Ron Wheelock, AKA "The Gringo Shaman", arrived in Peru in March of 1996, with the intention of becoming a healer. During his first trip, he drank the hallucinogen, ayahuasca, twice. He returned again in November of that year to begin his training and stayed 5 months, doing many plant diets. Before he returned home, he was introduced to Don Jose Coral Mori: The teacher of Pablo Amaringo and Eduardo Luna. He studied with these teachers until almost 2001, and then started working on his own. Since November of 2000, he has lived in Iquitos with the caraterra Iquitos-Nauta, continuing his work with the medicine.
In the first half, author David Grann, discussed his journey deep into the jungle to trace the path of explorer Percy Fawcett and his search for the mythical "Lost City of Z." In the second half, "Gringo Shaman" Ron Wheelock described his inner-journey using the powerful hallucinogen, ayahuasca. His student, Victoria Alexander, joined in the discussion. ... More »Host: George Knapp