"People interested in indigenous uses of ayahuasca will enjoy reading this book. Author JMW shares what he has seen, heard and experienced during long years spent with indigenous Amazonian people. He discusses the dangers of sorcery even for those who do not believe in it, as well as the importance of keeping quiet about one's visions. He also discusses a jaguar-centered world view, in which jaguar embodies energy, and energy makes up the universe. JMW shares nugget after nugget of Secoya wisdom about how to work with rainforest medicines. This book is personal rather than academic, and its approach is "kaleidoscopic", but it is packed with knowledge, experience and respect for indigenous cultures. I will recommend it to friends."
—Jeremy Narby, author of The Cosmic Serpent, Anthropologist
"Rainforest Medicine is a remarkable account from a scholar and experiential adventurer who has devoted more than twenty years of his life, much of the time in the field, to the study of physical and metaphysical realms where plants, nature, and the human imagination merge in the mind of the shaman, the true wizards of the upper Amazon." —Wade Davis, author of One River and Into the Silence, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society
"Rainforest Medicine offers valuable insights into deepening our understanding of the natural world and thereby rediscovering ancient ways of thought that can guide us toward healthy living."
—Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Spontaneous Happiness: A New Path to Emotional Well-Being
"Jonathon Miller Weisberger, or 'Sparrow' as called by his friends, has been dedicated to the preservation of biodiversity, indigenous cultures, and indigenous knowledge in the Northwest Amazon for over twenty years! His commitment is one fueled by passion, a deep understanding of why all humanity needs the rainforest and a profound respect for traditional ways of knowing. In this book Jonathon shares the spiritual perspectives of healers and traditional elders as well as his own body of experiences, alongside a compilation of the identities and uses of two-hundred-and-one Amazonian medicines. This books jumps off the bookshelf and urges readers to connect straight to the living heart of the rainforest itself. This book undeniably will be appreciated by researchers of Amazonian topics for years to come, as well as anyone concerned about saving the rainforest and being an ally to its peoples."
—Dennis McKenna, Ph.D., ethnopharmacologist, author of The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss: My Life with Terrence McKenna
"Rainforest Medicine carries a timeless message, one that makes evident our essential need—which is to reconnect with nature. This book is an instrument of positive transformation. Highly recommended."
—Graham Hancock, author of Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind
"Rainforest Medicine teaches us a great deal. While holding true to adventure, the journey goes deep into the earth consciousness where the real medicine for all life exists. Weisberger is one of the great ethnobotanists of our time. Even more so, he is without a doubt one of the finest ambassadors for our planet. His story of the Upper Amazon with its amazing medicine plants, people, and oral traditions leaves you wanting to do something—anything—to save this amazing place. He has a gift for evoking a sense of place and purpose, and the characters he meets come alive on the page. There is little doubt in my mind that Rainforest Medicine is a masterpiece and sets a new standard in ethnobotany and conservation."
—Michael Cottingham, director of Voyage Botanica School of Botanical Medicine
Praise for Jonathon Miller Weisberger's work
• "[C]ourageous and innovative work. [He is] working to preserve ancient botanical wisdom, not on some dusty bookshelf, but in the hearts of indigenous youths and in the forest itself. This is a bold and crucial step in these times."
—Robert Hass, former United States poet laureate
• "Presided over by a most benevolent array of plant energies and animal intelligences, leafing and leaping spirits ... like a dark heart of the wave on the sloping strand in wilderness and wonder."
—David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous
• "Jonathon Miller Weisberger—a 'young Schultes'—is a master with the plants.... He helps you listen to their myriad voices, each a wise voice singing a different part in Nature's chorus."
—Bill Pfeiffer, Sacred Earth Network