The author is an expert on this form of 'shamanism'. She must be, as she went to Peru a staggering FOUR times for a few weeks each, to take part in workshops with the Q'ero, who told her she is 'special' and is now one of them. The workshops she went to were full of similarly 'special' errr... backpackers, 'doing' the Inca trail. Get your wallet out and you too can become just like them! Come on people, books like this one are 'two a penny'. Now the author is a shaman, she can do stuff like not get uptight in traffic jams, etc, which you too can learn to do in the section of Q'ero self-help exercises at the back of the book! Get in tune with nature (without lowering your consumption or changing your way of life at all). The Q'ero really did change her life (perhaps for a fee, since they're rather poor people); now she can write cliche'd books about her experiences and run 'spiritual' workshops for cash, I'll bet. Bet they saw her coming... If you want to get in tune with nature and effect a change over the world, just don't go jetting around the globe looking for gurus. Kill your car, toss your TV and be as green as you can. Cut-and-paste ritual/cultural theft doesn't work. This book is typical plastic shamanism and armchair wizardry. Thankfully, I found my copy in the library and will save my cash for something better (like a donation to Survival International, for example). By the way, look up this word on the Interwebs: Brichero.