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The Council for Cultural and Biological Diversity

with Sentient Experientials

A fundraiser to preserve rainforest projects spearheaded by the Council for Cultural and Biological Diversity

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Invites you to join us with the flowers in full bloom and the weather is supreme on

JANUARY 7 - 17, 2011

and

JANUARY 19 - 29, 2011

with guest speaker
Daniel Pinchbeck
well-known author, activist,
and advocate of shamanism

A Rainforest Plant Medicine Council Gathering

"Nature as Teacher and Timeless Wisdom for Self, Community and Planetary Healing"

GUARIA de OSA
Rainforest Ocean Wilderness Discovery Centre and Ethnobotanical Gardens

Where the Rainforest kisses the Ocean
on the OSA PENINSULA of COSTA RICA!

Join us on an unforgettable adventure of self-discovery, wellness and exploration of rainforest plant medicine traditions with time-honored maestros from the Ecuadorian Amazon, an intrepid Ethnobotanist, an ardent fire-keeper, alongside mindful participants — gathering in the heart of the Osa Peninsula also known as "The Little Amazon by the Ocean" endorsed by National Geographic as "the most biological intense place on Earth!"

See Fotos of past Council Gatherings @ Guaria de Osa

Please register before Nov. 30.
Participants signing up after this date,
please add an additional $150.

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Intentions

  • To experientially learn from ancient rainforest plant medicine traditions stemming from the time-tested, traditional healing and well-ness practices of Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon.
  • To welcome an alchemic transformation, healing, and re-integration of body, mind, heart and spirit.
  • To receive insight and guidance from these ancient and profound worldviews and thus strengthen one's essence and improve one's health.
  • To enjoy and be nurtured by the pristine Pacific Ocean and mighty rainforest ecosystems on the Osa Peninsula and her natural wonders.
  • A fund-raiser
    • To continue facilitating the transmission of the Secoya People's core knowledge of medicinal plants by providing protection and support to the community elders and their families as the Gardeners of the Rainforest.
    • To provide materials for fiber glass canoes for the Secoya school children who travel on the river from home to school. This project began two years ago .. with the intention of not cutting ancient trees for their canoes.
    • To reprint the first ethnobotanical bilingual education booklet on the use of their medicinal plants written by Jonathon S. Miller-Weisberger for the Secoya children.
    • To provide health and wellness among the community elders – for example dental and vision checkups and other necessities when they arise … choosing alternative medicine practices when applicable.
  • Ethnobotanist, Jonathon S. Miller-Weisberger, director of The Council for Cultural & Biological Diversity (aka Grupo Osanimi) has dedicated efforts since 1994 to cultural heritage rekindling processes that includes participatory ethnobotanical and ethnographical field documentation and publication of this material in bilingual education booklets for local schools. It has also included the preservation of medicinal plant knowledge via workshops and educational council gatherings as well as the protection of the plants themselves in ethnobotanical gardens, in situ.

    Our work has always been in collaboration and support of traditional healers and their healing methods. Among indigenous peoples communities our approach is holistic and direct in nature aimed at finding creative ways to bridging the gap among the generations in order to collaborate in the efforts of safeguarding the rainforest and the knowledge pertinent for continued sustainable living, healing and well being.

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Themes to Explore

  • Experience the prehistoric origins of Plant Medicine Traditions from the Ecuadorian Amazon as taught and lived by the Secoya elders.
  • Welcome the past, present and future importance of Indigenous Plant Medicines and its healers and gardeners.
  • Appreciate the connection and relationship of plant medicines with the ancient traditions of Tao.
  • Connect the magnitude of these two Indigenous Spiritual Sciences and aspects that nourish renewal and wellness in our personal life, our community life, and the life of our environment, locally and globally.
  • Expand one's guts and grace.

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Teachers and Ceremonial Masters

The Secoya Maestros

The exploration of rainforest plant medicine traditions with time-honored maestros, are Secoyas - ceremonial masters from the Upper Napo Region of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, an ethnic minority, whose name, Secoya means "People from the Multi-Colored River."

The Secoya language is a Western Tucanoan language spoken by 297 Secoya People in Ecuador and 144 in Peru. Tucanoan, consisting of 15 languages, is a language family of Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru.

The bad news: geopolitical borders, the encroachment and harassment of the petroleum companies, and the impact of colonization now imperil their culture and ancestral lands.

The good news: the few living Secoya traditional elders refer to their plant lore as an umbilical cord that connects them to their past.

Sentient Experientials will bring to Guaria de Osa during this Rainforest Plant Medicine Council Gathering "Nature as Teacher and Timeless Wisdom for Self, Community and Planetary Healing" a number of Secoya elders – over 70 years young - who will facilitate boundless healing transformation giving participants a first hand opportunity to meet deep-forest healers and cultural masters. Their songs, profoundly and uniquely cherished, will guide your journey's meditations.

Jonathon Miller-Weisberger (aka Sparrow), Ethnobotanist and student of Traditional Chinese and Indigenous Medicine, a Naturalist, and Rainforest guide, has more than 14 years of ground level experience in the Ecuadorian Amazon. His friendship and work relationship with the Secoyas date back to 1994.

Jonathon has the important task of holding the container at the Council Gatherings - as well as Sentient Experientials Journeys into the Ecuadorian Amazon and all events at Guaria de Osa on the Osa Peninsula.

He is the founder and steward of Guaria de Osa Rainforest Ocean Wilderness Discovery Centre and the director of the Council for Cultural and Biological Diversity. Click here for more information.

Born in Berkeley, California, he was raised in Ecuador with his sister Ladna, he has over 18 years of Rainforest Conservation advocacy beginning from his early years at Humboldt State University. Jonathon writes and submits articles in Spanish and English, keeps volumes of excellent journals, and now, 'sandwiched between' rainforest conservation projects in the Ecuadorian Amazon and Andes, marine rescue turtle project on the Osa Peninsula, and the creation of Guaria de Osa and its medicinal plant garden, his book is now in progress.

"Over the years, I have been working on what I call The New Ethnobotany, an emerging discipline that seeks to enact new methods of cultural transmission to revive, validate, and strengthen the vast plant lore among and within Indigenous and rural peoples' communities. I believe that the preservation and attentive transmission of Indigenous plant knowledge both among forest communities and the world at large are crucial links in ongoing forest protection. Ultimately millions of hectares of priceless tropical Rainforest lie in the hands of Indigenous peoples' communities undergoing rapid changes and cultural dissolution, and the fate of these forest lies directly in the ability of Indigenous People(s) to continue renewing their relationship and sustainable approach to living in the forest. Consequently much work is necessary among these communities to, at the very least, strengthen traditional plant knowledge. The problems of deforestation are tremendously complex, yet, that shouldn't stop people from finding practical solutions to this global concern. We are seeking to discover effective techniques and strategies towards these ends."
— Jonathon S. Miller-Weisberger, ethnobotanist

DANIEL PINCHBECK, guest speaker, well-known author, activist, and advocate of shamanism living in New York's East Village, where he is editorial director of Reality Sandwich (realitysandwich.com). He is the author of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism, 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, and the recently released documentary 2012: Time for Change. He is the son of painter Peter Pinchbeck and writer Joyce Johnson.

Dahlia and Ladna Miller (mother & daughter) are the ones who will get you to Guaria de Osa effortlessly by arranging all your Costa Rican logistical reservations and transfers. Once you get off your international plane you will be 'escorted' all the way to Guaria de Osa on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica.

You can 'meet' all of us in The Staff page of our web site.

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Investment

Investment: $1,850/participant
10 nights / 11 days

Space available: 24 participants

We accept: personal check, cashiers' check; money order; or American Express Travelers' check.

For extra nights, before and/or after a Council Gathering:
- $100/night/person for lodging and meals, plus a non-group Osa Peninsula transfer fee of $40 one way.

Investment Includes

Note: All activities are optional

Besides having the privilege of being in the company of Secoya Shamans of the Ecuadorian Amazon during this shape-shifting event, there will be:

  • (subject to change) 6-7:30 AM: Sunrise meditation and Dao-In Yoga an ancient energy conducting exercise from the traditions of Tao where we also practice breath work techniques to strengthen one's health and well being.
  • Engage in healing ceremonies for replenishment and well being
  • Renewal Methods of fasting, cleansing, and purifying with medicinal rainforest plants time-tested by the Secoya Culture.
  • To have experience learning directly from the plants.
  • Renewal Cleansings and Ceremonies with traditional plant diet to gain wisdom and strength
  • Plant baths for aura cleansing
  • Medicinal rainforest plants purges at 3 am for the intention of balancing the body's pH crucial to any healing or detoxification program and for preventing disease. Most people in today's modern society are acidic because of diet, sedentary lifestyle (or in some cases, over-exercising), stress, pollution, and the accumulation of chemical and heavy metal toxins. When the acid and alkaline properties are of equal strength, we say the pH is balanced. Purging with medicinal plants with the heavenly stars looking at us is a very good thing to do!
  • Traditional healing ceremonies with rainforest plant medicine for the intention of spiritual and physical self-integration, renewal and wellness. Facilitated by traditional masters who come from a direct lineage going back generations within the Secoya People of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Their heavenly shamanic chants are extraordinarily inspiring and healing.
  • Learn forest ecology, tropical nature & indigenous worldview with its Origin mythology from the Amazon.
  • Ethnobotanical Plant and Talk Walk through Guaria de Osa's Gardens
  • Presentations and dialogues with themes to explore throughout the week: Ethnobotany, Wisdom Transmission, Plant Medicine Traditions in the Amazon; Indigenous World View, Cosmology and Mythology; comparative study of Amazonian and Taoist spiritual views; and how these traditions translate into a modern context as lessons from Nature.
  • Listen to rare recordings of shamanic healing chants from the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon.
  • Several Rainforest walks to experience the highlights of the Osa Peninsula – the wondrous and awe-inspiring world of biological diversity of towering gallery of trees, beach and ocean ecosystems.
    • - Paradise beach and rainforest waterfall walk to Rio Claro
    • - Rainforest Hike on St. Joseph's Ridge Trail, a 'path not taken' bordering Corcovado National Park
    • - A sunrise beach walk at 4:30 am to a bat cave and waterfall
  • Yoga
  • Live traditional marimba music by Guaria de Osa's staff
  • Ocean swim and snorkel
  • Sit on a wooden turtle or anaconda carved bench
  • Climb very tall old trees
  • Make Secoya Crowns
  • Beading with Secoya designs
  • Face Painting Secoya style
  • Engage in lots of laughter!

Investment Includes into the Bargain!

  • 11 days / 10 nights lodging
  • On non-fasting days: scrumptious, wholesome, meals with vegetarian options
  • Four Osa Peninsula Transfers
  • Just a 3 min. stroll thru Guaria's gardens – or longer if you stop to smell the flowers and gaze at the birds – is a secluded 1 & 1/4 mile beautiful beach to swim, surf, and snorkel. (Although our beach is secluded, from time to time, locals walk the beach; therefore, for cultural sensitivity, we ask there be no skinny dipping. Thank you! )
  • Surfboards and boogie boards
  • Solar system lighting
  • Clean linens and towels
  • Costa Rican Tourist Tax
  • A significant donation from your investment goes to The Osa Foundation's Rainforest Projects

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Investment Does Not Include

[Rates are subject to change]

  • All San Jose expenses: hotel, taxi transfer, meals,
    $26 / person airport exit tax (as of 2010)
  • Costa Rican Osa Peninsula domestic air flight $255 round trip (as of 2010).
    Please Note: Guaria's staff will make this reservation for you.
  • We suggest a separate $100 donation to the Secoya Curanderos (healers) which will support their families in the Amazon.
    Please present your donation to Jonathon, who will distribute equally to the Secoya Elders at the Council and he will earmark donations to other Secoya members who couldn't attend the Council yet are in need of financial assistance.
  • Extra nights before and/or after the Council Gathering is $100/night plus a $40 non-group Osa Peninsula transfer
  • One on One Healing with the Secoya Shamans: $100/session
  • Our attentive and tireless staff gratefully accepts gratuities.
    We suggest at least $100 for the 10 nights of devoted service. Please present your gratuity to Jonathon, Guaria's administrator, who will, in turn, distribute the staff donation to those 'on stage' and those 'behind the curtain.'

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How to Pay Extra Fees at Guaria de Osa

  • We accept Costa Rican Colones or US Dollars.
  • We do not accept personal checks or American Express Travelers Checks because the bank takes 6 months and more to cash.
  • What We Offer is listed at the links below:

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How to Pay

  • Write your check payable to: SENTIENT EXPERIENTIALS
  • Mail your investment to:
    Sentient Experientials @ Guaria de Osa EcoLodge
    c/o Dahlia Miller
    PO Box 1004
    El Cerrito, CA 94530
  • Mailing in the US: please mail your tuition via Priority Mail and purchase a Receipt for Certified Mail (which requires Dahlia Miller to sign for it).

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Contact Person

Dahlia Miller
E-mail:
Tel. (510) 235 - 4313 in California

In the spirit of networking,
we thank you for passing the news on to others about
this significant shape-shifting event.

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Getting to Guaria de Osa

We make the following round-trip reservations to get you to Guaria de Osa effortlessly!

"It's a family operation (Dahlia, Ladna, and Jonathon,) and what a family! I have worked with all three and they do a wonderful job. The retreat participants just need to get a flight to San Jose and the rest is taken care of. They will arrange for the hotel in San Jose, the transfer from the hotel to the domestic airport, the flight to the Osa Peninsula, and the boat to Guaria. It's a real adventure and everything goes like clockwork. Once at Guaria, all meals are provided and the yoga/meditation space is wonderful. The participants can spend their free time on the beach or in the jungle, or Jonathon provides some really interesting trips for the more energetic and adventurous. In addition, our investment supports rainforest conservation." —David M. - eco-geologist engineer

  1. Costa Rican domestic round-trip flight from San José to the Osa Peninsula (Drake Bay & Palmar Sur). You will receive instructions how to pre-pay.
  2. Taxi transfers in San José: from Juan Santamaria International Airport and Tobias Bolaños Domestic Airport; to & from hotel in San Jose. Please pay taxi driver.
  3. Hotel in San José: cozy and affordable, centrally located near museums, shops, and parks with benches to sit on and watch the people go by. Please pay hotel directly
  4. Included in your investment:
    One Osa Peninsula roundtrip land and water group transfer.

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International Flight Reservations

Please check your passport to make sure it is valid for at least 6 months after you leave Costa Rica.

Costa Rica requires everyone to purchase a round trip ticket.

Before you purchase your international flight ticket, please e-mail us the itinerary to review. Thank you.

  • Important: We suggest participants arrive at least one day before the Council Gathering date.
  • At Santa Maria International there will be a microbus waiting for you with a yellow sign with the name: Hotel Brilla Sol.
  • DAY 1 of the Council Gathering, everyone will fly from San Jose on the domestic flight to the Osa Peninsula en route to Guaria de Osa.
  • For anyone who needs to leave Costa Rica on the last day of the Council Gathering your morning transfer from the Osa Peninsula arrives into San Jose at 11 am. Thus, it is very important to book your departure international flight back to your home country anytime after 3 pm. or spend the night in San Jose.

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Disclaimer

Important to read more on our Disclaimer and Safety Rules
to the right of the sunset photo at our Fees and Reservations page.

Guests will undertake full accountability for all that is experienced because essentially your sojourn at Guaria de Osa, albeit an enriching adventure, this is a personal experience.

Guaria de Osa wishes to reserve the right to change the itinerary if by chance there may surprisingly arise any unforeseen circumstances, such as raw weather, ocean conditions, including last minute cancellations by guest teachers, or other unforeseen circumstances. Please trust that whatever changes are made will not affect the quality of the experience.

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Kudos from January 2009 Council Gathering

"Spending the past 20 days at Guaria de Osa has been a monumental, shifting occasion. The gardens seem to speak an invisible language. Magic flows, whether sitting, wondering, or just allowing the mind to contemplate. The past ten days were shared with amazing traditional elders from the Secoya Community in Ecuador, a truly unforgettable time! I wish them well on their ascension to the heavenly realms, and to you Jonathon for your stories, huge heart, and passion. Gracias!" Andy from Australia

"Thank you Jonathon, Dahlia, Diego, Josep, Irma, and especially the Secoya masters for your vision, effort and support on behalf of us as guests and for the planet, the plants, the forests." Armand from Canada [his fourth Council Gathering]

"Jonathon, the elders, the apprentices and the staff have greatly changed my perspective on life and love. This is no small task. I am greatly indebted to them for all of the work they performed so unselfishly. I came here for healing and I feel as if I am leaving a better person, body, mind, and spirit." Carl from United States

"A superb venue for natural work, very well supported by high-quality assistants and nutritious food. The presence of Ecuadorian elders and their chanting made this event extraordinary." Chris from Australia

"Plant Medicine Council! A life-changing event! Excellent support from the master elders." Carla & David from Canada [their second Council Gathering]

"My dance with life will forever be more vibrant, more clear and anchored in the bigger realities. I superbly appreciate the quality of attention and devotion of every one - volunteers and staff - kitchen choppers and ascending masters. This retreat is not at all what I expected- however was more than I ever imagined. Much more. Much love, always." Kathy from United States

"Wow! Thank you! For all the experience, knowledge, wisdom shared & bestowed upon us. Sincerest gratitude for your visions in action! Love prevailing. Hope to share more experiences soon!" Sonia from United States

"A huge thank you to Jonathon and his staff, and especially to the Secoya Elders for their unconditional service. An amazing week in this Garden of Eden!" Steve from Australia

More Kudos

"With these few words, I wish to infinitely thank Jonathon for the great assistance that he gives the Secoya People." ANGEL CELESTINO PIAGUAJE, Secoya educator and author

"Dahlia Miller brings her gaia/kali spirit to the Council Gathering while invoking the balancing presence of the Great (Feminine) Mystery." ARMAND HUET de GRENIER, Spiritual Ceremonial Counselor and Teacher

"Jonathon Sparrow and the rainforest workers in Ecuador are doing invaluable work. Not only with the Huaorani Indians but with many tribal groups. These young people are conscientiously recording botanical medicinals and new species of rainforest plants and bringing hope to Indigenous People. We all have pride in their efforts and support them in their endeavors." BILL MOLLISON, originator of Permaculture, author, biologist, farmer, teacher and Australia's Man of the Year

"Guaria de Osa is where the Spirit of the Rainforest is alive and well…where the vibration of healing and awakening gets into your dreams and makes you feel like anything is possible on this Earth. As if that were not enough Jonathon Miller-Weisberger - a 'young Schultes' - is a master with the plants and they speak to him. He helps you listen to their myriad voices, each a wise voice singing a different part in Nature's chorus. Come to this place and you will be forever changed." BILL PFEIFFER, Sacred Earth Network

"I felt as if I were on my own private South Pacific Island! Everyone is so kind, knowledgeable and helpful! Food is amazing! The orthopedic mattresses were well worth all the trouble it must have caused to get them here. Thank you for helping to make me conscious of my impulses and the power of my investment. You are a treasure that I will always keep in my heart." BOBBY SAGER, Sager Family Foundation, Boston, Massachusetts

"Jonathon! What good magic here at Guaria de Osa! Presided over by a most benevolent array of plant energies and animal intelligences, leafing and leaping spirits, laughing under a gazillion gleaming stars, accompanied by the steady drumbeat, like a dark heart of the wave on the sloping strand in wilderness and wonder." DAVID ABRAM, author of The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World

"Jonathon's collaboration as an ethnobotanist fulfills important contributions in collecting medicinal plants and fruit seeds of the area and contributing to the National Herbarium of Ecuador from areas not visited, such as Napo-Galeras, slopes of Cerro de La Plata Mountain Range, and the Headwaters of the Shiripuno River. His seriousness, delivery, and professional talent are a valuable assistance in complementing our objectives." DAVID NEILL, Curator of the Museo de Cienca Nacionales Herbarium, Ecuador

"Jonathon Sparrow Miller-Weisberger and his colleagues are doing important work for the preservation of tropical ecosystems, and the indigenous gnosis of the forest inhabitants. They are literally rediscovering the "roots" of humanity's million-year old symbiosis with the plant kindom. Their work is ethical, motivated, and deserves support. In this era of shrinking ecosystems, disappearing species, and cultural dissolution the work of Jonathon and his organization is of incalculable value for every species, and for all species who share this fragile planet." DENNIS McKENNA, ethnopharmacologist and author of Invisible Landscape

"Love, Love, Potency. Fabulous eco journey in the jewel of Central America." GANGA WHITE, founder of White Lotus Foundation, Santa Barbara, California and author of Yoga Beyond Belief

"For Jonathon! Thanks for your work in the world! With best wishes." JEREMY NARBY, author of The Cosmic Serpent, DNA, and The Origins of Knowledge

"The Rainforest Conservation work of Jonathon Sparrow and his Indigenous colleagues ranks among the most respectful, creative and promising ventures underway on behalf of Earth and ancient Earth ways. This is truly Deep Ecology in action - a privilege to behold." JOANNA MACY, Buddhist scholar and Living Systems educator, author; with John Seed, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess, co-founded The Council of All Beings - a training in movements for peace, justice and ecology; authoring Thinking Like a Mountain

"Beautiful spot, great gardens, fantastic buildings, wonderful forest, very rich people. Thanks for the help, hospitality, generosity, honest, and all around good vibe. And the presence of the plants is palpable." LINCOLN STOLLER, physicist

"Jonathon is an ambassador of Gaian consciousness. He is one of the jewels of the planet." MICHAEL COTTINGHAM, Ethnobotanist, co-founder of The Herbal Medicine Program at The New Mexico College of Natural Healing

"Many thanks for sharing the beauty and wisdom, shining the deep listening and the natural healing vibrations. What an inspiring and uplifting, magical and amazing meeting place. And the sounds … the music …" NERUPA HOFFMAN-PAISS, yoga teacher; and AMIR PAISS, musician

"My trip to Guaria de Osa was a psychospiritual journey that opened up possibilities in my personal and professional life that I had only dreamed of before. And it was exotically beautiful, rejuvenating and fun!" RACHEL HARRIS, Ph.D., psychologist

"Group Osanimi is doing courageous and innovative work. By seeking out ways to assist cultural transmission while organizing to protect Ecuador's forests, they are working to preserve ancient botanical wisdom, not on some dusty bookshelf, but in the hearts of indigenous youths and in the forest itself. This is a bold and crucial step in these times." ROBERT HASS, poet, United States Poet Laureate, 1996-1997

"Well Jonathon Sparrow, you've done yourself proud – big dreams require big beautiful places to happen. See you next time." SCOTT PITTMAN, Permaculture Institute, New Mexico

"I came here as one and left as another. Thank you." SIMON ASTAIRE, England

"Sacred Love." STING, England

"Grupo Osanimi is important work, needs to be supported and is making a real difference." TERENCE McKENNA, ethnobotanist and author of Invisible Landscape

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Just Some of our Favorite Interdisciplinary Readings

Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman
by Pablo Amaringo and Eduardo Luna. To order: North Atlantic Books, Berkeley - chard@northatlanticbooks.com

Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon's Sacred Vine
edited by Luis Eduardo Luna and Steven F. White; (read A Huaorani Myth of the First Miiyabu by Jonathon S. Miller-Weisberger)

Book of Changes and the Unchanging Truth, attaining Unlimited Life
by Hua-Ching Ni

Breaking Open The Head
by Daniel Pinchbeck (read Ch. 22 on Sentient Experientials in the Ecuadorian Amazon)

Coming Back To Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World
by Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown; foreword by Matthew Fox

El Bebedor de Yajé / The Yaje Drinker
by Alfredo Payaguaje, Secoya ethnobotanist, Ecuador Amazon

HerbalGram: The Journal of the American Botanical Council
http://www.herbalgram.org

If You Love This Planet: A Plan to Heal the Earth
by Helen Caldicott, M.D.

In the Rainforest: Report from a Strange, Beautiful, Imperiled World
by Catherine Caulfield

One River, Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon Rain Forest
by Wade Davis

Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent
by Eduardo Galeano

Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual
by Bill Mollison

Riding the Horse Backwards
by Arnold and Amy Mindell

Romancing the Beloved: A Sacred Sexual Adventure into Love; Her Story
by Joan Heartfield - Chapter 2 Eco Emissaries

Seven Life Lessons of Chaos: Timeless Wisdom from the Science of Change
by John John and F. David Peat

Shaman’s Drum Journal, A Journal of Experiential Shamanism and Spiritual Healing
http://www.shamansdrum.org/

Shamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man: A Study in Terror and Healing
by Michael Taussig

Taoist Inner View of the Universe and the Immortal Realms
by Hua-Ching Ni

The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge
by Jeremy Narby

The Forest Within: The World-View of the Tukano Amazonian Indians
by Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff

The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth
by Steven Harrod Buhner (Please read Ch. 11 Living Biognosis ≠ the work of Sparrow, pgs. 249 ≠ 268 and other writers.)

The Nature of Shamanism: Substance and Function of a Religious Metaphor
by Michael Ripinsky-Naxon

The Reenchantment of Art
by Suzi Gablik

The Reenchantment of the World
by Morris Berman

The Shaman's Body
by Arnold Mindell

The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception & Language in a More-Than-Human World
by David Abram

The Tao of Physics
by Fritjof Capra

The Three Halves of Ino Moxo: Teachings of the Wizard of the Upper Amazon
by Cesar Calvo and Kenneth Symington

The Way of the Shaman
by Michael Harner

The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems
by Fritjof Capra

Thinking Like a Mountain: Toward a Council of All Beings
by Joanna Macy, John Seed, Pat Fleming, Arne Naess

Thought As A System
by David Bohm

Vine of the Soul, Where the Gods Reign
by Richard Evans Schultes

Workbook for Spiritual Development of All People
by Hua-Ching Ni

World as Lover, World as Self
by Joanna Macy; foreword by Thich Nhat Hanh

In the spirit of networking,
we thank you for passing the news on to others about this significant event.

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