Ideas are food for the diet of the mind…

While ayahuasca has become something of a celebrity around the world recently, there are many misleading understandings about ayahuasca circulating the web.

From unreasonable fears about the dangers of the brew to sensationalist ideas about its benefits, the need for a mature discussion about ayahuasca has never been more important.

We bring together ayahuasca experts from science and medicine, anthropology and ethnobotany, and shamanism and alternative healing networks.

Kahpi publishes academic, esoteric and real-world knowledge about ayahuasca in language that ordinary people can understand. We aim to create a bridge between indigenous and local knowledge and academic and popular thought. You can browse our 90+ articles on all things ayahuasca, or if you would like to go deeper in your learning, we encourage you to check out our 12 premium video courses that are taught by experts from various backgrounds.

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A Short Introduction to Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca is a psychedelic brew typically made from boiling two plants, banisteriopsis caapi and psychotria viridis. The brew has been used by many indigenous peoples of the Amazon Rainforest for healing, magic and social welfare for at least a few centuries, possibly much longer. When consumed, ayahuasca usually creates extraordinary experiences of visions and intense emotions.

In recent decades, ayahuasca has become an increasingly popular choice of alternative healing for people in Western societies who travel to the Amazon for an ayahuasca retreat or who attend ayahuasca retreats in other parts of the world. Ayahuasca is also at the centre of two large religious organizations that began in the 20th century in Brazil and now exist in many parts of the world.

The brew is used in contexts of shamanism, spirituality, religion and psychotherapy. It has expanded from the Amazon jungle into societies in which similar psychoactive plants and chemicals are illegal, and it is currently illegal in many parts of the world.

In recent years, there has been an explosion of high-quality scientific research into ayahuasca, with hundreds of research articles being published in academic disciplines ranging from anthropology, botany and history to psychology, neuroscience and pharmacology. Research has examined the benefits, risks, and practices of drinking ayahuasca.

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The Kahpi Course Teachers

Mama Rosa

HEALER. Teacher of Shipibo Ayahuasca Healing

Luis Marquez Pinedo

HEALER. Teacher of Shipibo Ayahuasca Healing

Dr Luis Fernando Tofoli, PhD

PSYCHIATRIST. Teacher of Ayahuasca and Mental Health

Glenn Shepard, PhD

ANTHROPOLOGIST. Teacher of Substance, Soul, and Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond


CEREMONY FACILITATOR. Teacher of Heal Yourself and Thrive with Ayahuasca

Dr Clancy Cavnar, PhD

PSYCHOLOGIST. Teacher of Psychological Aspects of Preparing For & Integrating Ayahuasca Experiences

Draulio de Araujo, PhD

NEUROSCIENTIST. Teacher of Ayahuasca and the Brain

Des Tramacchi, PhD

SCHOLAR OF RELIGION. Teacher of Ayahuasca, World Spiritualities and Psychonautics

Daniela Peluso, PhD

ANTHROPOLOGIST. Teacher of Indigenous Amazonians and Ayahuasca Tourism

Jeronimo Mazarrasa

FILMMAKER. Teacher of Spiritual Tourism, Spiritual Materialism & the Ethics of Intercultural Encounters

Gretel Echazu, PhD

ANTHROPOLOGIST. Teacher of Ayahuasca in the Peruvian Amazon: Nation, Gender & Race/Ethnicity

Celina De Leon

HEALER. Teacher of The Role of Spirituality in Ayahuasca Healing

Dr. Brian Anderson

MEDICAL DOCTOR. Teacher of Ayahuasca & Allopathic Medicine

Nicholas Langlitz, PhD

ANTHROPOLOGIST. Teacher of Neuropsychedelia and the Laboratory

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