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Shamans of Peru – Photo Gallery

Artidoro - Amazonian Shamanbanjos florales (floral bath) with javier arevalo& howardg charingShipibo shaman Benjamin and Mestizo shaman RolandoShipibo Shaman Benjamin Ochavano, preparing AyahuascaSan Pedro shaman Don Leopoldo at ritual MesaDoris Rivera Lenz at Ofrenda ceremony
Doris Rivera Lenz with coca at ofrenda ceremonyGuillermo Arevalo - Shipibo ShamanEnrique Lopez - Shipibo ShamanJavier Arevalo & Howard G CharingShipibo Ayahuasca Shaman - Leoncio GarciaJuan Navarro San Pedro, "cactus of vision", shaman with healing Mesa
Las Huaringas Maestro Shaman, "cactus of Vision", Juan Navarro and sonenrique brewing ayahuascajavier_arevalo_with backdropMariano - Huitoto Ayahuasca Shamandon_leopoldoMestizo Shaman Rolando with medicinal plants
shaman Wilson MontezGuilermo ArevaloHuitoto shaman with coca bushhuitoto shaman with howardShaman Artidoro at MishanaShaman Artidoro showing ant nest with floripondo

Shamans of Peru, a set on Flickr.

A Photo Gallery of some of the Peruvian Shamans that we have worked with over the years.

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Pablo Amaringo featured on ‘Living in Peru’

Click to view feature on the Living in Peru website.


The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo -  book cover

The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo - book cover

Pablo Amaringo, from the Amazon city of Pucallpa, Peru, was renowned for his intricate, colorful paintings inspired by shamanic visions. A communicator of the ayahuasca experience, a ritual hallucinogen from Peru’s Amazon, Amaringo’s art presents a doorway to the worlds of ayahuasca intended for contemplation, meditation, and inspiration. His paintings present a world where where snakes, jaguars, subterranean beings, celestial palaces, aliens, and spacecraft all converge.

The book Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringoto be published in April, 2011, presents a collection of never-before-published paintings by Amaringo. The book illustrated the evolution of Amaringo’s intricate art with 47 full-color reproductions, including detailed explorations of the rich Amazonian mythology underlying each painting.

See more paintings fromAyahuasca Visions.

Coauthors Howard G. Charing and Peter Cloudsley are able to share the personal stories behind the visions and experiences with Amazonian people and folklore, capturing Amaringo’s ecological and spiritual message through his art and words.

More about the artist and authors

Pablo Amaringo (1938-2009) was trained as a curandero in the Amazon, healing himself and others from the age of ten, but retired in 1977 to become a full-time painter and art teacher at his Usko-Ayar school in Pucullpa, Peru. His art has been displayed throughout the world.

Howard G. Charing and Peter Cloudsley. Charing is the director of the Eagle Wing’s Centre for Contemporary Shamanism and the coauthor of Plant Spirit Shamanism. Cloudsley is a musicologist, writer, and the founder of the Amazon Retreat Centre in Peru. Both live in Lima, Peru.

Click to to View a gallery of Pablo Amaringo Paintings


Fine Art prints and reproductions of Pablo Amaringo’s work featured in the new book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’. This is a ‘pre launch’ promotion with 20% discount on prints and reproductions until April 2011.

Click to view the gallery of paintings;


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Ayahuasca: The Visual Music of the Shipibo

Underlying the intricate geometric patterns of great complexity displayed in the art of the Shipibo people is a concept of an all pervading magical reality which can challenge the Western linguistic heritage and rational mind.

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The Cactus of Vision – San Pedro

Interview  with San Pedro (Huachuma) Shaman - Juan Navarro

Interview with San Pedro (Huachuma) Shaman - Juan Navarro

The use of San Pedro cactus and healing altars in the shamanic tradition of Northern Peru.

Shamans from different cultures and traditions have been using psychoactive plants since the dawn of human emergence. These plants have been used traditionally for guidance divination, healing, maintaining a balance with the spirit or consciousness of the living world.


Article first published, in Sacred Hoop Magazine, Summer 2004.

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Shipibo Ayahuasca Shamans – Interviews


The Shipibo are one of the largest ethnic groups in the Peruvian Amazon. These ethnic groups each have their own languages, traditions and culture. The Shipibo which currently number about 20,000 are spread out in communities through the Pucallpa / Ucayali river region. They are highly regarded in the Amazon as being masters of Ayahuasca .

This booklet contains original source interviews with three Shipibo ayahuasca shamans. By Howard G Charing and Peter Cloudsley.

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Shamans of Peru – CD

Shamans of Peru CD, Ceremonial Chants, Icaros, and Music

Shamans of Peru CD, Ceremonial Chants, Icaros, and Music


Ceremonial Chants, Icaros, and Music

Shamans of Peru – Recorded on Eagle’s Wing Journeys to Peru

Contains chants and dramatic effects of six different ceremonies with shamans who have worked with Eagle’s Wing Groups. Two ceremonies with San Pedro maestros working in the atmospheric ruins of Puruchucu; two ayahuasca shamans, a man and a woman, in separate sessions working in a jungle temple on the River Momon, outside Iquitos; a Shipibo shaman working in Yarinacocha, outside Pucullpa; and lastly, a despacho in the ruins of Pisaq, Cusco. In addition there are three tracks of atmospheric music played on pre-Colombian instruments.

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Ayahuasca is declared a national cultural heritage in Peru

Cutting from El Comercio - Ayahuasca declared national heritage

Cutting from El Comercio - Ayahuasca declared national heritage

EL COMERCIO (LIMA) Sunday July 13th 2008


Ayahuasca declared a national cultural heritage

This plant is considered an essential part of the identity of the Amazonian peoples of Peru.

The knowledge and traditional uses of Ayahuasca practiced by the Amazonian indigenous communities, was declared a cultural heritage of the nation by the Institute of National Culture (INC). This announcement was made yesterday in the publication of Directorial Resolution 836 by that body, in the official gazette “El Peruan”.

According to the declaration, the ritual use of Ayahuasca is one of the fundamental pillars of the identity of the Amazonian people. It’s ancestral use in traditional rituals, with therapeutic benefits directly related to the qualities of the plants, has guaranteed its cultural continuity.

The provision states that the measure seeks to protect the traditional use and the sanctity of the ritual of Ayahuasca, and to differentiate between this and Western commercial and consumer interests.

The Ayahuasca is a plant species that has an extraordinary cultural history with it’s psychotropic qualities as it is an essential ingredient of a brew in conjunction with the plant known as Chacruna. In the indigenous Amazonian world this plant brew is regarded as wise teacher.


El Comercio Domingo 13 de julio del 2008


Declaran patrimonio cultural de la nacion a uso de la ayahuasca

Planta es considerada parte essencial de la identidad de los pueblos amazonicos del Peru. Los conocimientos y usos tradicionales de la ayahuasca practicados por las communidades nativas amazonicas fueron declarados patrimonio cultural de la nacion por el Institiuto Nacional de Cultura (INC). Ello se dio a conocer ayer tras la publicacion de La Resolucion Directoral 836 de esa entidad en el diario oficial “El Peruan”.

Segun se consigna en el texto, la practica de sesiones rituales de ayahuasca constituye uno de los pilares fundamentales de la identidad de los pueblos amazonicos. Su ancestral uso en los rituales tradicionales, vinculado a las virtudes terapeutics de la plants, ha garantizado su continuidad cultural.

La disposicion establece que la medida busca proteger el uso tradicional y el caracter sagrado del ritual de ayahuasca, con el fin de differnciaro de los usos occidentales descontextualizados que tienen propositos comerciales y consumistas.

La ayahuasca es una especie vegetal que cuenta con una extraordinaria historia cultrural en virtud sus cualidades psicotropicas, ya que es ingrediente esencial de un brebaje asociado a la planta conocida como chacruna. En el mundo indigena amazonico se la considera una planta sabia o maestra.

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Ayahuasca Shipibo Shaman – Medicinal Plants of the Amazon Part 4

Used by Shipibo shamans for ceremonial workAyahuasca Shipibo Shaman, Enrique Lopez talks with our group about Amazonian shamanism, medicinal, and the spiritual properties of plants. Video taken at Eagle’s Wing Ayahuasca Retreatat Mishana in Peru, March 2008.

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