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by Paul Hessell (Creative Commons)

Reflections on the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council & the Psychedelic Renaissance

A group of experts under the banner of the Brazil-based NEIP (International Group for Psychoactive Studies) has recently released a ‘Statement Critiquing the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council (ESC).’ ESC, if you don’t know, is a nonprofit launched in late 2013 and dedicated to “assuring the sustainability and safe use of traditional...

From the film-maker's five day boat ride from Pucallpa to Iquitos

The Mirror of the Spirit – Ayahuasca documentary

  João Meirinhos’s documentary on contemporary ayahuasca-related shamanic practices and ‘spiritual tourism’ in Peru is a classic example of a tale that grew in the telling, starting as a component in a Masters degree thesis in Visual Anthropology and expanding to become a feature-length piece. Containing much observational handheld footage,...


Club Imaginal with Danny Nemu on Ayahuasca: Taboos from the Jungle to the Lab

This talk will consider how academic taboos continue to function today, by comparing modern ayahuasca science with 19th century investigations into Chinese herbalism and mesmeric amputation. We will also explore the tension in history between dominant scientific institutions and the visionary and revelatory state of the ‘Eureka moment’ which drives innovation and intellectual progress.

by Paul Hessell (Creative Commons)

The Ritual Use of Ayahuasca: The healing effects of symbolic and mythological participation

The Ritual Use of Ayahuasca: The healing effects of symbolic and mythological participation by Justin Panneck first appeared in the Psychedelic Press Journal. Mythology and alchemy are significant aspects of humanity that have been lost in the modern world but carry important messages and tools for integrating various levels of...

Aya2014: Joining Worlds for Bottom-up Self-regulation

Aya2014: Joining Worlds for Bottom-up Self-regulation

The rain in Spain fell heavily on the plane as it landed, and continued in thunderous bursts for the three days of the ICEERS Aya2014 conference in Ibiza. Ben De Loenen opened proceedings by thanking the Beckley Foundation and MAPS, and by outlining the increasingly restrictive pronouncements made on ayahuasca...

William Burroughs: Ayahuasca Tourist

William Burroughs: Ayahuasca Tourist

Way back in 1951, three years before Aldous Huxley published The Doors of Perception and awareness of the entheogenic properties of psychedelics in the West was almost non-existent, William Burroughs made his first expedition to Panama and Ecuador in search of ‘yage’, as he called it, or ayahuasca, which he...

Jaguar that Roams the Mind by Robert Tindall

The Jaguar that Roams the Mind by Robert Tindall

Originally published in 2008 ‘The Jaguar that Roams the Mind: An Amazonian Plant Spirit Odyssey’ is written by Robert Tindall, with a foreword by Mark J. Plotkin. Tindall is a writer and classical guitarist and has also recently authored ‘The Shamanic Odyssey’. I was already partly acquainted with Robert Tindall’s...

Hillary S. Webb

Interview with Hillary S. Webb

Hillary S. Webb is an anthropologist and author who has recently written ‘Yanantin and Masintin in the Andean World: Complementary Dualism in Modern Peru’. She’s been kind enough to answer some of PsypressUK’s questions on her experiences of Peru and some of the elements of her excellent psychospiritual book.  Your psychospiritual...

Yanantin and Masintin

Yanantin and Masintin in the Andean World by Hillary S. Webb

Originally published in 2012 ‘Yanantin and Masintin in the Andean World: Complementary Dualism in Modern Peru’ by Hillary S. Webb is the result of the author’s work as a psychological anthropologist in Peru. It is both a personal and scholarly work that investigates a number of philosophical ideas within this...

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