Zihua & The Catalina Hotel: Great History

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Escrito por Harry desde (S0106001bb9a4e8f9.gv.shawcable.net) el día lunes, 23 de febrero, 2009 a las 11:18:37 horas :

Hi Folks,
Look what I found out enroute to something else:

LSD guru Professor Timothy Leary used the Catalina as a base for a big LSD party.
Even without the acid, I find the Catalina's steps truly psychedelic. Especially after a few gin and tonics at the Sunset Bar!


The Zihuatanejo Project was an intentional community created during the summers of 1962 and 1963 by Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert under the umbrella of their nonprofit group, the International Federation for Internal Freedom (IFIF). The community was located in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico, and took up residence at the Catalina Hotel. The idea for the community was based on the fictional story from Aldous Huxley's 1962 novel, Island.

More than 5,000 people applied to the IFIF in the hopes of joining the project in Zihuatanejo. Out of this pool of applicants, a small, select group of people were chosen. Amenities cost $200 a month per person, including food and lodging in bungalows near a secluded beach. Fisherman supplied a bounty of fresh fish from the bay. Leary and 35 guests rented the Catalina Hotel for a month using the Tibetan Book of the Dead as a guide book for LSD sessions, while Ralph Metzner and Richard Alpert helped manage the group. Group LSD sessions began in the morning with the consumption of liquid LSD, with a dosage of 100 to 500 micrograms ingested by participating individuals; the experience would usually last until late afternoon.

Immigration officials were tipped off to the project when the Mexican media began reporting stories about an "LSD Paradise". In the summer of 1963, after only six weeks (May 1 - June 16) the Mexican authorities shut the community down. Officials removed the group from Zihuatanejo and sent them to Mexico City aboard a chartered DC-3.

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