You are invited to attend:
The 2nd Annual East Meets West Medicine Fest
Where: The New York Open Center, The New School, InterfaceNYC, ImpactHUB, Hari NYC
Sponsored by: The Open Center, The New School for Social Research, InterfaceNYC, Hari NYC, The Rubin Museum, MAPS, Floraura, Elephant House Productions, The Arborvitae School of Herbalism, NuAxon, Samadhi Arts, Evolve and Ascend, Psymposia, Flower Power, Chimes, Kaia Foods, Cocoroons, Daily Greens, Sound Sparkling Tea, Love Grace
The East Meets West Medicine Fest is happening this upcoming weekend, November 20-22, and it will be opening up its doors on Friday night for a FREE event at the New School with its keynote speakers, Allan Badiner, author of Zig Zag Zen, and Dr. Nikki Noce, star of FOX’s Utopia. The talks will be followed by a reception with delicious herb infused juices, chais and teas sponsored by REBBL Tonic.
7:00-7:15 – Introductions
7:15-7:45 – Dr. Nikki Noce “Psychedelics and Yoga: Death of a Doctor, Birth of a Yogi”
7:45-8:45 – Allan Badiner “The Anthropocene: Prescription for Psychedelics”
8:45-9:30 – Juice Reception with REBBL TONIC
If you do register by Friday with code “EMAIL” at checkout, you will also get $5 off your Saturday ticket price and gain free access to the Rubin Museum for 2 weeks after the event, and you will be permitted to take a +1 to the Saturday evening event!
Seating for Friday is limited so be sure to register or arrive early. You do not need to register to attend but we will need to turn people away at the door once we reach capacity.
Allan Badiner is the editor of the first edition of Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics, as well as two other books of collected essays, Dharma Gaia: A Harvest in Buddhism and Ecology and Mindfulness in the Marketplace: Compassionate Responses to Consumerism. Allan is a contributing editor of Tricycle magazine, and serves on the board of directors of Rainforest Action Network, Threshold Foundation and Project CBD. He has been a student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for more than 25 years.
Description of talk:
It’s been almost 60 years since Life magazine published the article, “Seeking the Magic Mushroom,” by Gordon Wasson, which marks the very beginning of the psychedelic revolution. Psychedelics, considered a “phase” from the sixties, made illegal, and held to be without medical usefulness, are now being studied as potentially our most valuable medicines for a variety of ailments, including our alienation from, and destruction of the very systems on the planet that support life. This talk will explore the various medicinal applications of psychedelics for modernity and how we can use them to effect change in the world
We will also be joined on Friday night by Dr. Nikki Noce, Yoga teacher and star of FOX’s Utopia. Dr. Nikki is a medical doctor turned holistic practitioner and yoga instructor. After traveling the world and experiencing a wide array of healing modalities, Dr. Nikki realized her true call to healing is a mind, body, spirit approach health and happiness. Many people know her as #DrLove after her appearance on the FOX reality show Utopia. Dedicated to elevating consciousness in humanity, Dr. Nikki created The Initiation Course™ which empowers and inspires people to live their dreams. A New York native, she currently lives in the LA area, blogs at www.drnikkinoce.com, works with people across the country via Skype, and travels the world teaching retreats. Dr. Nikki’s talk will lead you through her path from Doctor to Yogi and the influences that helped her along the way.
More About the Weekend:
During the Saturday evening portion of the event, there will be workshops and talks alongside music, performances and much, much more. This will be taking place at and is sponsored by The Open Center and we are happy to announce that this will now be taking place in partnership with The Junxion and Ecstatic Dance NYC. There will be vendors, workshops, DJs, Visual Projections, Dancing, Art Spaces, Performances and more.
It will also feature a live musical performance by Ambient musical artist and Brian Eno Collaborator Laraaji that is not to be missed.
There will also be special elective intensives, including Plants and Poses, a class fusing herbalism and yoga together for a fall-inspired wellness kick, happening on Saturday morning from 10am-noon with Jenn Pici Faulk and Steph Zabel, as well as a very special Sound Meditation with Alexandre Tannous, world renowned sound therapist, from 5:30 to 8:30pm on Saturday at Hari NYC.
This is a festival and conference for people who are done with festivals and conferences. This is for the people that are scientifically minded but know enough to know that contemporary science doesn’t have all the answers. This is for the people that want to explore traditional topics in medicine in a fresh, contemporary, young and modern way. This is where east meets west in an opportunity to learn from and engage with open-minded, eye-opening, idea-evolving, self-improving, community-building and thought-leading doctors, researchers, practitioners, patients, artists, performers, cultural innovators, movers and shakers.
The event will feature talks such as “Meditation, Medicine and Mount Everest: Research and Adventure at the Top of the World” with Dr. Nitin Ron, Neonatologist and Mountaineer, “Open Wide and Say Awe: Psilocybin Mushrooms and the Frontiers of Well-Being“ with Katherine Maclean, PhD., “Mechanisms of Yogic Practices in Health, Aging, and Disease” with Dr. Neil Theise, MD (Pathologist, Buddhist, Complexity Theorist), “Laughing to Death: Overcoming Existential Anxiety with Buddhism and Comedy“ with Christopher Kelley, PhD., as well as a lecture and accompanying sound meditation intensives with Alexandre Tannous. And so much more!
The East Meets West Medicine Fest is not only where the eastern mindframe meets the western, it is where the east coast meets the west coast. We are inspired by the explosion of the west coast music festival culture, the art, the music, the workshops and talks, and we are bringing it to the east coast in a novel form that focuses on the lectures and workshops as much as the music. We are breathing new life into the archetype of the festival so come here to engage, to listen, to be inspired and also to dance. Come here to meet your new physician, one who genuinely cares about your physical and mental well-being.
We expect tickets to sell out, so buy yours while they last. All Attendees will receive freetickets to the Rubin Museum, which features various works of Himalayan Art, within 2 weeks of the East Meets West Medicine Fest.
Regular priced tickets are on sale now.
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