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"The Ayahausca Monologues: Tales of the Spirit Vine"

Over the last 8 years, the NYC “Ayahuasca Monologues” has captivated audiences with stories of the potent Amazonian psychoactive brew.  And for the first time ever, the show’s creator, Evolver co-founder Jonathan Talat Phillips will be directing and hosting the California shows alongside his PSYCHONAUT PRODUCTIONS co-pilot Claudia Wheeler Rappe. 

For millennia, indigenous shamans have utilized this powerful concoction to heal illness, obtain mystical insights, contact spirit guides, and explore magical realms. Its recent and rapid introduction to the West has drawn seekers looking for spiritual development, alternative treatments for physical and emotional illnesses, and daredevil journeys into wild and weird psychonautic frontiers. Whatever the case, nearly everyone comes back with an incredible story. 

As ayahuasca spreads  across the West, for one night in SF and LA, we’ll come together as a culture and community to hear stories both miraculous and terrifying, humorous and adventurous, humbling and revelatory as Westerners access ayahuasca’s incredible gifts.

Live auction fundraiser to create the first “Center of Psychonautics,” an innovation center, cultural hub, and community events space in the East Bay.

Community Partners: Imaginatrix, Keyframe Entertainment,, Palenque Norte, North Atlantic Books, Evolver SF & LA, The Center SF, The Syrup Loft


Jonathan Talat Phillips: Author of “The Electric Jesus: The Healing Journey of a Contemporary Gnostic;” co-founder of PSYCHONAUT PRODUCTIONS, The Evolver Network, & Reality Sandwich; “Huffington Post” religion blogger; “Professional psychonaut, energy healer, & quantum medicine guide.  Set up a session or psychonautic journey at



Erik Davis: Host of the podcast Expanding Mind; author of the cult classic “Techgnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information,” and “Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica”; PhD candidate in Religious Studies. Davis is a contributing writer for “Wired” magazine, and wrote "The Posthuman Condition" column for Feed. His essays have appeared in over half a dozen books.

Meriana Dinkova is a psychotherapist and workshop facilitator. She organizes retreats to Peru, combining medicine work with neo-shamanistic and psychotherapeutic techniques. There she works with with experienced indigenous shamans, and teaches workshops on tools for navigating non-ordinary states of consciousness. For more info about her work and upcoming retreats go to:

Ken Adams: Transmedia artist and film maker. His current film project, “Imaginatrix: The Terence McKenna Experience,” will be released this summer. Previous films include “Alien DreamTime,” “Imaginary Muslims,” and “Strange Attractor.” He has screened at Esalen Institute, Cloud 9, East Bay Media Center, Burning Man and related festivals. Recent interviews are available thru Palenque Norte, Sol Purpose, Dr. Future, and other podcasts.

Michaelangelo: improvisational performance and multi-media artist instilling wonder and excitement for the creative mystery of every moment. This "Astroverted EntheoGentleman" distills essences into illuminating images, sounds, and words with his sixth sense of humor. A painter, writer, bard, musician, and Scottish Rapper from the Netherlands, Michaelangelo is launching his Kickstarter - a Necromantic Scottish Rap epoch, Void Denizen.

Claudia Wheeler-Rappe: Photographer and multimedia artist who has spent the last decade exploring and expanding her psychonautic edge. She has lived abroad in both Europe and Asia; spent extensive time studying and dieting under the tutelage of the Gringo Shaman of the Amazon, Ron Wheelock; and spent over a year photo-documenting the underbellies of San Francisco, focusing on substance users in the Tenderloin. She is the co-founder of Psychonaut Productions, a media platform for promoting psychonautic education and transformation

Peter Touchard:
NLP Practitioner, campfire storyteller and giver of most excellent hugs. Touchard has been on “a rapid-fire self exploration and personal growth path” over the last few years, including Marin style NLP, plant medicine and psychonautics, and learning “the world of curandismo.” He is available for transformational NLP sessions

The Center SF

548 Fillmore (Near Fell St), SF, 94117 

-Doors - 7pm. Performance Starts at 7:30pm

-Sliding Scale: $20-$45 

-Adv Tix: Paypal [masked] with SF Monologues in subject line.

-$100 includes pre-event dinner celebration fundraiser with speakers & hosts (paypal will likely be standing room only, so arrive early for a good spot, even if you buy in advance.

Proceeds support the world’s first “Center of Psychonautics.”

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  • Johnny A.

    Hi everyone, we're looking for an older woman elder/shaman/indigenous person/healer to add to some more multi-generational diversity for the event. Any suggestions? Also, maybe there's someone else in general you'd like to see us add.

    May 30, 2014

    • Johnny A.

      Thanks David! Guess it's time for me to finally pay some attention to reddit.

      June 1, 2014

  • David M.

    Jonathan, you might post your request for a older woman shaman on /r/ayahuasca at

    May 31, 2014

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