Doorway to the Gods: Sacred Plant Medicine with Wade Davis

Wade Davis: Doorway to the Gods: Sacred Plant Medicine, Episode 170, Medicine For These Times

Wade Davis is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker whose work has taken him from the Amazon to Tibet, Africa to Australia, and Polynesia to the Arctic.

Explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society from 2000 to 2013, he is currently a professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Author of 23 books, including One River, The Wayfinders, and Into the Silence, winner of the 2012 Samuel Johnson Prize, the top nonfiction prize in the English language.

He holds degrees in Anthropology and Biology and received his PhD in Ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. His main film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series written and produced for the National Geographic Society.

Davis, one of 20 honorary members of the Explorers Club, is the recipient of honorary degrees as well as the 2009 Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the 2011 Explorers Medal, the 2012 David Fairchild Medal for Botanical Exploration, the 2015 Centennial Medal of Harvard University, the 2017 Roy Chapman Andrews Society’s Distinguished Explorer Award, the 2017 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration, and the 2018 Mungo Park Medal from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

In 2016, he was made a member of the Order of Canada. In 2018, he became an honorary citizen of Colombia. His latest book is Magdalena: River of Dreams was published by NAF in 2020.

Episode Highlights

▶ The power of being an architect of your own life

▶ Wade’s story of using Ayahuasca for the first time

▶ The role of psychedelics in social change

▶ Cultural perspectives on nature and psychedelics

▶ The modern use and misuse of Ayahuasca

▶ The idea of sacred reciprocity and giving back when using sacred medicines

▶ The history of how psychedelics were discovered

▶ The future of psychedelics and drug policy

▶ Hope and wisdom for the future

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