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Editor's note: I have held off releasing this series of essays for some time now, for reasons I'm not quite sure I know how to articulate. Perhaps it was partially due to feeling emotionally and artistically 'blocked' after the election of Donald Trump, or perhaps it has been my own nervousness about discussing psychedelics publicly. I am returning to the Amazon next week for further Huachuma ceremonies and felt it necessary to put this out before I go. - Ben 

The Banter Long Read: Returning to the Amazon for another plant medicine journey a year after my first Ayahuasca experience was nerve wracking to say the least. Having had possibly the most extreme and challenging experience I could have ever imagined in the jungle town of Pullcalpa, Peru, heading back into the unknown was not something I was particularly confident about...

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