Discover what shamanic cultures all around the world have in common. Learn about native Amazonian techniques of drinking ayahuasca for healing and spirituality.
Taught by world renowned anthropologist Glenn H. Shepard Jr. Ph.D., this course offers a profound journey into the often misunderstood realms of shamanic healing, culture and knowledge.
In this short, yet powerful, course you’ll learn about:
- Global shamanic techniques of healing and consciousness expansion
- Common uses of ayahuasca among native Amazonian people
- How culture, ecology and belief entwine in native healing techniques
- What shamans mean when they say ayahuasca offers “True Seeing” and a clear, pure window onto reality.
“Dr. Glenn Shepard is an outstanding anthropologist with decades of fieldwork experience in the Amazon jungle. In this course, he skillfully presents a vast body of knowledge regarding shamanism, plant entheogens, indigenous cosmologies and medicinal plants. I highly recommend this course.”
Robin Wright, Ph.D. Author of the book: Mysteries of the Jaguar Shamans of the Northwest Amazon
There is a special alliance between plants, culture and consciousness in the shamanic techniques of native people of the Amazon jungle. In this course, Glenn teaches us about the importance of nature and ecology for shamanic understandings of reality and healing. You’ll also learn about how techniques of native shamanism are transforming and adapting in global society.
The course begins with fast-paced lessons about how Western society has largely misunderstood shamanism for over 100 years. This sets the backdrop for teachings about how psychedelic plants and fungi have been used by humans for thousands of years in different parts of the globe.
Dr. Shepard draws upon his 30 years of research in the Amazon jungle and other parts of the world. He offers advanced understandings of the intelligence and artistry within so-called “tribal” techniques of psychedelic healing and consciousness expansion.
Glenn H. Shepard, Jr. (PhD)
About the instructor
Glenn H. Shepard, Jr., is an anthropologist and ethnobotanist who has worked with diverse indigenous groups of Peru, Brazil, and Mexico and speaks more than ten languages. He received his Ph.D in medical anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1999. His doctoral research focused on herbal medicine, emotions and shamanism, including ayahuasca use, among two neighbouring Amazonian cultures in the remote Peruvian Amazon: the Matsigenka and the Piro. He first began researching shamanism and ayahuasca among indigenous Amazonian groups in the late 1980s. He has published widely on shamanism, psychoactive botanicals, medical anthropology, human ecology, and indigenous environmental knowledge. He is currently a curator and researcher in indigenous ethnology at the Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi in Belem do Pará, Brazil.
What's included in this course?
- “The Shaman as Neurotic”: Early Anthropological (Mis)understandings (7:42)
- “Techniques of Ecstasy”: Early Anthropological (Mis)understandings (7:13)
- A Prehistory of Psychoactive Plants in The Americas (6:25)
- The Most Important Shamanic Plant in the Americas (10:25)
- Shamanism Goes Global: The Psychedelic 1950s and 1960s (7:17)
- Shamanism Goes Global: Brazilian Ayahuasca Religions and Vegetalismo (7:31)
- Will the Real Ayahuasca Shaman Please Stand Up (11:14)
- Before Ayahuasca: The Diversity of Psychoactive Preparations (10:28)
- Toé: The Ultimate Profound and Medicine (12:41)
- The Expansion of Ayahuasca Among Indigenous Peoples (6:05)
- Different Ayahuasca Preparations (9:18)
- Psychoactive Plants in Medicine & Shamanism (11:32)
- The International Ayahuasca Expansion (7:02)
- Concepts of Well-being: Ecology, Society and the Self (12:22)
- How Cultural Beliefs Can Heal: Body, Soul, Substance, Cosmos (9:25)
- Medicine, Botany and The Senses: Introducing the Matsigenka and Yora (3:31)
- Comparing Matsigenka and Yora Plant Medicine Systems (10:11)
- Indigenous Understandings of Illness and Healing, Part 1. (9:14)
- Indigenous Understandings of Illness and Healing, Part 2. (7:53)
- Love Magic and Homeopathic Shamans (7:53)
- Ayahuasca, Reality and “True Seeing” (5:56)
- Integrating Ecological, Bodily, Spiritual and Social Healing (4:21)