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6-Week Ethnobotany Course

Register by Sept. 13

Wisdom begins in wonder.


As a species, and as individuals, we stand at the threshold of a critical moment in human history, and, perhaps, in the survival and continued evolution of life on earth. Those of us in this community, those who have heard and heeded the message from Gaia’s ambassadors, the Plant Teachers, are faced with a daunting responsibility, as well as a great gift.

McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy is the incubator that nourishes the emergence of this still embryonic global consciousness.

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.

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 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.

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.


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.


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