Jay Griffiths

Shapeshifting: A Kneeling Kind of Knowing

This talk explores metamorphosis, shapeshifting and the essential life-force. Based on time spent with shamans in the Peruvian Amazon, the author Jay Griffiths speaks of how ayahuasca, as a plant teacher, encourages an ecocratic vision of life, a wild and radical way of knowing. The talk explores ayahuasca's powerful and profound effects on the ecology of the human mind, and how this translates into an urgent need to take environmental action.

Jay Griffiths has written on the politics of time, and the importance of wildness in the human spirit and the natural world in childhood.

With her first book, Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, she won the Discover award for the best new non-fiction writer to be published in the USA and with her second, Wild: An Elemental Journey she won the inaugural 2007 Orion Book Award.

She is the author of Tristimania: A Diary of Manic Depression and Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape.

“If bravery itself could write, it would write like she does.” - John Berger