Rak Razam + Shamans of the Global Village: The Sonoran Desert Toad ($10-$20)

720 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, OR (map)

  • This event costs $10-$20 (sliding scale). Proceeds fund costs, future episodes, and future PEERS events. Tickets at the door.

    Renowned psychedelic journalist Rak Razam presents a special screening of the first episode of his new series Shamans of the Global Village: Octavio Rettig and the Sonoran Desert Toad.

    Rak will start with a one-hour film screening followed by discussion on the toad medicine and the shamanic resurgence.

    About the series: 

    Indigenous people across the globe have used sacred plant medicines for millennia to heal, illuminate, and connect them to the web of life. From ayahuasca and San Pedro in South America, psilocybin mushrooms and Salvia Divinorum in Mexico, Peyote in North America, Kambo in Brazil, Iboga in Africa, and DMT-acacias in Australia, etc., each of these psychoactive medicines needs a healer to connect them to their patients: the shaman.

    This investigative-adventure documentary show will examine not just these shamanic medicines, but the shamans that wield them. Shamans of the Global Village is a unique focus on both indigenous and Western men and women learning to become shamans, what drives them, what their backgrounds are, and why the role of the shaman is vital in the 21st century. If, as Marshall McLuhan said, we are now a “global village,” then we need our own healers that understand the deep power and sacredness these plant medicines can reveal.

    Journalist Rak Razam will interview and sit in ceremony, experiencing healing medicine ceremonies with Western shamans across the globe, in countries where these plants are legal. Razam will show how the modern shamanic resurgence is being passed on from indigenous tribes to these new wave medicine people working in the Global Village, in the cities and the jungles of the 21st century. The show will focus on personalities, not just medicines, to bring alive the role of the shaman in the modern world.

    With Niles Heckman (Director) and Rak Razam (Host/Producer).

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