09: Ayahuasca Best Practices with Jerónimo Mazarrasa


In this episode I speak with Jerónimo Mazarrasa about ayahuasca best practices, the sustainable use of sacred plants, cultural appropriation and much more.

Jerónimo Mazarrasa works with the International Center of Ethnobotanical Education Research and Services (ICEERS Foundation) as Social Innovation Coordinator, he’s also a coordinator of the Platform for the Defense of Ayahuasca (Plantaforma). In the past decade he has produced and written two documentaries about ayahuasca. The first about the Brazilian Ayahuasca churches, the second about the use of Ayahuasca in the treatment of drug addiction. He has travelled extensively through South America, researching a broad range of Ayahuasca practices, and has lectured internationally on ayahuasca tourism and the appropriation of indigenous knowledge. Since 2012  he calls Ibiza home, where he runs The Council Tree, a series of monthly lectures on indigenous knowledge, people, and plants.

Free Stuff
Check out my new short film The Shamanic Roots of Yoga
New eBook on a yogic approach to integrating ecstatic experiences Wisdom of the Heart

Show Links
The Ayahuasca Project
The Jungle Prescription (ayahuasca documentary with Gabor Maté)
ICEERS (International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Service)
Ayahuasca Defense Fund

Intro & Outro Music
Tomo Daime by Luis Mendes
Morning Improv by Rafaelle MacKay

About Brian James
Brian James is a yoga teacher, musician and artist currently living in Montréal, Canada. He has been exploring the intersection of music, yoga and shamanism for over 20 years.


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tags: shamanism, ayahuasca, gabor mate, cultural appropriation, best practices, sacred plants