Begun in 2018 by visionary ethnopharmacologist, Dr. Dennis McKenna, the McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy explores modern and traditional practices, ideas and technologies that foster the understanding of nature, consciousness, the cosmos and their interweavings with humanity.
The Academy’s mission is to advance a symbiotic and evolutionary partnership with the entire planetary community of sentient species. Such an alliance will help catalyze a global transformation of human consciousness, creating a new philosophical and ethical paradigm whose values are in harmony with, rather than in opposition to, the natural order. The McKenna Academy provides a real-world, scalable approach to address today’s most vexing problems.
Founded in 2020 as a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation.
From the exploration of simple theories to the application of the most creative technologies for consciousness evolution, five departments will help to organize diverse programs
Expand and evolve the current ayahuasca retreats to include diverse holistic, mind-body-spirit modalities. Develop specialized retreats for thought leaders and people in positions of influence in corporate, government, and academic circles. Create customized therapeutic retreats for psychedelic and integrative therapists and their patients, post treatment recovery groups, and individuals seeking alternative, complementary healing.
Small and large conferences and symposia focused on pressing and timely topics are another means to propagate the message to influential leaders. Specialized training courses, study abroad and post-graduate programs for psychedelic and integrative therapists can be developed in collaboration with academic institutions active in psychedelic research and developing therapeutic paradigms.
Retreats catering to wellness tourism such as yoga, integrative medicine and holistic therapy, life coaching, alternative healing, etc. This model developed at the Academy can be replicated in other parts of the world.
R & D
The scope of the research includes Ethnopharmacology & Ethnobotany, Agronomics & Nutrition, Food Science, Mycology & Microbiology, Bioprospecting & Phytochemical Discovery. It will integrate the best of cutting edge science with traditional plant wisdom, leading to truly empowering, healing medicines. These will reach local and global markets, all within an ethical context of fair trade, sustainability, and benefit sharing.
The four branches of the Academy above will have global outreach with an integrated department for Media. This will include the traditional physical forms of media as well as utilizing and exploring the possibilities of the newest, most innovative forms of technologies.
The catalytic nexus — the mystery school — is a place for experimentation and practice, to create new paradigms in wellness and wisdom never seen before, and never more needed than now. Ayahuasca and other sacred psychedelic medicines are the key tools to effect that transformation, accompanied a emerging “sacred technologies”. These traditional plant medicines do not exist in isolation; they are an essential and integral part of the local culture, land, and spiritual traditions of the people. The Academy is a place where we can learn to listen, again, to the lessons of the revered Plant Teachers, that have always taught our species. We still have much to learn from them, poised as we are on the cusp of history’s end, suspended midway in our arduous journey from apes to angels.