Category: Articles

Ozora Festival by Lab604

Transformational Festivals: Reflections on Social Movements and Transformational Festivals as Civil Spheres by Eric Turner

The following article, written by Eric Turner, was first published in the Psychedelic Press UK journal. To the many people who frequent music festivals and raves, and generally rejoice in creating temporary communities in diverse settings, the protest encampments which appeared all over Europe, North America and beyond in 2011,...

James Penner, editor of Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years

Reimprinting Timothy Leary: An Interview with James Penner

Psychedelic Press UK: Hi James, I’d like to begin by thanking you for putting together Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years, it’s a brilliant and, in my opinion, much-required collection of his papers. Why did you yourself consider such a collection was necessary? And what led you to his work originally?...

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Playing the Cosmic Trigger: An Interview with Daisy Eris Campbell

Following in the footsteps of her playwright father, Daisy Eris Campbell has been passed the blazing torch to invoke a new generation of cosmic caperers. She brings her stage adaptation of Robert Anton Wilson’s Cosmic Trigger to Liverpool this weekend – the focal point of a Wilson-themed ‘conferestival’ of talks,...

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Let’s be Friends with Tobacco by Alex Robertson

The following article has been written by Alex Robertson   (@dcalexrobertson / http://www.doncharles.org ) For most people the concept of a shamanic healing retreat does not necessarily evoke images of its participants smoking big tobacco cigars throughout the course of the day. Yet, judging from my own experience at two...

Keeping the doors of the visionary experience open: A portrait of psychedelic artist Luke Brown   By Judith Sudhölter

Keeping the doors of the visionary experience open: A portrait of psychedelic artist Luke Brown By Judith Sudhölter

This article, by Judith Sudhölter, was originally published in the Psychedelic Press UK print journal (2013 Vol.2) A quiet Monday afternoon in an art gallery on the Servaes Noutstraat in Amsterdam. The white walls and wooden floor give a warm, homely background to the bright, often neon-like colours printed and...

Demeter by drfranken

Yielding to the Mystery: An Ayahuasca Journey by Alison Terry

This article, by Alison Terry, was originally published in the Psychedelic Press UK journal (2013 Vol.2) Looking back on it, my friend (“Jim”) and I still can’t remember how we decided to go to Peru to experience Ayahuasca. Whose idea was it? And why did we go? I was certainly...

Wales A Visitation

No Imperfection in the Budded Mountain: Allen Ginsberg and the writing of Wales Visitation By Andy Roberts

This article originally appeared in the Psychedelic Press  journal (2013) and also appears in Andy Roberts’ essay collection Acid Drops: Adventures in Psychedelia (2016) As a historian of LSD culture in Britain, I can honestly say I haven’t come across much LSD poetry. Verse written under the influence of, inspired by,...

The Soundless Hum:  Psychonautic Underpinnings of William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch By Roger Keen

The Soundless Hum: Psychonautic Underpinnings of William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch By Roger Keen

This article, by Roger Keen, was originally published in the Psychedelic Press UK print journal (2013 Vol.2) Mostly everyone has heard of William Burroughs’ drug-inspired masterpiece Naked Lunch, but far fewer have actually read it from cover to cover and fewer still have properly understood what Burroughs is doing in...

Some Jungian Reflections on LSD   by Malcolm Davy-Barnes

Some Jungian Reflections on LSD by Malcolm Davy-Barnes

This article, by Malcolm Davy-Barnes, was originally published in the Psychedelic Press UK print journal (2013 Vol.2) Once, for half an hour or more, I was a lion. The kind of lion you might see in a Sixteenth Century alchemical woodcut. A lion infused with a golden strength, and I...

Inside the Tower of Babel by fdecomite

Spiritual Growth and Psychedelics

Do you choose to use psychedelics to cultivate ‘spiritual growth’? Here’s a perspective to consider: Having the big experience means nothing compared to applying the small insights. Psychedelic experiences, or one could say, “intentionally catalyzed mystical experiences”, are like large stone landmarks on the path to maturity. They offer a...

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