Shamanic tales from the recesses of Amazonia: An interview with ayahuasquero Guillermo Arevalo
Recently, Dionisio and I sat down with Guillermo Arevalo, the celebrated Amazonian ayahuasquero also known by his spiritual name, Kestenbetsa, when he visited us at our home. For students of Amazonian shamanism, this is an interesting convergence to listen in on as Guillermo, a native from the Shipibo-Conibo tribe has 40 years of shamanic experience, Dionisio Santos, a Westerner living in Amazonia has 25 years experience and myself, a North American transplant living in Amazonia has been immersed in the field for 10 years.
On:February 23, 2014
Be the Architect of Your Own Legend
The first Yoga of Shamanism retreat came to fruition with 5 days spent on epic Intika Island in Lake Titicaca at 13,000 feet. We bonded with our indigenous host family who fed us high vibrational treats like wild trout freshly fished from the lake, or quinoa and heirloom potatoes harvested from their garden.
On:February 10, 2014
Coca: Food, Medicine, Sacrament
Although actually endemic to Amazonia, the coca leaf is much more widely used in the Andes regions. Incan legend states that the coca leaf was a gift from the sun god Inti and the moon goddess Mama Quilla to the people of the sun. Mythologically, the Incan People consider themselves to be direct descendents of the sun. Even today the coca leaf is revered as a divine plant by Andean people, where it is used as food, medicine and for sacred rituals.
On:May 16, 2012
Palo Santo, South American Spirit Medicine
Palo Santo (scientific name Bursera graveolens) meaning “holy wood” in Castellano, is a large subtropical tree endemic to the semi-arid Gran Chaco and Ecuadorian/Peruvian coastal regions of South America. Palo Santo comes from the same family (Burseraceae) as frankincense and myrrh, and bears many medicinal and energetic similarities to its Middle Eastern-originating, resinous cousins, at least in regards to its properties and usage.
On:May 16, 2012
Camu camu, vitality enhancing superfruit of the jungle
The legendary Camu Camu fruit grows in “Selva Baja”, or the low-lying rainforests of the Amazonian Basin. It is generally harvested during the rainy season, when the fruit-laden bushes growing next to the rivers can be reached by canoe. The most well known fact about this diminutive red fruit is its epic content of vitamin C, one of the highest among all fruits in the world.