Gain a critical understanding of how shamanic tourism in the Amazon Rainforest is part of an ancient calling of the spirit.

Taught by award-winning film maker Jerónimo Mazarrasa, this course illuminates the ultimate journey of the spirit: The pilgrim’s way.

In this short course, you’ll learn about:

  •  Historical and contemporary sacred pilgrimages across cultures
  •  Fantasies of lost paradise in the history of Western civilization
  •  Fake shamans, imposter healers and reality
  • The ethical responsibilities of the neoshamanic calling

“This learning hub provides crucial information about ayahuasca itself and about the integration of ayahuasca into Western cultures. The teachers at Kahpi are superb.” 

Rick Doblin, Ph.D - Founder and Executive Director of The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

The human spirit is often characterized as having a deep longing. This longing can take many forms, but perhaps its most epic realisation is in the longing to go on a journey across the globe and across or through the inner mind. In this provocative course, Jerónimo Mazarrasa teaches us about this journey and its potential promises and pitfalls.

He teaches us about the possible challenges and issues that arise when we encounter the actual people and cultures of our fascination and spiritual longing. Demonstrating how “we don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are”, Jerónimo critically unpacks the intercultural spiritual journey. Examining portrayals of the "noble savage" and examples of cultural appropriation, he teaches us about the fundamental importance of humility for the path of spiritual knowledge.

The course also shares insights about the history of Westerns encountering ayahuasca ceremonies among native people in the Amazon rainforest in the 1800s. You’ll learn about essential elements of a spiritual story that spans across time and culture. This story is still as important as ever for helping us develop an honest and mature ethics of intercultural encounters. 

Course curriculum

  • 01
    Course Introduction
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    • Introduction
  • 02
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    • Pilgrimages and Sacred Travel (10:17)
    • Tourism and “Shrunken Heads” (6:11)
    • Pastoralism and The Golden Age (7:38)
    • Nature, Civilization and The Loss of Paradise (4:49)
  • 03
    The Encounter
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    • The Noble Savage (6:10)
    • Deep Cultural Mirrors (7:42)
    • “White Indians” (6:30)
    • Fakes, Imposters and Reality (8:37)
    • The New Age Movement and Spiritual Materialism (8:32)
    • Ayahuasca Shamanism in Context (5:09)
    • The Paradoxes of Tourism (9:02)
  • 04
    The Travels of a Filmmaker in the Amazon
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    • Humility: Feeling Stupid is a Good Thing (8:15)
    • We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are Part. 1 (6:18)
    • We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are Part. 2 (12:42)
    • Tradition, Spirituality, and the Neoshamanic Calling (8:17)
    • Towards an Ethics of Intercultural Encounters (11:19)
    • We have no other option but to help each other heal (6:15)

Jerónimo Mazarrasa

Meet Your Instructor

Jerónimo Mazarrasa is a documentary filmmaker, independent researcher, and interaction designer with extensive knowledge of the world of Ayahuasca. In the past decade he has produced, written and directed 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 traveled extensively through South America, researching a broad range of Ayahuasca practices, and has lectured internationally on Ayahuasca tourism and the appropriation of indigenous knowledge.
Jerónimo Mazarrasa


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