Bay Area Weekend Film Retreat Explores Health and Creativity Benefits of Psychedelic Drugs

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HopeDance Films will host a weekend retreat of films and discussions that explore the health and creativity benefits of psychedelic plants and substances February 10 to 12, 2012, at EarthRise Retreat Center at the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

Ralph Metzner, an expert in the study of consciousness transformation and entheogenics since the early 1960s when he was a graduate student working with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later Ram Das

The roster of films features some of the most dramatic investigations into the cultural influences, history, and applications of entheogenics.

HopeDance Films will host a weekend retreat of films and discussions that explore the health and creativity benefits of psychedelic plants and substances February 10 to 12, 2012, at EarthRise Retreat Center at the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

At least 12 films and six seminars on the topic of entheogens, including cannabis, ayahuasca, ibogaine, LSD, MDMA (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine), and DMT (Dimethyltryptamine), will cover use in indigenous shamanic societies for healing and connecting to the spirit world. They also will explore how these substances treat modern day addictions, support psychotherapy, expand consciousness insight, and heighten creativity.

Cost for the weekend is $395–$475, which includes lodging on campus and six meals, beginning with dinner Friday evening and a closing reception Sunday afternoon. The event is limited to 75 overnight guests. Visit the EarthRise website for a detailed schedule and registration. For additional information, contact Jan Fischer at 707-779-8202.

Seminars and discussions will be led by entheogenic experts, including filmmaker Rod Mann; CIIS psychology professor, Frank Echenhofer, Ph.D.; Holos Institute Executive Director Jan Edl, Ph.D.; and Martin Lee. The sessions will be moderated by Ralph Metzner, an expert in the study of consciousness transformation and entheogenics since the early 1960s when he was a graduate student working with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later Ram Dass) on the Harvard Psilocybin Projects. Visit the EarthRise Entheogenics Film Festival web page for updates on other panel experts.

The roster of films features some of the most dramatic investigations into the cultural influences, history, and applications of entheogenics, including: Shamans of the Amazon, which explores ayahuasca healing, Brazilian land struggle and the global drug wars; Ibogaine: Rite of Passage, the story of ibogaine addiction treatment and the indigenous Bwiti eboka initiation ceremonies in the Congo; and DMT: The Spirit Molecule, which examines the connections between cutting-edge neuroscience, quantum physics, and human spirituality.

About Ralph Metzner
Ralph Metzner co-wrote The Psychedelic Experience and was editor of The Psychedelic Review (1963–1971). Currently he is professor emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), where he was academic dean during the 1980s and taught courses on “Altered States of Consciousness” and “Developing Ecological Consciousness.” His books include two edited collections on the science and the phenomenology of Ayahuasca and Teonanácatl, and Birth of a Psychedelic Culture, which he co-authored with Ram Dass and Gary Bravo. Metzner has a B.A. in philosophy and psychology from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University.

About HopeDance Films
HopeDance is a California-based online magazine that also organizes activities, such as forums, workshops, and film festivals, to help build ecologically sustainable, practical, down-to-earth solutions and holistic, healthy and awakened community. The organization reports on the outrageous, pioneering and inspiring activities of outstanding individuals and organizations who are creating a new world, regardless of their spiritual tradition or political agenda.

About EarthRise
Located just 35 minutes north of San Francisco, EarthRise Retreat Center is a full service conference facility that caters to transformational learning experiences. Nestled among 194 acres of rolling hills and ancient oak trees, the center provides an environment to explore consciousness, ancient wisdom traditions, experiential learning, and modern scientific inquiry. At EarthRise at IONS, psychologists, educators, philosophers, frontier scientists, and spiritual masters lead transformational learning and lifestyle programs. For more information, visit the EarthRise website or contact Jan Fischer at (707) 779-8202 or workshops(at)noetic(dot)org.

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