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Past Public Events 2023

Panel Event on Thursday, June 22 at Noon and
Book Signing on Friday, June 23 from 10-11 am
Don will be among some 300 speakers at the
largest psychedelic gathering in history
at the Denver Convention Center, sponsored by the
Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies.
He'll moderate a panel on religion and psychedelics
at noon on Thursday and will be doing a
book signing on Friday from 10-11 am.
MAPS Event
Denver Convention Center
700 14th St, Denver, Colorado 

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 Sunday, June 4 at 1:00 pm Book Passage of Corte Madera welcomes
Don Lattin to the shop for a discussion of his book
“God on Psychedelics: Tripping Across
the Rubble of Old-time Religion”
This event will be hosted in-person.
Book Passage Corte Madera

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA
(415) 927-0960

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Tuesday, May 2 at 12:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies welcomes
Don Lattin for a discussion of his book
“God on Psychedelics: Tripping Across
the Rubble of Old-time Religion”

Some call the divine "God." Others are more
comfortable with notions like “cosmic consciousness,”
the “ground of being,”or "ultimate reality."
In his new book, “God on Psychedelics: Tripping
Across the Rubble of Old-time Religion”
veteran Bay Area journalist Don Lattin examines
how the "psychedelic renaissance" relates to
broader dynamisms in our nation's spiritual
and religious landscape.

Link to Don's talk

Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 pm
Berkeley proudly welcomes Don Lattin to the shop for a
discussion of his book “God on Psychedelics:
Tripping Across the Rubble of Old-time Religion”
God on Psychedelics takes the reader on a magical
mystery tour across the nation's changing
religious landscape, exploring a new kind of
trinity that blends psychedelic insight,
psychological healing and spiritual revival.
This event will be hosted in-person.
Books Inc. Berkeley
1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 9470
(510) 525-7777

Past Public Events 2022

Thursday, May 19 at 7 pm 
Join Don Lattin and David Templeton for a light-hearted,
post-screening discussion of the 1980 psychedelic/science fiction/horror movie “Altered States,”

which marked the film debuts of William Hurt and Drew Barrymore.
Lattin is the author of three books on the psychedelic renaissance.
Templeton is the co-producer and host
of the Science on Screen film series.
Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 4th Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Don's featured on the San Rafael Film Center Marquee

Past Public Events 2021

Friday, December 10 at 7:30 pm
International Buddhist Film Festival
Descending the Mountain
Directed by Maartje Nevejan

The Netherlands / 2021 / English, and German
with English subtitles / 78 min / Documentary
In Person: Director Maartje Nevejan and
Co-producer Monette de Botton
Special Guest: Don Lattin, former SF Chronicle religion
editor and author of The Harvard Psychedelic Club and
Changing Our Minds—Psychedelic Sacraments and
the New Psychotherapy,
will host the Q&A with director Maartje Nevejan
and co-producer Monette de Botton.
Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 4th Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Friday, October 8 at 7 pm
Book launch for the Spanish language edition of
“Changing Our Minds,” with the new title,
“La nueva medicina psicodélica
Casa del Llibre bookstore
Barcelona, Spain

Link to Spanish Edition
Link to Casa del Libro Event Notice
Rambla Catalunya, 37
Barcelona, Spain

Link to Don's talk

Past Public Events 2020

Thursday, January 16 at 7 pm
A Conversation with Don Lattin and Kat Snow
Confessions of a Psychedelic Journalist
Join KQED Science senior editor Kat Snow for a conversation
with Don as they look back on the long, strange trip of his
career as an award-winning reporter and best-selling author.
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
For Information and to Buy Tickets, go to
California Institute of Integral Studies - Event
CIIS Directions

Past Public Events 2019

Tuesday, October 15 from 7 to 10 pm 
Don Lattin will give a talk and slide show titled
“Rebranding Psilocybin— From Magic Mushroom
to Modern Medicine”
for the San Francisco Mycological Society
Randall Museum
199 Museum Way
San Francisco, CA 94114

SF Mycological Society Calendar Event Info

Past Public Events 2018

Saturday, April 28 from 6 to 10 pm Join us in Wonderland
Don Lattin will be one of twenty Bay Area authors
featured at this benefit cocktail party and dinner
to raise money for the Walnut Creek Library.
1644 N. Broadway
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 977-3340
For Information and to Buy Tickets, go to

Walnut Creek Library Gala

Saturday, February 10 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Los Angeles 16th Annual Conscious Life Expo
Ethnopharmacology: Psychedelic Therapy,
Shamanic Healing and Personal Transformation

Don with be joined on this panel by two
friends and colleagues, veteran ethnobotanist
Dennis McKenna and ZigZag Zen author Allan Badiner,
along with cannabis activist Chris Conrad.
The ringmaster will be Michael Gosney,
the associate publisher of Synergetic Press, who worked
with Don on his new book, “Changing Our Minds.”
Hilton Los Angeles Airport (LAX Hilton)
5711 West Century Blvd, LA, CA
(310) 410-4000   

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To support Don's Work, Please order via this Link,
which gives him a percentage of the sale price.

Past Public Events 2017

Friday, October 28 from 8:30 am to 5 pm
University of Washington
School of Law All-Day Event

"Changing Our Minds” author Don Lattin
will be among the panelists at this all-day event at
the University of Washington School of Law
William H. Gates Hall
15th Avenue NE and NE 43rd Street
Seattle, WA
For tickets and more information:

Monday, October 9 from 6-7:30 pmLitquake Literary Festival
Don Lattin, author of “Changing Our Minds,”
in conversation with Ayelet Waldman,
author of “A Really Good Day.”
Book Club of California
312 Sutter Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA
Litquake Event

Thursday, September 28 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
The Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Lecture by Don Lattin
“Timothy Leary’s Legacy and
the Rebirth of Psychedelic Research”

to mark the opening of the fall exhibition,
“Altered States: Sex, Drugs, and Transcendence”
in the Forum Room at the
Lamont Library
followed by reception at
Houghton Library
RSVP by Calling 617-495-2441

Tuesday September 19 from 8 to 9:30 pm
Telling Psychedelic Stories
Book Talk and Slide Show with Don Lattin.
Join Don Lattin for an evening of stories about
his recent experiences as a psychedelic journalist
and participant observer in a dizzying array
of therapeutic treatments and shamanic circles —
a journey that took him from a high-tech research
lab in Switzerland to a mind-blowing encounter
with the dried venom of a Sonoran desert toad.
The Alchemist's Kitchen
 21 East 1st Street
New York City
— Tickets: $20 in advance/ $25 at the door —
Price includes a copy of Don’s new book,
“Changing Our Minds,” a $23.95 value!


Fri, Sat and Sun: September 15-17Psychedelic History Walking Tour of Cambridge
“A Trip to the Past” Boston's Psychedelic History
Retrace the steps of the Harvard Psychedelic Club
with author, Don Lattin at Harvard University,
Boston University and other landmarks in the Boston area!
A 3 day community gathering will feature
a series of small events across Greater Boston!!
Don’s main events are on Saturday

Sponsored by the Boston Entheogenic Network
Cambridge, Massachusetts

For more details

August 17-20
Telluride Mushroom Festival
Thurs, Aug 17 from 7:45 to 8:45 pm,
Keynote Address by Don Lattin
“Rebranding Psilocybin — From Magic Mushrooms
to Modern Medicine”

followed with book signing for ”Changing Our Minds
Fri, Aug 18 at 3:00 pm
“Psilocybin as Therapeutic — Past, Present, Future”
Panel Discussion with Peter Hendricks, Matt Johnson, Don Lattin, Gary Lincoff, Dennis McKenna and Oliver Quintanilla
Fri, Aug 18 at 5:00 pm
Book signing with Don Lattin, Gary Lincoff and Dennis McKenna
Above events at the
Sheridan Opera House
110 N. Oak Street, Telluride, Colorado

telluride mushroom festival schedule

June 30-July 2
Breaking Convention
Fourth International Conference on
Psychedelic Consciousness
University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College
Don will be in conversation on stage
at Hofmann Hall at 6:30 pm Friday
with Ben Sessa talking about their respective books, 
“Changing Our Minds” and 
“The Psychedelic Renaissance.”
Don will also be “Telling Psychedelic Stories”
at a panel discussion about psychedelic literature on
Saturday from 5 to 7 pm at Osmond Auditorium.
London, England
June 30 - July 2, 2017

Tuesday, May 30 at 7 pm
CIISTelling Psychedelic Stories
Join Don Lattin for an evening of stories about
his recent experiences as a psychedelic journalist
and participant observer in a dizzying array
of therapeutic treatments and shamanic circles—
a journey that took him from a high-tech research
lab in Switzerland to a mind-blowing encounter
with the dried venom of a Sonoran desert toad.

Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street, San Francisco

Wednesday, May 24 from 3 to 4:30 pm
Don Lattin discusses “Changing Our Minds” at Commonweal,
a retreat center for healing, the arts and
environmental justice in West Marin County
457 Mesa Road, Bolinas, CA

Saturday, May 20 from 1:30 to 5:30 pm
spirit rock logoChanging Our Minds author Don Lattin
will be among the panelists talking about
Buddhism and psychedelics at an afternoon seminar at

Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County.
Sliding scale: $75-$200

Tuesday, May 16 at 7 pm
books incReading and discussion about
Changing Our Minds.
Books, Inc.
1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Saturday, May 6 at 4 pm
book passageDon Lattin’s first bookstore reading
from his new book, Changing Our Minds.
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera.
Book Passage Event

Saturday, April 22 from 1-1:30 pm
Author Don Lattin discusses
Changing Our Minds at the
MAPS Psychedelic Sciences 2017 Convention.
Admission is free to the Psymposia Stage
in the convention Marketplace, West Hall
Oakland Marriott Convention Center
1001 Broadway

Monday, April 17, 2017
synergetic-pressOfficial publication date set by Synergetic Press for
Changing Our Minds – Psychedelic Sacraments
and the New Psychotherapy

by Don Lattin

Tuesday, January 17 from 7-9 PM
the alchemist's kitchen Psychedelics and the 12 Steps
A discussion about addiction and recovery:
From Bill W.'s acid insights to
psychedelic healing and practice.
Facilitated by Dimitri Mugiani and Kevin Franciotti

Join us for an evening exploring the fascinating
connection between psychedelics and the origins of
the Twelve Steps, contemporary indigenous ceremony
using plant-medicines for addiction treatment,
and the use of psychedelics by people in recovery.


Wednesday, October 23 from 4-6 pm
Charles E. Young Research Library Fall Exhibit
and Cashin Lecture Highlight
Aldous Huxley and Contemporaries
with Speaker: Don Lattin
Aldous Huxley, Gerald Heard, Sidney Cohen:
Pioneers of Consciousness in the City of Angels

And YRL Special Collections Exhibit Gallery
“Aldous Huxley and the Visionary Experience”
Selections from the Aldous and Laura Huxley Papers
Charles E. Young Research Library Main Conference Room

Thursday, September 28
Religion Newswriters Association
Annual Convention, Austin, Texas
“Distilled Spirits” wins the
“Religion Book of the Year" award for 2013
According to the judges:
“Don Lattin brings his own gimlet perspective to
a group biography of three very different men
who all influenced contemporary religion. Lattin's own
expertise with California-based religions brings
a richness and a sparkle to a story that has
been hiding in plain sight for years. Well told with
humor, insight, deep reporting and, most engaging,
a revealing look at the author's own spiritual
progression. Combines the best of religion reporting
and biography to make a rich, fine read.”Friday, July 12 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm
A Celebatory Night of Panels, Performance,
and a Beat Café (hear live poetry and Jazz)

Don Lattin will be on a panel at 6:30 pm with Neeli Cherkovski, Jerry Cimino, Brenda Knight, Stephen Kushner, Regina Marler, Gerald Nicosia, Steve Silberman and David Talbot.
Admission: Public $15
Mechanics' Institute
57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA
(415) 393-0102
Saturday, April 20 from 1:15 to 2 pm
“Distilled Spirits”
Author meeting and signing
MAPS Psychedelic Conference
West Hall Stage
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA
psychedelic science/conference

Saturday, November 17 – Post Performance Q&A
Playwright Lynne Kaufman and Harvard Psychedelic Club
author Don Lattin will talk about the lives and times
of Ram Dass on stage following the Nov. 17 performance
of her new work, "Acid Test," at the
Marsh Theater in Berkeley.
2120 Allston Way (near Shattuck)
Berkeley, CA 94704
Monday, November 19 at 7:30 pm
324 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA

Thursday November 8 at 7:30 pm
1475 41st Avenue
Capitola, CA
Monday, November 5 at 6:30 to 8 pm
Lecture and Discussion
“Aldous Huxley, Gerald Heard, and
the Search for Truth in Trabuco Canyon”
1 University Drive, Pauling Hall, Room 216
Aliso Viejo, CA
map & directions
Thursday, November 1 at 7 pm
“Bill Wilson, LSD and the Search
for Sobriety in Los Angeles”
8818 West Sunset Blvd.
W. Hollywood, CA
Book Soup Author Events
Monday, October 22 at 7:30 pm
1644 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, October 23 at 7 pm
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera
Book Passage Event
Wednesday, October 24 at 7 pm
books inc.
1760 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA
Wednesday, October 17 at 7 pm
“Psychedelics and the Spiritual Journey”
Lecture and video presentation of
rare footage of LSD research in the 1950s
1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA
For tickets, go to
Tuesday, October 9 at 7 pm
138 North Main Street
Sebastopol, CA
Saturday, October 6 at 6 pm
litquake logoLITQUAKE
Don Lattin in conversation
with Michael Krasny
Variety Preview Screening Room
582 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
For tickets, go to
Thursday, October 4 — 10:00 AM
88.5 FM
Michael Krasny interviews Don Lattin
Sunday, September 30 at 2 pm
1805 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
Barns&Nobel Event
Friday & Saturday, September 28-29
“Psychedemia” Conference
“Integrating Psychedelics in Academia”
Philadelphia, PA
To register, go to
Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 pm
Words Bookstore
179 Maplewood Avenue
Maplewood, NJ
words bookstore events
Wednesday, September 26 at 7 pm
Ridgeview Community Church
174 South Valley Road
West Orange, New Jersey
just love audio


Past Public Events 2011

Friday, October 12 at 7:30 pm
617 Second Street
Davis, CA
Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 4 pm
DON LATTIN, Anna Broadway,
Tony DuShane, Julian Guthrie,
How important is faith as a guiding compass in our lives?
And how important is it to question one's faith, one's indoctrination, and indeed one's religious hierarchy?
Four authors will provide some lively debate on the topic.
Koret Auditorium,
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin
Free calendar of events

Friday, October 7, 2011 from 6 - 9 pm
Turn On, Tune In and Drop By
the Oakland Art Murmur

Don Lattin will be selling, signing and talking about his national bestseller, The Harvard Psychedelic Club, at an Oct. 7 fundraiser to benefit The School of the Americas Watch. Lots of local artists and crafts people will be offering their wares at the event, which will be held at the Uptown Body and Fender Shop, 401 26th St. during the First Friday Oakland Art Murmur, on Friday, October 7, 2011 from 6 to 9 pm. The Art Murmur supports artists and culture in the Uptown neighborhood of Oakland.

The first twenty people to buy a paperback copy of The Harvard Psychedelic Club, which won the 2010 California Book Award Silver Medal for Non-Fiction, will get a free copy of Don's 2003 book, Following Our Bliss – How the Spiritual Ideals of the Sixties Shape Our Lives Today. Don will also have a new series of posters featuring the Korean, Czech and U.S. covers of the Harvard book. Twenty percent of all proceeds will be donated to SOAW.

School of the Americas Watch seeks to change U.S. foreign policy in Latin America by educating the public, lobbying Congress and participating in creative, nonviolent resistance. For more info, go to The Art Murmur is Big Fun. Learn more about this great monthly happening at


September 24, 2011 from 10 am - 4 pm

Sonoma County Book Festival
Old Courthouse Square
Santa Rosa, CA
Free Admission
For more information go to
January 12, 2011 at 7 pm

Books Inc.
2251 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA

January 20, 2011 at 7 pm

Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA

Past Public Events 2010

November 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Columbus at Broadway
San Francisco

Half a century has passed since Timothy Leary, a clinical psychologist at Harvard University, swallowed a handful of magic mushrooms on his summer vacation in Mexico in August of 1960. Leary returned to Harvard that fall convinced that psychedelic drugs would revolutionize psychology and change the world. At this special event, three California authors with recent books on the psychedelic sixties will read from their works and discuss the legacy of the "high priest of LSD," the man Richard Nixon called "the most dangerous man in America."
For more information, go to city lights event link

October 7, 2010: 7:30 pm
Marin Osher Center
200 N. San Pedro Road
San Rafael

For 11 years, Litquake has featured thousands of authors reading from thousands of books in front of tens of thousands of eager lovers of literature. The Jewish Community Center of Marin is proud to join Litquake and Book Passage to present authors Sylvia Boorstein, Michael Krasny, Don Lattin and Dani Shapiro, sharing their literary and spiritual journeys with the community.
For more information, go to marin jcc link

October 9, 2010 from 6-7 pm
Forest Books
3080 16th Street

San Francisco

THE COURAGE TO SEEK CHANGE: Cultivating inner strength in order to tackle social change.

Todd Aaron Jensen, author of On Gratitude: 50 Celebrities on the Power of Giving Thanks;
Allen Klein, author of Change Your Life!;
Don Lattin, author of The Harvard Psychedelic Club;
Nina Lesowitz, author of The Courage Companion: Living Life with True Power;
Corinne McLaughlin, co-author of The Practical Visionary; M.J. Ryan, author of Adapt Ability; This Year I Will.
For entire Lit Crawl schedule, go to: lit crawl link

September 24-26, 2010
Judson Memorial Church
New York City

Horizons is a forum for learning about psychedelics, held annually in New York City. The goal of the conference is to open a fresh dialogue on the role of psychedelics in medicine, culture, history, spirituality, and art. Don will talk about researching and writing his 2010 bestselling book, "The Harvard Psychedelic Club." - For more information, go to horizons site link

May 13, 2010: 7 PM
Willis Barnstone in
conversation with Don Lattin
261 Columbus Avenue
North Beach, San Francisco

Please join poet Willis Barnstone and journalist Don Lattin at City Lights bookstore in San Francisco for an exploration of language, religion, and a refreshing analysis of the classic religious text known as the New Testament.

They will be discussing, among other things, Barnstone's recent work, The Restored New Testament - A New Translation With Commentary, Including the Gnostic Gospels Thomas, Mary, and Judas. The book seeks to restore the lyricism and mysticism of the Jesus story, and perhaps most important, to undo centuries of mistranslation designed to obscure the Jewish identity of the carpenter from Nazareth.

The event will be Thursday, May 13th, 7 PM at City Lights bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway, in the heart of San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood.

Barnstone is the former O'Conner Professor of Greek at Colgate University and Distinguished Professor of comparative literature at Indiana University. A Guggenheim fellow, his books include Modern European Poetry, The Gnostic Bible, The Secret Reader, Life Watch, Complete Poems of Sappho. and Laughing Lost in the Mountains: The Poems of Wang Wei.

Lattin is a freelance journalist and religion writer. He is the author of four books, including the 2010 bestseller, The Harvard Psychedelic Club – How Timothy Leary, Andrew Weil, Ram Dass and Huston Smith Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America. He was the longtime writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. For information, click on city lights event.


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April 17, 2010: 5:30 pm
Panel with Ram Dass and Ralph Metzner
"Psychedelic Sciences in the 21st Century"

San Jose, CA

April 17, 2010: 10 am
“Cal Literature Expo”

UC Berkeley Campus

April 16, 2010: 6:30 pm

San Francisco Public Library

April 15, 2010: 6:15 pm
Harvard Club

San Francisco, CA

April 8, 2010: 7 pm
2670 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, CA

April 7, 2010: 6 pm
Harvard Club

Los Angeles, CA

April 5, 2010: 7 pm
8818 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

April 7, 2010: 6:00 pm
311 Ocean Ave.
Laguna Beach, CA

Feb 18, 2010: 7 PM

1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA

Jan 26, 2010: 7:30
1475 41st Ave.
E Capitola, CA 

Jan 21, 2010: 7 PM

1760 Fourth St.
Berkeley, CA 

Jan 19, 2010: 7:30 PM
1644 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 

Jan 14, 2010: 7 PM

1256 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA

Jan 16, 2010: 11 AM
57 Front St.
Millbrook, NY  

Jan 7 2010: 7 PM

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 

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