Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna was a visionary psychedelic author, and explorer. Born in 1946 he grew up in Paonia, Colorado. He travelled widely in Europe, Asia, and South America during his college years. His first book was based on investigations of Amazonian hallucinogens. 

Terence graduated from Berkeley with a degree in ecology, resource conservation, and shamanism In 1975.


He published one of the earliest psilocybin mushroom growing guides Terence then spent some time growing large-scale farms of psilocybin mushrooms during the 1980s.

Terence co-founded the non-profit Botanical Dimensions In 1985,  with the aim to collect and propagate medicinal and shamanic plants from around the world. Website link below.



During the 1990s, he wrote and lectured widely about shamanism, ethnopharmacology, and psychoactive plants and chemicals (especially psilocybin mushrooms and DMT). 

Terence spent the last few years of his life living in Hawaii, and sadly died of brain cancer at the young age of 53 on April the 3rd 2000.

It’s clearly a crisis of two things: of consciousness and conditioning. We have the technological power, the engineering skills to save our planet, to cure disease, to feed the hungry, to end war; But we lack the intellectual vision, the ability to change our minds. We must decondition ourselves from 10,000 years of bad behavior. And, it’s not easy.
— Terence McKenna
We are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘Get a degree, get a job, get this, get that.’ And then you’re a player, but you don’t want to play in the game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.
— Terence McKenna


Evolving Times

In this two hour talk Terence discuses evolution

A Better World

Terence travels to America and discusses novelty theory, dimensions and Floatation tanks

Mckenna in Maryland

Riding Range with Marshall McLuhan

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