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The Psychedelic Salons Basel & Zürich are on their summer breaks

Mushroom Hunting in the Swiss Jura
with Peter Luescher & Susanne G. Seiler
Vellerat | JuraHouse | 23 – 25 September 2022

Burning Man
Black Rock City | 28 August – 5 September 22

Perspectives on Psychedelics
Horizon Northwest
Portland | Portland Art Museum | 28 August – 5 September 22

Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelics 2022
The OPEN Foundation welcomes you to the 5th pioneering and leading scientific conference in Europe dedicated to advancing psychedelic research and therapies.
Haarlem, NL | Philharmonie Haarlem | 22 – 24 September 22

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Come to Say Goodbye
The Irish singer Siomha (= ‘peaceful/good’) has a voice that moves angels. From a family steeped in music, she grew up with the sounds of jazz, trad, folk and soul, leaving an indelible mark on her musical tastes and influences. She started playing the guitar when she was ten, but it was later in her teens while attending high school in southern France that she first took up the jazz guitar, learning from an Italian gipsy she’d met by chance. He taught her the manouche Gipsy jazz style. Soon, Síomha began to write her own songs.
Siomha Music

Gorillaz ft. Thundercat
Cracker Island
«The ‘Cracker Island’ video, co-directed by Gorillaz co-founder Jamie Hewlett and Nexus Studios’ Fx Goby, reunites the Gorillaz’ 2-D, Noodle, and Russel Hobbs in the Los Angeles County Hospital after all three members show up for unknown reasons; for 2-D, he’s haunted by visions of a cult – as suggested by the song’s lyrics – seemingly run by Thundercat, who pops in and out of reality throughout the visual.» Rolling Stone

We Give Thanks
Seivwright. Yohan Kebede. Duane Atherley. Toby Adenaike. Onome Edgeworth. Ayo Salawu. Their sound is located between fusion and Afro-beat. Compared iwith the next review, you’ll notice an evolution towards the abstract. Sheila says. «It’s that feeling when you’re younger and you hear something and you feel some ownership over it. For me, Nigerian music and soul was played in the house a lot so I felt I had ownership over it so when I heard it elsewhere, there was a certain pride and energy filled with it.»
Brownswood Recording

Analog Africa
Afro-Beat Airways: West African Shock Waves – Ghana & Togo 1972-1978
Organ-driven Afro-beat; cosmic Afro-punk and raw new, psychedelic boogie… just some of the flavors found on this highly danceable compilation by Samy Ben Redjeb, founder of Analog Africa. No effort has been spared! To document these fifteen irresistible tracks and the music scene from the seventies, Samy crisscrossed the lengths of Ghana and Togo in search of the producers and artists – or their relatives. In the process, he recorded a dozen interviews, scanned 90 pictured and transferred 120 master tapes. Afro-Beat Airways showcases an amazing diversity of local rhythms spiced with Afro-American funk, soul, and jazz.” More here.
Analog Africa

Stella Donelly
Stella Donelly, an Australian indie singer-songwriter, is currently on tour in the US. Her debut album, Beware of the Dogs, was released in 2018. She first started singing with in high school, then studied jazz and contemporary music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Her widely acclaimed single ‘Boys Will Be Boys’, about a friend’s rape, was dubbed the Me-Too anthem of Australia. «Like the many Banded Stilts that spread across the cover of her newest album Flood, Stella Donnelly is wading into uncharted territory. Here, she finds herself discovering who she is as an artist among the flock, and how abundant one individual can be» (Bandcamp)
Secretly Canadian

goodnews editorial


On 9 July, Ann Shulgin passed away. She was ninety-six. Born in New Zealand, a writer, and a psychologist, she married the visionary chemist Alexander ‘Sasha’ Shulgin, in 1978. Ann was an exceptionally gifted communicator and very outspoken. She was glamourous and unconventional, a bold, and motivated woman, someone to look up to. I was lucky to meet her at the Esalen Institute, in Big Sur, CA, introduced by Rupert Sheldrake. Since the Internet was still in its infancy then, I’ve found no trace of the memorable evening of June 17, 1985, Sasha Shulgin’s 60th birthday. In the early evening Terence McKenna gave a much-attended talk. While Terence introduced us to some of his ideas, Claudio Naranjo, Andrew Weil, Rick Doblin, Rupert Sheldrake, and Jill Purce, students, and staff members were sitting on pillows on the floor. The only two chairs in the room, brought for this purpose, were occupied by the smiling Shulgins. When everybody was done talking, we all had a bite to eat in the kitchen of Esalen’s Big House. Later, Sasha blew out the candles on his birthday cake and shared it with everyone. Later still, he got out his violin and serenaded us to enthusiastic applause. You’ll find Ann and Alexander Shulgins intrepid story in their famous books PIKHAL and TIKHAL. May they remain united in spirit and rest in peace.
Six years ago, on 17 August 2016, Dieter Hagenbach, initiator, and President of the Gaia Media Foundation, passed away. A sad day. He gave the foundation its name. Born out of Chaos, Gaia is a chthonic goddess. She brings forth all that grows and moves on earth and in the skies above. In Greek mythology, she has at least thirty-five children with many different men. This mother of mothers has bestowed her blessings upon us for eons, while defending herself whenever her laws were not respected. To be on the side of Gaia and give expression to her wisdom was one of Dieter’s objectives. The other was to spread consciousness about the manifold possibilities of the mind, and to inform about substances that can show us how to become more attuned to our own nature.
Five stormy years ago, I offered to keep Dieter’s newsletter alive by becoming its editor. Dieter’s but too brief successor, Lucius Werthmüller, and our team, gradually turned Dieter’s goodnewsletter into the gaiamedia goodnews, while staying true to his ideas. Please allow me to thank all of you who have shown appreciation for our efforts throughout the past five years, either by mail, by being our readers, by subscribing, and/or by becoming sponsors or patrons.
Susanne G. Seiler

P.S. The Psychedelic Salons will be back in September, In the meantime, we’re at the Gaia Lounge in Basel every Thursday afternoon from 14 – 18 h. Welcome!

first fig 

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light!

 Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Dyonisian Buddhism. Guided Interpersonal Meditations in the Three Yanas

Claudio Naranjo
The late Dr. Claudio Naranjo structured the meditations in Dionysian Buddhism to guide individuals towards acceptance of what is, to meet pain with joy, expand awareness into consciousness, and to learn how to share in the full presence of others. In Dionysian Buddhism, Naranjo draws on traditions from Theravada to Vajrayana in order to create a work that emphasizes both the experiential and multifaceted aspects of meditation. “Only a change of consciousness might save our world,” he wrote. “And that in view of this collective shift in consciousness there is nothing more relevant we can do than start with ourselves.”
Synergetic Press

Cobalt Blue

Sachin Kundalkar
This novel confronts issues of sexuality in a changing society through a love triangle between a brother, sister, and their family’s lodger, an artist living in their family home in Pune, in western India. He seems like the perfect tenant, but he’s also a man of mystery. Translated from the Marathi by acclaimed novelist and critic Jerry Pinto, Sachin Kundalkar’s elegant and exquisitely spare novel explores the disruption of a traditional family by a free-spirited stranger in order to examine a generation in transition.
New Press

The Dreaming Circus. Special Ops, LSD, and My Unlikely Way to Toltec Wisdom

Jim Morris
During his third tour of duty in Vietnam where he served as a Green Beret, John Morris was wounded badly enough to be retired from the army. He came home bitter, angry that his career had been ended until he discovered LSD and the fact that many of Ken Kesey’s Merry Prankster had served in the army too. Retired U.S. Army Special Forces Major Jim Morris has worked as a civil rights advocate for the mountain peoples with whom he fought, the Montagnard, and his Vietnam memoir, War Story, won the first Bernal Diaz Award for military non-fiction. For decades he has immersed himself in a deep study of Toltec shamanism.
Bear & Company

The Petroglyphs of Mu. Pohnpei, Nan Madol, and the Legacy of Lemuria

Carole Nervig
On the small Pacific island of Pohnpei, Carole Nervig discovered hundreds of petroglyphs carved on gigantic boulders. She began comparing them with petroglyphs and symbols from around the world. Documenting her discoveries on Pohnpei and revealing how the archetypal symbols of the Pohnpaid petroglyphs have exact counterparts in other ancient cultures and universal motifs throughout the world, she provides evidence that Pohnpaid predates – neighbouring Nan Madol and shows how Pohnpaid was an outpost of Kahnihmueiso, a city of Mu, or Lemuria. 
Simon and Schuster

Volt Rush. The Winners and Losers in the Race to Go Green

Henry Sanderson
We depend on a handful of metals and rare earths to power our phones and computers and, increasingly, our cars and our homes. Whoever controls these finite commodities will become rich beyond imagining. Sanderson journeys to meet the characters, companies, and nations scrambling for the new resources, linking remote mines in the Congo and Chile’s Atacama Desert to giant Chinese battery factories, shadowy commodity traders, secretive billionaires, a new generation of scientists attempting to solve the dilemma of a ‘greener’ world. Henry Sanderson covered commodities and mining for the Financial Times for seven years. He tweets at @hjesanderson. 
One World Publishing

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Prohibited Plants. Environmental Justice in Plant Policy by Sylvia Kay
Download. Drugs, as well as the policy responses to them, are an environmental issue. The role of illicit drugs in relation to these environmental stresses is an underexplored terrain.

The Tim Ferris Show (#605)
Hamilton Morris and Dr. Mark Plotkin — Exploring the History of Psychoactive Substances, Synthetic vs. Natural Options, Microdosing, 5-MeO-DMT, The Stoned Ape Hypothesis (Terence McKenna), Timothy Leary’s Legacy, and more…

Manga go!
Where to read great Manga online to your heart’s fill!

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psychoactive  The Guardian | 1 July
Germany to become the world largest potential market for cannabis

More cannabis
psychoactive | The New York Times | 1 July
The case of Delta-8 THC

eco | High Country News | 1 July
How green is hydrogen?

Love saves
psychoactive  The New York Times | 7 July
Co-dependency in addiction recovery is a dangerous myth

Effective muses
psychoactive | Neo.Life | 7 July
How psychedelics impact creative thinking

psychoactive |  The Globe & Mail | 9 July
Imperfectly perfect psychedelic clinics strive to make you feel at home

science | IFLScience | 9 July
Quantum entangles atoms twenty miles apart

life | Inverse | 12 July
How hot is too hot for us?

Europe after the rain
psychoactive | boingboing | 14 July
Happy birthday DADA!

psychoactive |  The New York Times | 15 July
Taking the magic out of mushrooms

psychoactive | ScienceDirect | August Issue
An overview of the research to date

A hippie success story
psychoactive | The New York Times | 20 July
The culture of Double-Blind magazine

From poppies to buds
psychoactive | The Guardian | 22 July
Growing hemp in Kabul

An age-old psychedelic
psychoactive | Inverse | 23 July
Can mad honey get you high?

Father of the Gaia Theory
science | abc News | 27 July
James Lovelock died on his 103rd birthday

nature | The New York Times | 27 July 22
Digging for details about fungi

A mystery
science | New York Post | 27 July
Holes in the ocean floor leave experts wondering

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