Speed-Friending & Social: Manchester

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Speed-Friending & Social: Manchester

Celebrating the Manchester Psychedelic Community and The Psychedelic Society partnership

We're very excited to officially launch the partnership between Manchester Psychedelic Community and The Psychedelic Society. By bringing our organisations together, we believe we can build an even stronger community of curious and connected humans. 

Our March social marks the beginning of what we hope to be a long and fruitful collaboration, as we work together to bring more talks, workshops, panels and moments to wonder about the world to the North-West.

To kick things off, the Psychedelic Society's sell-out event ‘Speed-Friending’ is coming up north!

What is Speed-Friending?

Speed-Friending is a night of sweet conversation, open to everyone, where you can drop the small talk and ask the questions you REALLY want to ask. We use the word ‘speed’ in the loosest possible sense. Real connection can't be rushed and neither will we!

Taking inspiration from the 36 Questions to Intimacy and The School of Life's '100 Questions', this kind of platonic friend ‘dating’ gives you a menu of profound, intriguing, and spicy questions designed to inspire authenticity and deepen your connection with those around you.

You’ll be guided through playful ice breakers, and into a series of 10 minute conversations with strangers, in groups of 2's and 3's throughout the evening and landing into free flowing socialising.

You’ll leave here with new friends and inspiration for how to guide conversation into juicy and interesting territory.

Who are Manchester Psychedelic Community?

Meaningful connection is at the very heart of the Manchester Community.  We bring people together by hosting regular social gatherings and events including educational talks, workshops, outdoor activities and wellbeing groups. We are a wonderfully diverse group of people. Many of our members attend events by themselves and have made friends through the community. We aspire to be an increasingly accessible, democratic, LGBTQ+ inclusive, anti-racist community. Many of us identify as neurodiverse and the age of members spans a lifetime. We especially welcome the socially anxious. Our main events are held in Manchester City Centre, with others happening across the Greater Manchester area.

Who are The Psychedelic Society?

The Psychedelic Society was setup 10 years ago and has since blossomed into a thriving global community of open-minded folk looking to transform the public understanding of psychedelics and to share and learn practices to deepen our connection with the self, others and the natural world. We offer a  kaleidoscopic range of nourishing & transformative events to support your wellbeing and inspire growth, both online and in-person.


Meet the team

Adam Laidler (MPC Founder)

Adam is a qualified psychotherapist living and working in Manchester. He founded Manchester Psychedelic Community in 2017 as a response to a need he identified within himself to have safe places to talk about and integrate psychedelic experiences.


Mags Houston (Psychedelic Society Co-Owner)

Mags hosts and curates regular sell-out Speed-Friending events and Members' Socials for the Psychedelic Society, as well as panel discussions and educational events for the UK drug policy charity, Drug Science. She has previous training in Authentic Relating and Internal Family Systems with ART International, and is experienced with heart-centred tantric communication. She is committed to building communities, bringing people together through open, honest expression.


Briony Gunson (Steward & Breathwork facilitator)

Briony Gunson is a highly sought-after mindset coach, meditation teacher and breathwork trainer and facilitator. Briony blends mindset coaching with wellbeing tools she’s been teaching and practising since 2014. She loves to empower ambitious people to get clear on what’s important to them in life and business, and how to manifest their goals into reality and heal in mind and body as they grow. Explore her work, join her workshops, courses and retreats: brionygunson.com.

Location: The Social Refuge

Our new home for our monthly socials is this quirky Ancoats venue, which comprises a queer bookshop, work space, cafe and bar. It's an incredibly welcoming space where we hope our community will feel at home. Importantly, it's a fully accessible venue where all are welcome.

Address: 27 Great Ancoats St, Manchester 


We have a limited number of tickets available for anyone on a low income or unwaged, no questions asked in exchange for services within the community. If you'd like one of these please email mags@psychedelicsociety.org.uk


Whilst we'll talk a lot about certain substances, we ask that you don't bring any with you to the meet-ups, nor solicit them from members. It's worth remembering that possession of these substances remains illegal in the UK and we want to make sure everyone who comes along feels safe doing so.

REFUNDS POLICY: Please note, we do not arrange refunds or exchanges. When possible we encourage reselling on Ticketswap.

ACCESS:  We do our best to include everyone in our events, regardless of health circumstances. If you have access requirements please email the event organiser directly to discuss. Many facilitators are able to offer reduced ticket prices for those truly unable to afford the ticket price. If this applies to you, do please get in touch with the event organiser.

For PSYCHEDELIC KNOWLEDGE AND RESOURCES please check out the Psychedelic Society website

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