Melbourne Mushroom Day 2015 (920 Coalition)
On Sunday the 20th of September, around 100 people gathered at The Fitzroy Beer Garden to talk about magic mushrooms.
The 920 Coalition helped to spore events around the world, held on the 20th of September to celebrate the psilocybin mushroom, illuminate the current research and highlight their role in society and the health care system.
The 920 Coalition is a collaboration of non-profit organizations and individuals organizing annual events around the world on 9/20 to bring attention to the role of psilocybin mushrooms in our society and health care system.
Members of the coalition bring a wide range of perspectives and expertise on psilocybin and a shared belief that this plant medicine plays an important role in culture and healing. We are particularly interested in supporting people of color and queer identifying people who have frequently been excluded from advocacy and services around psychedelics.
The broad prohibitions on the use of psilocybin in many countries are deeply misguided and there is now overwhelming evidence that they should be changed. The Coalition is working to increase awareness of recent medical research as well as traditional healing uses that have been practiced for thousands of years in many regions of the world.
Our Melbourne celebrations included a talk on local species by Michael Bock and a talk on visionary art and healing by Katia Honour. The Pixie Collective, which is an entity (including shopfront!) of Melbournian artists, makers and crafters, brought along a collection of their psychedelic and mushroom related books which are provided by Logical Unsanity.
We also had support from Australia’s leading psychedelic conference organisers and sub-cultural fertilisers, Entheogenesis Australis (EGA) and Australia’s only psychedelic science organisation, Psychedelic Research In Science and Medicine (PRISM).
We want to say – THANK YOU! – To everyone who came. You turning up and showing support goes to show that there is a Melbourne community of people who want to see more events like this – That celebrate and advance the psychedelic experience, rather than treat it like something that should be shameful.
Thank you for coming out. I am often ear-wormed by songs and sometimes I find them quite appropriate… And burrowing its way into my consciousness are the words, “From little things, big things grow!”
And here are some pictures from the day. Keep that third eye on us – We’ve plans to build more things for Melbourne’s psychedelic community… to nurture you and help you nurture yourselves and to help you find the others.
In Lak’ech Ala K’in