"Soma Amanita is the King of all Herbs." — Rig Veda
It powers your life.
Hello again. I just wanted to say I loved the Soma Shamans book. It is a rare gem, one of the few books I feel truly privalaged to have read. The ONLY book I know of with the sort of information that I was looking for and so much more.— Peter G.
I wish you much joy and thank you again for your great work.— Ewald. W., PhD.
Just a quick email to thank you guys for your sacred work in bringing forward this sacrament... Thanks a lot guys and Lots of Love You U 2!— J.
"[Sacred Soma Shamans] can only be referred to as a mycological masterpiece... the most comprehensive and complete book on using the sacred Soma mushroom in the field... may very well be to mycology and culture as great of a discovery as Gordon Wasson's discovery of Psilocybe Mexicana in 1957.— Steven Scott, Cannabis Culture Magazine.
I have been telling a lot of people about your soma sessions that you did. I really feel that soma is my medicine and since a session I have experimented with soma more and more. I got to know the spirit of soma and to me it is unsurpassed from any other medicine. It's an amazing helper.— P, Santa Cruz.
Your book seems like an excellent guideway to a safe trip. Thanks for your effort to share your experience with the world.— F.K., Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
I bought your book about a year ago, and have reread it several times. The main reason I have for emailing you is to say how happy I am Hawk is still alive and kicking. When I finished the book for the first time, my stomach churned at the idea Hawk's fasting and austerities may have finished him off. My adrenal gland started firing when I found that pic of him modeling the butterfly Soma. You guys are my heroes. I want to end up living life the way you do. So to find the "guru" I thought might have died still going strong made me very happy. Just thought I'd let you guys know.— Captain Bimble.
Only Amanita shaman in North America. Peace.— F.
Kudos on your work on Amanita muscaria in the Americas. Kudos for your work on the preparation of the species. Normally I do not recommend Amanita to others, but i do point those interested its preparation to your pages and books.— John W. Allen
I have now had the opportunity to read Sacred Soma Shamans and I'm amazed by the scope of their personal experience and rigorous historical research.— H.M.
Lots of LOVE and appreciation for your great work and gift on your books. In a world where almost everything is rationalized, hearing and feeling about people living a true connection with Nature in general and Soma in particular is a BLESSING... The reading of your "[Sacred Soma Shamans]" book is truly one of the most beautiful I ever have, beautiful in the way you respect Soma, Mother nature and yourself, which of course is the same at some point :-)— L.M., France.
"In 1979, a religion dedicated to the mushroom was developed. The religion's founder is an individual named Hawk. Hawk was reportedly inspired by partaking of some Amanita muscaria tea on a "magical San Francisco evening." His experience led [him to hunt] down the mushroom to make the "sacred soma," which would become the Eucharist of the new religion... [his wife Venus] has taken on the role of High Priestess. Hawk's website provides a wealth of information about his religion and the sacred mushroom. It is located at www.somashamans.com"
— Todd A. Thies, PhD., Legally Stoned.
Hello Hawk and Venus,
My name is S. and your book was lent to me by a friend (the version he had was called "Shamans of Amanita") while I was in the Peruvian jungle for the last 3 months- and I must say that I was sad when I had to return it to its owner. I greatly enjoyed your easy to read and information laden book! Not to mention the intense calling I had to learn from Soma.— S.
Your opinion means a lot to me because you are the only prophet and mystic out of the masses that I believe.— M.
This is almost certainly the best book on amanita muscaria in existence, at least if you want to learn about how to use the mushroom and what it can do rather than read through hundreds of pages of scholarly research with comparatively little practical information. The authors know what they are talking about from personal experience and in this book they share some of the knowledge they have gained. It is also a fun and entertaining read, filled with the spirit of Soma and divine wisdom.— Reader Review.
To give you a bit of an idea of why I am interested, I am seeking connection with the Divine. That is all. Simple direct connection. To open my heart and entire being to Grace, Love and Presence of Mother-Father-God-Goddess-Divine-Supreme Absolute Being Consciousness. I would like to surrender myself whole-heartedly, and feel that I need some help to do that. My hope is that Soma Medicine Teacher will help me.— P.
From my meditation practice I can say this is soma, and this mushroom is the clean unadulterated god-mind, one mind. It's quite surprising how different it is from psilocybin mushrooms. it is so clean, it seems to be god-mind simple as that. It's such an incomprehensible blessing that such a perfect mushroom exists."— H.
Amanita muscaria's are wonderful, they open the gates of heaven; magic elixer.— C.R.
Many blessings & positive energies to Hawk for voicing the true Angelic message of the Supreme Being. Our world could benefit from the truth.— M.
I found [Sacred Soma Shamans] very entertaining as well as highly informative on Shamanic Shaman sacramental use of Amanita mushrooms. This book consists of 35 wide ranging chapters, but is easy and quick to read, especially if you already have a basic knowledge of fungi. Whether you’re just interested in someone else’s adventure for entertainment or want some valuable tips on how to collect, prepare and consume Soma, a guide to Soma consciousness is found in this book."– Curt Haney, President for the Mycological Society of San Francisco.
"[Sacred Soma Shamans] & Soma Elixir are two books written by Hawk and Venus, shamanic high priest and priestess of Soma... Hawk and Venus are modern day Soma Sacrificers. They hunt, gather, prepare and sacrifice Amanita Mushrooms for spiritual sacrament, energizer, medicinal, and uplifting tonic, using ancient Shamanic-Priesthood skills. They have dared to get to know the spirit of this mushroom, through extreme experimentation and devoted daily use of Soma for over  years.– Curt Haney, President for the Mycological Society of San Francisco.