The Ayahuasca Foundation only works with Shipibo curanderos from one family lineage. Therefore, all of our curanderos work within exactly the same philosophy, ideology, and methodology. This provides consistency throughout all of our retreats, courses, and research, not to mention the love and support they have for each other due to the family connections. It is truly an honor to work with such dedicated healers, teachers, and even with decades of experience, they are still students who continue to study and learn, always striving to discover and develop more effective healing practices.
Not every great healer is a great teacher, but with the Shipibo curanderos who work with us at the Ayahuasca Foundation, we have been blessed to have that rare combination of wisdom, power, and the willingness to share everything openly for the betterment of future generations. True science is not about holding back knowledge or information, for at the core of science is a motivating principle to evolve, to improve, to go deeper, or higher, to expand awareness, understanding, and ability. The Ayahuasca Foundation is blessed with a team of practitioners of the science of spirit plant medicine who fully embody those principles, and for that we are truly thankful.
Don Enrique is originally from the RoaBoya community near Pucallpa. He now lives in Iquitos and leads 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 30 years of experience, don Enrique continues to study, diet, and deepen his knowledge and relationships with the plants and plant spirits. He spends most of his time at the Ayahuasca Foundation’s curandero school, Inkan Kena, which has become like a second home for his family, and where he is constantly planting more medicinal plants, improving the school, and healing and teaching visitors.
Don Miguel is don Enrique’s brother and studied in the same familial tradition. Born into a long lineage of Shipibo healers, don Miguel has trained as a professor and is especially fond of teaching the shipibo language and culture. When he is not leading retreats at the Chamisal Healing Center, he assists don Enrique on the Curandero Initiation Courses. He has a great sense of humor and enjoys goofing around when it is appropriate. He knows the medicine and plants incredibly well and enjoys giving lectures and workshops on icaros and plant medicine. Don Miguel is always willing to help in whatever way he can to make participants experiences more positive and beneficial.
Don Ronor is don Enrique’s youngest brother and has been assisting him for over a decade. Like don Enrique and don Miguel, 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 the science of healing. He currently leads the Exclusive Retreats at the Riosbo Research Center. His gentle, playful spirit allows program participants to feel comfortable in his presence, which creates an optimal environment for healing and connecting. His humility and kindness are expressed in his work, and he works hard to provide the best possible treatment for every participant.
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. From a very young age, she knew she wanted to be a curandera, and her father, who always favored her because of the circumstances of her conception, taught her how to heal. She is not only an incredibly healer, but a talented artisan as well. She sews and paints the traditional Shipibo textiles called telas, using her visions as inspiration for her designs. Her knowledge of plant medicine is of the highest caliber, and she has taught her husband, don Enrique, a great deal about plant remedies. She now leads the Women’s Retreats at her camp.