13: Plant Medicines, Mythology & The Hero's Journey with Robert Tindall


Robert Tindall is the author of The Jaguar That Roams the Mind, The Shamanic Odyssey: Homer, Tolkien, and the Visionary Experience and Sacred Soil: Biochar and the Regeneration of the Earth. In this conversation we talk about his exploration of indigenous healing traditions of North and South America, including his work with ayahuasca and peyote, and get into a discussion about mythology and the hero's journey.

Robert's Bio:
Robert Tindall, M.A. is a writer, father, classical guitarist, long-time practitioner of Zen Buddhism, and an inveterate traveler, whose work explores the crossing of frontiers into other cultures, time depths, and states of consciousness. He is the author of three books on shamanism and indigenous lifeways, "The Jaguar that Roams the Mind,"  "The Shamanic Odyssey: Homer, Tolkien, and the Visionary Experience," and "Sacred Soil: Biochar and the Regeneration of the Earth," along with numerous articles on themes such as pilgrimage along the Camino to Santiago, the medieval quest, and the indigenous prophetic and healing traditions of the Americas. 

Robert works as a professor of Literature, a leader of writing workshops, and a meditation instructor. He divides his time between the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, Mendocino, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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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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