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DO THE RIGHT THING! RECIPROCITY AND RIGHT RELATION IN THE PSYCHEDELIC RENAISSANCE

DO THE RIGHT THING! RECIPROCITY AND RIGHT RELATION IN THE PSYCHEDELIC RENAISSANCE

DO THE RIGHT THING!  RECIPROCITY AND RIGHT RELATION IN THE PSYCHEDELIC RENAISSANCE

Psychedelic research and therapy is advancing around the world, legal psychedelic healing is on the horizon, and people around the world are joining the movement to create and steward systems of access to powerful tools like MDMA, psilocybin, ayahuasca, ibogaine, and LSD.

The worldwide revival of interest in sacred and psychedelic plants and molecules has inspired many people to begin to devise alternative systems of learning, governance, and healing. But what exactly does that all mean? It is exciting, but not so simple; questions of reciprocity, justice, access, and practicality remain. 

In this dynamic conversation, Lorna will share original, never-before-seen videos and stories from her time spent interviewing and engaging with Amazonian peoples and reflect upon those stories via the lens of right relation with indigenous tribes and plants.

She will comment on the relationship between the contemporary seekers of the global north (psychonauts, mystics, and people seeking healing) and the long-standing carriers of indigenous knowledge, focusing on how an authentically reciprocal relationship can be built.

Then, Ismail will connect the ancient to the innovative by describing how soon-to-be-legal psychedelic therapy and plant medicine are being embraced and utilised around the world today.

This includes progress rarely discussed in public before, including contexts of use that are informed by the traumas of discrimination, capitalism, and poverty; that are beyond the present “pay-for-service” economic healthcare paradigm; and beyond the narrow understanding of the medication-for-healing model.

Ismail L. Ali (Bio)

Ismail is a  Policy & Advocacy Counsel for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a non-profit educational and research organization dedicated to creating legal, medical, and cultural contexts for the safe use of psychedelics. For the past two years with MAPS, Ismail has advocated to eliminate barriers to psychedelic therapy and research and supported the development of psychedelic legal and policy strategy.

He earned his J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2016, and is currently licensed to practice law in the state of California. Ismail also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), supports the Steering Committee for the Ayahuasca Defense Fund, and believes that psychedelic consciousness is a crucial piece of challenging oppression in all of its forms.

Lorna Liana (Bio)

Lorna  is the founder of EntheoNation, a podcast covering psychedelic science, shamanism and visionary culture. She has spent extended periods of time in the restricted indigenous territories of the Brazilian Amazon as a guest of the tribes, and endeavors to bridge indigenous and Western culture through online community building and digital storytelling.

For the past 6 years, Lorna has built her business as a digital nomad, living in Thailand, Bali, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and Spain. An online business coach, she teaches visionary leaders the Art of Tribe Building through Internet marketing launch strategies and social media.