The Prophet's Conference: Seeking Gaia - Kat Harrison and the Shamanic Plant Mind
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Join JEREMY NARBY and his guests KAT HARRISON, WADE DAVIS, STANISLAV GROF, and LUIS EDUARDO LUNA
in the EVOLVER INTENSIVE online interactive video course
Awakening The Cosmic Serpent:
Shamanism And Plant Teachers In This Transformative Time
beginning 23 January 2011.
Kat Harrison - photo by Scott Hess
Kat Harrison and the Shamanic Plant Mind
by James Kent
Since the introduction of shamanic plants and medicines to Western science, many anthropologists and laboratory wizards have struggled to divine their cultural significance and figure out how they work their peculiar magic. Yet, in spite of all the work done in university laboratories, sterile hospitals, and million-dollar pharmaceutical research wings, conventional science has done little to unravel the ancient mysteries of shamanic healing power. Divorced from traditional contexts, shamanic folk medicines and visionary practices have remained a mystery. It is only recently, through the work of researchers in the "softer" sciences of ethno- and entheobotany, that the true role of these plants could be understood in terms the Western mind could appreciate. It is not simply an "elevated consciousness" or an "altered state" the shaman seeks through the use of these plants, but instead the shaman is said to work his or her magic through an actual psychic link to the pool of biological wisdom held within the network of all terran life, often referred to as the "plant mind" or the "Gaian mind."
Despite the ancient wisdom and power offered by these plant spirits, shamanic plants and practices are now threatened by the encroachment of industrialized forces into rainforest societies. Not only is Western "progress" gutting the fertile habitats of traditional shamanic plants, but the displacement and assimilation of rural peoples has created large gaps in the folklore vital to understanding their usage. Although many people recognize the dangers posed to the shamanic tradition, few have done as much as Kat Harrison to understand and preserve the fragile link they provide between culture and environment. Harrison is president and co-founder of Botanical Dimensions, a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, protection and propagation of plants of ethnomedical significance and their lore.
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KATHLEEN (KAT) HARRISON is an ethnobotanist, artist, and photographer who researches the relationship between plants and people, with a particular focus on art, myth, ritual, and spirituality. She has done fieldwork in Latin America for 30 years, and is the director of Botanical Dimensions, a nonprofit foundation devoted to preserving medicinal and shamanic plant knowledge from the Amazonian rainforest and tropics around the world, which she co-founded with former husband Terence McKenna.
She brings a distinctly "feminine" approach to the study of psychedelic plants and shamanism, one that stresses humility relative to the plants themselves and the cultures that have used them most judiciously. A widely published illustrator, Kat enjoys teaching people how to see and draw the plant world
Tassili Mushroom Man
Drawn by Kat Harrison from a cave painting in the Atlas Mountains.
- In the Evolver Intensive session with Kat Harrison you will
Learn from indigenous traditions how to prepare for the "tricky"
aspects of plants such as mushrooms and ayahuasca, in order to be
prepared for the shadow side of psychedelic explorations.
Appreciate the personalities of plants and connect with them as
Discover how to listen to the "whisper" of plants to hear what they
have to teach, even when you are surrounded by noise.
Explore the special affinity between women and plants.
See why drawing plants can lead to understanding them.
Find out how you can participate and dialogue with JEREMY NARBY, KAT HARRISON, WADE DAVIS, STANISLAV GROF, and LUIS EDUARDO LUNA at evolverintensives.com/upcoming/awakening-the-cosmic-serpent.html.
Awakening The Cosmic Serpent: Shamanism And Plant Teachers In This Transformative Time takes place on 6 consecutive Sundays, from January 23 through March 6 (there's no call on Sunday February 13) and you can participate from your computer anywhere in the world with an Internet connection (if you miss a session you can watch the archived presentation). You don’t need to download or install any special software. If you can watch a YouTube video, you can take part in this course.
Jan 23 - Mar 6, Sundays at 1:00 PM PST · 4:00 PM EST · 9:00 PM GMT
Early Bird Special: $99.00 before Jan. 10
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