The McKenna Academy strives to be a bridge between ancestral healing wisdom and science through our conservation and education initiatives. Our vision is an awakened world where all species thrive in symbiotic harmony.

Dennis McKenna Ph.D.

Principal Founder

The entire biospheric community of species is conscious, and seeks to advance the evolution of consciousness through collaboration and symbiosis.

Dennis McKenna has conducted research in ethnopharmacology for over 40 years.  He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, and was a key investigator on the Hoasca Project, the first biomedical investigation of ayahuasca.  He is the younger brother of Terence McKenna.  From 2000 to 2017, he taught courses on Ethnopharmacology and Plants in Human affairs as an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota.

Incorporated in 2020 as a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation, the McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy Inc, is a public charity recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3). Donate now to the Academy.


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