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310: Ayahuasca: Cultural Evolution versus Appropriation

Hosted by Rima Danielle Jomaa
Featuring Russell Taplin

Rima & Russell examine the dilemma of using plant medicines in the west while not engaging in cultural appropriation. You’ll hear: a definition of ayahuasca, what it’s used for, and where it comes from; what the term ‘shaman’ means & what it signifies now; what a ceremony might look like & what the role of the leader/facilitator is; what integration means & why it’s important for ayahuasca participants from the west; a discussion about how Westerners can engage with the medicine without engaging in cultural appropriation; ways to make the medicine accessible/non-exclusive while maintaining respect & integrity; the idea of money/profit & how it relates to ayahuasca; how ayahuasca offerings can be promoted authentically; ways we can use the message & teachings of Ayahuasca to engage in constructive conversations about her evolution & adaptation & more.

What You’ll Hear

  • A definition of what ayahuasca is, where it comes from & what it’s benefits might be. (Minute 4:00 - 9:00)

  • A definition of what Shaman & what the term now has come to signify. (Minute 9:00 - 11:00)

  • A description of what a ceremony might look like & what the role of the shaman/leader/facilitator is. (Minute 11:00 - 15:30)

  • Examining: how people from the west who probably won’t go into the Amazon to drink ayahuasca can access the medicine; integration; how can we use the medicine with engaging in cultural appropriation. (15:30 - 23:00)

  • How can we make the medicine non-exclusive and accessible to all while not disrespecting the indigenous people who carried this medicine & tradition through thousands of years? (23:00 - 27:00)

  • The concept of promotion, money & profit when it comes to ayahuasca & how words trigger people when it comes to plant medicine. (27:00 - 33:00)

  • Suggested solutions for those concerned about particular offerings on how to engage with organizers in a compassionate & curious way versus from an aggressive & angry place. (33:00 - 35:00)

  • What to look for when choosing a ceremony. (35:00 - 38:00)

  • The role of the indigenous healer & spreading the message of Ayahuasca with Westerners & meeting people where they’re at. (38:00 - 40:30)

  • How can we respect indigenous cultures that have carried this medicine & passed it on while hosting and organizing events as white people? (40:30 - 45:00)

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Rima Danielle Jomaa

Rima Danielle Jomaa is from Los Angeles, and now lives and works in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica where she manages a hotel, restaurant, and yoga program full-time. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT# 82229) and has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She is a certified yoga instructor, and received her certification from Alexandria Crow and Heather Seiniger from YogaWorks in Pacific Palisades, California. While in private practice, Rima practices Reiki energy healing, utilizes hypnotherapy, and guides others through mindfulness and meditation. Rima gives clients the tools and skills to reclaim their health, happiness, and freedom.

Rima lives her life as an example for her clients and students. She is interviewed regularly in the mediaon a variety of topics. Please contact Rima regarding modeling or writing for your brand, or to collaborate on retreats, workshops, marketing, and other opportunities.