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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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Preparing for an Ayahuasca Experience

Preparing for an Ayahuasca Experience

What You Can Do to Prepare  There are a few things that anyone who is planning to drink ayahuasca can do to be better prepared for the experience.  Obviously, it is impossible to predict what will happen, but by following particular practices and reading certain material, at least you can try to be more ready [...]

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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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Ayahuasca Healing Ceremonies

Ayahuasca 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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The Healing Diet

The Healing Diet

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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La Dieta: Another Perspective

La Dieta: Another Perspective

WHAT IS A DIETA? Whereas ayahuasca forms the foundation of the indigenous plant medicine traditions of the Western Amazon, the dieta plays a crucial role in building upon that foundation.  It could be considered the support beams of the tradition, upon which the rest of the structure is built.  So what is a dieta?   In [...]

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Ayahuasca Healing – Grangie

Grangie participated in two Ayahuasca Foundation programs and received treatment at the Curandero School on his own.  He now facilitates people who have questions about ayahuasca and what treatment entails prior to doing a program with the Ayahuasca Foundation and helps others with the integration process after completing a program.  He tells the story of [...]

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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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Don Ronor

Don Ronor

Don Ronor is don Enrique’s brother and has been assisting him with the curandero initiation courses since 2013.  Like don Enrique, don Ronor was raised in a family of curanderos and comes from a long lineage of shipibo plant doctors.  With an incredible knowledge of the plants, don Ronor continues to do dietas and study [...]

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