Challenges, Integration, Synergy: Conference Tracks Explained

Beyond Psychedelics 2018 will have 3 tracks to choose from, designed to cater to the interests and specialties of our diverse participants. 

Shadows and Challenges

Our history is littered with trials and errors which have resulted in the misuse of discoveries, including psychedelics, altered states of consciousness and technologies. Today, like never before, we have the beautiful opportunity to learn from those errors. To evolve further it is essential that we review the dysfunctionalities associated with psychedelic use in conjunction with beneficial strategies. Risks can lie in non-regulated practices, non-educated self-use, globalization and intercultural misunderstandings, as well as careless and not-competent investigators or clinicians.

What are the ways of misuse? What other challenges we face to successfully integrate those tools into our societies? What are the obstacles we encounter? What could possibly go wrong? What are the gaps in current system?

Full Description of Shadows & Challenges Track


Selected Lectures in Shadows & Challenges Track

Rick Doblin. Ph.D.: Avoiding Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: Challenges to the Mainstreaming of Psychedelics in the 21st Century
Martin A Lee: LSD and the Black Arts: The CIA’s Use of Hallucinogens in Espionage and Covert Warfare
Jerónimo Mazarrasa: Charging for Ceremony: Polemics around Money in Shamanism
Danny Nemu: The Shadow Side of the Academy: Prejudice. Neo-colonialism and Taboo in the Academic study of Ayahuasca
Fabienne Bâcle: The “cruzadera”: Negative Interference According to the Concept of Traditional Medicine.
Levente Móró. Ph.D.: How (Not) To Have a Bad Trip? A Systematic Categorisation of Difficult Psychedelic Experiences

Full list of Shadows & Challenges Track Lectures



In order to address the challenges and harms of psychedelic use it is important to  integrate the ‛psychonaut’s’ experiences on an individual as well as social level. Currently we focus on harm reduction which constitutes the primary base of integration. From there we move to harm-prevention strategies based on education and practice, and the final base of focus is on gaining potential benefits from psychedelic use.

How can we integrate the non-ordinary experience as individuals, and as a society? What services should be established? How can we use psychedelics safely and responsibly? How sensible regulation should look like? What aspects should incorporate current education? What aspects should current education incorporate? Is harm-reduction always the best strategy? Can the potential benefits justify risky treatment?

Full Description of the Integration Track


Selected Lectures in Integration Track

Dr. Friederike Meckel Fischer: If You Can Change Your Mind – You Can Change Your Life. Integration – a Process
Dr. Ben Sessa: Child Abuse, Trauma, MDMA Therapy and The Future of Medicine
Ciara Sherlock: Psychedelic Experience Weekend
Richard Miner Furr: Bridging Ayahuasca and Psychotherapy – A New Model for Psychotherapeutic Integration in the 21st Century.
Juraj Styk. M.D.: The Psychotherapeutic Competence of the Psycholytic Therapist

Full list of Integration Track Lectures



Psychedelics, altered states of consciousness, and technologies are ever present in all areas of our lives. As a scientist, provider, user, observer or activist, you have unique and valuable experience with those tools and different perspective on them. The psychedelic world should look to other disciplines to provide expertise and experience, while continuing to develop knowledge either in research or underground.

Millions of people don’t wait until the more sensible regulation of psychedelics becomes real and are part of the extensive real practice or – in a smaller but essential extent – clinical research. Both ways of use are rapidly growing and we should keep in mind that we are not in the beginning and there is already a huge knowledge base and wisdom kept by traditions and indigenous societies.

How experts from various areas working with altered states of consciousness can collaborate and facilitate development of new synergies? What can we learn from each other? How can psychedelic research benefit from using technologies?

Full Description of the Synergy Track


Selected Lectures in Synergy Track

David E. Nichols. Ph.D.: Structure-Activity Relationships of LSD Analogues more
Dr. Ede Frecska: On the Medical Use of Dimethyltryptamine: Its Positive Effects against Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury
Jose Montemayor. M.A.: The Role that Visionary. Virtual. Augmented and Mixed Reality Technologies Play within the Evolution of Consciousness
Ayana Iyi: Modern Day Witches. Death and Entheogens
Rodrigo Franco Moreiras. B.A.: Ayahuasca: Traditional Knowledge in Modern Culture

Full list of Synergy Track Lectures