Melissa Warner

Melissa Warner

Melissa Warner is on a mission to empower others with mastery over the contents of consciousness. Melissa is co-founder of The Australian Psychedelic Society and board member of PRISM (Psychedelic Research in Science and Medicine). She is a commentator on the science and philosophy of psychedelic substances on radio, print and online. Melissa holds a BSc in Neuroscience with a minor in computer programming. She is an avid meditator, yogi, performance artist, bio-hacker, and futurist. Her intellectual focus is currently the development of tools and frameworks to facilitate creative output, personal healing, and self-actualization. A survivor of complex PTSD, she lives as a case study for the efficacy of psychedelics as therapeutic tools. Her diverse experience provides a unique perspective. Melissa traverses the divide between research and therapy through lived experience in healing, science, and art.

Creative Transformation: Intention, Mindfulness and Flow

Psychedelics increase our receptivity to our environment and facilitate new ways of looking at old problems. These traits underlie the efficacy of psychedelics as both creative and healing catalysts. These positive effects are fundamentally reliant on context both within the mind and setting. With neglect of either, psychedelic experience can be unconstructive and potentially harmful. This workshop will explore the conditions in the environment and the psychological skills that facilitate creativity broadly and perhaps the transformative and creative potential of psychedelics. The workshop will empower participants with a breakdown on creative cognition revealing what is happening in the brain during phases of the creative process and flow. This will evolve into an exploration of how psychedelics affect these processes. We will deepen our understanding of how techniques such as meditation and biofeedback can be used to facilitate self-awareness and the creative process. We will investigate how this relates to therapeutic outcomes, how we may minimize risks and integrate knowledge into experience. The second half of the workshop will involve a practical exploration of creative problem-solving techniques including a framework for structuring creative sessions, directed self-inquiry and self-compassion meditations, a review of complimentary transformative tech, tips on how to maximize flow and reduce anxiety to enhance self-actualization and the creative process.