Huachuma SpiritQuest

Listening To The Plants


Illuminating retreats, workshops, dietas, andpilgrimages exploring

traditional core Peruvian sacred plant shamanism

and multi-disciplinary entheobiology

conducted by elder maestros

of experience, knowledge, and integrity

“The transformative opportunity of a lifetime”

masterfully facilitated by Choque Chinchay Journeys since 1995


licensed in Perú

Ayahuasca SpiritQuest

Ayahuasca Odyssey

Huachuma Mesa Initiation of the Three Worlds

Huachuma Mesa Pilgrimage From Time

Ayahuasca overview

Chacruna overview

Oco Yagé/Huambisa overview

The Amazon’s Sacred Healing Plants

Ayahuasca Classification

Recipes and Admixture Plants

Ayahuasca Icaros

The Transformative Spirit of Yagé

Ayahuasca Visions

Mechanisms of Healing

The Scientific Investigation of Ayahuasca

A Review of Past and Current Research

an excellent paper by Drs. Dennis McKenna,

J.C. Callaway, and Charles Grob

Hallucinogenic Drugs and Plants in Psychotherapy and Shamanism

Ralph Metzner, Ph.D

Ralph Metzner on Ayahuasca

Clinical investigations of the therapeutic potential of ayahuasca:

rationale and regulatory challenges

Dennis J. McKenna. 2004. Pharmacology & Therapeutics 102:111 – 129.

MAOI Contraindications

Alfred Savinelli andJohn H. Halpern, MD

from the Newsletter of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

MAPS – Volume 6 Number 1 Autumn 1995 – p. 58

Ayahuasca, Neurogenesis and Depression

Ayahuasca Can Cure Depression

Ryan Mitchell’s Blog

The Ayahuasca Effect

Kirby SurprisePsy.D

Ayahuasca research proves that it heals depression


What We Can Learn From Shamanic Healing: Brief Psychotherapy With Latino Immigrant Clients

Marlene Dobkin de Rios, PhD. October 2002, Vol 92, No. 10 | American Journal of Public Health 1576+158

Emotional processing – Psychotherapy and altered states of consciousness: Principles, therapeutic possibilities and challenges

Marianne Kaspersen and Halvard Hårklau

Ayahuasca and Mental Health Among the Shuar

Monday, Mar 2nd, 2009. Ayahuasca, Indigenous Culture, Research Studies, Sacred Plants

The Concept of Plants as Teachers

among four Mestizo Shamans of Iquitos, Northeastern Perú

by Luis Eduardo Luna

Amazonian Shamanism: The Ayahuasca Experience

An Ethnobotanical Perspective on Ayahuasca

by Richard Evans Schultes, Ph.D.

Vine of the Soul

by Charlie Kidder

The Ritual and Religious Use of Ayahuasca in Contemporary Brazil

by Edward Macrae, Ph.D.

Identifying Spiritual Content in Reports from Ayahuasca Sessions

by Stanley Krippner and Joseph Sulla

Ayahuasca Variations

by William L. Benson

Saving the Vine of the Soul

by Maria Jiménez

reprinted as a public service from the National Post

Ayahuasca: From the Amazon to the Urban Jungle

from the final annual report of the France-based organization Geopolitical Drug Watch organization (OGD)

Insightful commentary about contemporary healing with Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca and Cancer: One Man’s Experience

Ayahuasca and Cancer: A Postscript

by Donald Topping, Ph.D.

reprinted as a public service from the Bulletin of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

to the MAPS Home Page

Ayahuasca Goes To Court

by Mark Sircus

Commentary on the U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the religious use of Ayahuasca

by the Unaio Do Vegetal (UDV) Church in New Mexico

reprinted with permission of the author

Shamanism versus Capitalism

by Martin A. Lee

A Selected Bibliography of Ayahuasca Reading

recommended references on shamanism, ayahuasca, huachuma, and entheobiology,

with special focus on the indigenous people, and cultures of the Amazon, Andes and Coast of Peru



What’s Happening with Indigenous Issues in Peru

Other shamanic healer-teacher-ally plants
of South America and Mesoamerica

Huachuma ~ San Pedro

“The Cactus of the Four Winds”
Echinopsis (Trichocereus) spp.

San Pedro, Peyote and Mescaline

A Visionary Catalyst for Healing

Ancient Wizardry in Modern Peru

A Huachuma Bibliography


The Flesh of the Gods”

Psilocybe tribe

Teonanacatl and Ololiuqui: Magic Plants of Mexico


“Trees of the Evil Eagle”

Brugmansia spp.

An Ethnobotanical Perspective on Brugmansia


“Shamanic snuffs of the western Amazon”

Virola spp

Links to Important Related Sites

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shamanism, ethnobotany, ayahuasca, huachuma, other sacred plants, plant healing, and related topics.

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Ayahuasca SpiritQuest Listening To The Plants

“a remarkable opportunity for knowledge, healing and renewal…”

extraordinary workshop retreats exploring traditional mestizo Ayahuasca curanderismo

and medicinal ethnobotany in the western Amazon

Peruvian SpiritQuest Calendar of Events


Solstice Ayahuasca Odyssey

Special international shamanic revival celebrations of Life, Spirit, Transformation and Renewal

in the Heart of the Peruvian Amazon

with extraordinary Huachuma Mesa extension options

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