With Chacruna Institute, we present an excerpt from the book Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond that explores the rise of ayahuasca tourism.
Ayahuasca tourism is part of a much wider spiritual ecology and political economy. Will the enlightened and the healed help the overwhelming fight against big companies eating up the rainforest and destroying the territorial survival of the very Shipibo communities from whom they are receiving so much benefit?
America is a roaring engine for evolution, which is evident in everything from our go-go startup culture to exhilarating breakthroughs in entertainment. It is that spirit of innovation, adventure, and possibility that needs to inform this exploration of what happens when “sacred” and “America” come together.