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Envisioned by master sound man and LSD chemist Owsley "Bear" Stanley, the Wall Of Sound was unlike anything seen before. As Stanley himself described it:
"The Wall of Sound is the name some people gave to a super powerful, extremely accurate PA system that I designed and supervised the building of in 1973 for the Grateful Dead. It was a massive wall of speaker arrays set behind the musicians, which they themselves controlled without a front of house mixer. It did not need any delay towers to reach a distance of half a mile from the stage without degradation."
[size=3]History of Entheogenesis Australis:[/size]
Entheogenesis Australis has grown organically over the years, starting out as a Victorian based Ethnobotany interest group who had attended and were inspired by the "Ethnobotanica" Australian Ethnobotany conference [www.ethnobotanica.org] in Nth NSW in 2002. After the event a small Victorian network developed and started holding a ‘Mini EB’ in Ringwood library. The meetings grew over the years and eventually underwent a formal transformation to become Entheogenesis Australis (EGA) in 2004. The first formal EGA conference, held at Ruby's Lounge in Belgrave, introduced us to a wider audience and moved our interest more towards the lecture/panel/workshop format, also introducing art, music and a spiritual dimension.
In 2004 the core group - Martin, Michael, Carl, Ronny and Tim - came together and started to chart a more conscious and intentional direction, leading to incorporation as a non-profit association in 2008. EGA currently holds a conference every year alternating biannually between an indoor event at Melbourne University and a larger outdoor conference gathering in Swanpool nestled in the beautiful Strathbogie Ranges in north east Victoria, Australia. In 2009 EGA launched an ongoing journal publication to supplement the conferences. As EGA has grown so has its commitment to providing a supportive environment for mature and open discussion about psychoactive plants and chemicals.
Our aspiration is to create an active, transformative experience and cultivate a community ethos and feel, through the synergy of science, art, and ritual. We aim to create inspiring spaces that reflect and resonate with the overall philosophy of the event.
What is Happening at this year Conference [size=1]or more like it, what is not happening[/size]
INTERNATIONAL GUEST Bear (Owsley) Stanley Talk 1 - 'The economic consequences of black markets, specifically in reference to drug prohibition'. Talk 2 - 'The effects of certain psychedelics on mind function, including interactions with electronic circuits- a possible route to mental machine control' Robert Jesse Talk 1 - 'Psilocybin and Spirituality:Notes from the Johns Hopkins Study' Talk 2 -'(Entheogens), Awakening, and Spiritual Development' Killindi Lyi - 'The Interdimensional Village: The African Uses of Entheogens' Ms Anomalous - "Santo Daime: Ritualised Ayahuasca for Maximised Healing" Jeremiah Abrams - EGA Healing Temple
Des Tramacchi - 'Entheogens and The Discarnate' Michael Bock - 'Oils ain't oils: Essential oils in Australiasian flora' Jeremy J - 'Entheogenic Acacias of Australia: A review of known active species and an introduction to more previously unreported species'. Rak Razam - 'AYA: The Shamanic Resurgence' Rob Bruce - 'Shamanism and Sorcery in South America - Andes and Amazonia' Ray Thorpe - 'The Benefits of Herbs and Entheogens in Society' Paul Elliott (Gonzo) - 'Psychedlic Literature Over the Years' Faustus - 'Psychedlics and Psychosis: Dimethyltrytamine as an Endogenous Psychotogen' Robin Rodd - 'Chemicals, not Symbols: The Chemical Ecology of Shamanism as a Healthcare System' Dan Schreiber - 'Tryptamines at the End of Time - Birthing a spheroid awareness' Stephen Bright - 'Legal Highs: Legal Loopholes or Harm reduction?' Martin Williams - 'The Inaugural Drug Darwin Awards – A tribute to those who have pushed the boundaries in the name of psychedelic exploration and excitement' Erik van Keulen - 'Drinking and The Other: Reflections on the Poetry and the Politics of Drinking Alcohol' Greg Kasarik - 'Entheogens vs Drugs: Framing the Sacraments' Stuart Smith - 'The Role of Ritual' Penny Scott - 'Pleasure and Pain - A Brief Social History of Opiates and Their Use' Mulga - 'Dreamtime or Delusion? Ways of seeing and the transfer of knowledge' Richard King - The Archaic Revival Road - Whitefella Jump Up - Indigenising Guest Australians (Kanyini, Deep Reconciliation, Power Plants & Continuum Consciousness) Colonel Kurtz - 'Conceptual Hallucinogens and the Altered Shulgin Scale' Eugene (DJ Krusty) - 'The Entheogenic Shamanic Imperative of the Bush Doof Trance Dance Experience is the Darkness of the Night or Why the daytime party is something else entirely.' Darklight - ‘ High Tech Overdrive’ Even Dawn – ‘About Time... Shift Happens!’ ORRYELLE DEFENESTRATE-BASCULE - 'ENTHEOGENS and MAGICAL RITUAL' Chris Hansen - 'Me and Ralph.....' Julian Palmer - 'For what and why do we do This?'
Facilitator by Rak Razam - Spirits Of The Vine, Leaf & Flower Facilitator by Rak Razam - REC-CHEMS: Language of the gods? Facilitator by Rak Razam - Psy-Tribes: Entheogenic Communities Past, Present And Future Facilitator by Julian Raxworthy - You had to be there - Psychedelia, Representation. Facilitator by Neil Pike - The Unbroken Chain: A Hidden History of the International Drug Trade Facilitator by Robert Jesse – ‘Communities of Spirit’ Facilitator by Margaret Cross – ‘Keeping it Real Shamanism 101’ Facilitator by Shane Huebner – ‘The Crazy Cactus Wisdom of Chavin-Ancient Knowledge-Hidden Truths!’
Art contributions for EGA'09 have evolved and grown enormously, everybody attending this year's event is in for a massive treat! Featuring well over a massive 200 square metres of visionary banner arts and hand painted canvases, giant interactive luminous bionic sculptures, a labyrinth, a crystal mandala housed in a tipi, aural valve tuned hifi sound scapes, visual projections, flags, hammocks, chill lounge and live art space! 'EGArts' will be an inspirational experience for all senses and provide a vast and detailed insight into the realms of the imagination and elements intrinsic to the shamanic and visionary experience!
Contributors: Izwoz.com.au visionary banner arts and hand painted canvases. See [url="http://www.izwoz.com.au"]http://www.izwoz.com.au[/url] Pixelogix- visionary banner arts and video projections. Futurelic- an installation of interactive botanic organisms sculpture. The self illuminated sacred deity organisms are made from redundant machines and industrial waste reanimated into new botanic life. See [url="http://www.futurelic.va.com.au"]http://www.futurelic.va.com.au[/url] Carla and Barbi- exhibiting a large collection of banner arts from Australian and international visionary artists to create a high quality visually aesthetic experience. Pixie lou- providing a range of sculptured lighting installations, as well as a range of handmade vines and leaves to decorate the space and suit the organic plant theme of EGA. Kylie Robinson- creating a crystal and sacred object mandala, displayed inside an 18foot tipi. the space will be similar to the one at RSF ’09 – a plant/crystal/symbolic space that all can enjoy and contribute to. please bring objects along! Tony- Djalu -an ongoing informal workshop with the aim of completing a series of large scale mosaic murals. The murals will relate intrinsically to EGA – the people, the country, the ideology, the energy, the community – and will be a representation of rainbow fella. Contribution from as many people as possible will be encouraged. The completed murals will be added to the prizes in the EGA fund raising raffle. Imogen- creating a sculptural and poetic labyrinth created primarily of surrounding natural materials. Pussy cat lounge- an ultra comfy chill space, bringing a bunch of soft and squishys to lounge around on! Molecular Octave Sound System- a valve powered high fidelity surround sound system for a completely immersive auditory experience! .....and not to forget the Hyper Spatial Chrysalis hammock space in the trees!
Torsten and Brian - 'Propagation of ethnobotanicals and plant trade space' Keith King - 'Spreading The Mycelial Love- Introduction to cultivating woodlovers' Becca Dakini and Don Peyote - Talk & Sound Workshop -'Eternal Now – Keys To Being Present in the Moment As the Observer of the Ego' Timothy John Payne - Dyad Workshop - 'Dichotomy – the Face and the Core' Jewelli Dollman - 'Dropping with the Devas - Austrlian Bushflower Essences' Kitty Forest - 'Non-violent community action' Natasja Sproat - 'Yoga - Exploring the Physical and Energetic Body' Even Dawn - 'The Art of Time' Michele Maselli - 'Yoga and Consciousness' Richard King - 'The Experience of Delightenment (A modern application of Thundernaut Shamanism. Electro Luminescent Efflluve and Sound as an Earth Sacrament)' Helga Maria Lovejoy - 'Plants, their consciousness, healing properties and how to connect deeper to them'
FOOD STALLS : 1. Semilla's Kitchen - Organic vegetarian food: Breakfasts, Lunch, Dinner, Desserts. 2. Jerry's burger stall - Vegetarian burgers, chocolates, soft drinks and bottled water 3. PsyBusSpace - Chai tea, blended herbal teas, organic fairtrade coffee, hot choc. Lentil soup, Quesadillas (vegetarian and mexican wraps). Sweets - carrot/zuchini cake, chocolate balls and other treats.
OTHER STALLS: 1. Astrophyte - plant stall. 2. Logical Unsanity - Artworks, books, literature. 3. Leafy Creations - clothing, Artworks, leaf cushions and blankets. 4. Sycamore Stuff - Clothing, Artworks, dreamcatchers, wings and other things. 5. Earthpod - Plants, Nootropics/ "Smart drugs", Supplements, aphrodisiacs, Herbals. 6. Happy High Herbs - Plants, herbals etc etc.. (not specified, bet we know the go..) 7. Green Shaman Australis - herbal supplements, music and more. 8. Tutu's N Stripes N All things nice - clothing 9. Cicada - Artworks and jewellery 10. Lil' n' Smith Trading House - Clothing, artworks, books, ritual and elemental tools. 11. Izwoz + Spiral Harmonics - Clothing, artworks, crystals etc.. 13. Sage Dreaming - Sage, White sage (salvia apiana). Also will set up small space where he will smudge anyone who choses. 14. Traditional Health Care Inc - Info desk mainly about acupuncture and herbalism.
EGA Opening/Closing Ceremony - Coordinator – Margaret Cross
The EGA Opening Ceremony has been designed to connect us all, one to the other in Unity consciousness so we may create in harmony, tolerance and understanding. The ceremony will be simple and powerful as we gather together in celebration of our connection and to seed dream the future.We will gather around a sacred fire just as our ancient ancestors did. Wound together by billions of strands of love, light and remembrance of who we are and why we are here.We will join together as one to Plant a Dreaming Tree. This act will embody our shared Reverence for nature and our intention to create heaven on Earth through our collective visions. Tomchia Raven Wolf will close the ceremony with a sacred Shamanic Chant to seal us as one in Love and Collective vision.
EGA Healing Temple Featuring local & international healers & therapists, providing holistic services to all patrons of EGA free of charge – a space for personal development & healing
Jeremiah Abrams (USA) Rob Wilkie – I Ching diviner Mike – massage therapist & energetic healer Jenji San – bodywork & sound healer Chris James – Tarot diviner Cian – Huna bodywork & massage
Just Some of the sound taking place at EGA
Pagan Love Cult Schofield ORRYELLE Dr Zaius Paul Abad Don Peyote Oblique Industries VS J-Dub Oli Rythmic KDent Shagga Psilonaut Zowzi Dakini SeeWa Phoebe Kiddo Rainbow Architect GroovyBoots
So what do I get when I buy an EGA 2009 ticket?
• Access to the Conference with over 25 lectures / 10 workshops / 8 discussion spaces / Visionary Art, Sculpture & Sound scapes/ A Masquerade Corroboree - An experimental Sayonara PSY Soiree / Free Healing space/ a market space/ all nestled in the beautiful Strathbogie Ranges in north east Victoria.
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