Sensory experience about drugs & religion

For some dancing until sunrise on XTC can be a spiritual experience, while others consider cannabis a holy plant. Opening your mind with the hallucinogenic drink ayahuasca or with peyote can generate a level of mindfulness not experienced before...

The contemporary public debate on drugs is usually focused on recreational consumption and legal issues, but with the recent prohibition of ayahuasca, psychoactive substances in spiritual experiences are the talk of the town. On 6 November you can explore which role drugs play in the spiritual world. The evening is a multisensory event, with talks, video, music, and a mystical ambiance. It takes place in the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam.


  • Chris Bennett (CAN) is one of the foremost authorities on the history of cannabis and will share in a video his insights into the religious role for cannabis in a variety of ancient and modern religions.
  • Gary Laderman (USA), professor in Amerikaanse Religieuze Geschiedenis en Culturen,
    vertelt hoe drugs ons alledaagse leven omvatten zonder dat we dat zelf doorhebben.
  • Writer, lecturer and activist Arno Adelaars (NL) takes us to the world of ayahuasca use in a spiritual setting and, therewith, to questions about freedom of cultural expression.
  • Artist Melanie Bonajo (NL) will talk about and show her film about ayahuasca and psychedelic plant medication, Night Soil #1/Fake Paradise.


The evening is hosted by television-journalist/producer Steven Kompier.


When: 6 November 2019, 20:00h (doors open at 19:30h)
Where: Lloyd Hotel, Oostelijke Handelskade 34, 1019 BN Amsterdam
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