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  • DVD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; DVD edition (26 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932907831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932907834
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,035,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Spent-Out on 28 Mar. 2013
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Sadly this documentary is very poorly made which is rather surprising considering it was made by Michael Wiese. He made a film some time ago called Dolphin which is beautifully made but this latest documentary looks awful.
The content and characters we meet are rather interesting but the whole production is ruined with camcorder looking footage and bad sound recording. This really only deserves one star but I added an extra star for Don Jose.
Why would a filmmaker cut corners for something like this; a once in a lifetime journey and experience into the Peruvian jungle. This could have been an amazing film, capturing the atmosphere, scenery and sheer wonder of the experience. Unfortunately, it's an amateurish video, at times looking like it's captured on a cellphone. The imagery is among the worse digital-video camerawork I've seen and the sound recording is equally as bad. At times, it's hard to understand the interpreter who mumbles his words. Hugely disappointing. I can only imagine what this could have been with quality visuals and decent sound.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Joy of the Inexpressible 25 Sept. 2011
By Robert Gerst - Published on Amazon.com
This movie treats the gradual immersion of a western filmmaker into the spirit world.

Filmmaker Michael Wiese sets out on a quest. With a companion, he enters the Amazonian basin carrying with him the names of shamans and artists, all strangers to him. He seeks them out, and they minister to him by treating him with ayahuasca, a pharmacological psychotrope blending the barks, seeds, and leaves used to purge and heal bodies and invoke spirits. By itself, no element of ayahuasca cures bodies or spirits or induces visions. The potion works by activating what is dormant and potential within all its ingredients.

To awaken what is dormant and potential within is, in fact, Wiese's goal for this movie. The Shaman & Ayahuasca: Journeys to Sacred Realms documents Wiese's search for health, meaning, and wholeness. It constitutes a chapter of his archetypal story. Stories that people pass from one another tend to retell different stages of a single story. Someone sets out on a journey. A stranger arrives somewhere and transforms himself while he transforms the place of his arrival. In this movie, Wiese both sets out and arrives.

Wiese tells the story of his journey to the sacred in shots that convey, immediately, the faces, the artworks, and forests and villages around him. He tells his story, too, in the explanations passing from shaman to viewer through the voice of his companion. Translating the words of shamans, the companion seems to confer those words as blessings onto viewers of the movie. So the utilitarian need to translate from Spanish or Quechua into English helps achieve the deepest goal of this movie, which is to express the joy of the inexpressible.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An Extraordinary Journey 31 July 2011
By LD Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
The Shaman & Ayahuasca is an extraordinary journey into a little known and largely hidden realm. Through Michael Wiese's personal exploration, we are transported into a world where the mystical and the day-to-day merge and miracles are commonplace. If only for the educational and entertainment value as travelogue this film would be worth seeing but this film is so much more as it explores the physical, psychological and spiritual healing properties of ayahuasca. I highly recommend this film to all seekers who long to know more about themselves and the fascinating world of this sacred plant.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Mind-Altering & Opening Documentary! 7 Nov. 2012
By A. Mills - Published on Amazon.com
It all starts with a simple discussion. The next thing you know, you're off to the Amazon rainforest in South America, drinking a tea made from a psychoactive plant and taking part in an ancient ceremony intended to heal and open the realms of consciousness. That's what happened to filmmaker Michael Wiese as he was searching for a cure after being confronted with a serious disease. Michael knew the universe was co-conspiring to aid in his mission and he, his translator and wife were off, embarking on a mysterious and deeply personal adventure.

The Shaman and Ayahuasca on GaiamTV.com follows these three on a thought-provoking journey, providing unique personal perspectives, majestic and stunning visuals of Peruvian surroundings, and wisdom from a famed shaman. It also piques the viewer's curiosity: What does this psychoactive elixir taste like? How does it feel to be whisked away to other realms and connected to the cosmos? How does it feel to return to reality? Here are a few of the most shining moments from this fascinating documentary:

The Shaman knows
Don Jose Campos, the internationally-known Shaman, graciously and sincerely walks Michael and company through his homeland, and shows just what goes into having a proper ceremony, including the blessing of the tea. Viewers can sense his passion and commitment to this sacred, ancient ritual. It's also important to note that ayahuasca should never be casually ingested and should only be taken under the care, guidance and supervision of a skilled Shaman who concocts, blesses and administers it; the brew is extremely powerful and mind-altering.

Ayahuasca in art
Speaking of mind-altering, legendary painter Pablo Amaringo is also featured. It's worth watching this documentary if only to catch a glimpse of this man's awe-inspiring works that express on canvas some of the many visions and worlds he entered while drinking ayahuasca everyday for 10 years.

Courage and confidence
Shaman Don shared the most important lesson that his teacher, Don Solon, passed on to him - the true definition of confidence: "A deep sense of trust in oneself, faith in the process of being present and being courageous and optimistic." Not only is it a lovely definition of the word, but it's the overall message of the documentary; confidence is applied and interwoven so deeply and on so many levels. One needs confidence to be open to learning about this spiritual sojourn. One needs confidence to go through with the experience. One needs confidence to expect the unexpected during this highly unpredictable journey.

Wanderlust starring Jennifer Aniston and her ayahuasca trip it is not, The Shaman and Ayahuasca offers viewers intense magical clarity into every component of this unique ritual. Delve into a world of deep spiritual development with The Shaman and Ayahuasca on GaiamTV.com.

GaiamTV.com Ambassador Alyson Charles is an AM and FM radio host and television producer. She lends her passions, inspirations, and self-help knowledge to her readers on [...], supplying you with all the tips and secrets for creating your most magical life!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Finding Peace With What Is 30 July 2011
By Jennifer Grisanti - Published on Amazon.com
This film is a beautiful journey into healing the physical body and enhancing the spirit in the process. It is a visual mastery that explores one man's quest for answers that apply to all of us with regards to life and how we live. It is also about mentally, spiritually and emotionally preparing yourself for what comes next. It is about embracing what is and finding peace.

Jen Grisanti
Story/Career Consultant, Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, Author of Story Line: Finding Gold in Your Life Story
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An inner awakening and unforgettable experience. 2 Oct. 2011
By Lorin/Tara H. - Published on Amazon.com
Shaman & Ayahuasca: Journeys to Sacred Realms is a beautiful and deeply moving testimony. It raises many critical questions for humanity at this time in history. Filmmaker Michael Wiese approaches this unutterably rich and complex realm as a visionary master offering a gorgeous tapestry on fire with luminosity and imbued with a palette of human emotions and experience that is quite dazzling. Wiese's wisdom born of his own artistic and literary creativity, and his courageous penetration of this often terrifying realm, allows one to discover through this lens of committed integrity the true potentials of the nature of human consciousness. This film is an unforgettable experience.
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