Learn Shipibo Wisdom directly from Don Miguel, who draws upon his ancestral linage of healers, or “curanderos.” During this live online course, your Shipibo teacher introduces you to the art of ancestral spiritual tradition and Shipibo cosmology.
The Shipibo people are deeply respected for their knowledge of the sacred plant medicines, ceremonies, and spiritual connection to the rainforest environment. They remain a resilient tribe, and despite numerous attacks on their culture and traditions, have retained their traditional knowledge and customs.
Under Don Miguel’s guidance, you will explore how we can utilize sacred medicines like Ayahuasca, Noya Rao, Bobinsana, Chullachaqui, Aya Huma, and more – within a spiritual context. You will learn who are the true Onanya, the Shipibo’s Shaman, what it takes to undergo a traditional Dieta, how to use the pipe and connect with Mapacho, and how to sing Icaros.
This unique opportunity enables you to acquire the essential foundation to work with sacred medicines under the Shipibo lineage from a Maestro with a high level of transparency and years of experience.
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With 6 Sessions spread over 3 days, this course offers students the opportunity to uncover hidden knowledge of the Shipibo tribes ancient wisdom.
2 Sessions 70 minute sessions per day, with a 20 minute break between, and space for Q&A afterward. 3 Days in duration.
Fully translated in real time from Spanish to English. All courses will be recorded and students will receive lifetime access, including recorded Q&A (9 hours of recordings).
Live Online Course Structure
After an introduction of the course and the teacher Don Miguel, you will learn about the true Shipibo Shamans – Onanya, who were the mystical Murraya, and who are the Brujos (Sorcerers).
Learn the legend behind ayahuasca, and how to navigate the experience in ceremony. Don Miguel will share what it takes to lead a ceremony with ayahuasca, what is needed to bring healing, and how to protect the ceremonial space from energetical attacks.
Learn the essential component of dieting plants and teacher trees. Don Miguel will teach the traditional way of connecting with the master plants’ spirit and new ways. Don Miguel will explain the restrictions during and after a Master Plant Dieta and why fasting is essential.
Learn the legends of the most known master plants as well as their proprieties and how to use them in practice. Don miguel will educate you on incredible plants each with very unique healing applications.
This will introduce how to work with mapacho and the Spirit Tobacco with a pipe. How to use the pipe to connect with the Master Plant Spirit and learn to follow a dieta with the pipe.
It may be the best time to ask Don Miguel to craft a pipe for you with your favorite Teacher Tree.
Ready for Deep Healing?
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 at the Ayahuasca Foundation where he supports his brother, Don Enrique in 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.
Originally from Italy, and now living in Melbourne Australia, Elio Geusa is the founder of AYA Healing Retreats. Elio is a qualified Social Worker and has over thirteen years experience working both on national and international humanitarian projects. He has worked with people living with intellectual disabilities and mental health conditions. He has also had the privilege of supporting refugee populations to overcome the trauma of displacement throughout Asia, Europe, and Australia. Elio believes that compassionate and inspired action can create meaningful change in the world.
Elio’s grandfather was a highly-respected healer in a small village in southern Italy. From a young age, Elio was drawn to healing as a profession after witnessing the profound differences his grandfather made in the lives of members of their community.
In 2009, Elio encountered the plant medicine, Ayahuasca for the first time. Convinced of its power to cure the incurable, Elio began an apprenticeship under the guidance of Maestro, Vegetalista Manaco Manain. Since 2009 he has continued to deepen his knowledge, experience, and understanding of the workings of the sacred plant medicines, studying the Shipibo traditions under the revered Mahua family and has undertaken numerous Master Plant Dietas with well-respected curanderos in the Peruvian Amazon.
This immersion in the sacred plant medicines of the indigenous peoples of Peru enabled Elio to experience deep and profound healing. He has overcome crippling anxiety and anger as a result of traumatic childhood experiences, healing that was not possible through the Western medical paradigm. His renewed sense of self-worth, love, compassion, and empathy for himself enables him to extend those same qualities to others.
Elio founded AYA Healing Retreats because he is convinced of the healing potentialities of sacred plant medicines. Not only does he hope to share the indigenous wisdom of the ancient traditions of the tribe’s peoples of the Amazon, but he also intends to invest part of AYA Healing Retreats profits into humanitarian projects that are creating a more compassionate world.
Elio is committed to creating a safe, enjoyable, transformative experience for every participant, whilst on retreat please don’t hesitate to approach Elio for help and support as you navigate the complexities of your healing journey.
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Our comprehensive screening questionnaire has been developed in partnership with the International Centre for Ethnobotanical Education, Research and Service (ICEERS). Please take your time to answer it as honestly and with as much detail as possible. This information will remain strictly confidential and will only be used to assess your suitability for a place on retreat with AYA Healing Retreats and keep you safe
Please remember that the purpose of this screening questionnaire is to determine whether plant medicine healing is suitable for you…not whether you are suitable for plant medicine healing. Plant medicines are tools, like any other healing modality and like other tools for healing experiencing them entails certain risks. We need to make sure that our plant medicines will not compromise your wellbeing or harm you in any way before we allow you to begin your healing journey with us. In short, we care about your safety and we need to do what we can to ensure that during your time with us you are not at risk of harm. Plant medicines can be dangerous if the plants are not the right fit for the individual. Your answers to this questionnaire will help us to determine whether the plants we intend to use are going to help, rather than harm you