Ayahuasca Dialogues open letter

January 9, 2015 Dear members of ayahuasca drinking communities: The main purpose of the ESC is to engage in dialogue toward consensus on responsible plant use. We are doing this work because interest in sacred plants is growing fast, which puts pressure on traditional safety and sustainability approaches. Though most people seem to be benefitting greatly, some people are getting hurt. The ESC works at points of cultural contact and tension—where global meets local, where ancient meets modern, and sacred meets commercial. We work to minimize the bad, maximize the good, and avoid unintended consequences. We do this through open, honest dialogue giving everyone a voice. As a young organization, after 15 months of scoping and feedback on the Ayahuasca Dialogues, I want to share some thoughts on who we are, who we are not, and where we want to grow with you. We are: Supporting responsible ayahuasca wild collection, cultivation, and use, and encouraging deeper international safety and sustainability debates; Serving the people who drink and will drink ayahuasca; Having economic discussions. They can be useful and improve lives; Utilizing our expertise in “resourcery” (sustainable management of resources); Reorienting our work and communications based on individual and community discussions; Multi-lingual. Website: English/Spanish; Ayahuasca Health Guide: English/Spanish; Ayahuasca Dialogues Report: English (Spanish version coming soon, under review); Fundraising from multiple sources. We have raised ~USD $58,000. ESC co-founders have donated ~$15,000 more. In-kind donations far outnumber monetary donations. We have spent ~75% of the money raised, ~39% on research & engagement; ~39% on communications & development; ~13% on education of seekers; ~9% on administration. Our first fiscal year financial...

Due to sustained opposition from a small but significant portion of stakeholders, we have dissolved the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council.

We are grateful for your support in increasing dialogue, learning with one another, and raising awareness about safer, more sustainable, and more reciprocal traditional plant use practices.

For a summary of our work, please see our 2014 financial report or our Dialogues Report.

If you are interested in learning more about ethnobotanicals, please visit ICEERS.