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Plant Spirit Healing

Plant Spirit Healing

The ancient science of plant spirit healing in the Amazon is called Curanderismo (also called shamanism). It has been practiced in the Amazon Region for over 10,000 years and is one of the oldest medical sciences still practiced today. Much more than herbalism or natural medicine, curanderismo focuses on communicating with the spirits of medicinal plants and other spiritual beings that exist in other dimensions. A central component of this science is the use of Ayahuasca, a medicinal brew that provides access to these spiritual dimensions…

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Receiving Treatment from a Curandero

Receiving Treatment from a Curandero

As ayahuasca continues to spread around the world, with ceremonies happening in nearly every city of every country, curanderismo continues to be a mysterious and often misunderstood science of indigenous wisdom. So what does it mean to receive treatment from a curandero?

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La Dieta

La Dieta

La Dieta is the name given to the particular diet followed during treatment as well as during learning experiences like the Ayahuasca Initiation Course offered by the Ayahuasca Foundation. The diet is usually free from all stimulation, allowing the participant to increase their sensitivity to light, sound, smells, feelings, and thoughts…

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Healing Ceremonies

Healing Ceremonies

An Ayahuasca Healing Ceremony is an opportunity to take part in your own healing.  A ceremony involves meeting at around 7pm and finding a spot to sit and settle in. It is important to arrive before the ceremony begins, out of respect for the curandero. After some introductions if necessary and perhaps some small talk, [...]

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Plant Spirits

What to Expect the First Time

I am often asked what drinking ayahuasca is like, not only by people who know very little about it but also by people who have read about it or have seen videos about it but have yet to try it. I usually respond that it is a lot like asking someone what sex is like [...]

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Don Enrique

Don Enrique is a Shipibo curandero originally from the RoaBoya community near Pucallpa.  He now lives in Iquitos and works with Carlos leading the six and ten week courses for the Ayahuasca Foundation.  Don Enrique comes from a long line of curanderos and began studying with his grandfather at the age of 11.  With over [...]

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Doña Othelia

Doña Othelia

The daughter of indigenous curanderos (both parents were healers), doña Othelia never had a set initiation, for she grew up in the environment of plant spirit medicine from birth, and thus knew the science her entire life. Her childhood was an initiation. Othelia’s specialty is reading cigarettes, a form of divination similar to reading tea [...]

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Doña Wilma

Doña Wilma

Doña Wilma is a truly amazing person.  She was conceived after her father, a shipibo maestro, completed a one year diet with a sacred, luminescent tree, and while her mother was pregnant with her, her father dieted with the plant marossa.  She was named after the shipibo word for marossa, inkan kena.  From a very [...]

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