Native American Shamanism and Chinese Medicine


2016 February 17: This month we hosted Ashley Tomasino. Ashley is currently completing her Doctorate from Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine with her thesis and research on ‘Ayahuasca and the Treatment of Shen Disturbance (Psychological Disorders).’

TITLE: Native American Shamanism and Traditional Chinese Medicine-Bridging the Gap Between Healing Traditions

Talk Description: Ashley compares the parallels and aspects of ritual between chinese indigenous tradition of daoism and the indigenous traditions of south american shamanism. To accomplish this, Ashley will consider different aspects of ceremony from both a daoist and shamanic point of view. She will look at initiation and training of the daoist priest and the shipibo shaman. She will discuss the role of music, incantation or song, good and evil spirits and of course, magic!

PERFORMANCE: Michael Kass performed a short storytelling piece for the Salon after the talk.

Michael Kass is a storyteller, writer, and coach/healer based in Los Angeles. He has performed stories at venues all over LA including The MOTH Grandslam, Taboo Tales, Write Club, I Love a Good Story, Two Truths and a Lie, and others. His solo show Ceremony has toured nationally and garnered recognition including Best of Fringe at the Hollywood & San Francisco Fringe Festivals, LA Weekly Pick of the Week, and San Diego Critics Choice. Also a breathwork facilitator, Michael leads healing circle in Silverlake every Sunday evening at 7:30 PM. For more information, visit &