SHAMANS OF THE GLOBAL VILLAGE Episode 01: Octavio Rettig & The Sonoran Desert Toad

In 2015, Niles directed a hour long pilot episode of a investigative-adventure documentary series featuring medicine people from across the globe working with indigenous Earth medicines to heal, illuminate, and connect to the web of life. It was released on October 1st 2016 online after a world premiere at the Raindance International Film Festival in London.

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.

The show's aim is to examine and showcase  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.