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Retreat/Diet Testimonial - Sasaba - August 2019

Sasaba Zazopoulos is a clinical psychologist and yoga teacher. After having gone through a grieving process she approached the world of medicinal plants and found Takiwasi where she volunteered for some months and participated in several sessions with plants, including a retreat/diet. In this testimony we can appreciate some of her considerations on the therapeutic work carried out thanks to the master plants taken according to the ritual practices of traditional Amazonian medicine as applied in Takiwasi. Among the most important features Sasaba points out the intention and attitude that one must have when working with plants, the importance of the post-diet process and the integration facilitated by the accompaniment of therapists and the tangible benefits that have to do with a profound change in each of us, especially in the way we relate to ourselves, and how this change can be perceived directly also by the family and social environment.

Author : Gary Saucedo, Fabio Friso

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français, Italiano, Ελληνικά, Português

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Traditional Amazonian medicine, ayahuasca, medicinal plants and shamanic practices - July 2019

Reflections by Matteo Politi, pharmaceutical chemist, and Giorgia Tresca, anthropologist, after attending the World Ayahuasca Conference 2019. An overview on traditional Amazonian medicine and the cosmology that characterizes and permeates this region where shamans have used extraordinary natural healing techniques for millennia.

Author : Olos Life

Audio : Italian

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Master Plants: Chiric Sanango - June 2019

Chiric Sanango is a teacher plant known among Amazonian healers for its ability to "eliminate the cold". The name comes from the Quechua word chiri which means cold. Chiric Sanango helps fight physical cold such as rheumatism, arthritis, and also emotional cold, such as fear, shyness, introversion, lack of confidence, frozen emotions, allowing to open up emotionally. It also helps coping grieving processes and it increases self-confidence.

Author : Fabio Friso

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français, Italiano, Português

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Ayahuasca and beyond: herbal traditional Amazonian medicine for human therapy and planetary health - June 2019

Matteo Politi, pharmacologist and Scientific Director of Takiwasi, participated at the third World Ayahuasca Conference organized by Iceers, with an oral presentation analyzing the dangers of trying to transform Ayahuasca in an evidence-based medicine that has to fit into laboratory standards.

Author : Iceers

Audio : English

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The perfume ritual - May 2019

The perfume ritual is a therapy derived from traditional Amazonian medicine and currently used in the therapeutic protocol of the Takiwasi Center, especially in the initial phase of detoxification of drug addict patients. Through the use of some substances such as tobacco, perfumes, camphor, accompanied by the healing songs called ikaros, a ritual work of cleansing, purification and reinforcement is performed. These practices have been transmitted to Takiwasi by the master healer perfumero Ignacio Pérez Ortiz. The ritual ends with the final cleansing in the river where the effects of the perfume are lowered and the healer calls for the spirits of the water to eliminate the bad energies.

Author : Fabio Friso

Audio : Spanish

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Master Plants: Ushpawasha Sanango - May 2019

The Ushpawasha Sanango is a teacher plant that when ingested in the context of a traditional plant diet reconnects the person with their emotional world, and that is why it is also known as the plant of the "memory of the heart". From memories, dreams, feelings, thoughts and sensations the plant allows repressed emotions to flow in and to get in touch with deep feelings.

Author : Fabio Friso

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français, Italiano, Português

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Interview with Dr. Jacques Mabit on the Path of Plants - pt. 1 - April 2019

First part of an interview with Dr. Jacques Mabit by Louis Bidou & Aurélie Marques, directors of the film "The path of plants: a journey to healing". After spending two months in Tarapoto sharing the daily life of Takiwasi, Jacques receives Louis and Aurélie for a final interview. Here are the main topics: 1) What is your path? 2) How did you decide to work with drug addicts? 3) What is the purpose of the Takiwasi Center? 4) What is Takiwasi's point of view on the origin of addiction? 5) How is Takiwasi different from conventional treatment?

Author : Aurélie Marques, Louis Bidou

Audio : French

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Interview with Dr. Jacques Mabit on the Path of Plants - pt. 2 - April 2019

Second part of an interview with Dr. Jacques Mabit by Louis Bidou & Aurélie Marques, directors of the film "The path of plants: a journey to healing ". After spending two months in Tarapoto sharing the daily life of Takiwasi, Jacques receives Louis and Aurélie for a final interview. Here the main topics: 1) How do the so-called "hallucinogenic" plants work? 2) What is ayahuasca? 3) Is the experience of ayahuasca accessible to a Westerner? 4) In your practices, how do you relate religion to ayahuasca?

Author : Aurélie Marques, Louis Bidou

Audio : French

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The Path of Plants - A Journey to Healing - March 2019

The Path of Plants is a documentary series that demonstrates the complexity of the debates around the emblematic plants of indigenous peoples. Each story is embodied by a person or a group. At this moment, a first film about the Takiwasi Center entitled "A Journey to Healing” is being edited.

Author : Aurélie Marques, Louis Bidou

Audio : French

Subtitle : English, Español, Français

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Master Plants: Ajo Sacha - February 2019

Ajo Sacha (Mansoa alliacea) is a plant widely used for medicinal purposes in the Peruvian Amazon. Its leaves, roots and barks are used in different preparations to treat a variety of ailments such as rheumatism, to improve immunological defenses and to treat joint and muscle pain and inflammation in general. According to the Amazonian tradition, when Ajo Sacha is ingested under controlled condition called Dieta, it gives teachings to the person. For this reason it is known as "master plant". Within this context, Ajo Sacha acts on a psychological level helping the person to strengthen their self-esteem and their decision-making ability.

Author : Fabio Friso

Audio : Spanish

Subtitle : English, Français, Italiano

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