Since time immemorial, shamanic cultures have worked with psychotropic plants to explore the realms beyond ordinary reality. The use of peyote in northern Mexico, amanita mushrooms throughout the Arctic, and ayahuasca in the Amazon are just a few examples of this type of plant use. Ayahuasca can be translated as “the vine of death” or “the vine of souls” because shamanic practitioners ingesting the tea report experiences that have offered them insights about the nature of death and its relationship to life.
Today, modern researchers in laboratories around the world, and most notably at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, are learning more about the world that psychotropic plants open to those facing death.
What have they – and what have shamanic practitioners the world over – learned about the relationship between life and death from their experience with psychotropic plants? Join us for this special ReImagine talk with Isa Gucciardi to learn more.