He prescribes personal plant diets to correspond with what spirit tells him you need not necessarily what you want – he works on a healing level not to the whims of the westerners wants. This makes him authentic and more interested in healing than in egos.
Javier Arevalo Shahuano, was born in the community of Nuevo Progreso, Rio Napo, in the department of Loreto, Peru. The last of a family with four generations of shamans, the Shahuano, in his teens he realised that shamanism was his future. At 20, after his father’s death, he started his apprenticeship. He spent two years in the virgin rain forest, without any contact with the outside world, taking as a teacher his Grandfather, Antonio Shahuano. From him, he learnt the healing properties of plants. For the whole length of his training in shamanism he had to follow a very strict diet. He could not eat spicy foods, sugar and salt, nor fried food, only what the forest offered. These, and good intentions, are the basic requisites to become a plant doctor (shaman). In Javier’s own words:”During my study in the forest, the spirits of plants and animals made me realise that shamanism was to spread out the message of Nature to live with joy, and to do good by curing diseases using our traditional plant medicine.
We have also designed this course to have gaps between the ceremonies as Ayahuasca requires at least two days to be processed by the mind, body, and soul. It is our intention for you to integrate the teachings of The Mother Plant into your lives, and allow all parts of your being to be healed.