An ongoing series of experiential workshops – expanding the capacities of our normal wake state

The Exploratorium is an ongoing series of experiential workshops. It allows both subjective (self-)exploration and scientific inquiry into a large variety of methods that may induce altered states of consciousness (ASC).

By (self-)exploration we mean learning about your self in a profoundly subjective and individual manner. In the workshops we encourage you to improve your skills to describe the phenomena that you experience in words and art (the so called 1st person perspective).

During the same session we encourage you to look at your experience from a 3rd person perspective or help others to do so. That is what we mean by inquiry. This is usually done by using validated questionnaires, third-party-observation and occasionally physiological devices (heart beat, skin resistance etc.). This data will be stored savely and anonymously on our servers and may serve as pilot studies for more formal research contexts (as in laboratory contexts with EEG, fNIRS, fMRT etc.). The database is open for MIND members.

The Exploratorium is facilitated by experienced therapists and trainers. Anybody interested in exploring this topic (who is in a stable state of mind!) is invited to participate. Participation is free of charge for MIND members.

The Exploratorium is not a therapy and will not substitute a treatment.

Sign up for the next Exploratorium workshops

If you’re interested in both experiencing and inquiry into your experience you are welcome to one or more of our Exploratorium workshops.  Sign up for the MIND newsletter and receive updates about these and other events of the MIND Foundation. Go to the MIND Academy website – or write an email to: info@mind-foundation.org

Methods

ASC-methods that we use in the MIND Exploratorium reach from repetitive music and dance, immersive breathing (like Holotropic or Transpersonal Breathwork), hypnagogic induction methods, different forms of meditation to legal psychoactive substances.

Research methods that we use for documenting include phenomenological description, focus interviews, questionnaires and physiological measurements. This data will only be stored and used for pilot-study purposes, if you explicitly agree to this in written form.

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