Psychedelic Mindview

Psychedelic Mindview is a thought-provoking course, taught over the past ten years, that delves into the use of psychedelic substances throughout history.

  • 300 Enrolled
  • University
  • Last updated Mar '23
  • English
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Course Description

Psychedelic Mindview is a thought-provoking course, taught over the past ten years, that delves into the use of psychedelic substances throughout history.

Students will explore the use of psychedelics by indigenous cultures, religious groups, and in psychotherapy. The course also covers the current research on using psychedelics in substance abuse treatment and as a therapeutic adjunct.

There are no pre-enrollment criteria for this course, and students will be able to classify various drugs by category, effects, risks, and benefits upon completion. They will also be able to evaluate the potential benefits of psychedelic medicines in a controlled setting, recognize the differences between indigenous and western views of psychedelics, and describe the implications of using psychedelics for religious ceremonies and spiritual growth.

The course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the implications of using psychedelics in substance abuse and mental health treatment, including its use in therapy. The topical outline of the course includes Drug Enforcement, Agency drug scheduling, War on drugs, Indigenous view of psychedelics, Evolution of the use of psychedelics in society, Psychedelic use in religion, and Psychedelic use in therapy.

The required text for the course is Higher Wisdom: Eminent Elders Explore the Continuing Impact of Psychedelics Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology. The teaching method for the course is an asynchronous format where lectures, assigned readings, videos, assignments, and discussions are available online, and students can access them at any time.

Overall, Psychedelic Mindview is an enlightening course that encourages students to think critically about the role of psychedelics in history, religion, and therapy. Upon successful completion, students will have gained an in-depth understanding of the topic and be able to engage in meaningful discussions on the subject.

This course is available for students of DuPage, and starts on the 20th of March, 2023.

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.
Only available to COD students

This course includes

  • Lectures 7
  • Duration 8 Weeks
  • Skills University
  • Language English
  • Availability Cohort
  • Certificate No
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