daRREN springer

Mycologist, Organic Horticulturist, Permaculture Facilitator

Darren Springer is a teacher, researcher and event organizer based in London. He’s the Director of Ancient Future and curator at Soul & Sound. He is part of the Breaking Convention committee and a member of the London Psychedelic Society organizing events in the UK. 


After setting up Ancient Future, a charitable organization, in 2006 he continued to develop projects geared around creative arts, personal-development and African-Caribbean history, culture and spirituality in his community. Collectively his work aims to inform and empower individuals from diverse backgrounds to cope with social challenges and contribute to community development as well as self-improvement in an innovative, creative, culturally-aware style.


Darren is a qualified organic horticulturist. He was a board member and teacher at Organiclea (organiclea.org.uk) for 7 years. He taught organic gardening and food enterprise to “so called” hard to reach communities, in particular young people who had been temporarily or permanently excluded from main stream school. Darren is also a qualified Permaculture facilitator. His interactive workshops look at the fundamental ethics and principles of permaculture, while sharing practical tips for personalizing and implementing the tools in our busy daily urban settings. Darren worked with CRCLR in Berlin and LUSH in the UK supporting both to create sustainable working systems and environments using permaculture.


As a mycologist Darren is a keen mushroom cultivator and teacher, having taught over a thousand people in the last seven years how to grow their own edible mushrooms. He has translated his home growing experience into a commercial experiment.


Darren was a presenter at the psychedelic conference Breaking Convention (London), the Entheogenic Conference (Detroit), Ozora (Hungary), Beyond Psychedelics (Prague), 920 (Amsterdam) and numerous gatherings around the world. He is a knowledgeable and dynamic speaker who is passionate when sharing his research on African psychedelic plants, their history, the mythology and their various applications. He has spoken in the UK, Europe, Africa, and the US sharing his extensive research on psychedelic plants and their various applications and how they can help humanity in the here and now.