Mother Ayahuasca

How Feminine is Ayahuasca?

While doing fieldwork with traditional healers in the Peruvian Amazon, I realized that their way of understanding nature was profoundly embedded within the categories...
Temple of the way of light

How Indigenous Youths in Peru are Being Initiated in Western Ayahuasca...

As the evening fell dark, I saw 4 young indigenous students enter the round maloka ceremony space at the Temple of the Way of...
Ayahuasca embrace serpent

Ayahuasca and the Gift of Seeing Through Serpent Eyes

One of the more spectacular cinematic productions this year is the film Embrace of the Serpent, directed by Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra. Nominated for...
Peyote Medicine

Peyote: Plant Medicine for the Body, Mind and Soul

Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) is a small, spineless, mind-altering cactus that, for centuries, has been terribly misunderstood by Western society. It grows naturally in the...
Ayahuasca brain cells

What Happens to Your Brain Cells After They Meet Ayahuasca?

Anyone who ever drank ayahuasca, or read something about it, knows that it affects visual perception, consciousness, and memory. But have you ever thought...
Indigenous Ayahuasca

The Indigenous Ayahuasca Universe

What differentiates indigenous ayahuasca use from the universe that has erupted out of it is, in the first place, its indefiniteness. Used across the globe...
Ayahuasca Women Indigenous

Gift of the Spider Woman: Spinning, weaving and womanhood among the...

"Shamans say these geometric designs were obtained from the Sangariite guardian spirits who appear in visions induced by ayahuasca and other plants" The moon is...
Psychedelic Mushrooms

The Magic World of Psychedelic Mushrooms

Are psychedelic mushrooms growing in your garden right now? If you live somewhere damp and fertile, there’s a good chance that an ancient sacrament...
Drinking Peyote

Racist Thinking Still Shapes How We Understand Peyote Drinking

Human beings have sought out the sensory experiences associated with psychedelic drugs for millennia. On every continent and in every setting, they have sought...
ayahuasca Guarani Indians

When I First Drank Ayahuasca with the Guarani Indians of Brazil

“Talk little”; “Don’t ask questions”; “Don’t talk at all.” This was the kind of recommendation I heard from my anthropologist friends before going on...
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