Ancestral Heart


Ancestral Heart is a dedicated organization that actively supports indigenous-led preservation efforts and seeks to deepen our respectful understanding of ancient rituals and indigenous wisdom.


May 2019


Dripping Springs, TX

Sustainable Development Goals


Ancestral Heart firmly believes in honoring and valuing cultural wisdom keepers, ancient arts, and the profound connection between humanity and nature. We recognize the vital importance of preserving orally transmitted lineages as an integral part of humanity’s collective heritage.

Our platform is committed to supporting the protection of indigenous cultures, without interfering with their natural way of life, by collaborating closely with local villages and tribes. We actively engage in initiatives with organizations like Blessings of the Forest, Nativa Foundation for the Kogi of La Sierra, and Fundacion Autoctono, particularly through our support for the Comcaac Seri water project. These partnerships enable us to provide collaborative reciprocal support for the preservation of traditional knowledge systems and the overall stewardship of indigenous cultures.

At Ancestral Heart, we strive to amplify the voices of wisdom keepers and facilitate global learning that is rooted in reciprocity, sensitivity, and cultural awareness. We seek a greater understanding of the complexities surrounding the impact of the psychedelic movement on indigenous cultures, particularly during this pivotal time. By fostering understanding and bridging gaps between diverse cultures and peoples, we aim to contribute to providing support for the complex issues affecting the future of these cultures.





Tricia Eastman, an initiated medicine woman and founder of the nonprofit Ancestral Heart focused on the reciprocity and preservation of ancestral wisdom traditions and biocultural heritage. Drawing on her mestiza ancestral roots and her initiations and nearly a decade of experience with the Bwiti tradition of equatorial Africa, she has ushered many through profound journeys of self-discovery— including celebrities, political leaders, and Special Forces veterans. Eastman’s forthcoming book, Seeding Consciousness: Plant Medicine, Ancestral Wisdom, and the Path to Transcendence will be available in 2024.

Rutendo Ngara is an African Indigenous Knowledge Systems holder and transdisciplinary researcher. She is a practitioner of a number of physical disciplines, including Dance, Yoga, and Wushu/Kung Fu/Tai Ji. Ngara has represented South Africa as an international silver medallist in the latter. Rutendo serves on a number of boards, including the Credo Mutwa Foundation (as Chairperson), the South African Wushu Federation, and the ASSEGAIA Alliance for the Protection of Sacred Sites. She holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Medicine in Biomedical Engineering, and is pursuing a doctorate in Philosophy of Education. The quest for harmony, healing the whole, co-existence, and complementary underpins her endeavors.

Dr. Joseph Peter Barsuglia is a clinical and research psychologist and advisor for Journey Collab and Lionheart Ventures, two start-ups that are leading reciprocity models with indigenous plants and traditions. He has worked as a therapist in the MAPS MDMA-Assisted psychotherapy trials and as Research Director at Crossroads ibogaine clinic where he published observational research on ibogaine and 5-MeO-DMT.