Psychedelic Alchemy Speaker Series

Naropa Center For Psychedelic Studies Presents: Psychedelic Alchemy, a speaker series dedicated to exploring the modern psychedelic landscape.

Featuring prominent and emerging leaders in the field, these public events will investigate salient topics in the psychedelic space such as psychedelic-assisted therapy, science, social action, spirituality, healing integration and more. Whether you’re a novice or well-researched expert, join us for this curated series of inspiring à la carte discussion panels, lectures, and interviews with galvanizing psychedelic luminaries.

Upcoming Events:

Nicholas Powers, PhD
Flowers in Gun Barrels: How the Psychedelic Renaissance Can Stop War


April 19th, 2022 // 6:30 - 8:00 PM MT // Live Online

Can we go beyond healing the victims of violence to stopping it? What role does the reemergence of psychedelics play as war and climate change threaten our future?

Many within the so-called Psychedelic Renaissance promise that with legalization and therapeutic set and setting, trauma can be cured. Yet as the momentum surrounding psychedelics increasingly shifts towards individual therapy within a corporate model, the counterculture ethos of radical visions, consonance, and consciousness-expansion are being left behind.

Psychedelic Alchemy guest speaker Nicholas Powers, PhD believes that psychedelics must leave the lab and therapy office to give humanity a chance to reimagine itself, and challenge our current path of self-destruction. Remarkably, personal therapy mirrors what happens in social movements: wounded souls return to their real selves, real bodies often discarding former identities like old skin. But according to Powers, we must go beyond healing the individual to healing our history and collective trauma.

Join Dr. Powers in conversation with Naropa faculty Andrew Schelling for a lively discussion about how patriarchy, militarism, and poverty distort self-image and censor consciousness, and how a re-imagined psychedelic social movement can begin to repair these damages.

About the Speaker:

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Nicholas Powers, PhD

Nicholas Powers, PhD is an Associate Professor of Literature, poet, novelist and journalist. His writing has appeared in Truth Out, Business Insider, The Indypendent, Lucid News, Chacruna, Village Voice. His book The Ground Below Zero: 9/11 to Burning Man, New Orleans to Darfur, Haiti to Occupy Wall Street was published by Upset Press. His latest book, a vampire novel is being forthcoming April 2022.

Past Events:

Spring Washam - Buddhism and Plant-Based Medicine: A Dharma Teachers Journey

NCPS was thrilled to host meditation teacher, author, and visionary leader Spring Washam for our inaugural Psychedelic Alchemy event!

Spring is considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based healing practices to diverse communities. She is one of the founders and core teachers at the East Bay Meditation Center, and has practiced and studied Buddhist philosophy for the last 25 years. In addition to being a dharma teacher, Spring is a shamanic practitioner who has studied indigenous healing practices for over a decade. She is the founder of Lotus Vine Journeysan organization that blends indigenous healing practices with Buddhist wisdom.

Check out the event recording to learn more about the profound synergy between contemplative practice and psychedelic experience, and hear about Spring's unique journey on this blended path!