Tobias Penno – Mindfulness & Psychedelics (Altered States Seminar 4)
Tobias Penno is an Emotional Health Practitioner & Social Worker with a background in Government Child Protection and Counselling. After years of professionally managing extreme child, family and relationship stress, Tobias has found his passion in healing Emotional Pain & Trauma through the body. Tobias is currently supporting clients two days per week in his private practice, and working on his PhD three days per week, keeping a finger on the pulse of practice and research. Tobias wrote an award-winning dissertation titled ‘How Ayahuasca Offers Psychosocial Wellbeing’ and is now working on a research project investigating the role of the therapist in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.
The fourth seminar in the Perth Altered States Series explores the relationships between psychedelic experiences and contemplative practices such as mindfulness meditation. The idea of a connection between psychedelic states and Eastern meditative practices has persisted since the early days of psychedelic science. Recent research has documented psychological and neural commonalities between psychedelic and meditative states, and synergistic interactions between psychedelic ingestion and meditative practice. Moreover, psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies sometimes employ concepts (such as “psychological flexibility”) that have strong connections to contemplative practices.