The Science of Psychedelics With Dr Robin Carhart-Harris

Learn all about the science behind LSD and magic mushrooms with expert Dr Robin Carhart-Harris. Engage with the history and science of psychedelics.

  • 200 Enrolled
  • Beginner
  • Last updated Apr '23
  • English
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Course Description

The Science of Psychedelics with Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris is an engaging online course offered by the Idler Academy that dives deep into the world of psychedelics. Students will explore the scientific basis behind substances like LSD and magic mushrooms, guided by the expertise of Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, (then) Head of the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London. This course aims to comprehensively understand the history, effects, and potential therapeutic applications of these fascinating substances.

Throughout six lessons, Dr. Carhart-Harris will cover various topics, beginning with the basic pharmacology of psychedelics and progressing through the history of psychedelic science, brain imaging techniques, and first-hand accounts of psychedelic trips. The course will also delve into the therapeutic potential of psychedelics in treating depression and other conditions and the contemporary debate surrounding legalization.

The Science of Psychedelics online course provides a multimedia learning experience, offering students video lessons, audio recordings, printable notes with additional resources, and access to an exclusive course forum for discussion and interaction with fellow students and the tutor.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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


This course includes

  • Lectures 6
  • Duration 5 Hours
  • Skills Beginner
  • Language English
  • Availability Always
  • Certificate No
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