Marlene Halser is an award winning German freelance reporter and investigative journalist located in Berlin. She covers the psychedelic renaissance, as well as other topics connected to what she calls “the hipification of society.” She works mainly for German media such as SZ Magazin, Die Zeit / Zeit Online and German public radio broadcasting. She reports on climate protests and is interested in the philosophical question on how to transform society towards equality, inclusivity and sustainability. In 2020 she has also written extensively about allegations of sexual assault within the worldwide Sivananda Yoga community and she continues to research sexual assault and manipulation in cults and Guru traditions. Born in Munich, Germany she studied Political Science, Anthropology and Comparative Religious Science before completing her education at the German School for Journalism. She has lived and worked in Israel as a fellow of the Herbert Quandt-Foundation and the Ernst Cramer & Teddy Kollek Fellowship as well as in the USA as fellow of the Anna-Maria and Stephen M. Kellen-Fellowship. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
After an ayahuasca ceremony, one ED patient smashed her scale, beginning a journey of healing. Now a number of studies are showing proof that psychedelics could be more promising than traditional treatments.