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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, Dr Patrycja Slawuta (USA), Dr Tanveer Ahmed and Adrian Sutter

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, Dr Tanveer Ahmed, Patrycja Slawuta, Adrian Sutter)
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.

Dr Patrycja Slawuta (USA)

MA, PhD(c)MA

Behavioural Scientist

Patrycja Slawuta is an Australia-based, NYC-educated and Poland-born behavioural scientist, successful entrepreneur, and life-long learner.

After spending 10+ years in academia, Patrycja founded SelfHackathon, a NYC-based global boutique behavioural consultancy of scientists that applies evidence-based research to help organizations and enterprises navigate the complexities of human nature in the face of disruption, change and uncertainty.

After being chosen specifically by the Australian Government to migrate to Australia in March 2020 as a part of its Global Talent Program, Patrycja founded Unlab, a WA-based company whose mission is to take behavioural science out of the laboratory and into life through in-depth research initiatives, immersive learning programs and evidence-based consultations.

Patrycja believes the human mind is the world’s most untapped natural resource. As such, her mission is to give people and organizations clear frameworks and practical tools to meaningfully and efficiently mine their own minds in order to find purpose, clarity and alignment. In her free time she runs marathons (28 so far), reads (audiobooks) and meditates. In that particular order.

Dr Tanveer Ahmed


Dr Tanveer Ahmed is a psychiatrist, author and columnist. He works in the public, private and forensic sectors. He is an Adjunct lecturer at UNSW. He writes a regular column for the Australian Financial Review. His last book Fragile Nation examines the rise of mental health disorders through patient stories. He has served on local government, the government advisory body called the Australian Multicultural Council, the Advertising Standards Board and as a Governor of the Smith Family. He was previously chosen by a PMs committee as one of a hundred future leaders of Australia.

Adrian Sutter

Founder/CEO Swiss 8

I joined the Army in 2006 as an Infantry Soldier. Deploying straight from initial employment training to East Timor in a peacekeeping role. Learning on the run, I was involved in regular presence patrolling, local conflict resolution, and screening of local gangs.

In 2009, I deployed to Afghanistan with mentoring and reconstruction task force 2.

I deployed with my home unit, The First Battalion Royal Australia Regiment (1RAR). My core role in Afghanistan was with a mortar detachment conducting vehicle-mounted patrols, deep into the Chora Valley.

This deployment exposed me to the realities of third-world living conditions, war, and loss of life.

I transitioned out of the military in 2012 after my sister lost her short battle with cancer.

I did not complete any transition training. I did not have a plan for the future.

Through lived experience and lessons learned (the hard way), myself, and a team of combat veterans created Swiss 8.

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