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)

Maestro Jorge is a part of a new generation of younger Shipibo healers who work to maintain the balance between tradition and globalization of Ayahuasca.

Better known by his Shipibo name Soi, meaning “a beautiful, shining design or pattern”, Maestro Soi was born in Nueva Betania – a small community in the Amazon four hours by boat from the city of Pucallpa, Peru.

Soi began learning plant medicine from his grandfather Hilario, who was well-known as a Muraya, the highest level attainable by a Shipibo healer. He began drinking Ayahuasca at the age of 12 and began intensive plant diets one year later. By the age of 15, he was singing icaros and assisting his grandfather in ceremony.  At the age of 17, he began working as a curandero in his own right.

Soi has since devoted his life to Ayahuasca, continuing to diet and train to deepen his relationship with the plants and his efficacy as a healer. He has traveled extensively throughout Peru being invited to work, learn and collaborate as a healer with the traditional shamanic lineages of the Quechua, Achuar, Huni Kui, and Ashaninka.

As more and more Ayahuasca Retreat Centers emerge catering to Western clients, Soi believes it is of utmost importance to uphold the integrity and authenticity of the Shipibo traditions. While his work bridges a cultural gap, it never strays from its true origins.

He holds great respect for Ayahuasca, and in his work embodies a deep sense of pride and honor towards his roots. His intentions and abilities as a healer are powerful and genuine, and underlying his playful nature is a true devotion to this medicine and its potential to heal and awaken. 

I believe curanderismo (shamanic healing) is a great way to unite people over the world in the common goal of healing.


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. In gratitude for the healing and learning that the plants gave her, Maricela 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 centers and now at Spirit Plant Journeys

Her captivating icaros normally start with soft and gentle tones rising into strong and powerful crescendos as she gracefully weaves the healing power of Ayahuasca throughout the space. It is this same mix of softness, gentleness and power that Maricela herself displays and brings to her work as a healer. We are honored to be blessed by her ancestral lineage and the gifts she brings to our guests.




Maestro Francisco

Maestro Francisco, now 65, began his training as a Shipibo maestro in his early 40’s, and rapidly progressed to become a high-level Shipibo Maestro.
His beautiful, passionate icaros are sung in the more traditional and poetic ‘Shirobehua’ style, where Francisco’s energy of hope and light illuminate the ceremony space, overcoming and cleansing all negative energies in the room.
He is very much the stoic type, always calm and solid in the middle of the storm. We cherish this energy he brings to ceremony, and feel very blessed to have him with us at SPJ.


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