"HOw forests heal people"
Documentary: Nature of Things
"Documentary about curing even the toughest addictions, PTSD, anxiety, loss of a parent and depression with the ritualistic use of Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca has been used as a medicine for thousands of years by the native people of Amazonian Peru.
The Jungle Prescription is the tale of two doctors treating their addicted patients with a mysterious Amazonian medicine rumored to reveal one's deepest self. Dr. Gabor Maté has a revolutionary idea: to treat addicts with compassion. His work as the resident doctor in Vancouver's Portland Hotel - a last-chance destination for lifelong drug abusers - has been courageous, but incredibly frustrating. Maté hears of an ancient medicine beyond his imaginings: one that could provide his patients with a solution. Its name is ayahuasca: the vine of the souls. Deep in the Amazon jungle, French doctor Jacques Mabit is using this medicine to treat hardcore addicts. Mabit runs a detox centre in the Amazon (Takiwasi or "The House That Sings"), using the plants and methods of traditional medicine. Ayahuasca is a visionary formula that unlocks emotional memory; causing life-changing catharsis in those who drink it. The reported success rates for curing addicts at Dr. Mabit's detox centre are quadruple the average.
Dr Mate returns to Canada with a plan to work with a group of healers to treat patients struggling with various types of addiction. At these sessions they will serve ayahuasca: the acrid tea that occupies a grey area of Canadian law. But without a detox centre or support structure for his patients, will it work?
Since the publication of his award-winning book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Dr. Gabor Mate has been one of Canada's leading thinkers on addiction and its deeper causes. The experience of making the film has had a profound impact on him: "As a physician all too aware of the limitations and narrowness of Western medicine, I have learned much from working with this plant. The Jungle Prescription took me far physically, but even further in the spiritual realm where our deepest humanity resides. The plant, and the experience with the plant, is no panacea. There are no panaceas. But as an opening to human possibility, even in the face of lifelong trauma and desperation, it offers much. Seeing people open to themselves, even temporarily, has been a teaching and an inspiration."
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el santuario huishtin
The beautiful place we spent 4 months doing a healing diet and learning about plant medicines.
This is the home of Maestro Enrrique, his wife Aimay and their family and friends.
This video is by Lysyansky
When I was invited to give this speech, I was asked if I could give a simple short talk that was “direct, naked, taut, honest, passionate, lean, shivering, startling, and graceful.” No pressure there.
Let’s begin with the startling part. Class of 2009: you are going to have to figure out what it means to be a human being on earth at a time when every living system is declining, and the rate of decline is accelerating. Kind of a mind-boggling situation… but not one peer-reviewed paper published in the last thirty years can refute that statement. Basically, civilization needs a new operating system, you are the programmers, and we need it within a few decades.
This planet came with a set of instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them. Important rules like don’t poison the water, soil, or air, don’t let the earth get overcrowded, and don’t touch the thermostat have been broken. Buckminster Fuller said that spaceship earth was so ingeniously designed that no one has a clue that we are on one, flying through the universe at a million miles per hour, with no need for seat belts, lots of room in coach, and really good food—but all that is changing.
"Jon is a farmer from northeastern Thailand. He founded the Pun Pun Center for Self-reliance, an organic farm outside Chiang Mai, with his wife Peggy Reents in 2003. Pun Pun doubles as a center for sustainable living and seed production, aiming to bring indigenous and rare seeds back into use. It regularly hosts training on simple techniques to live more sustainably. Outside of Pun Pun, Jon is a leader in bringing the natural building movement to Thailand, appearing as a spokesperson on dozens of publications and TV programs for the past 10 years. He continually strives to find easier ways for people to fulfill their basic needs. For more information visit http://www.punpunthailand.org"
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The next visionary featured here is Elora Hardy...only now Elora's visions are now based in physical reality; she left her successful career in fashion to design and build bamboo houses with her family.
Watch Elora's TEDtalk below!
When we think of an advanced civilization we don't envision an exclusively technological world of shiny futuristic buildings and flying cars. We see a beautiful green world with the presence of humans and technology so subtly woven into the landscape that one would think that the earth is sprouting abodes for people. After all, humans are nature and all materials that we often berate as unnatural, like plastics, are all from the earth. The question is: how do we make use of it all more intelligently?
Here are some concept drawings from the VEGETAL CITY website.
Below is a TED talk given by the artist himself. Click on the 'CC' (closed caption tab) on the bottom right, as the talk is given in French.
by: Ella Wheeler Wilcox (November 5, 1850 -–October 30, 1919)
We will be posting Ella Wheeler Wilcox's poems consistently here on the site. Here is "Talk Happiness" from Whatever Is, Is Best - A collection of poems
THe huni kuin: Nilson Tuwe
Learning about the indigenous illuminates and grounds an individual. Meeting them, or just watching them, is a reminder of what is truly important. We mustn't chase money. We are to find creative ways to bring in wealth, so that we can maintain resources that ensure the Earth- a sanctuary in this little sector of the galaxy -remains fertile and abundant for future generations to thrive in.
We highly recommend watching all the videos below.
Tuwe gave us our first Kambo treatment in Brooklyn in 2013 during one of his stays in the US. We remember hearing him sing for the first time, and the first thing that happened to us was our mouths curved up into a smile.
It is a delight to watch videos of the Huni Kun, a sense of joy, simplicity and deep intelligence shines in the eyes of these people. Click on the read more tab to see more videos embedded in this post.
The psychedelic salon
It has been ten years now since Lorenzo Hagerty created the Psychedelic Salon. This courageous 73 year old has maintained and continues to host a donation supported podcast (online radio) series featuring brilliant minds speaking on such topics as philosophy, the art of living, the art the dying, psychedelics, plant medicines and many underrepresented news updates. Nothing is too taboo to discuss if coming from the heart. The mp3s are available as free downloads thus making for an illuminating, educational car ride whenever you choose to tune in!
This trio is sure to make you smile :)
We are inspired by them to play music for children and the inner child in everyone.
June 11th, 2015
Telluride is located in the Southwest corner of Colorado in a picturesque San Juan Mountain box canyon. The 35th Telluride Mushroom Festival--August 13 through August 15, 2015--with Pre-Conference Workshops on August 12th, celebrates all things fungi (all things mycology). Fungi, the under-appreciated Kingdom of the world, serve many purposes--from breaking down plant cellulose in nature to creating nutrients for plants, to serving as food and medicine for people, to acting as bio-remediators to filter and break down toxic land like oil spills and agricultural run off. This four day event covers it all! The Festival has hosted Nobel Prize laureates, anthropologists, medical doctors, professors, psychonauts, writers, chemists, thought-leaders, religious leaders, and others famous in their respective fields.
Horizons is an annual forum for learning about psychedelics in New York City. Its goal is to open a fresh dialogue on their role in medicine, culture, history, spirituality, and creativity. 2015 will be our ninth year.
During the 1960s, psychedelics entered worldwide popular culture. Fueled by the wild social dogmas of the era, recreational use become commonplace. Questions about their safety and value for were answered with myths and confusion spread by both their users, proponents, the media and the government.
In recent years, a small group of dedicated researchers and scholars have orchestrated a renaissance in psychedelic research and thought. Horizons brings together the brightest minds and the boldest voices of this movement to share their research, insights, and dreams for the future.
SACRED VALLEY TRIBE
This tribe of evo-lutionaries truly imbibe the great teaching 'Sharing is Caring' by being a great source of sacred music that reverberates through the world, as they also have lyrics and chords attached to most of their recordings. Ayahuasca Wasi is also a retreat center in Cuzco, Peru.
AYAHUASCA WASI (pdf)
We might all think we know who Mister Rogers was, but the truth is we were graced by a being who was much more than a TV personality. These videos are inspirational because we witness a human being totally comfortably in his skin and as steady as a mountain.
"Bima Inuma Pezo, member of the Selva Spirit NGO at the Nimea Kaya Healing Center, speaks of the importance of reforestation to help heal the Earth and humanity. www.nimeakaya.org"
Bima held the first Ayahuasca ceremony we had ever attended at the retreat center NIMEAKAYA
(what was then known as TierraVida).
Reset.me by Amber Lyon
"Founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics."
Mycologist: Paul Stamets
Described as an emissary of the myco-world, Stamets illuminates the various life saving uses of Fungi.
Fungi Perfecti® is a family-owned, environmentally friendly company specializing in using mushrooms to improve the health of the planet and its people. Founded by mycologist and author Paul Stamets in 1980, we are leaders in a new wave of technologies harnessing the inherent power of mushrooms and mycelium worldwide. Fungi Perfecti is Certified Organic by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. - See more at: http://www.fungi.com/home.html#sthash.vB31TzWD.dpuf
Here are links to great teachers and Evolutionaries past and present, who inspire us as "lights along the way."
"It's better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way."
-Alan W. Watts