WISDOM | Breaking Convention Psychedelics and Consciousness Conference Announced
Breaking Convention is a biennial conference on psychedelic consciousness, the only one of its kind operating in Britain, convened by a non-profit organization of the same name. Breaking Convention 2013 will be held at the University of Greenwich on July 12-14 and will feature ten symposia of invited speakers and a track dedicated to talks from submitted abstracts, as well as galleries, exhibitions, films and evening entertainments. Full information and tickets are available at breakingconvention.co.uk.
Rak Razam is co-director and producer of the acclaimed new independent documentary AYA: Awakenings (www.aya-awakenings.com) based on his two books: AYA, A Shamanic Odyssey, a travel-memoir of his time with shamans in the Peruvian Amazon and a companion volume of interviews: The Ayahuasca Sessions, published by Icaro.
Bella Trimble is a clinical hypnotherapist, natural intuitive, visualization guide and breath-work guide whose areas of specialization include self-esteem, creative blocks, fears/phobias and anxiety disorders. She has written on various subjects, including an essay and interview with the late sculptor, Louise Bourgoise, published by Routledge.
Nik was a founding member of Space Rock Band ‘Hawkwind’, which had a no.1 single ‘Silver Machine’ in 1972. Nik wrote and performed with Hawkwind for 10 years, on all their gold albums, while spending time hanging out with the Grateful Dead and visiting Timothy Leary.
Katherine is an Instructor in the Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she has studied the effects of psilocybin and other psychedelics on behavior and personality change, and has guided over 100 psychedelic sessions.
Erik Davis is a writer, award-winning journalist, scholar, music critic and lecturer based in San Diego. He is the author of ‘TechGnosis: Myth, Magic and Mysticism in the Age of Information’ and ‘Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica’.
Graham is a writer and journalist whose books, which include ‘The Sign and The Seal’ & ‘Fingerprints of the Gods’, have sold more than five million copies worldwide and have been translated into twenty-seven languages. His recent work focuses on shamanism and the origins of religion.
The University of Greenwich Campus is on a World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames. The campus is centred on three baroque buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren at the end of the 17th century and has been described by The Independent as “more breathtaking than the Versailles of Louis XIV” and by UNESCO as one of the “finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles”.