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Altered States and the Spiritual Awakening

ASSA is back by popular demand! Last year, i helped organize a fantastic cross-generation conference on altered states and spirituality. We will be doing it again this May (and my dear friend Barlow will be keynoting!) So, join us!

Here’s the official invite:

Last year the first Altered States and the Spiritual Awakening (ASSA) conference was amazing, surpassing all of our hopes. Inspired by that great success, Organization for the Exploration of Spiritual Consciousness is announcing that ASSA 2004 is coming up May 14-16 in San Francisco. The conference includes lectures and workshops, opening and closing ceremonies, catered meals, yoga classes, and more. Lectures and workshops will be led by a number of luminaries in the fields of transpersonal psychology, parapsychology, and entheogens.

Like last year’s conference, ASSA 2004 will be welcoming and financially accessible to everyone with an interest in consciousness and spirituality, including people who have not yet been able to connect with a spiritual community.

For more information and to register for the conference visit:


Ann Shulgin
Beverly Rubik
Delvin, Naasko, and Sijay
Dennis McKenna
Erik Davis
Jean Milay, Ph.D.
John Perry Barlow
Leslie Gray, Ph.D.
Myron Stolaroff
Ram Dass
Sasha Shulgin, Ph.D.
Shabda Khan
Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D.
Stuart Sovatsky, Ph.D.

For more information about Organization for the Exploration of Spiritual Consciousness visit:

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