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The meeting of knowledges - February 2018

Structured around five episodes recorder in Latin America, the documentary series "The way of the plants" gives an account of the complexity of the debate around symbolic plants. Aurélie Marques and Louis Bidous are the directors of this project. On the outskirts of the Peruvian Amazon, in the Takiwasi Center, addicts from all over the world come together looking for a new treatment based on herbal care, psychotherapy and living together. In this episode, we explore the origins of drug addiction, the combination of conventional and traditional medicine, the power of visionary plants, the transformation of shamanic practices and scientific research on indigenous knowledge. This is a first trailer. More information on the web site: La Voie des Plantes

Author : Aurélie Marques, Louis Bidous

Audio : English

Subtitle : Français

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Interview with Jacques Mabit - January 2018

Interview with Dr. Jacques Mabit, MD and founder of the Takiwasi Center. Realized by Jean Damien Fleury in the environment of the botanical reserve of Takiwasi during the scheduled visits to the patients in condition of retreat/diet. Main topics approached include: traditional medicines and their use in modern times, curanderismo, spiritual search and drug addiction, among others. This video is part of the series "Encounters with remarkable men".

Author : Jean Damien Fleury

Audio : French

Subtitle : Español

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Harvest of medicinal plants - 2018

Born as a strategic project to combine the conservation of the environment and the inclusive development of the indigenous communities, the Takiwasi Laboratory is now the productive unit of the Center, dedicated to Biotrade and the generation of added value in the sustainable use of Amazonian biodiversity resources. In order to produce high quality natural products, inspired by the ancestral knowledge of Traditional Amazonian Medicine, Takiwasi Laboratory works with families of agroforestry producers, in indigenous and mestizo communities, training them in the sustainable management of forest resources and guaranteeing a fair price for the harvest and care of medicinal plants, with a focus on the promotion of the women’s role. Through this strategy, Takiwasi also promotes the valorization and conservation of the Amazonian rainforest and ensures that the native communities gain control over their ancestral knowledge related to the use of medicinal plants. A close alliance has been developed with the association of medicinal plant producers "Ampik Sacha". One of the results of this work is the line of Amazonian infusions Sumak. More information: Takiwasi Laboratory

Author : Laboratorio Takiwasi

Audio : Spanish

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Ayahuasca and Addiction Treatment in the "Singing House" - December 2017

Presentation by David O’Shaughnessy based on his doctoral research at the Takiwasi Centre in Peru from 2014-2015. In an attempt to understand the evolution of patients undergoing treatment for addiction at Takiwasi, he conducted an observational pilot study using methods drawn from biology, psychology, and anthropology. While the results were positive, understanding Takiwasi itself poses certain philosophical challenges that are not easily solved. In addition to the results of the study, David discusses these challenges in relation to the use of ayahuasca (and other plants) as medicines. Content was recorded at the 2017 EGA Psychedelic Symposium in Melbourne, Australia.

Author : Entheogenesis Australis - Entheo TV

Audio : English

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Ayahuasca use in the New Age context - September 2017

Speaker: Dr. Jacques Mabit. Founder and Executive President of the Takiwasi Center. Lecture delivered at the International Transpersonal Conference 2017, Track: Shamanism and Its Potential for Modern Man. Prague, Czech Republic. 29-09-2017. Interpreter: Susana Bustos, Ph.D. Over the last years, ayahuasca has come to represent the probably most widely-used substance in the context of the search for meaning and the mental health context on a global scale. This exponentially rising usage has so far mainly drawn on currents from the new-age movement, rather than on concepts from the scientific paradigm or from Judeo-Christian spiritual or religious traditions. Yet, some features of the new-age movement are in stark contrast to the traditional medicines paradigm, as well as to the indigenous groups this medicine originally stems from. We wish to highlight some of these contradictions, as well as the dangers and confusions they may hold. Another version of the video with slides: Ayahuasca use in the New Age context

Author : ITC 2017

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English

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Abrete Corazón - August 2017

Ikaro "Abrete Corazón" by Rosa Giove played by the french musical group Orâma. Abrete Corazón is a healing song (ikaro) used in the traditional Amazonian medicine rituals at the Takiwasi Center. This version has been recorded in the Romanesque chapel of Chateauvieux (Yzeron - 69) during the live concert of Orâma, August 12, 2017, to celebrate the end of the summer residency dedicated to the recordings of the 2 new albums.

Author : Orâma

Audio : Spanish

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Traditional Amazonian medicine and its potential for addiction treatment - May 2017

Presentation by Verónika Kavenska, psychotherapist at the Takiwasi Center, in the framework of the 1st Workshop on "Science, Mental Health & Spirituality" held by the Transpersonal Association of Peru, May 25-28, 2017, Lima - Peru.

Author : Asociación Transpersonal del Perú

Audio : Spanish

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Ayahuasca, rituality and interpretation - April 2017

At the Takiwasi Center ayahuasca is used always as part of a process and is ingested in a ritual setting. What is defended is not ayahuasca, but a certain ritualized use of this plant. Rituals are part of the life of the human being since he began to look for a way to give meaning to life and death, and serve to formalize and mark stages in the growth of the human being. The symbolic function of ritual in the framework of the ayahuasca session help to give it a meaning on different levels: at the physical level, that of the ordinary life, and at the spiritual level. A conversation with Fabienne Bâcle, psychotherapist at Takiwasi Center.

Author : Martin Huamán

Audio : Spanish

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The Ikaro or Healing Song - April 2017

Lecture by Dr. Rosa Giove given in the auditorium of the Takiwasi Center.
The ikaros are essential elements of the Traditional Amazonian Medicine and represent a source of cultural resistance by preserving both linguistic elements and knowledge related to Amazonian world-view and medicinal resources, which go back in time to the original cultures. They are considered the essential means of transmitting wisdom and healing practices.
More information: The Icaro or Shamanic song

Author : Martin Huamán

Audio : Spanish

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Sumak - 2017

The herbal teas SUMAK have been developed and elaborated by the Takiwasi Laboratory in partnership with the Association of Producers of Medicinal Plants - Ampik Sacha that gathers the Kechwa-Lamista communities of the El Dorado province, San Martin. This is an initiative that seeks to rescue and re-evaluate the collective knowledge of the indigenous peoples of the Peruvian Amazon.

Author : Ricardo D'Aguiar

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : Français

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