Bicycle Day is an international holiday that commemorates the date that Dr. Albert Hofmann first tripped on LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide-25) and bicycled home from his lab in Basel, Switzerland on April 19th, 1943. During the bicycle ride home, he experienced the psychedelic effects of LSD, making this the date of the first acid trip in history, propelling the West into the Psychedelic Age. Learn more…
“I think that in human evolution it has never been as necessary to have this substance, LSD. It is just a tool to turn us into what we are supposed to be.”
“Instead of all of this energy and effort directed at the war to end drugs, how about a little attention to drugs which will end war?”
“I became aware of the great universal significance of visionary experience. It plays a dominant role, not only in mysticism and the history of religion, but also in the creative process in art, literature, and science.”
In honor of the occasion, our vision is to create a space to celebrate and explore the impact that psychedelics have made on creativity, medical science, community, environmentalism, and spirituality. We strive to engage in a balanced conversation about the use of psychedelics and the influence they have played on our society & culture. We will be hosting prominent visionary art, engaging talks, talented performers, and thumping soulful beats. This will be an opportunity to learn, celebrate, and foster community conversation.
Rachel Hope was one of the first participants treated for chronic, treatment resistant PTSD in the MAPS-sponsored clinical trial that used MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. Rachel will speak on her message of personal life-saving transformation from decades of crippling trauma, failed therapies and prescribed drugs to a sustained, drug free recovery through MDMA-assisted therapy, ecstatic dance, and public activism. The three MDMA-assisted psychotherapy sessions set the stage for Rachel to be her own healer.
This presentation will be the start of a national speaking tour, where Rachel intends to deliver the message of hope to individuals and organizations who will participate in the re-legalization of MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy and the Mental Health Revolution. You can support her efforts by recommending her presentation to organizations where she can be of influence or by supporting MAPS.
Rachel’s hope is that her story will inspire those impacted by trauma and mental illness to stay alive, ask for, and advocate for the re-legalization of MDMA for clinical use.
Rachel Hope was one of the first participants the MDMA assisted psychotherapy MAPS-sponsored clinical trial in 2005. This astounding recovery lead Rachel to become a pubic advocate. She has conducted many interviews & presentations about her recovery since then including CNN, The Doctors Show, Al Jazeera, Fox News, Vice, Marie Claire, Military Times, and much more. This experience is now part of her purpose in life. She now strives to make this world a safer, healthier, and more hopeful place for her children, those who are most vulnerable, and all who feel underserved among us.
Taylor Taylor is a 20-year-old native of Lansing, MI with African American and Colombian roots. She has been cultivating her jazzy-pop-style with classical guitar skills, warm, charismatic vocals and lyrical songwriting, which reveal intelligence beyond her years.
The Aware Project produces Bicycle Day L.A. and other events in Los Angeles, CA area to gather and educate the psychedelic community.
The Aware Project’s aim is to balance the public conversation about psychedelics, spread accurate information, and give a new face to psychedelia.
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We are proud to announce that half of our proceeds will go to support the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.
(MAPS is not an official sponsor or producer of this event)