Nicoletta Darita de la Brown. Photo co-created with Beck Stavely

Nicoletta Darita de la Brown, interdisciplinary artist and chamána (shaman), wins Cosmic Sister Special Talent Scholarship
Cosmic Sister Special Talent Scholarship
The River Course

Congratulations, Nicoletta Darita de la Brown (, winner of a merit-based Cosmic Sister Special Talent Scholarship to participate in the online course “The River Course: An Integrative Approach to Psychedelic Therapies and Sacred Plant Medicine.”

Baltimore, Maryland-based Nicoletta Daríta de la Brown is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist. She is a performance artist, sculptor, filmmaker, mother of four, and unicorn. She is Black Latinx; proud to be a first-generation Panamanian born in the United States. She is a chamána (shaman) and comes from a long line of healers. Her work reconceives the life of an artist as thriving, nourishing herself and others during and through her creative practice. Nicoletta is the founder of Vida Mágica Love. Spiritual Fitness Practice and Creative Studio dedicated to manifesting effervescent moments; providing wellness-centered arts services and immersive experiences.


The River Course introduces students to the art and science of ancestral spiritual healing techniques and their relevance to psychedelic-assisted therapies, including sacred plant medicines, ancestral wisdom of the Shipibo tradition, and the biological basis of spiritual healing. The 25 or so participants will learn the art and science of spiritual healing with sacred medicines in a variety of settings and the implications for the modern practice of psychedelic-assisted therapies for healthcare professions.

Physician and curandero Dr. Joe Tafur ( will guide the series, and his book, “The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor’s Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine,” will be the guiding text.

Thank you, Joe, for supporting Cosmic Sister! Love, ZOE

Photo co-created with Beck Stavely (@ourendlessadventure).

February 2021