After spending six months in the heart of the Amazon, I am back in Toronto for a while to develop a website for El Corazon and to work out the logistics for upcoming tours, that I will be offering in Summer 2011 -Ayahuasca Shamanism, intricately blended with therapeutic modalities, such as yoga, meditation, sound therapy and more. So little time, so much to do. But first, let me tell about what I have been doing over the past six months and what has led me to this dream of offering the tours and sharing the love, the light and the medicine of Ayahuasca.
I encountered the Ayahuasca Shamanism in 2008, when I travelled to Blue Morpho for a 9 day tour with Hamilton Souther and Maestro Don Alberto. In the summer 2007 I met Ruslan and Sveta at Open Air Anahata, the annual music/yoga retreat dedicated to opening the heart and connecting to the nature and the light within. They told me about their plans to go to a camp in Peru, called Blue Morpho, to drink Ayahuasca. Their story left me suspicious and intrigued. Intrigued – because I have heard of Ayahuasca long ago, but had not encountered anyone who had experienced it directly before, and it was calling me strongly. Suspicious – because I imagined that Ayahuasca ceremonies should take place in the jungle, with a native shaman with no more that 3-4 participants. As to the stories of Ruslan, Blue Morpho was a civilized camp, where ceremonies were led by a westerner, for groups of 30 people. We agreed that Ruslan and Sveta would visit me as soon as they returned from Blue Morpho to share their experiences. So they did.
Within first minutes of our encounter and within my first glance into Ruslans eyes I knew that I could put all my suspicions and doubts to rest. I saw such light and beauty in Ruslans eyes that I knew that whatever he received in Blue Morpho was legitimately powerful and transformational. Ruslan, who previously had not practiced any form of spirituality spoke of experiences of ego transcendence I have only heard of from meditation instructors and have read in various spiritual books. He went on describing transcendental visions and out-of-body travels that made my heart rush. I finally found my credo.
In August 2008 I travelled to Blue Morpho, together with the group of 7 dear friends for our first Ayahuasca tour. We had five ceremonies during that tour which changed our lives forever. Upon my return to Toronto I continued to feel deep connection to the Ayahuasca medicine in me, as it continued to unfold it’s beauty in my heart and to teach me. By August 2009 I was ready for my second tour at Blue Morpho, this time with Shamanic Diet (traditional practice to connect deeper to the plant medicine within the Amazonian Shamanism – I will write in detail about the diets separately). During the diet I felt a strong calling to continue working with the Ayahuasca medicine, to stay for another diet and to continue the transformational process. Blue Morpho was offering another tour, only one week after the tour that I originally came to. I decided to leave it up to the spirits to guide me – if I was meant to continue my work with Ayahuasca, circumstances would allow for it. The following tour was a 12-day tour that included Sanagno diet and three Ayahuasca ceremonies (more on what is Sanango and how it is dieted will be posted separately).
This tour was fully booked months in advance, and my chances of getting in were very slim. Nevertheless, I approached Hamilton, asking for a place in the tour. Hamilton explained to me that the tour indeed was fully booked and there was no space for me. He turned and started walking away. As he walked to the door, he suddenly turned around and said that he just remembered that last night one person cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances and there now is one vacancy – it is now mine. Hoooray and Thank You! Now I only had to rearrange my return flights and excuse myself from work obligations for additional three weeks. A few calls to the family and to the office liberated me from work obligations. The flight change turned out to be most nerve-wrecking, however I received the confirmation of successful change one hour before having to head to the airport. I was now on my way to Jenaro-Herrera, the home village of Maestro Don Alberto to spend a week there, getting to know the realities of traditional shamanism and having ceremonies with Maestro in his home, before returning to Blue Morpho for Sanango diet. That week in Jenaro-Herrea strengthened my connection to Ayahuasca medicine and the calling to continue on the path of medicine was getting louder and louder.
The Sanango diet tour taught me and healed me and showed me Maestro Don Alberto as the teacher I am to follow. The last ceremony on that tour showed me that there is no limit to how much the heart can open, and I knew for sure that in a year I will be back to Jenaro-Herrera to study with Maestro.
I worked hard for a year, saving money for my journey, and on September 9, 2010 I left Toronto for Peru, to find Maestro Don Alberto and to stay in Jenaro-Herrera, dieting, participating in ceremonies and learning. My original plan was to stay in Herrera for only two months and then to spend two months in Cuzco, volunteering, but within my first diet I decided to spend all four months in Herrera. After a month in Herrera I purchased land and started building house to stay in during my diets and shortly after I also decided to extend my stay to six months. These six months have passed in diets, construction and ceremonies and my love for the medicine has expanded to the extent where I am eager to share it, to share the love, the light and and the medicine, which teaches that…
There is no limit to how much the heart can open.