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Sydney Screening – The Way of the Psychonaut: Stanislav Grof’s Journey of Consciousness (Incl. Q&A)

With Dr Tra-ill Dowie, Nigel Denning and Cate Faehrmann MLC

Date: Thu 28 July 2022 @ 6:30pm
Location: Palace Chauvel Cinema, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia

Don’t miss out – the Sydney chapter’s Screening of The Way of the Psychonaut.

Our previous film screenings have sold out within a few days of being announced. Get your ticket early if you missed out!

In the kind of world we have today, transformation of humanity will be our only real hope for survival.” – Dr Stanislav Grof

Mind Medicine Australia is thrilled to invite you to join us for an exclusive screening of The Way of the Psychonaut: Stanislav Grof’s Journey of Consciousness.

This inspirational documentary is being shown in Australia to a global audience after four years in the making, and we are excited to share it with you! The Way of the Psychonaut showcases Stan Grof’s groundbreaking work in human consciousness with psychedelics, Holotropic Breathwork and Transpersonal Psychology.

Stan’s quest for knowledge and insights into the healing power of non-ordinary states of consciousness influenced the disciplines of psychiatry and psychology and profoundly changed many individual lives. One of those transformed by Stan is filmmaker Susan Hess Logeais. The documentary utilises Susan’s personal existential crisis as a gateway to examine Grof’s impact, from the micro to the macro.

Psychedelics, used responsibly and with proper caution, would be for psychiatry what the microscope is for biology and medicine or the telescope is for astronomy.” – Dr Stanislav Grof

Date: Thursday 28th July 2022
Time: 6:30 PM sharp – 9:30 PM (includes Q&A Panel with Nigel Denning, Dr Traill Dowie and Cate Faehrmann MLC)
Location: Palace Chauvel Cinema
Ticket Price: $35 General / $25 Concession / $50 General Admission + Donation (includes $15 donation) / $100 General Admission + Donation (includes $65 donation)

(All funds donated will go towards our mission to make these medicines available and accessible.)

Following the screening, there will be a Q & A panel with the Mind Medicine Institute’s Heads of Faculty Nigel Denning and Dr Traill Dowie, and Greens Parliamentarian Cate Faehrmann MLC. This will be an incredible opportunity to engage and discuss different perspectives of this new and emerging paradigm. 

You can watch the trailer here.

The Presenters

Dr Tra-ill Dowie


Psychotherapist, Head of the Faculty of Psychotherapy at Ikon Institute Australia and Director of the Mind Medicine Institute

Dr Traill Dowie is a polymath philosopher, academic, psychotherapist, minister of religion and martial artist. He holds dual PhDs in Philosophy and Psychiatry. Traill is a co-founder of the Mind Medicine Institute, the head of school at Ikon Institute, a research fellow at La Trobe University in Philosophy, sub-editor of the Philosophy International Journal (Medwin Press) and has also trained with the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and completed their clinician qualification.

Traill is a lifelong martial artist, holding black belts in multiple disciplines. He has worked professionally as both an athletic and performance coach for high level athletes, including world champions, at a national and international level.

Growing up in the Northern Territory, Traill spent a lot of time on country where he developed an interest in ethnomedicine and traditional healing practices. This interest led Traill to Dr Raphael Locke, an anthropologist, psychoanalyst, consciousness researcher and initiated Iroquois shaman. Traill apprenticed with Dr Locke in shamanic practice for 20 years and has explored ethno-medicine and traditional practices across Australia, Asia, Central America and North America. This interest in healing and state-based technologies has been coupled with his interest in psychotherapy and psychology.

Traill has 25 years of experience working as a clinician in a variety of settings including in private practice and organisations. He began his career working in eco-psychotherapy and wilderness therapy working with complex presentations. Traill has worked in both in-patient and outpatient settings focusing on the treatment of complex trauma. Traill was the co-founder of Integrative Psychology where he co-authored a paper with his colleagues Nigel Denning and Linda Tilgner, which was tabled at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. He worked with Nigel Denning to develop a protocol for individual and group psychotherapy for victims of cult abuse. Traill also chaired the Australian Counselling Association’s Trauma Standards Panel.

Nigel Denning

MA, MPsych

Managing Director and co-founder of Integrative Psychology and the Mind Medicine Institute

Nigel Denning is a Counselling Psychologist with 30 years of experience in the mental health sector.  He is the Managing Director and co-founder of Integrative Psychology and the Mind Medicine Institute.

Nigel’s expertise covers developmental trauma, institutional abuse, family violence, attachment disorder, relationship therapy and advanced concentration meditation.  He works with individuals, couples, families, groups and organisations.  Nigel has been involved in therapy and court reporting on several hundred cases from the Royal Commission into Childhood Institutional Sexual Abuse.  Nigel is a former Family Violence Coordinator for Relationships Australia. He has conducted research at the University of Melbourne, Faculty of Medicine, under the supervision of Professor Kelsey Hegarty on male perpetrator typologies. For over 10 years Nigel facilitated group psychotherapy for male perpetrators of family violence.  Nigel is an expert in trauma.

Nigel has extensive experience with psychedelic work internationally.  He began working with altered states of consciousness 35 years ago when he was introduced to Holotropic Breathwork through the guidance of Alf and Muriel Foote.  Twenty-five years ago, Nigel began to work with Dr Stanislav Grof, one of the leading pioneers in the clinical application of psychedelics.  Nigel co-founded the world’s first Spiritual Emergency Centre based on Grof’s work, in partnership with Tav Sparks, Director of Grof Transpersonal Training in North Carolina.  He was also lucky to meet Dr Albert Hoffman at a workshop organised by Grof at HR Geiger’s Museum/Gallery in Gruyere Switzerland. Nigel has also trained with the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and successfully completed their clinician qualification. Nigel is passionate about educating clinicians into the potential of non-ordinary state work when done ethically and skillfully.

Cate Faehrmann MLC

Member of The Greens

Cate has a long history as an activist for women’s rights and the environment. She’s been on the front lines with the LGBTIQ+ community in the fight for equality, an unwavering voice for dying with dignity, and has fought for animal welfare.

She has been active in many environmental and social justice organisations, including as Chair of Sea Shepherd Australia, Executive Director of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, founding director of GetUp! and on the board of the Environmental Defenders Office NSW.

Cate came to The Greens because she shared the party’s values of environmental sustainability, social and economic justice, and the desire to work for a society that puts people and planet first – not the vested interests of the big business buddies and dodgy developer donors of the old parties.

Cate’s areas of policy interest are the environment and tackling climate change, women’s rights, the right for terminally ill people to die with dignity, mental health, urgently needed drug law reform, and animal welfare.

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