Kathleen Barnes on location in the Peruvian Amazon. Photo by Tracey Eller / Cosmic Sister

A Crone’s Psychedelic Journey (COMING SOON)
by Kathleen Barnes
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Kathleen Barnes (67) is a passionate natural health advocate, author and publisher who has devoted nearly 40 years to educating the public about healthy living. She just returned from a traditional Shipibo tribal ayahuasca journey in the Peruvian Amazon and is back home now—in the magical Blue Ridge Mountains—crafting an extended piece for Sage Woman, which was her first choice of magazines. This will be Kathleen's first post-retirement writing assignment,which makes it even more special. We're honored--!

Kathleen has traveled extensively and lived in Africa and Asia, but had yet to visit Peru. Her three rocking ceremonies at Nihue Rao, a traditional Shipibo healing retreat center, were also Kathleen’s first experience with psychedelics. She took naturally to the medicine, sharing poetic and quintessential visions in our morning circles. Kathleen was awarded a Cosmic Sister Women of the Psychedelic Renaissance Journalism Grant to write about her Vine of the Soul experience in first person and she plans to write most of her story “while it is still fresh”. We are so looking forward to this story.

October 2018