The Ayahuasca Foundation has an incredible team of assistant healers who work with the Shipibo curanderos on the retreats and courses. Much more than facilitators, the assistant healers listed below have all completed rigorous training in the Shipibo tradition and are most definitely healers in their own right. They essentially lead the programs, working together with the curanderos to determine the optimal itinerary for each program according to the flow and energy of each group. They translate from Spanish (or sometimes Shipibo) to English and combine their own practices of meditation, yoga, massage, crystal therapy, tarot, journey work, dream interpretation, herbology, homeopathy, aromatherapy, and counseling to the Shipibo practices to enhance the healing potential of the tradition. They are bridge builders and leaders in a movement to return indigenous wisdom to the countless cultures who have lost their way without it. THIS PAGE IS CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF UPDATING – THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE
Ari was born in the Mishana community near Iquitos, Peru, in 1993 and has a degree in tourism from the National University of Peru. He is a resident of the Mishana community and has been training with Shipibo curanderos since 2012. He was born and raised in the jungle and his knowledge of the plants and ability to identify plants in the wild is at the highest level. Ari is simply solid gold. His humility and honesty and dedication to his work is at the highest standard. While his English is still a work in progress, his assistance is incredibly important and beneficial to the retreat programs and their participants. Plus, thanks to his training with the Ayahuasca Foundation, Ari is helping to bring the ancestral tradition of plant medicine back to his community.
Carlos is from the United States and has degrees in both art and philosophy. He moved to Iquitos in 2004 and lived with his first teacher for four years before creating the Ayahuasca Foundation in 2008. He led every retreat and course until 2012, when he hired the first two assistant healers to accommodate the opening of the Inkan Kena school. In 2013, he stepped back from leading the programs to dedicate more time to the administration of the retreats and courses, and to raise his daughter. He currently manages the Ayahuasca Foundation website, handles the bookings and client communications, and organizes the various aspects of each program like airport pick-ups, hotel reservations, transportation, supply and staff management, maintenance, etc.
Born in the the US and raised in Canada, Nick started playing guitar at age seven. He found solace in music and has discovered a great deal of healing from it. This lifelong practice has evolved into using his guitar and voice in ceremony to help guide retreat participants in their experience. Nick attended a retreat at the Ayahuasca Foundation in 2011 and has been consistently working with Ayahuasca ever since, doing plant dietas with plants like Noya Rao, and gaining experience in the Shipibo tradition. He has spent several years living in Peru and works as the manager of the Riosbo Center. Nick cares deeply for everyone in his care. Through his compassion for others who are struggling with the challenges of their healing process, he finds joy and fulfillment in being of service.
Mike grew up in Austria and the US. He has worked in the corporate sector for 17 years and has also been persistently interested in spiritual and personal growth. This interest has led him on a variety of paths: first to yoga, then to ayahuasca, ayurveda, and sound healing. Mike is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher, ayurvedic health counselor and ayurvedic massage therapist. He has been working with ayahuasca for several years, attending ayahuasca retreats at different centers in Peru each year until he found the Ayahuasca Foundation. After his retreat with the AF he attended an initiation course in 2016. His connection to the plants and high level of gratitude enhances his ability to assist retreat participants with their personal healing journeys. His other interests are in sound as a method of affecting consciousness and gaining a deeper understanding of Shipibo traditions.
Mike J is from Canada where he started a career at a young age as a recording and touring musician with his band Shyne Factory and later Shelter with Thieves. He suffered with severe depression starting in his early teens and his “rock-star” lifestyle easily lead him to alcohol abuse and eventually a very serious drug addiction. In 2015 Mike spent three months in Pucallpa, Peru to work with Ayahuasca and plant dietas in the Shipibo tradition. In January, 2017 he completed the Ayahuasca Foundation’s initiation course where he found his place and his life purpose. Mike is a testament to the amazing healing the combination of plant medicine and integrative practices can provide. His experience gives him the empathy and understanding of what it takes to make profound life changes. Mike has certifications in Life Skills and Understanding Anger and Addiction counseling. He is a guitar teacher and vocal coach and enjoys practicing Brazilian jujitsu.
Mike is from Wales and has a degree in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry. He worked within Human Resources for 8 years prior to leaving the Western world to travel through India & Nepal. There he trained as a Reiki Master & Teacher, Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, learnt new mediation techniques, and developed his own meditation practices while delving deeper into his own spiritual evolution. He participated in the January 2017 10-week initiation course with the Ayahuasca Foundation where he realized he had found his new home in the jungle. Mike is continuously exploring combining eastern knowledge & shamanic practices. He is passionate about the environment, loves the guitar and writing music inspired by his own journey to the jungle to overcome addiction, depression and trauma.