Tagged: botany

Revolutionising our Relationship with Plants: Plant Consciousness 2014

Revolutionising our Relationship with Plants: Plant Consciousness 2014

The inherent qualities of the plant kingdom present many opportunities for learning and this two day event, taking place at Regent’s University, London, on October 4-5, will be an exploration into how we can learn more and deepen our relationship with them. Set to transform our relationship with the environment...

RGB, Kew

Doors Open for Intoxication Season at Kew Gardens

It is always sad to see cages in the zoo, but having just seen them at the botanical gardens I’m not sure what to think. Whether they are there to protect the psychoactive plants within from the public or the public from the plants is unclear, but regardless, cages with...

William Burroughs: Ayahuasca Tourist

William Burroughs: Ayahuasca Tourist

Way back in 1951, three years before Aldous Huxley published The Doors of Perception and awareness of the entheogenic properties of psychedelics in the West was almost non-existent, William Burroughs made his first expedition to Panama and Ecuador in search of ‘yage’, as he called it, or ayahuasca, which he...

Bizarre Plants by William Emboden

Bizarre Plants by William A. Emboden

Originally published in 1974 ‘Bizarre Plants: Magical, Monstrous, Mythical’ was written by William A. Emboden. Emboden was the senior curator of botany at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, professor of biology at California State University and lectured at the University of California, Los Angeles. He also authored the...

Singing to the plants cut

Singing to the Plants by Stephan V. Beyer

Originally published in 2009 ‘Singing to the Plants – A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon’ by Stephan V. Beyer is an exemplary, scholarly work on the topic. Beyer has doctorates in religion and psychology, has previously published works on Buddhism, the Tibetan language and religion, and has...


Pharmako/Poeia by Dale Pendell

Dale Pendell’s ‘Pharmako/Poeia – Power Plants, Poisons & Herbcraft’ was originally published in 1995. This review  is written from the updated 2010 North Atlantic edition. Pendell is an author and poet whose written works include ‘Inspired Madness: The Gifts of Burning Man’ (2006) and ‘Living with Barbarians: A few Plant...

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