Shamans of the Global Village



Dr Octavio Rettig and Rak Razam

On this episode of We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For, Eilish De Avalon interviews Experiential Journalist, Film Maker and Author, Rak Razam who, with Niles Heckman, has launched Episode 1 of the documentary series Shamans of the Global Village.  


Doctor Octavio Rettig is the focus of the first episode. He is a medical surgeon from the University of Guadalajara specializing in treating addictions. He has been working for over 15 years with traditional medicinal plants recognized as sacred plants or power plants within Mesoamerican cultures. He is a spokesman for the message of the councils of elders of indigenous communities in northern Mexico. He has been entrusted by the Seri tribe to communicate their message and spread their traditions and understanding.shamansoftheglobalvillage2016-07-13-at-6-18-27-pm

shamansoftheglobalvillage2016-07-13-at-6-20-33-pmDr. Rettig’s sessions incorporate ancient healing chants with the experience of the Sonoran Desert Toad (which contains 5-MeO-DMT). He has worked with the toad medicine for over seven years, during which he has given over 3,500 sessions treating serious cases of addiction to strong synthetic drugs like crystal meth (methamphetamine), and crack cocaine, achieving a high success rate with his patients, providing them with a new way of understanding life.
Dr. Rettig’s book The “Toad of Dawn: 5-MeO-DMT and the Rise of Cosmic Consciousness” is published by and can be found at Divine Arts Media, with a forward by Rak Razam.


It’s the dramatic story of how he, a Mexican doctor with a crack cocaine addiction, came to heal himself by employing the ancient “treasure” almost forgotten for centuries ­— The Bufo Alvarius (Sonoran Desert) Toad.

Rak discusses the making of his documentary series and his own personal journey with entheogens around the world, discusses his Terra Incognito Project about 5-MeO-DMT, navigating Source Consciousness and Godpod Soul Tribe Energetic Galactivation.

Bufo Alvarius – the Sonoran Desert Toad


The first of 12 episodes of Shamans of the Global Village, a revolutionary new online TV series that examines indigenous psychoactive medicines and the Western shamanic resurgence is launching this month.

Directed and shot by filmmaker Niles Heckman, who is a member of multiple Academy Award winning teams working on Hollywood features (, the cinematography captures the authentic and powerful human moments of shamanic ceremonies in unprecedented detail.

Host Rak Razam (journalist, author, filmmaker – Aya: Awakenings – leads the viewer on a journey beyond life, beyond death, examining sacred plant medicines that have been used for millennia to heal, illuminate and connect them to the web of life. But each of these psychoactive medicines also needs a healer to connect them to their patients: the shaman.

The two created the show together in 2015 with their production house Umiimu, and the pilot episode is due for release on October 1st, 2016 where it can be streamed FREE till Oct 8th at the official site: . The world premiere was Sept 23rd at the Raindance Film Festival in London.

Shamans of the Global Village examines what drives modern shamans, 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.

Episode #1 features Dr. Octavio Rettig who has worked with the Bufo Alvarius toad medicine for over seven years in over 3,500 sessions treating serious cases of addiction like crystal meth (methamphetamine), and crack cocaine, achieving a high success rate with his patients, providing them with a new way of understanding life.

Can shamanism heal the body and illuminate the soul? Watch Shamans of the Global Village and find out…






SGV – Press Kit

Previews of the full episode available on request.


Media Inquires:

Niles Heckman 310 927 7070

Rak Razam      404 580 8095