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Ross Heaven is the founder, director and principal teacher for The Four Gates Foundation. He was described by Kindred Spirit magazine as “the straight-talking shaman” (you can read the interview here) who is ready to challenge, question, and doesn’t mind killing a few sacred cows or exposing fake gurus and fraudulent practices in the process of revealing the truth.
Because of this, the magazine said, you either love him or hate him.
Either way, he tends to provoke strong reactions.
Those who respect Ross believe his work to be important and regard him as an expert on shamanism and an authority on plant spirit medicine.
They have called him “the Joseph Campbell of our times”
(James Shreeve, journalist for The Guardian newspaper)
“whose knowledge and experience is clearly a wealth in itself”
(Psychedelic Press UK), and described his work as “colossal!”
(John Perkins, best-selling author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man),
“intelligent, and passionate”
(Robert Tindall, author of The Jaguar that Roams the Mind), and
“insightful and information-filled… definitive”
(James Fadiman, Ph.D., author of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide).
His students appreciate his humour, knowledge and candour:
‘An amazing experience. The teachings, the personalities, the honesty, the plant diet and medicine made a fantastic personal journey for me. A deeply profound healing experience delivered with realness and fun.‘ – Rachel, Australia
‘You have held the group fabulously. As a healer I find you to be in high integrity. I have seldom ever felt (if ever) as held in safety and integrity as I do with you. Thank you so much.‘ – Bernice, New Zealand
Ross Heaven is a shaman, psychologist, author, healer, workshop facilitator and presenter. From early childhood he has trained extensively in the shamanic, transpersonal and psycho-spiritual traditions.
The story of his beginnings in this work are told in his autobiographical, semi-fictional book, The Sin Eater’s Last Confessions.
From the late 1990s he has apprenticed to the ayahuasca healing traditions of the Peruvian Amazon and the San Pedro traditions of the Andes, also working with the curanderos of Mexico, the houngans (shaman-priests) of Haiti, and with other indigenous shamans.
His initiations in these traditions have also included owning and running his own ayahuasca healing centre in the Amazon rainforest outside Iquitos (KM14), Peru, and a healing centre in the mountains of Spain, experiences documented in his book, Drinking the Four Winds
Since 2000 Ross has worked exclusively as a shaman, healer and teacher and written almost 20 books on shamanism, empowerment, plant medicines, teacher plants and healing.
The first of these (The Journey to You) was described by Amazon Books UK in its official review as “the most important to be published in years“. Others have won awards, some are best-sellers and one prompted a Guardian newspaper journalist to call Ross “the Joseph Campbell of our times”.
His work is quoted in the books of many other writers in the fields of shamanism and plant medicines.
Ross has also featured on radio and television, in films and in newspapers and magazines worldwide, including The Observer, Daily Express, Mail on Sunday, Kindred Spirit, Spirit & Destiny, Prediction, Vision, Paradigm Shift, Sacred Hoop, Shaman’s Drum, Reality Sandwich, New Dawn, Odyssey, Erowid, Ancient Aliens, Jane Goldman Investigates, This Morning, The BBC World Service, and numerous local radio and television stations. He has also presented at several international conferences.
As well as teaching, Ross runs trips to the Amazon and Andes of Peru and to Mexico where you can experience directly the healing work of the shamans of these traditions.