Erik Davis, author of TechGnosis examines the current ayahuasca culture in the West and its connection to the 1960’s psychedelic wave. Beatniks in the 1950’s took peyote and morning glory seeds; LSD surged in the 1960s, psilocybin mushrooms peaked in the 1970s. But the current ayahuasca wave has a ceremony structure that sets it apart from earlier experimentation. Even Western ayahuasca circles have a coherent group structure with a facilitator, which is unique. Sometimes visiting indigenous practitioners shamanize in Western ceremonies, other times neo-shamans sing and hold space. Despite cultural differences, the core container of the ayahuasca ceremony remains the same… If you like the film, host your own community screening: