Philosophy and Psychedelics Course

Explore philosophy and psychedelics in a 6-week course by Alex Criddle, covering consciousness, ego, reality, and indigenous insights.

  • 10 Enrolled
  • All levels
  • Last updated Dec '23
  • English
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Course Description

The Philosophy and Psychedelics Course by Alex Criddle is a 6-week program beginning January 2024, encompassing six modules. It includes diverse learning methods like readings, podcasts, videos, live lectures with Q&A, and a Discord community.

Topics cover the philosophical aspects of psychedelic experiences, theories of consciousness, ego dissolution, noetic revelations, reality perceptions, and indigenous philosophies. The course aims to explore the philosophical underpinnings of psychedelic experiences and their implications in contemporary research and understanding.

Alex Criddle, with extensive experience in philosophy and psychedelics, leads the course, offering a deep dive into the philosophical aspects of psychedelic research and experiences.

You will learn:

  • What is Bwiti?
  • Roles in Bwiti initiation/treatment
  • Instruments in Bwiti: ngombe, mogongo
  • What is an Nganga
    • Maboundi/Yombo
    • Maboundi/Yombo
  • Sustainability/reciprocity

You will learn:

  • History of the Fang tradition
  • Dissumba vs. Dissumba Fang
  • Ombwiri/Mbumbayano Fang
  • The kambo
  • State of Fang Bwiti in Gabon
  • Impact of Westerners coming to work with the sacred wood

You will learn:

  • History of the Missoko tradition
  • Various branches of Missoko initiation:
    • Miobe/Mioba
    • Ngonde Na Dipuma
    • Sengedia
  • The impact of logging on the tradition
  • What the future of Bwiti could look like in Gabon

You will learn:

  • History of Dissumba
  • Various branches of Dissumba initiation:
    • Abanji/Mabanji
    • Ilombo
    • Ombwiri
    • Ombudi
    • Loro
  • The ngombe (sacred harp)
  • Healing rituals involved in her tradition
  • Training to serve the wood
    • What does it involve?
    • How long does it take?




About Instructor

Tatayo (“Fruit of the Wind”) first arrived in Gabon in 1971 at the age of 21 and became a Gabonese citizen. In 1979, he became the first white person to be initiated into the Bwiti Fang tradition in Gabon. In 1994, he was initiated into the Misokko tradition. As a guide for numerous expeditions and missions, including those of National Geographic, the BBC, and others, Tatayo is considered to have “opened the door” to westerners in Gabon.

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Please see below for start and finish dates/times. This course is currently being offered live and dates/times will change throughout the year.

from $150

to $250

This course includes

  • Lectures 6
  • Duration 6 Weeks
  • Skills All levels
  • Language English
  • Availability Cohort
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