This workshop will explore the ancient and modern traditions of utilising altered states of consciousness to enhance creativity, access our intuition and to gain insights about intellectual pursuits, ourselves, others, our environment and the universe itself.
The day will combine an introductory talk with group work, discussion, practical exercises and personal discovery, and will cover dream incubation, hypnagogia, yoga nidra, breathwork techniques, psychoactive substances (no practical!), ganzfeld and darkrooms among other things.
Please bring a notebook and pen.
Dr David Luke is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich where he has been teaching an undergraduate course on the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience since 2009. His research focuses on transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, especially via psychedelics, having published more than 100 academic papers in this area, including nine books, most recently DMT Dialogues: Encounters with the Spirit Molecule (2018), and Otherworlds: Psychedelics and Exceptional Human Experience (2017). When he is not running clinical drug trials on creative problem solving with LSD, doing DMT field experiments or observing weather control with Mexican shamans he directs the Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness salon at the Institute of Ecotechnics, London, and is a co-founder and director of Breaking Convention: International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness. He has given over 250 invited public lectures and conference presentations, won teaching, research and writing awards, organised numerous festivals, conferences, symposia, seminars, retreats, expeditions, pagan cabarets and pilgrimages, and has studied techniques of consciousness alteration from South America to India, from the perspective of scientists, shamans and Shivaites. He lives life on the edge, of Sussex.
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