April 28 – May 11 2014, “Entheogenic Education, Epistemology, Sound and Consciousness”

kenneth tupper Karen Helle Grue Alexandre Tannous Luis Eduardo Luna

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Lectures by Kenneth Tupper:

  1. Plant Teachers: Wonder, Awe and Entheogenic Learning.
    This lecture will delve into in how psychedelic plants and substances can be cognitive tools for learning, creativity and meaning-making, grounding the idea of “entheogenic learning” in some contemporary educational and psychological theories.
  2. Minding our Future: Psychedelic Studies in the 21st Century
    This lecture considers the origins of the international drug control regime, its consequent ideological repression of psychedelic research, and where this domain of academic inquiry may be headed with respect to both medical and non-medical benefits of visionary plants/substances.
  3. Dilemmas of “Drug” Education: What Do We Tell Youth about Psychoactive Substances?
    This lectures will present some reflections about the term “drug,” how it operates in public and political discourses, and the inherent challenges of teaching about psychoactive substances in schools.

Lectures by Alexandre Tannous:
Alexandre will deliver a two-part lecture on his research and a practical workshop.

  1. The Harmonic Overtone Series and The Engineering of Consciousness
    An introduction to basic acoustic principles, sound phenomena, the use of sound in other cultures, and the significance of harmonic overtones.
  2. The Sound Meditation: Theory
    This lecture will focus on Alexandre’s work with sound, including the instruments he uses and EEG studies he has conducted with these instruments. He will also discuss the sound meditation itself, including the role of the receiver in the experience and the benefits it offers.
  3. The Sound Meditation: Practice
    Alexandre will offer a full sound meditation, during which he will guide participants through breathing, visualization, toning and vocalization exercises.

Lectures by Karen Helle Grue:

  1. “Death  and  Rebirth”.
    Everywhere  in  nature  new  is  born  and  old  dies.  This  dynamic  is  active  in  our psyche  all  our  life.  Most  people  have  had  dreams  about  death,  and  it  is  often  the beginning  of  something  new.   Jung  was  very  interested  in  this  dynamic  and  Grof linked  it  to  the  actual  birth,  when  he  uncovered  the  dynamic  of  the  birth trauma.  Death-­‐Rebirth  is  part  of  the  great  myths:  Job,  Isis  /  Osiris,  Kore  / Demeter,  Christ  and  Odin.   Death  /  rebirth  is  the  topic  underlying  many  works of  art.  For  the  individual  death  /  rebirth  dynamic  is  a  chance  to  leave  the  old and  embark  the  new.
  2. “Alchemy  and  Previous  Lives”
    We  might  long  for  connection  to  our  identity  behind  our  daily  appearance.  The old  wisdom  hidden  in  the  alchemical  texts  might  give  us  a  deeper understanding  and  tools  for  this  task.  Experiencing  previous  lives  (whether they  exist  or  not)  might  in  the  same  way  give  access  to  our  identity  behind  the many  roles  we  have  played  in  many  lives.

Lectures by Luis Eduardo Luna:

  1. “1492 and the Imposition of Epistemological Assumptions.”
  2. “Sacred Plants and the Spanish Inquisition.”
  3. “Amerindian Art and Shamanism.”

If you are interested or require further information, please contact Luis Eduardo Luna at luna@wasiwaska.org or leluna47@hotmail.com.