Stefana Bosse is Head of Experience at the Psychedelic Society. She has a passion for introducing people to psychedelics in environments conducive to mystical and spiritual experience. Having obtained a bachelors in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford and a Masters in International Affairs from Sciences Po in Paris and Columbia University in New York, Stefana entered work in the environmental and human rights sector. However, as her own path has unfolded and spiritual journey deepened, she became increasingly interested in the overlap between psychotherapy and spirituality. After participating in the Path of Love (POL) process, she has just begun a yearlong training as a Holistic Counsellor with the founders of POL. She is also a certified Forrest Yoga teacher and maintains a regular meditation practice.
Stephen Reid is the founder and director of the Psychedelic Society, which was the first national-level Psychedelic Society worldwide, and the press officer for the Breaking Convention Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness. Stephen facilitates the Psychedelic Society’s Psychedelic Experience Weekends and Psychedelic Rhythms dance sessions, and is a camp lead at Nowhere, the European Burning Man event. Previously, he served on the board of Greenpeace UK and co-founded the anti-austerity direct action movement UK Uncut and the New Economics Foundation’s New Economy Organisers Network. Stephen has Masters degrees in Physics from the University of Oxford and Complexity Sciences from the University of Bristol.
TITLE: Growing a Psychedelic Society
From Finland to the Czech Republic, Psychedelic Societies are popping up all over the world. Founded in 2014, the UK Psychedelic Society was the first to operate at a national level. Since then the UK society has amassed 10,000 members, held 76 events in 6 cities across the country and established itself as a credible commentator on psychedelics in the mainstream media. The current programme of events includes bring-and-share Psychedelic Suppers, Psychedelic Yoga & Meditation, Psychedelic Rhythms dance sessions and the Psychedelic Experience Weekends, where groups from the UK travel to the Netherlands to trip on psilocybin truffles in the care of sober facilitators. In this talk, Stefana Bosse (Head of Experience) and Stephen Reid (Director) will offer an outline of the Society’s history and current activity, focusing on the lessons learnt and offering inspiration to those thinking of setting up Psychedelic Societies elsewhere.