Inaugural General Meeting

The Australian Psychedelic Society started off 2017 with a launch at Rainbow Serpent Festival and events nearly every month of the year, ranging from smaller music and speaking events to a movie screening and vibrant panel discussion at the State Library of Victoria. The teams from Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide met up at the recent Entheogenesis Australis 2017 Psychedelic Symposium, where we had our first stall at an event including a brand new marquee that we hope to take to many more events in 2018.

As part of our bigger plans to legitimise the discussions around psychedelics and demonstrate both the ineffective and inappropriate nature of prohibition of these substances, we will be formalising as an organisation in order to grow and have a grounded structure.

The proposed full name is the Australian Psychedelic Society Incorporated and you can read our full proposed constitution here.

Our proposed purposes are:

The purposes of the association are;

  1. Provide educational resources to the psychedelic community; – improve safety, wellbeing and promote best practice; – increase community cohesion and build support networks;

  2. Represent and advocate for the psychedelic community; – provide opportunities for the psychedelic community to have a voice on policy, legislation and community development based on best practice, human rights, and harm reduction.

  3. Support psychedelic research to increase benefits to society

We will also begin accepting members, with a membership structure soon to be finalised and announced. Finally, we will also distribute and continue to develop our processes and policies for a number of our functions, including (but not limited to) APS Chapters, events, social media and website, campaigns, political outreach and community advocacy.

You are invited to attend this pivotal point in our growing history.

6PM on WEDNESDAY the 3RD of JANUARY 2018

21 Smith Street, Fitzroy
In the 3CR meeting room (upstairs)

Come to the side door and press buzzer on arrival

Options for joining the IGM via live stream will be made available for those interstate. 

All attendees will vote in order to approve our secretary and allow them to accept the rules. Executive positions required will be announced at the meeting and a number of committees for executing the functions of the organisation will be discussed and formalised.

In particular, we are looking for dedicated volunteers for the following areas:

  • Events management (including stand-alone events, market stalls at festivals and city markets and collaborative events with other like-minded organisations)
  • Web team (including website and social media)
  • E-Newsletter
  • Campaigns team (will depend on the campaigns we are running and looking to run at the time)
  • Content producers (writers, photographers, video editors, audio editors)
  • Administrative (databases, membership management)
  • Bookstore team (liaise with publishers, renew book supply, investigate local publishing opportunities)

People are likely to have skills in multiple areas and be required to liaise with other teams to achieve our objectives.

We look forward to seeing you in the new year. Help us grow in 2018!

Austin Psychedelic Society Fundraising Efforts After Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey was one of a series of hurricanes to lap viciously at the southern parts of the United States, the Caribbean and parts of Central America.
Many homes and livelihoods have been destroyed. But many are banding together now, to rebuild and face their adversity.
The Austin Psychedelic Society have setup a fund to raise money for relief efforts. We recently chatted to them.
Tell us briefly about what the Austin Psychedelic Society has been up to:
The Texas Psychedelic Collective’s focus is on the science and expansion of natural therapies and medicines to enhance the mind and body. We currently have societies in Austin, Dallas, and Houston.
We plan to create space for individuals throughout Texas to discuss various aspects of the psychedelic experience. Specifically, we aim to provide individuals a platform to discuss how these experiences have contributed to transformations in their personal and professional lives.
How will you be using the relief fund?
Natural disasters make a global impact, many people do not realize this — thank you for seeing the whole picture (perfect example of the psychedelic effects of mind expansion). All donations to this fund will support recovery and relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey. Initially, the fund will help first responders meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations in the Gulf Coast.

Psychedelic Prohibition and Movie Screening

APS invited supporters to the State Library of Victoria for a special screening of A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin and special panel discussion.
The short documentary film produced by Robert J Barnhart has been screening this year at locations around the world, including CoSM. It attempts to investigate the efficacy of psilocybin assisted psychotherapy in both terminally ill and healthy individuals, and follows a small group of Americans along their journey pre and post therapy. It’s a truly inspiring film, and is available to watch on Vimeo, for those of you who couldn’t make it.
The film screening was followed by a panel discussion led by (APS co-founder) Nick Wallis. Local drug law reform campaigner Daniel Witham spoke about his harrowing encounter with NSW police, and subsequent incarceration over possession of Psilocybe subaeruginosa, and we also heard from Murray, Daniel’s father. Murray, a 69 year old author, recently had his first psychedelic experience, and gave a touching and candid testimony of the spiritual significance of his mushroom journey.
Dr Monica Barratt of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre offered her perspective on the progress of drug reform both domestically, and around the world. Monica is also the Director of Research at Bluelight and is actively involved in orchestrating the Global Drug Survey.
To round things off, we had Steph Tzanetis offering some valuable insights. Steph always has her finger on the pulse, and is the coordinator of DanceWize, a harm reduction group operating at festivals and events around Australia. Both Steph and Monica have recently visited Lisbon in Portugal to better understand how the Portuguese are leading the way in harm reduction, and how Australia could follow.
A heartfelt thanks to all that came along and made the night such a success. With the smell of spring in the air, and the festival season about to kick off, let’s stay safe, and continue to educate one another.