Darren Springer is a grass-roots researcher and event organizer based in London. He’s the Director of Ancient Future, convenor of the Psychedelia Railway Gatherings and curator at Earth Tone Arts.
After setting up Ancient Future in 2006 — a voluntary organization — he has continued to develop workshops and projects geared around creative arts, personal-development and African-Caribbean spiritual systems in his community.
Collectively his work aims to inform and empower individuals from diverse backgrounds to cope with social challenges and contribute to community development as well as self-improvement in an innovative, creative, culturally-aware style
Presenter and chair at the psychedelic conference Breaking Convention London, the Detroit Entheogenic Conference and numerous consciousness gatherings around the UK, Darren is a knowledgeable and dynamic speaker who is passionate about sharing his research on African entheogenic plants and their various applications.
Entheogenic Africa: Exploring the Realms of the Ancestors
Although not often recognised by researchers and scientists fungi and plants have been used for millenniums by indigenous Africans for spiritual, personal and community development. Darren will be sharing his extensive research on the indigenous usage of psychedelic plants on the African continent. Several communities use these sacred plants in their rites of passage, initiation ceremonies and daily ritual. We have discovered that when these groups left the African continent onto new pastures their practices traveled with them. In this presentation, Darren will take you on a historical journey from the pre-historic ancient world and bring you into the here and now. In this talk Darren will explore ancient mythologies that connect the human entheogenic experience, the mythical Underworld and the ancient art of navigating the afterlife. He will take you on a historical journey and look at the origins of these practices in ancient Africa, Mesopotamia and Europe and how they have became coded in several mythological entheogenic rites of passages throughout the ancient indigenous world.