Conceived by visionary Ethnopharmacologist Dr. Dennis McKenna in 2018, 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 be a catalyst for the transformation of global consciousness, through educational experiences that interweave our collective intelligence, science, and ancestral wisdom.
We seek to advance a symbiotic and evolutionary partnership with the entire planetary community of sentient species, 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.
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.
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.
Evolve 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 propagate the message to a global audience and influential leaders. Specialized training courses, study abroad and post-graduate programs 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, and alternative healing. 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. We aim to integrate the best of cutting edge science with traditional plant wisdom, which can lead to truly empowering and healing medicines for humanity. We seek to reach local and global communities, all within an ethical context of fair trade, sustainability, and benefit sharing.
The branches of the Academy have global outreach with an integrated department for Media. We employ traditional forms of media as well as utilize and explore 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. Psychedelic medicines are key tools to effect transformation, accompanied by other emerging "sacred technologies" and healing modalities. 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.