on consciousness and particularly the psychedelic experience. Click HERE for more information about the MIND Academy and its four different tracks.

For low income validation, please send via e-mail a photo/scan of your student card / Hartz IV notice to [email protected] (just answer to the confirmation mail after you ordered).