Michael Guy Thompson, PhD,
is a psychoanalyst who worked with R.D. Laing for many years. He continues to work with extreme states, and has been training therapists for more than 30 years. His books include The Death of Desire: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness.
Scottish-born psychiatrist R. D. Laing devoted his career to exploring the nature of alternative realities and heightened awareness. In this year’s workshop, designed for those in the mental health and healing professions, we will explore the nature of altered realities, including extreme states. To alter a state of awareness suggests a catalyst, an instrumentum employed to initiate a transformation in consciousness, whether by invoking mindfulness, yoga, meditation, breath work, or imbibing a drug, whether psychedelic or psychotropic.