Peru Workshop August 9-17 – Healthcare and Healing Traditions of Amazonia: Exploring the Roots of Holistic Health and Integrative Medicine

Join us for an adventurous, professional development journey into the Peruvian Amazon! This workshop will explore conventional medicine as well as the rich healing traditions of Peru. You will gain a greater perspective into the current emergence of holistic and integrative medical practice. You will visit clinics and hospitals, observe traditional healing practices, study medicinal plants, meet with shamanic healers, and explore the rich biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest. Open to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, natural medicine practitioners, and students.   Continue reading “Peru Workshop August 9-17 – Healthcare and Healing Traditions of Amazonia: Exploring the Roots of Holistic Health and Integrative Medicine”

Forging a Path through Peru

Adam Hlasny photo for ACEER
Adam Hlasny

by Adam Hlasny

My eyes are open, but the world around me is black. The Peruvian nightfall has quickly cloaked our craft in impenetrable darkness. After hours afloat on the Tambopata River, the clattering outboard’s last gasps yield to the primal cacophony of countless rainforest creatures. The long, narrow vessel languidly glides to shore as our leader clicks on a heavy-duty searchlight, scanning the muddy banks for a suitable place to put in. No longer lulled by the moving boat’s breezes, I wipe fresh moisture from my brow. The expedition leaders’ anxious Spanish shouts pierce the night like verbal gunfire. Finally the group disembarks, hoping to God that the guides have found the correct clearing in this nocturnal landscape. If we’ve missed the path to our lodgings, there isn’t another human settlement for dozens of miles in any direction…

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Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy awarded the 2015 ACEER Legacy Award

Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy

In recognition of 50 years of dedicated service to conservation, it is with pleasure that the Board of Directors of the ACEER Foundation presents to Dr. Thomas Lovejoy the 2015 ACEER Legacy Award. The Legacy Award was established in 2012 to honor an individual or individuals who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to conservation in general, and conservation of the Amazon rainforest in particular.

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Brazil Nuts and Agoutis in the Peruvian Amazon

BrazilNutTreeby Kim Henderson

I believe that we have a dynamic relationship to nature. And if you pay attention, you might discover that a particular plant or animal in nature will sometimes choose us. They find their way into our psyche and spirit and teach us things, if we are open.

Think about this for a moment. Let your mind drift back to your first memories. Is there a flower, animal or tree that is knit into the fabric of your childhood memories? Oftentimes the smell of a certain tree, or the Continue reading “Brazil Nuts and Agoutis in the Peruvian Amazon”

ACEER Peru Amigos Program 2015

amigoslogoThese photos from the ACEER ¡Amigos! Summer 2015 program show the type of work ¡Amigos! does in the Amazon. The objective of ¡Amigos! A Partnership for Education is to create, develop, and implement environmental education programs in the Peruvian Amazon as a basis for developing environmental awareness and sustainable use of natural resources.                  …more about ¡Amigos!



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Malcolm Gillis, the sixth president of Rice University, died Oct. 4 at age 74


Malcolm Gillis

A University Professor, the Ervin Kenneth Zingler Professor of Economics and a professor of management, Gillis served as president from 1993 to 2004, one of Rice’s most active periods. He was a well-known economist who consulted with numerous countries on economic public policy.   Continue reading “Malcolm Gillis, the sixth president of Rice University, died Oct. 4 at age 74”

ACEER announces the award of the 2015 Dr. James A. Duke Ethnobotanical Fellowship to Jose Antonio Hurtado Huarcaya

ACEER is pleased to award to Mr. Jose Antonio Hurtado Huarcaya the 2015 Dr. James A. Duke Ethnobotanical Fellowship. He will receive $1000 in support of his research project, The Cultural Significance of Medicinal Plants in the District of Quinua (Ayacucho) Peru. Jose is a masters student at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima where he is earning a masters in tropical botany with an emphasis on ethnobotany.

JamesDuke280The James A. Duke Ethnobotanical Fellowship was established by founding ACEER board member Dr. James A. Duke, recipient of ACEER’s 2013 Legacy Award for life long contributions to rainforest conservation. Jim has dedicated his life to bringing the healing power of medicinal plants to a global audience. This Fellowship continues his legacy by supporting a new generation of ethnobotanists.

Camu Camu / Myciaria dubia

Camu Camu 1by Dr. Katherine Gaston

Camu Camu is a shrub growing in watery, swampy areas of the Amazon rainforest and is often harvested directly into a canoe from the river. It produces lemon size fruit orange-red in color. Although it has not been documented to have been used extensively by indigenous people, it has more recently been discovered to contain very high levels of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant known to protect the body from free-radicals, stress and aging and to boost the immune system in fighting infection. In fact, it may contain the highest source of vitamin C occurring naturally on Continue reading “Camu Camu / Myciaria dubia”

Posada Amazonas

by Janet N. Gold

As I sit at my computer today on a fog-shrouded morning on the coast of Maine, I can close my eyes and still recall the feeling of being a small human presence in the vibrant rainforest surrounding Posada Amazonas, a rainforest of plant and animal life so integrated and alive that my human presence sometimes felt like an intrusion.

Home_7cIn 1996 the Posada Amazonas was barely a dream, the embryo of a vision, when Eduardo Nycander of Rainforest Expeditions, a Peruvian ecotourism company, signed an agreement with the Ese-Ejá community of Infierno in the Tambopata Continue reading “Posada Amazonas”