Hana Simonová obtained a Master degree in Psychology at the Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic (2015). She also studied at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands (2012/2013) and at the National University of Colombia in Bogota (2014). She has participated on a research project about Ayahuasca Tourism in the Peruvian Amazon together with Dr. Veronika Kavenská (2013/2014).
She has spent one and half year in the city of Tarapoto in the Peruvian Amazon that is known for growing ayahuasca tourism and she has organized seminars for foreigners based on her investigation about the benefits and risks of the use of ayahuasca there. She is in touch with several curanderos practicing traditional Amazonian medicine using sacred plants in a ritual way in Peru and Colombia. During the years of 2015-2016 she worked as a psychologist and teacher at the Technological Institution Blaise Pascal, also at the University César Vallejo and as a singing teacher at the Musical School IBP in Tarapoto, Peru. From 2016, she works as a school psychologist within a project of inclusive education at primary and secondary schools in the town of Svitavy, Czech Republic. She is a member of the Czech Society for Analytical Psychology and she has started a therapeutic formation in New Family Constellations with the Mexican teacher Enrique García Díaz in Lima. As psychologist and musician she uses expressive and analytical techniques within the work with people and continues to explore in the field of transpersonal and spiritual psychology.
TITLE: Subjectively perceived benefits and risks of the use of ayahuasca among foreigners
Amazonian psychoactive purgative decoction ayahuasca traditionally administrated by curanderos- indigenous healers in the Amazon- continues to attract tourists to South America, where there has been a growth in the number of centers offering hallucinogenic ayahuasca experiences. There also appear “courses and formations” for people of how to become a shaman within a short time. It is more and more common for the curanderos to travel all around the world offering ayahuasca to foreigners that sometimes have great and naive expectations about its effects and about the shaman power. The globalization of ayahuasca has influenced lives of many people from various cultures around the world and opens new unknown ways of perceiving the reality, the self and the life. The author will speak about which are the potential benefits and risks of using ayahuasca among foreigners.