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Join Breaking Convention for a day of conversations on psychedelia

Europe’s leading conference on psychedelics will take place Saturday, 2 July.

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Join Breaking Convention for a day of conversations on psychedelia

Breaking Convention’s 11th conference, Worlds Collide, will feature themed panel discussions, art exhibitions and stalls.

Featuring some of the leading minds in psychedelia, Breaking Convention Worlds Collide will explore the creative tension points in the world of psychedelics. 

Themed talks at the event aim to encourage exchanges of perspectives and instigate interesting conversations. 

Speakers at the conference include The Beckley Foundation’s Amanda Fielding, founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelics Studies (MAPS) Rick Doblin, leading researcher, Robin Carhart-Harris, author of Entangled Life, Merlin Sheldrake, clinical director of the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London, David Erritzoe, and many more.

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Themes of discussion include:

  • Safety and danger: Looking at how psychedelics can both help and hinder, and what’s being left out of the mainstream conversation.
  • Clinics and churches: Traversing the tensions between spiritual, clinical and personal use of psychedelics.
  • Money and meaning: Unboxing psychedelic capitalism, mainstreaming and different models of reciprocity and ethical funding.
  • Alternative futures: Identifying possible ways the psychedelic renaissance could evolve, the different values at play, and whether psychedelics can lead to cultural change.
  • A final unifying panel: Bringing together a multi-disciplinary group of speakers to explore what a synthesis looks like in the complex psychedelic ecosystem.

Awakn Life Science’s co-founder and head of psychedelic medicine, who will be speaking at the conference, stated: “The last few years in the psychedelic community landscape have been dramatic and transformational. We are now moving away from mere academia and research towards developing real and meaningful treatment programmes for patients within mainstream public health forums.

“For me, this has meant forming Awakn Life Sciences [Revolutionary Treatments for Addiction], a new biotech psychedelic company developing, researching and delivering psychedelic therapies through a growing network of high street clinics in the UK and Europe.

“I look forward to discussing how these rapid changes in the wake of the Psychedelic Renaissance are providing long-awaited improved access to psychedelic therapies for patients – and exploring the challenges and progress that lies ahead.”

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to browse through art exhibitions and stalls with psychedelic books, clothes and Breaking Convention merchandise. 

The event will also host an afterparty in Shoreditch featuring a lineup of DJs and space for networking.

Breaking Convention: Worlds Collide will take place on Saturday, 2 July, at The Genesis Cinema 93 – 95 Mile End Road, London, E1 4UI, and the afterparty will take place at JuJu’s Bar & Stage, The Truman Brewery Square, Brick Lane.

For more information on speakers or to buy your tickets, please visit breakingconvention.co.uk. 

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NFT auction raises nearly $1.6m for psychedelic research

MAPS and Christie’s NFT Auction ‘Cartography of the Mind: A Curated NFT Sale’ saw sales from leading digital and psychedelic artists.

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NFT auction raises nearly $1.6m for psychedelic research

World renowned auction house Christie’s partnered with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and leading artists to raise funds that will be donated to MAPS to support the legalisation of potentially life-saving psychedelic therapies.

The NFT auction, which raised $1,569,960, represented the single-largest sale of art to benefit MAPS in its more than 30 year history of philanthropic art sales.

Artists including Beeple, David Choe and Alex Grey donated art inspired by personal experience and the potential of psychedelic healing.

Leading NFT artist, Beeple, the digital artist who shot to fame after his NFT ‘Everydays: The First 5000 Days’ sold for a massive $69.3m through Christie’s, sold for $252,000.

Psychedelic Healing‘ – an artistic interpretation of the MAPS logo by renowned artist Alex Grey to celebrate MAPS’ 35th anniversary in 2021 – was purchased by Ryan Zurrer and donated back to MAPS for additional fundraising.

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Further artists that donated art to support MAPS included Sarah Meyohas, Refik Anadol, Mad Dog Jones, IX Shells and more.

MAPS’ founder and executive director, Rick Doblin, Ph.D., commented: “As a not-for-profit, we are always looking for innovative ways to fundraise, and working with this digital art community has truly been eye-opening. 

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity and support from Ryan, Christie’s, and especially these incredible artists who put forth their art in support of our work in advancing psychedelic medicine. We have seen a significant overlap amongst people who have a passion for NFTs, blockchain, and psychedelics. 

“All speak to the decentralised nature of experience, and we look forward to continuing to explore the intersection of both communities.”

Nicole Sales, Christie’s business director of digital art, commented: “On the heels of NFT.NYC, we were absolutely thrilled with the successful results of Cartography of the Mind: A Curated Sale to Benefit MAPS. 

“Throughout the week, the physical exhibition at Christie’s new gallery on 6th Avenue drew impressive crowds of enthusiastic visitors. With competitive bidding, the sale realized over $1.5 million. 

“It was 100 per cent sold, and 130 per cent sold hammer over low estimate. This is a true testament to the continued strength and vibrancy of the digital art market.”

Select pieces from the auction will be exhibited at Psychedelic Science 2023, marking the first time digital art will be exhibited in the extensive Psychedelic Science galleries and exhibits.

The auction was held in collaboration with Ryan Zurrer, founder of Dialectic – a Swiss capital enterprise for the deployment of financial capital into alternative assets – and Vine Ventures, which invests in the emerging psychedelics sector.

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Immersive events to explore the role of music in psychedelic healing

Numinus will provide audiences with the opportunity to learn about music and psychedelic therapy.

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Immersive events to explore the role of music in psychedelic healing

Numinus Wellness is hosting a series of immersive events – Music as Medicine – to highlight the role that music can play in healing.

The immersive, ceremonial meditation experiences will explore the role music plays in psychedelic-assisted therapy and mental health. 

The series will feature live performances from musicians Jon Hopkins, East Forest, Superposition as well as others. Each event will feature intentional music and consciousness-expanding visuals that explore the importance that music and art play in the psychedelic therapy landscape.

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Co-founder of Numinus, Payton Nyquvest, commented: “Music, community and connection have always played an important role in sacred ceremonies and is an integral component of psychedelic-assisted therapy and integration. 

“Through the Music as Medicine series, we are celebrating an emerging genre of meditative music, and exploring the role that music can play as part of the healing process, while building connection across a community.”

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Musician Jon Hopkins, who has created the album ‘Music for Psychedelic Therapy’, stated: “Psychedelic therapies are moving into legality across the world, and yet it feels like no one is talking about the music that accompanies them. 

“In indigenous psychedelic ceremonies the music is as important as the medicine, and has been for thousands of years. Music is how you navigate the space.”

The first event is on 21 May, 2022 at Lighthouse Immersive Artspace in Los Angeles, and will feature four hours of live music, visuals and 3D sound by the line-up of artists in the emerging genre of “Psychedelic Meditation”.

To find out more about the events including further dates and tickets please click here.

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The Psychedelic Healing Summit: science, rituals, history and renaissance

Join The Psychedelic Healing Summit from 28 April 28 to 1 May, 2022.

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The Psychedelic Healing Summit: science, rituals, history and renaissance

The Shift Network is presenting the Psychedelic Healing Summit — a free, four-day online event featuring leading voices in the field of psychedelics. 

From therapists on the frontiers of medicine to lineage holders from ancient plant medicine traditions, these luminaries explore the history, rituals, practices, and the emerging science of psychedelic healing.

With the market for these medicines projected to reach $10.75bn in the U.S. alone in the next five years, the Summit’s goal is to educate the public about how to safely navigate this rapidly growing spiritual and mental health frontier.

“We are in the midst of a psychedelic renaissance and are presented with the opportunity to expand our consciousness in ways that benefit our personal and collective evolution,” commented Stephen Dinan, CEO and founder of The Shift Network. “Our intent is to present both wisdom traditions and modern science in a way that offers a safe and truly transformative path forward.”

Psychedelic Healing Summit host Dream Mullick will be joined by renowned leaders in the field, including Paul Stamets, Erika Gagnon, Xochitle Ashe, Dennis McKenna, Claudia Cuentes, Charles Eisenstein, Anthony P. Bossis, Mary Cosimano, Laura Dawn, Puma Fredy Quispe Singona, and others.

Session topics include:

  • Psychedelics as a healing modality for anxiety, depression, and burnout
  • How modern and traditional psychedelic practices enhance our understanding of nature, our interconnectedness, and the cosmos
  • The future of psychedelic-assisted therapy, including MDMA’s role in healing trauma
  • How psychedelics can ease suffering and be a pathway to liberation at the end of life
  • Ways to safely use microdosing to embrace creativity, inspiration, and joy
  • How to develop a relationship with the spirits of the medicines — without needing to ingest them
  • Connecting with the sacred plant spirits of Ayahuasca and Huachuma to support reconnection with Spirit
  • Ketamine and psychedelic therapy to treat addiction in underserved populations
  • The latest efforts to “decapitalize the sacred”
  • A Saturday evening musical journey into extraordinary states of consciousness — without medicine
  • How to integrate the insights from psychedelic experiences into daily life, and more
  • An optional VIP Upgrade Pass ($97) allows lifetime access to all Summit sessions, providing more than 25 hours of experiential programming.

The Psychedelic Healing Summit is an opportunity for people to connect with a supportive global community who can help expand their journey of personal growth. By the end of the Summit, participants will have a better understanding of the options available through psychedelic medicine to improve their mental health, deepen connections, and manifest their passions.

Register for free at PsychedelicHealingSummit.com.

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