Post-Conference Workshop: Defending Psychedelic Culture

MAPS 25th Anniversary Conference
Post-Conference Workshop


with Annie Oak, Maria Mangini PhD, and Carolyn Garcia

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Location TBA, Oakland Marriott City Center

Psychedelic Education Program credit available

Workshop Program

What impact have psychedelic experiences and communities had on the larger culture? This discussion will consider the ongoing influence of psychedelic awareness on art, technology, activism, medicine, and spiritual practices. How should these stories be told? What contributions can you make by offering your own personal history? How do we want people to remember the legacy of Haight Ashbury and the global cultural sparks of the psychedelic movement?

The workshop will be divided into two parts. The first portion will be presentations by the workshop leaders and possibly some invited speakers. The second portion will be an opportunity for participants to tell their own stories.

Workshop Participants

Artist and community organizer Annie Oak, is the founder of the Women’s Visionary Congress, an annual gathering of visionary women healers, scholars, activists, and artists who study consciousness and altered states. Annie also created the Saraswati Tea House which offers tea and compassionate hospitality to those who need a place to rest during their passage towards evolved consciousness. An author and journalist, Annie is a proud resident of the Haight-Ashbury where psychedelic culture is alive and well.

Psychedelic veteran Carolyn Garcia, aka “Mountain Girl,” joined the Merry Pranksters in 1964 and traveled on Ken Kesey’s bus “Furthur” presenting “Acid Tests” in California. She joined the Grateful Dead family in the Haight-Ashbury in 1966. Jerry Garcia and Carolyn have two daughters. She has been on the board of Rex Foundation among others for many years, and keeps up with psychedelic and cannabis issues and developments as best she can. She now serves as President of the Women’s Visionary Council, which presents the annual Women’s Visionary Congress and other educational events investigating the marvelous. In 1974 she wrote The Primo Plant, one of the earliest books published about sinsemilla marijuana growing.

Mariavittoria Mangini, Ph.D., F.N.P., has been a family nurse midwife for 25 years. She has written extensively on the impact of psychedelic experiences in shaping the lives of her contemporaries, and has worked closely with many of the most distinguished investigators in this field. Her current project is the development of a “death midwifery” practice providing services to dying persons and their families.