Hello, my name is Karol Liver and this is Pangean Path, my educational research hub dedicated to the art of personal development in alignment with nature.
I am a human being dedicated to being human. I am an educator and passionate cognitive researcher with over fifteen years of successful experience in teaching, curating, lecturing and personal development-oriented work. I am also a dedicated Tsa Lung practitioner, a Tibetan breathing and movement practice.
I base my personal work on four pillars of progressive disciplines:
Art, Science, Adventuring, and Bio-Spirituality.
Art has been my main therapeutic field for my entire life. Having degree in Photography, I have been involved in numerous artistic activities in the last 20 years, from art directing (event management, festivals) to curatorial activities (numerous photography festivals in Europe and North America). In 2011 I have launched and published prism Photography Magazine that has been successfully promoting young and established contemporary photographers for almost a decade. I find art and any form of artistic expression great therapeutic tools.
Science and Education have been the loves of my life. I studied Mathematics & Physics, only to pursue MSc in Social Science (Sociology, Philosophy and Psychology), to study Arts in my late 20s and currently planning on expanding my education in the field of Applied Psychology. Cognitive science is certainly my big crush. I have always been thrilled by the unknown and driven by the need to understand the observable alongside the unseen. Alongside my studies fields, I have studied Astrobiology and Astronomy.
Adventures might just be my biggest addition but nevertheless they always serve as powerful life teachers. The main purpose of my expeditions in to reconnect to the wild and to explore the cultural aspects of the native territories and its inhabitants. I hardly ever follow touristic routes. Instead I seek permission to be guided to sources of ancient wisdom, venturing through the sacred lands and mystical places of ancient power, while honouring and respecting the indigenous traditions.
Bio-Spirituality is seen by me as a form of deeper connection with my core self and manifests in a variety of forms, from personal developing work, mental and physical exercising, to plant-based medicinal research and work with various entheogens. I see bio-spirituality as returning to the full awareness of body and understanding its bio-physical needs in order to support healthy mental and spiritual development.
Q&A about my person and work
What is Pangean Path?
Pangean is my personal project and research hub dedicated to the studies of cognitive intelligence and its expansion, based on human psychology and studies of consciousness. My main aim with this project is to provoke a serious educational approach as the main pillar for personal and bio-spiritual expansion and invite the audience to an open, constructive discussion on the health and safety aspects of the above-mentioned work. It also serves as a central hub linking my artistic, spiritual and intellectual connections around the globe.
What is my experience with plant-based medicine?
I have been actively working with plant-based medicines and various indigenous tribes in the native environments since 2011 studying the mystical territory of the Amazon rain forest and its ancient healing traditions, but also actively exploring the broader aspects of this therapeutic work including the neuroscience and psychology of plant-based therapies in the age of psychedelic renaissance.
I have travelled to, lived and performed my research in the Amazon Basin mostly in Peru, but also Ecuador and Bolivia, where I have studied under the wise eyes of the native Shipibo-Conibo people, that are commonly known for their generational input in the art of shamanic healing. I have actively participated in, assisted and facilitated numerous ceremonies and samás (deeper integration processes) with sacred plants over the past years including Ayahuasca, Noya Rao, Huachuma (San Pedro cactus) and Mapacho tobacco. I have also studied the art of brewing the Ayahuasca tea in the Americas and the art of curing the sacred tobacco in Peru.
I am currently actively involved in facilitating and co-hosting during various personal development retreats and nature-oriented retreats in Europe and around the World.
What is the spectrum of my public work?
I provide my audiences with inspirational TALKS on the indigenous Shipibo culture and traditions and discuss and promote health and safety of plant-based medicinal work. This aims to help participants to prepare to ceremonies using various entheogens and to understand the broader frames of the above-mentioned work. In the recent years I have been present with my talks and workshops on numerous festivals and public spaces including: TEDx Wroclaw (Poland, 2013), NewEarth Festival (Bali, 2017), Conscious Concert Ireland, Body & Soul (Ireland, 2018), Masters of Calm (UK, 2019), GoaDupa (Poland, 2017), Lost Theory (Spain, 2018) and O.Z.O.R.A. (Hungary, 2019). I also facilitate Mapacho (Sacred Tobacco) lectures and integrative meetings for people who use organic entheogens.
One of my popular talk, The Voice of Nimea Kaya, approaches work with Ayahuasca from many angles – from the scientific aspects of the medicine to native stories and beliefs to cultural aspects and the nature of icaros. You can check out the themes and subjects of my lectures and workshops in the Talks section.
Who do I learn from?
I study by the side of humble, dedicated and extremely experienced practitioners in Europe and South America. My most teacher from the Amazon and a person who I completed my longer sama with is Maestra Curandera Juana Silvano Teco, from Shipibo lineage, who has been working as a healer using ayahuasca brew and skilled bonesetter for the local community in the Ucayali region for her entire life. She works with numerous medicines including Ayahuasca, Noya Rao, Sananga and Mapacho.
How do I travel?
My main quest during my expeditions is to find the access to the source of the local culture and its hidden wisdom. I love mystical places of power. I have travelled to over 50 countries in the last 10 years and hardly ever followed touristic schedules. I also see travelling as a great collaboration opportunity and a way to expand horizons. In this sense, Pangean also serves as a hub for any sort of artistic, scientific and spiritual collaborations around the World and a generator of inspirational connections, from inspirational talks and workshops on psytrance festivals, to science conferences, to nature-fuelled retreats.
How can I join you?
You are heartily welcome to join my expeditions and workshops. I am currently organizing group expeditions to Iceland and Peru and am involved in a few projects in Ireland and Europe. You can read more about the expeditions in the drop down menu above.
Other things I love doing
I am also available as a speaker for conferences and discussion panels about art and photography, I work as photography curator for over 15 years and have supported multiple photographic and artistic initiatives. I have coordinated and curated numerous talks, exhibitions and portfolio reviews in between 2010 and 2019 during numerous art festivals in Ireland, Poland, UK, Italy and Canada and was present in a jury panel for URBAN International Photographic Award in Italy in 2017-2018. I run prism, a successful photographic curatorial collective operating worldwide. In 2011 I started to work as a personal intuitive life-coach and progressive trainer for groups and companies.
Thank you for visiting my space and I hope to see you in person soon. You can read more about the Expeditions here and check the upcoming ones. If you want to check for any upcoming events please also stay tuned to Pangean event page on facebook.