"It's a daunting task to try and make the world a better place, but what better have we to do with our lives?"
"What’s on tomorrow is opportunity and obligations. The opportunity to see life as it is and the obligation to figure out what else it can be. That’s heavy stuff, here comes the instant replay. The opportunity to see life as it is and the obligation to figure out what else it can be."
"Ancient wisdom is the medicine for the modern world."
The Nature of Ayahuasca - Howard Lawler Full Interview - Part 1
Don Howard was the founder and Maestro Emeritus of Listening to the Plants at SpiritQuest Shamanic Sanctuary. SpiritQuest offers innovative healing and spiritual retreats exploring the deepest roots of traditional Peruvian Shamanism, focusing on holistic healing, personal growth, spiritual transformation, and realization of ancient Shamanic spiritual truth.
Don Howard's professional background in biology, ecology, ethnobiology, environmental education, and Latin American transcultural liaison spanned over three decades as a curator at natural history and cultural institutions in the United States. He held degrees in biology, education, and cultural history from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
As a trained ethnobiologist, environmental educator, and lifelong Shamanic practitioner, Don Howard dynamically combined his extensive knowledge of natural science and traditional core Shamanism to guide profoundly stimulating and transformative experiences for the serious seeker of authentic Shamanism.
Don Howard practiced traditional core Shamanism for over 50 years, and during that time initiated thousands and thousands of people in traditional ceremonial plant Shamanism. His Shamanic practice was rooted in the ancient art of the Chavín Huachuma mesa. The Chavín Huachuma mesa is the most sophisticated and advanced sacred plant ceremonial practice of Andean Peru, predating the Inca by over 2,500 years. The extraordinary Chavín culture, founded over 4,000 years ago, is recognized as the cradle of Andean civilization. The genesis of Andean civilization was the grand Huachuma mesada ceremonies at the great temple of Chavín de Huántar.
The Nature of Ayahuasca - Howard Lawler Full Interview - Part 2
The Nature of Ayahuasca - Howard Lawler Full Interview - Part 3
Don Howard Lawler on Plant Medicine and Service | Aubrey Marcus Podcast
Through many journeys and many teachers, I have never shared a relationship quite as special as my bond with Peruvian shaman I often lovingly refer to as Gandalf: Don Howard, of Spiritquest Sanctuary. His life’s work has kept alive the spirit of the ancient South American culture, Chavin, and its traditions, such as the Huachuma Mesada: a transformative plant medicine ceremony that he graciously unpacks in this rare interview during an equally rare visit to the US after spending most of many decades in the Amazon jungle.
Don Howard explains how the path of service took him from a boy in Georgia with a calling, to one of the great shamans of our time. He walks us through his approach to the ceremony, plant technologies ayahuasca, Huachuca, and vilca, and what he believes we can do to spread the healing and awareness that can save our world.