In this week’s episode Dennis McKenna speaks at the Synergetic Symposium & Salon “Earth Consciousness and Lore of the Amazon”. These “Conversations on Ayahuasca, Ethnomedicine and the Biospheric Imperative” were held at Synergia Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Wednesday 6 April, 2016. Dennis McKenna describes in a candid and humorous talk the journey to La Chorrera with his brother Terence, and a lifetime of research and exploration of ayahuasca, the sacred brew of the Amazon.
Dennis McKenna is an ethnopharmacologist who has studied plant hallucinogens for over forty years. He is the author of many scientific papers, and co-author, with his brother Terence McKenna, of “The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching”, and “Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide”. He holds a doctorate from the University of British Columbia, where his research focused on ayahuasca and oo-koo-é, two hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon. Dennis has been an adjunct assistant professor at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota since 2001, where he teaches courses in ethnopharmacology and botanical medicine. He is the author of “The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss”.