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NYT Syndicate You've co-worked, co-lived and co-exercised. Are you ready to co-commune? Welcome to the Assemblage, a new club in Manhattan's upscale NoMad neighbourhood. Its evening-only memberships start at $200 per month, all-day use is $900 " and the menu of services tops out at $6,500 for amenities that include a private office with"room to stretch your legs." On a recent night, Alberto Villoldo, a medical anthropologist, psychologist and shaman, gave a talk in the club's dim lobby called 'Hacking Your Neurology With Sacred Plant Medicine.' To a packed crowd of mostly young urban professionals, some still in suits and ties from the workday, Villoldo was extolling the benefits of ayahuasca, a psychedelic substance made from Amazonian tree vines, broccoli flower extract and daily doses of omega-3. "I don't think there's a topic that is closer to my heart," said Rodrigo NiAaAaAeAeo, found of the club. NiAaAaAeAeo, 48 and the CEO of Prodigy, a platform that us crowdfunding to buy commercial real estate, was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma six years ago. Terrified of dying, he found an article in National Geographic about ayahuasca. He promptly left for Peru to spend two weeks taking the substance and reckoning with his own mortality. "What I saw from that perspective was that society today was not in very good shape," NiAaAaAeAeo said."What I saw, in this hallucination, w how all living things were connected as one, but we were not aware of it rationally." When NiAaAaAeAeo returned to New York, he was no long plagued by fear of death, he said. But he struggled to integrate his vision of interconnectedness with his daily work."I had this radical inner knowing that we were all together as one," NiAaAaAeAeo said,"but I w a real estate developer, an economist, from a mathematical, evidence-based background. I couldn't prove it." He has now decided to give it a try in $400 million worth of Manhattan real estate that includes two other Assemblange-branded locations, one on lower Park Avenue and the other in the financial district, that will offer apartments and a hotel. NiAaAaAeAeo said that his new company was funded from small investments fr more than 34 countries, and that every new qualifying member of the organisation will be given the option of investing to become a co-owner of the buildings themselves. The club opens officially later this month but has already attracted roughly 250 members, NiAaAaAeAeo said, as well curious attendees of near-nightly events covering such topics as honing your psychic powers, creating sacred spaces and building shamanic communities. Along with desks and conference rooms and the usual accouterments of co-working life, the club has a rooftop garden and meditation rooms, with plans to equip those rooms with artificial intelligence that will guide members through daily mantras. "It's an upgrade for the consciousness movement," said author Daniel Pinchbeck, a member who often writes about psychedelic culture and has lectured, with Sergio MagaAaAaAeAea, a heale on the topic of"how to awaken the Toltec dream time," an ancient Mexican concept. NiAaAaAeAeo's own dream includes eventually opening branches of t Assemblage in cities around the world."We truly need to have a place of convergence for those who understand that there is more than who we are," he said."For those who feel we could be defined not only by the known, but by the unknown."

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Date:Nov 30, 2017
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