Garden States 2021 - Announcement

Garden States - Cultivating Ethnobotanical Plant Knowledge

Join us for two full days of ethnobotanical knowledge sharing and discussion on psychedelic plants and culture, ethnobotany, conservation, research, science, and art. Get your hands dirty and learn to grow and share ethnobotanical plants with the experts.

Important Update: We'd hoped very much that the conditions surrounding COVID-19 in Melbourne would improve enough to allow us to run our botanical symposium, Garden States, in December 2020. Unfortunately, the impact of COVID-19 has been more severe than expected, with Stage 3 restrictions still in place at the time of this update, and mass gatherings unlikely to be possible until next year.

Given these circumstances, and our goal to have a conference that is as personable and community-focused as possible, we've decided to extend the scope of the event next year. The conference will now take place over two full days, Friday, October 1st, and Saturday, October 2nd. On Sunday, October 3rd, we will host an informal community social day, with a plant meet and book swap taking place in the afternoon, most probably in the Dandenong Ranges. The 2021 conference is set to take place before universities and schools head back for their last term.

This move will provide freedom to expand the scope of our content. It will also provide our community with an enhanced opportunity to interact and socialise after many months of isolation, which is important given the long wait for this special botanical conference.

Garden States 2021 will be an expanded version of the program we'd planned to deliver in 2020. Given the circumstances, some minor changes to the program and the way we run events in a COVID-19 world may occur.

As our last few EGA symposiums and events have sold out well in advance, and tickets are strictly limited, we highly recommend booking your Garden States tickets early. When ticket sales resume, we offer discounted tickets for First Nations people and mothers/sole parents, as well as concession & hardship tickets.

Thank you again for your support and understanding through this tough year. We hope to see you all at this very special ethnobotanical event and wish you, your family, and communities all the best over the coming months.

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Recent Events

NSW Premiere of Journeys to the Edge of Consciousness & Icaros: A Vision @ Byron Theatre 

Feb 27  presented by Entheogenesis Australis

The doors open at 6:45 pm with the film starting at 7pm sharp.

 

 

Entheogenesis Australis (EGA) presents a Byron Bay premiere double feature film screening.

'Journeys to the Edge of Consciousness' is a part-animated feature documentary taking a trip into the depths of the human mind with three brave pioneers of the 1950/60’s - Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary and Alan Watts.

'Icaros: A Vision' is a visually stunning film shaped like a shamanic journey, steeped in a psychoactive brew, exploring fear and destiny in the jungle of the mind.

Tickets are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. The screening will start at 7pm. There are discounted tickets for First Nations people or those with concession/hardship.

 

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FILM ONE
Journeys to the Edge of Consciousness is a part-animated feature length documentary film by producer / director Rob Harper.

Take an animated trip into the depths of the human mind with three brave pioneers of the 1950/60’s - Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary and Alan Watts. The film presents three psychedelic trips by these world-famous authors that together changed them, and Western culture, forever.

Combining stylish, minimalist animation with a rich, immersive soundscape, Journeys creates a unique cinematic spectacle, inviting you to relive the highs - and the lows - of the psychedelic experience from the edge of your seat.

Sixty years later we put these historic trips into a modern context, sitting down with twelve leading current thinkers to ask: "What can expanded states of mind teach us about ourselves, the world and our place in it?"

“An ecstatic voyage beyond the gates. Thanks for the trip.”

TONY GRISONI 'FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS'

“This film is a beautiful rendition of the eternal search by humans for a gateway to the great mystery.”

TAV SPARKS, AUTHOR OF 'THE POWER WITHIN'

See the trailer - www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAEc6ywkiHM

FILM TWO
Icaros: A Vision is a film shaped like a shamanic journey, steeped in a psychoactive brew, exploring fear and destiny in the jungle of the mind. A film by Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi.

Her medical options exhausted, an American woman travels to the Amazon in search of a miracle. Thanks to a young ayahuasca shaman who is losing his eyesight, she learns instead to confront her ‘susto’: the disease of fear.

Icaros: A Vision is a story about fear and the release from fear – the fear of illness and of death, but also the fear of life and living. It’s about the possibility of living through one’s fear – which is what the Amazonian plant Ayahuasca is good at getting you to do. Centred on the nightly ceremonies that are the main feature of shamanic retreats, Icaros revels in darkness, replicating a shamanic journey.

The film mixes in elements of reality. Set in an actual Ayahuasca retreat in Peru, it features real shamans and indigenous non-actors from the Shipibo community, mixed in with western actors. Aspects of the film are based on co-director Leonor Caraballo’s true experiences. She had metastatic breast cancer when the shoot began. Although she dedicated herself to the project until the very end, sadly she died before she could see the film finished.

The film is also driven by the conviction that acknowledging the power of plants is the best way to change the jeopardised future of the Amazon – itself like a dying patient. The exploitation of Shipibo lands and communities by oil and timber companies continues. Over the next 20 years, massive tracts will be destroyed to produce only enough oil to sate U.S. demand for, at the most, two weeks. The men and women who have the knowledge of healing plants are finding few in the younger generation who will cultivate their practices. Thus part of the film’s goal is to bring attention to the work, life and knowledge of the Shipibo Conibo people.

Icaros: A Vision is a filmic tapestry about the meeting of cultures, a West in search of its lost soul and the indigenous Shipibo adapting their expansive practices and unique view of the universe. Finally, the story takes place in Iquitos, the same town where Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo was shot more than 30 years ago, and the hotel Casa Fitzcarraldo hosts a key scene in the film.

See the trailer - www.vimeo.com/196901008

 

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Two screenings of 'Fantastic Fungi' at Cinema Nova Thursday January 30th, followed by a panel discussion with leading experts from the world of mycology, ecology, and psilocybin therapy.

The first session starts at 6:30pm, followed by the panel, ending at 8:45pm. Doors open 6:15pm.

The second session starts at 9:05pm with the panel followed by the film, ending at around 11pm. Doors open 8:50pm.

 

 

 

Happy 2020 to all. It has been an incredibly difficult time in Australia for the many coping with bushfires and the realities of our current environmental predicament. We urgently need to look to a more collective, responsible and holistic approach to guardianship of our planet.On Thursday 30 January 2020, Entheogenesis Australis (EGA) presents a Melbourne special film screening of the new feature documentary, Fantastic Fungi, followed by a panel discussion with leading experts from the world of mycology, ecology, and psilocybin therapy.

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Fantastic Fungi, directed by Louie Schwartzberg, is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical Earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offer us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.

Imagine an organism that feeds you, heals you, reveals secrets of the universe and could help save the planet. Fantastic Fungi is a revelatory time-lapse journey about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth that began 3.5 billion years ago. You’ll see it through the eyes of mycologists, discussing the unlimited potential of fungi in the fields of food, medicine, expanding consciousness, bioremediation, neurogenesis and treating end-of-life anxiety. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The screening will be followed by a mycological panel featuring ecologist and environmental photographer Alison Pouliot, mycologist Caine Barlow, ecologist Sapphire McMullan-Fisher, founder of Mycelium Made, Amanda Morglund, and President of PRISM, Vice President of EGA, research fellow in Medicinal Chemistry at Monash University, and co-lead investigator of the upcoming Melbourne psilocybin trials at St Vincent's Hospital, Dr Martin Williams. The mycological panel will be facilitated by the coordinator of Fungimap, Cameron Durnsford.

This event supports the work of Fungimap, a not for profit, citizen-science organisation dedicated to furthering the conservation and knowledge of Australian fungi. Please consider adding a donation when purchasing tickets. Fungimap and Entheogenesis Australis are small charity organisations and rely on the generosity of people who value their work, so your support is greatly appreciated. 
www.fungimap.org.au

More information about the panel guests is listed below.

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Alison Pouliot

Dr Alison Pouliot is an ecologist, environmental photographer and honorary fellow at the Australian National University. Her research spans both northern and southern hemispheres where she is actively involved in fungal conservation and ethnomycology, conducting over 400 fungus workshops and forays over the last two decades.

Alison’s recent book, The Allure of Fungi (CSIRO Publishing) explores the natural and cultural curiosities of the fungal realm. Her new book (co-authored with mycologist Tom May) is the first field guide to edible fungi in Australia will be published later this year. More information is available at www.alisonpouliot.com

 

Martin Williams

Martin Williams, PhD is a research fellow in Medicinal Chemistry at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne. He is founding & current President of the DGR-registered health-promotion charity, Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine (PRISM), founding & current Vice-President of the botanical/education charity, Entheogenesis Australis (EGA), Scientific Officer with the newly established charity, Mind Medicine Australia, and co-lead investigator of the upcoming psilocybin trials at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne.

Through PRISM, Martin and colleagues have been advocating since 2011 for mental health research using psychedelic compounds in Australia, and in doing so, have established connections with researchers in the USA, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In the course of planning and seeking approvals for two clinical trials, one of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of PTSD and the other of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of anxiety and depression associated with terminal illness, Martin has become familiar with the Australian regulatory and research governance landscape.

Martin and the Palliative Care team at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, have recently achieved the requisite Human Research Ethics and state & federal government approvals for their proposed Phase 2 psilocybin trial, due to start later in 2019. He is currently working with another interdisciplinary research group on plans for a clinical trial of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for treatment-resistant depression.

 

Sapphire McMullan-Fisher

Sapphire is an ecologist who has a special interest in the conservation of biodiversity, particularly the macrofungi and mosses.

She has been active with Australian scientific groups like the Australian Network for Plant Conservation, Australian Bryophyte Workshops, Education Subcommittee of the Australasian Mycological Society, and numerous community groups including many fungi groups, field naturalist clubs and Landcare groups. She is involved in Greening Australia’s Habitat Conservation and Management Course and the new Victorian Nature Stewards program. Read more about her research profile in Research Gate.

Having lived in four states and travelled across Australia’s landscapes she has been involved in many of the fungal community groups over the years. She particularly enjoys getting out into the bush to discover fungal treasures as often as she can.

Gold Tufts (Cyptotrama asprata, left) is Sapphire’s favourite fungus. It is delightful from the baby cushion tufts to the mushrooms with their pure white gills (Paul Vallier).

 

Cameron Durnsford
Cameron Durnsford is the coordinator of Fungimap, a pioneering citizen science project working for more than 20 years to map the distribution of Australian macrofungi and promote the ecological importance and conservation value of our mycota. Having worked in press freedom advocacy, community broadcasting, and medicinal cannabis cultivation, he is currently completing a Master of Urban Horticulture at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley campus. As a keen bushwalker and epicurean it was inevitable he’d be drawn to fungi. His current extracurricular obsession is beekeeping.

 

Caine Barlow

Caine Barlow is a fungi educator who has been cultivating and studying fungi for 13 years. In 2019 he completed a Master's degree where his research project was to predict a preliminary conservation status for many Australian fungi.

As a fungi educator, he is passionate about encouraging people to see fungi in a new light by demonstrating how easy they are to grow in kitchen and garden environments. He likes to inspire a sense of creativity in the cloning and propagation of mycelium, experimentation with different substrates, and how to hack together equipment.

Through exploring the forests of Far South Tasmania, Caine's interest in fungi evolved from foraging to learning how to culture native species for conservation, and on to cultivating a variety of culinary and medicinal species. Then to further studies into mycorrhizal fungi, mycoremediation, and mycorestoration.

When not growing fungi, Caine volunteers his time with MYCOmmunity applied mycology, and Fungimap. He is also a regular contributor, “trusted identifier” and administrator on a variety of fungi oriented website forums and facebook groups.

Caine has an Instagram account "Guerrilla Mycology” where he blogs about his cultivation techniques and the enthnomycology of fungi he finds in the field.

(Photo credit: Bob Hutchison)

 

Amanda Morglund

Amanda Morglund is the founder of Mycelium Made, who creates biodegradable, zero waste loungewear using mushrooms. This process of Mycotailoring weaves together discarded textiles into insulating garment structures.

Amanda is a passionate Cultivator of Circular Design, Education and Community. Collaborating with Fungi offers an opportunity to tackle some of the world’s most challenging ecosystem disruptors and restore health to damaged environments.

(Photo credit: Daniel Mallia)

 

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.