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UDV Church plan brews unease

The UDV in North America are put under the spotlight in the mainstream news again :

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125306591407914359.html#articleTabs=article

SANTA FE, N.M. — A secretive religious group that fought a long legal battle for the right to drink hallucinogenic tea in pursuit of spiritual growth now plans to build a temple and greenhouse in a wealthy community here — to the dismay of local residents.

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  1. So Oregon and New Mexico are the active states for ‘travelling’ legally? I live In Nevada, i have cancer and i WOULD LIKE TO FIND A CENTER CLOSER TO ME HERE. Someone I met named Valerie was trying to set a center in Nevada about five years a go. I have lost communication with her and wonder if you know anything that can help me!

    Blessings,
    Gloria

  2. Can’t afford to head south to the Amazon and was excited to hear it’s available in the US, however, not being a resident of NM I’m unable to utilize that method to heal what ails me. The other locations are not posted on their website, only that new locations are forthcoming. But when?
    Does anyone know of the other locations in the diff states….any in the Mid-West?

  3. u.r.zen says

    are there any udv centers on the east coast
    i belive it is time for the west to reconnect with its collective soul through ayahuasca

  4. philip says

    Jonathan,
    Just wonderignis anyone knows if a local branch has been setup in or around CT?
    THanks,
    Phil

  5. Mark says

    Does anyone know a UDV church near Tucson AZ?

  6. Jefferson Sooter Jr. says

    Does anyone know of a UDV or Santo Daime community in or near New York City?
    Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    Blessings and Thanks to all who have read this.
    Jefferson

  7. Frank Chimi says

    How can I locate a UDV or Santo Daime community near Los Angeles?

  8. bobo says

    I’m looking for your ufc in or around eSt coast.I’m looking for my inner love to understand y iv lost so many relationship when iv gave a never took.want to see my inner soul so I can give my all to next woman I meet.and help others.

  9. Abraham says

    Does anyone know where their is UDV crunches in or around Illinois?
    Please let me know.

  10. Kayla Ranae says

    Im wondering where in the US these churchs are located?

  11. have some serious depression for 5 years and bipolar looking to find relief or even a cure. Will be heading to nm in a few days. Can i look you up? karen Thanks

  12. chris noell says

    how do i find a church like this , I live in Orange C O ,I want to find one even inL A

  13. christian Gomez says

    To whom it may concern, Would you be able to to send me a list of UDV or santo daime churches in the United States? I fund them very interesting. Thank you

  14. MIKE GIDEON says

    HELLO,
    THERE IS A GROUP OF US IN SOUTH FLORIDA WHO HAVE A PREACHER WE TALK IN GREAT DETAIL ABOUT OUR BELIEF IN THE BIBLE AND ARE CONSTENTLY TRYING TO LEARN MORE .WE STRONGLY AGREA GOD HAS GIVIN GIFTS TO MANKIND TO LEARN FROM IN A SPIRATAL WAY.SPIRATAL BREWS SEEM TO BE THE NEXT STEP MAN NEED S TO TAKE TO REACHTHE GOAL OF BEING ONE WITH THE EARTH GOD AND EXPLORE SPIRATUALY THE REALMS THAT MAN NEEDS TO REACH THE JOURNEY WE HAVE BEEN PUT HERE TO EXPERIENCE.WE HAVE RECENTLY WATCHED THE SPIRATUAL MALICUAL DMT AND IT TOUCHED US IN WAYS WE COULD NOT EXPLAIN.WE WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHY WE AS HUMANS COULD BENIFIT GREATLY FROM SUCH A EXPERIENCE. WE ARE PRAYING ONE DAY WE COULD START A CHURCH THAT COULD HAVE THE INTELECTUAL FREEDOM TO HAVE CERIMONIES TO HELP US AND OTHERES.ARE THERE ANY CHURCHES IN THE US THAT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO THIS IS SO PLEASE LET ME KNOW SO I MAY FIND LIKE MINDED PEOPLE WHO WE COULD COMUNICATE WITH.AND LIKE I SAY WE DO HAVE A ORDAINED MINISTER WHO IS KIND OF STUCK WANTING TO HELP PEOPLE AND ITS LIKE WE FEEL HELD BACK BY A BACKWARD SOCIATY. NOT THAT THEY ARE TO BLAME RECREATIONAL USE OF SUCH CHEMICALS MAN MADE OR GODS GIFTS ARE TRUELY AT FAULT.I HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON AND PLEASE EXCUSE MY TERRIBLE SPELLING I WAS EDUCATED IN FLORIDA(LOL).
    MIKE

  15. John Hoffman says

    I wanted to ad that I am located in Tallahassee, Florida.

  16. Roger says

    Hello,
    I wish to join your church, as I am on medical social security disability and think that your church could help me immensly. If you would please, send me an email address to contact you, or a telephone number so I can contact you please.
    Thank you, and God Bless all of you,
    Sincerely,
    Roger

  17. Noelle says

    Tampa, Florida is where I’m located and I would like some information myself. I’m looking for a way to connect with myself on different levels. I’m currently lost looking for enlightenment. TheLearningStandard@hotmail.com

  18. Evan Wood says

    If anyone would be so kind as to send me information on any udv church where i can attend a ceremony anywhere in California i will be willing to travel the distance but note that i come from southern cali. Thank you and godbless
    Love to all,
    Evan

  19. Hi I’m Dan and I live in massachusetts ( usa ) an am interested about how to join your church and if there’s one close by. I quit drinking 5 years ago I don’t smoke or do drugs, I am very spiritual and looking for a closer connection to GOD.

  20. I live in Northwest, FL near Destin. Looking for a UDV or a Santo Daime church or their practitioners near me. I’ve been searching with no success. Looks like there are a lot more questions than answers. Does anyone know of any of these churches in North Florida ? If so, please drop me a line at drkow99@yahoo.com. Thank you so much.

  21. Mike, I recently watched the same documentary and realized what all of you have already. I live in Boynton Beach Fl. and am very interested in meeting the church. Please let me know if this is possible. papasmurph@bellsouth.net

  22. Steve says

    I am very interested in your church but i don’t know of any locations. I am located in Chicago, Illinois. If anyone has any useful info for me please contact me at 7steve4@gmail.com

    Thank You

  23. Donald Lumbrezer says

    Hello my name is Dj and im looking for information on where the church in colorado is currently located, i plan on moving out that way and felt an instant connection with the views of the church. Please let me know if you happen to know anything my email is djlumbrezer@yahoo.com thanks much & god bless

  24. James says

    I live in Tucson AZ and was wondering if there was a church near me. Thanks all.

  25. Priscila says

    Hi! I am from Brazil and I just moved in to Richmond-VA. Does anybody know about ayahuasca churches near by?! Also, any churches near NY, Miami, Lancaster-PA, Baltimore-MA or DC? Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Fernanda says

    Hi,

    I would like to know if there are any churches in the Miami, FL. area. Please contact me if you know of any: correafefe@gmail.com. Just saw the documentary as well and was very moved! Thanks.

  27. Boneh says

    Hello, I am also interested in learning more about the church. I have always had interest in entheogens from a spiritual perspective. I believe that I would greatly prefer the more formal and spiritually intended use of the sacred tea to the recreational use of these plants. The use of the plants in the context of a community and in an organized manner allows, I believe, for a more methodical development of an individual’s spiritual path. I would greatly appreciate any information about communities and churches in the New York area. dravidor@gmail.com
    Peace, and thanks.

  28. My partner and I are interested in membership in UDV Santa Fe. We own a B&B an hour outside Santa Fe in virtual wilderness and would be glad to host functions at little or no cost.

  29. I have taken ayahuasca around 12 times under the guidance of a shaman in Ecuador.

    I currently live in Flagstaff and would love to attend an ayahuasca ceremony in New Mexico.

    Please advise on who to contact about this.

    Sincerely,

    Pranava

    PS Do we still bring gifts of rum, tobacco and money ?

  30. Fernando says

    I would like to know if there is a church or some body afiliated in the washington DC area.

    Best

  31. Zachary says

    PLEASE! I live Los Angeles County and would love to be apart of any organized religion that uses Ayahuasca as its sacrament. I’ve had three DMT experiences, but would like a structured, well organized place to ingest and explore the spiritual realities that are all around us. Also, I seek spiritual and intellectual guidance. Hopefully theres a church near LA! I’m in desperate need of guidance..

  32. jimmy says

    Is nice to to hear many people interested in this supernatural plant, I had several experiences when I was in Colombia, where now there are several temples of the ayahuasca ritual. Now I live in Los Angeles, but I miss that experience. If anyone knows any place around California, Arizona or new mexico, where they do the reunion please write back to me. J91206@yahoo.com

  33. Jay Trout says

    Like everyone else that has left comments, I’d love to know where I can find one of your churches close to me. I live in Baltimore, Maryland.
    my email is jay.logan.trout@gmail.com

    Thanks!

  34. Travis Colvin says

    I live in Arizona and am interested in exploring this. Please send info. I can go east or west (NM or CA)

  35. Sheryl Mayson says

    After research via the internet I am most interested in finding a church in my area. I have questions about the greater purpose and I believe that your organization may just be the help that I need. I am already a peaceful person for the most part and I do believe that everything on this earth is connected. I would love to find an organization where I might feel at home.

  36. Kevin King says

    I see a lot of people wanting to find a place to go to but no one offering any help. Is there anyone out there that can talk to us? I would love to find a place to go to be enlightened. novasam77@yahoo.com

  37. Marcus Paul says

    Hi.

    Please oh please someone send me info about one of these churches in the US. Near Southern Cali. I will travel anywhere, though….. eraileuz777@yahoo.com

  38. didi PIERCE says

    How can I become a member of the UVD church?

  39. Keith Klanderud says

    Is there a UVD church in or near Los Angeles? I’ve been interested in some time in this spiritual practice. Thanks!

  40. Levi Rhiannon Escareno says

    Hi my name is Levi & I am interested in finding a church,,, I just barely discovered this path after watching a Documentary & so I tried looking up wikipedia & other internet sources & this is really fascinating me… I would deffinately like to learn more if someone could help me… [Edited]; my e-mail address is escareno_levi@yahoo.com,,, & I’m on skype too… my skype name is Levi81811….. Thank you & God Bless

  41. Mr.chuks Ik says

    Hello. I live in malaysia and im interested in joining ur group cus i believe what i read abou u.
    If its possible i want to learn more about u and also sextend ur teachings and practises to my country.

  42. Hello says

    I, as many others, am seeking spiritual enlightenment. I am located in Illinois and would love to join a church or similar community. I am a Christian, but I’m also very aware of entheogens and am interested in furthering my higher spiritual self.

    I sympathize with Mike Gideon (the all caps guy earlier in the comments), because that’s exactly how I feel about my beliefs.

    Please e-mail me at psychedelicpiper@gmail.com

    I don’t doubt that a lot of people here don’t end up getting responses, but I thought that it’d still be worth a shot. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one, though. I’ve always felt like the oddball, being immersed in the Christian world and the hippie world. I want to be able to put two together, and in a very spiritually mature manner. Glad to know that there’s people out there that hold the same beliefs I do. Seriously, it means a lot. Peace, love and God Bless.

  43. Kurt Teramo says

    I would like to attend one of your services. Where is the closest temple to Grand Rapids Michigan ? Thank You

  44. melissa kade says

    I would also like to attend a ceremony..I live in Colorado. w/love melissa

  45. Ryan says

    Ditto Melissa’s request–I live in Colorado and would love to learn more and/or attend a service. Please let me know if you have a presence here and how to make contact. Thanks!

  46. Looking to connect with the UDV in Colorado. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  47. Shurengoa says

    I am located in Montreal, Canada. Would like to join UDV church nearby, willing to travel. Many thanks

  48. Truthseeker says

    I currently live in Flagstaff and am looking for an information on a UDV in close proximity, with ceremony dates and times. Thanks!

  49. Lyn Stevenson says

    I have learned most of my spirituality from Deepak Chopras teachings. I do meditate daily, however, I feel like I’ve reached a Plato in my spiritual growth. I want to experience a deeper consciousness and connection to the unified field and God. I would be grateful if someone could suggest an ayahuasca church in the St petersburg or Tampa Fl area. Grateful

  50. Hi Everyone!

    Lots of questions about looking for ceremonies and churches.
    By & large, it would be unlikely to get a response here, or any public forum, and approaches certain legal grey-areas. However, you may find further info about churches, like Santo Daime, in the Ayahuasca.com Forums ( http://forums.ayahuasca.com/ ).

    Blessings.
    Morgan

  51. Melissa says

    Anybody that coukd inform me where can i get ayahuasca services at miami? i experienced several times the power of the teain Brazil and it had a huge impact on my life , would not like to live without it. if you know where please share…

  52. Julian Fox says

    I have been wondering about taking part in UDV practices. I have been in search of connecting to my spiritual being and attempting to find myself through means of of psychedelics. I have known that DMT is a tremendous source to find this existence, and I am hoping to be able to enter this state. I also have read about the UDV and how their members become a more connected being. I am hoping to become a member, however I am curious if I need to live in the state in which the church exists and if so how do I help to form a chapter in NYC?

  53. matt millem says

    hello ive been wondering about about the UDV churches and if you are not a resident of Oregon or New Mexico would i still be able to partake also is there any UDV churches in Minneapolis Minnesota or nearby please email Matt at 84millem@gmail.com thanks

  54. Alejo Valladares says

    I’m looking for a group in the north bay close to Sonoma county

  55. Bruce says

    Is there a church in New York City? I would be very interested in exploring this, if possible. Thanks!

  56. Andrew says

    Hello,

    I am really hoping you can help me. I am a resident of New Mexico and have been interested in participating in the
    UDV ceremony for a few years but have not had any help finding someone to get in contact with. Do you know anyone or anywhere I could go to find this information?

    Thank you so much,

    Andrew

  57. Steve says

    I am interested in expansion practices. I have a friend who just went to the rainforest to have an experience and came back glowing and it has been months and he is still glowing. I am Pennsylvania, I am ordained… How can I experience this around here? Any location around Philadelphia?

  58. Hello. I have a problem I’m hoping you can help me with. I’ve read the posts, and I understand the need for a low profile, but there is something much bigger than myself pushing me toward your Church. I did the recreational “shroom thing” years back, but after my first experience with the plant extract, I now feel that this was what needed to happen, and that I am called (by something) to explore a much deeper path. Unfortunately, I have no friends that are Church members, and really don’t know where to start. This is not enough to deter me however. If this is meant to be part of my path, I feel that somehow, with some persistence, I will meet one of your members, or make contact. I do live here in Albuquerque, and would love to speak with someone to familiarize myself with your philosophy. I have read quite a bit about UDV, and am determined to learn more. I believe that tuning in to my true spirit was no accident, but it seemed to be only a part of a much deeper spiritual transformation that, in my case, is much needed. I hope to hear from you. Thanks, and God bless!

  59. Brandy says

    Does anyone know of any UDV churches in Louisiana or close by. My boyfriend and his family attend in Los Angeles. I am very interested in getting back involved somewhere near my location. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

  60. Aaron says

    Any contact info someone can give me here in miami?…..ive experienced it before and it was more than mind expanding, it healed me from the inside out and i know thi is th path of enlightment. I would appreciate anybody helping me out here. mail: blackuhuru92@hotmail.com

  61. Edwin says

    Just wondering if any word on ayahuasca churches in fl?

  62. Alycia says

    Very spiritually interested. Wanting to expand my reserch knowledge an experience. Has anyone got any
    Information???? Colorado area pls contact me with any information lyciag6612@gmail.com

  63. Looking for an Ayahuasca Church/Group in Southeast Michigan. Seeking higher states of consciousness, enlightenment and Spiritual revaluations I experienced regularly as a child. Seems as I grew older and more “socialized,” I lost the ability to tap into higher consciousness, transcend into higher realms and connect with other dimensions. Meditation helps….to a point.

  64. Looking for an Ayahuasca Church/Group in Southeast Michigan. Seeking higher states of consciousness, enlightenment and Spiritual revaluations I experienced regularly as a child. Seems as I grew older and more “socialized,” I lost the ability to tap into higher consciousness, transcend into higher realms and connect with other dimensions. Meditation helps….to a point. Email: ninasimonephotography@gmail.com

  65. Melissa says

    Hi I am originally from Belem -Para – Brazil actually living in Miami and I would like to know if anybody knows about an UDV center or ayahuasca communities around Miami . I am familiar with the ayahuasca tea and its importance so if anybody can help me with any information pleas email me at : castelo.melissa@yahoo.com

    Thank you

    Namaste

  66. Hello, I read that you have a church in Colorado. I live in Utah. I have recently become disenchanted with religion and am searching other roads to higher self and I want to discover who/what God really is. For the longest time I have felt stuck and unable to move forward spiritually. I have often wondered if the UDV church could help me to do that. I have also wanted all of my life to live among people who care for others and desire to live in peace and service. I would like to interact with someone in that church? I used to speak Portuguese 30 years ago. I lived in Portugal for a year and a half. I don’t know if I could speak Portuguese again now though. Do you have information on how I can contact the UDV church in Colorado? Please respond.
    Morrie

  67. Ryon says

    Hello, I’m trying to find a UDV church in south Florida. If you know of one please email me at rroyes@yahoo.com. Thanks in advance!

  68. Khari says

    Very interested in joining UDV center/church or ayahuasca communities around Los Angeles. I have always known love to be ultimate truth in the universe however, have found it extremely difficult to find genuine like minded others. It would be a blessing to find others who are in tuned with the spirit world and know how to live in harmony. My email is kswayneinfo@gmail.com… Love All

  69. teiu says

    I’m a student located in montreal. Looking to join udv for spiritual elevation and to gain understanding of karmic patterns.

    Namaste

  70. ellis dee says

    I want to find Santos daime or UDV in the Denver metronome area….ive been practicing huasca independently, though I have been using legal plant sources (p. Harmala seeds & acacia, mimosa hostillis, and some others on the LIGHT side, p. Harmala does awesome as the FORCE half. Its still harmaline, & harmine (acting as the monoamine oxidise inhibitor) and DMT, though official huasca is b. Caapi and p. Viridis….I love my independent spiritual practice, and often prefer to do my work alone, however just knowing that there are REAL church’s and other people in the same practice blows my mind…I have always felt like an outcast spiritually…huasca is sacred, it is the doorway between the world of the living and the world of the dead…so I don’t talk about it or share with anyone….people I have met want the huasca for the wrong reasons, udv and Santos daime have the right idea…….anyway I got off track…all you out there seeking huasca you heart is in the right place but your seeking may ill become you…this isn’t something I take lightly…the purpose of life is to become fammiliar with the after death state so dying wont cause confusionin the Psyche of the dead….I believe this…most my trips have taken into the land of the dead….I have walked with God….I was torn to pieces by rabid demons…..I felt my body decompose into the earth….this was all real…more real that baseline conscious existance…tuck off topic again…I want to find a skilled religious entheogenic guide….I have always gone into DMT, huasca, psilocybin, and to a far lesser extent LSD (I don’t see Lsd as shamanic or really even very spiritual) alone…ive alaways thought even if someone was there what could they do? When your ego is dissolved and you have left the world of living humans even if someone was there and I got into hot water what could they do? There must be something to group use like Santos daime or UDV (something that I haven’t found on my own?) I want to know what it is……(by the way I don’t recommend going solo with entheogens to anyone, though its my method, one may risk unneeded psychic damage, its not the traditional way) (most shammanism is ordeal shammanism (where one fasts, goes into the wild, sweat lodges etc…) I take the bad trips as this same form of ordeal…..smoked DMT caused me to experiance a personal appocolypse, 200mg, and I was thrown into an ocean of death, I came to terms with my death, I tracked the between from death to rebirth…it was horror…beauty and horror…an ordeal that kickstarted my spirituality…I never believed in God the soul or the after life til DMT…now its all I think about….what is conscious existance? What is this “life ” I’m experiancing? Who and what am I? What am I doing here and what is the “here ” I’m in?…..nobody ever thinks of how strange existance is….it only gets stranger….death is not the end of anything…death is the start of the real journey…will you be ready? I have God and huasca has shown me the death world which we are all destined to meet……sorry bout the ramble, God bless you all, and may you all find what you are looking for. Stay spiritual human and world matters are not important….show others love and kindness and always keep God in your heart. Mother ayahuasca. Mother earth. Mother God.

  71. soma says

    Hello. I’m curious if there is any udv or santo daime churches in portland area that are possible to get ahold of I’ve tried one in ashland but haven’t been responded to and don’t know if they still exist..i would greatly appreciate the info..gracias

  72. Russell says

    Hi,
    I am a Brazilian/Ameircan and I just got back from living in Brasil for a year. During my time in Brasil I heard a lot about ayahuasca but never had the chance to actually do it. I am now a college kid and would like to have this mind opening experience because I feel like it will change my whole future for the better. I am not depressed or anything, I just seek new experiences and believe that this is something that I am prepared for. If there are any ceremonies in the Florida, preferably central Florida, area, I would love to take part. Thanks for the consideration and I hope everyone that does take Ayahuasca gets what they were hoping for out of it or maybe even more.

  73. austin spotts says

    I would like info on joining a udv group in so-cal

  74. i would lick to have a closer relaship with god .can aneyboddy please till me where i can find a santo daim church that i can joning ? i live in mississippi but i am willing to trivle aneywhere in u.s.a. plese let me no .my E MAIL IS crazyolemaurice1960@yahoo.com think you and god blis.

  75. Aaron says

    I live in NYC and would like to find a udv church. Does anybody have any suggestions on where I could start? Thank you.

  76. Michael says

    I too am looking for a group here in Colorado. I have seen hints of one, but no actual proof of it’s existence. I can buy the bark myself, but I would rather take the journey with a guide. I’m a serious spiritual student seeking answers and meaning. It’s been coming for a long time, after allot of soul searching and questioning, I feel that it’s time for a journey.

    jesterdev AT gmail.com

  77. I come to Santa Fe a couple of times each year to visit loved ones & refresh my spirit. I am interested in knowing more about the local chapter of the UDV. If anyone can help, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

  78. New Orleans resident here, I think we can all agree that under proper circumstances, this tea well have profound effects on improving the quality of life in all aspects. I have done enough research to know the credibility of this brew as a remedy for most ailments. I am willing to travel to Texas or New Mexico or anywhere within the United States to be given the honor of being part of a ceremony. My time, effort, and toil will be offered as a thanks. Please contact me if possible. Thank you. Bagello2988@Gmail.com

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