Alchemy & Deconditioning, MDMA & Psychedelics, Sitar & Tabla, Meditation & Mind

Talk: ALCHEMY & the Art of Deconditioning
Mar. 11 (Wednesday), 20:00-22:00

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TALK by: Joanne Richardson
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ENTRY fee: donation to the speaker.

We like to believe that we’re free and can direct our lives, that our choices and preferences are entirely our own, that we’ve hand-crafted our unique personalities consciously and creatively. And that we know who we are. But do we?

Ever since the ancient Greeks proclaimed the imperative of life was to “know thyself”, cranks and revolutionaries have called upon us to wake up, by showing how we sleepwalk through life, mechanically responding, like Pavlov’s dogs, to conditioning inherited from families, schools and cultural ideologies. Some have even claimed that rebelling against our conditioning is just another automatic reflex, if it falls into predictable forms of activism.

What are the building-blocks of our conditioning? How is identity constructed through separation, lack and identification? Why are meditation and mindfulness not sufficient to break our unconscious patterns? If conditioning relies upon disciplinary technologies of reward and punishment, is there an art of deconditioning that we can apply in a playful and creative way?

This is a continuation of Joanne Richardson’s last presentation at Nomad (Magic in Everyday Life), which introduced an alchemy of self-transformation that evolves in four stages. This talk will present the first stage of her system of transformation, and will offer a preview of a 10 week group-workshop inspired by different traditions: Gurdjieff’s self-observation, Reich & Lowen’s bioenergetics, Jung’s psychological shadow work, anarchist politics and esoteric-magical practices.

Joanne Richardson is a philosopher, artist, activist, and the author of several books and films. Her current writing can be found at https://profanelight.wordpress.com & https://foolsdictionary.wordpress.com

Special Talk: EMMASOFIA – Producing MDMA and Psychedelics to the World
Mar. 12 (Thursday), 20:00-22:00

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TALK by: Kjartan Nilsen
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ENTRY fee: donation to the campaign.

According to EmmaSofia, the world might become a healthier and happier place if MDMA (‘ecstasy’) and psychedelics (like psilocybin, found in ‘magic mushrooms’) were made more available. They often induce profound experiences while at the same time having comparable safety to many other legal activities in society.

EmmaSofia is a non-profit organization in Oslo, Norway, working to increase access to MDMA and psychedelics. Currently they are running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. All the MDMA and psilocybin that they manufacture from the donations will be distributed for free – for medical or other legally authorized use.

Kjartan Nilsen, project manager & film director at EmmaSofia, will tell us more about the campaign.

Acoustic Live: Hindustani Music of SITAR and TABLA
Mar. 13 (Friday), 20:00-22:00

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LIVE by:
Andreas Miranda (sitar)
Timo Preece (tabla)
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ENTRY fee: 5 eur.

Andreas Miranda (Sitar, disciple of Darshan Kumari) and Timo Preece (Tabla, disciple of Abhiman Kaushal) create a natural synergy between melody and rhythm by concentrating on the fundamental aspects of Hindustani music to carry the audience into a cleansing meditative state. Their music exposes the cyclical nature of the universe through the art of raga-based music.

Both Andreas and Timo studied classical northern Indian music and have strived to take their teachings and interpret it for a wider audience in a modern setting.

For those unfamiliar with classical Hindustani music, there will be a short lecture discussing some of the key aspects of this highly fascinating ancient tradition.

MEDITATION Workshop: Training the Mind
Mar. 15 (Sunday), 19:00-21:00

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GUIDED by: Seseg Zhigzhitova
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ENTRY fee: donation to Tergar Meditation Center.

TIMETABLE:
19:00-19:30 for practitioners: 25 min mindfulness meditation.
19:30-19:50 for beginners: we’ll explain the basics of meditation, do 10 min meditation and answer the questions.
20:00-21:00 introduction to the workshop’s topic.

Seseg Zhigzhitova is a group coordinator and practice leader of of the Tergar Practice group Berlin, which is a part of International Tergar Meditation Community, guided by Mingyur Rinpoche. Seseg lives in Berlin, working as an architect.

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