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Reconnect Q&A - Dennis McKenna & Brian Rose Talk Ayahuasca & Integration


Dennis McKenna & Brian Rose Talk About Their Psychedelic Experience

London Real’s Brian Rose was invited by American ethnopharmacologist Dennis McKenna to travel half way around the world to the South American country of Costa Rica. The reason for the visit was so that Brian could experience the psychedelic drug ayahuasca. The brew is used as a traditional spiritual medicine in ceremonies among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin. In this episode, Dennis McKenna (who’s late brother Terence McKenna was also an advocate for the responsible use of naturally occurring psychedelic plants) and Brian Rose answer questions from a live audience about their experiences.

I was super excited for the Premier of London Real’s fifth documentary feature film, Reconnect.

This film is about my 18-month journey with the plant medicine ayahuasca which included my trip with Dennis McKenna to Costa Rica to do three ayahuasca ceremonies with a shaman.

Along with filming our experience with this plant medicine, the film documents how I integrated those psychedelic experiences back into my life, family and business at London Real.

The Psychedelic Experience​

I had so much help from people like Dr. Gabor Maté and Sadhguru but also my largest thanks goes to Dennis.

Dennis McKenna was my partner on and off the screen in this journey. Dennis and his brother, Terence McKenna are legends in the psychedelic community and I know this movie wouldn’t be possible without those two gentlemen.

The premier itself was an amazing event. Dennis McKenna was there for a Q&A afterwards and we went really deep on psychedelics, global warming, and other aspects of the film. Dennis drops all types of incredible knowledge about his experience of using psychedelics, and how it relates to humanity at large.

The Lesson is What You Need, Not What You Want

The core of Dennis and Terence’s message, is that we need to reconnect with nature. And that the big challenge of psychedelics is it forces you to get out of your comfort zone. It gives you the lesson you need, rather than the lesson you want.

I know you’re going to enjoy this watching the Q&A from this incredible night, and hopefully it will feel like you were there with us.

Enjoy my wonderful conversation with Dennis McKenna

Join us as we discuss:

  • Default mode network, sensory data, and memory
  • Dan Peña, Donald Trump, and Terence McKenna
  • Global warming, Gaia, and the Permian – Triassic extinction event
  • MDMA, psilocybin, and extinction rebellion
  • Pure DMT, veganism, and UFOs
  • Soltara Healing Center, Joe Rogan, and Dorian Yates


00:00 | Trailer.
02;44 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
03:59 | Why a journey of personal transformation is hard.
07:54 | Dennis McKenna considers potential Ayahuasca ceremonies with Dan Peña and Donald Trump.
09:53 | The serious issue Reconnect raises that Dennis would like people to take ownership of.
17:13 | What Dennis thinks about watching his late brother Terence McKenna on screen.
20:25 | How to approach your first Ayahuasca experience.
22:29 | The stage research is at, with other substances like mushrooms, MDMA and LSD.
26:34 | How to convince those not receptive to the concept of climate change that action now is vital.
31:57 | The difference between using pure DMT in a therapeutic context as opposed to other psychedelics.
35:17 | Dennis McKenna’s view on using veganism as a first step to saving the planet.
39:55 | Is Ayahuasca both a mind and body experience?
45:48 | Is the Ayahuasca experience limited by the human brain capacity or influenced by our own life experience?
52:07 | Does foundation work, like meditation, help prior to having an Ayahuasca ceremony?
55:54 | When to have an Ayahuasca experience is an individual decision.
59:30 | Brian’s summing up.


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