Eleonora MolnarEleonora Molnar is a health professional and an independent researcher with interests in public and primary health, ethics, drug policy reform, deep ecology and consciousness studies. Eleonora reveres the divine feminine and values women’s roles and perspectives regarding non-ordinary states of consciousness. She organizes a WVC salon in Vancouver, BC at Simon Fraser University.

 

Problematic Behaviours in North American Entheogenic “Ceremonies”

One of the consequences of international drug tourism in the Amazon basin has been the noteable appropriation of traditional indigenous practices in North (and South) America by non-indigenous peoples. This appropriation of indigenous practices, many of which use entheogenic substances, has shaped a number of problematic behaviours that create harms for users in North America (as they do elsewhere, including indigenous communities in the Amazon). This presentation identifies some of these behaviours and their underlying values through the lenses of bioethics, race, gender, addiction and capitalism. The presentation concludes by offering suggestions for possible ways to mitigate the harms that result from problematic behaviours arising from entheogenic “ceremonies” in North America.

Friday Evening Workshop – Finding the Wall – An “Oh Wow” Experience

This workshop aims to simulate an experience of kinesthetic knowing.  Participants will encounter experiential learning about consciousness and will explore metaphysical issues of causality and possibility.  This kinesthetic workshop will ideally examine the ontology of consciousness and perspectives regarding mind and matter.  Master clown Richard Pochinko developed this “Oh Wow” experience to simultaneously help his students experience something beyond rational explanation and to discover trust through impulse.

Some questions implicit in this workshop experience are:
•    What is a kinesthetic way of knowing and what can be learned through it?
•    Does collective consciousness exert influence on our minds/bodies?
•    Can collective consciousness create non-ordinary awareness?