In each case, the goal appears to have been to discomfit the celebrities, in the name of personal growth, by having them practice genital weightlifting, drink their own urine, achieve whole-body orgasms, and, in the case of ayahuasca, get crazy. "While under its influence," the announcer tells us portentously, "they could well hallucinate."
The result of the expedition, however, was, to my astonishment, a remarkably accurate and sympathetic portrayal of three ayahuasca tourists and their attitudes and experiences. Their motives differed — although one may guess that none of them shunned the chance for television exposure — and in many ways were probably more vague than is typical of such tourists. Tony: "I thought it sounded like a very interesting thing to do." Mina: "I was very keen on the idea of a spiritual odyssey and of finding myself." Jo: "I wanted to find out something more about myself."
The three celebrities were also deeply fortunate to have been given over to the care of my good friend Howard Lawler and my own maestro ayahuasquero don Roberto Acho Jurama.
The entire 24-minute segment is worth watching.