Santo Daime Portugal / Ayahuasca Ceremonies in Portugal / questionable individuals distributing and administering the santo daime sacramento / police busts for cannabis cultivation
I was threatened with being put in a wheelchair or being caused a hospital visit by a member of the Santo Daime movement in Portugal.
His name was Johannes Maasland and was arrested in November 2016 for cultivating cannabis. He thought I told the police about his cannabis, and turned up on my doorstep and made death threats to me in front of witnesses.
He was also involved in the importation of the Santo Daime / Ayahuasca sacrament from Brazil. The Santo Daime Church use some of its longer standing members to import the Daime into countries where its legality is questionable or has not yet been determined. Johannes was sanctioned to import the Santo Daime tea in pouches by the Santo Daime Church in the UK, one of the main members is a musician named Adrian Freedman.
He was arrested in 2010 on charges of importing Santo Daime into the UK. He was not charged in the end, but brought an end to the Eternal Heart Works in the UK and much Daime sacrament was confiscated.
It appears he then used Johannes as an importer in Portugal. The Santo Daime Church in the UK run retreats in Portugal under the name Eternal Heart and Adrian Freedman is the facilitator.
They are secret retreats where one must sign up to a newsletter, but in essence they involve drinking Ayahuasca (The Daime).
They have some ethics and discernment issues, as they use importers not ethically suited, or those who do not respect the sacrament, or those who threaten to hurt or kill people.
As a result, individuals of questionable integrity are able to import and administer Ayahuasca to others, something that necessitates much moral responsibility.
Once the movement starts using people who flout laws (14 kilos of cannabis and possession of LSD) to import the sacrament, they jeopardize their chances of legalizing their sacrament. Once those individuals get into trouble and then start threatening to hurt or kill people rather than to take responsibility, it reflects badly on the Santo Daime movement.
The end result is detriment and disrepute, and bad press in terms of freeing their sacrament from prohibitions. It does not help their cause when those who import the sacrament are involved in cultivation of cannabis on a large scale, for it shows that such importers do not respect other laws of the land.
They are aware that I was threatened with death and violence by one of its members, and as yet, have nothing to say.
Nor have they made any public comment in regard to some 50+ wordpress websites explaining the ethical concerns and why the Daime is not being respected, and how that lack of respect can be harmful to those who visit Ayahuasca or Santo Daime retreats.
Those arrested with the cannabis are currently awaiting trial, and face 4-12 years in prison.
Caution is advised with the movement.