Simon Green is a Curandero who has been making his living in the Health Sciences since the mid 90’s. He has had an ongoing relationship with Ayahuasca for 13 years, and is an accomplished Huachumero.Simon was a member of the leadership team at the inaugural conference in 2013 in Tarapoto, Peru of ATOP [Ayahuasca Treatment Outcome Project] a multidisciplinary research project headed by Dr. Brian Rush, PhD. Simon has conducted treatments for the patients of Takiwasi, Peru, a centre for the rehabilitation of drug addiction and for research on Traditional Medicines attending as visiting Curandero.Closer to home Simon is a acknowledged as working in a manner akin to Ngangkari, Maparnjarra or Marngitt by senior Law Men in the West, Northern and Central regions of Australia. He maintains a private practice in Mid North NSW where he sees an increasing amount of clients needing assistance as a result of Ayahuasca & other entheogen usage. He also produces radio features on the subject of healing for ABC RN.
TITLE: Traditional & Modern Use of Psychedelics: A Curer’s perspective.
Simon will discuss his observations made in the course operating of a busy private practice in Australia where an increasing number of clients seek assistance in mediating overwhelming impacts of psychedelic use, treating patients at an Amazonian drug addiction treatment centre, and working with Indigenous leaders to mediate impacts of colonialism and generational woundings. He will speak of the lack of extant language in modern Western culture to address the Indigenous world of spirits and their movements, and of the difficulties inherent in an endeavour to psychologise the use of “shamanic” plants. This can lead to gaps in treatment knowledge and lack of awareness of pitfalls in psychedelic use, which have known responses in Indigenous systems of medicine. Simon has been working in the realm of plant based Curanderismo for the past 14 years, but began his psychedelic explorations over two an a half decades ago. In the course of this journey he has also had significant engagement with other forms of traditional healing from both Meztizo and Indigenous perspectives. The unique perspective thus garnered affords him a capacity to see quite clearly some of the benefits to paying close attention to Indigenous worldview when it comes to working in the realm of psychedelics. Conversely it provides a facility to see also where more binary methods of scientific enquiry should be brought to bear.