I have been involved in spiritual practices and studies since I have been a young boy.
I first received my initiation into shamanism by the world of spirit when I was 30 years old. Since this time I have worked with many different shamans from many different modalities from throughout the world.
I have studied and been in ceremonies with many Ayahuasqueros with Ayahuasca and finally settled down with Don Romulo and Don Winister because of their dedication to working as true healers.
I also began working with the spirit plant medicine Huachuma or San Pedro throughout the temples in Peru with several Huachumeros since 2005.
Finally receiving my initiation by Huachuma in 2015 as a true Huachumero after many years of many spiritual tests.
I have acquired much knowledge and experience dealing with the spiritual worlds that shamanism opens, helping and healing through the access and connection to the divine.
I also have an extensive knowledge of the medicinal plants that have been used by the shamans to help treat many different conditions.
My intention is the true healing to what extent one can be healed physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
From a place of service to our fellow man, the planet and our creator with great heartfelt love.
Ana Vasquez Villacorta de Menech
Cultural Liaison and Director
Ana is the person who made all of this possible, with her support love, patience and translation skills.
Ana is the organizer and director working between the whole team to keep everything working smoothly.
She has many years experience assisting people within ceremony with her calm spirit and demeanor.
She has worked by the side of the shaman Caesar which is also her brother and has been exposed to the shamanic worlds through a lineage of shamans that run in her family on both her mother and father’s side generation after generation.
She is also my wife and mother of my three daughters.
She works very hard behind the scenes and is the glue keeping everything solid and coherent.
Shaman Master Huachumero
Cesar is one of the shamans that we work with he is he was born in 1985. This is his history in his words,
“When I was 13 years old I began to see visions and spirits coming to me. At night it was very confusing to me because the spirits would come in my dreams and begin to tell me many things. During that time I had been given the opportunity to drink Ayahuasca with a master shaman Don Romulo. I explained to him what was happening to me and my experiences. Don Romulo told me that there was a spirit that wanted to teach me and that I would have to prepare my body to begin working with Ayahuasca.
In my first ceremony I saw a woman who came to me, she told me she was Mother Ayahuasca, she was beautiful in appearance with very long hair. She came close to me and gently touched my face. After that I had visions of snakes that wrapped around my body. I explained my visions to Don Romulo and he told me that Ayahuasca chose me to learn the medicine. At this time Don Romulo decided to become my Master and teach me about ayahuasca.
Later when I was 15 years old I began to do special diets with different plants tobacco, chiric sanango and camalonga, to learn how to use them and for the effect they would have in strengthening and teaching me. Later I got separated from my Master because of work reasons. For some time I worked alone with the sacred medicines then began seeking another teacher. I learned many Icaros and I learned how to prepare the Ayahuasca brew. Two years later while I was treating one family, I was brought to another Master Shaman named Don Pedro Gutierres by Master shamaness Dona Mari. The first time that he saw me he told me “Young boy come close to me, I see a lot of things that you have learned and you have a gift. I see a cross in your hands.” I was surprised because the Don Pedro was blind and could not see. He told me “I am going to teach you everything that I know.” He passed away some time later and passed his medicine on to me. Together we helped many people. Many years later I was again rejoined with my original master Don Romulo.”
Cesar is a determined, hard working and serious about his work with the sacred medicines, he has helped many people along his path. His ability and knowledge is not to be underestimated by his youth. He is extremely gifted. I have been a witness to the many people who seek him out for his help every day, for various different physical and spiritual matters.
Don Romulo is the main master shaman that we are aligned and work with, for our Ayahuasca ceremonies. Don Romulo was born in 1936, he is a rare breed of shaman called a “Banco Ayahuasquero”. As foreign as the description may seem to us in our cultural paradigm a “Banco” has the ability through many years of strict diets, isolation in the jungle, working with Ayahuasca and the spirits to become the “chair” or “bank” of the spirits in order for the entry of the spirits into his body to help cure people of disease. They have mastered the spiritual aspect of earth, water, air and fire. Here is Don Romulos’ history in his own words.
“My first experience with Ayahuasca I was 8 years old. When I drank with my oldest brother on this very dark night it was revealed to me many secrets that Ayahuasca keeps. I made the decision to become a shaman because my father and oldest brother were shaman and also I saw a lot of people who needed help with diseases that science could not find the cause of the malady. After my first ceremony I began a regime of strict diets no salt, sugar, spicy, acidic or oily foods. With this diet I received much knowledge of the medicinal plants that exist in the Amazon. After this I began to do ceremonies with Ayahuasca and during my visions I encountered many small humanoids similar to what the appearance of elves might look like, they taught me how to see the disease that the patient was suffering from and what medicinal plants were needed to alleviate the condition.
When I was 12 years old, the first person I was able to cure was baby who was suffering from manchari (a condition defined by apparent fright and continued crying and nervous fits that does not subside over a period of time), Through the process taught to me by the spirits and Ayahuasca the manchari was cured. To be a shaman I must know how to cure many diseases. I continued my ceremonies and diets into the depths of the jungle so I could have the ability to concentrate and continue to learn more Icaros (magical healing songs) because different problems have their own icaros to remedy the problem.
As I continued to diet more quickly I learned many many things including many more medicinal plants, trees, and vines that Mother Nature has given to us. When I was 20 years old I was given the medicine of “La Ponga” ( a spiritual tree in the amazon) which was given to me like a phlegm called Mariri. With this phlegm I then became able to cure people who were inflicted with witchcraft from sorcerers or Brujos (practitioners of negative magical works). As a shaman it is necessary to be prepared for all of this to have medicinal and defensive ability. To be a shaman you have to be strong and brave because we are exposed to dangers of the brujos.
Ayahuasca holds many secrets, many people do not know what is real and exists in the physical and spiritual world. To study the spirit world with Ayahuasca has a beginning but not an end.
At my age now I have allot of knowledge about Ayahuasca. I have taught many people on the path with Ayahuasca and I am not stingy teaching what I know.”
The lineage of Don Romulo goes back many generations so far that there is no record or memory past his great great grandfather. I, William have been a testament to the power and integrity that Don Romulo works with, he is a humble man and very wise. If only a handful of us could know just a portion of his experience our lives would be enriched immeasurably.
Shaman Master Ayahuascero
Winister is the second master shaman that we work with. Winister was born in 1964. He is the son of Romulo the Banco Ayahuasquero. In Winisters’ words this is his history,
“My first experience with Ayahuasca was when I was 15 years old, I was in school and working at that time. In my first ceremony I had a lot of visions both positive and negative, I saw a lot of serpents and heard the sound of Ayahuasca coming from the earth. After that I was dieting with Ayahuasca for one year, then I had to temporarily leave my apprenticeship for some time to enter the military. After I returned from the military I went to visit my father on his farm and decided to continue dieting with Ayahuasca because I was going down a bad path in my life. I decided to make Ayahuasca my doctor and began again my diet, but stronger of no salt, sugar, spicy and greasy foods and no sexual relations. This diet I continued far away from my family deep in the jungle because the spirits of Ayahuasca through my dreams and ceremonies showed me that I was going to be a master shaman and my father told me that one day I would be a teacher to help humanity and that I would also need to learn to help my children. My father gave me his medicine and I continued to do many diets so I could become a master shaman to be able to detect what is wrong with the patient to know and use the medicinal plants. It is not easy to use all the powers of plant medicines it takes a lot of special diets.
The ceremonies of Ayahuasca brings a lot of visions of the spiritual and material worlds, it is a doctor who teaches you the good way in behavior in the material and spiritual realms.”
Winister is very serious, quiet and strong yet kind in heart who like many of us have traveled down paths that could be detrimental to oneself but making the decision to heal himself with the aid of Ayahuasca and grow in a positive direction, always looking out for ways to help where he can, he is a good man and works very hard in his work with Ayahuasca and in life.