Psychedelics, Madness, & Awakening: Harm Reduction and Future Visions
October 2020 Digital Conference
More info here: Conference Background and Organizers Bios
This event will rethink the contentious relationship between madness, psychedelics, and awakening. Difficult psychedelic trips and extreme emotional states can create profound opportunities for growth, but their healing and spiritual potential is often pathologized as psychotic or manic instead. Early research described psychedelics as “psychotomimetic” – imitating psychosis, suggesting complex possibilities now overlooked.
Despite some people diagnosed with psychosis, bipolar, or schizophrenia using psychedelics for recovery, today madness is excluded from psychedelic therapy and left outside the emerging conversation. As psychedelics re-enter mainstream psychiatry, it is a timely moment to open a dialogue and critical examination of the relationship between psychedelics and madness.
Join us to break open a vital multi-perspective conversation on psychedelics that questions the medicalization of madness and explores community harm reduction responses to spiritual awakening.
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We welcome submissions from academic researchers, psychedelic journeyers and guides, people with lived experience of psychosis and psychiatric treatment, clinicians, spiritual emergence practitioners and anyone questioning the prohibition of the past and the medicalization of the future.
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Statement of Values
As an alliance of academics, practitioners, activists and people with lived experience of mental distress and non-normative states, we are committed to honoring historically, culturally, inter- and intra-personally marginalized voices. We stand in solidarity with past and present uprisings against white supremacy and other ongoing forms of colonization, and support calls for an end to psychiatric brutality and incarceration.
** Full conference schedule and ticket information available August 1 **