We encourage participants to experience this Gatherette
as a chemical-free experience.
While we honor and respect the sacred use of entheogens
(sacred plants) in a ceremonial manner, and within the shamanic context
of the cultures they come from (peyote, ayahuasca, yage, ebene, etc.),
we feel there is a difference between using entheogens within sacred
space and using them casually, as recreational drugs. We know that entheogens
can open many doors. We also know that, once the doors have been opened,
and the individual has found their way there, that using the entheogens
may no longer be necessary. Once the doors have been found, we can find
our way there under our own power. From our own experience we also know
that many states of being, consciousness and ecstasy are available to
everyone, using ecstatic techniques such as drumming, dancing, ritual,
breathwork, etc. We will be exploring many of these paths as workshops
during this Gatherette.
We encourage everyone participating in the Gatherette
to explore the possibility that we can all travel to the Otherworlds
under our own power, without the use of chemicals. We also encourage
participants to experience the clarity of consciousness of the shaman,
the crystalline mind of the traveller between worlds, by choosing to
be recreationally chem-free for the duration of the Gatherette.
The following behaviors have been identified as unwelcome at the Sanctuary
at any time: