Carlos Tanner is an American living in Peru, where he has been studying the science of ayahuasca and plant medicine in the Amazon Rainforest since 2003. He currently works as the program director for the Ayahuasca Foundation, a non-profit organization he began in 2009 based out of Iquitos, Peru. He organizes healing retreats and educational courses with authentic indigenous healers, called curanderos, to help people in need of healing anything from depression to cancer or who are interested in learning the indigenous healing traditions of the Amazon Rainforest. He has participated in over 700 ayahuasca ceremonies and his center has received over one thousand program participants from all over the world. Because he has witnessed the treatment of over a thousand people with plant medicine, he has a unique perspective and understanding of the indigenous tradition and healing in general.
In 2017 Carlos opened the Riosbo Ayahuasca Research Center, a modern facility located inside the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve. That center is currently hosting the first ayahuasca research study to be funded by the UK government. This study will be measuring the effectiveness of treating childhood trauma with ayahuasca and plant medicine. A companion study measuring epigenetic changes is also taking place at the same time.
Carlos enjoys sharing his experiences and his ideas about the complexities of the healing process and what living with curanderos in the jungle has taught him about life. He has observed the rapid rise of ayahuasca tourism in the last fifteen years and as the administrator of the ayahuasca group on facebook, which has over 80,000 members, he has seen the popularity of ayahuasca explode in the last decade. He is curious to see what the next decade will bring.