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Alchemical Tours Episode #7 - Rob Harper

Alchemical Tours Episode #7 - Rob Harper

November 25, 2019

Interview with Rob Harper, director of Journeys to the Edge of Consciousness is a part-animated feature length documentary film by producer / director Rob Harper.

Take an animated trip into the depths of the human mind with three brave pioneers of the 1950/60’s - Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary and Alan Watts. The film presents three psychedelic trips by these world-famous authors that together changed them, and Western culture, forever.

Combining stylish, minimalist animation with a rich, immersive soundscape, Journeys creates a unique cinematic spectacle, inviting you to relive the highs - and the lows - of the psychedelic experience from the edge of your seat.

Sixty years later we put these historic trips into a modern context, sitting down with twelve leading current thinkers to ask: "What can expanded states of mind teach us about ourselves, the world and our place in it?"

“An ecstatic voyage beyond the gates. Thanks for the trip.” 


“This film is a beautiful rendition of the eternal search by humans for a gateway to the great mystery.”



#psychedelics,#grahamhancock,#joerogan,#alanwatts, #timothyleary,#aldoushuxley,#breakingconvention,#bc19

Alchemical Tours Episode #6 - Mike Crowley

Alchemical Tours Episode #6 - Mike Crowley

October 17, 2019

Interview with Mike Crowley author of Secret Drugs of Buddhism: Psychedelic sacraments and the origins of the Vajrayana by Mike Crowley. This is being released to coincide with the release of the 2nd edition of the book.

Michael Crowley was born 1948 in Cardiff, Wales. He began studying Buddhism with a Tibetan lama in 1966, becoming an upasaka of the Kagyud lineage in 1970, being ordained as a lama in 1988. In order to augment his Buddhist studies, he acquainted himself with Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Mandarin Chinese. Mike has lectured at the Museum of Asia and the Pacific, Warsaw, the Jagellonian University, Cracow, The California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work has been published in Fortean Studies, Time and Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness, and Culture, Psychedelic American, and Psychedelic Press UK. In January 2016, Mike received the R. Gordon Wasson Award for outstanding contributions to the field of enthneobotany. He currently serves on the advisory board of The Psychedelic Sangha, an American organization of psychedelically-inclined Buddhists, he teaches Buddhism at the Dharma Collective in San Francisco.

Alchemical Tours Episode #5 - Allan Badiner

Alchemical Tours Episode #5 - Allan Badiner

October 10, 2019



Alchemical Tours Episode #5 – is an interview with Allan Badiner, author of Zig Zag Zen.

Allan Badiner served as the editor in the first and second editions of Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics(Chronicle Books, 2002; Synergetic Press, 2015), as well as two other books of collected essays, Dharma Gaia: A Harvest in Buddhism and Ecology (Parallax Press, 1990) and Mindfulness in the Marketplace: Compassionate Responses to Consumerism (Parallax, 2002). Allan is a contributing editor of Tricycle magazine, and serves on the board of directors of Rain forest Action Network, Threshold Foundation and Project CBD. He has been a student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for more than 25 years.


Copies of Zig Zag Zen are available from Synergetic Press,, Amazon, and good book sellers.







Alchemical Tours Episode #4 - Jazmin Pirozek

Alchemical Tours Episode #4 - Jazmin Pirozek

October 7, 2019

"The land itself has powers to heal. The land itself, you interacting with the land, because you’re not separate from your environment. If you’re separate from your environment then you’re separating your parts and you’re missing everything else. So if you just go out into the land and you ask, it’ll happen"- Jazmin Pirozek (Née Romaniuk)


Jazmin Pirozek is an ethnobotanist and traditional healer, who I met at the Breaking Convention conference in London, Uk in August 2019. Her fascinating talk was about healing marginalized people through traditional medicines.

She serves Northern Ontario indigenous populations in Canada through teaching and aiding remembering of plant medicine teachings lost due to colonisation. She has written and narrated the Planetarium film “Under the same Stars: Minwaadiziwin". Her work has carried her to South America where she learns Amazonian plant medicines from Maestro Juan Flores Salazaar.

An alumni of St. Thomas Aquinas in Kenora, she also completed a Masters at Lakehead University, with the title: "Phytochemical Analysis of Boreal Forest Flora of North-western Ontario, Canada". Before joining the Kenora Association for Community Living and Science North. Also known also by her maiden name of Jazmin Romaniuk, she is a founding member of the Maiinganung Healing Centre in Keewatin. She continues to study and work with Entheogens and other plant medicines to aid remediating Western drug related and food illnesses in indigenous populations.

For more information please see:

Jazmin Pirozek



Alchemical Tours Episode #3 - Dr David Luke

Alchemical Tours Episode #3 - Dr David Luke

August 21, 2019

Dr David Luke is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich. His research focuses on transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, especially via psychedelics, having published more than 100 academic papers in this area, including ten books, most recently Psychedelic Mysteries of the Feminine (2019). When he is not running clinical drug trials with LSD, doing DMT field experiments or observing apparent weather control with Mexican shamans he directs the Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness salon and is a co-founder and director and the current chair of Breaking Convention: International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness.

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Alchemical Tours #2 - Breaking Convention 2019

Alchemical Tours #2 - Breaking Convention 2019

August 20, 2019

Co-host Conor Bannister interviews me on my recent visit to Breaking Convention 2019  held 16th August 2019 at the University of Greenwich. Having returned from this intense 3 days at the largest European conference on psychedelic consciousness.


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Alchemical Tours #1 - Diego Perez Lombardini

Alchemical Tours #1 - Diego Perez Lombardini

July 21, 2019

The interview  is with Diego Perez Lombardini. Diego is the only 'mestizo' or non Wixarika person to hold a position in the religious organization of San Andres Cohamiata, Tatei Kie. Currently he is the Kanareru of Tanana Xaturi and pilgrim with one of La Laguna's ceremonial centers.

Diego Perez Lombardini is  a very talented musician and has composed evocative music from his time with the Wixarika tribe. A short extract of this music is included as part of the podcast as part of the interview, with Diego Perez Lombardini's permission. We would ask people to download and financially support Diego and the musicians by going to :



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Peregrino music Copyright: Diego Pérez Lombardini, 2019

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Podcast theme music 'Happy Pan Flute by MVM Production's' is licensed under the 'standard license'

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