As a recent New Yorker piece by Bioneers conference alumnus Michael Pollan illustrates, interest in and promising research on the potential healing properties of a number of hitherto demonized psychoactive substances has been growing rapidly.
Bioneers has been at the forefront of highlighting the cutting edges of this work for 25 years and we’re pleased to see increasing penetration into mainstream awareness.
A Living Record of Entheogenic Plant Traditions and Innovations
Our 2005 book Visionary Plant Consciousness, an enduring classic in the field, is a collection of edited presentations and discussions held at the Bioneers Conference on psychedelic, or entheogenic, plants.
Drawn from a 15-year period, the book features some of the leading luminaries in this domain, including the aforementioned Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, Charles Grob, Jeremy Narby, Terence and Dennis McKenna, Wade Davis, Kat Harrison, Paul Stamets, Luis Eduardo Luna, Jeffrey Bronfman, Katsi Cook, and many others.
We have continued to showcase the most promising initiatives and time-tested traditions on this front at the conference, for example:
- Impressive successes of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (M.A.P.S ) in treating PTSD with MDMA
- Potential medical benefits of cannabidiol (CBD)
- Presentations on indigenous cultural traditions that use such sacraments as ayahuasca and peyote as psycho-spiritual healing agents
Video: Jeffrey Bronfman on The Botanical Dimension of Human Evolution
In his keynote at the 2014 National Bioneers Conference, Jeffrey Bronfman, an environmentalist, educator and founding member of Bioneers, explored the vital role certain plants have in the development of human awareness at this critical moment in the state of the biosphere and our evolution as human beings.
Video: Plant Sacraments and the Mind of Nature
In this panel session from the 2014 National Bioneers Conference, Paul Stamets, Katsi Cook and Jeffrey Bronfman share their stories of healing encounters with entheogenic sacred plants and how these plants can teach us about the intelligence of nature as a powerful resource to overcome ecologically destructive habits.