The year Somara was launched we hosted a number of panel discussions where speakers explored some of the more pressing challenges for those working with shamanic medicines in the present day.
(1hr + 20min Q&A) – Sat Feb 6
Within entheogenic culture there are widely differing opinions about duty of care. What, to some, can be considered ‘just the right amount of care’, can to others feel stifling, smothering or like being babied. Conversely, what can feel like freedom and independence to some can feel like recklessness and abandonment to others. This panel will explore the tension between the commonly held opinion that there is a need for care during deep states of vulnerability; and the importance of personal responsibility.
Darpan | Victoria Sinclair | Dan Schreiber | Julian Palmer | Simon Green – moderated by Rak Razam
(1hr + 20min Q&A) – Sun Feb 7
In the earliest days, the role of shaman was that of fire keeper, that of myth maker. The universal myth is the story of the hero leaving their ordinary world and going into a heightened world of adventure in order to bring back wisdom or healing for the benefit of their community. Look deeper and you’ll see that this structure has its roots in the visionary experience of the shaman. This panel specifically focuses on the third act of the hero’s journey: the part where the protagonist brings the lessons back and weaves them into their ordinary world.
Bruce Damer | Katia Honour | Lahood | James Skalkos | Jonathan Davis – moderated by Rak Razam