The soirée is open to anyone who is ready to make a donation to MAPS today of $50 or more. To get on the guest list, please make a donation of $50 or greater on the MAPS webstore and type “San Francisco Soiree” in the comment field on the payment page. You can also call the MAPS office (open 9AM-5PM PST on weekdays) to make your donation at 831-336-4325.
Space is limited to the first 150 people. The latest we will be able to respond to an RSVP is Friday, October 10 at 2PM. This event will sell out, so reserve your spot today!
Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. has been involved in the study of transformations of consciousness ever since, as a graduate student, he worked with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later Ram Dass) on the Harvard Psilocybin Projects. He co-wrote The Psychedelic Experience, and was editor of The Psychedelic Review. His books include The Well of Remembrance, The Unfolding Self, Green Psychology, Through the Gateway of the Heart, and two edited collections on the science and the phenomenology of Ayahuasca and Teonanácatl. Ralph is Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is the founder of the Green Earth Foundation. He has developed and teaches a training program in Alchemical Divination.
Shrine -Trash alchemist, circus barker, clown, and artist behind “Basura Sagrada” the 2008 Burning Man temple of which MAPS was the fiscal sponsor. This eccentric extraordinaire will attempt to perform “the story of trash.” Shrine has been a guerrilla folk artist for over twenty years. He is well known for paintings and found object/trash sculptures that display an accessible and familiar aesthetic. He has collaborated, both as a visual artist and performer, with Lucent Dossier and the Do Lab, Vau de Vire Society, and the national and world tours of Panic at the Disco! and Warp Tour.
Tucker Teutsch 3.0 - Writer, craftsman, builder, networker, and visionary Tucker Teutsch 3.0 tends to always think on a grand scale. After teaming up with Shrine for the Tasseograph: Trash Tea Temple in 2007, he returned as project director and spearheaded the Burning Man temple Basura Sagrada, fiscally-sponsored by MAPS.
Anjuli Verma is the Advocacy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Drug Law Reform Project. The Project’s goal is to end punitive drug policies that cause the widespread violation of constitutional and human rights, as well as unprecedented levels of incarceration. The Project is representing MAPS in our lawsuit against the DEA. Anjuli oversees and manages the Project’s communications and advocacy strategies, which include national campaigns to reduce the number of people of color incarcerated for drug offenses, to reform marijuana laws and defend medical marijuana users, and to reduce the harms associated with both drug addiction and the drug war.
David Jay Brown was the guest editor for MAPS this past year. He is well known for his many in-depth interviews with leading-edge thinkers about the evolution of consciousness and the future. He is the author of four interview collections with controversial scientists and artists, and two science fiction novels. Brown's scientific research has been in the areas of behavioral neuroscience and psychic phenomena. He has written dozens of popular essays, magazine articles, and scientific papers, and has made contributions to numerous books. His work can be found at www.mavericksofthemind.com
Valerie Mojeiko has worked with MAPS since 2000, facilitating research of the healing potentials of MDMA (Ecstasy), LSD, Ibogaine and other psychedelic medicines. In her work leading MAPS' psychedelic harm-reduction project, Valerie has prepared over 200 volunteers to provide peer-based psychedelic emergency services from Burning Man to Tel Aviv. Formally educated at New College of Florida and the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).
Randolph Hencken began working as MAPS’ Communication and Marketing director this past summer. He earned his Master of Arts and his Bachelors of Science from San Diego State University, where he focused all of his graduate studies on drug policy issues. Randy formerly was the program coordinator at the Ibogaine Association in Mexico. He was the founder and president of SDSUs chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and he interned for the Drug Policy Alliance in San Diego.
Emerging from his own distinct corner of the West Coast electronic music scene, Random Rab offers a powerful, timeless contribution to sonic exploration. Rab is a master of manipulating our temporal awareness, leading us into seemingly ancient worlds, where to our amazement, we find visible shreds of the future. The beats are smooth, bold, and overwhelming. The original vocals, melodies and hitting bass merge seamlessly into a tapestry of unique and unexpected journeys.
Mr. Projectile has unleashed a slew of releases over the last few years, on his homegrown label Semisexual, and with Toytronic, Merck, and Parotic as well as contributing numerous tracks to the record labels Musik Aus Strom, On, and Consumers Research and Development. Mr. Projectile produces limpid, lightly toasted beats, just crispy around the edges with a dash of sauce.
An eclectic and lifelong musician, The White Monk produces funky, soulful, shake-your-booty and bob-your-head tracks. T.W. Monk has morphed from his day job helping youth with special needs as a music therapist, to an underground DJ helping party people in need of beautiful rhythms, melodies and beats.
Lunacy Productions is a Santa Cruz - based aerial dance company specializing in sensual, dark, airborne experiences. With high-rigged silks, hammocks, hoops and ropes, Lunacy's performances defy gravity, embrace levity, destroy convention and always please the audience. Lunacy will unveil a special ground-based performance at this event that we guarantee will knock you off your chairs.
Sasha Shulgin Glassware Auction
Guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to purchase an authentic Sasha Shulgin-autographed scientific glassware that he used in his laboratory where he synthesized MDMA and hundreds of other compounds. The iconic Sasha signed and donated these items to MAPS to help us raise funds for our MDMA research
William Westerfeld House
The soirée will be held at the William Westerfeld House, a 28-room Victorian Mansion built in 1889. The home was featured in Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and was frequented by members of the Grateful Dead and Big Brother and the Holding Company. In 1967 Kenneth Lager filmed My Demon Brother with Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan, and Manson family member Bobby Beausoleil at the house. Jim Siegel purchased the home in 1986 and has fully restored it. Jim owns the most extensive collection of 60’s era Haight-Ashbury memorabilia and artifacts. He has kindly offered the house to us to raise funds for our on-going research projects.