Li Chun Marina Lin

Formosahuasca, Acacia Confusa ayahuasca analog from Asia: Notes toward Re-enchantment, ancestral healing and creative expression.

Formosahuasca is a combination of the name of the island, "Formosa," which is the former name of Taiwan, and "ayahuasca." It is an ayahuasca analog using Acacia Confusa and Syrian Rue.
Acacia Confusa, a plant native to Taiwan, has a high concentration of DMT up to 2% in its bark. It is suitable for a sustainable ayahuasca source plant as it is very common, able to be harvested with little impact on the ecosystem, and is easy to work with.

The speaker has been trained in Peru with Ayahuasca and has facilitated Acacia ceremonies around the world since 2012. In her presentation, she will share her experience working with Acacia Confusa as an ayahuasca analog. This journey has not only connected her to her roots but also inspired her to become a contemporary artist.

We will delve into the little-known history of Formosahuasca and also highlight the differences between Ayahuasca and Acacia.

Echoing the waves of psychedelic feminism and occult revival, the speaker will offer insights into the magical power of Acacia and its unique character as a plant spirit to heal, inspire, and transform individuals. On the other hand, we will also discuss the dark side of the frenzy as well as the development of the Ayahuasca scene in Asia.
We will explore the ways in which Formosahuasca has been used for re-enchantment, including its role in helping individuals to reconnect with their ancestral roots and facilitate healing. The speaker will also discuss the creative expression that arises from working with Formosahuasca, including how the Acacia plant spirit has guided her through dreams and inner voices to create her art exhibition “Sonic Driving” at ICA Shanghai and assisted her to facilitate the creative process of “Notes on Psychedelics III:2-19-20” by artist Yin-Ju Chen at Taipei Fine Arts Museum.

Li Chun (Marina) came from Taiwan and she has a diverse background in shamanism, occult, arts, and journalism. As a former travel journalist, Li Chun embarked on a shamanic journey during a spontaneous vision quest in a desert in the Middle East.
Li Chun is fully trained in both Shipibo and Mestizo Ayahuasca lineages. And has a deep understanding of the use of plant medicine, including the use of Acacia Confusa, a local Taiwanese plant (ayahuasca analog) in her work.
She has been teaching both plant-assisted and non-plant-assisted shamanic workshops for over a decade and has traveled the world to facilitate Acacia ceremonies since 2012. She draws on core shamanism teachings to develop unique shamanic world experiences.
Li Chun's experiences working with plant medicine have also guided her creative pursuits, leading her to become a contemporary artist. She has been invited to give lectures on shamanism at galleries in China and Taiwan. She has spoken on ayahuasca training at the Ayahuasca—Kosmik Journey VR show by Jan Kounen in Taiwan. Her collaborative artwork has been exhibited at the Gwangju Biennale (2021) in Korea, ICA Shanghai, and around the globe.
Li-Chun has maintained a deep connection to and studied plant spirits intensely. Believing in the non-duality of body and earth (身土不二, literally: “body soil no two,” which means that the body’s present condition is the result of its environment), she continuously refines approaches of touching another person's soul through the five senses and consciousness expansion. Her passion for exploring the intersection of shamanism, occult and contemporary art has earned her a reputation as a visionary in her field.
Under the guidance of Israeli and British occultists, she has received initiation into a magical group. She is also skilled in traditional Chinese tea ceremonies and Japanese Butoh.