3:00pm - 4:30pm
Auditorium (2nd floor)
“Descending the Mountain – A story about mushrooms & meditation” by Maartje Nevejan (Film Screening)
What happens when you administer psychedelics to experienced zen monks? A neuroscientist and a zen master carry out a double-blind experiment on a sphinx-like mountain in Switzerland. Their goal: to examine the nature of consciousness.
“If approached respectfully and under good conditions, these substances have the power to facilitate the real deep spiritual mystical experience”
– ‘Descending the Mountain’
On the last day of a 5-day retreat, a group of zen monks – who have never used psychedelics before – is given a psychedelic drug, the second group receives a placebo. Mystical experiences are induced through a combination of deep meditation and psilocybin, a psychoactive compound found in magic mushrooms.
This scientific experiment, which was published in Nature magazine in 2020, might be able to lift the controversy that has clouded the realm of psychedelics for far too long.
Scientist Franz Vollenweider and zen master Vanja Palmers descend from the mountain of bliss to teach us how we can integrate mysticism into our day-to-day life.
Leaving the iconic visuals of the 60’s behind, Nevejan allows animation, sound, and A.I. visual art to create a contemporary rendering of the mystical experience of oneness with nature.
‘Descending the Mountain’ is a mesmerizing testimony of inner climate change that shows us how psychedelics could create a revolution in improving mental health and strengthen our connection with our environment.
film: 78 minutes.
Director: Maartje Nevejan
Producer: Global Inside.
Co producers: Annette Badenhorst, Monette de Botton, Bodhana Tamas.
Crew: Jean Counet, Fokke van Saane, Gys Zevenbergen
Artist: SeyhanLee and Douwe Dijkstra
Music: Michel Banabila and Cosmo Sheldrake