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Since 2003, Palenque Norte has been producing visionary events and working to archive extraordinary ideas from around the globe.
Christopher Pezza
1,538 Facebook Friends
San Francisco, California
United States
4 Team Members

Last year the IndieGoGo community supported Palenque Norte by donating almost $1700 of our $5000 goal. With that money as a foundation we revived Palenque Norte and successfully produced a 25 hour lecture series in the harshest desert enviornment on earth, from which audio and video recordings have now reached over 1 million people in over 100 countries in just the last 9 months alone.

This year our goal is to raise $10,000 so that we may build the infrastructure (Circus Tent, Sound System Upgrade) needed to bring visionary lectures to more events and audiences throughout the world. Your donations mean the world to us and bring us to the world.  Visit www.palenquenorte.com for more info. 

What is Palenque Norte?

In 1999 Jonathon Ott, Terence Mckenna, Ken Symington and Rob Montgomery collaborated to create a legendary entheobotany conference near the Palenque ruins in Mexico. The conference inspired and enchanted its participants, and it was in the spirit of that gathering that Lorenzo and Marycie Hagerty created Palenque Norte in 2003. The name “Palenque Norte” means to bring the energy of Palenque north.

From 2003 to 2007 Lorenzo and Marycie organized Palenque Norte at the Burning Man festival, which hosted lectures and discussion from visionaries such as Sasha Shulgin, Nick Sands, Alex and Allyson Grey, Earth and Fire Erowid, Amanda Fielding, Erik Davis, Daniel Pinchbeck and over 50 others. With the recordings of these lectures Lorenzo began the Psychedelic Salon podcast in 2003, which has grown now to have a massive worldwide audience.

Over the next five years, the content that was captured in the dust and mayhem of Burning Man creeped out into the world to inspire generations of psychonauts.

Alex and Allyson Grey at Palenque Norte


So how did Palenque Norte return?

In 2012, an effort led by Dr. Bruce Damer began with the intent of bringing Palenque Norte back to Burning Man, and after some ticketing and theme camp chaos the lecture series was looking for a new home.  After a series of synchronistic events it found that home in Camp Above the Limit, from which a group of us have now evolved into Camp Soft Landing. With support from Lorenzo Hagerty and Dr. Bruce Damer, a team led by Chris Pezza orchestrated the return of Palenque Norte.  In the last 9 months we've released over 15 hours of visionary lectures which have been downloaded over a million times and viewed in over 100 countries around the globe.

Palenque Norte 2012

So what is the goal of Palenque Norte?

There are two great purposes of Palenque Norte events, on the one hand to preserve the voices of elders and capture narratives that would be otherwise lost, and on the other to create spaces  for new voices to be heard, to provide young innovative visionaries with airtime. 

We’ve assembled a team of organizers with extensive experience in building organizations and throwing large scale visionary events.

We want to bridge the gap between the informative and the entertaining, bringing lectures and performance under one roof.

With community support we’ve built a modest infrastructure, and now we’re looking to expand.

Why we're raising Funds

We have a $10,000 funding goal.

If we meet our funding goal of $10,000 we’re planning to buy a 2300 sq ft circus tent that could support events upwards of 400 people. In addition we’re working to upgrade our sound system to support this larger capacity. Anything beyond our goal we’ll use to build lighting and staging infrastructure.

Please check out our perk levels to get a sense of what we're offering. We're very excited to release our new collectible Timothy Leary and Terence Mckenna flash drives, which will feature content curated by Dr. Bruce Damer including never before released material. Donors at the $250 level and higher will have first access to these special collector's items. Here's a pic: 

Collectible Palenque Norte Flash Drives

Please visit us at www.palenquenorte.com for more info. 

Sponsored by the Psychedelic Society of San Francisco

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  • $10USD
    The Microdose

    We'll extend our eternal gratitude through a personal email.

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $25USD
    The Enthusiast Package

    You'll receive a collectible personalized postcard from Palenque Norte organizers. Includes previous perks.

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $50USD
    The Poster Child

    You'll received a signed and numbered limited edition 2013 Palenque Norte poster. Includes all previous perks.

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  • $100USD
    The Collector's Special

    Receive a collectible Palenque Norte 2013 custom-designed crystal flash drive with a 32 GB selection of this year's talks. Includes all previous perks.

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $250USD
    The Terence Special

    Receive a collectible Terence Mckenna custom-designed crystal flash drive with a 32 GB selection of his archived works, including never before released material. Includes all previous perks.

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  • $500USD
    The Leary Special

    This level includes 2 new perks. First, you'll receive a collectible Timothy Leary custom-designed crystal flash drive with a 32 GB selection of his archived works, including never before released material. Second, you'll receive a signed copy of Dr. Bruce Damer's book "Avatars." Includes all previous perks.

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  • $1,000USD
    The Archivist's Dream

    This level includes 3 new perks. First, a collectible Palenque Norte 2012 custom-designed crystal flash drive with a 32 GB selection of talks from Palenque Norte. Second, you will receive a signed copy of Lorenzo's Hagerty's book "The Spirit of the Internet." Third, you will be invited to a private multiple-course dinner in San Francisco with organizers and speakers from Palenque Norte and the Psychedelic Society of San Francisco. Includes all previous perks.

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  • $5,000USD
    The Deluxe Psychonaut Special

    CA Residents Only. Palenque Norte and the Psychedelic Society of San Francisco will come to your house or property (anywhere in CA) and produce a private speaker event and party for you and your friends. We'll work with you to source your favorite speakers and throw a party to remember. The talk from the event will be recorded and podcast on the Psychedelic Salon podcast hosted by Lorenzo Haggerty. Includes all previous perks.

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