From Shock to Awe – Premier Screening plus Q&A presented by Aadii Mesh Foundation & Australian Psychedelic Society

August 18, 2019 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Byron Theatre
69 Jonson St
Byron Bay NSW 2481
Full $30 | Concession $25 | Seniors & Veterans $15 | Ages 15+

From Shock to Awe - Premier Screening plus Q&A presented by Aadii Mesh Foundation at Byron Theatre

War Veterans Given New Lease on Life with Psychedelic Therapy

The award-winning documentary, From Shock to Awe, shines light on the use of cutting-edge psychedelic medicines to treat mental illness in war veterans. The Australian Psychedelic Society will be premiering the documentary across Australia, with guest speakers from the film, local academics and war veterans who experienced such therapies.

The film follows veterans, Matt Kahl and Mike Cooley, through their challenging post-war lives, shattered by the trauma of war. It also explores the impact on their wives, Aimee and Brooke. The vets struggle with anxiety, fear, depression, anger, unable to find equilibrium with society and with their families. After confronting death multiple times, our heroes set out on a journey to treat their mental illness with Ayahuasca and MDMA.

“I tried everything…all the medications, EMDR, exposure therapy, talk therapy, group therapy and the truth is, none of it worked. It was ruining my family,” says Veteran Matt Kahl.

Brooke Cooley goes further stating, “ Ayahuasca and MDMA saved me, my husband and my family. Had psychedelic therapy not come into our lives, not only would Mike and I be divorced, but there is a solid chance that one or both of us wouldn’t be alive.

Following the film there will be a Q&A with Mitch Schultz, the film’s Transmedia Producer, and Major Steve McDonald, an Australian war veteran who utilised psychedelic medicines to successfully treat his depression and PTSD. More speakers TBA.

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12.30pm – Internet sales close
1.30pm – Venue doors open / Box Office sales open / Events Bar open
2.10pm – Theatre doors open
2.30pm – From Shock to Awe plus Q&A

5.00pm – Event concludes