News

08 August 2019

The ATOP project has just evaluated patient number 100

ATOP (Ayahuasca Treatment Outcome Project) is a research that started in January 2016 that has been collecting data on drug-addict patients in treatment at the Takiwasi Center.


07 August 2019

Retreat/Diet Testimonial - Sasaba

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.


27 July 2019

Ayahuasca and Planetary Health

Article pubished by Matteo Politi on Kahpi - The Ayahuasca Hub, July 27, 2019. As a pharmaceutical chemist who has spent more than 20 years around medicinal plants research and more recently also within ayahuasca drinking communities in the San Martin region in the Peruvian Amazonia, I suggest we can benefit greatly from thinking about ayahuasca beyond the medical paradigm. It’s time to take seriously the claims of indigenous elders and others who acknowledge the sentience of plant life and the deep human connection with the natural world. A key solution to our planetary crisis must involve protecting and incorporating indigenous knowledge. It can help us realize how our personal ayahuasca healing is also a kind of planetary healing. Below I outline several reasons why ayahuasca should be treated as much more than simply a personal “medicine.”


18 July 2019

Epistemological practices of reciprocity

Rebecca-Rosea Blome (Freie Universität Berlin) investigated Takiwasi’s use of Amazonian medicinal knowledge to treat mental health patients and the association’s work with indigenous groups. Last May, she presented some of the results during a workshop organized by the Working Group Medical Anthropology within the German Anthropological Association (DGSKA). “Exploring Ecologies of Mind in (Mental) Health: Eco-Pathologies and Onto-Politics of Healing Economies”.


01 July 2019

Testimony about the benefits of the dieta

Mateo participated in a retreat/diet in Takiwasi in 2012 and now he shares this testimony about the benefits for his life from this experience, something that fills us with joy and pride.