Breaking Convention Hosts

Lectures, Workshops & Festivals

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In addition to a biennial conference, Breaking Convention also hosts a series of evening lectures and screenings throughout the year.  You can also find us at select festivals during the summer months, and we also work with partners on workshops at various locations in the UK.  See below for the latest up-coming events and for recent content produced.

LATEST UPCOMING EVENTS HOSTED BY BREAKING CONVENTION

Breaking Convention - Here & Now

Breaking Convention - Here & Now

Saturday, April 20th 2024

CONWAY HALL, LONDON

Between the History and Future of Psychedelics

Breaking Convention is back! Join us for a one-day event and after-party on 20th April 2024, ahead of our three-day conference in 2025. It might be shorter than the full conference, but we've packed it with insightful talks and panels, all centred around the theme of what is happening in the present, the "Here & Now", of psychedelic culture, consciousness and research.

Here and Now: Between the History and Future of Psychedelics will begin by looking back into the roots of psychedelia, including the importance of indigenous cosmologies, the impact of thinkers such as Terence McKenna, the importance of rave culture and lessons from the underground. Moving on from the past we'll then dive into the present day, the main focus of the conference. We'll delve into the latest clinical research, the rapidly expanding field of psychedelic education, and what the mainstreaming of psychedelics might mean for society at this time in history. After placing the present and acknowledging our roots, we will examine what this means for the future of psychedelia not only within the academy, but culturally, sociologically and philosophically too.

As always, at Breaking Convention we're committed to providing a multidisciplinary approach to psychedelic education. In Here and Now, we're bringing together academics, researchers, clinicians and artists to provide an exciting and nuanced view of the fast-expanding psychedelic ecosystem.

PHASE 1 LINEUP:

- Chiara Baldini - Luis Eduardo Luna - Andy Letcher - Leor Roseman - Alexander Beiner - Iryana Mosina - Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes - Julian Vayne - Nikki Wyrd - Hattie Wells - David Luke -

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RECENT EVENTS

Dosed 2 - The Trip of a Lifetime

Dosed 2 - The Trip of a Lifetime

Tuesday 16th August, 2022

GENESIS CINEMA, MILE END, LONDON

We're excited to share DOSED 2: The Trip of a Lifetime is coming to Genesis cinema!

DOSED 2: The Trip of a Lifetime features: Dr Gabor Maté, Paul Stamets, Dennis McKenna, Dave Phillips, Sharan Sidhu, Ben Lightburn, Chino Julian, Garyth Moxey, Dr Rob Sealey, Dana Larsen, Tyler Chandler, Nicholas Meyers, and Laurie and Glenn Brooks.

Synopsis: Laurie, a terminally ill cancer patient and loving mother of four, is granted the right to legally use magic mushrooms to treat her end of life anxiety. She then embarks on a remarkable journey of personal transformation and healing while exploring lesser known possible cures for cancer, like cannabis oil.

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Worlds Collide - Breaking Convention

Worlds Collide - A day of Interpenetrating Conversations on Psychedelia

Saturday 2nd July, 2022

GENESIS CINEMA, MILE END, LONDON

Breaking Convention are back with a superb one day event following the theme of "Worlds Collide"; a series of panel discussions and talks exploring where different paradigms meet, places where we can create deep dialogue, opening areas where seeds can be sown in fertile new ground: such as, shamanism/medicine, culture/spirituality, ethics/therapy. Tension points to delve into and discuss!

PROGRAMME

We are carefully curating the programme, with some exciting speakers in the wings, we will confirm the full line up VERY SOON! Doors open at 9:00am, talks start at 10:00am and finish at 8:00pm.

In addition to a jam packed day of talks, you will also have access to our amazing after-party at JuJu's Bar & Stage in Shoreditch, in The Truman Brewery Square in the heart of East London's Brick Lane. Plenty of time to dance the night away into the early hours.

Not only that, but the ticket price includes a printed copy of the biennial Breaking Convention edited collection of essays published by Strange Attractor Press. There will also be stalls and Visionary art to peruse in between the talks!

The Intermission - Breaking Convention

Breaking Convention - The Intermission

Saturday 14 August, 2021

You are invited to join other psychedelic-curious people at this unique day of talks. Our focus this year is very much on ethics, especially in relation to indigenous reciprocity and psychedelic capitalism. News of scientific research comes direct from the source, courtesy of a couple of luminaries from Imperial College London. We are honoured to host a lecture from Robin Carhart-Harris, Founder and Visiting Professor of Imperial’s Centre for Psychedelic Research, in his last public appearance before moving to America, and we are very pleased to welcome David Erritzoe, their Clinical Director, who will be telling us of their current and future research.

We start the day with the words and powerful presence of Don Eugenio Lopez Carilloo (Uru Muile), a Mara’akame in the Wixarika Laguna community, accompanied by Eusebio Lopez and Rodrigo Rurawe. We at Breaking Convention acknowledge the gratitude we owe to all those people who have kept the knowledge and practices of plant medicines alive for so long, in incredibly difficult circumstances.

Also on our stage will be several people with expertise and experience in the field of ethical engagement with psychedelics; from Canada, Andrea Langlois (activism and indigenous rights), and from closer to home our own Alexander Beiner (psychedelic capitalism) and Ashleigh Murphy-Beiner (ethics of the therapeutic process). Timmy Davis, of CDPRG, speaks about their current campaign for rescheduling psilocybin. There will be an in-depth panel discussion around these areas of ethical consideration.

Nature, Summer & Psychedelics: Live Screening & Panel Discussion

Nature, Summer & Psychedelics: Live Screening & Panel Discussion

Thursday 19th November, 2020
The film presents fresh findings from Imperial College’s renowned Centre for Psychedelic Research, linking psychedelics with an increased sense of relating to nature with scientific evidence for the first time. We will explore the overlap between psychedelics and contact with nature as healing tools for mental health, and how this synergy might provide a wonderful opportunity to grow a nation of people who care more deeply about ecological issues.

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Nature, Summer & Psychedelics: Live Screening & Panel Discussion

The Altered State of Mothers: A talk by Jo Piercey

Sunday 29 November, 2020
"It is said that women in labour leave their bodies... they travel to the stars to collect the souls of their babies, and return to this world together" - anonymous This talk will be about labour and birth and the fear surrounding what could be the most profound experience a woman can have and will delve into the altered state that mothers can enter during labour: "It is so important for a woman to allow herself to fall into an altered state during labour in order to have the best birth."

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This event is DONATION based and is FREE to sign up, but in order to keep our events free we rely on the generosity of those who can afford it to donate. Breaking Convention is a registered charity and we rely on donations to operate!

You can find out more about the speaker Cookham Osteopathy and Cookham Doula 'Psychedelic Baby' art by Grande Dame here.
Darren Le Baron - For the love of Mushrooms

Darren Le Baron - For the love of Mushrooms

We’re very excited to announce that grass-roots researcher and teacher, the infamous Darren Le Baron will be presenting his most recent talk about the history and nature of mycology.

Psychedelic mushrooms have been used for millennia to reach altered states of consciousness. In this talk Darren explores the connections between psychedelics, relationships, love, sex and ceremony.

He will also share some of the latest scientific research, as well as exploring the ancient symbolism of mushrooms. He will reveal to you the amazing world of fungi, in his usual thought provoking and engaging way. Come and discover the hidden, and in some cases taboo knowledge and how it has become encoded in many cultures in our modern world!

This event is FREE, click here to sign up!
Honouring The Work And Legacy Of Kilindi Iyi

Honouring The Work and Legacy of Kilindi Iyi

Thank you for tuning in to our zoom event 'Honouring the Work & Legacy of Kilindi Iyi'.

The talk is now available on YouTube, please feel free to share widely.

As some of you may be aware, proceeds from this event are being donated to The Detroit Psychedelic Conference, an event Kilindi was organising before his passing. It is happening this weekend (7th-9th Aug) with a memorial to Kilindi on Sunday. We wish the organisers and attendees a great event, and for those of us who cannot make it we will be thinking of Kilindi on Sunday during this memorial ceremony. The conference will not be virtual but the organisers will film the event which will be available afterwards. For more info visit the Detroit Psychedelic Conference.

You can still donate via paypal.me/breakingconvention using the reference 'kilindi'.

We would like to thank Darren (darrenlebaron.com), Ayana, Moudou and Omolewa for sharing your stories with us.

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R.I.P Baba Kilindi Iyi