In this workshop, we’ll explore the remarkable potential of psychedelics for healing and self-discovery around the world. We will examine current topics of research including the use of MDMA in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social anxiety disorder among autistic adults. Ketamine will also be in focus as a remedy for treatment-resistant depression and anxiety in the face of terminal illness.
Also in our view will be the use of psilocybin and the therapeutic use of LSD to treat cluster headaches, alcoholism, and depression, among other maladies, and we will also look at the efficacy of the African plant medicine Ibogaine and the Amazonian medicine Ayahuasca in the treatment of PTSD and addictions to opiates and other drugs.
Looking toward the future of this research, including the potential risks, we will examine what Esalen’s former resident psychedelic bard Terence McKenna dubbed "our birthright” and the primary reason many people use psychedelics: for an understanding of our universal connection and the promise of spiritual transcendence.