Meet Our Shamans

Arkana’s highly-trained Shipibo Master Shamans come from an unbroken lineage of plant medicine knowledge passed down through thousands of years of indigenous Amazonian culture. They are lovingly dedicated to the healing processes of our guests. They work closely with Ayahuasca and other master plant teachers of the jungle with healing songs (icaros), capabilities, and knowledge with integrity and honor, for truly profound and deeply healing work.

Maestro Jorge,

Maestro Jorge is undoubtedly one of the most respected Shipibo healers; he has shared his healing tradition with more than 1,000 people and traveled as far as Europe to share his medicine. He has dieted many plants and trees himself, giving him a luminous and powerful connection to the plant world...
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Maestra Sulmira is from the village of Natural de Marumashu - Padre Marces, in the Peruvian Amazon. This is one day from Pucallpa by boat. She began her training as a Shipibo Onanya (Shaman) when she was 19 with her father, Melkiades. She drank Ayahuasca with him then for her first time and directly started dieting and living one year of “pure medicine” - dedicating herself wholly to the plants.
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Maestro Gilberto,
Arkana Amazon

Gilberto, affectionately called Abuelo (Grandfather) comes to us with a long a deep knowledge of the medicine. A Shipibo shaman, Gilberto began working with the medicine at the age of 14. Now 66 years old and with a life time of diets and healing practice, he’s also become known as the shaman’s shaman..
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Maestro RAFAEL

Maestro Rafael is a humble light spirited man with a big heart. He has studied with his grandfather from the age of 18 in the art of Shipibo Ayahuasca Curanderismo. He has also studied many plants of the Amazon jungle for years, which add to his healing abilities working along with Ayahuasca. He is a very respected dedicated Medicine Man..
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