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Public Lecture Series with Dr. Alberto Villoldo

Storming Heaven

The Healers and Sages of the Andes

At 18,000 feet in the Andes every step is a meditation. You feel as if in a dream, and wake up to find yourself in another dream. One moment you are in a blinding blizzard, a white-out, and the next the sun is cornea-searing bright.

Dr. Alberto Villoldo had come to study the sages of the Andes, the last of the wisdom keepers that many believed had vanished at the time of the Spanish Conquest of Peru. They had only been “re-discovered” recently by his colleague, Dr. Chavez Ballon, then chief archeologist at Machu Picchu. He was joining these sages on their annual pilgrimage to Mt. Ausagate. Right before the final ascent to the glacier, they removed their ponchos and tied-on strings of Spanish moss, as they danced ecstatically masquerading as the mythical ‘pre-worldly beings’ that once roamed their land. Some would die as they gyrated at the summit of the nearly 21,000 foot-high glacier.

In this richly illustrated presentation Alberto will share the cosmology of the Andean peoples, the concept of ‘ayni’ or right relationship, and the magical world view of the shamans who live pre-Columbian in villages above the clouds in central Peru. He has spent more than 25 years studying the Andean paq’os.

The Andean sages believe that they can dream with their eyes open, and conjure the world into being newly each day. Alberto will share his images and experiences traveling with sages who were masters of the art of divination and of reading the signs of destiny.

Alberto Villoldo Ph.D. FN ’15 is a psychologist and medical anthropologist who has studied the medicine traditions of the Andes and the Amazon for over thirty years. He began his research among the jungle peoples in the Amazon basin, studying the effects of the ayahuasca, the mythical potion employed by jungle shamans to experience the realm beyond death.

While on the faculty at San Francisco State University, Dr. Villoldo founded and directed the Bio-Self Regulation Laboratory, where he investigated the effects of Shamanic practices on blood and brain chemistry. He is the founder of the Four Winds Society, dedicated to bridging ancient Shamanic healing practices with modern medicine and psychology. He is an adjunct faculty at Columbia University Teachers College.

Alberto Villoldo PhD is author of numerous bestselling books, including The Four Winds, A Shaman's Odyssey into the Amazon; Island of the Sun, the Teachings of the Medicine Wheel; Shaman, Healer, Sage; One Spirit Medicine; and Shamans Miraculous Tools for Healing.

His books have been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and main selections of Doubleday’s Book Clubs.

Date: Monday, May 9th

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid Student ID

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