In this episode we meet with Carlos Tanner!
Carlos is an American living in Peru who has been studying the science of Ayahuasca and plant medicine in the Amazon Rainforest since 2003. He is the program director for the Ayahuasca Foundation and organizes healing retreats and educational courses with indigenous healers for people in need of healing or people who are interested in learning the ancestral healing traditions of the Amazon Rainforest.
In our conversation, we talk about his early life in activism, the car crash and the Ayahuasca ceremony that changed his life, the power of consciousness, our understanding of reality, the role of faith in leadership, ayahuasca research, and upcoming certification programs.
“It is our perspective that actually determines what we call reality more than anything else, and how we interpret our experiences is actually what we remember as the truth not the experience itself.”
“Shamanism is a science that is the mastery of using a substance so that you optimize what that substance does to achieve the goals that you have and so we don’t really have that when it comes to alcohol and marijuana and unfortunately it’s not even a part of our paradigm to recognize that.”
“Preparation is a very unique and personal thing.”
“If we can understand how we form our reality, then we can hopefully gain more influence over the goals that we have to lead healthier and happy lives.”
“It is not what’s inside the seed that determines how well it grows, it is everything outside the seed that determines how well it grows.”
About Carlos Tanner: Carlos currently works as the program director for the Ayahuasca Foundation, a non-profit organization he began in 2009 based out of Iquitos, Peru. He organizes healing retreats and educational courses with authentic indigenous healers, called curanderos, to help people in need of healing anything from depression to cancer or who are interested in learning the ancestral healing traditions of the Amazon Rainforest.
In 2017 Carlos opened the Riosbo Ayahuasca Research Center, a modern facility located inside the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve. The research there was recently published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry demonstrating that attending an ayahuasca retreat can produce epigenetic changes and significantly reduce depression and anxiety. Research continues at the center and will now include studying chronic pain, PTSD, and changes to the gut biome as a result of attending an ayahuasca retreat.
How to connect with Carlos and his work