Cartographie Psychedelica: MAPS 25th Anniversary Conference (MAPS)

Venue: Oakland Marriott

Location: Oakland, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Dec 08, 2012 End Date/Time: Dec 11, 2012
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An
Experiential
Benefit
Celebration

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Friday,
DECEMBER
9TH
2011
Join MAPS on Friday, December 9th for The Kaleidoscope Vault, an experiential benefit celebration that will delight your senses. Purchase artworks from the world's preeminent visionary artists, rare collectibles from the history of psychedelic science, and priceless travel packages and experiences—
all while enjoying a unique and stimulating series of intimate encounters and interactive adventures with artists, thinkers, moment makers and activists.

Guests of The Kaleidoscope Vault will be treated to a multitude of sensory indulgences, including themed food stations, full-service bar, music, and interactive displays and exhibits, including meet- the-artist stations hosted by visionary painters and digital and organic mural-makers. Enjoy a ceremonial cup of tea, and participate in the Treasure Hunt Adventure to increase your chances of winning a prize from our $2500 raffle including beyond amazing items from High Times Magazine, Bronners All-One Magic Soaps, Wilbur Hot Springs and many, many more!
The evening’s journey continues as luminaries from the psychedelic past, present, and future share their hearts and minds and discuss MAPS' work at the frontiers of psychedelic science. Presentations by Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Alex & Allyson Grey (Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors), Charles Shaw (FractalNation Village, The Exile Nation Project), Android Jones & Phaedra Ana (Phadroid), Daniel Pinchbeck (Evolver, Reality Sandwich), Paul Stamets (Mycologist, 6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World), Neal Goldsmith, Ph.D (Author: “Psychedelic Healing”), Ethan Nadelman (Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance), and many others.
Legendary Benefit Auction unlike any you’ve ever witnessed before, hosted by Performance auctioneer extraordinaire Elias Arjan, accompanied by The Shamanic Cheerleaders – a performance troupe guaranteed to elevate spirits and open minds.
The evening will come to a close with a memorial celebrating the late Robert Venosa, hosted by Martina Hoffmann with accompaniment from Charles Shaw. The memorial will feature a special tribute video on Robert’s life from Jonathan Singer, a Venosa-inspired Phadroid digital dance performance by Android Jones & Phaedrana, and will close with musical performances by Random Rab and David Block (The Human Experience).

Come discover a treasure you'll cherish for a lifetime, an emblem of psychedelic history, or a once- in-a-lifetime experience not generally available to the public. Your participation in this event will fund another 25 years of research into the beneficial applications of MDMA, LSD, ayahuasca, ibogaine, and medical marijuana.


Discover. Commemorate. Unite. Fulfill.
The Kaleidoscope Vault is the exciting kick off to Cartographie Pyschedelica 2011!
Join MAPS for four days of education and entertainment in celebration of 25 years of psychedelic and medical marijuana research and education.
Conference • Workshops • Banquet • Party • Auction • Cruise
For more information about the MAPS 25th Anniversary Celebration please visit:
www.maps.org/25
Friday, December 9th
6pm-12am
Oakland Marriott City Center East Hall
1001 Broadway Oakland, CA 94607
Tickets to the Kaleidoscope vault are $45/advance, $65/door
*Complimentary w/ Cartographie Psychedelica Conference registration
Tickets include fine food & tea service (beginning at 6PM), 5 raffle tickets ($2500 in prizes), full access to all interactive exhibits, presentations, & performances
Tickets can be purchased here: www.maps.org/kaleidoscope

MEET THE ARTISTS
Alex & Allyson Grey http://cosm.org/
Alex Grey is a world-renowned artist, poet, and author. His books, Sacred Mirrors, The Mission of Art, Transfigurations and Art Psalms, trace the development of his work and the mystical experiences that have shaped his personal, spiritual, and artistic life. His artwork will soon be on view again at CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, a art retreat center and trans-denominational church, just north of New York City, that celebrates creativity as a spiritual path.
Allyson Grey is co-founder of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors and an artist whose work is sold and exhibited widely. With a MFA from Tufts University, she has been an editor, educator and muse to artists for over thirty years.

Android Jones & Phaedrana http://www.androidjones.com/phadroid/
Android and Phaedrana Jones are pioneers in a new type of interactive live expression that pushes interpersonal, artistic, and technological boundaries. Phadroid synthesizes ancient and contemporary forms of expression through cutting edge visual and dance vocabularies. The seamless fusion of live movement and live digital art projection unfolds in real time, invoking new patterns of response from its audience as the artists tap into the same current of creative energy until a new level of spatial depth is achieved. David Block: ‘The Human Experience' brings yet another layer of connectedness to Phadroid by creating a unique soundscape for each performance as it unfolds.

Carey Thompson http://fractalnationvillage.com/home/carey-thompson
Carey Thompson grew up on the east coast and then traveled throughout the western United States ending up in New Mexico where he spent a year creating a core resonance with the American southwest. Afterwards, Carey embarked on a four-year adventure throughout Central America harnessing the winds of synchronicity. Exploring countless natural power spots and Mesoamerican sacred sites, he developed a keen interest in ancient culturesand their expression through the arts and cosmology.

Martina Hoffmann http://martinahoffmann.com/
German-born artist Martina Hoffmann’s paintings are directly inspired by the realms of the dream, the unconscious and the superconscious.“Bringing back these images is about communication. The painting becomes the otherworldly blueprint from which we can translate into human context. The message is simple: If we allow it, there is no limit to form and content.This holds the potential for us to be able to create a reality as beautiful, healthy and strong as our imagination permits.”Hoffmann’s work has been exhibited internationally.She teaches painting classes together with her husband, Fantastic Realist Robert Venosa, all over the world.

Michael Divine http://tenthousandvisions.com/
Michael is at the forefront of a resurgent creative wave that draws it’s inspiration not just from art theory and intellectual ideas but also from the basic principles of what it is to lead a healthy and vibrant life. His spirited and vivacious artwork falls in step with a long tradition of artists who base their work on their interpretive visions. His paintings – with their imaginative wonder and deeper spiritual underpinnings – reference ancient traditions, modern artistic explorations, and contemporary themes.
Drawing upon his visions and experiences, his work explores the inner worlds of the psyche and the heart. He translates this experience into breathtakingly sublime imagery that illustrates the journey of growth and transcendence through the inescapable phenomenon of human existence and conditioning.

Isaac Abrams http://www.isaacabrams.com/altindex.html
Isaac Abrams was born and raised in the New York area. He is a self-taught artist with an academic background in literature, history, science and psychology. He founded the first gallery of Psychedelic Art in the world in 1965. He began working as a self-taught painter in the beginning of 1966. He began working as a sculptor in the 1970's. He began extensive work as an animation artist in 1981.

Amanda Sage http://amandasage.com/
Amanda Sage is at the forefront of a new breed of visionary/interdimensional artists using art as a tool
for personal, spiritual, planetary growth and transformati After volunteering in Bali for close to a year, and amongst other projects & exotic distractions, Sage illustrated an herbal book with over 70 indigenous plants and herbs for the natural Birthing Clinic, now called Bumi Sehat. In this time she also extended production of her Batik clothing and design project that she had started in high school with her dear friend Leilea Satori, and this continued on amidst bouncing around the globe between the US, Vienna and Bali till the year 2000. She has exhibited Solo and in Group Shows in Galleries, Salons and in various projects/events worldwide since 1999, including London, Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Bali, Colorado, Seattle, San Francisco and most recently at Burning Man.

PRESENTATIONS BY SPECIAL GUESTS Daniel Pinchbeck http://www.realitysandwich.com/blog/daniel_pinchbeck
Michael Mithoefer, M.D http://www.maps.org/about/staff/
Michael Mithoefer, M.D., is a psychiatrist practicing in Charleston, SC, where he divides his time between clinical research and outpatient clinical practice specializing in treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with an emphasis on experiential methods of psychotherapy. He is a Grof-certified Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator and is trained in EMDR and Internal Family Systems Therapy. He and his wife, Annie Mithoefer, recently completed a MAPS-sponsored Phase II clinical trial testing MDMA- assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. A paper about their study was published in July 2010 in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. They are currently conducting a second trial with veterans who have PTSD resulting from service in the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as psychotherapy training programs for MAPS researchers.

Annie Mithoefer, B.S.N. http://www.maps.org/about/staff/
Annie Mithoefer, BSN, is a psychiatric nurse, Grof certified Holotropic Breathwork Practitioner and is trained in Hakomi Therapy. She and her husband divide their time between work with individual psychotherapy clients in their private practice and Clinical Research with MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They are co-therapists for the MAPS-sponsored clinical trials they do themselves, and they conduct training programs for other MAPS-sponsored researchers.

Paul Stamets http://www.fungi.com/front/stamets/
Paul Stamets has been a dedicated mycologist for over thirty years. Over this time, he has discovered and coauthored four new species of mushrooms, and pioneered countless techniques in the field of edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation. He received the 1998 "Bioneers Award" from The Collective Heritage Institute, and the 1999 "Founder of a New Northwest Award" from the Pacific Rim Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils. In 2008, Paul received the National Geographic Adventure Magazine's Green-Novator and the Argosy Foundation's E-chievement Awards. He was also named one of Utne Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" in their November– December 2008 issue. In February 2010, Paul received the President's Award from the Society for Ecological Restoration: Northwest Chapter, in recognition of his contributions to Ecological Restoration.

Rick Doblin, Ph.D. http://www.maps.org/about/staff/
Rick founded MAPS in 1986. His dissertation (Public Policy, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government) was on "The Regulation of the Medical Use of Psychedelics and Marijuana," and his master’s thesis (Harvard) focused on the attitudes and experiences of oncologists concerning the medical use of marijuana. His undergraduate thesis (New College of Florida) was a twenty-five year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He has also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Tim Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Stan Grof, M.D., and was in the first group to become certified as holotropic breathwork practitioners. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise "healthy" people, and to also become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist.

Neal Goldsmith, Ph.D. http://www.nealgoldsmith.com/
Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist specializing in psychospiritual development and resistance to change.Seeing “neurosis” as the natural unfolding of human maturation, he views psychology as the science of personal emergence and spiritual maturity.With the exception of biologically-based diseases, such as schizophrenia, psychology is not about “mental illness” and so Dr. Goldsmith treats “neurosis” as spiritual immaturity, not pathology.

Ethan Nadelman, J.D., Ph.D. http://drugpolicy.org/
Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a New York City- based non-profit organization working to end the War on Drugs. Described by Rolling Stone as, "the point man for drug-policy-reform efforts," Ethan Nadelmann is known as a high profile critic and commentator on U.S. and international drug control policies.
Daniel Pinchbeck is an author and editorial director of Reality Sandwich, a blog website centered
around New Age philosophy and activism. He is the author of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic
Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism and 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl. He is the
son of painter Peter Pinchbeck and writer Joyce Johnson.

INSTALLATIONS
HEARTBEAT AMPLIFIER http://www.HeartbeatAmplifier.com
As you rest in one of the Heartbeat Amplifier (HBA) chairs and place your hands on the sensors, within a few seconds a musical orchestra of sensation begins to envelop you. The unmistakable thump of a
heart is noticed by all around you and a dazzling multicolored array of throbbing light rains over your
body and the surrounding area. Simultaneously you experience a series of pulsing vibrations in the
chair that feel like the opening and closing of the heart’s chambers. Soon you realize your own
heartbeat is driving the world of beautiful lights, vibrations and sounds – you are the show. Together
with friends sitting in the other chairs, your heartbeats create a constantly mutating sensory art
experience in real-time. The experience for participants and spectators is beautiful, meditative,
mysterious and surreal. Welcome to the world of the Heartbeat Amplifier, an art project by Alan Macy
and Hitch McDermid, with the support of dozens of amazing volunteers.

FALSE PROFIT INTERACTIVE PLAYGROUND http://false-profit.com The mission of False Profit is to create better art through science. They are art engineers who fabricate, machine, weld, and construct sculptural, larger-than-life art installations designed to create inspiring experiences for spectators and participants. Their work has been shown throughout the US at Burning Man, San Francisco and Boston Decompression, Alchemy, NASA’s Yuri’s Night, The Crucible’s Fire Arts Festival and Maker Faire Bay Area.

THE MECHANICAL GARDEN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SPBRtYtMUw

OMSHANTEA & SARASWATI TEA + SYMPATHY LOUNGE:
OmShan Tea http://www.omshantea.com/
An urban tea oasis where fine teas, organic foods, and cultural events are offered to inspire healing, conscious community and holistic wellness.

Saraswati Tea
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saraswati-Tea-House/243966868970559
The Saraswati Tea House is a tranquil indoor and outdoor lounge space that serves tea and provides an oasis for visitors who need a place to rest, rehydrate and reflect on the ebb and flow of their personal cosmic journey. Tended day and night by our gentle tea servers, we honor Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of Cosmic Knowledge, by welcoming those who need respite, insight, and a kind word during their passage towards wisdom and evolved consciousness. You are welcome to rest and reflect at the Saraswati Tea House during your transformation and initiation.

MAPS Visionary Art Gallery http://www.maps.org
Two time travelers left the year 1910, headed to the year 2090, without ample provisions. Their fossil-
fueled adventure came to a quick halt in the resource-depleted future. The pair grabbed what they could, picking up a few tricks for the kit, and hustled back to their home-year. However, they only made it so far as 2008. Now Dan Cohen and Gabe Shaughnessy are raising gas money and awareness with their interactive artwork, combining time-tested techniques with geekery from beyond this time.

MULTIMEDIA TRIBUTE FOR ROBERT VENOSA Hosted by Martina Hoffmann & Friends
Robert Venosa (1936 - 2011) http://www.venosa.com
The Visionary art of Robert Venosa has been exhibited worldwide and is represented in major collections, including those of noted museums, rock stars and European aristocracy. In addition to painting, sculpting and film design - pre sketches and conceptual design for the movie Dune, and Fire in the Sky for Paramount Pictures, and Race for Atlantis for IMAX - Venosa has added computer art to his creative menu. His work has been the subject of three books, as well as being featured in numerous publications - and on a number of CD covers, including those of Santana, Kitaro, Ornette Coleman, et al.
Venosa had the crux of his creative existence insightfully encapsulated in these comments by author Nevill Drury: "If the most exciting art-making one can hope to encounter is an exploration of the furthest realities of the imagination, then Robert Venosa must surely rank among the luminaries of our era. His unique approach to Visionary art is nothing less than a fascinating scrutinization of the mysterious realms of being. Venosa's imagery enfolds us with its magical power - truly a mythology for our times". all as to the magic and mysteries of the transcendent realms he inhabits...and paints.”
Robert Venosa will be remembered as one of the most outstanding visionary artists of all time.
“Evolving Culture, Reality, as we perceive it, is largely shaped by the artifacts, both material and symbolic, of thought, thought that leads to creative manifestation in form and color. With that in mind, it might be suggested that the visual artist, - from commercial designer to fine art painter - has much to do with most things that enter your everyday visuals, and thus form a major portion of one's reality and, certainly, how this culture manifests and evolves.” Robert Venosa
“Bravo Venosa! Dali is pleased to see spiritual madness painted with such a fine technique.” -Salvador Dali
“Robert Venosa creates mythical mindscapes that fascinate and illuminate. His tableaux are windows into timeless vistas of the inner realities.” -Timothy Leary
“Robert Venosa’s art truly captures the imprint of a spiritual force; each painting so alive, seeming to breathe, pulsate and stare back at you, challenging the viewer to also reach their highest potential.” -Carlos Santana
Martina Hoffmann http://martinahoffmann.com/

German-born artist Martina Hoffmann’s paintings are directly inspired by the realms of the dream, the unconscious and the superconscious.“Bringing back these images is about communication. The painting becomes the otherworldly blueprint from which we can translate into human context. The message is simple: If we allow it, there is no limit to form and content.This holds the potential for us to be able to create a reality as beautiful, healthy and strong as our imagination permits. Hoffmann’s work has been exhibited internationally.She teaches painting classes together with her husband, Fantastic Realist Robert Venosa, all over the world.

Charles Shaw http://exilenation.org/
Charles Shaw is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir, Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics & Spirituality, and the Director o the The Unheard Voices Project. He serves as Editor for the openDemocracy Drug Policy Forum and the Dictionary of Ethical Politics, both collaborative projects of Resurgence, openDemocracy, and the Sainsbury/Tedworth Charitible Trust.

Phadroid http://www.androidjones.com/phadroid/
Android and Phaedrana Jones are pioneers in a new type of interactive live expression that pushes interpersonal, artistic, and technological boundaries. Phadroid synthesizes ancient and contemporary forms of expression through cutting edge visual and dance vocabularies. The seamless fusion of live movement and live digital art projection unfolds in real time, invoking new patterns of response from its audience as the artists tap into the same current of creative energy until a new level of spatial depth is achieved. David Block: ‘The Human Experience' brings yet another layer of connectedness to Phadroid by creating a unique soundscape for each performance as it unfolds.

WITH MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY The Human Experience http://humanexperiencecreations.com/
“The Human Experience” is David Block’s debut project as a live electronic composer, multi- instrumentalist, producer. Listeners experience a delicious symphonic blend of prismatic soundscapes and sultry beats. David is constantly pushing the boundaries of live electronic music. Playing, composing, and conducting his own electronic symphony live on stage, his performances are brimming and layered with human emotion, world exploration, and sacred sounds. Whether performing by himself, or with a live band, “The Human Experience” always delivers an emotionally charged show. Collaborating with many artists around the world, “The Human Experience” aims to cross cultural barriers through music.
Random Rab http://randomrab.com/
“Emerging from his own distinct corner of the West Coast electronic music scene, Random Rab offers a powerful and unique contribution to sonic exploration. Often referred to as “The Master of Emotion” his music is patently beautiful and melodic. With diverse influences ranging from trip-hop, classical and Arabic to bass driven compositions, his songs are considered anthemic and timeless. As a multi- instrumentalist and singer, his tracks are organic, uplifting and stand on their own as a distinct genre. Listeners of all types of music can find something they can relate to in his sound.




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