Garden States - Cultivating Ethnobotanical Plant Knowledge

Garden States - A Forum for Cultivating Ethnobotanical Plants, Knowledge and Community.

Join us for a full day of ethnobotanical knowledge sharing and discussion on psychedelic plants and culture. A full day of talks on ethnobotany, conservation and related research, science and art. Get your hands dirty and learn from the experts how to grow and share ethnobotanical plants.

Important Update:  As most will be aware, many organisations running upcoming events are currently considering the impact of the current outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a response EGA has moved the event from the original date of Saturday May 9th, to Sunday December 6th later in the year.  There is no reason to think that programming for the day will change much, but given the circumstances some slight changes may be expected.

The program will be comprised of keynote lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and a market space, all aimed at honouring the sacred garden and encouraging conversation and knowledge sharing. Please let any like-minded friends know about the symposium and encourage them to join us on Sunday December 6th for a day of critical thinking about ethnobotanical plants, fungi and related compounds.

We have pulled together a richly diverse program from across Australia, New Zealand and beyond, including keynote presentations from internationally acclaimed artist Janet Laurence (AU), Dr Suresh Muthukumarasway (NZ) on microdosing studies, Dr Margaret Ross and Dr Martin Williams (AU) on Melbourne's St Vincent's Hospital psilocybin trial, Kirsty MacLeod (NZ) on ibogaine therapy, Monica Barratt (AU)  on trends in ethnobotanical plant data from the Global Drug Survey, and psychedelic critical thinker David Nickles(NZ/USA) discussing the latest underground research. They will be joined by a host of other botanically minded talent for a full day of programming over two spaces. Gather with us to expand your mind, body, community and garden.

This event will be held at Springvale City Hall, in Springvale, Victoria. Doors open at 9:00am on Sunday December 6th (the day before Mother's Day) with the main program starting just after 10:00am. The symposium will conclude at approximately 7:30pm. The symposium will take place across multiple spaces, including workshops, other activities and attractions such as market stalls and food and coffee vendors.


As our last few EGA symposiums and events have sold out well in advance and tickets are strictly limited, we highly recommend booking your Garden States tickets early. Early Bird tickets are available until NOVEMBER 9th if they are not sold out before. We also offer discounted tickets for First Nations people and mothers/sole parents, as well as concession & hardship tickets.


Entheogenesis Australis is a charitable, educational organisation established in 2004; we provide opportunities for critical thinking and knowledge sharing on ethnobotanical plants, fungi, nature and sustainability.


We hope to see you for this very special botanical symposium.

If you're interested in having a market stall at the event please email 

On Sunday 6 December 2020 at 9:00am to 7:00pm


Springvale City Hall (Mel Ref 80 A11)
397 - 405 Springvale Rd, Springvale VIC 3171, Springvale, Vic 3171

Contact Details

There is free car parking at the back of the hall (enter via 20 Grace Park Ave), alternatively the venue is just 800 meters walk from Springvale railway Station