Press Release


From "Menace" to Medicine

Entheogenesis Australis is Shifting Perceptions on Psychedelics


Entheogenesis Australis’ (EGA) 2017 Psychedelic Symposium is a uniquely Australian conference taking place from 8-10 December 2017, examining breakthrough research, education, harm minimization and current applications of the medical and therapeutic uses of psychedelic substances.

The 2017 Psychedelic Symposium will bring together some of the most respected minds from around the world to further an informative and honest conversation around these substances, and the implications they have for individuals and for culture and society.

The conference will take place in a stunning, indoor/outdoor conference facility two hours northeast of Melbourne, and features more than 50 speakers and workshops, including international entheogenic luminaries such as Rick Doblin, Dr. Ben Sessa and Kathleen Harrison, supported by many Australian experts.

"EGA is a unique gathering celebrating research and community. Anyone with an interest in discussing the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics and ethnobotany to address the social and cultural issues that face our world today would benefit from attending EGA" - Rick Doblin, MAPS Executive Director, (

Drawing on new research, education and professional collaboration is the core of EGA’s existence, with the mission to raise awareness around entheogenic and psychoactive substances, their potential for healing and discovery, and to shift perceptions around these substances from ‘menace’ to ‘medicine’.

"EGA is not some hippy festival; conference presenters and attendees are serious and well-informed people talking about an important subject -chemists, pharmacologists, clinicians, artists and musicians as well, of course, as ethnobotanists making up some of the most well-informed conference participants that I have had the pleasure of meeting." - Dennis McKenna, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota

By furthering the broader drug conversation, the anthropological and current day uses of these substances, EGA works to promote a harm reduction and safety message amongst our communities, while building connections towards health and understanding.

To that end, Entheogenesis Australis (EGA) has been holding educational conferences and symposia since the early 2000’s.  What started as a small ethnobotanical meeting soon grew to be a symposium attended by hundreds of delegates, with topics including drug law reform, harm minimization, botany techniques, to questions of consciousness, the nature of mind, and individual sovereignty.

The 2017 Psychedelic Symposium is EGA's 6th outdoor conference (and 16th educational gathering); with its unique outdoor auditorium attracting attendees from incredibly diverse perspectives; students and academics, backyard botanists to those working within world-leading labs. The comprehensiveness of the conference is balanced by a relaxed and family-friendly vibe, as attendees explore the different conference spaces, market stalls, food options and immersive art installations.

8-10 December 2017, will see EGA convene the largest and most comprehensive Psychedelic Symposium ever undertaken in Australia. Furthermore, the conference will be sponsored by MAPS, Australia's Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine (PRISM) and the Hemp Embassy.

Visit the Entheogenesis Australis website for more information and to secure your ticket to this world-leading and utterly unique conference.

To download the Media Release: ega_2017_-_psychedelic_symposium_media_release_-_menace_to_medicine.docx