About The Teacher

Jason’s journey has led him around the world in search of questions he has had about life.  After moving to New York he began to dive into religion and spiritual teachings, learning as much as he could. He began reading as many books, texts, and esoteric readings as he could find. He began practicing yoga in its many forms and eventually was certified through Yoga Alliance and in Ashtanga with Richard Freeman. He leaned Qigong from Jung-Ping Yuan and went to Wudang, China to learn Taiji. He has practiced many martial arts such as Judo, Aikido, and spent a year in Thailand learning Muay Thai from Master Pi Kob. Returning to New York from two years abroad he became an avid practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu learning form Victor “Shaolin” Ribeiro and Marcos 'Loro' Galvao.

Early in his 20s he began to develop a keen interest in plants: as food, as nutrition, as life, and as medicine.  That curiosity eventually led him to the Amazon where he began to work with plants to learn traditional ways of healing.  His experience combines many different modalities of working with plants.  The plants of the Amazon, and the ways in which the the peoples of Amazon work with them, has had a revelatory effect on his life. 

Jason came to work at the ayahuasca healing center Temple of the Way of Light in 2012. After having worked with ayahuasca quite extensively, he began the process of dieting plants. He has dieted in the Shipibo tradition and began working with maestro Ernesto Garcia Torres in 2013, delving deep into the world of dieting. Through a prolonged apprenticeship and training, involving prolonged isolation, fasting, and dieting of plants, he was eventually given the blessing to begin working plants. After working for some time as a tabaquero, he was eventually given the ability to administer diets; to share in the tradition from which he had learned and which has taught him so much. He has been living, learning, and working in the jungle for the last seven years. He currently works at the Temple of the Way of Light as a facilitator of ayahuasca ceremonies and has run diets there and elsewhere in Peru. In the last seven years he has helped guide over a thousand people in ceremonies.

Plants truly are our food, our life, our medicine, and they are alive and here to help us learn from them.  They can open us to a world that we perhaps never could have imagined: the world of who we are. When we approach them with respect, honor, humility, and a genuine desire to learn, they can open the doors of life and heal us on all levels.  Jason is deeply grateful to all of his teachers, everyone that has helped him in this journey to where he is, and to wherever it may lead.

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