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The Eugene Center for Ethnobotanical Studies, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, public charity organization, dedicates this inagural monthly newsletter to the late Elders of the Ethnobotanical and Psychedelic Communities. We also dedicate this to those currently living as Elder exemplars. You already know who you are...


"One of the effective strategies adopted world-wide, to nip in the bud, the... production of psychotropic substances, is to control..."
-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime,
Standard Operating (SOP's) on Precursuor Chemical Control, 2010

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Eugene Center for
Ethnobotanical Studies
(ECfES)


January 2016 Newsletter

 

"And, despite the sprouting of fractal ferns and algorithmic roses, there are no plants in cyberspace - not that one could eat, anyway. Nor in the noosphere."
-Dale Pendell in
Phamako/Poeia: Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft

LANDING PAD; LAUNCHING SERVICES
This month, January of 2016, The Eugene Center for Ethnobotanical Studies moves into a new home office.  As originally announced to Eugene/Springfield in early spring of 2014, our new office is now located at 138 Main St. Springfield, Oregon. Nestled next to Island Park, this is a wonderfully scenic site for afternoon walks with friends, welcoming benches for book reading, and the calm reprieve of the Willamette River and its soothing flow. We will be opening to the public this month. Come check out the library collection and other educational materials. Keep an eye out for an announcement of our “official” public opening/event to take place soon.
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"The last medicine journey shook me to my core. My dedicated exploration of the mushroom medicine was bringing me to a place of knowing myself far beyond my cultural conditioning. The experiences on the medicine were giving me a whole new understanding of my connection with everything around me".
-Shonagh Home in Love and Spirit Medicine

PHARMACEUTICAL AUGMENTATION; GENUINE HEALTH
Did you know that psilocybin has been scientifically demonstrated to relive end-of-life anxiety experienced by many of our Elders including our grandparents and even great grandparents, as they approach their
sunset years?
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"And then there is the usual thing with human beings- simply that we have difficulty with change and with accepting novelty. Change causes a feeling of insecurity. The acceptance of a new concept usually takes at least one generation. Perhaps we are better prepared to work with psychedelics these days, because so many people have had the experiences."
-Laura Archera Huxley in Higher wisdom: Eminent elders explore the continuing impact of psychedelics

A NATURALLY SHARED HISTORY
Have you imagined a greener world? A greener Eugene? Or a city that is high-tech and science-based while remaining deep-green and community-oriented? What if Nature, and plants in general, had far more to offer us than we had previously considered? Soon, ECfES will release a new publication that aims to provide our community, and beyond... perspectives, insights, and tools. With this information, each of us will be empowered to alter the course of history. We can begin to end the current “Drug War” itself.  How?  By beginning to participate in forms of fiscally sustainable and financially regenerative non-profit medicine. We might even be able to help save the spirit, if not the actual location, of
Kesey Square in the process.
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"On occasion during the sessions, people got very depressed, manic, or paranoid. Others felt angry or guilty. And some experienced ecstatic rapture or total bliss and peace."
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Dr. Stan Grof in Higher Wisdom: Eminent Elder Explore the continuing impact of psychedelics

HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED?

  1. The opportunity to explore with psychoactive plants and substances, but still have questions about your safety, the possible health risks, and the very real legal concerns? Or maybe the information you are finding online isn't quite as fulfilling as talking with someone in person, who can meet you eye to eye, heart to heart. In particular, someone who understands the power of these plants and medicines, the struggle to integrate them, and the secret passion to share their healing potential beyond ourselves.

  2. Have you felt varieties of rapidly expansive, creative, and even awe-inspiring and euphoric states of being? Would you like to connect these deeply personal experiences into your daily life more genuinely; in fluid and productive fashions?
     

  3. Have you encountered difficulties with psychoactive plants and substances? Perhaps you were left fearful or wrote off these medicines after a “bad trip”. Through integration and peer support, The Eugene Center for Ethnobotanical Studies offers the opportunity to resolve past crisis and move forward.
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Tobacco kills about 440,000. Alcohol kills about 75,000. Secondary smoke from tobacco kills about 50,000. Cocaine kills about 3,400. Heroin kills about 2,000. Over-the-counter drugs kill about 2,000. Marijuana and LSD kill 0.
-Dr. Ede Frecska  in Psychedelic medicine: New evidence for hallucinogenic substances as treatments


BEYOND OUR DIGITAL IDENTITY; COMING OUT
Have you experienced an inability to speak openly about ethnobotanicals in certain areas of your life? Are you   cloistered into small enclaves on the dark web? Do friends and family choose to use substances that are not life-enriching, but actually harmful, to both themselves and you? Must you silently endure the wedge between a mainstream medicine system that pits doctors against patients, corporate profits over personal health?  All this, while you watch your family slip into old age, death, and dying; over-medicated and under-appreciated? Did you know that the United Nations meets in just three months to discuss major changes to drug policy worldwide. Do you want to make your voice heard on the upcoming UNGASS 2016 Conference (Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem)?  If you live in Eugene or Springfield, do you think the vision of Ken Kesey is worth standing up for? Do you want drug laws changed in your neighborhood? How about we talk justice. How about now?
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"...it is your voice that is needed to awaken the self-centered human species to the vast web of life and love and awareness that is the intimate birthright of us all".
-Robert Schrei in Zig Zan Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics

TRAVEL; IT'S POWER, IT'S LOVE
The Eugene Center for Ethnobotanical Studies (ECfES) congratulates Botanical Dimension (B.D.) of Occidental, California on the launching of a new ethnobotanical library. Nestled in a charming small town, two hours outside of San Francisco,
Botanical Dimensions began years ago with a married ethnobotanist team; Kathleen Harrison and the late Terence McKenna. Together they founded a non-profit dedicated to preserving plant species. What began as a focus on “power plants” has now shifted to embrace a pantheon of green plants, herbs, and exotic botanicals. As an ethnobotanist featured in McKenna's book True Hallucinations, Kathleen has dedicated herself to years of ethnobotanical development and has emerged as leading, visionary expert. If you are traveling South during the cold and rainy Eugene winters, be sure to stop by and visit her 1,000 book library which is now open to the public. She currently teaches classes and is re-focusing her attention on her own writing, which ECfES looks forward to sharing in Eugene upon completion.
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"Time to close the books. Time to open the library of the world."
-Dale Pendell in Pharmako/Gnosis: Plant Teachers and the Poison Path

THIS IS YOUR 501(c)3 ETHNOBOTANICAL PUBLIC LIBRARY RESOURCE CENTER

Memberships start at as little as $25 a year. Sliding scale payments are accepted in instances of financial hardship.

Workshops & Classes, Books, Audio Downloads, DVD's

READING SMART SCIENCE
"What Darwin thinks of the thoughts of Plants"

Brilliant Green: The Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence by Stefano Mancuso & Alessandra Viola with a Foreward by Michael Pollan

ENGAGING THE AUDIO ENERGY
"a magic world filled with outlandish melodies, enigmatic reverberations; it has taken three years of painstaking work to create this piece, which goes beyond a collection of tracks and comes across as a narrative, a story which you will wish to read again and again like a favorite book."

Frogspawn by Iacchus

EXPLORING THE VISUALLY ENGAGING
"disenchantment, archetype, medicine, entrainment, rite of passage, enatiadromia, noosphere"

Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within by entheogen.tv

FINDING THE OTHERS,
STANDING UP AND BEING COUNTED

"ECfES will offer the classes that, quite frankly, the University of Oregon ought to be teaching, but were unable to because of the legal framework surrounding ethnobotanical medicines"

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2016 UPCOMING EVENTS
January: Presentation in Lane County
------->January 21st
Addiction Professional Society of Lane County (APAL)
A professional event discussing Kratom and other "future drugs"...

February: Field Trip with ECfES
------->date to be announced
Lane County Historical Society: No Harm Intended

Come take a field trip with us to an exhibit which uses over two hundred historic artifacts and photographs to tell the personal stories of some of the individuals tasked with helping Lane County residents stay well between 1840 and 1940.

March: Nature Foray with ECfES
------->early spring
Mariposa Woodlands
The Mariposa Woodland is located near Spencer’s Butte. Come explore
key habitats of Eugene such as oak-pine woodland, savanna, and prairie.  This land contains many large heritage trees, some which are more than 500 years old.  In addition, Mariposa has high quality ground vegetation which contains many native grasses and flowers.

April: Free Public Conference
------->April 7th and 8th
Exploring Psychedelics in Culture, Religion & Science at Southern Oregon University
Bringing together students, community members, visionary artists, and psychedelic researchers and explorers, the first event in 2014 was a resounding success with several hundred participants. 2015 was even better, with speakers from all over the western US and four countries, spanning two days of stellar presentations. 2016...

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A excerpt from William Leonard Pickard in The Rose of Paracelsus: On Secrets and Sacraments (Advanced Reader Copy) begins below:

WHAT IS COGNITIVE LIBERTY?

"After our initial profound doses - the classical psychedelic experience - we each independently observed a fortuitous and persistent cognitive enhancement."

"But the neuroscience of it?"

"Perhaps from the neuroplasticity of random dendritic spins sprouting or pruning in the hippocampus and cortical association areas."

"By chance? Unrepeatable?"

"Not altogether. We attribute the enhancement in part to a global neurogensis..."

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Make 2016 a Pivotal Year

STEP ONE
WE TALK WITH YOU
for further information and to receive membership details  
www.ECfES.org


STEP TWO
WE CELEBRATE WITH YOU
We also seek local submissions of art to include in our monthly newsletter and onsite for an upcoming
fundraiser.

STEP THREE
WE GROW WITH YOU
Please consider a
one time or recurring donation today.

STEP FOUR
WE WELCOME YOU
We are seeking interns and community volunteers at our physical location 138 Main Street, Springfield OR, home of
Ferti-Lab


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A Personal Statement
from Alan Cohn, MD (Psychiatrist of 44 years)
Lane County, Oregon

"There is a vast literature which has developed describing the utilization and studies of plant medicines past and present and how these tools have stretched and expanded the usual boundaries of healing and the understanding of ourselves and the world around us.  The Eugene Center for Ethnobotanical Studies has dedicated itself to saving, collecting and organizing some of the important descriptions and understandings from the use of ethnobotanicals and related tools and techniques. This would provide an important source of organized, responsible and effective access to information which would then allow healers, spiritual leaders, scientists, researchers and others to use and build on the knowledge that has been gained by those who have worked with and learned from these powerful tools. Recent studies are confirming that plant medicines can successfully manage certain symptoms and assist individuals in breaking out of unhealthy or limiting patterns of understanding and behavior."
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ARE YOU (DEEPLY) EXPERIENCED?

DISCOVER A FUNDAMENTAL HISTORY LESSON
The Deep, Dark Sixties
and beyond...

From 1965 to 2015
Into the reality of today.


Rick Doblin   <----------------->  Leonard Pickard

both hold Degrees in Public Policy from
John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

One lives comfortably in a suburban neighborhood, raising a family, by providing psychedelics for health and healing.

One is serving a life sentence in a federal prison, separated from his family,
by providing psychedelics for health and healing.

SEE THE PROBLEM, YET?

WE DO.

ALL EYES ON THE
SPECIAL SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON THE WORLD DRUG PROBLEM.


ALL EYES ON YOURS,
AS YOURS ON OURS.

ECfES Newsletter: delivered straight to your personal email inbox every month.
Relevant news from the front lines of the failed "War on Drugs", United Nations Global Commision on Drug Policy Updates, and transmission from the "Beating Heart" of Nature's besieged, yet liberated ethnobotanical plants and medicines.

Volunteer With ECfES

Our volunteers greet visitors and serve our patrons. Volunteering at ECfES is a life-changing experience, and we rely on the generosity of our volunteers to keep our programs going. For more information, please visit our website.

Global = Grassroots

We collaborate with numerous organizations. Check out the Teacher Plant Defense Fund, M.A.P.S., the Beckley Foundation, and Medicinal Mindfulness to learn more.
 

ECfES in Eugene, Oregon

Jeffrey Sutton

Jeffrey serves on the Board of Directors for the Eugene Center for Ethnobotanical Studies. He has been bringing together Medical and mental health professionals, naturopaths and layperson first aid staff to construct a medical response team like no other. Jeffrey reminds each of us to "Empower yourself with knowledge and the experience necessary to further the cause of life and living in a health first manner, in whichever way you understand life and living..."

James Joseph

James founded the Eugene Center for Ethnobotanical Studies (ECfES) in 2013. He has been actively engaged in social issues around drug policy/reform for nearly two decades. He advocates for human rights, modern scientific studies, and the long-term institutional changes needed in our geographical location to ensure ethnobotanical medicines are re-integrated into culture to maximal Hippocratic standard, "First do no harm..."

Jacqueline McClure

Jacqueline is an ECfES Board Member who is working in a remote location that has very limited cell service. She is taking a leave of absence from ECfES as she is traveling to Mexico for the rainy season and working on a horseback circus troupe. She casually sketched the blueprints which eventually became our website over coffee one typical Eugene morning and continues on her personal journey today...
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