ABOUT THE ENTHEOGENESIS AUSTRALIS CONFERENCE
For close to a decade the EGA conference has provided a major meeting place for ethnobotanical enthusiasts and specialists in Australia to share information and celebrate community. The EGA conference consists of lectures, workshops, discussion panels, cinema, performance, music and art. The event hosts an array of speakers from across Australia and abroad, and aims to address the issues relating to drug use from social, cultural and traditional perspectives. The EGA conference program draws on therapy, biology, pharmacology, psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, botany, visionary art, culture, politics, law and more, to provide a realistic context of the role drugs and altered states play in the modern world.
ABOUT THE ENTHEOGENESIS AUSTRALIS ASSOCIATION
Entheogenesis Australis (EGA) is a not-for-profit association that exists to create a supportive environment to foster mature, open discussion about psychoactive plants and chemicals. We seek to explore ways to assess societal impacts and examine the positive applications of plant-based psychoactives and entheogens through our conferences and journal publications, our videos, our email announcement list and other psychedelic research initiatives.
Altered states of consciousness have long been a fundamental part of human culture, and as our world becomes increasingly fast-paced, alternative modalities are becoming ever more significant and consciously explored. If you’ve ever asked yourself: “Has the ‘War on Drugs’ created more problems than it tried to solve?” or “is MDMA really a more dangerous drug than alcohol?” – then EGA is the place for you. Entheogenesis Australis is a collection of thinkers from all walks of life. We come together to share knowledge about sacred plants, alchemy and states of consciousness.
We hope you will join us on this exploration.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
HISTORY OF ENTHEOGENESIS AUSTRALIS
Entheogenesis Australis (EGA) has grown organically over the years, starting out as a Victorian based ethnobotany interest group whose members were inspired by attending the Ethnobotanica conference - ethnobotanica.org - in Northern New South Wales in 2002. After this event, a small Victorian network developed and started holding mini ethnobotany meetings in Ringwood library. The meetings grew over the years and eventually underwent a formal transformation to become Entheogenesis Australis [EGA] in 2004. The first formal EGA conference, held at Ruby's Lounge in Belgrave, introduced us to a wider audience and moved our interest more towards the lecture / panel / workshop format, and also introduced an arts, music and a spiritual dimension. In 2004-2005 the core group at the time - Martin, Jonathan, Tim and Michael - started to chart a more conscious and intentional direction, leading to incorporation as a non-profit association in 2008.
EGA holds regular conferences alternating between an indoor event in Melbourne, and a larger outdoor conference in the beautiful Strathbogie Ranges in North East Victoria. By 2009, a dedicated group of thirty part time volunteers was working on the conference, and the same year, EGA introduced a journal publication to supplement the conference presentations.
EGA launched an online Drug Policy discussion group in 2010. This is the first of such groups EGA wishes to establish to promote informed dialogue and information sharing. Join the policy discussion group:
EGA also has an open discussion group on Facebook that focuses on general awareness of a wide range of relevant issues. Join the group:
With the same objective in mind, in 2013 EGA launched its online content channel that is free for all to access the material (forthcoming).
As EGA has grown, so too has its commitment to providing supportive, inspiring, and diverse zones to promote open discussion about psychoactive plants and chemicals. In late 2010 EGA hosted Rick Doblin, the founder of MAPS (http://www.maps.org) as its conference keynote speaker. This meeting also allowed EGA and Rick to run a special workshop that led to the formation of Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine Inc (PRISM), (http://prism.org.au). In 2011 EGA hosted Fire and Earth from EROWID (http://www.erowid.org) as well as Trout from Trout’s Notes (http://www.troutsnotes.com) In 2012 EGA broadened the horizon yet again with a four-city speaking tour of lectures, workshops and panels; Lost Tribes and EGA co-produced the ‘Origins of Consciousness’ tour featuring Graham Hancock and Dennis McKenna.
CONFERENCES [SO FAR]:
2003: Meetings in Ringwood Library, Melbourne
2004: Ruby's Niteclub, Melbourne
25-26 June 2005: Gumnet Camp, Grampians, Victoria
2-5 June 2006: Opoeia, Otways, Victoria
30 Nov - 3 Dec 2007: Strathbogie Outdoor Education Centre, Swanpool, Victoria
6 December 2008: Copland Theatre, University of Melbourne
6-9 November 2009: Strathbogie Outdoor Education Centre, Swanpool, Victoria
14 November 2009: Basement Theatre, Spot Building, University of Melbourne
4-5 December 2010: Basement Theatre, Spot Building, University of Melbourne
2-5 December 2011: Strathbogie Outdoor Education Centre, Swanpool, Victoria
November 2012: Origins of consciousness tour with Lost Tribes.