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Jul 28, 2020

There are parts of us all that could use a little healing. But if you're in a self-destructive cycle, harnessing the power of nature could be the medicine that saves you. Let's talk plant-medicine and psychedelics.


Welcome to the Darin Olien Show,


On this podcast, you'll hear me, Darin Olien, "the superfood hunter," have inspiring and enlightening conversations with extraordinary people from all walks of life. Although our ideas and approaches to life may differ, our ultimate goal is the same- to save the planet one conversation at a time.


If you're interested in expanding your view of the world by learning new perspectives on health, nutrition and healing the planet, and want to learn more about society's Fatal Conveniences™- the things we may be doing because the world we live in makes us believe we have to, even though they may be doing harm- then this is the podcast for you.


In this episode, we're going well beyond the fringes of our perceived reality with a new buddy of mine, Carlos Tanner.


Carlos was living the ideal, all American dream. He had a beautiful house, a nice car, the perfect job. But what many people didn't see was his deep dissatisfaction with life, and a spiraling heroin addiction. It wasn't until he had a near-death experience involving his car and the Manhan River, that his life took a dramatic turn.


Today, Carlos is the founder of the Ayahuasca Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Iquitos, Peru. This research center offers healing retreats and in-depth educational courses. They continuously strive to understand the plant-based healing practices used by indigenous healers of the Peruvian Amazon. For anyone who has tuned in to the "Down To Earth" series on Netflix, (hosted by the affable Zac Efron and yours truly), you'll probably recognize Carlos from the last episode of the first season. We experienced some of his magical, plant-based healing practices first hand.


Carlos has participated in over 700 ayahuasca ceremonies. He regularly speaks about his experiences with Ayahuasca and his path to becoming a shaman.


In this episode, my eyes have truly been opened. Carlos tells us his insane back story, and how he landed his ultimate job working with one of the world's most sacred medicinal plants. We dive into his trippy, yet visceral experience during his first Ayahuasca ceremony, and the epic work the Ayahuasca Foundation is now doing for medicinal plant research and the planet. 

Other Highlights From This Episode

  • Where Carlos’ love of medicinal plants began
  • What it was really like to have the “dream job.”
  • The near-death experience that put Carlos on a different path
  • The first Ayahuasca experience- from vomit to sombreros 
  • What is Ayahuasca?
  • The hypersensitivity state and going beyond the five senses
  • Creating the Ayahuasca Foundation.
  • The surprising question Zac Efron asked at the retreat
  • This week’s Fatal Convenience™: Social Media




Darin Olien does not encourage any illegal use or abuse of plant medicines and psychedelics, whether cultivated in nature or lab synthesized. Within the U.S., outside of religious ceremonies that include Ayahuasca, DMT, on its own, is an illegal Schedule I Controlled Substance.


It is advised that any individual wanting to use plant medicines should seek the advice of a licensed professional, as well as research laws and regulations surrounding plant-based medicines within their area.

Links & Resources:

The Ayahuasca Foundation

Carlos Tanner’s Twitter

The Ayahuasca Foundation Research

Thank You Plant Medicine movement


Read Carlos’ Experience on the Down To Earth Series

Netflix ‘Down To Earth’ Official Trailer


John Hopkins University mentioned


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