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Publisher's Summary

The Ayahuasca Test Pilots Handbook provides a practical guide to ayahuasca use, aiding seekers in making right - and safe - decisions about where to go, who to drink with, and what to expect. 

Ayahuasca, the Amazonian psychoactive plant brew, has become vastly popular. Once the sole purview of shamans and indigenous native people in the great Amazon rainforest, ayahuasca is now becoming well known - and widely used - around the globe. Today, foreigners from all over the world flock in ever-burgeoning numbers to the steamy Amazon, drinking bitter ayahuasca with shamans and curanderos in order to access its potent healing and spirit-enlivening effects. What began as a mere trickle of visitors in the 1980s has become a surging riptide of seekers. 

Chris Kilham (Fox News' "Medicine Hunter") has worked closely with South American shamans for two decades and has sat in ayahuasca ceremonies with at least 20 different shamans. Through his "Ayahuasca Test Pilots" program, Kilham has brought numerous people to the Amazon to engage in ceremonies with maestro ayahuasceros. Clear, concise, straightforward, and well informed, The Ayahuasca Test Pilots Handbook is an indispensable guide for anyone curious about this unusual plant medicine.

©2014 Chris Kilham (P)2019 North Atlantic Books

Critic Reviews

“Kilham is the best person today to authentically tell the ayahuasca story because he embodies all things necessary to take us on that journey: he is a botanist, a widely recognized plant-medicine explorer, a close friend of tribal peoples, a historian, a storyteller, and one who has had a great many journeys with the medicine. With a brilliant, open mind and endless spiritual energy, Chris has pulled together the knowledge and stories of ayahuasca in a way that will help guide anyone into and through the wonder of it.” (Linda Sparrow, author, filmmaker, and natural-products marketer)

"Chris Kilham continues to shine the light on nature’s medicines. In this book, he has provided the ayahuasca traveler with an essential and practical guide that is well-informed, personal, and fun. I highly recommend this book to those who want to learn from the wisdom of the plants.” (Joe Tafur, MD)

“Chris Kilham writes convincingly and eloquently about some of his - and my - favorite medicinal plants from the Amazonian rainforest, my ‘second home’ for nearly 25 years. Like Chris, I have a great respect for the ayuahuasca, the entheogen.” (Dr. Jim Duke, author of Herbistatins and The Green Pharmacy

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answered all my questions

As an ayuawaschca birthing and in the process of planning my first trip, this answered all my questions. everything you need in 1 book

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  • Elizabeth Rad
  • 15-08-2019

Great listen

Just had my first ceremony in the sacred valley of Peru which was incredible and this book proved very informative and enjoyable. The descriptions of the journeys under ayahuasca were similar to my own which brought back pleasant memories. This author provides a great deal of info about not only ayahuasca itself but the culture surrounding it. Amazing read.

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  • Thinker
  • 30-04-2021

Terrible Spanish pronunciations

There are a lot of Spanish words in this rather flimsy audiobook, which are right properly mangled by the narrator. Extremely distracting!

It seems like there is quite a bit of filler here like ‘if you feel the need to go to the bathroom go right away’ and the complete recital of a coca ad.

The song at the end? Dear lord can ot get more cheesy.

The book oscillates between a serious reference book, a quasi religious tome and a juvenile handbook for teens. Puke buckets is a term that doesn’t lend itself to the pseudo spiritual paragraph preceding it’s mention.

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  • Eben E. Neuman
  • 05-04-2021

Super informative and worth a listen

Glad I was put on this path of spiritual influence. Ayahuasca has had such a profound impact on my life and learning more about it is awesome sauce

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  • martin wilby
  • 24-05-2021

A must read for those considering Ayahuasca

Great advice and info for those considering drinking Ayahuasca, from someone who has and continues to use the medicine.

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  • Clem Fandango
  • 19-01-2020

A Brilliant Guide For Budding Psychonauts

I got this book ahead of an ayahuasca retreat I'm attending in March. It's powerful medicine and I respect it's strength.
I wanted to get as much factual and anecdotal knowledge as possible ahead of attending and this book certainly didn't disappoint.
It was comprehensive, honest and unbiased. Read with true passion which really shone through.
I definitely took some big chunks of wisdom from this and I'm confident that this will serve me when I sit down on the mat myself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-2019

Great introduction to plant medicine!

Really enjoyable audio book - a collection of personal stories, journeys, a guide of what to expect and tips on starting out. Great narration too, the voice of Steve Wojtas is compelling. Recommended.

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