in de salon
The Salon in Ruigoord presents on 12 October 2019
The first edition of Psychedelic Reflections
A mini symposium with Christian Rätsch & Claudia Müller-Ebeling
Dr. Christian Rätsch (1957) is a world-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist who specializes in the shamanic uses of plants for spiritual as well as medicinal purposes. He studied Mesoamerican languages and cultures and anthropology at the University of Hamburg and spent, altogether, three years of fieldwork among the Lacandone Indians in Chiapas, Mexico, being the only European fluent in their language.
In addition to his work in Mexico, his numerous fieldworks have included research in Thailand, Bali, the Seychelles, as well as a long-term study (18 years) on shamanism in Nepal combined with expeditions to Korea and the Peruvian and Columbian Amazon.
He is author of numerous articles and more than 40 books, including The Gateway to Inner Space, Plants of Love, Marijuana Medicine, The Dictionary of Sacred Plants and the renowned standard work Encyclopaedia of Psychoactive Plants. He is also co-author of Witchcraft Medicine, Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas and is editor of the Yearbook of Ethnomedicine and the Study of Consciousness.
Dr. Claudia Müller-Ebeling (1956) studied history of art, cultural anthropology, German literature and Indology in Freiburg, Hamburg (Germany), Paris (France) and Florence (Italy). Received her Ph.D. by a doctoral thesis on visionary art and French symbolist Odilon Redon.
Her focus of interest is visionary art, altered states of consciousness, shamanism and ethnobotany. She did fieldwork on the knowledge of healing plants in the Caribbean (Guadeloupe) and the Seychelles, as well as a long-term study (18 years) on Shamanism in Nepal combined with expeditions to Korea and the Peruvian Amazon.
She worked as art historian in the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Hamburg, was chief-editor of DAO a magazine on far eastern philosophies and martial arts, and is co-author, with Christian Rätsch and others, of Witches Medicine, Shamanism and Tantra in Nepal and Lexicon on Aphrodisiacs. She is also member of the board of advisors of the European Colleague for the Study of Consciousness (ECSC) and co-organizer of Psychoactivity-conferences on altered states of consciousness.
Claudia and Christian both live in Hamburg, Germany.
11:00 – the Salon opens, get you tea or coffee
11:30 – Dr. Claudia Müller-Ebeling & Dr. Christian Rätsch
Horrortrips – essential lessons for life – or: What did we learn?
In 2019 we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. That means 50 years of psychedelic experiences. But what did we learn? Both authors and internationally renowned speakers illustrate their essential personal lessons. With provocative insights whether and how this might be helpful in our modern digital life facing the global climate crisis.
13:00 – Lunch break
We will serve a vegetarian meal, including a satisfying soup, with bread and a choice of salads.
14:00 – Dr. Claudia Müller-Ebeling
Do Trips make creative? How artists use Psychedelic Experiences
For many painters (both men and women) psychedelic experiences were crucial in their art and lives. But as well a disaster in terms of the art-market. Art-historian Mueller-Ebeling highlights some examples and provides insights into psychedelic art-features and major misunderstandings.
15:15 – Short break
15:30 – Dr. Christian Rätsch
Reflections on Psychedelic Music
50 years ago the term Psychedelic Music appeared. It referred to drug-inspired rock music from bands like Cream, Jimmy Hendrix, Ten Years After and Grateful Dead. This descriptive term, however, has become a name for music that sounds much like the drug-inspired, but has nothing to do with psychedelic experiences with LSD. Today ‘psychedelic’ is a genre designation, so a certain style. But in the last 50 years there have always been bands that do draw their music from LSD experiences. This short story is garnished with musical samples of actual LSD music.
16:45 – 17:00 – Closing drinks
The lectures will be in English. There will be time for questions after each lecture and a chance to meet the speakers and exchange information during the breaks and closing drinks.
€75 per person for the day, including lunch and all drinks.
The Salon has limited capacity of maximum 80 people! Please register by transferring €75 to: NL97 ABNA 0426 0407 59, in name of ID Freie. Please include in the remarks “Salon 12-10” and your name.
1047 HH Amsterdam
How to get there
Public transport: bus 382 from Sloterdijk station to bus stop Ruigoord. See: https://9292.nl
Car: please park your car in the parking lot at the entrance of the village.