Chris Kilham and Zoe Helene in a market in Iquitos, Peru. Photo by Ivan Kashinsky

MEDICINE HUNTER

Zoe and her husband, ethnobotanist and Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham, work and travel together extensively, exploring remote regions of the globe, working to promote mind/body/spirit wellness, sustainable global trade, environmental protection and cultural preservation.


Ayahuasca Test Pilots The Ayahuasca Test Pilots are a collaboration of individuals who engage in the ceremonial practice of ayahuasca journeying with skilled shamans. Founded by Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham, our purpose is to journey for healing and to explore the spirit landscape, with dignity and respect for La Medicina.

“Zoe and I were there to dive deeper into the pool of ayahuasca shamanism. Four times in the evening the ayahuasca asked me “So, would you like to see the spirits now?” The first three times I said “Naw, I’m just happy to lie here filled with love, and to hold Zoe’s hand. “Good choice,” it replied.” – Chris Kilham, Reality Sandwich


Cannabis Culture Chris Kilham officiates at cannabis weddings. An expert in medicinal plants and shamanic ceremonies, he also performs cannabis soplars (protective ceremonies) as well as a smudge stick cannabis blessings.

“Cannabis-themed weddings are pretty exuberant right now. I think that we are re-inventing the traditional wedding. Cannabis bars, cannabis bouquets, cannabis smudges and other cannabis-related activities add to a sense that this is a new time, and the old days of booze-only gatherings are just that—old.” - Chris Kilham


Cosmic Sister Plant Spirit Grant Chris Kilham plays an essential role in Zoe's Cosmic Sister Plant Spirit Grant project, which focuses on helping women educate the public honestly about the risks and benefits of psychedelics and cannabis and the responsible use of sacred plants in transformational, consciousness-expanding mind/body/spirit work with sacred plants, such as ayahuasca.

Medicine Hunter Expeditions Zoe Helene has traveled with Chris Kilham to South Africa, to the Peruvian Amazon and Andes (many times!), to the San Blas Islands of Panama, to Costa Rica, Chile and Mexico, to Hawaii, Vanuatu, and Aotearoa (New Zealand) in the Polynesian South Pacific, and to Colorado for the “Green Rush Expedition”. Chris and Zoe are currently planning an expedition to Mongolia. Zoe finds the "Sacred Plants" especially fascinating, and is looking forward to visiting Chukchi, Siberia to learn about magic mushroom shamanism, animal spirit medicine, and how the Siberian Husky factors into traditional ceremonies, and to Wirikuta, Mexico to learn about the Huichol Peyote art and fascinating secrets of shape-shifting and wolf shamanism.

Cosmic Sister Plant Spirit Grant Cosmic Sister® is developing a new merit-based program supporting outstanding women from all walks of life to experience the healing and consciousness-expanding journey of ayahuasca ceremony in the Peruvian Amazon.

“The Cosmic Sister Plant Spirit Grant is just one small way women can encourage and support women to take that journey and shine as they were born to do.”Zoe Helene, Boston Magazine


Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham and Zoe Helene Rainforest Work The Amazon rainforest is the greatest of all forests on earth, home to an estimated eighty-thousand higher plants, home to perhaps millions of types of insects, and a broad array of rapidly diminishing populations of rare and unusual animals. Zoe Helene and Chris Kilham are working along with many other dedicated people around the world to help save Earth's precious rainforests before they disappear.

“Most consumers would not chose to buy rainforest-harvested wood if it was clearly marked as such, just as they would not chose to buy GMO foods or child-labor manufactured goods. Why then are companies not required by law to mark rainforest-harvested wood supplies and products?”Zoe Helene, Huffington Post

Outside Magazine “A lot of people think medicine hunting is all Chris trekking through the jungle. Or, for that matter, the chiefs and elders he works with. The men get the headlines. But it's women behind the scenes who are doing the planting and harvesting and chopping.”Zoe Helene, Outside Magazine Photo by Ivan Kashinsky

Womaning The Fort When Chris travels solo, Zoe "womans the fort". As an officer of Medicine Hunter, Inc., Zoe produced MedicineHunter.com, and developed "New Tribe" in support of the greater sustainability community. She also supports producers, journalists, business partners, and others who need information and materials for Medicine Hunter related work around the world. Her expedition photos and video clips have appeared in top tier media venues including The Dr. Oz Show, Business Insider, Fox News, Ode Magazine, and the South China Morning Post. Zoe also produced the new edition of The Five Tibetans, Chris' best-selling yoga classic, and supported Chris to move The Shaman’s Pharmacy, his popular ethnobotanical lecture series, out of the classroom and into the jungle.

“A lot of people think medicine hunting is all Chris trekking through the jungle. Or, for that matter, the chiefs and (male) elders he works with. The men get the headlines, but it’s the women behind the scenes who are doing the planting and harvesting and chopping.” – Zoe Helene, Outside Magazine


Natural Products Movement In 2002 Zoe chose to transition from serving predominately conventional Americana brands to supporting the Natural Products Movement. As an independent she worked with brands such as Annie’s (famous for their organic Mac & Cheese) and Healthy Handfuls, and provided strategic consulting for The Organic Center, a non-profit organization providing scientific information proving the benefits of organics. It is during this time Zoe met Chris at an industry trade show. She will tell you he was, “Colorful amongst the colorful.”

“The conventional business model of systematically demanding more profit, regardless of how it affects people and planet, is ultimately self-destructive.”Zoe Helene, Leaders in Organics


Is Marijuana Booming Among Boomers? Like many of her peers, Zoe Helene, 48, smoked marijuana in her early 20s but gave it up as her career in the digital world took off in the 1990s. Today the multidisciplinary artist and environmental activist lives in Amherst, Mass., and is building a global network of trailblazers called Cosmic Sister. Since she married an ethnobotanist in 2007, she has returned to communing with cannabis— “as a tool for evolving and expanding my psyche.”

“I’m not a pothead. For me, cannabis is a loving plant spirit that helps me understand myself. It heightens my senses and reminds me of higher levels of consciousness I can attain. And then I attain them, without it.”Zoe Helene, Forbes


Stewards of Tomorrow Nobody lives forever, and empowering young people is essential to the future of all good things. Photo: Zoe Helene paints a native Shipibo boy's face in the Peruvian Amazon, NBC Nightly News Expedition. Photo by Chris Kilham.

Medicine Hunter Related Media This page is a list of selected media events that Zoe Helene took part in and/or supported in the global sustainability work she does with her husband and partner, ethnobotanist and Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham. Helene often travels with media on Medicine Hunter expeditions, supporting journalists, photographers, correspondents and producers before during and after travel. She is sometimes featured in the story, sometimes mentioned, and other times simply supports from the behind the scene. All of this is part of the work, and media means getting the messages out there in the world.