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@ Cabaret Voltaire
The Psychedelic Salon Zürich
We are starting our next season with a fulminant program:
Gabriel Mestre Arrioja – Two Short Film and Three Magical Passes. Gabriel is a Mexican artist. He will show his films, Hunting One’s Self and Psychedelic Transfer of Knowledge , as well as teach us three physical exercises in the Toltec shamanic tradition. Susanne G. Seiler – Life and Times of Terence McKenna, including an excursion into psilocybin
Zürich | Cabaret Voltaire | Spiegelgasse 1 | 18 – 21 h
with Valentina Manini
Zürich | Obere Zäune 14 | Thursday, 6 September | 6:15-8:30 pm
Mysteries of Transition – How to Change Our Mind to Change the World
Τhis landmark event is part of the Ecoculture Festival (15/09 – 01/10) of 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture and aims to re-establish Eleusis, also for the years to come, as a reference point of consciousness elevation, assisting to the tackling of modern global challenges and to the protection of life on our planet.
Elefsina/Eleusis | Greece | IRIS Factory | 27 – 29 September 2023
Horizons – Perspectives on Psychedelics
16th annual conference – keep on scrolling to find the events
New York | USA | 11 – 15 October 2023
Psychedelic Reform Conference
End the war on drugs. Build a new world!
Phoenix | Arizona | 18 – 21 October 2023
Building the future of psychedelic therapeutics
Tel Aviv | Israel | 10 – 13 December 2023
The history of the Atom Bomb, Manhattan Project and Atomic Power
The Green Flash
Enjoy the great comments as you watch this atmospheric marvel
Tiny Desk Concert
One of my favorite hip hop bands has been given a horn section! These boys have aged well – and their music sounds as fresh as ever. Cypress Hill hails from South Gate, in Los Angeles County. The formed in 1988 by the originally Cuban brothers Senen ‘Sen Dog’ (photo) and Ulpiano Sergio ‘Mellow Man Ace’ Reyes, joined by Lawrence Muggerud (DJ Muggs), and Louis Freese (B-Real). They soon became hugely popular.
Kushimoto Bushi (Cumbia)
Minyo are traditional Japanese folk songs. The Minyao Crusadres breathe new life into them by either turning them into instant jazz classics or by giving them an African or south American twist. The band was co-founded by Katsumi Tanaka and Freddie Tsukamoto, who, together with the ten-piece ensemble create some of the most exciting cross-continental music around. Their goal is to reinvent popular music for the people.
Live @ St. Charles Square
Blur debuted in London in 1988. Here, Damon Albarn (vocals), Graham Coxton (guitar), Alex James (bass), and Dave Rowntree (drums) regale their fans with a fantastic set showing they are still highly relevant with their new album, The Ballad of Darren. You can listen to some of it on their website blur.co.uk. Best known for his collaboration on the movie Trainspottin Damon Albarn enjoyed on a successful solo career. The band broke up and reunited several times.
Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez (born 9 August 1972), known professionally as Juanes, is a Colombian musician who was a member of the rock band Ekhymmosis and is now a solo artist. Since releasing his solo debut album Fijate Bien in 2000, Juanes has won 24 Latin Grammy awards and sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. Raised in Columbia, Juanes began playing piano at age two. (Wikipedia)
Tony Allen & Adrian Younge
Tony Oladipo Allen was a world-class Nigerian drummer and songwriter and one of the founders of Afrobeat. As its musical director, he worked closely with Fela Kuti. Allen was born in Lagos in 1940 and died in Paris in 2020. He taught himself to play the drums and was inspired by the jazz greats he emulated, as well as by African musical traditions and the highlight scene in his homeland. Much of his music is still unreleased. Adrian Younge promotes it.
Jazz is Dead
Starting in September, Iris Andres will hold a monthly Psychedelic Integration Circle in our gaialounge, alternating between German and English. Some people already know Iris from the Psychedelic Salon. She is a holistic integrative breath therapist, trauma therapist & facilitator for holotropic breathing.
We are delighted to welcome Iris and her group every second Thursday of the month, and wish her much success. In our psychedelic integration circles, participants will find a safe space to share their journey with others and find inspiration on how to post-process their experiences.
The first group will meet on September 14 from 18 – 21 h, this month in German. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 15 people. Doors open at 17 h. Please register in advance (see under events below).
If you wish, you can visit us in the gaialounge beforehand. We’ll be happy to have welcome you.
I have the pleasure of attending several conferences this fall and hopefully making many new contacts, whether in Elefsina/Eleusis later this month where the theme is “Mysteries of Transition: How to Change Your Mind to Change the World”, in Berkeley at the annual conference of the Women’s Visionary Council, or at the 3rd ALPS conference in Geneva – both in October. I will be happy to report on my experiences here again. In Berkeley I will also speak myself on the subject of Susi Ramstein, Albert Hofmann’s lab assistant, the first woman and the youngest person to try LSD. More about her on another occasion.
Wishing you a good start into a promising fall!
Susanne G. Seiler
P.S. You’ll find us at the gaialounge, Hochstrasse 70 (behind Basel’s SBB station, tram stop Peter Merian), every Thursday afternoon from 14 – 18 h. Welcome!
life is the only way
to get covered in leaves,
catch your breath on the sand,
rise on wings;
to be a dog,
or stroke its warm fur;
to tell pain
from everything it’s not;
to squeeze inside events,
dawdle in views,
to seek the least of all possible mistakes.
An extraordinary chance
to remember for a moment
a conversation held
with the lamp switched off;
and if only once
to stumble upon a stone,
end up soaked in one downpour or another,
mislay your keys in the grass;
and to follow a spark on the wind with your eyes;
and to keep on not knowing
Proof of Spiritual Phenomena. A Neuroscientist’s Discovery of the Ineffable Mysteries of the Universe
Startled by her mother’s uncanny ability of reading coffee dregs, Mona embarks on a journey to encounter and confront her own skepticism. She finds proof of past lives and accurate sensitives in materialistic L.A., leading her to reconsider her beliefs. To her great surprise, many of her colleagues are interested in the same questions she is, as she looks for the scientific evidence to buttress her new-found interest. Well worth reading! (sgs)
Park Street Press
I Feel Love: MDMA and the Quest for Connection in a Fractured World
With its power to dismantle psychological defenses and induce feelings of empathy, self-compassion, and love, MDMA may answer profound questions about how we became human, and how to heal our broken social bonds. Once vilified as a Schedule I substance, MDMA is now being hailed as a therapeutic agent that could transform the field of mental health as the first psychedelic approved for widespread clinical use.
The Nature of Drugs Vol. 2. History, Pharmacology and Social Impact
The Nature of Drugs series presents the story of humanity’s relationship with psychoactive substances from the perspective of a master psychopharmacologist and beloved luminary in the study of chemistry, pharmacology and consciousness. Transcribed from the original lectures recorded at San Francisco State University in 1987.
Journal of the Psychonaut
Journal of the Psychonaut
Psychedelic experiences have the potential to dramatically change us for the better, but only if we truly integrate what we’ve learned from them into our everyday lives. This journal is your sacred space to prepare for and then integrate these lessons from your explorations of non-ordinary states of consciousness. We encourage you to color outside the lines, break the rules, and above all else work with this journal in the way that fits you best. Available via The Psychedelic Salon
MAPS via Synergetic Press
Psychedelic Cults and Outlaw Churches. LSD, Cannabis, and Spiritual Sacraments in Underground America
From LSD-powered guru Timothy Leary to cannabis sex cults to psychedelic outlaw churches, Mike Marinacci presents a comprehensive tour of North American religious sects and spiritual groups who use entheogens and psychoactive drugs in the search for higher consciousness, mystical insight, and spiritual enlightenment. A comprehensive tour of North American spiritual groups that use psychoactive drugs in the search for higher consciousness.
Park Street Press
Mind, Body, Health & Politics (Podcast)
The overlooked dangers of psychedelics – with Dr. Nick Cozzi on Risks, Complications, and Safe Use of MDMA, Ayahuasca, LSD, and DMT
World Human Forum (WHF)
The goals of the WHF are to bring together self-empowered and responsible citizens who act or want to act as agents of change. To be a catalyst of convergence and reference for change processes led in a bottom-up way. To create a critical mass to impulse the urgent transformation.
Amazon Conservation Team
Returning ancestral land to the Kogi tribe – a campaign
Beckley Waves: The Trip Report
4 Taia Eisenberg – The present and future of ibogaine treatment (podcast)
psychoactive | The Guardian | 1 August
How to find the best and safest psychedelic experiences
When nature is legal
psychoactive | On Drugs | 3 August
Poorly worded laws leave many loopholes
psychoactive | Springer Link | 3 August
Potential for the treatment of episodic migraine
nature | Mother Jones | 4 August
Brazil reports a big decline in the deforestation of the rain forest
psychoactive | The Microdose | 7 August
5 Questions for Indigenous advocate Susan Beaulieu
eco | Smithsonian Magazine | 8 August
Swiss seniors are suing the Swiss state over climate change and health issues
Suck it up!
eco | MIT Technology Review | 11 August
The US is investing 1.2 billion in removing CO2 from the air
50 years of hip-hop
culture | Jewish Telegraph Agency | 11 August
The ten most influential Jewish rapperstry
eco | The New York Review of Books | 13 August
Les soulèvements de la terre – ecology with an impact
nature | Proto Life | 17 August
African curated Architectural Biennale shows future symbiosis man-nature
psychoactive | MAPS Bulletin | 18 August
Generational connection through psychedelics
Two surveys about LSD
psychoactive | Mindbetter | 22 August
Help for compulsive obsessive disorder and better leadership through the right chemistry
Rural Black addiction
psychoactive | Time | 23 August
What it looks like and who the victims are
Ageing and death
psychoactive | MAPS Bulletin | 24 August
Psychedelics are bound to change the later years of our lives
A scientist’s view II
psychoactive | Substack | 24 August
The radical ideas of psychedelic research 2.0, by Mona Sobhani
psychoactive | Aeon | 25 August
A closer look at the Druids
psychoactive | New York Times | 28 August
The Thai weed business is set to grow fast
psychoactive | Live Science | 28 August
Psilocybin use hits record high in adults