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Friday, October 19 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Global Festivals: Cutting Edges of a New Emerging Culture...or Escapism?
From Burning Man to Boom to Envision to Lightning in a Bottle and hundreds of others around the world, festival gatherings have become truly significant phenomena. Might the most conscious of these events be the harbingers of a new, far more joyous, compassionate, celebratory, less materialistic civilization? Or are these "temporary autonomous zones" merely escapist interludes that siphon off energy for real political change? What role do psychedelics play in these cultural experiments? Join a panel of leading figures in different aspects of "festival culture" to explore these and other questions. With: Nicholas Powers, Ph.D., a leading thinker on the intersection of psychedelics, race, cultural diversity and festival culture; Natalie Metz, ND, renowned naturopathic physician and professor of Integrative Health at CIIS; Stephen Brooks, a key organizer of the renowned Envision Festival, held annually in Costa Rica. Hosted by: Erik Davis, Ph.D., journalist, scholar of subcultures, host of the Expanding Mind podcast, author of: Nomad Codes, Techgnosis, and The Visionary State: A Journey Through California's Spiritual Landscape.

Workshop Speakers
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Stephen Brooks

Stephen Brooks, a Costa Rican resident since 1995, is one of the key organizers of the renowned Envision Festival held in that country. He is also the founder of: Punta Mona Center for Sustainable Living and Education; La Ecovilla, a 45-acre Permaculture community featuring state-of-the... Read More →
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Erik Davis

Erik Davis, Ph.D., a San Francisco-based author, award-winning journalist and independent scholar, has written for scores of publications, journals, and academic volumes. His books include: Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica; Techgnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the... Read More →
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Natalie Metz

Natalie Metz, Assistant Professor of Integrative Health Studies at CIIS’ School of Professional Psychology and Health, is a Naturopathic Doctor in practice in Oakland. With a diverse background in many disciplines including botanical medicine, midwifery, philosophy and medicinal... Read More →
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Nicholas Powers

Nicholas Powers, Ph.D. is a poet, journalist, and Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York, Old Westbury. He is the author of The Ground Below Zero: 9/11 to Burning Man, New Orleans to Darfur, Haiti to Occupy Wall Street and Theater of War. His recent pieces... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Sausalito Room