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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Books; Later Printing edition (December 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892815140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892815142
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The stuff of anthropological bestsellers . . . a flight of serious fancy, confounding our categories of fiction and nonfiction." (New York Times)

"Interspersed with direct journal excerpts, the story is told with a rich mix of narrative, mythic and colloquial images. Given the transitional nature of Villoldo's experience, his is an excellent story to serve as an introduction for the uninitiated to the belief system and cultural traditions of the Quechua masters." (Talking Leaves)

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ANTHROPOLOGY / SHAMANISM

A deft balance of Western psychology and native wisdom, novelistic drive, and touchingly human characters.
--San Francisco Chronicle

The stuff of anthropological bestsellers. . . . A flight of serious fancy, confounding our categories of fiction and nonfiction.
--New York Times Book Review

A vital, well‑written, and exciting tale of one man’s exploits in the real real world, as he seeks a reunion with Nature, the unconscious, the powers of healing, and the naked facts of life and death.
--San Diego Tribune

Dance of the Four Winds recounts the adventures of the American psychologist Alberto Villoldo as he journeys to Peru to explore the visionary ceremonies of the native shamans. Here Quechua masters use the jungle plant ayahuasca to further their spiritual progress along the four paths of the Medicine Wheel. Entering a magical realm of enigmatic sorcerers and powerful animal totems, Villoldo confronts the hidden powers of his own mind as he unlocks the secrets of the human psyche.

ALBERTO VILLOLDO, Ph.D., is also the author of Island of the Sun, Millennium, Healing States, and Realms of Healing. Erik Jendresen is a playwright and screenwriter.

More About the Author

Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., a psychologist and medical anthropologist, has studied the healing practices of the Amazon and Inka shamans for more than 25 years. While at San Francisco State University, he founded the Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory to study how the mind creates psychosomatic health and disease. Dr. Villoldo directs The Four Winds Society, where he trains individuals in the U.S. and Europe in the practice of energy medicine and soul retrieval.

Customer Reviews

I was sorely disappointed.
Naej Ryan
I have been studying and practicing energy healing for over a decade, and read this book along with Joan Parisi Wilcox's study of Q'ero shamans.
Mary Finnell
It is one of the book that has a big impact on me and changed the way I see life and Nature.
John K. Towery

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By James P. McMahon on May 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be extremely helpful in understanding or beginning to 'see' within the world of the shaman. The world around us is constantly providing us insights, clues, answers to our most profound questions. Yet we have learned, through rigorous training, to not be able to 'see' these very important clues. As a new student of shamanism, studying with Alberto, I heard the words offered in the workshops and I sensed the essence of the teachings through the experiential practices. But it was by reading this book that I began to renew my relationship with the earth; with intuition, with the contant feedback that is provided us from the natural world.
The book is easy to read and provided great insight into the shamanic realm. I highly recommend it.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mary Finnell on August 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
I really do not understand the two, short, negative reviews
submitted for this book. They are either ignorant ot have an
axe to grind. I have been studying and practicing energy
healing for over a decade, and read this book along with Joan
Parisi Wilcox's study of Q'ero shamans. I have read many books!
I just read "Shaman, Healer, Sage" as well, and find that the
work of this author is truly an energy wishing to work towards
greater connection and healing in the world. Rome wasn't built
in a day, and it surely must be difficult to translate 25 years
of personal experience into a format that the rather brainwashed
garden variety westerner can understand and appreciate. I
recommend these books people open to understanding other cultures
and to those wishing to learn more about the world of true healing. They are a lovely addition to my home and office
libraries.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By kaioatey on December 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
In this book Villoldo, perhaps one of the most well known teachers of Inca shamanism in the West, describes his initial encounters with the shamanic world. The book is devoted to Villoldo's experiences with two Peruvian healers - don Ramon Silva (an ayahuascero from the Peruvian Amazon) and don Antonio Morales, (a Qero style healer and philosophy professor!). Villoldo's recounting of Peruvian healing practices is gripping and the final chapter, in which he describes the death of his teacher's teacher in a little cottage on the Peruvian altiplano, is simply breath-taking. I also quite liked the description of the "operation" which allowed V. to see energy patterns and his animal allies.
If V. only recounted his experiences with the old shamans, the book would have been superb. Unfortunately, he decided to insert into the book his own personal issues and musings on the nature of reality (which tend to go on and on) and which to me seem to be rather cliche-y. this guy is a doer, not a thinker and all the theory just detracted me from the magic of his experiences. V. also seems to be unduly impressed by his newly acquired Ph.D. in psychology (from a little known local college) as if a degree means anything these days.
Still, I find Villoldo's accounts to be trustworthy and in my opinion this book is a useful read for people interested in Peruvian healing practices and in energy work in general.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John K. Towery on May 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best book I've read. It's so vivid. So mesmerizing. It really takes you on a journey. Reading this book is like actaully experiencing what the character in the book experience. It is one of the book that has a big impact on me and changed the way I see life and Nature. It's just a great book. I've read it two times and plan to read it again soon.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By jdavis2008@hotmail.com on March 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found this book very informative and one of those books that I couldn't put down (as opposed to couldn't pick back up!) and read it cover to cover in a matter of a week.
I found the story very believable and, although it could be construed as someone's acid-trip, based in reality. As a student of the arts, I must commend Alberto on the way he retold a story that is nearly impossible to relate.
I have recommended this text, and The Island of the Sun, to many people interested in seeking Universal Energy outside the bounds of modern religion.
We owe it to Mother Earth and Father Sun to continue the work of the Inca.
Thank you.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Hope on June 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
On of the best teaching novels I've read. Instructive without being boring. I couldn't wait to see how the story unfolded. I went on to read the full body of Villoldo's work including the newest "Shaman, Healer, Sage". All are good. I'd recommend any reader not versed in Shamanic teachings to start with the novels and progress to the newest work to reap the greatest benefit.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1998
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For anyone interested in central or south american beliefs or mysticism, this book will be an absolutely wonderful read. As with any book of this nature, the first question is: how authentic is this person? Can we believe what they have written about, or is it a work of fiction? The only way that I've been able to pass that judgement is simply through the feeling of whether the prose evokes authenticity. This book (and their other book, Island of the Sun) create images which are a wonder to experience, and take you on a journey which sweeps you right into the author's shoes. I enjoyed every minute of the book and have recommended it to many folks.
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