Visionary Salon with Dennis McKenna


  • $100.00




Visionary Salon with Dennis McKenna

with your hosts Alex & Allyson Grey

February 21st, 2015   1pm - 9pm



Visionary Salon with Dennis McKenna

This half-day seminar will cover several topics, all loosely tied together by the unifying theme of psychedelics.  The first part will focus on Dennis’ memoir, The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss: My Life with Terence McKenna.   Dennis will do a reading and signing of his book, and unpack some of the themes addressed therein:  ‘Although our ostensible mission was a search for exotic, indigenous hallucinogens, in fact our real goal, unknown even to us at the time, was a quest to understand the psychedelic experience and its relationship to the deepest mysteries of life on earth, humanity’s evolutionary odyssey through time and history, and the outer dimensions of consciousness.’ 

In the second part of the seminar, we will show the stunning documentary by award-winning documentarian Oliver Hockenhull, Neurons to Nirvana. This excellent movie is the best recent introduction to the science of psychedelics, and the emerging rediscovery of their therapeutic uses that is going to revolutionize psychiatry and medicine. Followed by Q&A.

After dinner, Dennis will present his lecture: Plant/Human Coevolution and the Origins of the Human Imagination, which argues that humans’ early encounters with natural psychedelics in their environment, particularly psilocybin mushrooms, provided the trigger that catalyzed the emergence of consciousness  
Q&A will follow, and our hosts, Alex and Allyson Grey, will join Dennis in a panel discussion that will revisit all the themes covered in the seminar, and invite the audience to participate, and share their own questions, comments, and insights.


Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss book link on Amazon
BOTSA page on Facebook
BOTSA’s listing on Good Reads
BOTSA webpage
Ralph Metzner’s blog, reviewing my book and Terence & me

Joe Rogan December 17, 2012
Joe Rogan March 2014
Christopher Ryan, author of Sex at Dawn
Podcast on Midwest Real last month
Podcast page on BOTSA web site

At the Emerald Tablet, SF January 2014
At the Horizons Conference October 2013
Reflections on La Chorrera
Interview with Rak Razam, Australia 2012
Interview on Grimermica, March 2014


Workshop Leader

Dennis J. McKenna, P.H.D.

Dennis McKenna’s professional and personal interests are focused on the interdisciplinary study of ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. He received his doctorate in 1984 from the University of British Columbia, where his doctoral research focused on ethnopharmacological investigations of the botany, chemistry, and pharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he, two orally-active tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon. Dr. McKenna received post-doctoral research fellowships in the Laboratory of Clinical Pharmacology, National Institute of Mental Health, and in the Department of Neurology, Stanford University School of Medicine. He joined Shaman Pharmaceuticals as Director of Ethnopharmacology in 1990, and relocated to Minnesota in 1993 to join the Aveda Corporation as Senior Research Pharmacognosist. He joined the faculty of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota in 2001. He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute and serves on the advisory board of non-profit organizations in the fields of ethnobotany and botanical medicines. He was a key organizer and participant in the Hoasca Project, an international biomedical study of ayahuasca used by indigenous people and syncretic religious groups in Brasil. He recently completed a project, funded by the Stanley Medical Research Institute, to investigate Amazonian ethnomedicines for the treatment of schizophrenia and cognitive deficits. At the Heffter Research Institute, he continues his focus on the therapeutic uses of psychoactive medicines derived from nature and used in indigenous ethnomedical practices.


(Top) Alex with Dennis McKenna    (Bottom) Alex with Terence McKenna


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