Entheogenic Community Building is an immersive education experience for anyone who is feeling called to serve the many communities across the nation that are beginning to explore the responsible use of entheogenic plants and fungi. The program consists of an online lecture series and weekly small group gatherings for discussion and exercises. Together we’ll survey the key elements of building ethical communities of practice for healing and transformation -- from informed consent to integration, and everything in between. At the same time, we will consciously practice being in right relationship with ourselves and each other, building a skilled peer-mentoring community that will continue to support us long after the workshop ends. Join us as we explore what it means to walk each other home.
Dates: Live sessions will run August 17 - September 10, 2021.
Topics: The four weeks of the course will follow the themes of Heart, Spirit, Mind, and Body.
Spirit (first quarter) describes the realm of Becoming—imagination, kairos, complexity. The associated branch of philosophy is metaphysics. Visionary substances will be discussed. Values include beauty, inspiration, respect, wisdom. Practical matters will include doctrine development and ritual design. Readings will draw from Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta.
Mind (full moon) describes the realm of Beyond—knowledge, yang, order/structure. The associated branch of philosophy is epistemology. Dissociative substances will be discussed. Values include trust, integrity, honesty, truth. Practical matters will include organizational structure and operations. Readings will draw from Recapture the Rapture by Jamie Wheal.
Body (last quarter) is the realm of Being—practice, chronos, complicatedness. The associated branch of philosophy is ontology. Euphoric/analgesic substances will be discussed. Values include presence, authenticity, responsibility, craftsmanship. Practical matters include participant screening and emergency preparedness. Readings will draw from Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown.
Heart (new moon) describes the realm of Belonging—relationality, yin, chaos/flow. The associated branch of philosophy is ethics. Associated values include love, charity, kinship, service. Entactogenic substances will be discussed. Practical matters will include collaboration and conflict resolution. Readings for this week will draw from The Ethics of Caring by Kylea Taylor.
Commitment: Each week of the workshop will have four 90-minute components.
We begin each week with a Listening Session, where we'll introduce and discuss the week's theme. The goal of the session is to identify the skills and knowledge related to the theme that we already hold collectively, and to discover where we have room to grow and learn.
Solo and small group practice sessions are conducted midweek at your own pace. We'll provide suggested assignments and let you choose the work that best serves your development.
The week concludes with a Resource Session. AEP staff will take feedback from the Listening Session and prepare a presentation on the thematic elements of greatest interest to the group - scientific research, religious history, best practices from existing communities, etc. Participants will also be invited to share what they learned in the solo and small group sessions.
Participation: Each section of the workshop is limited to 12 participants. Priority will be given to current AEP members. Course materials will also be available to all members of the AEP after the course is completed. (How to join.)
The workshop is available to non-members by application. There is a $50 application fee, which will be refunded if you do not enroll in the course for any reason.
If you complete the course and then opt to join the Association, your AEP application fee will be waived. Your participation and your feedback on the course would be a welcome exchange.
Certification: This will be the first AEP certification opportunity. Standards for satisfactory completion will be announced at the beginning of the course.
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