Alberto Villoldo

Alberto Villoldo, PhD., is a neuroshaman, medical anthropologist, psychologist, and shaman who studied the spiritual practices of the Amazon and the Andes for more than 30 years. While at San Francisco State University, he founded the Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory to study how the mind creates psychosomatic health and disease. Founder of The Four Winds Society, he instructs individuals throughout the world in the practice of energy medicine. Dr. Villoldo is an international best-selling author of numerous books including Shaman, Healer, Sage: How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas; Grow a New Body: How Spirit and Power Plant Nutrients Can Transform Your Health; Power Up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment; and One Spirit Medicine: Ancient Ways to Ultimate Wellness.

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  • The Protective Power of Phytonutrients

    As a rule of thumb, the more colorful a fruit or vegetable, the richer it is in phytonutrients and the greater its power as a superfood, explains Alberto Villoldo in this excerpt from his new book.

  • Soul Journeying

    By practicing soul retrieval with hundreds of clients over the last 20 years, I came to realize that deep healing could occur in the space of days and weeks rather than months and years.

  • What Is the Munay-Ki?

    The prophecies of the ancient Americas speak about a period of great transformation, and foretell of new humans appearing on the planet—persons of wisdom and power who live free of fear and abide in their eternal nature, accepting stewardship for all creation.

  • One Spirit Medicine: The Modern-Day Shaman’s Approach to Wellness

    The shamans of old discovered One Spirit Medicine—a healthcare system that identifies only one ailment and one cure, writes medical anthropologist and psychologist Alberto Villoldo.

  • Drawing Life from Your Dreams

    Alberto Villoldo explains the significance of dreams in the shamanic tradition, and describes two exercises for cultivating lucid dreams.

  • Initiation as Illumination

    Once, when I was doing research in the South American rainforest, the shaman I was with suggested that I spend a night alone at the sandy shore of a tributary of the Amazon River. His one instruction was not to build a fire.

  • Transforming the Dream of Love That is Unconditional: Discovering Fearlessness

    In this excerpt from his new book, "The Heart of the Shaman," Alberto Villoldo explores the nature of love as a singular force in the universe.

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