The Wild Kindness: A Psilocybin Odyssey


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by Bett Williams

From the Publisher:

The Wild Kindness: A Psilocybin Odyssey is the lyrical, unforgettable memoir of Bett Williams’s relationship with psilocybin mushrooms, otherwise known as magic mushrooms. In pursuit of self-healing, she begins experimenting with mushrooms in solitary ceremonies by the fire. Word soon gets out about her New Mexican desert mushroom farm, though, and people arrive in droves. Not long after, the police read her her Miranda Rights, her relationships fall out of whack, and her dog Rosie just might be CIA. On a quest to find help through the psychedelic community, Bett is led to Cleveland to meet Kai Wingo, an African American leader within a high-dose psilocybin community, and to Huautla de Jimâenez, home of well-known, well-respected curandera Marâia Sabina. Back home, Bett begins a solid ritual practice with the help of her partner and friends, bearing in mind the medicine’s indigenous roots and power to transform one’s life. Amidst the mainstream flood of New Age practices and products, The Wild Kindness: A Psilocybin Odyssey is a dreamlike reminder that psilocybin mushrooms are a medicine of the people, not to be neatly packaged, marketed, or appropriated.

Praise for the Book:

The Wild Kindness is absolutely electric. It’s not only the subject matter, which is mystical and fascinating. Bett William’s voice is untamed and inspired, full of gonzo humor, ambitious daring and high-vibrating heart. The personal, the political, the spiritual and the unknown come together into a mesmerizing read that is full-on literary fireworks. – Michelle Tea

Like any good memoirist, Williams performs surgery on herself and holds up each organ for inspection…This is a book that requires you to “go with the flow,” but the flow is awfully inviting. – Molly Young

About the Author:

BETT WILLIAMS is the author of the novel Girl Walking Backwards and the memoir The Wrestling Party. She and her partner, Beth Hill, produce No Cures, Only Alchemy, a podcast about psychedelics and culture, for which they received a Kindle Foundation Maker’s Muse Award in 2018. Bett lives in New Mexico, where she supports writers, artists, and others through hosting private retreats, residencies, and events in keeping with the spirit of mycelium.

ISBN: 1948340313    –     EAN: 9781948340311

Additional information

Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 5 × 7 × 1 in