#139 | Physician, Heal Thyself: Ayahuasca, Epigentics, & Integrative Medicine w/ Dr. Joe Tafur

In this episode, I speak with Dr. Joe Tafur — Family Physician, Shipibo-trained Shaman, Integrative Medicine activist, and the author of ‘The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor's Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine.’ We discuss Dr. Tafur’s years of work integrating Western medical knowledge and practice with traditional Amazonian plant medicine, in particular the administering of the psychedelic brew ayahuasca, and other plant medicines, under the traditional practice of Shipibo shamanism. 

In this conversation, Dr. Tafur discusses how two seemingly different traditions (i.e. Western medicine and Shipibo shamanism) can become more integrated with each other, in ways previously not understood or considered possible, for doctors and shamans alike. Dr. Tafur elaborates on how Western medical research and practice has been successful in very specific forms of healing, while simultaneously failing in many others — hence the widespread, growing interest in traditional plant medicines and healing practices in ancient shamanic traditions, often found outside of the broader Western model of medicine and healing. In particular, we discuss how Shipibo shamanism and the administering of sacred plant medicines within this shamanic practice works on the epigenetic level of the illness, generating dramatic changes within the “emotional body” of the individual, manifesting on the physical level of the body. As someone who is well-educated and well-versed in both of these traditions, Dr. Tafur is revolutionizing the collective understanding of how “modern” medical practitioners have plenty to learn and integrate from the shamanic use of traditional plant medicine, and vice versa. Dr. Tafur expounds upon this subject in this episode.

Dr. Joe Tafur is an Integrative Medicine activist, having studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. After residency, Dr. Tafur subsequently completed a two-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry under psychoneuroimmunology expert Dr. Paul Mills. While in San Diego, he also served on the board for the Alternative Healing Network and on the Steering Committee for the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine. After his research fellowship, over a period of six years, he lived and worked in the Peruvian Amazon at the traditional healing center Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual. There he worked closely with master Shipibo shaman Ricardo Amaringo and trained in Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine. At the center, Dr. Tafur completed traditional apprenticeship in ayahuasca shamanism. He is both doctor and shaman. ✦

✦ Source: http://bit.ly/TafurAbout / https://amzn.to/2P3NqyG

Episode Notes:

- Find out more about Dr. Tafur and his work at his website: https://drjoetafur.com

- Learn more, and purchase, Dr. Tafur’s book ‘The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor's Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine’ here: http://bit.ly/FellowshipRiver

- Learn more about Dr. Tafur’s organization Modern Spirit here: https://modernspirit.org

- The traditional healing center Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual: https://www.nihuerao.com

- Watch the presentation “Ayahuasca Shamanism and Epigenetics” featuring Dr. Tafur here: https://youtu.be/QbsXOO7AB_U

- The song featured in this episode is “Ikaro de la Ayahuasca” by Don Evangelino Murayay from the album El Canto del Tiempo/Ayahuasca Ikaros.

#107 | Deep In The Medicine: Ayahuasca Calling w/ Zack Reinhart [PRIVATE]

In this episode, I speak with Zack Reinhart. Zack and I became acquainted this past year, and after a few conversations on what our favorite podcasts and subjects were, we both realized we had aligning interests in psychedelics and shamanism. 

A few months before we recorded this episode, Zack shared with me his plans to go to Peru and engage in a shamanic ayahuasca ceremony at The Peruvian Institute of Shamanic and Natural Medicine. We recorded this episode shortly after he came back from that trip, and in this conversation Zack shares his experience with being administered the sacred brew ayahuasca in a traditional shamanic setting. Zack shares some profound and personal insights into his journey, and I would personally like to thank him for being so candid, honest, and direct about his experience with this sacred medicine.

Episode Notes:

- Learn more about the The Peruvian Institute of Shamanism and Natural Medicine of Ashi Meraya here: http://ayahuasca-peru.com

- The song featured in this episode is "Inside Out" by Spoon from the album They Want My Soul.


#85 | Visionary States: Iterations Of Form w/ Chris Isner; IsnerVision

Chris Isner is a visionary artist that primarily works with recovered portions of wood, and out of that produces some of the most wonderful and memorizing iterations of form you'll ever see. The story of how he learned to work with wood in this way, to produce incredibly unique works of art, came about when he reached a low-point in his life some years ago, and due to a series of coincidences (if we can even presume to call it that), Chris made his way to the jungles of Peru and engaged in an ancient shamanic ritual involving the powerful psychedelic brew Ayahuasca, which not only healed his physical ailments, but also healed him psychically as well, and revealed to him the knowledge he now uses to produce his art. 

As he puts it:

"One vision in particular was like a YouTube tutorial from some bizarre alternate universe: timeless hands using ancient technique to form a wooden bowl, revealing gorgeous textures, as the faces of primordial entities morphed and twisted through legions of iterations.

I now use this technique to record these visions."*

*Source: http://isnervision.com/about/

Episode Notes:

- I highly recommend listeners check out Chris's work on his website. Everything you need to know about his work, as far as seeing what pieces he has for sell, as well as contact information for commissioned work, can be found here: http://isnervision.com

- Go to Chris's Instagram account to see everything he has produced, as well as photos of his works in progress: https://www.instagram.com/isnervision/

- Follow Chris on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/isnervision/

- Follow Chris on Twitter: https://twitter.com/isnervision

- Artwork source image provided by Chris Isner. Title: Wiler en Vuelo #2. Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ2F28rFlPN/?taken-by=isnervision

- Music featured in this episode: "Eh (Instrumental)," "Trash (Instrumental)," "Trash," and "80808" by Death Grips from the album Bottomless Pit.