AYA2016 | OCTOBER 17-22. RIO BRANCO, BRAZIL
Two years after the first World Ayahuasca Conference, held in Ibiza (Spain), we now take on the next challenge to bring together the international ayahuasca community in the spirit of the dialogue and exchange of knowledge and experience initiated in the first edition.
About 9,000 km. of land and water is what separates Ibiza from Rio Branco, capital of Acre, in the Brazilian Amazonia. This privileged environment offers people attending the event a dive into one of the world’s epicenters of ayahuasca: the perfect place to honor the cultural diversity of ayahuasca practices. In times of a rapid globalization of the use of ayahuasca, the dialogue about cultural recognition and protection of traditional practices worldwide is more important than ever.
In this spirit, ICEERS Foundation and all people and organisations related to the organization of the event, are working to ensure for the second time a memorable experience for those who will join us in RioBranco. More than 100 speakers will share their knowledge and expertise, we will have transcultural round-tables, we will host a film festival, count on the participation of musicians and artists, allow for the public to know the indigenous cultures from up close…and much more.
The languages of the conference are Portuguese, Spanish and English and simultaneous translation will be available in the auditorium.
GLENN SHEPARD JR.
Glenn Shepard Jr. works in different areas of ethnobotany and ethnology, including medical anthropology, ethnoecology, the traditional resource management and visual anthropology. Graduated in Ethnobotany from Princeton University (1987) and PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley (1999). He is currently a researcher at the Department of Anthropology of the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, which has been responsible of the ethnographic collection Curt Nimuendajú (2009-2013) and coordinator of the Coordination of Humanities (2015-2016). He is a collaborating professor in the Ecology of coordination of the National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA), and also collaborates in Human Ecology program at the University of São Paulo (USP). He has scientific publications in journals like PLOS One (2015), American Anthropologist (2012, 2004), Economic Botany (2011, 2008), Conservation Biology (2007), Science (2003), Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2002), Journal of Ethnobiology (2001) & Nature (1998, 1999).
Dennis McKenna’s professional and personal interests are focused on the interdisciplinary study of ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. He received his doctorate in 1984 from the University of British Columbia, where his doctoral research focused on ethnopharmacological investigations of the botany, chemistry, and pharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he, two orally-active tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon.
Daiara Tukano from the Ye’pâ-Mahsã nation (known as Tukano) is an indigenous activist, visual artist and feminist; studies master degree in human rights at the University of Brasilia-UnB researching about the law 11.645/08 and the inclusion of the indigenous theme in brazilian education. Initiated by her fther Doéthiro Álvaro Tukano in the Caapi (ayahuasca) ceremony, the prayer and ancestral knowledge of her people, she has porsued her spiritual path with the blessings of other nations masters. Current member at the immaterial heritage sector of the secretariat of citizenship and cultural diversity of the culture ministry – SCDC-Minc; She is correspondent on Radio Yandê: the first Indigenous brazilian web radio, following the political and cultural agenda. Apprentice in two worlds aims to collaborate in strengthening the traditional culture of her people and the celebration of indigenous identity.
Luisa Elvira Belaunde has her doctoral degree from the University of London (London School of Economics). Her area of expertise is indigenous Amazonia and she is a lecturer at the Postgraduate Program in Social Anthropology (PPGAS) of the Museu Nacional, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her publications include the following monographs: Kené: arte, ciencia y tradición en diseño; El Recuerdo de Luna: género, sangre memoria entre los pueblos amazónicos; Viviendo bien: género y fertilidad entre los Airo Pai de la Amazonia Peruana.
Colombian medical practitioner from Universidad del Rosario (Bogotá), has a Master’s degree in Medical Sciences and is currently PhD candidate in Epidemiology at a joint programme from Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero (México) and CIET Canada. General Director of the Grupo de Estudios en Sistemas Tradicionales de Salud (Research Group on Traditional Health Systems) at the Universidad del Rosario School of Medicine, and Chief Manager of the Centro de Estudios Médicos Interculturales —CEMI— (Intercultural Medical Studies Centre) an NGO that pursues community projects towards the definition of an intercultural health policy. Dr Zuluaga combines academic, scientific and administrative activities with general practice in his private office in the municipality of Cota, Cundinamarca. Author of many books and scientific papers, his approach seeks the encounter of Western Medicine with the Indigenous, Afroamerican and rural traditional health systems, as well as research on Ethnobotany and Medical Botany. He has contributed to the definition and adoption of new ethical criteria for research with communities based on intercultural dialogue. In recent works he proposes challenging concepts such as legal pluralism; defends the notion of epistemological diversity and proposes a new epidemiology applied to traditional knowledge.
LUÍS FERNANDO TÓFOLI
Luís Fernando Tófoli is professor of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. He heads the Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Studies on Psychoactive Substances and is a member of the State Council on Drug Policies of São Paulo. He is responsible for a research group on ayahuasca at UNICAMP and has recently published on the field of drug policies and the therapeutic use of psychedelics, especially ayahuasca.
Moacir Tadeu Biondo is 58 years old, from São Paulo, and a technical expert in medicinal plants at the Faculty of Medicine, Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM). He is a self-taught researcher who has lived for 37 years in the Amazon region. He established a system that organizes community knowledge called “Knowledge Landscape”, which is recognized by the Brazilian Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN) as a contribution to the Intangible Heritage of medicinal plants in the Amazon (www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uH2XqTb6kg). For ten years he has presented the “Herbs and Plants” program on the Amazonsat channel (http://www.amazonsat.com.br), where he examines the properties of medicinal plants and combines popular knowledge of the forest and science. He is also affiliated to the Beneficent Spiritist Center União Do Vegetal (CEBUDV), known as UDV, which he has attended for 31 years.
Jonathan Ott was born in 1949 in the U.S.. He is an organic chemist and specialist in shamanic ethnopharmacognosis. A student of the pioneering researchers in the field: Albert Hofmann (discoverer of LSD and psilocybin), Richard Evans Schultes (father shamanic ethnobotany) and R. Gordon Wasson (psilocybian modern discoverer of fungi and the importance of shamanism), he is active as a speaker in many countries and has organized some twenty seminars and conferences on enteognosia. He has published numerous scientific articles and thirteen books. He currently lives off-the-grid in Rancho Xochiatl, on 30 hectares in the cloud forest of the Sierra Madre Oriental, Mexico, where he is dedicated to cultivating and investigating visionary plants.
Jeffrey Bronfman is a member of the ICEERS Ayahuasca Defense Fund’s steering committee (www.ayahuascadefense.com). He was the lead plaintiff and legal strategist in the União Do Vegetal’s successful legal action to secure its right to the religious use of it’s sacrament, Hoasca, in the United States. He also participated in the detailed negotiations with the Drug Enforcement Administration (the drug control authorities in the United States) resulting in a successful protocol for the government licensed importation, storage and distribution for the ritual use of the Hoasca tea.
Carlos Suárez Álvarez is an ethnographic researcher, writer and filmmaker focused on Amazon indigenous cultures and their position in globalization processes. He completed his MA in Amazon Studies with Honors, at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and also holds a journalism degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. He is the author of a multimedia documentary, Ayahuasca, Iquitos and Monster Vorāx, and a novel, Ayahuasca, Amor y Mezquindad, and has published numerous ethnographic chronicles on different ayahuasca traditions in various publications in Spain and across Latin America. Since 2007 he has been living in Leticia, on the Colombian banks of the Amazon river.
DRAULIO DE ARAUJO
Draulio Barros de Araujo is a professor of neuroimaging at the Brain Institute (UFRN), Natal, Brazil. In recent years his research has focused on using functional neuroimaging methods (EEG and fMRI) to investigate the acute and lasting effects of Ayahuasca. His research group has also been studying the antidepressant potencial of Ayahuasca.
RAFAEL GUIMÃES DOS SANTOS
He has a Undergraduate Senior Thesis in Biology by the University Center of Brasília (2005), a Masters in Psychology by the University of Brasília (2006), and a Ph.D. Thesis in Pharmacology by the Autonomics University of Barcelona, Spain (2012). He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Neuroscience and Behavior – Ribeirão Preto Medical School – University of São Paulo. Researcher of psychoactive substances in general, with an emphasis in the study of the Ethnobotany, Pharmacology, Ethnopharmacology, Psychopharmacology and Neuropsychopharmacology of the hallucinogenic substances, especially ayahuasca and cannabis. Acts maily in the following topics: hallucinogens, ayahuasca, cannabis, cannabinoids, cannabidiol, psychopharmacology.
KENNETH W. TUPPER
Kenneth W. Tupper is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, where his research interests include: psychedelic studies; the cross-cultural and historical uses of psychoactive substances; public, professional and school-based drug education; and creating healthy public policy to maximize benefits and minimize harms from currently illegal drugs. Kenneth’s doctoral research developed the concept of “entheogenic education,” a potential theoretical frame for understanding how psychedelic plants and substances—in particular the Amazonian brew ayahuasca—can function as cognitive tools for learning.
DARTIU XAVIER DA SILVEIRA
Dartiu Xavier da Silveira graduated in Medicine and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Psychiatry at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and his specialization in Addictive behaviors at the Centre Medical Marmottan, Paris. He is professor at the Medical School of the Federal University of Sao Paulo and has been coordinating the Addiction unit of the institution for the last 28 years.
Constanza Sánchez Avilés is a political scientist and holds a PhD in International Relations and International Law. Her work focuses on political economy of illicit drugs, transnational organized crime and national and international drug policies, issues on which she has published several papers and book chapters. From 2007 to 2013 she worked at the Department of International Law and International Relations at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She has been visiting scholar at the University of Miami (2010), the Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego (2012) and Research Assistant at the Global Drug Policy Observatory at Swansea University (2013). She did fieldwork on drug policies in Peru, the United States, Mexico and the US-Mexican border and collaborates with several drug policy research institutions. At ICEERS, she is the coordinator of the Policy, Law and Human Rights Dept. and coordinates the ADF (www.ayahuascadefense.com).
BEATRIZ CAIUBY LABATE
Beatriz Caiuby Labate has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of psychoactive substances, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, and religion. She is Visiting Professor at the Center for Research and Post Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS), in Guadalajara, Mexico. She is also co-founder of the Nucleus for Interdisciplinary Studies of Psychoactives (NEIP), and editor of NEIP’s website (http://www.neip.info). She is author, co-author, and co-editor of fourteen books, one special-edition journal, and several peer-reviewed articles. For more information, see: http://bialabate.net/
JOSÉ CARLOS BOUSO
José Carlos Bouso is Clinical Psychologist and PhD in Pharmacology. He has studied the long-term effects of substances such as cannabis, cocaine and ayahuasca, as well as studies of acute effects of different drugs of natural and synthetic origin. He has also done research on the therapeutic uses of MDMA (ecstasy). He is currently Director of Scientific Projects at the ICEERS Foundation where conducts studies on long term effects of ayahuasca, the therapeutic effects of cannabis and the anti-addictive potential of ibogaine.
JOSEP Mª FERICGLA
Josep Mª Fericgla was born in Barcelona in 1955. BA in Geography and History and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Barcelona (UB ). He also attended advanced studies in Psychology, Music and Dramatic Art . Specialist in Cognitive Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Ethnopsychology, shamanism, states of expanded consciousness and Anthropology of aging. He has conducted field studies in Turkish Kurdistan, in the Moroccan Maghreb, Catalunya and from 1991 to 2009 in the Upper Amazon of Ecuador. He has been a tenured professor at the University of Salamanca and in Barcelona. He is the founder and director of the Applied Societat d’Ethnopsychology (Sd’EA) and chairs the Josep Mª Fericgla Foundation.
Santiago López-Pavillard is a cultural anthropologist, he received his PhD from Complutense University of Madrid. He coordinates de Working Group Anthropology of Religion and Spirituality (ARESIMA), of the Madrilenian Institute of Anthropology, and chairs the Eleusis Association, for the investigation and dissemination of information related to the expanded states of consciousness. He is also a founding member and secretary of the Platform for the Defence of Ayahuasca (PDA), known as the ‘Plantaforma’, a non-profit organization that arose from the alliance of different ayahuasquero’s ways of working with the plant in Spain. He is working since 1985 as an audiovisual librarian at the Spanish Public Television (TVE). He has conducted fieldwork in Spain, Perú, and Ecuador.
BENJAMIN DE LOENEN
Benjamin De Loenen studied audiovisual media and communication in The Netherlands, where he graduated with honors in his Masters with his documentary “Ibogaine-Rite of Passage” (2004), a film that would become a world reference about this subject matter until today. Benjamin worked as a film director and editor in the field of television, documentary, publicity and fiction from 2004-2010 while he traveled the world as public speaker about iboga and ayahuasca. He organized the International Ibogaine conference at the Catalan Health Ministry, gave courses about ibogaine for health professionals and government agencies such as the Portuguese Governmental institution SICAD and served the Board of Directors of the Global Ibogaine Therapist Alliance. Since the production of his film he has been very dedicated to the advancement of ibogaine and ayahuasca as therapeutic and personal development tools in contemporary society. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Service.
JUAN DE LA CAL
Juan Carlos de la Cal is a journalist working for large media companies for almost 30 years (El Caso, Panorama, Interviu, El Mundo, etc.). He has traveled to over 60 countries and collaborated with various NGOs and environmental organizations. He has received various prizes for his media reports for the defense of human rights. His relationship with ayahuasca started at the end of the 1980s during a trip to the Brazilian Amazon, where he got in touch with the syncretic churches. He later founded, along with his colleagues, the Spanish Santo Daime church CEFLURISE, legally registered in the Ministry of Justice. He is currently vice-president. He is also founding member and vice-president of the PLANTAFORMA for the Defense of Ayahuasca, a non-profit organization started 5 years ago out of an alliance of various ayahuasqueros in Spain.
Edilson Fernandes da Silva, 54, the youngest child of nine children, was born in 1961 in Resplendor, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is married and has a 21-year-old daughter. He was a naval marine from 1979 to 1983 and is now in the reserve. He has an incomplete university degree in physics from the Federal University of Rondônia. He worked in the area of IT in TOPCOM – Technology & Computers, in Ji-Paraná, in the state of Rondônia. Since 1985 he has worked with ayahuasca, first in the União do Vegetal (UDV) until 1989, and then in the Manuel Araújo Barquinha until 2000, when he established an independent religious centre, the House of Jesus Regeneration Centre and Frei Manuel Home (Centro de Regeneração Casa de Jesus e Lar de Frei Manuel – CRE), a church belonging to the line of Daniel Pereira de Mattos, or the Barquinha line, located in Ji-Paraná, of which he is currently president. He works in a project of the Cultural Association and the Development of the Released Convicts (ACUDA), which aims to re-socialize convicts through various therapies such as Gestalt, Transformative Theatre, Family Constellations, massage therapy, Ayurvedic medicine, Enneagram, Philosophy, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), as well as workshops and various courses. Since 2013, CRE has received convicts in its religious ceremonies with Daime. This is the only part of the ACUDA project which takes place outside the prisons as the temple is located 390 km away. This pioneering initiative has received attention from media inside and outside Brazil.
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Gillian Maxwell is an experienced coach and facilitator, public speaker, and knowledge exchange broker, committed to transformation in individuals and organisations. Formerly a co-founder and executive member of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition(CDPC), whose mission is to reform drug policies nationally and internationally, she is now a member of the Board of Directors for MAPS Canada (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies). Gillian is a proud recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service in introducing harm reduction to Vancouver and advocating for INSITE, North America’s first supervised injection site. Gillian has been a member of the Vancouver Police Board and a Trustee of AIDS Vancouver, and during the 2010 Winter Olympics she brought SafeGames2010, a large-scale harm reduction initiative, to Vancouver’s Olympic celebrations. Gillian understands that plant medicines play a vital role in our ability to develop an authentic presence in the world that values love and compassion above all else. She has extensive experience over a decade of being in ceremonial circles, and brings this depth of knowledge, along with innate intuition and wisdom to her work as an Integration Coach where she helps people interpret peak and cathartic experiences to bring clarity, and integrate what they learned. Through her vast network established over many years of social activism and community work, Gillian Maxwell knows how to translate important ideas into significant action. She is the link between the individuals, the organisations and the decision makers who need to come together to effect change in the world.
Jerónimo Mazarrasa is a documentary filmmaker, independent researcher, and interaction designer with extensive knowledge of the world of Ayahuasca. In the past decade he has produced, written and directed two documentaries about ayahuasca. The first about the Brazilian Ayahuasca churches, the second about the use of Ayahuasca in the treatment of drug addiction. He has traveled extensively through South America, researching a broad range of Ayahuasca practices, and has lectured internationally on Ayahuasca tourism and the appropriation of indigenous knowledge. He keeps a blog, curates a page of ayahuasca related news, and is currently preparing a book about his experiences. He currently serves the ICEERS Foundation as Secretary of the Board of Directors.
Edward MacRae was born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1946. He holds a degree in social psychology from the University of Sussex, UK, a master’s degree in Sociology of Latin American , from the University of Essex, UK and a doctorate in social anthropology from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Since 1987 he has been researching drug issues, in the Federal Universities of São Paulo and Bahia. He has been a member of The São Paulo State Drug Council and of the National Council for Drug Policy. He was one of the coordinators of the Multidisciplinary Work Group set up to regulate the religious use of ayahuasca in Brazil.Presently he is associate professor of the postgraduate programmes in anthropology and in social sciences at the Federal University of Bahia.He is also associate researcher at the Centre for the Study and therapy for drug Abuse at the Federal University of Bahia.
Studied Telecommunication Engineering and while doing his final project in Perú got interested in the use of ethnobotanical tools as self-actualization and psychotherapeutic agents. This led him to study Psychology at Universitat de Barcelona and to get trained in Transpersonal Psychology and Holotropic Breathwork at Grof Transpersonal Training. He is interested in the development of protocols to use non ordinary states of consciousness as a psychotherapeutic and self-development tool in an ethical and effective way, in the context of the western culture. He is currently the coordinator of the ICEERS Help Center (www.helpcenter.iceers.org) and works as a facilitator of altered states of consciousness by Holotropic Breathwork.
JAIR ARAÚJO FACUNDES
Federal judge. Master in Law and Society, member of the Multidisciplinary Working Group – MWG of the National Council for Public Policies on Drugs – CONAD, under the Ministry of Justice, which resulted in Resolution 1/2010 Conad, which regulates the religious use of ayahuasca in Brazil. Member of the Working Group “New Scenarios for Drug Policy in Brazil” the National Policy on Drugs of the Ministry of Justice.
ESTHER JEAN LANGDON
Esther Jean Langdon retired as full professor in the Graduate Program in Anthropology at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in 2014 and currently teaches and advises students as a voluntary professor. She is a CNPq researcher (level 1B) and is coordinator of the National Institute of Research: Brazil Plural – IBP (CNPq/INCT). Receiving her doctoral degree from Tulane University (US) in 1974, she has conducted research on shamanism, anthropology of health, oral literature, cosmology and performance. Since her arrival in Brazil in 1983, she has accompanied the development of the field of anthropology of health with particular emphasis on Indian health and public policy. Her articles and books are published throughout the Americas and Europe, the most recent include Negociaciones de lo Oculto: Chamanismo, Família y Medicina entre los Siona del bajo Putumayo (Editora Universidad del Cauca, Colômbia) and Saúde Indígena e Políticas Comparadas na América Latina (co-edited with Marina D. Cardoso, Editora UFSC/IBP).
Enio Staub was born in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in 1956. He is a journalist and filmmaker. He is founder and director of the Ecovila São José in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, affiliated to the ICEFLU (Church of Eclectic Worship of the Flowing Universal Light—Sebastião Mota de Melo, Patron), and to the Itzachilatlan Sacred Fire of Brazil. In the last thirteen years, he has made several spiritual alliances with traditional peoples in Brazil, Latin America and Africa.
He specializes in cultural policies of Culture and Communication Elias Mansour Foundation and, since 2009, has served as Superintendent of the Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute – IPHAN in Acre.
Jacques Mabit first came to Peru in 1980 with the Medecins Sans Frontieres Organization as an M.D., specialist in tropical disease and natural medicines. He was honored as an honorary professor for the Southern Scientific University of Lima, honorary member of the Peruvian Association of Psychologists, and as a fellow for the Ashoka Foundation. From 1986 onwards, he has been developing participative and auto-experimental research on traditional medicines and especially Amazonian medicines. These investigations led him to define an original therapeutic protocol for drug addiction treatment. In 1992, he founded the Takiwasi Center in upper Peruvian Amazonia to initialize the first pilot experiment of this treatment. The Takiwasi Center welcomes drug-addicted residents from Peru, Latin America and Europe. This model has also been implemented in other countries and has been applied to other pathologies. Jacques Mabit has made numerous public statements on the subject through publications, conferences, and other media.
KUMÚ BENEDICTO MEJÍA
Born in 1961 in the Colombian Amazon Basin, (Vaupés department), Benedicto belongs to the Tatuyo People, from the Tukano Oriental macro-linguistics family. He speaks fluently almost seven languages besides his own. He is one of the last specialists of the culture (shamans) of the Tukano Oriental cultural complex with skills in various specialties: kumú, dancer, narrator/historian, sacred instruments player, prayer/healer, as well as skilled hunter and fisher according to ancestral rules and traditional tools. He is married to María Luisa Ardila, father of nine children and grandfather of two. Benedicto has been in many occasions chief at the Puerto Nariño community where he lives. Benedicto travels on behalf of the Association of Traditional Authorities Yapú area, known by the acronym ASATRIZY, and the Union of Knowledgeable of Culture Yuruparí. He was founder of the UMIYAC —Union of Indigenous Yage Healers in the Amazon Piedmont— along with 40 shamans and integrated from the beginning the Support Committee in representation of his people, until he understood that they needed to trace their own way to defend, recuperate and strengthen the Tukano Oriental culture in the Amazon plain in Vaupés. For that reason he has worked eagerly towards the union and organization of the seven communities in the Yapú region according to the legal instruments that the Colombian legislation has adopted to protect Indigenous Peoples. Accordingly, he led the creation of the Association of Traditional Indigenous Authorities —Asatrizy—, and was leader in the conformation of the Asatrizy Union of Cultural Specialists (shamans) —Kumua Yoamara—. Benedicto has also led the works that gave birth to an authentic Life Plan that is currently being developed. He took an active role in the diagnostics, design and implementation of the Majírike ethno-education model that won a Presidential prize and is nowadays example for the Indigenous Peoples in Colombia, and also led the formulation and writing of the Traditional Territory Management Regime that served as groundwork of the Environmental Agenda for the Yapú regions and example for the other regions in the Vaupés jungles.
THIAGO MARTINS E SILVA
Thiago Martins e Silva was born in Brasilia, and has lived in Acre since 2006. He is trained as a Forest Engineer (UNB – 2005), Permaculture designer (Ipoema – 2006), and Medicinal Plants Specialist (UFLA – 2008), and he is currently pursuing a Master’s in Ecology and Natural Resource Management (UFAC – 2015). He has worked at the State Forests Secretariat – SEF (Acre) and at the Institute of Environmental of Acre – IMAC, where he contributed, from start to finish, to the joint resolution CEMACT / CFE № 004/2010, which regulates the logging, collection and transport of the species Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis. He is a Criminal Expert of PC/AC and of the DFNSP. He is Vice-president of the Maria Marques Vieira Illuminated Lotus Flower Eclectic Center (CEFLIMMAVI), based in the Vila Irineu Serra, in Rio Branco, Acre. He is also councilor of the Ayahuasca Cultures Thematic Chamber of Rio Branco and lead councilor for the Raimundo Irineu Serra Environmental Protection Area Chamber. Over the past 12 years, he has dedicated himself to planting jagube (Banisteriopsis caapi) and chacrona (Psychotria viridis).
VERA FRÓES FERNANDES
Vera Fróes Fernandes is a historian at the Federal University of Acre (UFAC), specializing in ethnobotanic at National Botanical Research Institute (N.B.R.I), Lucknow, India, and post graduate degree in Innovation Management in Phytomedicine of the Brazilian Biodiversity, by Fiocruz.Vice president of the Institute for Environmental and Cultural Studies (IECAM) and coordinator of environmental projects in the Amazon. She met the Santo Daime in 1978 in Acre. Currently attends at Flor da Montanha Church, Lumiar, Rio de Janeiro. She wrote one of the first books on the Santo Daime, “Santo Daime – “Santo Daime – Cultura Amazônica – História do Povo Juramidam” (Juárez, 1986). Collaborated in the book “A Arte de Partejar – mito e mistério do nascimento na luz do Santo Daime” (Primo, 2015), of Adelise Monteiro, pediatrician, psychiatrist, and daimista. Creator of Viridis Natural Products.
LEÓN FIDEL ANDI GREFA
León Fidel Andi Grefa, is a Yachack from the Napo Kichuas and vicepresident of C.Y.R.A.E. Council of Amazonian Yachak Runas of Ecuador “I began to learn from a very early age, 5 years old, through my grandfather on my mother’s side. He began blowing tobacco on my head, then he began to give me prepared tobacco juice to drink, I was 16 when he tested me fro the first time. He asked me to cure a cousin of mine who was sick. I healed him good and after some time I began to heal other people. Some 27 years ago I started with a friend an organization of traditional healers that is still active today. Fpr years ago we changed the name to Council of Amazonian Yachak Runas of Ecuador, we have more than 150 members from the whole country. We work for the defense of ancestral plants and knowledge. Among our achievements is the passing of a number of national laws that protect our as traditional doctors as well as collaboration agreements with the Universidad Central del Ecuador and the Ecuadorean Ministry of Health”
JOAN MANEL VILASECA
Joan Manel Vilaseca graduated at the Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya (ESCAC) in 1998, specializing in film editing. Since then he has worked as an editor in many fiction, documentary and other feature film formats for both cinema and television, including critical and public successes. From 2002 he started to give classes in the superior cycle at ESCAC, where he continues teaching today. His parallel interest in ethnobotany, psychology and physiology of perception took him to collaborate with ICEERS in the audiovisual department, where he organised the Film Forum in the first World Ayahuasca Conference.