This course provides an in-depth exploration of psychedelic consciousness across space, time, and culture. In this two-week summer course, we will analyze the imbrication of psychedelic drugs and human culture. The program starts by exploring the use of psychoactive substances in the mystery cults of the ancient world, moving across indigenous societies and the major world religions into the postwar hippie culture and the later boom in ayahuasca tourism, finally culminating in today’s “Psychedelic Renaissance”.
Special attention is placed on filling in the gaps within the emerging field of psychedelic science, which has neglected the deep historical interconnections between psychedelics, culture, and religion from pre-history to the present day. This program offers learners from various backgrounds something they cannot find anywhere else: a comprehensive examination of psychedelics across time, space, and cultures.
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.