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Host ID: 91840
Country: Peru

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Last Updated: October 9, 2019

UPDATE: We can only accept volunteers who can speak Spanish right now.

Hello, we are a shamanic family in a Shipibo community north of Pucallpa. My father Leonardo is 85 years old and has been a curandero for many, many years. We come from a long lineage of onayas (Shipibo for master healer), My father Leonardo has been passing his knowledge onto me for many years now and together we work in healing all those who comes to us in need of healing, whether it be from physical illness, psychological, emotional or spiritual. Our doors are open to all who come in need of healing, Our path is guided by compassion and it fills our hearts with profound joy to see people who walk through these gates heal and become healthy, happy, free and connected with their true nature.

We work with many medicinal plants sacred to the Shipibo people. Among these sacred plants we work with is ayahuasca, a profoundly powerful medicine for the mind, body and spirit. We hold ayahuasca ceremonies twice a week for those who come to stay with us. In addition to helping our guests, we also help locals from the village when there is someone sick and in need of our help. This healing center open to all those who feel the calling to come here, and we want to provide the deepest level of healing and care to all those who come here, for this we need the help of volunteers with various tasks which we cannot do alone. An area we need regular help in is translating between Spanish and English as we speak only Shipibo and Spanish, while many of the guests speak English but little Spanish. There are a large number of other tasks we need help with, including cooking, cleaning, helping with the guests, fixing things and helping to keep the center running at maximum capacity. Right now we are working on a website for the center and need help in web development and creating content. Any skills you have will be much appreciated here.

We hold ayahuasca ceremonies twice a week and work with many different sacred plant medicines, and for this reason it is important that any volunteers who wish to come here to maintain a pure lifestyle in the weeks prior to arriving and for the duration of your stay. The primary things we require of you are compassion, understanding, open mindedness and humility. This is important because as a volunteer, you will be interacting with the guests, some of who are going through very deep and sometimes difficult healing processes and need to be in an environment of compassion and support. Maintaining a pure lifestyle is necessary because we interact energetically (on a usually unseen level). As a volunteer spending time with with guests undergoing deep healing processes with the plants, and the maestros who are working with the plants regularly, it is important for the well being of everyone here that you be as energetically clear as possible during your stay. We donít require you to follow the same strict diet as the guests (unless you are working with the plants also), but require you to avoid drugs, some low vibrational foods such as pork and sex while you are staying with us, and if possible to prepare by avoiding these things for a week or more before arriving.

First and foremost, if you feeling the calling in your heart to come and help, you are more than welcome, we know you will find your way to contribute :) There are various areas we need help in, and any ways in which you can contribute are much appreciated.

One area we always need help with is translation between Spanish and English. We are located in a Shipibo community where the primary language is Shipibo and Spanish is a second language, therefore very few people here speak English. We need regular assistance in translating for the guests who donít speak any Spanish. There are also other translation tasks such as creating subtitles for the videos we create, and translating the content on our website. Teaching English to the people here is also very much appreciated.

All volunteers will be asked to participate in the everyday tasks such as cleaning, helping with the guests (such as bringing food and water to the guests who are doing strong plant dietas in isolation), cooking, going to Pucallpa to get supplies and other tasks.

We need help in creating and maintaining media and content for our website and internet pages, this includes taking photographs, creating videos, writing content and helping us manage our youtube channel. Helping us to create and manage social media pages. There is a wide range of things in this area we could really use help with. If you have experience or knowledge in any of these areas, we would very much appreciate your help. If you have computer skills, we could really use your help in helping us with the website and managing computer activities would be of great help to us. Also your ability to share and teach us about these things will be very much appreciated.

Whatever skills you can contribute will be very much appreciated. For example, if you have experience with electrical work, we could really use your help with upgrading the wiring and electrical system (installing outlets, light fixtures etc.). If you have good people skills, we could very much use your help in handling online communications and coordinating projects with other volunteers. Any skills and experience you have in holistic healing can be of great benefit to us and the guests. For example if you have meditation or yoga skills, you could hold classes for the guests in the mornings which can be of great help with their healing journeys and integration of their ayahuasca ceremonies.

Food and accommodation will be provided for you. We prepare three meals each day for the guests and volunteers. You are also welcome to cook your own food and help us with the cooking. We have 9 beds available for guests and volunteers, there 4 private rooms, 4 beds in shared cabin and one private tambo for people who require isolation for their healing process.

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