Dr. Luis Eduardo Luna

Luis Eduardo Luna

Director of Wasiwaska

Luis Eduardo Luna was born in Florencia, in the Colombian Amazon region (1947). He studied Philosophy and Literature at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and earned an interdisciplinary Masters degree while teaching Spanish and Latin American Literature at the Department of Romance Languages of Oslo University. He is a former Senior Lecturer at the Swedish School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland, from where retired, and a former Professor of Anthropology at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil (1994-1998). He received a Ph.D. from the Institute of Comparative Religion at Stockholm University (1989), and an honorary doctorate from St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York (2000). Luna is a Guggenheim Fellow and Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London. He is the author of Vegetalismo: Shamanism Among the Mestizo Population of the Peruvian Amazon (1986), and with Pablo Amaringo of Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman (1991). He is co-editor with Steven F. White of Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon’s Sacred Vine (2000), and co-author with Rick Strassman, Slawek Wojtowicz and Ede Frecska of Inner Paths to Outer Space: Journeys Through Psychedelics and Other Spiritual Technologies. In 1986 he co-founded with Pablo Amaringo the Usko-Ayar Amazonian School of Painting of Pucallpa, Peru, serving as its Director of International Exhibitions until 1994. He has lectured about Amazonian shamanism and modified states of consciousness worldwide, and has curated exhibitions of visionary art in several countries.

Luna has over 40 years of experience with ayahuasca in various contexts: as an anthropologist with indigenous groups and among urban and rural mestizo ayahuasqueros in Peru and Colombia, with all the syncretic Brazilian religious organizations that use ayahuasca as a sacrament. Luis Eduardo Luna is the Director of Wasiwaska.

Vegetalismo Ayahuasca Visions Inner Paths to Outer Space

March 20 – 31 . 2008

Art, Technology and Altered States of Consciousness Details

July 7 – 20 . 2008

Sacred Plants, Creativity and the Human Imagination Details

August 18 – 31 . 2008

Theoretical and Experiential Seminar on Shamanism Details

August 11-24 . 2007

Ayahuasca, Shamanism and DMT Details

Study 1.

Effects of the Amazonian Psychoactive Beverage Ayahuasca on Binocular Rivalry: Interhemispheric Switching or Interhemispheric Fusion?/research/wasi-research/study-1″>Details

Study 2.

Effects Of Ayahuasca On Binocular Rivalry With Dichoptic Stimulus Alternation/research/wasi-research/study-2″>Details

Study 3.

EEG Gamma Coherence and other Correlates of Subjective Reports during Ayahuasca Experiences/research/wasi-research/study-3″>Details

Study 7.

Exploring Personality, Phenomenological, and EEG Correlates of the Ayahuasca Journey Experience to Facilitate an Individual’s Spiritual Development/research/wasi-research/study-7″>Details

Article 1

Ayahuasca and the concept of reality. Ethnographic, theoretical, and experiential considerations./research/wasi-research/article-1″>Details