Psychedelic Society Events and Meetings
Our growing community holds regular member meetings of various types and puts on events open to the public.
Psychedelic Society Community Symposium and Storytelling, March 22, 2019
The Psychedelic Society of Minneapolis is proud to present our community symposium. Join us as we feature selected speakers from our local community and learn about efforts in the Midwest to promote the psychedelic renaissance! We will also close out the night with an open mic storytelling session for anyone to come up on stage and contribute their favorite story about a psychedelic experience.
SOLD OUT: Dennis McKenna Farewell Symposium November 30th, 2018
On November 30th, 2018, at Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University, we hosted a Farewell Symposium for our local psychedelic celebrity, Dr. Dennis McKenna, a long time resident of Minnesota. The symposium featured presentations about psychedelic science and spirituality, while giving the people of Minnesota a final opportunity to meet and chat with Dr. McKenna. Both Dr. McKenna and Dr. Erik Storlie also were selling and signing their books during the networking reception that followed. And thanks to generous cash donations during the event, we raised over $1100 that will be matched and donated to the PATH Fund at the University of Minnesota Foundation.
SOLD OUT: Film Screening of From Shock to Awe November 12th, 2018
The Psychedelic Society hosted a coordinated nation-wide screening of From Shock to Awe at the Landmark Lagoon Cinema. “From Shock to Awe asks ‘how do we heal our deepest wounds?’ An intimate and raw look at the transformational journey of two combat veterans suffering from severe trauma as they abandon pharmaceuticals to seek relief from the mind-expanding world of psychedelics. Recent scientific research coupled with a psychedelic renaissance reveals that these substances can be used to heal PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) for individuals and their families. Beyond the personal stories, FSTA also raises fundamental questions about war, the pharmaceutical industry, and the US legal system.”
SOLD OUT: An Afternoon with Dennis McKenna, July 7th, 2018
A sold-out event held at Hamline University hosted over 300 enthusiastic psychedelic advocates in an auditorium where Dennis McKenna spoke on his wealth of ethnobotanical knowledge and experience. A panel was held for questions afterwords with Jessica Nielson, PhD of the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry and the Psychedelic Society, and Erik Storlie, PhD of the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing. There were also several local musicians, including Mugshot Davin and Fester Clunk providing psychedelic music to accompany the socializing and book-signing.
PRIVATE EVENTS (members only)
Philosophy Discussion Meeting
This meeting is held every Saturday afternoon. A short list of topics is either decided on prior to the meeting or ideas are taken from members the day of. Ideas can be submitted through the meetup.com Psychedelic Society page. Here we keep a record of ideas and personal anecdotes gathered during our discussions. While this in no way serves as the official views of the Psychedelic Society, hopefully it provides a start to the discussion of the many questions we encounter with psychedelics. Also, names and places are of course left out!
Peer Integration Circle
We have a licensed clinical psychologist helping to facilitate an integration circle for past or future psychedelic experiences. Cost for this meeting is $15 per person. An openness and willingness to both share your difficult experiences that need integrating, and to help hold space for the rest of the group is expected. These meetings are confidential and attendees are asked not to record or share information that was discussed or disclosed during the meeting.
These are general meetings held regularly for members to network and help build the psychedelic community. These are good opportunities for new members who have not attended our other events to meet veteran members of our community and ask questions about our efforts to promote psychedelic research for clinical, spiritual and other uses that will help promote evidence-based drug policy reform.
Women’s Circle and Potluck
Hello, women! We host an intimate gathering (for women) in the Psychedelic Society to come together, share our journey with each other, and build community.
This is a potluck gathering, so bring some food or beverages to share, comfortable clothes for sitting in a circle, a willingness to connect with other women, and help create a space to tap into our divine, female power!
This is a meeting for people in the psychedelic society who identify as LGBTQIA+ to gather and build community. We hope it can be an opportunity to connect with like-minded members who have found alternative paths to healing and transformation through psychedelics and other medicines, and to identify allies outside of the cis-gender culture, which has dominated the psychedelic renaissance and not allowed for inclusion of marginalized members of our community.
These meetings are for people who are in recovery (e.g. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, etc.) or interested in recovery and wanting to connect with like-minded members of the community who have found alternative paths to healing through psychedelics and other medicines not traditionally accepted in the full abstinence model of the recovery system. Circles are lead by members of the community who have experience navigating these different systems to find the optimal path for health and well-being.