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A podcast delving into plants, plant medicine, consciousness, holistic health, wellness, and myriad related topics. Hosted by Jason Grechanik. This podcast was created to give voice to the doctors, shamans, guides, facilitators, visionaries, anthropologists, linguists, researchers, and wisdom-keepers working on the ground day in and day out within their respective fields.
 
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Hey everybody! Episode 64 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Ben. Ben and I have had a similar path in life. We've both had a similar quest and interest in spirituality, shamanism, martial arts, and religion. We both have spent time with different cultures learning about various paths of healing and medicine. And we both sh…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 66 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Kunti. I met Kunti in the Sacred Valley of Peru where she was running a temazcal, a traditional sweat lodge from Mexico. I really enjoy that medicine and connected with Kunti and felt she held a beautiful space. We have gotten to know each other more and have both…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 65 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Kunti. I met Kunti in the Sacred Valley of Peru where she was running a temazcal, a traditional sweat lodge from Mexico. I really enjoy that medicine and connected with Kunti and felt she held a beautiful space. We have gotten to know each other more and have both…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 63 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Jenny Cundari. Jenny is a Naturopathic Doctor and works in the field of psychedelic-assisted therapy and integration. Jenny and I met a number of years ago at the Amazon plant medicine center, the Temple of the Way of Light, where she came to explore plant medicin…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 62 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend John Schott. John and I met a number of years back as we shared a mutual teacher, Dr. David Jubbs. John has been on an interesting journey of self-discovery through nutrition, bodywork, and health and wellness. John has done some amazing work in this area and I ha…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 61 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Alex Ecklin. Alex and I met about a decade ago when we were both students of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the great Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro in New York City. Alex went on to compete, medaling in world championships, teaching under Shaolin, and eventually opening his …
 
Hey everybody! Episode 60 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend John Keegan. John and I have been friends for a long time and we originally met in an acting class with the great Thomas G. Waites. John went on to take his improvisational skills to the streets to hone the art of meeting and connecting with people. He now teaches…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 59 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with Kylea Taylor. Kylea and I met recently when we were both invited to speak on a panel together. I really liked what she had to say and how she spoke, and so I thought she would be a great guest on the podcast. Kylea works as a marriage and family therapist and developed and …
 
Hey everybody! Episode 58 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Will Pye. Will and I met many years ago when we both came down as guests to the Amazonian plant medicine center, The Temple of the Way of Light. I found myself in many discussions with Will over meals, and I knew and saw he had a great mind with a lot to share. I …
 
Hey everybody! Episode 57 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Deanna Rogers and Dr. Ido Cohen. They work together in the field of integration of plant medicine experiences. Deanna uses her own experiences combined with somatic therapy and the work of Gabor Maté while Ido is a psychologist and uses Jungian archetypes. It was …
 
Hey everybody! Episode 56 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friends Ynes, Laura, and Lila Lopez Sanchez. The three women are curanderas, or doctors, from the Shipibo people. Ynes is the mother and teacher of Laura and Lila. I have worked with the three of them on and off for the last decade and so it was a pleasure for me to sit …
 
Hey everybody! Episode 55 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Adam Aronovich. Adam and I met in the Amazon jungle working at the plant medicine center, The Temple of the Way of Light, where he originally came down working on his doctoral thesis. He ended up living, studying, and working in the jungle for five years. I think …
 
Hey everybody! Episode 54 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Scott Hussa. Scott and I met in the Amazon jungle working at the plant medicine center, The Temple of the Way of Light, where he facilitated ceremonies. It was a pleasure for me to sit down and reconnect with Scott and learn a bit more about his story, which he op…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 53 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Deanna Rogers. Deanna and I met in the Amazon jungle working at the plant medicine center, The Temple of the Way of Light, where she was facilitating ceremonies. Deanna has a broad range of tools from Somatic Experiencing to Gabor Mate's Compassionate Inquiry to s…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 52 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Juliana Bizare. Juliana and I met in the Amazon jungle working at the plant medicine center, The Temple of the Way of Light, where she originally came down as a teacher of yoga and meditation. Juliana has many years of working with plant medicine, yoga, meditation…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 51 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Leah Dietzen. Leah and I met in the Sacred Valley of Peru where she has been living and working. Leah works as a pranic healer, animal communicator, and with horse integration therapy. I have always had an interest in and draw to horses and so it was a pleasure to…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 50 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with Julian Vayne. Julian was introduced to me through a mutual friend. Julian is an independent author and scholar on esoteric traditions including shamanism and entheogens. It was a real pleasure for me to sit down with Julian and pick his brain on a number of different subjec…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 49 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Bill Park. Bill and I met in the Peruvian Amazon about a decade ago. Bill created an Amazonia superfood company that works with indigenous communities and aims to empower them and preserve and regenerate the biodiversity of the jungle. He also started an NGO, Acat…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 48 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Kerry Moran. Kerry and I met while working together at the Amazonian plant medicine center, The Temple of the Way of Light. Kerry came down as a teacher of integrative practices, combining her knowledge with the plant medicine work that was being offered. She has …
 
Hey everybody! Episode 47 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Publio Valle. Publio and I met while working together at the Amazonian plant medicine center, The Temple of the Way of Light. Publio has taught yoga, meditation, and self-inquiry there, facilitated ceremonies, and also managed the center. Publio has a varied backg…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 46 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with Joey Greenstone. Joey was introduced to me by mutual friends who had worked with him, and they both spoke very highly of him. Joey works with the Andean plant medicine Wachuma (also Huachuma or San Pedro). We spoke about Joey’s background, his voyage into the world of plant…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 45 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with Tree Carr. Tree was introduced to me by a mutual friend, Luis, who I interviewed in episode 25 of the show. Tree is a Death Doula and also a Dreaming Guide. I find these two topics fascinating, because for me, if this path with plants and shamanism had to be boiled down to …
 
Hey everybody! Episode 44 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with Roman Hanis. I have known about Roman since I arrived in the Amazonian jungles of Peru. And having worked in this field for the past decade, I've come to hear about many centers and people working with these medicines. It's rare to only hear good things about a place, but t…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 43 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Mike Brancatelli. Mike and I met when he came to the Amazonian plant healing center the Temple of the Way of Light. We hit it off right away, both coming from New York and having an interest in the ideals of Liberty. I’ve been on Mike’s podcast twice, so it was gr…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 42 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Martina Drassl. Martina and I met about a decade ago when we both arrived in the Peruvian Amazon and were working in respective plant medicine centers, myself at the Temple of the Way of Light and Martina at Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual. Martina is originally from …
 
Hey everybody! Episode 41 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Stefan Kistler. Stefan and I met about a decade ago when we both arrived in the Peruvian Amazon. Stefan has been living and working in the Amazon focusing on indigenous peoples’ rights and forest conservation. We got into a lot of topics around these issues as wel…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 40 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with Beth Weinstein. Beth has been working with plant medicines for a number of years and has been focusing on how to integrate what she and her clients have learned to create a path forward in life. She focuses on what she calls spiritual business and entrepreneurship. This is …
 
Hey everybody! Episode 39 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Aline Horwath. Aline and I are actually neighbors at the moment during the pandemic and I often admire her beautiful garden. Aline is a botanist and plant biologist who has been studying mosses to find data about climate change. It was really interesting for me to…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 38 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Ute Behrendt. Ute and I met at the Amazonian plant medicine center, the Temple of the Way of Light, where she works as a facilitator for plant-medicine ceremonies working with the Shipibo lineage of medicine. I’ve worked with Ute for a number of years now and real…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 37 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Will Spencer. Will and I met at the Amazonian plant medicine center, the Temple of the Way of Light, where he came down as a guest to work with ayahuasca in the Shipibo lineage. I befriended Will and followed his journey as it transpired from there onto a four-yea…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 36 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with my friend Irene Pérez Méndez. Irene and I met working at the Amazonian plant medicine center, the Temple of the Way of Light, where she initially came down to do research with ICEERS on the long-term effects of ayahuasca. While there, she also taught art therapy and worked …
 
Hey everybody! Episode 35 of the show is out. In this episode, I spoke with Monica Gagliano. Monica is a scientist and the author of the very good book, Thus Spoke the Plant. Monica’s scientific research has focused on plant intelligence, communication through sound, and cognition. She has a really interesting story and has not only experienced pla…
 
Hey everybody!! Episode 34 of the show is out. In this show, I spoke with my friend Richard Condon. Richard and I met at the Amazonian plant healing center, The Temple of the Way of Light, where he came to drink medicine and began offering his work and teaching to help align, deepen, and bring distinctions to the organization and work being done th…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 33 of the show is out. A number of people have been asking me to do some more solo talks so I thought this would be a good episode to release an interview I did recently with my friend Will Spencer on his podcast, The Renaissance of Men. On his podcast, we got into a number of topics including my story, my journey into plant …
 
Hey everybody! Episode 32 of the show is out. In this show, I spoke with Dennis McKenna. Dennis is one of the pioneers of plant medicine work and has been a bridge for shedding light and bringing plant-medicine wisdom to the public. He and his brother Terence McKenna, I think, are great ambassadors for this work at large. Dennis has been involved i…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 31 of the show is out. In this show, I spoke with my friend Imikā Tariru Bary Vera Kuary Baru. Imika comes from the Tubú nation in the Vaupes region of the Colombian Amazon, on the Apaporis river. I have worked with Imika over the last few years and I have a lot of respect for him and his teachings. I’ve spent quite a few nig…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 30 of the show is out. In this show, I spoke with my friend Brian James. Brian and I met working together at the Amazonian plant-medicine center the Temple of the Way of Light. Brian is a yoga teacher and plant-medicine practitioner. I always really enjoy talking to Brian as he has a real depth of knowledge of yoga from a per…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 29 of the show is out. In this show, I spoke with my friend Eduardo Carvalho. Eduardo and I met working together at the Amazonian plant-medicine center the Temple of the Way of Light. ‘Edu’ has a really interesting story and I’ve gotten to know him and seen him do really good work. He approaches this work through his own jour…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 28 of the show is out. In this show, I spoke with my friend and colleague Merav Artzi. I have known and worked with Merav for a number of years. We did the same plant-medicine initiation and training, working with tobacco and tree diets. Merav is a great wealth of knowledge and has a depth of experience working with plant med…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 27 of the show is out. In this show, I spoke Tatayo. I have known about Tatayo for a number of years as we share mutual friends and he comes from the same tradition that I worked with iboga with. He was called to Gabon and to iboga over forty years ago where he has been living and working ever since. It was an honor to talk t…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 26 of the show is out. In this show, I spoke with my friend Doña Wilma Pinedo. Doña Wilma was introduced to me through mutual friends. She comes from the Q'ero people of the Peruvian Andes. She comes from a lineage of healers and works with plants as well as nature in her practice. She has real wisdom and presence and it was …
 
Hey everybody! Episode 25 of the show is out. In this show, I spoke with my friend Luis Solarat. Luis and I met recently and it has been a pleasure getting to know him. He is a director of a number of films including the very good plant-medicine documentary Reconnect, by London Real. He has recently begun dieting plants in the Shipibo tradition and…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 24 of the show is out. In this show, I spoke with my friend Chase Moore. Chase and I met in the Sacred Valley where he teaches Brazilian jiu-jitsu and runs ceremonies with Huachuma or San Pedro. Chase has a really interesting story and it was a pleasure speaking with him. We got into talking about plant medicine, martial arts…
 
Hey everybody! In this show, I spoke with my friend Brian Best. Brian and I met when I first came to the Amazon. Brian is a fascinating guy who I have a lot of respect for. He has a knowledge of the Shipibo language and culture that is unparalleled. He carries a deep respect for their wisdom and medicine and is a phenomenal bridge to gaining insigh…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 22 of the show is out. In this show, I spoke with my friend Américo Lopez Sanchez. Américo and I met working together at the Amazonian plant-medicine center The Temple of the Way of Light where he worked as a curandero or doctor. Américo is a great doctor who has a real gift and a desire to share his knowledge. He is always t…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 21 of the show is out. In this show, I spoke with my friend Romulo. Romulo and I met at the Amazonian plant-medicine center The Temple of the Way of Light, where we ran ceremonies together. Romulo comes from a lineage of Shipibo plant doctors or curanderos. He is one of the most dedicated doctors I have met and really spends …
 
Hey everybody! Episode 20 of the show is out. In this show, I spoke with my friend Tanya Kammonen. Tanya and I met working together at the Amazonian plant-medicine center the Temple of the Way of Light. Tanya headed the Integration team at the Temple and facilitated workshops there as well. Tanya has a really interesting background and brings a dep…
 
Hey everybody! Episode 19 of the show is out. In this show, I spoke with my friend Nelson Barbaran Gómez. Nelson and I have worked together for a number of years running ayahuasca ceremonies. He comes from the Shipibo lineage of working with plants and brings a joy and openness to his work that is tangible. He also works with a great deal of integr…
 
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