FEATURE

The Dangers of the Ayahuasca Tourism Boom

The big benefit foreigners receive when they visit us in our communities in the Amazon rainforest is they return home with a new type of warm happiness. Because, if you watch the foreigners, they can be quite cold. They have an entirely different culture. We Shipibo, indigenous...

FRESH

We Are Harvesting the Ayahuasca Vine at an Alarming Rate

The signs that wild ayahuasca is being overexploited for the global market are evident, according to the main players of this industry....

Don’t Forget Us Native People Behind the Ayahuasca

My name is Victoria Corisepa Dreve, I'm Harakbut, from the Wachiperi indigenous group. The reason why we're here is very important to...

Watch Kaleidoscopic Songs of Ayahuasca Shamans Vibrate Water

Naziha Mestaoui has always been fascinated by the invisible. She devoted years to reading everything she could about quantum physics as a...

Why People are Taking Ayahuasca Made in a Laboratory. Enter Pharmahuasca.

In the 1990s, gel caps going by the name of “pharmahuasca” circulated at psychedelic music festivals glistening with mysterious brown and yellow...

My 30 Years of Being an Ayahuasca Shaman for Locals and Foreigners

I would like to let you know my story and how I became a master of curanderismo and shamanism. During the last...

Ayahuasca Has a Special Connection with My People, the Shipibo

To start with, my mum taught me all about medicinal plants. She taught me how to cure people of illnesses and at the same...

INDIGENOUS VOICES

The Dangers of the Ayahuasca Tourism Boom

The big benefit foreigners receive when they visit us in our communities in the Amazon rainforest is they return home with a...

Don’t Forget Us Native People Behind the Ayahuasca

My name is Victoria Corisepa Dreve, I'm Harakbut, from the Wachiperi indigenous group. The reason why we're here is very important to...

My 30 Years of Being an Ayahuasca Shaman for Locals and Foreigners

I would like to let you know my story and how I became a master of curanderismo and shamanism. During the last...

Ayahuasca Has a Special Connection with My People, the Shipibo

To start with, my mum taught me all about medicinal plants. She taught me how to cure people of illnesses and at the same...

Being a Female Ayahuasca Shaman in Peru – An Interview with Adela

With a smile so bright it could illuminate a continent, Adela Navas de Garcia is a vibrant healer from Iquitos, Peru. Mother to 8 children, she...

Plant Visions: An Interview with Ayahuasca Artist Pablo Amaringo

Pablo Amaringo is one of the world’s greatest visionary artists. He is renowned for his highly complex, colourful and intricate paintings that are inspired...

SCIENCE & RESEARCH

Why People are Taking Ayahuasca Made in a Laboratory. Enter Pharmahuasca.

In the 1990s, gel caps going by the name of “pharmahuasca” circulated at psychedelic music festivals glistening with mysterious brown and yellow...

DMT’s Mind-Bending Science—An Interview with Dr Jimo Borjigin

It’s difficult to recall the last time that I had a great meal and made the generic claim of “I love food.”...

Can and Should Ayahuasca Become Part of Western Medicine?

Among this world’s known psychedelic medicines, ayahuasca is uniquely honored for its ability to help transform the mind and body. The Amazonian...

Do Ayahuasca Shamans See Microbial Worlds in Their Visions?

Ayahuasca, yopo, and several other entheogenic substances have been trending for a few years now. Following the steps of anthropologists, Western tourists undertake pilgrimages...

Ayahuasca Spirits Are Special Because They Are Not Real

Many people report encountering spirits and other extraordinary entities under the effects of ayahuasca and similar psychedelic substances. But are these entities...

What Does Ayahuasca Have To Do with Ancestors and the Dead?

Ayahuasca is a powerful psychoactive brew that originates from the Amazon rainforest. The word comes from the Indigenous Quechua words huasca, meaning...

CULTURE AND SOCIETY

We Are Harvesting the Ayahuasca Vine at an Alarming Rate

The signs that wild ayahuasca is being overexploited for the global market are evident, according to the main players of this industry....

Getting Arrested and Released for Ayahuasca in Israel

I am 45 years old, live in Israel, and am a psychotherapist in private practice. I also teach other therapists to combine shamanic...

Ayahuasca and the Problems of the World

I wasn't planning to be here. I wasn't planning to come to this conference because I'm running out of fuel. You know,...

Ayahuasca Is About More Than Just You. It’s About Planetary Health.

Fueled by advanced medical and scientific research, the Amazonian brew ayahuasca has become increasingly popular in Western societies in recent years. For...

Psychedelic Communities, Social Justice, and Kinship in the Capitalocene

The task is to make kin in lines of inventive connection as a practice of learning to live and die well with...

Meet the Person Serving Ayahuasca to Inmates in Brazil: An Interview with Edilsom Fernandes

Edilsom Fernandes, the creator of an ayahuasca congregation in Brazil, was contacted in 2012 by an association that helps rehabilitate prisoners. The...

SHAMANISM AND SPIRITUALITY

The Shaman’s Treasure: The Many Plants Added to the Ayahuasca Brew

It is a known fact that ayahuasca and yagé drinks consist of a pair of plants: vine or leaves of ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis...

Translating Ayahuasca Shamanism and Western Medicine

There is still not enough dialogue between academic scholars and traditional men and women of knowledge. Unfortunately, remnants of Spanish colonialism still...

How to Think about Weird Psychedelic Beings

What’s the core lesson of psychedelic practice, the lesson that still holds strong after being famously put forward by Leary’s research in 1963 and...

Jung in the Jungle: What the Brew Ayahuasca Taught Me About My Shadow

Last year, I went to the Amazon jungle in Peru to take part in a nine-day ayahuasca retreat at a well-known center called the...

The Forgotten Science of Shamanic Plant Whispering

Ridiculed, scorned, or deliberately ignored, the truth about anything is quirky and awkward when it first emerges. Germinating at the margins of familiarity, the...

Ayahuasca Gave Me a Backstage Pass to the Theatre of Well-being

Bodies moaned, contorted, and wrestled themselves, resisting or in denial of the ayahuasca that was penetrating their minds. The ceremony was well underway, and...

RESEARCH ANCESTORS

Ayahuasca, Nazis, and the Life of Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff

Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff is widely considered to be the father of Colombian anthropology. He devoted almost six decades of his life to researching various Indigenous...

Remembering Psychedelic Therapy Research Elder, Dr Claudio Naranjo

Recently the world bid farewell to a brilliant psychonautical pioneer. Claudio Naranjo devoted his long life to examining the psychotherapeutic potential of...

A Tribute to the Mother of Ayahuasca Research, Marlene Dobkin de Rios (1939-2012)

Marlene Dobkin de Rios was, by all accounts, a fascinating human being and a remarkably dedicated anthropologist. Born to a conservative family...

PREPARATION AND INTEGRATION

When the Ayahuasca Ceremony Goes Wrong

A few weeks ago I sat through perhaps the most outrageous ayahuasca ceremony I’ve ever attended, a chaotic display of anarchy that...

We Need to Talk About When People Feel Worse After Ayahuasca

Ryan was a meditator, experienced with ayahuasca, so it surprised him (not in a good way) when a disturbing ayahuasca ceremony revealed...

Ayahuasca Integration Means Facing the Shadow in Daily Life

I used to have a therapeutic relationship with ayahuasca, the plant spirit or teacher, the energetic presence that has guided me for the past...

Integrating Ayahuasca Experiences Requires an Integrated Approach

In 1980, I initiated my first contact with the famous Mazatec ethnic group that was popularized by R.G. Wasson and A. Hoffman in...

How to Find and Choose the Right Ayahuasca Retreat

This is it—you’re finally ready. After consuming as much information about ayahuasca as humanly possible, it’s high time to look for an ayahuasca retreat...

Enhancing Your Ayahuasca Experience: Harnessing the Power of Intention and Belief

Appropriate preparation and integration is still lacking in the global shamanic medicine and entheogenic culture. This is largely because we’re still in our infancy...

ART AND CREATIVITY

Watch Kaleidoscopic Songs of Ayahuasca Shamans Vibrate Water

Naziha Mestaoui has always been fascinated by the invisible. She devoted years to reading everything she could about quantum physics as a...

Eleven Otherworldly Visionary and Ayahuasca Artists You Probably Don’t Know

I often hear people say, “I cannot really describe it,” when speaking of their ayahuasca visions. And, it makes sense—how can we...

How Psychedelics Appear to Boost Creativity

Musicians, painters, dancers, designers, and other artists all have the urge to externalize inspiration through a given means. They all have access to something...

The Natural & Visionary Wonderland of Ayahuasca Art

I have been told time and again by countless ayahuasca drinkers that the experience of ayahuasca is ultimately beyond words. These impenetrable descriptions are...

Meeting the DMT Trip Entities in Art

People who have experienced the so-called DMT trip usually say that it transcends words, but they often feel compelled to speak incessantly about it...

The Ayahuasca Visions of Peruvian Artist Pablo Amaringo

Pablo Amaringo is renowned for his intricate, colourful paintings that are inspired by his shamanic visions. He was a master communicator of the ayahuasca...

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