In Upper Amazon, along the Río Ucayali lives the tribe that consists of around 35,000 people living in over three hundred villages – the Shipibo. Despite 300 years of sporadic contact with civilized world and massive conversion to Christianity in the 1950’s and 60’s, the Shipibo people maintain a strong tribal identity and retain many of their ancient shamanic practices. According to the tradition that reaches back thousands of years, several members of the community were carrying the ancient knowledge and art of communicating between the physical and the spiritual worlds – healers, shamans calling on the spirits, with the knowledge and skills to restore the balance in one`s body, and in community.
Natasha has had a privilege to study traditional Amazonian shamanism for 7 years now, having been trained extensively in the indigenous Shipibo-Conibo lineage with legendary curandero maestro Kestembetsa, studying under and working closely with maestros and maestras Maria Valera, Walter Martinez Guimaray, Arturo Izquierdo, Olivia Arevalo, as well as most recently with renowned Shipibo maestro Pascual Mahua Ochavano.
Her work is carried with integrity, dedication and deep respect to whatever story brought you to medicine and this tradition. The foundation of her medicinal practice is a feminine wisdom of love, compassion and empowerment. Her medicinal name given to her at the completion of her 15 month long initiation training in Peru is Biri Yakata, which means grounded, steady light.
Events that Natasha is leading are authentic shamanic ceremonies targeted for small groups people with the focus on individual deep work in shipibo vegetalismo tradition. These are not a large-scale celebratory gatherings. Cannabis or other recreational substances are not used in the ceremonial space.