Our Shipibo Maestros & Healers

We are blessed to work with some of the most respected traditional shamans from the Shipibo-Conibo tribe.
They represent thousands of years of Amazonian healing tradition and share their unique ancestral wisdom with heart, integrity and grace. 

Maestra Orfelinda

Maestra Orfelinda Sanancino comes from a long line of traditional Shipibo healers and takes deep pride in her work of cleaning the energetic body, liberating the mind and opening up the heart.

Under the guidance of her Grandfather, a Shipibo shaman, Orfelinda began her training as a curandera (a traditional healer) at the age of eight. She has devoted her life to the healing work of Ayahuasca, and has dieted and trained extensively with a wide variety of plants from the Amazon.

We are regularly blown away by Orfelinda’s powerful icaros (healing songs) and grounded, loving presence during ceremonies. The profound simplicity of her wisdom and sweet nature act as a bright guiding light as you navigate yourself through your healing journey.

Maestro Soi (Jorge)

Jorge was born in the native community of Nueva Betania. He is affectionately known by his Shipibo name Soi, meaning “a beautiful, shining design or pattern.” From a very young age, Soi began learning plant medicine by watching his grandfather Hilario treat patients in their family house. It was Hilario who decided to bestow all of his powers to his grandson in order for Soi to continue their legacy and lineage. 

Soi began drinking Ayahuasca at the age of 12, and started dieting with plants one year later. By the age of 15, he was singing icaros and assisting his grandfather in ceremony. And at 17, he started working as a healer in his own right. 

At the age of 19, Soi had his first opportunity to work with Western patients, an experience that he describes as “an exchange of minds,” which gave him a perspective of the human mind as something much greater than his cultural Shipibo understanding over the mind. He cherishes the cultural exchange and recognizes that working in structured environments has taught him a lot about professionalism. 

Since then,  Soi has traveled throughout Peru, being invited to work as a healer in various indigenous communities. He has worked with and learned from Ayahuasca healers and traditional of the Quechua, Achuar, Huni Kui, and Ashaninka. 

Soi is a part of a new generation of young Shipibo healers who grew up at the intersection of tradition and globalization. He has seen many changes in the native way of life since his childhood, including the advantages modern development has brought to this village such as clean water, medical facilities, intercultural education, agricultural projects, and electricity. Soi is politically astute and ware of the history of exploitation and religious indoctrination that the Shipibo people endured after the European conquest, particularly the atrocities of the rubber trade period. 

Soi has a deep respect for the plants and all they have to teach along with immense pride in his culture and tradition. He is young in years yet wise in spirit and brings an amazingly powerful, youthful energy to our ceremonies.

“I believe curanderismo is a great way to unite people all over the world in the common goal of healing.”

– MAESTRO SOI

Maestra Maricela

Maricela Rios Inuma was born in the beautiful village of Roya, Alto Ucayali – steeped in the heritage of plant-spirit medicine – she healed herself and learned from the plants for two decades before working with Ayahuasca.

Maricela comes from a long line of healers and was taught by her father and grandfather, both of whom were reputedly incredibly powerful curanderos.

At the age of 13, she started her first plant dieta to cure severe internal hemorrhaging. She was grateful for the healing and learning that the plants gave her, and continued to diet with many master plants including “toè” and wayra caspi, until the age of 33, when she drank ayahuasca for the first time. Since then she has been working as a healer both in her community and in other centres and now at Spirit Plant Journeys

Her incredible icaros typically start with soft and gentle tones rising into strong and powerful crescendos, often inducing purging during ceremony for whoever she is working on at the time of singing. She is a highly skilled healer and we are honored to be blessed by her healing lineage.

Maestro Francisco

Maestro Francisco has been working with the Shipibo medicine path since his early 40’s, and is now 65 years old.

 Although he started his learning later than most, Francisco has rapidly progressed to become a truly high level, mature Maestro of the Shipibo tradition. His beautiful icaros are sung in the more traditional and deeply poetic ‘Shirobehua’ style, where Francisco’s energy of happiness and hopefulness radiates out to eclipse negative energies in the Ceremony. He is always calm and solid in the middle of the storm.

Francisco has experience working with several different Ayahuasca centres in Iquitos and Pucallpa. He is friendly and open and enjoys sharing stories and knowledge with visitors. We are very happy to have his presence and his help as a lead Maestro here at Spirit Plant Journeys.

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