My name is Leonardo and I am an 84 year old Shipibo Maestro and i live in the jungle with my Daughter, her husband and their 3 boys. I have been studying plant medicine for the whole of my life and I am deeply honoured to be in service of the plants. I feel now that the time has come to share my knowledge with the world and so we have started holding Ayahuasca Ceremonies for Westerners on our land in the jungle.
This is a whole new world for us and so we need help from volunteers to make our dreams a reality. There are many people who wish to come and sit in an Ayahuasca Ceremony with us as we are an authentic family with a great deal of love and knowledge to share about the jungle and her ways. As a family we speak Shipibo as a first language and Spanish as a second. One of the things we need is a person who is compassionate to help translate for non Spanish speakers to sit in an Ayahuasca Ceremony with us. Before and after every ceremony we have a debrief session so that people can discuss their experiences and we need help with this. As Ayahusaca is a healing plant, this can potentially be an emotional conversation and many things can come up for people and so we need someone who can help bridge the language gap by being conversationally fluent in English and Spanish. We also provide visitors with a complete package of care which includes herbal teas, steam baths and body work that need to be done at specific times, so the volunteer would help us to be able to guide our guests with this process.
We also own land deep in the jungle and we need help with this land. Ayahuasca and Chakruna are being drastically depleted by the global consumption of this medicine and so we need help to replant these sacred plants. Also on this land we look after hundreds of other plants that help us with our work. Being a Maestro is never just about one plant and we learn and know all of the jungle plants and how to use them to heal people. We need people to come and help us to take care of this land and its plants and we are happy to share our knowledge of the jungle flora and fauna as we go.
My daughter is in training with me to be a Maestra and has been studying with me for many years, this is never an easy choice and she has to diet many plants to learn the skills to guide people within the plant world. When you do a plant diet it can be a great strain on her body and so its not always easy for her to be running about after 3 young boys at this time!! So we would need someone to help us also to take care of the children and take them to school in the morning and play with them when she and i need to rest.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
The person we seek needs to be calm and considerate as we are a jungle family. The tribal ways are different to that of the Western world and we live in a calm space that is very different from your hustle and bustle, we move slowly and speak with great consideration. Our lineage means that we are frequently dieting Master plants and this requires a great deal of dedication and peace. We seek a person who can help us translate for other westerners that are staying here from Spanish to English. We need people who are also open to respecting the retreat centre rules as the energetic space is very important for us, no alcohol or drugs can be consumed by any one that we accept into our home.
The land on which you stay is our home and we shall welcome you as one of our own children. In exchange we ask that you please help us to keep our lives running here, to translate for the visitors, help with cleaning and cooking and with the children and help us to take care of our plants on the land.
What we can offer in exchange is the opportunity to stay with a Shamanic Family in the jungle, a great deal of knowledge about our ways and the plants that we work with. You will be part of an artisan community and so you can learn how to embroider or make jewellery with us.
We are a poor family with regard to money and rich in experience and time. We can offer in exchange for your help a bed in the shared house on top of the hill, this is away form our family home and you will be staying alongside the guests who have come to heal with us using jungle plants and Ayahuasca. We can offer you 2 meals a day, we ask you to know that we have a very basic diet and we eat mostly yucca, rice,lentils, pasta, plantain and fish as this is what we grow upon our land. If you have dietary needs above this we ask kindly that you bring this with you and understand that we are not accustomed to the same foods as you nor that they are financially accessible for us to buy on your behalf.
Shipibo and Spanish on the project ( English for emails)
The accommodation we offer is basic and beautiful. You will be in a grass roofed open long house, a wooden built builidng in the breezy part of our jungle home. It has no walls but this is what you want when you are in the jungle!!It is a shared space, not a private one and you will be sleeping with up to 8 people in the same space. We ask that you please bring a mosquito net with you, a mattress will be provided. We have 8 double mattresses in this space and one of them will be yours plus a little cubby for storing your clothes. We also have a kitchen for guests and volunteers and this has a cooker and fridge in it which will be accessible to you during your stay.
Drinking water can be bought in the village but not much food, if you require fruit please bring it with you as this is not something we provide!! We have water on site also but it will need to be boiled before consumption.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
This is a very unique opportunity for cultural exchange, we are a Shamanic Family with a long lineage and we can help to teach you about the plants in the jungle and their medicinal uses. We are Shipibo and also we are artisans and so if you would like to learn how o embroider the psycadelic visions of Ayahuasca we can teach you, we also forage for seeds and make beautiful necklaces and bracelets from the gifts of the jungle floor. You will also see what its like to live as part of a jungle family in the Amazon basin and learn about the food we eat and our tribal ways.
Maximum 4hours a day, 5 days a week