Mind, Time, Nature, and the Universe

Sep 23-Oct 6, 2020


Bernard Carr, Cosmologist
David Abram, Eco-Philosopher
Brian Kelch, Philosopher
Dale Millard, Naturalist
Candida Maurer, Psychologist
Luis Eduardo Luna, Anthropologist

Bernard Carr is Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London. His professional area of research is cosmology and astrophysics and includes such topics as the early universe, dark matter, black holes and the anthropic principle. He is the author of more than two hundred scientific papers and the books Universe or Multiverse? and Quantum Black Holes.

Lectures by Bernard Carr

• The Cosmic Uroborus: Microphysics, Macrophysics, and the Search for Unification
• The Cosmic Consciousness Connection: Linking Matter, Mind and Spirit
• Higher Dimensions of Reality: Making Space and Time for Mind and Psychedelia.

David Abram – cultural ecologist and geophilosopher – is the author of The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World and Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology. Described as “revolutionary” by the Los Angeles Times, as “daring” and “truly original” by Science, David’s work has been catalytic for the emergence of several new disciplines, including the steadily growing field of ecopsychology.

Lectures by David Abram

• Between the Body and the Breathing Earth: the Ecology of Sensory Experience
• Animism and Orality, Story and Place: On the Forgotten Intimacy between Language and the Land
• The Commonwealth of Breath: Climate and Consciousness in Animistic Perspective
• Time, Space, and the Eclipse of the Earth: A New Theory of Time

Dr. Brian Kelch is a scholar, lecturer, permaculturist, and composer. His doctoral research is focused on using Indo-Tibetan Buddhist philosophy to map and systematize the contours of the psychedelic experience. Specifically, he focuses on the boundary conditions of time and timelessness. This focus includes research on the possible dissolution of experienced temporality, comparing and contrasting practices such as Buddhist meditation and the use of psychedelic substances. He is particularly interested in the philosophical implications of these types of experiences on notions of self, duality, and the nature of mind.

Lectures by Brian Kelch

• Dimensions Unbound: Time and Timelessness in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy
• Psychedelic Catalysts to the Omnitemporal and Buddhist Techniques to Recognize the Nature of Mind

Dale Millard is a naturalist and explorer with diverse interests and experience in fields ranging from herpetology to ethnobotany. His main interest of study relates to medicines that modulate immune function in chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and cancers. His work explores cost effective and alternative approaches to tropical diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and typhoid. As an explorer he is regularly exposed to “new” medicines and healing modalities. Dale has a special interest in the cultivation of medicinal plants and medicinal mushrooms, and has taught numerous workshops relating to Permaculture and Plant Based Primary Healthcare.

Lectures by Dale Millard

• Ayahuasca and the Concept of Endogenous Medicine
• Evolutionary Strategies and Plants

Adriana Rosa is a cultural producer, an actress, and a theater and art educator. She has a Master in Cultural Management from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Besides her work as an organizer of cultural events in the city of Florianópolis as a culture counselor, she is the producer of the Wasiwaska seminars since its creation. Adriana is in charge of providing healthy and nutritious food to be offered at the seminars, adapted, when necessary, to the needs of our participants, and with Dale Millard she is in charge of Wasiwaska’s ethnobotanical garden.

Luna is a Guggenheim Fellow and Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London. He is the author of Vegetalismo: Shamanism Among the Mestizo Population of the Peruvian Amazon (1986), and with Pablo Amaringo of Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman (1991). He is co-editor with Steven F. White of Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon’s Sacred Vine (2000, with a revised new edition in 2016), and co-author with Rick Strassman, Slawek Wojtowicz and Ede Frecska of Inner Paths to Outer Space: Journeys Through Psychedelics and Other Spiritual Technologies. In 1986 he co-founded with Pablo Amaringo the Usko-Ayar Amazonian School of Painting of Pucallpa, Peru, serving as its Director of International Exhibitions until 1994. He has lectured about Amazonian shamanism and modified states of consciousness worldwide, and has curated exhibitions of visionary art in several countries. Luis Eduardo Luna is the Director of Wasiwaska.

Lectures by Luis. Eduardo Luna

• Reflections on the Idea of Nature in Western Thought and in Animistic Societies.
• Wasiwaska, Twenty Years of Existence. An Overview.

Our seminars are open for a maximum of 10-11 participants plus our guest speakers.
If you are interested, please fill out the enclosed application form and send it back to leluna47@hotmail.com.