Each episode will follow a specific medicine person working with a specific medicine. This first pilot episode features Dr. Octavio Rettig & The Sonoran Desert Toad.

Creating each episode is like creating a feature-length documentary film. So far only the first pilot episode exists with the idea to continue to make at least one additional episode per year if the funds for each can be raised. This will only be possible through community support by folks such as yourself sharing and purchasing.

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Indigenous people across the globe have used sacred plant medicines for millennia to heal, illuminate and connect them to the web of life. From ayahuasca and San Pedro in South America, psilocybin mushrooms and Salvia Divinorum in Mexico, Peyote in North America, Kambo in Brazil, Iboga in Africa, and DMT-acacias in Australia, etc., each of these psychoactive medicines needs a healer to connect them to their patients: the shaman.

This investigative-adventure documentary show will examine not just these shamanic medicines, but the shamans that wield them. Shamans of the Global Village will be unique with a focus on both indigenous and Western men and women learning to become shamans, what drives them, what their backgrounds are, and why the role of the shaman is vital in the 21st century. If, as Marshall McLuhan said, we are now a “global village”, then we need our own healers that understand the deep power and sacredness these plant medicines can reveal.

Journalist Rak Razam will interview and sit in ceremony, experiencing healing medicine ceremonies with Western shamans across the globe, in countries where these plants are legal. Razam will show how the modern shamanic resurgence is being passed on from indigenous tribes to these new wave medicine people working in the Global Village, in the cities and the jungles of the 21st century. The show will focus on personalities, not just medicines, to bring alive the role of the shaman in the modern world. 


Rak Razam is one of the world’s leading ‘experiential’ journalists, and author of the critically acclaimed book Aya Awakenings: A Shamanic Odyssey and the companion volume of interviews, The Ayahuasca Sessions. He is a frequent lecturer on ayahuasca and the shamanic revival sweeping the West. He wrote, produced and co-directed the groundbreaking new visionary documentary Aya: Awakenings and has been called one of the “leading spokespersons for the new paradigm”.


Niles Heckman is a filmmaker and street photographer with a background creating visuals for high-end commercials, games cinematics, and Hollywood. He has worked with New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Marvel Studios, and is a member of three Academy Award winning teams in the animated feature and visual effects categories and a recipient for outstanding achievement in virtual cinematography. He directed the pilot episode for Shamans of The Global Village in 2015 and his feature debut for a documentary film entitled Transmutation is due for completion in 2017.


Michael Wiese is a producer, director, author, and publisher. Wiese was an entertainment executive with Showtime and later Vice President of Vestron Video where he launched comedy lines with Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal and over 300 other videos. He was responsible for creating video lines for National Geographic, Smithsonian, NOVA and PBS.

 He oversees Michael Wiese Productions (MWP) which publishes a line of over 140 professional filmmaking books throughout the world. 


Transformational healer, light worker, yogi, teacher, student, Dave Anahata lives in service to awakening truth, self realization and healing in humankind. Utilizing a fusion of modalities including yoga, meditation, breath work, Hakomi somatic therapy, and the facilitation of sacred medicines, Dave is on the forefront of consciousness exploration, employing a bold synthesis of traditions from the ancient future designed to inspire, ignite and empower. Dave places great attention on integration processes following breakthrough and transcendental experiences, emphasizing the importance of proper duty of care, support, grounding and directing of energies from these transformational experiences. Dave is dedicated to the sustainability and preservation of sacred earth medicines, the plants and animals that carry them, and their indigenous traditions as well as the continued development and evolution of sacred ceremony.