The History of Psychedelics in Ireland

Theatre, Spoken Word & Science

The History of Psychedelics in Ireland.


22 June, 2023


Doors @ 7PM. Talk starts @ 7.30PM.


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In this talk “Breaking the curse of Macha” The history of psychedelics in Ireland will be explored and what we can learn from the past to heal ancestral trauma.

Rob Coffey will examine the evidence of the ancestral Irish use of psilocybin mushrooms. When Ireland was colonised in the 16th century, much of what we know of the ancient, indigenous, Gaelic culture was lost. However, there are glimpses through our history, language, mythology which point to the use of psychedelic mushrooms in shamanic contexts. The talk will examine the evidence of an indigenous shamanic culture in Ireland, drawing on the ritual referred to as Imbas Forosnai, that the filídh, poets or seers, would practise to achieve visionary inspiration.

Doors open at 7pm, talk starts at 7.30pm – come down early to grab a good seat!

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Rob is co-founder of Inwardbound psilocybin retreats in the Netherlands (, where for the past five years he has facilitated hundreds of people through a psilocybin retreat process for healing and personal transformation.

Rob is a university lecturer, has a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrative Psychotherapy (Dublin City University), is an accredited psychotherapist (MIACP) and is a professional member of MIND- the European Foundation for Psychedelic Science. He is also a qualified Shamanic Counsellor at the Irish Centre for Shamanic and Transpersonal Studies (Dunderry Park), and has finished an 8 year training as a Transpersonal Therapist in the tradition of Dr. Stan Grof.

He passionately believes that the only way to create change in the world is through inner psychological work, and his work has been around reconnecting people to themselves, to each other and to nature.

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