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East Forest Ceremony - Spring 2022
East Forest is a trailblazer in the psychedelic space. His long-form album, “Music for Mushrooms: A Soundtrack for the Psychedelic Practitioner,” is a remarkable five-hour, fully connected experience to musically guide the psilocybin journey and is used in major research institutions.
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About the event
East Forest Ceremony
When: Spring 2022 Where: Austin and Dallas (venues TBA)
Join us next spring as concert meets ritual for an exclusive, socially distanced ceremony combining live music and guided meditation from international musician, producer, and wellness leader East Forest.
East Forest is a trailblazer in the psychedelic space. His long-form album, “Music for Mushrooms: A Soundtrack for the Psychedelic Practitioner,” is a remarkable five-hour, fully connected experience to musically guide the psilocybin journey and is used at all major research institutions currently studying psilocybin-assisted therapy.
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind Texas experience.
The ceremony will meet and exceed all recommended CDC and local health and safety protocols for social gathering. Given space limitations, pre-register for priority access.
Important note: PsyT does not promote illegal activities during any of our events. This is not a place to seek, encourage, or participate in the procurement of controlled substances.
About the ceremony The East Forest Ceremony is a multi-level experience where concert meets ritual, merging live music and guided meditation—including songs from the East Forest collaborative album “Ram Dass.” Performed in the round with participants sitting or lying down, the East Forest Ceremony is an intersection between technology, nature, and the human experience—with a brain-body approach aimed towards a non-religious yet deeply spiritual journey—a methodology grounded as much in science as in ritual and ceremony.
We will co-create a participatory sacred space for release and renewal while enjoying an immersive musical concert—mixing traditional East Forest songs with deep ambient soundscapes. The music and gentle verbal guidance by East Forest will guide you on an inner journey toward the wellspring of wisdom within. Through stillness and tuning into your own self-knowing, you will leave with feelings of tranquility, clarity, and empowerment. Each event will be held “in the round” at a thoughtfully selected large-scale professional venue with audience members radiating outward from the center stage in a beautiful mandala of yoga mats with a minimum of six feet of social distance being maintained between all participants.
In a time where live events have never been more difficult to safely produce, we have identified an opportunity to bring people together again for a deeply connective experience, championing an incredibly important cause. By purchasing a ticket to this event you are not only getting to partake in an incredibly cathartic and rejuvenative artistic experience, but you are actively supporting the future of professional event production as we consciously step into a new era of social responsibility within the entertainment industry. In accordance with local restrictions, these will be limited-capacity events with tickets issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
About the musician
East Forest is a unique bird in the Wild West aviary of electronic-chamber music, bridging the digital and natural realms. While his electro-acoustic “soulgaze” can be contextualized along with Aphex Twin, Philip Glass, and Sigur Ros, the fundamental mission of his project is to create sonic architecture for listeners to explore their inner space. As a leader in the field of wellness, he offers a spiritual yet non-religious pathway aimed squarely at the challenges of our contemporary lives. It is a process of opening doorways through myriad offerings, including his music, talks, writings, podcast, and retreats. East Forest invites patience. Patience, while typically thought of as kryptonite in the instant gratification, hyper-speed world of music and modern life, might just be the medicine we need.
Nature indelibly made a huge impression on East Forest, who grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Making his way to NYC, he discovered indigenous traditions and their relationship to both sound and ceremony. Eventually he started leading underground shamanic ceremonies across the country as he began curating his own source recordings from guiding sound-meditations and therapeutic psychoactive psilocybin-mushroom ceremonies. Playing in the shadows allowed the patient sound of East Forest to emerge: an emotional and spacious lexicon born out of a practical need to play solo for six hours, and a goal of developing a protocol and musical landscape to guide a room of listeners in deep inner meditation.
Word organically spread as a devoted community shared his early albums, leading to glowing nods of approval from the likes of NPR and Wired. He completed multiple tours across the US and Europe and shared his mission on the stage of TEDx while performing in a wide range of settings, from SXSW and Summit, to Grace Cathedral and the Esalen Institute. As his diverse catalogue emerged (30 releases total), the music evolved from extended, ambient soundscapes to more concise, structured material occasionally with vocals. “I’ve always been inspired by the natural world and the shamanic experience as curative tools,” East Forest asserts, which he has often implemented in his live recording process. “I prefer to operate where my intuitive musical mind can speak and something larger can come through.”
As a teacher and facilitator, East Forest has trailblazed a path in the wellness movement building connections between the digital and natural worlds. As a leader in the burgeoning field of “organic tech,” he regularly cross-pollinates his work to bring together the intersection between technology, nature and the human experience—with a brain-body approach aimed towards non-religious yet deeply spiritual personal development—a methodology grounded as much in science as in ritual and ceremony. His collaborations include Google and John Hopkins neuroaesthetics program, Consciousness Hacking, Science and Nonduality (SAND), in addition to his weekly podcast series that offers discussions with thought leaders alongside musically guided original meditations. He also joined the London-based Wavepaths as a composer alongside Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins, and Imogen Heap. As a consistent pillar of his public offerings, East Forest offers in-person retreats for deeper immersive experiences both at the Esalen Institute, where he is a faculty member, as well as in his adopted home of the high desert in Southern Utah. His albums and collaborations have three times charted #1 on iTunes as well as several Billboard top ten releases.
In the summer of 2018, East Forest was invited to Maui to record new teachings from the acclaimed spiritual teacher Ram Dass. After capturing his words of wisdom, East Forest returned to the studio to compose the soundtrack to carefully support each song’s subject. Covering topics such as dark thoughts, nature, technology, and much more, these songs are full of timely inspiration. The album was released released on August 9, 2019. Trevor Hall, Stic of Dead Prez, Laura Bird of The Mynabirds, and Grammy-nominated artist Krishna Das all make guest appearances on the 14-track album, with reworks by Hammock, Christopher Willits, Laraaji, The Album Leaf, Nick Mulvey, Slow Meadow, and Peter Broderick, among others.
2019 also saw the release of East Forest’s long-form album, “Music for Mushrooms: A Soundtrack for the Psychedelic Practitioner” (May 2019), a remarkable five-hour, fully connected experience designed to act as a“digital shaman” to musically guide the psilocybin (the active ingredient in psychoactive mushrooms) experience. The album reached #1 on the iTunes charts after its release (iTunes May, 2019). With ten years in development through active research of his own, East Forest offers an unprecedented musical tool to help guide and support the new emerging field of psychedelic therapy, for which music plays a central and fundamental role. Most recently the FDA has fast-tracked psilocybin by recognizing it as a “breakthrough therapy,” and early applications include powerful and lasting treatments for PTSD, depression, anxiety, addiction and likely much more. The “Music for Mushrooms” album is a benchmark experience, serving as a primary tool in this emerging field of research. The album is used at all of the major research institutions currently studying psilocybin assisted therapy.
2020 saw East Forest as one of the first artists to offer virtual performances in early March 2020 as he pioneered his East Forest Ceremony into the livestream space. He continues to explore new online offerings, talks, and performances while he is also completing concurrent album releases. He is also taking time to write his first nonfiction book that serves as a spiritual prescription on how to walk through the dynamic and challenging times we are facing as individuals and collectively as a society.
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