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Advance Reviews

“Jessica Rochester’s books Ayahuasca Awakening: A Guide to Self-Discovery, Self-Care, and
is a comprehensive guide for the human journey - both inner and outer - that is unparalleled in the depth and breadth of its approach. The author brings to this seminal work a unique combination of encyclopaedic knowledge of professional literature and deep personal experience made possible through depth psychologies and by ritual use of sacred medicines. Writing in a beautiful and clear style with occasional use of her own poems and fascinating personal stories, Jessica Rochester takes us on an enriching and enlightening pilgrimage from conception to death and from everyday consciousness to the depths and heights of the human psyche.”

~ Stanislav Grof, M.D., author of Psychology of the Future, The Cosmic Game, When the
Impossible Happens, and The Ultimate Journey

"In Ayahuasca Awakening Jessica Rochester addresses a stunning array of issues with great
wisdom and insight.  This series is about life -- life in all its messy yet wonderful complexity. Rochester discusses the challenges and choices we all must face, whether we choose to or not. If you have ever felt there is something more to life than you have experienced, a greater fulfillment awaiting you, this series is for you. Ayahuasca Awakening could only have been written by someone who has been there. It is the record of a heroine's journey -- someone who has faced great challenges and returns to share her wisdom and lessons learned."

~ Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Power of Premonitions and Healing Words

"In these pages we find Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Stanislav Grof, and many others.  But we are not just treated to a recapitulation of their philosophies.  Wisdom sources are brought in, in order to illuminate the author's own path through the symbolic canyons and labyrinths of becoming.  And this is why it is such a valuable account: it illumines the depths and the heights we all must visit, on our road to becoming. Many modern people have tried to learn from "the vision vine"; of Ayahuasca; Jessica Rochester has allowed the ancient wisdom to grow and twine through her soul journey.  It is a rich and textured journey of becoming of a modern shaman.”

~ Stephen Larsen Ph.D., author of The Shaman's Doorway, and the award-winning The
Fundamentalist Mind.

“In a lifetime of dedication to the cause, Dr Jessica Rochester fought tirelessly for 17 years for the legalization of the Santo Daime in Canada. These books offer comprehensive guidelines for individuals and practitioners seeking self-knowledge and well-being. Rochester actively supports best practices and ethical guidelines for depth self-exploration. She continues to engage in the creation of collective conversations on strategizing for norms and standards and for government regulations for sacred plants. This is a must read for both newbies and aficionados, in Canada and beyond.”

~ Bia Labate Ph.D. Executive Director of Chacruna Institute.

"Dr. Jessica Rochester takes the reader on an exploratory journey in Ayahuasca Awakening by weaving together theory, science, expertise from elders in the field along with her  personal stories. The book meets the reader where they are at and thoughtfully assists them through self-exploration to the next level. These books are a must for anyone intending on working with visionary medicines and essential for one's personal lifelong learning."

~ Pam Kryskow, MD

“This two-volume set covers just about everything anyone looking to feel better about
themselves and life would need to know for the healing and awakening journey. Dr. Rochester has pulled together half a century of experience and put her heart and soul into this reliable, "field-tested" guidance. This is a book to keep by your side and frequently check back with for many years.

NB: By no means do you need to be interested in ayahuasca or other psychedelics to benefit from the book. As the subtitle "A Guide to Self-Discovery, Self-Mastery, and Self-Care" implies, this is wise guidance for all of us.”

Stephen Gray, author/editor How Psychedelics Can Help Save the World: Visionary and
Indigenous Voices Speak Out.

“Have to add another book -- well, a two-book collection -- to the required reading list...
especially for those considering an Ayahuasca journey. The depth of the insights shared in these books from Rev Dr Jessica Rochester is powerful and authentic; wish it had been published before I dived into my Ayahuasca journey!”


~ Randall Hansen PhD

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