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Spiritual First Aid for Sexual Assault Survivors with Alexandria Baker TPP177

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In this episode I’m joined again by Alexandria Baker, a southern California sex educator, Hatha yoga instructor, ethical luxurious natural beauty and skin care entrepreneur, model, and performance artist.

In our previous episode she shared all about her personal journey, background:
https://tantrapunk.com/sexy-mindfulness-in-lifestyle-and-livelihood-with-alexandria-baker-tpp149/

I was eager to learn of her recent world traveling adventures and sadly discovered in the course of the podcast that she had experienced sexual assault. She boldly shares about the experience, I do my best to apply comforting and empowering stories from my personal battles with surviving sexual trauma. We compare notes and agree that much more loving, care, safe space is needed culturally to seriously address the the plague of abuse.

Please visit her website and Youtube channel at:

https://www.fromalexandria.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcTemJEFn3GVpGuCbJnu6Yg

My Roots in Anarcho-Primitivism and Eco-Feminism TPP176

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Hello Dear Beloveds,
In this episode I read an essay I wrote in my college years about 20 years ago called Freedom and Civilization: A Comparative Analysis. It provides a scientific and philosophical overview of some of the core tenets of anarcho-primitivism and eco-feminism.

I also share an in-depth intro, reflecting on the context of the time I wrote the piece, and some commentary on how my thinking has evolved since.

Divine Crypto Feminisms for Unblocking Shakti with Nanu Berks TPP175

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In this podcast I’m joined again by Nanu Berks for a deep and insightful exploration of the power dynamics, gender politics, and social psychology of philanthropy, decentralized movement building, and business development in the crypto-currency and blockchain space. I appreciated her mentioning the Survival Wombyn project and that she held space for me to explain it, and shed some fear and embarrassment about soliciting women to join it. We share values of radical responsibility and agree to help keep each other in check.

It was refreshing and invigorating to commiserate and share strength and resolve to keep fighting the good fight with art, tech, and love.

Please connect with her at:
http://nanuberks.com/

About Nanu

Nanu Berks loves “connecting humans to each other in creative ways

Originally from Argentina, she currently works as a full-time artist & crypto cultural arts ambassador in the city of Austin, traveling often for global collaborations.

Nanu has a writing background in Tech/AI/Communication, and enjoys “sharing information about the blockchain evolution through experiential art”

Ask her about Crypto Murals, and 5 senses social experiments.

 

Studying Under the Teachers from the Ethers with Shonagh Home TPP174

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In this episode I’m joined again by one of my most respected psychedelic shamanic heroines, Shonagh Home.  She provides updates on her personal and professional journeys since we last talked, we learn about her deep and rich adventurous in modern mushroom priestesshood.

We explore her offering of a Vision Mushroom Practicum audio course and it’s implications for the future of magic mushroom research, clinical healing practices, solo and group rituals/ceremonies, and much more.

We also begin to explore a subject that our next podcast will go into more extensively, which is holistic approaches to healing with foods and dietary paradigm shifts towards more ancient wisdom traditions.

Please visit her website at: https://www.shonaghhome.com

About Shonagh:
Shonagh Home is a shamanic therapist, teacher, writer and poet. Her specialized private sessions and retreats are probing and revelatory, assisting clients to break chronic, self-defeating patterns, and move into empowered personal sovereignty. Shonagh is an international public speaker on the subject of visionary shamanic-spirit medicine, a voice for stewardship of the honeybees, and a teacher on the subject of Traditional Foods. She is author of the books, ‘Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine,’ ‘Love and Spirit Medicine,’ ‘Poetic Whispers from the Green Realms,’ and ‘Honeybee Wisdom: A Modern Melissa Speaks.’

 

The Survival Wombyn Project Green Paper TPP173

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In this episode I read the “Green Paper” for the Survival Wombyn Eco (role)Modeling Project. I then elaborate on the backstory and road map of the project.

Please visit the website at:
https://survivalwombyn.com/

Here is the white paper:

When I was a boy, I was enchanted by the female form, the majestic whole woman. When my older male friends started to show me adult hardcore magazines I was offended and confused by their crude objectification of the models. They were more interested in the close-up action than the beauty of the emotional expressions. There was no natural and healthy context in those photographs and it hurt my eyes and heart.

Much later in life I discovered through tantra yoga and psychedelic shamanic healing ceremonies that I was abused as a child. No wonder I didn’t vibe with the predator energy of the older boys. I always yearned for medicinal love and intimacy, and the peace and serenity of wild nature.

I built a career as a sustainable edible landscape designer and as my personal healing journey has progressed, I have discovered my spiritual purpose as a wounded healer: to compost the patriarchy and help put five thousand years of male dominance over women, children, animals, and nature to rest.

The Survival Wombyn project is one of my collaborative attempts to restore whole natural beauty to human sensuality. I endeavor to depict models in an innocent, wholesome, playful, yet purposeful manner that transcends the shackles of abusive fetishes and commercialized exploitation.

In addition to re-positioning the home of eros back into nature, I feel compelled to empower women as role-models so they can demonstrate ecological values, knowledge, and skills.

Rather than simply depict women enraptured in the sensuousness of natural settings, my goal is to feature their integration into nature through yoga, gardening, natural building, appropriate and sustainable technology, primitive skills, herbalism, shamanism, witchcraft, self defense training, and more.

Most of my close female friends are diverse, beautiful Eco-Warrior Goddesses who can train mainstream models in these empowering and liberating arts. I believe conscious alt models can and will revolutionize and enlighten the dominant modeling industry paradigm. While much of the status quo industry defaults to a low form of black magic, titillating the vacuous male gaze and exploiting women’s beauty to sell products that harm the environment, we can do better with conscious, intentional, consensual green magic!

When I am reborn, I want it to be in a future world where the intoxicating power of female beauty is intelligently used to keep men in a permanent state of graceful worship and service. Peace, prosperity, equality, and harmony can be restored when men lay down their axes and swords, and live in loving devotion to the divine, earthly, and human feminine essence.

In practical terms, the Survival Wombyn (Role)Modeling Project will be evolve along the following path:

Phase 1: Self-fund the development of the desktop/mobile website application infrastructure to facilitate Ethereum smart contract based crypto-currency tipping for models who submit and license audio/video/still photographs.

Phase 2: With 5% of each cryptocurrency  tip amount held for use to fund ongoing development of the platform, top budget priorities include: staff payment,  an online merchandise store, production equipment purchases, travel expense allocations, print publications, course-ware implementations, and more.

Phase 3: When significant brand recognition is achieved and cashflow is available, various  reality show series concepts will be explored.

Phase 4: When funds allow, further website/mobile app infrastructure will be built out to facilitate more formal cryptocurrency crowdsourced funding for projects proposed by models, to be voted on and prioritized through a blockchain based decentralized autonomous organization voting mechanism.

Phase 5: With abundant financial resources and potential social impact venture capital, the ultimate goal is for on-the-ground ecological educational facilities to be built around the world that would serve as sustainable refugee camps for women and children fleeing from oppression and abuse of all kinds be it financial, familial, governmental, or religious.

To end on a personal note, it will be a dream come true to re-incarnate in the next life through an un-raped, unmolested womb, and to be raised in a rape-free zone established by the very Survival Wombyn models that my efforts directly empowered.

In Devotion to the Divine Feminine, in partnership with the Divine Masculine;

Sincerely,
-Ben Lawson (Co-Founder)

Sex Worker Outreach In the Love Free or Die State with Ashley Fires TPP172

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In this episode I have the exquisite joy of sharing hope and invigoration to fight for sex worker rights with the highly accomplished veteran adult entertainment star Ashley Fires.

She shares her personal story of empowerment and success in the adult industry. We learn about her romance with New Hampshire and how she’s made a beautiful personal and professional life there in the liberity oriented political climate. We discuss the state of affairs in legislation affecting the adult industry and about how New Hampshire is in a great position to fully decriminalize sex work among consenting adults. She talks about her vitally important work as the current leader of the Sex Workers Outreach Project New Hampshire Chapter

We share our mutual visions for a more sexually expressive future and talk shop about what it will take to get some creative and fun initiatives going.

She does an amazing job establishing that it’s not just an industry, it’s a movement. We agree the war on sex is as real as the war on drugs and just as cannabis has been the gateway to more drug peace, and the policy reform on the horizon in New Hampshire may help to bring peace in the war on sex.

Please visit her at:
https://twitter.com/ashleyfires
https://www.instagram.com/therealashleyfires
https://www.clips4sale.com/studio/5177/ashley-fires-fetish-clips

About Ashley:

Ashley is the Official Spokesmodel for the biggest Fetish site on the net “Clips4sale.com.” You may recognize her from her many late night appearances on CINEMAX, HBO, SHOWTIME, and PLAYBOY TV in her famed B Horror and Sexy Soft Core roles! Ashley has also starred in over 300 adult feature films, been featured on hundreds of Box Covers and can be seen on thousands of websites. She worked with such companies as ADAM AND EVE, DIGITAL PLAYGROUND, BRAZZERS, KINK.COM, NAUGHTY AMERICA, ELEGANT ANGEL, WICKED, HUSTLER, EVIL ANGEL, and PENTHOUSE.

As a Glamour model she has graced the cover and centerfold pages of TABOO, HUSTLER, NUGGET, LEG SHOW, XBIZ, GLAMOR GIRL, VON GUTTENBURG, BUTTMAN, BIZZARE, and AVN.

She has been a recurring guest on many national radio shows such as “BUBBA THE LOVE SPONGE“, “THE JASON ELLIS SHOW“, AND “THE HOWARD STERN SHOW!”

She has also done a number of interviews for such publications as the “LA TIMES”, “LA WEEKLY”, “BIZZARE”, “HUFFINGTON POST”, and “THE DAILY BEAST”

Ashley was nominated for multiple AVN Awards including “Best Web Star” and “Best Actress.” Also been nominated by The XBIZ Awards for “Best Web Starlet” and “Best Performer” She is the WINNER of “SEXIEST ADULT STAR” for the 2013 THE SEX AWARDS. She also won the title of “Miss Summer XBIZ 2009!”

Currently Ashley runs her own production studio and produces award winning adult content.

She is also the Chapter Leader for SWOP (Sex Workers Outreach Program) New Hampshire.

The Future of Crypto-Economics in the Adult Industry with Ameen Soleimani TPP171

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In this episode episode I’m joined by one of my most favorite innovators in the crypto space, Ameen Soleimani of SpankChain. This Ethereum powered adult entertainment platform is helping to provide a more safe and secure environment for producers and consumers of adult content to build online community and transact value using state of the art technology. Much of the discrimination suffered by those involved in the adult industry will be relieved as this platform grows and begins to retrofit if not replace the legacy payment and content delivery rails.

(Please note, this episode was recorded several weeks before it’s release so some of the future updates that are discussed are now current).

We discuss:

  • Ameen’s background in crypto
  • His time working at Consensys
  • How Consensys is a radical experiment in decentralized organizational management
  • How he transitioned into this own projects
  • The origin story of SpankChain
  • His vision to create an on-demand micropayment enabled educational video platform
  • Revelations he’s had about the adult industry use case of crypto
  • His philosophies on a more liberated future for human sexuality
  • The SpankChain roadmap
  • How the Spank and Booty tokens will work to provide a stable token economy with incentives within and beyond the SpankChain platform ecosystem
  • How this unique technology will integrate with and provide services to other adult sites and platforms, resulting in more crypto adoption within the existing industry
  • How SpankChain has been received by the orthodox Ethereum development community
  • and much more!

Please visit SpankChain here:
https://spankchain.com/

Follow Ameen at:
https://twitter.com/ameensol

About Ameen:
Ameen is a decentralization lazer gun and likes to wield the blockchain like a weapon to destroy the legacy trusted institutions. Throughout his crypto career Ameen has played a role in over $30M+ in token sales – including the fastest ICO in history. In his free time, he likes playing Super Smash Brothers (64), Settlers of Catan, and PUBG.

Operational Security in the Age of Grand Theft Crypto with Vin Armani TPP170

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In this episode I’m joined again by the illustrious Vin Armani for an instructive session on operational security for cryptocurrency users. We outline and cover the basics and address advanced concepts in a down to earth and accessible way. There are gems of wisdom that will educate and empower beginners and advanced users alike.

Please visit Vin’s website at http://vinarmani.com/

About Vin:
Vin Armani is a philosopher, serial tech entrepreneur, and CryptoSavage. He is the host of The Vin Armani Show on Activist Post. In addition to being an author and speaker, he has made his living as a television star, film producer, high-end male escort, software developer, art gallerist, pirate radio station operator, DJ, music producer, and motorcycle courier. He studied Philosophy at Howard University.

Creating Images that Reveal the Inner Goddess with Robert Domondon TPP169

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In this podcast I’m joined by the highly esteemed and accomplished photographer and artistic image creator Robert Domondon. I discovered his breath-taking work on Instagram and feel that he is producing some of the most honorable and lovable imagery of women who are expressing their inner goddess. We learn all about the very intentional and sacred manner and methodology that he’s developed. He shares deep and profound insights about his business practices and artistic vision that can be applied to any profession and lifestyle. It was truly a gift to connect with him in this way and I’m hoping we’ll be collaborating some day.

About Robert:

Robert Elvin Domondon is a visual artist on stories of women’s empowerment, positive body image, and the divine feminine themes. He does photography and video on Boudoir, Fine Art Nudes, Dance, and Goddess Portraits. He is a retired physician from Asia, and does ICU Nursing a few nights a week. A healer of more than 30 years. He loves hiking, he is a practitioner of meditation and Tantric touch. His name means “brightly famous for being a noble friend.” He lives in San Francisco, CA.

Artist Statement:

“I believe that imagery is powerful….
and that honoring our bodies, emotions, choices & feelingsthrough photography— whether in front of or behind the camera —is sublimely empowering.

“I’m on a mission to empower every woman to take care and adore their bodies, reclaim their femininity, and inspire an inner beauty that lasts.

“I start each photoshoot with a prayer: I declare my intentions to the universe that we produce imagery that will inspire women to find their inner goddess and dancer. May it be so.

“I seek that each encounter be transformative and life-healing. To Live Lovelier Longer

Contact information:
Instagram.com/RobertDomondon
Email: Robert [at] Domondon [dot]us

Topics we discuss include:

  • how he brings out the inner ideals of women
  • female empowerment
  • healing
  • positive self image
  • beauty
  • sacred sexuality
  • his clients include dancers, fashionistas, people who love to portray themselves as goddesses
  • the need to increase our tribe
  • making a better world by celebrating womens’ gifts
  • supporting the feminine in order that we can we males can be whole as well, as well as society
  • how images are powerful
  • honoring our bodies through photography
  • sublime empowerment
  • how he uses media to provide his service to the community
  • how he started with small camera when he was young
  • the influence of Amercian Photographer magazine
  • how his mother was his first impression of the goddess
  • she reminds him ofbeauty, love, motherhood, fertility
  • he also studies the mythology of the role of the divine feminine in conflict, war,
  • creation and death
  • how they rise above all that
  • what got him into the honoring vibe is how he saw his mother rise above
  • she had serious problems with his dad, his dad left, she was a single mother of 3, she
  • had problems of finance and even got cancer
  • but was able to rise above all that, she’s a survivor
  • to him that’s what a goddess is, someone who rises above and shows the inner beauty of love
  • how everyone can be a goddess
  • some of his clients are performers in public eye who come for good portiolio shots
    but most clients are not models, they’re soccer moms, professionals, curvy gals, 50+, cancer survivors
  • how his work helps to create an alternative to harmful depictions of women,
  • how to ethically navigate the modeling/photo industry
  • how he draws upon the energy of goddess archetypes such as the innocent maiden, the virgin, to present innocense, natural and inquisitive attitudes
  • as well as the nurturing mother, he sees men hurting and sees women hurting, he takes them on and and i take them on and and helps them address their pain through imagery
  • he draws upon the warrior, up on the battle front, up on the battle field, or tackling problems and overcoming challenges
  • he also draws upon the wise old women, they give not only information but the wisdom of what to do with it
  • he applies the wisdom in navigating the industry some of the harmful effects of objectifying women, of porn, going after the lower parts of our existance, the lower parts of our levels of operating
  • how he tries to show there’s a better way
  • exploring and respecting boundaries around nudity
  • for some women nudity is felt to be very personal
  • for some its an expression of freedom
  • he respects both, it’s a fine line he always has to walk
  • he used to have a brand, then threw that all away
  • now he tries to learn more of the person, their inner joys, inner struggles, inner pains, what have they gone through, what inside of them is beautiful
  • how he hopes that the pictures he takes will be deeply connected with by the model
  • his goal is to open up so divine energy can flow
  • he has his own values that he holds true to
  • the before and after energetically
  • the experience of goddess worship on set
  • before clicking first shot, he creates a container saying what his intentions are, he declare his intentions to them and to the universe
  • he offers this as a prayer and sets the tone of the meditative sphere that he’s going to operate in during a shoot
  • he declares his intentions to create imagery to inspare women to find their inner goddess, their true self, their inner beauty
  • how this process already unravels a lot of the things that comes into a shoot
  • the interaction is now like worship, it’s like a dance
  • that’s how he opens up, how he creates the shoot for each person
  • how he helps women find themselves through the beauty of shadow work
  • he’ll ask them where they see themselves 5 years from now
  • he’ll ask ask what is the mission and purpose of the image
  • is it to excite, to attract, to provide healing, to mirror pain, to mirror darkness?
  • you have to deal with intention and motivation first
  • he can shoot anywhere
  • he’ll just put up a white background so he can photoshop the background
  • but it’s best if he can shoot them where they are, in nature preferably
  • finding a context of their true lives
  • it could a forest, it could be the sea
  • as far as software, he uses photoshop, and light room mostly
  • all with the intention of serving the story, the story is number one
  • what’s the story that she wants to tell, what’s the story that they want to tell
  • the story supercedes everything else
  • being accomodating and adaptive and flexible in unexpected situations
  • he embraces sirendipity and happy accidents
  • he likes to follow the white rabit where ever it leads and go with the flow
  • it’s less stress and frustrating that way
  • how he helps clients work within their budget, while suggesting what to invest in more to enhance the shoot
  • he advises that models carefully consider the terms of their model release form and be sure to write or type in uses that they prohibit such as for stock photography or drug companies
  • he advises photographers to be aware of the issue of models not liking the final product
  • the role of vulnerabilities and insecurities, that get amplied and exagerated all over the internet, with almost no way to prevent pirated use
  • a balanced approach to professionalism
  • custom agreements vs cookie cutter templates
  • good templates for model releases from Professional Photographers of America
  • the need to educate your client
  • he advises clients with a brand to protect, and who are in the public eye to form a focus group of 3 people, not their friends but 3 people that represent their target market, get three reps and let them look at your pictures, ask them which ones appeal to them how alot of performers/celebrities pick pictures that don’t relate or connect with their audience, how you have to let them choose the ones the audience will chose are often more authentic, not the photoshop, contrived pictures
  • how he’s thrown out his ideals of what beauty is, he lets his audience show him
  • the challenge of the celebrity instagramer is how to be relevant, how to connect
  • he recommends to stop being contrived, be real, be authentic, stand for something, and let the audience choose what they connect with
  • to open minds to real success and beauty
  • I share the story of the founder of patreon, who advocates creating more and more content because you don’t know which will be the hit, which will song or piece of art will connect
  • he feels that you’re not producing just for yourself, you’re producing for your tribe
  • his clients remember the feeling he gave you, it’s the emotion that was aroused
  • I share how I feel the ethics of representing the divine feminine in art, involve a high level of duty of care for the soul
  • I ask about the economics of photography entreprenueralism
  • he says that everyone now is a photographer with the new phones and new apps, everyone’s a graphic designer/photographer
  • he believes that to stand out you have to stand for something
  • you have ot recognize the waves that are coming because they’re different for every generation
  • he advises not to quit your day job as an artist
  • you should have a coffee shop job
  • every artist has ask themselves, how do you really want to work, what do you really want to do, and find a way to do it
  • at the end of the day, your work must not rob your soul
  • there should be a balance of what brings food on your table and a roof over head, and also what feeds your soul
  • he had to create the market, he recommends creating the market that you would like to thrive in
  • if you have that opportunity, than create that market, if you build something that connects to people, they will come to you from all over the world
  • count the costs and prepare for sacrifices
  • he’s confident that once you walk your path, there will be angels that will open doors, because you will have connected with something greater than yourself as an artist
  • how most artists don’t talk about the money, they talk about the flow, if there’s a good flow, the money will come
  • so find that stream where you will thrive, that will nourish you
  • find that group of people that you can serve
  • we go to school in order to make a living, but they never taught us how to live
  • you have to find out to live as an artist
  • find your angels who can teach you, and guide you along that path
  • each of us has wisdom
  • first find a way to live, then how to make a living
  • i appreciate how he flips the script from starving artist to nourished artist
  • he trusts that by approaching the business in these ways than metaphorically, things will grow in your garden
  • in the spirit of divine feminine he closes with an emphasis on integrity, respect for everything, transparency, kindness, compassion, unconditional love for self and all life, justice, kindness, fairness, awareness of karma, creativity, freedom, spiritualty, sacred geometry and relationships
  • I encourage him to do a guided meditation cd, reminds me of Choa Kok Sui the founder of the Pranic Healing system

Responsible Psychedelic Sexuality with Leia Friedman and Matt Hollander TPP168

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In this episode I’m joined by a lovely couple for a round table discussion on responsible psychedelic sexuality.

We discuss:

  • our personal approaches to consenting psychedelic self pleasuring practices with ourselves
  • how and when psychedelics and other sacred plants are appropriate for them in their relationship
  • the shadow of alcohol and hard drugs
  • patterns of unconscious sexuality of the punk movement
  • sexuality in the neo-hippie subculture
  • the shadow of guru worship
  • cults around spiritual leaders
  • student/teacher sexual dynamics
  • exploitation of followers
  • predatory behavior patterns in ayahuasca communities
  • the dangers of free love
  • ego and peer pressure
  • corruption of those taking money for sexual healing or spiritual guidance
  • patient/client dating time delay requirements
  • examples in other professional sectors of ethics and code of conduct standards
  • sexual political economy
  • boundaries around involving state authorities in restorative justice
  • Psychedelic Patriarchy video
  • incident denial when survivors come out
  • creating supportive space
  • reporting incidents of abuse by emailing: hello [at] psychedelicwomen.com
  • the role of trained mediators
  • can sociopaths be rehabilitated?
  • calling out celebrities
  • accountability, hide or be accountable
  • admitting when wrong
  • the no more hiding now project
  • the logic and morality of triage in emergency response
  • standard operating procedures trained and drilled as a form of preparedness
  • sharing tools for building incident response social infrastructure
  • grey areas of consent
  • potential for redemption of perpetrators through service work
  • personal hard lessons with sexual misconduct
  • functional and dysfunctional investigations
  • gossip, drama, telephone games
  • appropriate scrutiny of public figures
  • compassion for those who’ve fallen from grace
  • the shadow of shunning and displacing perps
  • harm reduction, success stories
  • shamanic ceremonial healing for perps and ex-cons
  • when survivors aren’t ready to bring it to light
  • how people take sides, defend perps, and subvert advocates
  • asking the victim what they need
  • not assuming you know how/when you should apologies
  • consent in the process of justice
  • How Psychedelics Informed My Sex Life and Sex Work by Annie Sprinkle:

About Leia:
Leia Friedman, M.S. is a teacher, writer, and connectress. She is the cofounder of Boston Entheogenic Network, host of the podcast “The Psychedologist: consciousness positive radio,” the integration resource list volunteer coordinator for MAPS, and a permaculturalist. Her work focuses on phenomena related to the human experience of consciousness through the lens of social and environmental justice. Leia is exploring ways to bridge the diverse and multidimensional intersections of psychedelics and ecology while residing at Happy Acres Farm in Sherman, CT.

About Matt:
Matt hollander is one of the founders of BEN the boston entheogenic network, a psychonaut and the singer of the boston hardcore punk band ancient filth. He is interested in the intersection of radical politics psychedelics and non duality.

Please check out their projects:
https://thepsychedologist.libsyn.com/
https://www.facebook.com/nomorehidingnow
https://www.facebook.com/groups/bentheogenic/
https://ancientfilth.bandcamp.com/