Presenters

Final Somara 2016 presenters will be announced soon!

Steve Beyer - *Via weblink – Stephan V. Beyer, Ph.D., J.D., is a well-known writer and speaker on shamanism and spirituality. He is also a community builder, peacemaker, and carrier of council. He has been trained and certified in many areas of circle processes, mediation, and nonviolence and has offered peacemaking workshops to a wide variety of audiences, from therapists to theologians, and at Montessori, charter, alternative, and public schools. He has served as a Lecturer in the

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Daniel Pinchbeck - Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of Breaking Open the Head (Broadway Books, 2002), 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006), and Notes from the Edge Times (Tarcher/Penguin, 2010). He was featured in the documentary 2012: Time for Change, directed by Joao Amorim and produced by Mangusta Films. He is the host of Mind Shift (www.mindshift.net), a talk show on cutting-edge approaches to art, social change, and consciousness, on GaiamTV. In 2007, he launched the web

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Richard Grossman - *Via weblink – About Richard Grossman, L.Ac., O.M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Richard Grossman’s fascination with healing started quite early in his life, triggered in part by a severe physical and emotional traumatic event. As the son of a pharmacist, he grew up surrounded by doctors, but when given an assignment to decided what he wanted to be when he grew up he answered he wanted to study the effects of plants and medicines on the mind. His spiritual

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Jonathon Miller Weisberger - *Via weblink – Jonathon is Guaria de Osa’s founder and steward. Jonathon, or Sparrow as his friends call him was born in Berkeley California and raised from a very young age in the country of Ecuador. Since 2000 he has been living 9 months a year in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula overseeing all aspects of the construction of Guaria de Osa Centre. He is more than our “jefe” he is also Guaria’s principal rainforest guide, plant master,

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Jonathan Dickinson - *Via weblink – Jonathan Dickinson is the Executive Director of the Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance (GITA) (www.ibogainealliance.org), a not-for-profit that is dedicated to supporting the sacramental and therapeutic uses of iboga and its derivatives. Since 2009 he has worked with ibogaine, iboga’s primary psychoactive and medicinal alkaloid, in therapeutic contexts in Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama. He has published and presented on his work globally. In 2015 he led the development of the Clinical Guidelines for Ibogaine-Assisted Detoxification (www.ibogainealliance.org/guidelines) that serves as a risk management resource for

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Martin Ball - *Via weblink – Martin W. Ball, Ph.D., is a leading expert on 5-MeO-DMT, arguably the world’s most powerful entheogen, and is a provocative voice for the non-dual approach to entheogens and entheogenic experience. This talk will focus on the mechanisms of the ego and how they can be energetically unwound via the 5-MeO experience; how individuals can best maximize their experience with this medicine; egoic pitfalls, projections, attachments, and patterns that arise and how they can be

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Ya’Acov Darling Khan - *Via weblink – From a young age, Ya’Acov has been drawn to the down-to-earth connection with the spirit world that shamanism invites. He has pursued this yearning throughout his adult life, studying and practicing with many gifted teachers around the world. He has been recognised as a practicing shaman (*) by Elder Shamans from the Sami (European tradition), and Achuar and Sápara peoples of the Amazon. His Movement Medicine workshops are inspiring, empowering, contemporary and practical and are attended

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James Jesso - *Via weblink – James W. Jesso is a crowd-funded Canadian author and public educator who is dedicated to helping to distill an accessible language for understanding what it means to cultivate and live a life of psychospiritual maturity. In doing so,  he looks to  engender regenerative, coherent, and public discourse on psychedelics, sexuality, meditative practice, and conscious relationships — the means by he believes psychospiritual maturity can be most powerfully developed. He has authored numerous articles, essays, and videos, done

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Shannon Kempster - “For over 13 years I’ve been taking very large doses of all different psychedelics, putting ear plugs in and mindfold on, laying down still and seeing where it takes my brain, based on one of these journeys I sold my house and travelled the world to find the most beautiful of medicines so I can take people to that same space with a lot more ease.”  
Rak Razam - Rak Razam is the world’s leading ‘experiential’ journalist, writing about and helping shape the emergence of a new cultural paradigm in the 21st century. A writer, film producer and culture maker, he bridges the worlds of shamanism, consciousness and popular culture. He is currently developing an episodic TV show called Shamans of the Global Village which he is the host, writer and producer, with director Niles Heckman. A prolific media maker and networker, he hosts

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Luis Tamani Amasifuen - Luis Tamani will be joining us in person at Somara 2016 and will be offering 12 hrs of tuition in the first Somara Visionary Art Intensive.  If you’re interested in participating in this incredibly rare opportunity visit the Intensives page.Luis Tamani is an artist from the Amazonian rainforest of Peru. Born in 1983, he grew up on the banks of the Ucayali River in Pucallpa. His imagination was fed by landscapes full of rivers, trees,

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Daniel Mirante - Daniel Mirante will be joining us in person at Somara 2016. Born in the United Kingdom. Has been wandering the wilderness of the mundus imaginalis for 28 years. Began www.lila.info, cooperative visionary art and medicine culture website in 2000 ad. 3 years ago was gifted from the Creatrix a hummingbird brush to depict songs of Gaian intricacy and celestial crystal Logos In 2005 received help in the mische (mixed) technique of oil glazes and egg

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Karlyn Boyter - Karlyn is a highly trained and experienced Breathworker who has been sharing the power, magic and beauty of conscious breath across the globe for the last 12 years. Her interest in transformational processes began when she was 19, when she was desperately trying to overcome depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and find her place and purpose in the world. Her path lead her to also study yoga, reiki, meditation, crystal therapy, tantra, sacred sexuality and conscious

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Kari Barron - Kari is honored to share the ancient indigenous wisdom passed to her by the Mi’kmaq Elders of Canada through sacred ceremony. Her path has woven through various cultures, sacred sites & healing modalities which has given her a deep understanding of the sacred web of life. She facilitates workshops, song circles & organizes spiritual tours to Peru to work in sacred space with traditional Shipibo shamans in the Amazon rainforest. Workshop Title:  The Four Sacred

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Dan Schreiber - Daniel Schreiber is a neo gnostic, earth imagineer, meta bio harmonic system analyst and designer.  Born in South Africa, he studied life sciences at Cape Town university majoring in zoology and marine biology. Having worked in media, design and art in South Africa and London, he moved to Byron Bay in the early nineties to live in the subtropical rainforests of the northern rivers as a landscape and water gardener. His interest in plant entheogens

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Julian Palmer - Julian Palmer has been deeply exploring psychoactive plants for the last 15 years and has spoken at conferences in Australia and overseas on this subject over the last ten years. He recently released his book, Articulations: On The Utilisation and Meanings of Psychedelics. He was also the primary organiser of the Khanyisa Psychoactive Plant Conference in October 2013, the first conference of its type in Africa.  
Lahood - Lahood, G. PhD,  is an anthropologist of consciousness, a transpersonal theorist and facilitator, and is well trained in sacred psychology-psychotherapy. DrG has written two-dozen scholarly articles on a variety of shamanic topics including: ritual healing, Holotropic Breath work, Women’s birth shamanism, spirit possession, New Age spiritual imperialism, spiritual emergency, action research in the realm of the between, Gestalt therapy, cooperative inquiry, psychedelic hybridity, the participatory-turn in transpersonal psychology; anthropology as sacred science, globalizing spiritual narcissism,

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Nen - Nen was an early pioneer of the visionary use of acacias in the early 90s while completing his psychology degree, and has been researching their wider medicinal use and spiritual significance ever since. In 1992 he became the first modern person to utilize Acacia obtusifolia. In the mid 90s he began working closely with several Australian indigenous clans to archive and preserve ethnobotanical and esoteric knowledge, and was inducted into customary law. Since 2001 he

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Sarah Singing Raven - Sarah spent seven years living with and learning from indigenous medicine people in North America, undergoing the vigorous rites of passage connected to this path. This includes Vision Quest, Sacred pipe and Sundance. In her enquiry into shamanic consciousness and the art of the change-agent, she qualified as a hypnotist and is co-founder of the Northern Beaches Hypnosis Clinic, Sydney. Sarah also spent 2 years working with 11 indigenous communities in NSW. Sarah has been

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Fire Mane - Fire Mane is a Byron Bay-based energy healer who has worked extensively with people, sound and plant medicines globally. Her spiritual path is centred in the Sacred Valley of Peru. With an intention to assist the restoration of Love and Power in people and in country, she looks forward to sharing her insight and her evolving approach to working with plant medicines.
Jonathan Davis - Jonathan Davis is a writer, filmmaker and teacher who has been working with non-ordinary states of consciousness for the past sixteen years including a recent five month intensive of plant diets and learning in the Peruvian Amazon. He has a particular passion for encouraging safe and responsible approaches to the administration of entheogens for healing and personal growth. He is a moderator on the Facebook forum ‘The Shamanic View of Mental Illness’ and a founding member of

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Rati - Rati is a yoga teacher, body worker, intuitive energy worker, martial artist, and musician with a passion for world sacred music; she has travelled extensively and has been working with plant medicine for over 8 years. Her passion for health and wellbeing has led her to study nutrition, supplementation, meditation, movement and the power of sound as an instrument for healing through voice, guitar and overtone instruments. Rati has explored various styles of meditation and

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Jewelli - Jewelli Dollman draws from the traditional practice of Flower Baths in Amazonain Curanderismo as well as her own experience as an Australian Bush Flower and Liquid Crystal essence practitioner. Jewelli will be offering a practical workshop in preparing and administering flower baths for physical and energetic clearing and realignment. Jewelli’s work demonstrates the depth and power of working with the subtlety of vibrational medicine. www.thefloweringsoul.com
Alima - Alima, founder of Stand Strong for the Amazon, is inspired by wilderness and culturally significant ethnobotanical plants. She is involved with conserving Rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon containing 100’s of medicinal plants that extends a cultural conservation zone and a jaguar wildlife corridor. A passionate Permaculture educator, Alima is committed to evolving an inclusive and interactive teaching style, fostered by some of the great Permaculture pioneers. She teaches on a variety of Permaculture Courses at

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Maya Waken - Maya is an animist who has been communing with Gaia since childhood. Inspired by early visionary trances & sacred plant & animal teachers, Maya has dedicated her life to refining her relationship with what it is to evolve beyond the current confines of the human condition, & to engage with existence from a stance of conscious co-creation. Her focus is on the integration of epiphanous states within the complexities of humanity; in particular regarding trauma

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Jo Slater - From a conservative scientific background a substantial hit on the back of the head, lead to not being able to talk nor communicate, experiencing auditory, olfactory and visual hallucinations amongst other symptoms. My body started producing naturally occurring Endotheogens and inspired an obsession with artwork to communicate only using my hands even though at the time I had no comprehension of what was being produced or why. I simply was expressing the beauty I saw.

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Dean Jefferys - Filmmaker/Activist. Dean made the documentary “Shamans of the Amazon” in 2002. He is currently fundraising to make another documentary called “The God Molecule and the Shamanic Toad”. Dean recently set up Facebook groups “Toad Testimonials and Support”, “Kambo Testimonials and Information” and “Animal Communication Australia”. He is the captain of the Migaloo 2 Marine Conservation Yacht. For more info and to see a free screening of “Shamans of the Amazon” see www.thegodmoleculemovie.com
Quilla - Quilla has been working with plant medicines and ceremony in both South America and South Africa for twenty years. Initiated in an indigenous tradition of healing and divination in Southern Africa as sangoma, her work and ceremony reflect the inspiration of this lineage. From a young age she was fascinated with diverse cultural cosmologies and ancient techniques of facilitating healing. She began exploring when she was eighteen and travelled to South America where she came across and worked with

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Bryan Itch - Inkbomb Studios is the online manifestation of Bryan Itch, a melbourne based illustrator with a diverse skillset drawn from experience in an array of “black arts” Oil Painting, Graffiti, Tattooing, Vjing, Music Composition Mr Itch can output a broad range of imaginative illustrative work from a small vent on the side of his head.Utilising both traditional & digital mediums the thought droplets are carefully crafted into an vast array of artforms and let loose across

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Katia Honor - Katia’s paintings explore transcendental states of consciousness. Though the ‘unseen’ is notoriously difficult to convey, her art offers a philosophical viewpoint which feels unreal, yet strangely familiar. Katia has developed a contemporary, visual language which draws upon romanticism and psychedelia. Her plays of light, surrealism, realism and abstraction offer different perspectives into the phenomenas of mysticism, madness and medication. After lifelong esoteric and shamanic practices, Katia became compelled to visually map the relationships between ethereal,

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