The Films

Hear Michael Wiese speak about Ayahuasca on Bob Charles’ Radio Show, December 23, 2012

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LIVING WITH SPIRITS: 10 Days in the Jungle with Ayahuasca

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THOSE BRAVE ENOUGH TO DRINK AYAHUASCA will meet spirits and have visions of other worlds and realms. Peruvian shamans use this visionary plant brew as part of a dieta—a retreat in the jungle—where they receive insights on healing. Through the auspices of Peruvian shaman Don José Campos, filmmaker Michael Wiese undertakes a 10-day dieta and shares his extraordinary experience in this video diary-style documentary film.

“Michael Wiese is a psychedelic explorer’s explorer. With honesty and humor, Living With Spirits reveals a rarely seen authentic Ayahuasca dieta, deep within the Peruvian Amazon.”
—Tony Levelle, editor of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide

“The film reminds me of what is pure and worthwhile about the sharing of the Ayahuasca mystery with modern consciousness. This is not entertainment, commercial, or the latest fad. This is beautiful and profound.”
—Robert Forte, editor of Entheogens and The Future of Religion

“Finally, an honest, low-key, moving documentary about what is really like to work with Ayahausca with a sophisticated and gentle shaman while keeping to a minimalist diet and learning to pay more and more attention to one’s own connections to the teeming vibrant living system of the rain forest. No false drama here, just simple and straightforward reporting. Wonderful ending footage of what an Ayahausca ceremony actually looks like.”
—James Fadiman, author, The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys

“This is a deeply personal and courageous film that takes us inside the daily experience of doing a profound cleansing and healing retreat and gives a potent sense of the mysterious world of Ayahuasca. I was grateful for the vicarious glimpse into this magical and enlightening world, and found the film moving and inspiring. It is a powerful reminder that the world of the spirits is all around us and is a great companion piece to Wiese’s previous film, The Shaman & Ayahuasca.”
—Lara Owen, author, Growing Your Inner Light