Dennis is one of the living godfathers of psychedelics. For the last 25 years, he has pursued the interdisciplinary study of ethnopharmacology and psychointegrator plants. He received his doctorate in 1984 from UBC where his research focused on ethnopharmacological investigations of the botany, chemistry, and pharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he – two orally-active tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Amazon. He is a founding board member and Vice-President of the Heffter Research Institute, dedicated to the investigation of therapeutic applications for psychedelic plants and compounds. He was a primary organizer of the Hoasca Project, has conducted ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian, Colombian, and Brazilian Amazon, and has authored over 35 scientific papers published in Journal of Ethnopharmacology, European Journal of Pharmacology, Brain Research, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurochemistry, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Economic Botany, and elsewhere.
ROBERT “RIO” HAHN
Rio is an explorer, photographer, filmmaker, painter, author, and speaker on altered states of consciousness. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow, two-term international Director, and three-term San Diego Chapter Chair of The Explorers Club. The recipient of five Explorers Club Flags, he is a licensed sea captain, open water diver, founding member of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology, and holds the title of High Chief of Western Samoa. He is a co-founder, Fellow, Director, and past president of the Institute of Ecotechnics, and served as Scientific Chief and overall manager for the Institute’s ethnopharmacological Amazon Expedition on the Heraclitus, which he led with brothers Terence and Dennis McKenna.
Dale is an international ethnobotanical consultant, naturalist and explorer with diverse interests and experience in fields ranging from herpetology to ethnobotany. He was curator of herpetology at the Swadini Reptile Research Institute for many years where his interest in the study of snake venoms for drug development, later led to his study of the chemistry and use of plant medicines. Dale has interviewed healers from many traditions, maintaining a lifelong interest in Entheogens, and continues to document their use in poorly explored regions of the world. As an explorer he is regularly exposed to “new” medicines and healing modalities and has a special interest in the cultivation of medicinal plants and medicinal mushrooms. He has taught numerous workshops relating to Permaculture and Plant Based Primary Healthcare and has authored a number of articles relating to plant medicine.
Michael is a prolific publisher, producer and marketing specialist with 30 years of experience networking and organizing in the technology, cannabis and psychedelic sectors. An active thought-leader in humanistic applications of ICT, environmental initiatives, consciousness studies and community empowerment, he is Managing Director of the Techné Verde project with Buckminster Fuller Institute, which fosters and develops online community platforms. In addition to having founded independent publishing houses in the early 80s, Michael was a pioneer in digital media publishing, producing the first multimedia CD-ROM and the first interactive book/CD-ROM packages with companies like Apple, Kodak, Toshiba and Microsoft. A board member of Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti project since 1995, he is currently the Director of Strategic Development for Synergetic Press, the leading publisher of psychedelic research and biospheric science/regenerative culture.