Entheogenesis Australis is a charitable, educational organisation established in 2004; we provide opportunities for critical thinking and knowledge sharing on ethnobotanical plants, fungi, nature and sustainability.
Through our conferences and workshops, we aim to celebrate the culture, art, politics and community around medicine plants in the hope to better wellbeing for humankind and the planet
Mission statement: Planting seeds for earth, body, and mind
Statement of Purpose: Entheogenesis Australis exists to enhance the Australian natural environment by:
E – Encouraging the propagation, cultivation, conservation, preservation and sharing of plants and fungi of ethnobotanical significance whilst nurturing botanical environments.
G – Growing community and developing connections through conversation, events, media and the creative arts, acting as a multidisciplinary nexus for knowledge sharing within the field of Ethnobotany.
A – Advancing botanical discussion through research, critical thinking, education, creativity, innovation, and awareness about plants, fungi and related compounds with potential beneficial applications for humankind and the natural environment.
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Garden States Ethnobotanical Symposium - Announcement
Garden States - Cultivating Ethnobotanical Plant Knowledge
Join us at ‘Garden States - A Forum for Cultivating Ethnobotanical Plants, Knowledge and Community’ for a full day of ethnobotanical knowledge sharing and discussion on psychedelic plants and culture. The program will be comprised of keynote lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and market space, all aimed at honouring the sacred garden and encouraging conversation and knowledge sharing Get your hands dirty and learn from the experts how to grow and share ethnobotanical plants.
Important Update: As most of you will be aware, the global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Australian government restrictions on mass gatherings have led to the cancellation or moving of all events in the foreseeable future.
We had hoped very much that the conditions surrounding COVID-19 in Melbourne would have improved enough to allow us to run our event by December 2020. Unfortunately, the impact of COVID-19 in Melbourne has been more severe than any of us had hoped, with Stage 4 restrictions are still in place at the time of this update and mass gatherings unlikely to be possible until next year.
In the interest of public health, EGA has moved the Garden States Botanical Symposium to the first weekend of October in 2021 in southeastern suburbs at the Springvale City Hall.
The goal is to have an indoor event that is as personable and community-focused as possible, so we have decided to extend the scope of the event. The conference will now take place over two full days, Friday, October 1st, and Saturday, October 2nd. On Sunday, October 3rd, we are currently planning to host an informal community social day (plant meet), with a plant and book swap taking place in the afternoon (most probably in the Dandenong ranges). We hope this move will provide freedom to expand our content scope and provide our community with an enhanced opportunity to interact and socialise after months of isolation and the long wait for this special botanical conference.
We expect the program will also be much the same but expanded. Given the circumstances, some changes to the program and the way we run event in a COVID-19 world may be expected.
We are immensely grateful for your support of our botanical initiative. Entheogenesis Australis is a volunteer-run charitable, educational organisation, and the sudden event move has had a financial impact, so if you like what we do and the projects we are producing, you can support us via the following link: https://hub.benojo.com/cause/5df0d1193bb27900356e621c
Any current ticket will be valid for the new date, and we encourage you to support us and still attend this exceptional day! We have suspended ticket sales until further notice, as with the change of event scope, we will be adjusting ticket pricing to a new and appropriate rate for future sales. In the unfortunate case that you can no longer attend, please contact us to arrange a refund ASAP - you may reply to your Trybooking confirmation email, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your booking details.
We will be launching a stand-alone conference website in the next month, so keep an eye out as that will provide full coverage of how the expanded event will look.
We thank you again for your support and understanding through what has been a challenging year for many. We hope to see you all next year, and wish you, your family, and communities, all the best over the coming months.
Entheogenesis Australis Team
Planting seeds for the earth, body and mind
You can find the Garden States Facebook event group here.
The Entheogenesis Australis YouTube channel. The content presented cannot cover all of the information and material regarding such a diverse area of study. It is merely a starting point to be used in conjunction with other source material and research to explore the discourse surrounding these compounds and their potential benefits in plant research, pharmacology, botany and culture. Some of the practices and ideas our speakers describe are embedded in cultural and religious traditions that may inform and reduce the risks associated with their use. Research, due diligence and caution is recommended when working with medicinal plants. EGA supports a facts-based approach towards drug use, research and policy development. EGA does not endorse any political party or figures.
Acknowledgment of Country
We acknowledge that in Australia, we live and work in a stolen country that was never ceded. This dispossession, from which many in our community continue to benefit materially, causes ongoing trauma to Indigenous people and communities.
We recognise that we benefit from the knowledge and insights of First Nations people, including long relationships with the plants we revere, from around the world. We acknowledge that knowledge of First Nations people has often been obtained disrespectfully.
We encourage all in our community to learn to do our work the "right way", to understand and recognise different cultural protocols, and to show respect.
EGA enthusiastically supports the Uluru Statement, which calls for First Nations' voices in Australian parliament, for treaty, and for truth. We encourage each and all our community to take up the invitation in the Uluru Statement to work through Australia's unfinished business.