Dance for Global Peace
Hypnoza Festival is a project that was created in 2009 by a group of travelers that after some time exploring, fell in love with an amazing paradise located in the heart of Latin America, Costa Rica.
We collaborate with artists and friends all over the world, who are happy to share ideas and support the project.
Therefore becoming a beautiful family, united for our love to music, art, nature and cultural exchange.
Costa Rica is a very special location, full of high energies and constant transformation.
The country is a result of a volcanic activity complex as part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, which makes it an incredible paradise. With only 0.25% of the world’s landmass, it contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity.
A place of ever-changing natural scenes and climates. Full of life, movement, peace and positive vibe that flows through the air and the people of this beautiful land, added to our joy for trance music and culture, was our inspiration for creating this project. Our desire is to gather people from all over the world, as well as from the local scene, to enjoy and share what make us one worldwide family; Trance music, art, nature, peace and freedom.
We welcome you all to an amazing experience, performing some of the best artists from all around the world and from the local scene. Breathtaking natural scenery, and the most beautiful vibe people from all around the globe.
Psychedelics and human evolution:
The “stoned ape” hypothesis and its implications for the future of humanity.
Psychedelics are non-addictive, relatively safe drugs that expand the range of potential mental states of the human mind. They also facilitate profound existential experiences that have sustained beneficial effects. Such consciousness-expanding and salutogenic substances have been ingested ritually during thousands of years, in diverse cultures around the world, for the most part towards individual and socially constructive purposes. Terence McKenna, an ethnobotanist and art historian, suggested there is a link between psychedelics and human evolution. Basically, he contended psychedelics improved the adaptability and fitness of our direct ancestors and ultimately influenced the emergence of modern human capacities such as imagination, religiosity, and language. The purpose of this presentation is to briefly discuss an ongoing investigation aimed at re-examining, further developing, and empirically testing this so-called “stoned ape” hypothesis. We will also talk about some implications of this account of human evolution for the modern world and the future of humanity, concentrating on the present opportunity of integrating psychedelics as medicines and instruments for purposefully amplifying cognition, cooperation, communication, and cultural learning.
This physician has dedicated his life to social work, research and advocates for social justice, equity and sustainability. He has worked as a Medical Volunteer for NGO’s across the world, from Africa, to Central America. Trained in Costa Rica, France and the USA, his experiences in the health field are broad. With a master in Sustainable Administration of Health and his Specialty in Lifestyle Medicine he currently develops and manages projects in Costa Rica that pursue, optimal health, through the principals of equity, sustainability and scientific evidence.
Neuroplasticity, Memory, Lifestyle Medicine. Mind over matter, Ancestral memory, Self Healing and the keys to Access our New paradigm.
Given at the International Neuroscience Seminar at the National Theater Costa Rica, 2017.
Duration: 45 minutes
- 10 min. meditation.
- 35 min. lecture.
Book your room for the entire festival and have NO worries when it’s time for a disco nap!
21 Rooms (while availability lasts)
is the crown jewel of a 15-acre organic farm and world-renowned green-energy education center in Northern Costa Rica. With dramatic red-ochre pillars and colorful walls adorned with hand-painted frescos, the 21-room hotel overlooks hundreds of acres of Costa Rica’s protected jungle and the rainbow shores of beautiful Lake Arenal. Our closest neighbors are toucans and parrots, howler monkeys, sloths, armadillos and occasionally, wild cats such as the Puma Jaguarondi.
Also home to Costa Rica’s first microbrewery, Lake Arenal Hotel serves farm-fresh food at its on-site restaurant, garden, with an international menu by award-winning chef and owner Marcos Vega. Come enjoy the relaxed ambience, delicious food and what many of our customers say is the “best beer in Costa Rica” produced on-site by Lake Arenal Brewery.
A tennis court, swimming pool, jacuzzi and fully-equipped classroom are just some of the hotel’s amenities. Two flat-screen TVs in the bar/restaurant and free high-speed wifi throughout the facilities make your stay at Lake Arenal Hotel modern and comfortable.
Lake Arenal Hotel’s rooms are uniquely appointed with cast-iron candelabras, and some with dining areas, fireplaces, private patios and lake-view hammocks. The rooms have various arrangements of queen-sized beds, accommodating from two-to-eight adults, all with private baths. The garden and lake view rooms have two queen-sized beds and private baths.
Just one-and-a-half hours from Liberia Airport and three hours from the San Jose Airport, Lake Arenal Hotel offers a wide variety of on-site activities and day-tours, including waterfall hikes, horseback riding, sailing trips,windsurfing and kite-boarding lessons, river rafting, zip-lining, rappelling and day-trips to the nearby volcanoes and hot springs.
Luis Aguilar Allen, MD, MBA
Lifestyle Medicine Specialist
José Manuel Rodríguez Arce
Biologist and Anthropologist
English or Spanish depending the needs
This workshop is about the new paradigm shift in Science. An evidence based analysis of Neurosciences, Health and our new paradigm shift as a species. How memory and neuroplasticity are changing the way we see and understand others, our environment and ourselves. How Self Healing is intrinsic to our organism and how to give our organism the tools to evolve. How we can uses these tools to potentiate our abilities as individuals and as a collective. How do we access this new paradigm? And how to achieve this in a sustainable and equitable way? A way to preserve the planet for the future generations, evolution and survival…
José Manuel Rodríguez Arce is a Biologist and Anthropologist with extensive training in the field of Neuropsychopharmacology. His research efforts have been directed mainly at studying human psychoactive drug use (especially psychedelics) from a Cross-Cultural and Evolutionary perspective. He took part in pre-clinical research of the therapeutic effects of psilocybin mushrooms (Psilocybe cubensis) in the treatment of stress and stress-related diseases (such as anxiety, depression, and chronic pain) at the Faculty of Pharmacy, in the University of Costa Rica (UCR). Currently, he is an independent researcher and collaborator at the Costa Rican Association for Drug Study and Intervention (ACEID), where he has participated in various research projects directed at promoting harm reduction strategies in people who use drugs.
Djs and Performers
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Our Headlining Acts
Headlining DJs and Live Performers from around the world
Participating in 2017
- Lake Arenal Hotel & Microbrewery km. 30 Route 142, 50801 Tilarán
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