Icaros are sacred songs which are used for healing purposes by the curanderos of the Amazonian basin.
Ayahuasca Icaros have traditionally been used to support communication with spirits and ancestors and to call in strength, guidance, healing and protection.
Curandero’s learn different Icaros’ to evoke different effects from their masters and many of these sacred songs are kept secret, known only by the curandero who will whistle the tune, whilst keeping the lyrics to himself. Icaros for many indigenous tribes native to the Amazon are integral to their spiritual traditions and the wellbeing of their communities.
During our Ayahuasca ceremonies, Icaros’ will be used to deepen our connection with the spirits and ancestors of the land and to invite in the life-changing healing potential of the sacred plant medicines into our bodies, hearts and minds.
The Icaros’ that are recited throughout the Ayahuasca ceremonies can also support us in navigating what may be an unfamiliar experience of altered consciousness. The Ayahuasca Icaros’ help us to stay grounded and provide us with the courage we need to face our deepest fears.
Maestro Don Miguel is teaching our students during the Noya Rao Remote Dieta this beautiful Icaro!
“Me siento muy feliz y bailo por encontrar una buena conexión con los dioses de Noya Rao, su mundo con mucho diseño, mucho luz y la tranquilidad de su espíritu y su alma. Que sea protegido desde los malos espiritos y curar mi hermanos y hermanos con la energía de las plantas, ángeles y dioses del cielo.”
I feel very happy, and I dance to find a good connection with the gods of Noya Rao, her world with a lot of design, a lot of light, and the tranquility of her spirit and her soul. May I be protected from evil spirits, and I can heal my brothers and sisters with the energy of plants, angels, and the gods of the heavenly sky.
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Don Miguel was born into a Shipibo community called Roaboya on the River Ucayali. When Don Miguel was a child, Angel Sanchez Vargas, his grandfather was the community’s curandero. Vargas was an expert in sacred plant medicines and was frequently called upon to heal and share his spiritual wisdom with members of Roaboya. The school built some years later was named after Vargas and Roaboya went on to be recognised as the first indigenous community 114 years ago. Don Miguel grew up surrounded by the Shipibo wisdom and possess intimate knowledge of the sacred plant medicines. At a very young age he began his apprenticeship as a curandero through plant dietas under the supportive guidance of his grandfather. Miguel is also a trained literature professor and thoroughly enjoys teaching the Shipibo language and culture. Since 2012, Don Miguel has spent the bulk of his time leading lectures, workshops, initiation courses and retreats. Don Miguel will lead our Ayahuasca ceremonies, circle discussions and be available for personal consultations whilst on retreat.
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