At Chacruna: When I Drank Ayahuasca With American War Veterans

Bia Labate, Ph.D I grew up as teenager in the ‘80s in Brazil, listening to Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, smoking pot, and, like so many worldwide, […]

At Chacruna: Is Ayahuasca an Antidote to Modern Life?

Jeremy Narby, Ph.D In 1995 I published a book called The Cosmic Serpent that dealt with ayahuasca and other subjects. The enthusiasm of many readers took […]

At Chacruna: When Terence McKenna First Smoked DMT

When in 1967, aged sixteen, Dennis visited his older brother in Berkeley, California, Terence stated that he knew what the philosopher’s stone was. “It’s sitting in […]

At Chacruna: Ayahuasca and the Gift of Seeing Through Serpent Eyes

Robin Wright, Ph.D One of the more spectacular cinematic productions this year is the film Embrace of the Serpent, directed by Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra. Nominated […]

At Chacruna: Gift of the Spider Woman: Spinning, weaving and womanhood among the Matsigenka of Peru

Glenn Shepard Jr. Ph.D The moon is bright, the night is giddy with festivities and Shanuiva has emerged from her cage. Jaula, literally “cage,” is how […]

At Chacruna: How Feminine is Ayahuasca?

Gretel Echazú, Ph.D While doing fieldwork with traditional healers in the Peruvian Amazon, I realized that their way of understanding nature was profoundly embedded within the […]