This three-part series guides you through Amazonian plants: their uses, benefits, traditions, research, stories and magic.
Powered by the most bio-diverse place on the planet — we’ll branch and connect various healing traditions; exploring the Chinese/Taoist principles of Jing, Qi, Shen in the context of Amazonian shamanism, and the ways plants offer holistic visions of health, tremendous rejuvenation and renaissance of body, mind and spirit.
In this course you'll learn how to integrate these traditions into your every day life through Morgan's guidance. You'll learn new, easy things that you can add to your daily routine that will boost your immune system and spark your creativity.
From plant medicine elixirs to superfood smoothies to ancient explorations of stillness and nature -- this course will awaken heightened levels of clarity and fortitude with which to flow and flourish in the new now.
On Session One (broadcast live on May 6), Morgan was joined by philosopher and author, Richard Doyle. On May 13th we will have Session Two with Dennis McKenna, one of the leading figures in the global psychedelic and scientific communities investigating plant entheogens and indigenous plant medicines.
Creating and working with Amazonian elixirs, teas and tinctures
Expanding immunity; protection, resiliency, regeneration
Clear thinking and dreaming to promote calm and increase creativity
Casting away anxiety, panic, frustration, stress and shock
Keeping your endurance, initiative, strength and fire flowing
Energy, life force, power – responsibly, respectfully, in right relationship
This first session focuses on the ways and means for creating and maintaining defenses and protections for your body, mind and spirit. A necessary foundation, as we embark further into the wilderness of these days. Cat’s Claw, or Uña de Gato, will feature prominently alongside Camu Camu. We're thrilled that author and philosopher Richard Doyle can join us to talk plants and kick off this first session.
With Richard we'll explore the capacity of consciousness to learn from teacher plants to focus attention on the source of self. This shift in the "gradient of attention", learned under the tutelage of ayahuasca and vegetalista Norma Panduro, worked in Richard's own life to help heal him of life long and life threatening asthma and debilitating whole body eczema.
Professor Richard Doyle, aka "mobius", has taught courses on Philip K. Dick since 1994. Since reading the work of futurist Alvin Toffler at age 12, Doyle has been on a scholarly and personal quest to understand the effects of information technologies on the evolution of human culture. After completing a PhD at UC Berkeley and a post doctoral fellowship at MIT, he has received grants from the National Science Foundation and written a trilogy of scholarly books on the effects of information technologies on human evolution and the effects of language on consciousness. His latest, Darwin’s Pharmacy: Sex, Plants & The Evolution of the Noösphere, focuses on the co-evolution of humans with psychedelic plants such as psilocybin, cannabis and ayahuasca. Rich is hosted our "Radio Free VALIS" online course with Penn State University and our WebShow "Exploring the Soul of Nature" with Joanna Harcourt-Smith. mobiused.wordpress.com
From the beginning of time, plants have played a role in human affairs, influencing the evolution of civilizations and cultures, human migration, medicine and health care, wars, art, mythology and religion.
We're honoured to welcome the wonderful Dennis McKenna on this second session to explore the vastly deep world and life of Amazonian ethnobotany.
In this very special session, Dennis and Morgan will discuss and explore:
The role and importance of botanical medicines in the public health programs, ethnomedicine, and medical practices of developing countries and indigenous cultures.
The historical and political roles that plant migrations, trade in food and spices, exploration, and the exploitation of botanical resources have played in the development of civilizations, colonization, cultural traditions, and imperialism.
Issues, perspectives, and dilemmas related to the ownership of indigenous knowledge, biopiracy, and genetic resources.
Humanity’s well being, and the importance of preserving biodiversity, species habitats, and genetic diversity.
Dennis McKenna is an ethnopharmacologist, research pharmacognosist, lecturer and author. He is the brother of well-known psychedelics proponent Terence McKenna and is a founding board member and the director of ethnopharmacology at the Heffter Research Institute.
McKenna received his Master's degree in botany at the University of Hawaii in 1979. He received his Doctorate in Botanical Sciences in 1984 from the University of British Columbia. McKenna then received post-doctoral research fellowships in the Laboratory of Clinical Pharmacology, National Institute of Mental Health, and in the Department of Neurology, Stanford University School of Medicine.
McKenna's research led to the development of natural products for Aveda Corporation as well as greater awareness of natural products and medicines. He has authored numerous scientific articles and books. He co-authored The Invisible Landscape with his brother Terence and Botanical Medicines: the Desk Reference for Major Herbal Supplements with Kenneth Jones and Kerry Hughes. McKenna spent a number of years as a senior lecturer for the Center for Spirituality and Healing, part of the Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He is now a senior research scientist for the Natural Health Products Research Group at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in the Vancouver area.
His research has included the pharmacology, botany, and chemistry of ayahuasca and oo-koo-hé, the subjects of his master's thesis. He has also conducted extensive fieldwork in the Peruvian, Colombian, and Brazilian Amazon.
His most recent book, The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss: My Life with Terence McKenna is available here.
This session focuses on activating clarity -- clear vision, clear thinking, clear feeling -- in order to uplift your energy in profound ways. From the solid ground of expanded immunity engaged in Session One, we'll branch up, out and into ways to increase and enliven your dream-life, memories, recall, creativity and intuition. Wayusa or Whysa, (Guayusa, ilex guayusa) is our prime plant-guest on this session.
With your defences established and your vision sharp and clear, this third session provides strategies to activate, stimulate, regulate, moderate, ride -- and respect -- your energy, life-force and legacy. Guarana (Paullinia cupana) will feature, and we'll connect-in a host of helpful herbs.
Wayusa, Cat’s Claw, Pau d’Arco, Guarana, Chuchuhuasi, Siete Raices, Catuaba, Sangre de Grado, Jergon Sacha, Ajo Sacha.
Amazonian Plants and the Art of Brewing – overview and quick reference guide, v2.
Full Course Registrants receive a one time 12% discount at the Light Cellar Webstore.
Unlimited access to the recordings of each session.
Morgan Maher is an artist, designer, writer and teacher creating and exploring relationships between food, medicine, plants, health, art, music, optimism, adventure, ecology-economy, and the future.
Morgan is on the Board of Directors for Ayahuasca.com, he has written for Reality Sandwich, hosted Evolver Intensives, illustrated Peter Gorman’s book: Ayahuasca in My Blood, published Espiritu: a book of plants.
Each session is 120 minutes long, with an hour and a half of presentation and 30 minutes of Q&A in which you will have the chance to ask your questions directly to Morgan.
Participants who have a webcam and microphone will be able to ask questions via live video. If you don’t have a webcam or a microphone you can still participate and ask questions via the chat.
All participants will have access to a recording of the workshop that they can download and watch whenever and as often as they would like.
Requirements: Broadband/high-speed internet connection, web browser, desktop or notebook computer. iPhones and iPads NOT supported as of this time.
Recommended: Webcam and microphone, ethernet cable connection or a strong wireless connection.
Uña de Gato, Powerful Plant an introduction and overview of Cat’s Claw, by Morgan Maher
Wayusa — Intro to Ilex Guayusa
Wonderful Ways to Boost Your Horse Power, by Morgan Maher
A quick clip from a recent session with Morgan at the Light Cellar:
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