Kathleen Harrison is an ethnobotanist, artist, and photographer who researches the relationship between plants and people, with a particular focus on art, myth, ritual, and spirituality. Harrison currently teaches field courses for the University of Minnesota (Hawaii), University of Missouri (Northern California), Albany College of Health Sciences (Peru), and Goddard College (Hawaii). She also teaches independent field intensives for Botanical Dimensions. She has done fieldwork in Latin America for 30 years, and is the director of Botanical Dimensions, a nonprofit foundation devoted to preserving medicinal and shamanic plant knowledge from the Amazonian rainforest and tropics around the world. Harrison co-founded the organization in 1985 with former husband Terence McKenna. In her work with Botanical Dimensions, she has done fieldwork and supported indigenous projects in Mexico, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica. For more information: BotanicalDimensions.org

Treat Her Right: Lessons from A Medicine Walk, By Kathleen Harrison

Little Windows into Another Realm

Kathleen Harrison speculates on the evolutionary advantages of DMT. She proposes that its appearance in plants and animals is nature’s way of providing “little windows into another realm”.