November 4, 2023 6:00pm

Psychedelic Sangha Bardo Bath featuring special guest Katherine MacLean PhD.

Chris Dingman | Doc Kelley | Katherine Maclean | Kevon Simpson



Saturday, November 4

6:00-9:00 pm ET

$25 | In Person


6:00  Doors open 

6:30  BARDO BATH  

8:00  Book readings and sharing circle with Dr. Katherine MacLean 


Take a trip with Psychedelic Sangha into the bardo for an eyes-wide-open death meditation (Doc Kelley), into 60+ minutes of numinous vibraphone soundscapes (Chris Dingman), with surreal dharma art visuals (Yosuh Jones.) Find a comfortable position, relax, and prepare to experience the bardo as described in the Tibetan Book of Dead and later adapted for psychedelic trip sessions by Drs. Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, and Richard Alpert.After the jam, we’ll convene a sharing circle to support safe and open conversation about death and dying. We are honored to have Dr. Katherine MacLean as our special guest who will be facilitating the circle and reading from her new book, Midnight Water: A Psychedelic Memoir with musical accompaniment by Kevon Johnson.Exercise your cognitive liberty and come die with us! Meditation pillows and pads will be available, but you are welcome to bring blankets, yoga mats, etc.


Kevon Simpson


KEVON SIMPSON is an ordained Minister, multidisciplinary artist, international Two Spirit Medicine Man, a Shotokan Karate black belt, founder of the Entheogen Integration Circle (NYC), and co-founder of The Light of Iris AfrotaĂ­no Yucayeke with Cacique Antonio Cuevas. He is from a matrilineal lineage of Jamaican spiritual healers.
KATHERINE MACLEAN, PhD is a writer, research scientist, mother and adventure-seeker. She has spent the past two decades studying the effects of mindfulness meditation and psychedelics. At Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she conducted legal clinical trials of psilocybin, the primary chemical found in “magic mushrooms”, and was a lead researcher and session guide on the first study to test the combined effects of high-dose psilocybin, daily meditation training and integration support. Her research on meditation and psilocybin indicates that these practices can promote positive and lasting changes in concentration, emotion regulation, openness, wellbeing, and prosocial traits.
Following her younger sister’s untimely death from cancer in 2013, Dr. MacLean left her faculty job, traveled the world and finally settled on an organic farm, where she birthed her two children. In 2015, she co-founded and was the first director of the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program in New York, where she led training workshops and monthly integration groups focused on increasing awareness and reducing risks of psychedelic use. She has helped to bring medical and humanitarian aid to remote Himalayan villages, as well as create sanctuary spaces for psychedelic support at large outdoor festivals. Her debut memoir, Midnight Water, traces her journey from scientist to meditator to mother to death guide, and offers many breadcrumbs of wisdom for spiritual seekers, psychoanuts and everyday people.
Christopher “Doc” Kelley received a PhD in Religion from Columbia University where he studied Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with Robert A. F. Thurman. He is a scholar of Buddhism and a part-time professor in religious studies at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School University, and Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. He is also the co-founder of Psychedelic Sangha.
NYC-based vibraphonist and composer Chris Dingman is known for his distinctive approach to the instrument: sonically rich and conceptually expansive. In his captivating solo performances, he casts an enveloping atmosphere, creating layers of simultaneous sound on the vibraphone.
Chris has worked with legendary artists Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, and many of today’s jazz, creative, and world music luminaries. He brings together this background with a host of influences from around the world, in service of taking listeners on a journey to a transcendent place.
While working in NYC since 2002, Chris documented his solo improvisations privately for many years, until his world changed. When his father entered hospice care in 2018, he created the 5-hour extended album Peace. This led to an ongoing evolution of his solo music and his critically acclaimed albums Journeys Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.
Chris is actively touring and has performed around the world. He has been profiled by NPR, the New York Times, AMNY, and many other publications, and has received fellowships and grants from Chamber Music America, New Music USA, South Arts, and the Thelonious Monk Institute.

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