Background: Our shaman Arnaldo Vazquez Catashunga started learning to master the Blanca curing science in March 2002. By December 2007, he formally completed his education as a curandero doctor in the “Sciencia Blanca” or “Sciencia Divina” of Ayahuasca Shamanism and will have nothing to do with the various magics used in other shamanic schools. Arnaldo learnt from the Peruvian Mr. Manuel Villacres Pena, born in the Amazonian jungle in Iquitos, Loreto; whose master was Manuel Buena Aventura Oroche from Brazil. To learn the science of “Cielo” (Heaven) Ayahuasca, Arnaldo was on medicine dieta for 5 years and 8 months; searching through divine Icaros [songs sung during ceremony] for everything spiritualised within the medicine. This led Arnaldo to a realisation of the common ground between both his Shamanic and Christian roots, which he now shares through his medicine work. Arnaldo also invokes/calls upon our Pemvas Indian ancestors and our Incayos brothers, and utilizes both the plant medicine and our spiritual guides to help you through the process of awakening to the memory of yourself as a soul. On this retreat you will be following a 5-day dieta (integration of plant spirits into ones being) that Arnaldo administers. We were very pleased, when we first started working with Arnaldo, to find that he has studied Dr. David R Hawkins’ material and considers him to be the foremost shaman in the world! Needless to say, his medicine style blends beautifully with the Hawkins and Ayurvedic teachings also practiced at The Way Inn.
Background:Trained as a organic synthetic and pharmaceutical chemist through the graduate programs at M.I.T. and UC-Berkeley, Robert left the pharmaceutical industry due to ideological differences to become a high school chemistry, geometry, and computer science teacher. He attended his first ayahuasca retreat in July 2012 and immediately knew that his future would involve working with the exploration and expansion of consciousness. With a passion for research, he currently is transitioning into the field of ethnobotany. His current projects include the development of medicinal plant extracts and tinctures for the treatment of physiological difficulties and disease, the establishment of a micro-hydroelectric facility for our non-profit branch Ka’Way Monti NGO, the development of an ayahuasca and alternative medical treatment and research program, and the development of curriculum-based shamanic apprentice programs.
Robert is initiated in La Sciencia Divina–The Divine Science–school of shamanism. He assists Arnaldo shamanically during retreat and holds private ceremonies for guests who want to go deeper with the medicine between retreats. His areas of specialty are in the karmic and soul realms of shamanism.
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Background:Silvia has a Bachelor in Fine Arts with mention in Painting at the Catholic University of Peru, 2000. She has worked in painting, photography, graphic design and decoration. She has worked in the field of Education for more than 20 years, always focused on alternative educational projects due to her differences with the mainstream educational system. She developed several art workshops to help children and teenagers express themselves.
In 2008, she received a scholarship for the course Designing for Sustainability: Systems, Ethics and Beauty at Schumacher College. Devon, UK. She presented her workshop on Art and Sustainability in IDEC 2008 – International Conference for Democratic Education – Vancouver, Canada and also in IDEC 2012, Puerto Rico. Since 2009, she spreads the use of natural, traditional and local materials in Education.
She participated in several workshops and seminaries of Waldorf Education, plus she worked for three years as teacher in Wardorf-based school Miguel Angel Cieneguilla, in the outskirts of Lima. In 2012, her love for working with communities inspired her to start a small NGO Ruralima, to help improving the quality of life and education in rural areas. Thus, she met Alex, Ka’Way Monti NGO, and The Way Inn. After some time working with them, she became more involved in the healing work at The Way Inn, putting into practice Art Therapy, plus finding a connection with ancient healing techniques and plant medicines. The work with the medicine Ayahuasca has provided her a more accurate vision on how to help people and participate actively in their healing process. She has learned that teaching is not all about showing what you know but more about sharing what you love. She also offers Yoga and Meditation to participants during the retreats.
Background: Eric is a 26 year old, French/Peruvian born in 1987 in the middle of the Andes. He grew up in a family that taught him as a child to have respect for life, to respect his word, to be positive, to have faith, to love!! He grew up in an Peruvian elitist society, in which for many reasons, he never felt comfortable, but he gave his best. He graduated in 2008 in Business Management with honors and then traveled to many countries learning other cultures and ways of thinking. After returning home, Eric met Alex, and was invited to The Way Inn. After starting to work, he did his first ayahuasca retreat. He discovered his purpose in life was not to have a social position or follow a declining system, but he needed to understand the teachings of life, to find in himself a balance between my body and mind, and to give his light to help others and to love.
In 2002, I first visited the land on which The Way Inn was to be built. It was the evening, the sky very clear, peppered with an amazing array of silver stars, the light of the full moon reflecting on the snow caps of the towering, awe inspiring mountains. I experienced overwhelming joy, peace and serenity, a sense of belonging and having discovered my spiritual home.
I continued to visit Peru yearly. When Alex first started working with Ayahuasca full time in 2007 and when he then set up the Temple of Light in 2008, I didn’t understand what he was doing. At times I even worried for his sanity, holding, as I did at the time, to the traditional western programming that psychedelics were dangerous. As the years went by, though, and as I saw my son grow and develop at an alarming rate, I became more and more an advocate for the shamanic work, eventually coming to it myself and making the mountains my home in 2011.
I feel passionately about the work we do here, both shamanic and practical teaching. We focus our energies in what is truly important and meaningful in life. To this end, we are working towards being as self sustaining as possible. We now have our own hydro-electric plant and a kitchen garden providing organic vegetables, where I love to spend time. We hope soon to have a chicken coop and run, to sustain 40 hens providing us with organic eggs. We currently employ ten full time Peruvian staff, all from the local communities and are raising funds to enable installation of hydro electricity in our closest neighboring village, Llupa.