10: Sacred Tobacco with Jason Grechanik
Jason Grechanik is a former New York City actor now living in Peru studying and practicing tobacco and ayahuasca shamanism. In this episode, we chat about the misconceptions about tobacco, its role in South America as a master plant teacher, and his own experience apprenticing as a tabaquero.
From his website:
"My journey through life has led me around the world in search of the questions I have had about life. Early in my 20s I began to develop a keen interest in plants: as food, as nutrition, as life, and as medicine. That curiosity eventually led me to the Amazon where I began to work with indigenous plants to learn the traditional ways of healing. My experience combines many different modalities of working with plants. The plants of the Amazon, and the way in which the peoples of the Amazon work with them, has had a revelatory effect on my life and being. Plants truly are our food, our life, our medicine, and they are alive and here to help us learn from them. They can open us to a world that we perhaps never could have imagined. When we approach them with respect, honor, humility, and a genuine desire to learn, they can open the doors of life and truly heal us on all levels. I am deeply grateful to all of my teachers, everyone that has helped me in this journey to where I am, and to wherever it may lead."
Intro & Outro Music
Bena Caya Ainbobo (A New Feminine Spirit) by Maestra Olivia Arévalo
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.
tags: shamanism, ayahuasca, tobacco, sacred plants, consciousness