La Luna del Amazonas

Meet our family

Don Benigno Dahua, 80

Don Benigno, also known as abuelo (grandfather), is one of the oldest practicing shamans in Iquitos. Benigno is a renown by his home village of Santa Maria where he has cured countless illnesses using his knowledge of the medicinal plants of the Amazonian jungle and his physical and spiritual healing knowledge.

He explains that the healing during a ceremony takes part on an energetic level. The ayahuasca enables him to see and remove any energetic blockages the patient might have.

"Energetic blockages are common, and many of us have blockages without knowing", he says.

"For example, During a traumatic experience you might subconsciously block energetic channels or chakras as a defense mechanism to protect yourself from further pain of that experience. This can later in life manifest as depression, anxiety or physical disease. During the ceremony I will remove the blockage, and when thats done, you are healed" says Don Benigno.

Maestro Don Guido Rimachi, 47

Don Guido the younger brother of Don Marlo Rimachi has been conducting ayahuasca ceremonies for more than 20 years. He has worked at many different healing centers in the amazon jungle, but he has never abandoned the family clinic in the village, where he still receives local patients.

Don Guido is a maestro de las plants, and will sort out any specific plant diet to attend to your specific ailments, depending on needs and intentions. Don Guido was trained alongside his brother Don Marlo and older brother Don Louis Ramachi who runs a renown healing center in Padre Cocha.

Don Segundo Marcial Achote, 50

Don Marcial was born and raised in a village called Yanashi, where he learned the ancient Amazonian healing techniques from his father, who dedicated his life as a village curandero.

Don Marcial has used ayahuasca since the age of 14, and is now passing his knowledge to his son Alexandro, 12 years old. In the maloka Don Marcial is very connected to the spirit world, where he sings powerful icaros to the plants in order to call in the plant spirits and doctorcitos.

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 of self medicating street drugs, as well as legal pharmacy drugs, such as benzodiazepines (xanax) and antidepressants. Nothing helped his depression, anxiety and social phobia, not even combined with 5 years in psychotherapy, until he found ayahuasca. Or eventually she found him. He first stayed at a 4-ceremony retreat and sat in ceremonies with Don Guido, and they became close friends. Enrique works at the center as a translator and facilitator, and works as a bridge between the ancient amazon medicine culture and the modern western.

Enrique is first aid and CPR certificated and used to work for 911 (112) in Sweden before he moved to the Amazon.

Elina - Translator & Facilitator

Elina works not only as a facilitator and translator, but she is also the English teacher for the free English classes we offer to all the citizens in the village.

Although born in Siberia, she was raised in Denmark where she learned English.

Elina has undergone the training for psychedelic harm reduction with the Zendo Project. She has a burning heart for the natural remedies in the Amazonian rain forest.