Psychedelics and the goddess mysteries
Sliding Scale Cost $15-$25
This class will take place on ZOOM, as well as recorded and sent to all who registered.
The Goddess represents the personification of nature, motherhood, fertility, creation, destruction and embodies the bounty of the Earth. The term has been applied to figures as diverse as the Stone Age Venuses to the Virgin Mary. Motherhood is one of the universal human realities, there is no culture that has not employed some maternal symbolism when depicting its deities.
In the fifth century B.C. the Greek historian Herodotus attended the Mysteries of “the one who must not be mentioned” in Egypt, by a lake, together with other initiates. The Egyptian Mysteries had to do with the re-enactment of “his sufferings”, but more than that, Herodotus would not reveal.
It is in Greece that we have the amplest documentation of the oldest Mystery Cults – and it is Greek that has offered the term Mystery – from mysteria, which translates “to initiate”. Initiation was at the heart and centre of the Mysteries. The concept of Mysteries had its origin in Eleusis, an ancient cultic centre of goddess-worship.
Thanks to Apuleius, we know quite a bit about the procedures of the Mysteries of Isis during the Roman period. This ancient African goddess has her roots in Ethiopia and Egypt, where she seems to have played the role of the resurrecting goddess who brought the dead Osiris back to life
In this presentation Darren will explore the revival of the archaic feminine through mythologies and traditions, that connect the psychedelic experience to the Goddess mysteries. He will take you on a thought provocative journey and look at the origins of these Goddess practices in ancient Africa, Mesopotamia and Europe and how they have become coded in several mythological and psychedelic rites of passages throughout the ancient indigenous world to the here and now.
Meet Your Teacher
Darren Le Baron is an educator, researcher and event organizer based in the UK. Known around the world for his Shroomshop Master classes he is keen mushroom cultivator and teacher. He has been growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms for over ten years and has translated his home-growing experiences into a social enterprise.
He is a member and presenter at the London Psychedelic Society, a chair and Breaking Convention committee member. He is also a regular presenter at the Detroit Psychedelic Conference, Ozora, noisily and Lightening in a Bottle Festivals, as well as numerous gatherings around the world sharing his extensive research on psychedelics and how they can help support humanity in the here and now.
Collectively his work aims to inform and empower individuals from diverse backgrounds to cope with social challenges and contribute to community development as well as self-improvement in an innovative, creative, culturally aware style.