The untimely death of 32-year-old Canadian Jennifer Logan — from an adverse reaction to a tobacco purge medicine taken on January 17, 2015 at a South American retreat center — made international headlines and lit up the blogosphere.
The tragic incident occurred at the non-profit Canto Luz Centre for Research and Cultural Preservation, a retreat center outside the city of Puerto Maldonado in the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. I’m acquainted with two of the retreat’s co-founders, Mariya Garnet (whom I interviewed for this article) and Sara Mason (whom I interviewed for an earlier article on Reset).
Mainstream media coverage of the tragedy was [...]
Dieta is a Spanish word that means – simply enough – “diet.”
However, when used in Amazonian herbalist traditions that deal with the more powerful and often reality-altering and visionary varieties of plants known as plantas maestras or teacher-plants, the word comes to mean much more than that. It then describes dietary and behavioral regimens that allow one to move most safely and effectively into working relationships with such plants. These relationships can bring about profound transformations, and the dietas are designed to best facilitate them.
The dietas originated as a plant-based practice for developing attunement to the currents of spirit that underlie the [...]
WVC acknowledges that a growing number of people throughout the world are participating in ceremonies that use psychoactive substances. We recognize that these rituals can offer participants opportunities for deep healing and self-knowledge. Our community is also troubled by the fact that women who participate in these ceremonies have sometimes been the targets of sexual harassment and assault by shamans and other facilitators. Sadly, the abuse of women by people who present themselves as spiritual leaders is a very old problem that long predates the growing interest in the ceremonial use of these materials. People of all genders have been subjected to these violations.
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THEY say you should follow your dreams — but should you follow your hallucinations?
One Perth couple has done quite literally that, walking away from their comfortable careers in engineering and mining to run a drug retreat deep in the Peruvian Amazon. It’s called Refugio Altiplano, and is only accessible by a two-hour, 40-kilometre boat ride up the Amazon River from the north-eastern city of Iquitos. There’s no hot water, limited [...]
If you have decided to travel to Peru or other areas in South America to drink ayahuasca, I hope that you have a wonderful experience and return safely to tell everyone about your adventures. But be aware that you will be traveling in third-world countries that often have limited resources, and wonderful experiences are less often the product of luck than of thoughtful preparation. Here are several things you can do to help ensure that your trip is safe and productive.Speak to your doctor
If you are not used to being in the jungle, your body is about to be stressed in new ways — novel food, unaccustomed heat and [...]
As more and more people from around the world begin to wake up and take control of their own lives and begin to take responsibility for their health and well-being, instead of putting their trust in the hands of health institutes, we see a pattern begin to emerge. It is not a conspiracy theory any longer that the health institutes in the West care more about profit than the well-being of the people who approach them for help. Britons are taking anti-depressants in greater quantities than ever before, new figures have disclosed, with a near 25% rise in prescriptions in the last three years alone. According to official NHS data, more than 53 million prescriptions were handed out for [...]
Former Marine Ryan LeCompte organizes trips to Peru for war veterans, like himself, who are seeking ayahuasca as a possible treatment for PTSD and other emotional and mental trauma suffered after multiple combat deployments. Which is pretty incredible if you ask us! The PTSD treating aspects of Ayahuasca are slowly becoming more well known. We wish all of these men and women luck on their journeys.
“Ayahuasca is a way to give relief to those who are suffering, Many veterans are not satisfied with the PTSD treatment they receive when they return from combat. It’s just, ‘Here’s a pill, here’s a Band-Aid.’
The ayahuasca medicine is a way to, instead of sweeping your dirt [...]
The twenty-question Self Report Questionnaire, or SRQ-20, is a screening tool for common mental disorders that investigates nonpsychotic symptoms — depression, anxiety, somatiform disorders — in the month prior to the interview. The questionnaire consists of four questions about physical symptoms and sixteen questions about emotional symptoms, all with yes-no answers — questions about such things as crying, tiredness, and inability to enjoy life. The test was validated in a Brazilian population, and thus is commonly used in South America to identify psychiatric symptoms in a primary care setting.
The higher the number of positive yes responses, the greater the likelihood of [...]
Coming from someone who has personally experienced powerful psychedelics such as DMT, Psilocybin Mushrooms, LSD and San Pedro Cactus, I can truly say I believe the plant medicine, Ayahuasca, to be the most powerful, all knowing connection to self available to man. It’s not an easy ride though, you can face dark times and be challenged both physically and mentally throughout the ceremony before being shown the beauty and light in your life and the world that surrounds you.Am I Ready?
In order to achieve the strongest connection and benefits the plant has to offer, you must be open and willing to receive. This is a tricky one, even for users that have experienced the plant on [...]
(CNN) — Imagine discovering a plant that has the potential to help alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal thoughts and paralyzing anxiety. That’s what some believe ayahuasca can do, and this psychedelic drink is attracting more and more tourists to the Amazon.
If you Google “ayahuasca,” you’ll find a litany of stories about Hollywood celebrities espousing its benefits, as well as the dangers of this relatively unstudied substance that triggers hallucinations.
On this Sunday’s episode of “This Is Life,” Lisa Ling goes inside an ayahuasca ceremony in Peru and talks to the men and women who are drinking this [...]
Some time ago, in a discussion group, a woman posted that she had been sexually assaulted by a shaman at an ayahuasca retreat center in the Upper Amazon. That accusation provoked considerable discussion, since the shaman and the retreat center were well known. The shaman had both defenders and attackers, and the woman’s account of her experience at the center was both credited and challenged. The shaman emphatically denied the allegation of sexual assault that had been made against him. At the same time, accounts by the shaman’s defenders and by visitors to the center supported the claim that the shaman had engaged in allegedly consensual sex with many visitors and [...]
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When coming into contact with a plant teacher the experience may be one of ecstatic revelation and infinite knowledge. However, occasionally during an astral voyage one can wander off into the darkness of the mind which may have staggering effects on one’s own perception. The initiate may find themselves in an unpleasant place that they did not expect to arrive in. There is no need for panic, there are steps one may take before and during their voyage to ensure their journey is one of good vibrations and calm waters.
Before a passenger makes the decision to voyage through consciousness to the spiritual realm, [...]