Reviews & Press
"[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.
"[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.
"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."
Through their many years of experience they show how they have learned to translate and interpret the connection between this family of mushrooms and the Sama/Rig Veda... [contains] many drawings, black and white pictures, and also very colorful pictures. I can recommend both [Sacred Soma Shamans & Soma Elixir] for entertainment purposes as well as enlightening yourself into Sacred Shaman practices of using Amanita mushrooms, (Soma) as sacrament in ceremonies.
Praise for the Secrets of Soma DVD
"The unbelievably descriptive imagery is definitely breathtaking, and many helpful facts and tips on the safe use of Soma mushrooms add to its content."
"Hawk and Venus have done a great job of fitting decades worth of personal knowledge and experience into one documentary to make it available to the world....inspired tips and philosophy...methods for drying and for the preparation of tea...any Amanita aficionados who have not found what they are looking for in the scientific literature or in historical accounts should definitely check this out."
Quote from Shroom by A. Letcher. "In the Pacific Northwest, Hawk and Venus... Soma Shamans have dedicated their lives to the use of the fly agaric... They have eaten it every day for neigh on 27 years. To their spiritual betterment. Through books, videos and websites, they promote the mushroom, teach the correct spiritual preparation required, and warn against the ever present dangers of overdose."
"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"