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Episode 058 - Unlocking The Mystery & The McKenna Academy w/ Dennis McKenna

Midnight, On Earth

In this episode, I have a powerful and cosmic discussion with legendary psychedelic elder Dennis McKenna.. We discuss his school, The McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy, and also talk about his thoughts on the current state of the psychedelic community. Dennis also shares his perspective on a variety of subjects including DMT Vape Pens and the current trend of microdosing.. An incredible conversation for the ages.. Listen In!mckenna.academyDennis Mckenna Bio Dennis Jon McKenna is an American ethnopharmacologist, research pharmacognosist, lecturer and author, who has studied plant hallucinogens for over forty years. He earned his Master's degree in botany at the University of Hawaii, and his Doctorate in Botanical Sciences from the University of British Columbia. Since that time, he has conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian, Colombian, and Brazilian Amazon. Dennis is also a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, a non-profit organization concerned with the investigation of the potential therapeutic uses of psychedelic medicines and was a key investigator on the Hoasca Project, the first biomedical investigation of ayahuasca. From 2000 to 2017, he taught courses on Ethnopharmacology and Plants in Human affairs as an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. He emigrated to Canada in the spring of 2019 together with his wife Sheila, and now resides in Abbotsford.Since 2019, he has been working with colleagues to manifest a long-term dream: the McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy, a non-profit organization founded in the spirit of the ancient Mystery Schools and dedicated to the study of plant medicines, consciousness, intelligence in nature, preservation of indigenous knowledge and a re-visioning of humanity's relationship with Nature. Dr. McKenna is author or co-author of 6 books and over 50 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy:Our vision is an awakened world where all species thrive in symbiotic harmony. Our mission is to be a catalyst for the transformation of global consciousness through educational experiences that interweave our collective intelligence, science, and ancestral wisdom.And the McKenna Academy, provides a fully-integrated curriculum including spiritual, shamanic, exploratory and medical use of Psychedelic Medicines.In this respect, the McKenna Academy is a modern instantiation of the experiential mystery schools of antiquity, combining plant experiences with rigorous academic inquiry. Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 38mins

9 Sep 2021

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HomeGrown Humans - Dennis McKenna - Non-Ordinary Experiences and Psychedelics - Hosted by Jamie Wheal

Collective Insights

In this episode Dennis McKenna shares his professional and personal stories and discoveries on the interdisciplinary study of ethnopharmacology and natural psychedelics. Dennis dives deep into indigenous wisdom, plant knowledge, and the eschaton, or the end of time. Non-Ordinary Experiences & Psychedelics going over fungi, neurotransmitters, amino acids. And the relationship between logos, kairos, chronos, and the eschaton. Listen in now! For the full show notes visit: https://neurohacker.com/understanding-non-ordinary-experiences-psychedelics-and-our-reality-an-interview-with-dennis-mckenna

1hr 29mins

8 Sep 2021

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#15 - Dennis McKenna: Catalysing A Global Transformation Of Human Consciousness

Mind Medicine Australia

Dennis McKenna is an Ethnopharmacolgist, research pharmacist, lecturer, and author. He is the brother of the famous psychedelic advocate Terence McKenna and is a founding member and director of ethnographic research at the Heffter Research Institute, a non-profit organization involved in investigating the potential of therapeutic uses of drugs. In this episode we discuss: Preserving indigenous practice, challenges we face Mckenna Academy of Natural Philosophy The brain as a reducing valve of reality The mind-brain problem Psychedelics bring the background forward Serotonin Consciousness and symbiosis What research questions should be asked in the next 5-10 years Who will be the gatekeepers of these medicines The need to arm psychiatrists and mental health practitioners with psychedelics Support the podcast (Patreon) Mind Medicine AustraliaDonate to Mind Medicine AustraliaJoin a local chapter

1hr 32mins

27 Aug 2021

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Michael Pollan & Dennis McKenna

The Libreria Podcast

In this episode Libreria welcomes two legends in psychedelic research, the award-winning author Michael Pollan and the brilliant ethnopharmacologist Dennis McKenna, as we discuss how psychoactive plants impact our brain and culture.

1hr 3mins

6 Aug 2021

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Episode 51: Ayahuasca, BioGnosis, and more with Dr. Dennis McKenna

The Stoned Ape Reports

In this episode, I had the honor of speaking with Dr. Dennis McKenna, an ethnopharmacologist, researcher, lecturer, and author. He and his brother Terence are the ones who coined the term, Stoned Ape, as part of their evolutionary theory. He’s the founder of the McKenna Academy and a board member at the Heffter Research Institute. The McKenna Academy embarks on a long-term project called “BioGnosis” which aims to be a catalyst in bridging ancestral wisdom, ethnobotany, and innovation, all for a thriving planet. We talked about his personal journeys with psychedelics, his insights as an ethnopharmacologist, and even discussed end-of-life anxiety and death. We discussed: His return to South America in 1981 to “just do science”Brought Ayahuasca forward as his main teacherI’d love to hear your story of how psychedelics helped you. If I understand it correctly, you see a profound, symbiotic relationship between mushrooms/psychedelics and humans. You see how they can help with depression, addiction, anxiety, and PTSD. But how have psychedelics helped you, personally? What was going on in your life before you found these Foods of the Gods? And did things change for the better?Stayed focused on studiesTook Ayahuasca several times, but deliberately suppressed the effects; “Stranger in a strange land”Would allow himself to surrenderConnected in 1991 at a conference in Brazil; 500 people took Ayahuasca together; profound experience of experiencing photosynthesis as a water molecule; personal and profound experience; influenced the idea of symbiosis; more details in The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss; songs were very impactful, allowed him to focus attention on inner process; felt safe, unlike in Peru; Hoasca Project; Psychedelic experiences are so personal, they stick to memories as profoundAs you know, I lost my son, Ian. I love hearing his name. I love it when people ask me about him. Is there anything you want to share about Terence? Integrate together; big changes; familial issues worked out?He shared experiences with Terence as well as his relationship with his brother during Terence’s terminal illness.Terence as Timothy Leary 2.0 and his relationship with psychedelicsDiscussion of loss, depression, signs of suicide with my sonForgiving one who has diedFood of the Gods; “Stoned Ape” – you don’t love that phrase, right?You have such a deep understanding of these medicines through your studies and your experiences. Given that, what is your advice to getting the most from a psychedelic experience? We know set/setting/dose/integration. What are your thoughts?How has this insight affected your own journeys? I know we try to “let go” or open up. Is that hard to do when you know so much about the chemicals?Have you formed opinions — or even strategies — around the different psychedelics – peyote, ayahuasca, mushrooms, DMT, 5-Meo-DMT, etc.?What’s coming from you in the near future? Events? Books?Documentary project in South America; BioGnosis — knowledge preservation; working with Botanist in Quito; downloading his knowledge; ethnomedicine in the Amazon; visiting communities; curanderos; Anything else you’d like to share? Symposium https://mckenna.academy/events https://vimeo.com/showcase/4766647 https://synergeticpress.com/catalog/dennis-mckenna/ https://synergeticpress.com/catalog/dennis-mckenna/ The post Episode 51: Ayahuasca, BioGnosis, and more with Dr. Dennis McKenna appeared first on The Stoned Ape Reports.

46mins

31 Jul 2021

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#22 Dennis Mckenna: Societal delusions, Crooked Media, and the Immortality Key

Business, Life, and Ayahuasca with Daniel Cleland

For episode 22 of Business, Life, and Ayahuasca we are incredibly thankful to have on the godfather of psychedelics, Dennis Mckenna. Dennis Mckenna has been on the scene of the psychedelic movement since the 60s and is still vastly influential today. Dennis Mckenna along with his late brother Terrence Mckenna were a key factor in the introduction of psilocybin mushrooms in the United States. They are considered pioneers of western psychedelic culture and Dennis Mckenna continues to impact the culture through education and organizations such as his very own Mckenna Academy of Natural Philosophy. As always, this episode is brought to you by Soltara Healing Center.  Connect with Dennis Mckenna Dennis Mckenna Website- https://mckenna.academy Dennis Mckenna Instagram - @mckenna.academy Connect with Daniel Cleland Website - http://danielcleland.com/ Instagram - @danielccleland Facebook - @danielccleland Sign up for my Newsletter: http://danielcleland.com/ Subscribe to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/DanielCleland Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes Spotify Google

1hr 14mins

26 Jul 2021

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#523: Dennis McKenna — The Depths of Ayahuasca: 500+ Sessions, Fundamentals, Advanced Topics, Science, Churches, Learnings, Warnings, and Beyond

The Tim Ferriss Show

Dennis McKenna - The Depths of Ayahuasca: 500+ Sessions, Fundamentals, Advanced Topics, Science, Churches, Learnings, Warnings, and Beyond | Brought to you by Wealthfront automated investing, Allform premium, modular furniture, and Tonal smart home gym. More on all three below.Dennis McKenna (@DennisMcKenna4) has spent more than 40 years researching the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. He has conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian, Colombian, and Brazilian Amazon.His doctoral research at the University of British Columbia focused on the ethnopharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he, two tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon.He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, and was a key organizer and participant in the Hoasca Project, the first biomedical investigation of ayahuasca used by the UDV, a Brazilian religious group. He is the younger brother of Terence McKenna.From 2000 to 2017, he taught courses on ethnopharmacology as well as plants in human affairs in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. In 2019, in collaboration with colleagues, he incorporated a new non-profit, the McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy. He emigrated to Canada in the spring of 2019 together with his wife Sheila, and now resides in Abbotsford, B.C.Please enjoy!This episode is brought to you by Wealthfront! Wealthfront pioneered the automated investing movement, sometimes referred to as ‘robo-advising,’ and they currently oversee $20 billion of assets for their clients. It takes about three minutes to sign up, and then Wealthfront will build you a globally diversified portfolio of ETFs based on your risk appetite and manage it for you at an incredibly low cost. Smart investing should not feel like a rollercoaster ride. Let the professionals do the work for you. Go to Wealthfront.com/Tim and open a Wealthfront account today, and you’ll get your first $5,000 managed for free, for life. Wealthfront will automate your investments for the long term. Get started today at Wealthfront.com/Tim.*This episode is also brought to you by Allform! If you’ve been listening to the podcast for a while, you’ve probably heard me talk about Helix Sleep mattresses, which I’ve been using since 2017. They just launched a new company called Allform, and they’re making premium, customizable sofas and chairs shipped right to your door—at a fraction of the cost of traditional stores. You can pick your fabric (and they’re all spill, stain, and scratch resistant), the sofa color, the color of the legs, and the sofa size and shape to make sure it’s perfect for you and your home.Allform arrives in just 3–7 days, and you can assemble it yourself in a few minutes—no tools needed. To find your perfect sofa, check out Allform.com/Tim. Allform is offering 20% off all orders to you, my dear listeners, at Allform.com/Tim.*This episode is also brought to you by Tonal! Tonal is the world’s most intelligent home gym and personal trainer. It is precision engineered and designed to be the world’s most advanced strength studio. Tonal uses breakthrough technology—like adaptive digital weights and A.I. learning—together with the best experts in resistance training so you get stronger, faster. Every program is personalized to your body using A.I., and smart features check your form in real time, just like a personal trainer.Try Tonal, the world’s smartest home gym, for 30 days in your home, and if you don’t love it, you can return it for a full refund. 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I also love reading the reviews!For show notes and past guests, please visit tim.blog/podcast.Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (“5-Bullet Friday”) at tim.blog/friday.For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts.Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books.Follow Tim:Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferrissFacebook: facebook.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferrissPast guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Crews, Sia, Yuval Noah Harari, Malcolm Gladwell, Madeleine Albright, Cheryl Strayed, Jim Collins, Mary Karr, Maria Popova, Sam Harris, Michael Phelps, Bob Iger, Edward Norton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Neil Strauss, Ken Burns, Maria Sharapova, Marc Andreessen, Neil Gaiman, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Jocko Willink, Daniel Ek, Kelly Slater, Dr. Peter Attia, Seth Godin, Howard Marks, Dr. Brené Brown, Eric Schmidt, Michael Lewis, Joe Gebbia, Michael Pollan, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Vince Vaughn, Brian Koppelman, Ramit Sethi, Dax Shepard, Tony Robbins, Jim Dethmer, Dan Harris, Ray Dalio, Naval Ravikant, Vitalik Buterin, Elizabeth Lesser, Amanda Palmer, Katie Haun, Sir Richard Branson, Chuck Palahniuk, Arianna Huffington, Reid Hoffman, Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Rick Rubin, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Darren Aronofsky, and many more.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

2hr 2mins

21 Jul 2021

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Dennis McKenna - Encore - Mind, Body, Health, and Politics

Mind Body Health & Politics

Last week we got such a positive reception from our listeners that I am rebroadcasting my interview with psychedelic elder confessor Dennis McKenna – author of the classic book, The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss: My Life with Terence McKenna.Dennis, the younger brother of Terence, was featured in my previous book, Psychedelic Medicine, discussing the plant medicine known in South America as ayahuasca – a potent rain forest concoction containing the active ingredient DMT.McKenna has conducted research in ethnopharmacology for over 40 years, and our last interview focused on the science of this fascinating substance. However, this recent interview focuses more on Dennis's personal experiences in academia and industry as he gradually found his present niche as a writer, researcher, teacher, and advocate for the study of mind-altering plant medicines.He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, and was a key investigator on the Hoasca Project, the first biomedical investigation of ayahuasca. He is also the younger brother of Terence McKenna. From 2000 to 2017, he taught courses on Ethnopharmacology and Plants in Human affairs as an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. In the spring of 2019, in collaboration with colleagues in Canada and the US, heincorporated a new non-profit, the McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy. He emigrated to Canada in the spring of 2019 together with his wife Sheila, and now resides in Abbotsford B.C.Listen at 9 am PACIFIC, as we rebroadcast my pre-recorded interview with Dennis McKenna.Finally, if you know a good candidate for our *Confessions of the Psychedelic Elders* series – or are yourself interested in sharing your story – please contact us at producer@mindbodyhealthpolitics.org.

1hr 40mins

15 Jun 2021

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Dennis McKenna - Mind, Body, Health, and Politics

Mind Body Health & Politics

This week I continue my series of psychedelic elder confessors with the great Dennis McKenna – author of the classic book, The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss: My Life with Terence McKenna.Dennis, the younger brother of Terence, was featured in my previous book, Psychedelic Medicine, discussing the plant medicine known in South America as ayahuasca – a potent rain forest concoction containing the active ingredient DMT.McKenna has conducted research in ethnopharmacology for over 40 years, and our last interview focused on the science of this fascinating substance. However, this recent interview focuses more on Dennis's personal experiences in academia and industry as he gradually found his present niche as a writer, researcher, teacher, and advocate for the study of mind-altering plant medicines.He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, and was a key investigator on the Hoasca Project, the first biomedical investigation of ayahuasca. He is also the younger brother of Terence McKenna. From 2000 to 2017, he taught courses on Ethnopharmacology and Plants in Human affairs as an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. In the spring of 2019, in collaboration with colleagues in Canada and the US, heincorporated a new non-profit, the McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy. He emigrated to Canada in the spring of 2019 together with his wife Sheila, and now resides in Abbotsford B.C.Listen at 9 am PACIFIC, as we drop my pre-recorded interview with Dennis McKenna.Finally, if you know a good candidate for our *Confessions of the Psychedelic Elders* series – or are yourself interested in sharing your story – please contact us at producer@mindbodyhealthpolitics.org.

1hr 40mins

8 Jun 2021

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Psychedelic Symbiosis with Dennis McKenna

Mushroom Revival Podcast

We are humbled to be speaking with psychedelic pioneer, Dennis McKenna. Dennis and his late brother Terrence are some of the most influential figures in western psychedelic culture. The brothers contributed to the introduction to psilocybin mushrooms in the United States, including but not limited to, cultivation techniques, ethnomycology, user guidance, and providing spores. Dennis was active in the psychedelic movement in the 60s and continues to shape the 21st century renaissance through education and organizations such as the McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy. Prepare for some serious wisdom and untold stories from the McKenna family. Topics Covered:The McKenna’s trip to La Chorrera in search of psychedelic Virola sap called oo-koo-hey, and the inadvertent encounter of Psilocybe cubensis in cow piesPsilocybin as an ideal oral form of DMTChemical composition of psychedelic mushrooms i.e beta-carboline content The McKenna family, from a small town in Colorado and the becoming of the most influential figures in western psychedelic use Psilocybin’s potential influence on hominid evolution including fossil records, ecological history, circumstantial evidence, epigenetics and moreProhibition and regulation of psilocybin and other entheogensOrganismic birthrights to form a relationship with the natural worldShow notes:McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy: https://mckenna.academy/Heffter Research Institute: https://www.heffter.org/Erowin reports on Virola sap: https://erowid.org/library/books_online/golden_guide/g71-80.shtmlPsilocybin: A Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/415951.PsilocybinLife with Terrance McKenna: https://www.amazon.com/Brotherhood-Screaming-Abyss-Dennis-McKenna-ebook/dp/B00A8KWLYKNotable Quotes:“Part of the message from nature is, [psilocybin] is the perfect psychedelic, you don’t really need to improve on it.”“We were approaching this like engineers, we wanted to build a machine out of our own bodies that would enable us to visit other dimensions.”“People should have a fundamental right to form symbiosis. And because we’re talking about alliances with non-human organisms, it's not even a human right, it's an organismic right.”“When you choose to use a drug, you’re choosing a relationship.... call it a symbiotic relationship.”

54mins

18 May 2021

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