Enrique - Translator & Facilitator
Born in Sweden as Henrik, but he is more known as Enrique around here. He came to the Peruvian Amazon after many years wandering in Sweden, USA, Spain and Costa Rica with inner emptiness and depression.
He was a workaholic, gambler but also self medicating street drugs, as well as legal pharmacy drugs, such as benzodiazepines (xanax) and antidepressants. Nothing helped his depression, anxiety and inner emptiness, not even 5 years in psychotherapy, until he found ayahuasca. Or eventually she found him.
After a divorce 2014, he hit rock bottom and had suicidal plans, but travelled to the Amazon jungle and first stayed at a retreat and sat in ceremonies with Don Guidos older brother Don Lucho, and they became close friends.
Later Enrique was welcomed with open hearts by Don Guido and Don Benigno to their private home. Before moving up to La Luna he lived the first 8 month in the jungle with their families in very basic conditions in the small village clinic. This could be seen as a challenging period, with no electricity, running water or any other modern facilities whatsoever, but very rewarding. While working on his own healing process he also had the opportunity to learn from the maestros and their work with mother ayahuasca and other natural medicines from the rainforest.
Enrique has participated and facilitated more than 500 ceremonies and has a deep understanding of the medicine and the work of the shamans that he is happy to share with our guests, and serves as a bridge between the modern western secular culture and the ancient amazon spiritual culture. Enriques role at the center is managing the western aspects that is unfamiliar to the shamans.
Enrique is first aid and CPR certificated and used to work for 911 (112) in Sweden before he moved to the Amazon. He is also involved in the Zendoproject by maps.org, where he works with psychedelic harm reduction and integration of challenging psychedelic experiences.
In 2018 Enrique had the privilege to host archaeologist and adventurer Josh Gates from Expedition Unknown broadcasted on Discovery Channel, and together with the shamans they provided the most religious experience of his life :)