Some thoughts on ayahuasca



About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip ( and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at and email her at


  1. Interesting… I’m pretty straightlaced, too, and I don’t think I’d ever try it, but I find your description of the experience fascinating.

  2. Miyuki, thanks for writing about this. Yours is the second ayahuasca story I’ve heard in recent months, and I’m finding the topic more and more interesting. A professor here in our valley, Ilan Stavans, did a spoken-word performance at the Yiddish Book Center about his ayahuasca experience — you might find it interesting, if I can get the link to work.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! Hmm interesting about Professor Ilan Stavnans’ experience and what he did with it. It’s creatively inspiring for sure. Do you think you’ll give it a try if given the opportunity?

      • It seems like one of those decisions I’ll make when I’m traveling in South America again, as it’s all theoretical when I’m sitting here on a sofa in New England! We shall see… 😉

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