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Master Plant Diet Participant Testimonial - Karla - March 2021

Brazilian psychologist Karla Perdigão offers a testimonial about her experience in the master plant diets in Takiwasi. Karla came to Takiwasi as part of her personal professional journey, researching the therapeutic interaction between medicinal plants and psychology. The master plant diets offered her the possibility of working on herself, reaching certain inner contents that she had not been able to deal with during her classic personal therapeutic process, and at the same time the diets gave her greater motivation and direction to continue with her research and with her profession, also allowing Karla to attend to her patients in a more comprehensive way.

Author : Martín Huamán, Gary Saucedo

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français, Italiano, Português

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Metamorphosis - March 2021

Artist Arno Louis has created some short one minute animations on different types of spiritual healing retreats. One of these animations shows the experience lived by D.S., who participated in a personal development seminar at the Takiwasi Center. A stop-motion that transcribes three different spiritual retreats. We immerse ourselves in a visual universe between collage and painting, these two visual languages have their symbolism and give life to various characters. All of them have their own metamorphoses according to their retreat contexts.

Author : Arno Louis

Audio : French

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Mind-Body Workshop - February 2021

Video presentation of the psycho-corporal workshop delivered as part of a drug use prevention project carried out between 2019 and 2020 by Takiwasi for the benefit of 500 adolescents from three high-schools of the city of Tarapoto. The intervention was carried out with the support of the organization of young leaders Red Interquorum San Martin and thanks to the grant provided by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). With each classroom, a psycho-corporal workshop has been carried out by the psychologist Guadalupe Arana. Some objectives of this workshop are: improve interpersonal relationships and self-esteem, work on the body and affectivity, learn to enjoy life through creative play and that students can recognize their abilities through the different exercises.

Author : Matías Farías y Gary Saucedo

Audio : Spanish

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Nuwa herbal teas - January 2021

Over the past three years, a group of indigenous women from the Awajún community of Shampuyacu transformed two medicinal plants into herbal teas that can be sold to support the preservation of their forest and cultural heritage. Thanks to the alliance with the Takiwasi Laboratory that has provided technical assistance and guidance, in December 2020 the sale of the brand Infusiones Nuwa finally begun at the national level. These are made with Amazonian plants such as ginger, vanilla and clavo huasca. A series of videos tells this beautiful story.

Author : Conservación Internacional

Audio : Spanish

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Tribute to Bernadette Rebiénot - January 2021

In the month of January 2021, passed away in Libreville, Gabon, at the age of over 80, the famous healer Bernadette Rebiénot. This tribute video was produced by Jean-Claude Cheyssial. We also share a tribute written by Dr Jacques Mabit who was fortunate enough to be initiated by her into the Bwiti ritual at her Oyenano Center 20 years ago. This extraordinary 5-day experience under the effects of the sacred plant iboga, equivalent to Amazonian ayahuasca, deeply marked Jacques' path. The link that is established in this context is almost filial. Hommage à Bernadette Rebiénot.

Author : Jean-Claude Cheyssial

Audio : French

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Medicinal properties of coca leaf and cannabis oil - January 2021

Presentation n°1: "Medicinal and therapeutic properties of the coca leaf". By Dr. Selene Manga, infectious disease and epidemiology medical doctor, trained in traditional Andean and Amazonian medicine of Peru, she works in the Doctors without Borders program.
Lecture n°2: "Myths and realities of medicinal cannabis". By therapist Sebastian Strikic, psychology student, University of Buenos Aires, postgraduate in Indo-American Traditional Medicine (Rosario University, Argentina), founding member of Cannapeutas Latinoamerica.
These presentations were made on January 19, 2021 in the auditorium of the Takiwasi Center, Tarapoto, Peru.

Author : Martín Huamán

Audio : Spanish

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Mystical drunkenness or the reunion with western roots - October 2020

Lecture by Dr. Jacques Mabit given during the II Day of Dialogues between Medicines "The spiritual approach to addictions", organized by the GASS association on September 26, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. The stigmatization of addictions in Western society is related to a concept of drunkenness perceived as a form of pathological and harmful escape from reality, a rejection of our incarnation. However, in Western roots, the essence of Christian spirituality claims not only a right to drunkenness but a duty to a certain spiritual or mystical drunkenness that reintroduces us to our dimension as incarnated spiritual beings. Traditional Amazonian medicines, with their knowledge of induced drunkenness, can teach us the way of a reunion with our deep nature, in coherence with the foundations of Western Christian roots.

Author : Asociación GASS

Audio : Spanish

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A journey to healing - September 2020

Official trailer of the film “The Way of the Plants - A journey to healing” directed by Aurèlie Marques and Louis Bidou. This is the living experience from the point of view of drug addict patients who have chosen an alternative treatment with Amazonian plants. Heartbreaking life stories that intersect in the heart of the Peruvian rainforest. Rehabilitating traditional Amazonian medicines means putting spirituality back at the center of healing.

Author : Aurèlie Marques, Louis Bidou

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : Français

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Testimony of a participant in the dieta of teacher plants - September 2020

Testimony about the experience with the dieta of teacher plants by Eduardo Araya, psychologist, sketcher and photographer, who participated in his first plants dieta in Takiwasi six years ago. Becoming aware and abandoning a dependence on alcohol and marijuana, healing different aspects related to childhood, reconnecting with his artistic side and healing the male lineage are some of the benefits obtained by Eduardo through working with master plants and psychological accompaniment.
More testimonies: Testimonies.

Author : Gary Saucedo

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français, Italiano, Português

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Scientific evidence on spirituality and health - September 2020

Intervention by Dr. Harold G Koening, psychiatrist and researcher at Duke University Medical Center, in the "II Symposium Dialogue between Medicines: the spiritual approach to addictions" that took place on September 26 2020, in Barcelona, Spain, and was organized by the GASS association and the Takiwasi Center. Science has moved away from spirituality, but scientific evidence shows how, through its practice, health benefits increase. Thousands of scientific studies support this claim. Particularly in the case of addiction, due to their nature and the personality structure of the people who suffer from it, the positive impact of this practice on the resolution of the disease is surprising.

Author : Asociación GASS

Audio : English

Subtitle : Español, Français

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