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The Globalization of Ayahuasca: A Conversation with Beatriz Labate and Gise...

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Join integral psychotherapist Gisele Fernandes-Osterhold for a conversation with social anthropologist and author Beatriz Labate on the risks and benefits to the globalization of ayahuasca through the lens of her research on new and traditional uses of psychoactive substances. Learn about the healing traditions, politics, and conservation of mood-altering plant medicines and their important role in shamanism and ritual.


Beatriz Caiuby Labate has a PhD in social anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of psychoactive substances, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, and religion. She is Adjunct Faculty at the East-West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco and Visiting Professor at the Center for Research and Post Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Guadalajara.

Beatriz is co-founder of the Drugs, Politics, and Culture Collective in Mexico and co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP) in Brazil, as well as editor of NEIP’s website. She is also Chief Editor at Chacruna.

She is author, co-author, and co-editor of seventeen books, one special-edition journal, and several peer-reviewed articles. Click here to learn more about Beatriz and her work.

Gisele Fernandes-Osterhold is a licensed psychotherapist and core faculty member in the Integral Counseling Psychology program at CIIS. She has been working as a psychotherapist for twenty years, using an integrative approach that is rooted in Somatic, Humanistic-Existential and Transpersonal psychologies. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2001, Gisele has been working with diverse clients in community mental health and private practice settings, being particularly involved in serving the Latinx population. Being an immigrant to the United States, a woman of color and in a bicultural marriage, Gisele has a profound interest in multicultural issues, which has become one of the main topics of her clinical work, teaching, and consulting. Gisele's personal approach to healing is rooted in her commitment to yoga, dance, and the spiritual traditions of her native Brazil.

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