Garden States - Cultivating Ethnobotanical Plant Knowledge



Purchase your Garden States early bird tickets here


We're very excited to announce that on Saturday, May 9th this year, Entheogenesis Australis will be hosting its second Garden States symposium in Melbourne. We invite you to enjoy a full day of ethnobotanical knowledge and related areas of interest.

Join us to celebrate the culture, art, politics and community around medicinal plants in the hope to enhance the wellbeing of humankind and the planet. Get your hands dirty and learn from the experts how to grow and share ethnobotanical plants.

The program will be comprised of keynote lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and a market space, all aimed at honouring the sacred garden and encouraging conversation and knowledge sharing. Please let any like-minded friends know about the symposium and encourage them to join us on May 9 (the day before Mother's Day) for a day of critical thinking about ethnobotanical plants, fungi and related compounds.

We have pulled together a richly diverse program from across Australia, New Zealand and beyond, including keynote presentations from internationally acclaimed artist Janet Laurence (AU), Dr Suresh Muthukumarasway (NZ) on microdosing studies, Dr Margaret Ross and Dr Martin Williams (AU) on Melbourne's St Vincent's Hospital psilocybin trial, Kirsty MacLeod (NZ) on ibogaine therapy, Monica Barratt (AU)  on trends in ethnobotanical plant data from the Global Drug Survey, and psychedelic critical thinker David Nickles (NZ/USA) discussing the latest underground research. They will be joined by a host of other botanically minded talent for a full day of programming over two spaces. Gather with us to expand your mind, body, community and garden.

Local speakers include, Communacacian, Jef Baker, Rachel Gagen, and Nick Sun.

There will be two Panels on the day: Psychedelics and ethics, and Botanical art panel.

Workshops include: Darklight & Caine Barlow will be running two workshops - a basics and then an advanced workshop, Amanda Morglund will demonstrate the principles of mycroremediation, Rodni Chisar will be doing a cactus workshop, and Beau Meister a horticulture workshop.  Beau Meister will also be leading a mushroom foray on the 10th of May, details closer to the date.

Other people on the day will include Meredith Drinkell and Nick Wallis.

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. Early Bird tickets are available until April 1st if they are not sold out before. We also offer discounted tickets for First Nations people and mothers/sole parents, as well as concession & hardship tickets.


You can find the Garden States Facebook event group here.


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.