Episode 122 – Root and Vine

Experiential journalist Rak Razam chats with Ben De Loenen, founder and Executive Director of ICEERS (International Centre Ethnobotanical Education Research & Service). These fellow filmmakers have been drawn in by their plant medicine experiences making documentaries to explain the worlds of the spirit.

They have both gone on to form NGOs to help facilitate the integration of shamanic medicines into the West. Ben studied audiovisual media in The Netherlands and received his Master's degree with honors as a film director and editor for his documentary 'Ibogaine-Rite of Passage' (2004), which he directed and produced.

He helped form ICEERS in 2009 as a philanthropic, tax-exempt non-profit organization dedicated to integrating ayahuasca, iboga and other traditional plants as therapeutic tools in modern society and preserving the indigenous cultures that have been using these plant species since antiquity.

Listen to this revealing and intimate conversation on the edge of the worlds of shamanic medicine and public policy…

For more information, see: www.iceers.org/

Originally aired on: Jul 6, 2017