Psychonauta is a word play, based on proximity of our home base to town called Nauta, older than Iquitos, first port in the region marked on naval maps. Word “nauta” itself is rooted in Latin and means navigator. So “psychonauta” is voyager into infinite depths of own soul, that mystics of humankind recognize as reflection of universe. They have known a great many of techniques and tools for undertaking this journey, in our case we are drawing from indigenous traditions of use of master plants, teachers and healers from wider circle of life than our limited human world. We are based in Amazon, so our work is based on use of local plants, including most famous of them, ayahuasca, but we also do projects in the Andes and beyond South America, always guided by principle of intentions and right tools to achieve it.
Second part of our name, Foundation, does not only refer to legal or organizational structure, but suggests that to succesfully embark on the journey mentioned above, and most of all, return from it with rich bounty, we should be properly prepared, to avoid getting lost or drowned. To use metaphor from plant kingdom surrounding us, to grow in a stable way, to reach ever higher, stable foundation – deep roots, strong trunk, a network of connections – is simply a must. Plants show us there is no rush, that things should be done step by step, with patience. In current explosion of interest in psychedelics, including therapeutical use of psychoactive plants, this issue will be increasingly important, and we are doing our part by focusing of serious training of future psychonauts, as well as potential captains of their ships – psychedelic guides and healers.
Maestro Felipe, associate of Kestenbetsa, probably the most cheerful shaman we had worked with, seems like always in good mood, always full of energy. We nicknamed him Duracell, because he never stops, in the ceremony, when others are already down, weary after battles of the night, his icaros are still flowing, sometimes from the dark corner where is already in horizontal position, but nevertheless broadcasting. These songs are always fresh, tuned to the energy of the moment. He is teacher of resilience but also of focus, being able to sing to one of the dieteros, and at the same time commenting what is happening near, keeping the happy vibe up, cleansing the space, keeping blessings flowing for everyone present.
Working together as a long term couple, apart from being excellent and experienced specialist of their medicinal craft, each with its own set of wonderful icaros and specialized treatments, they are simply sweet, warm and humble people and great companions in our work and your process. Perfect balance of masculine and feminine, old age experience and youthful enthusiasm.
20 years on a long and twisted path of exploration of magic, primordial beliefs, traditional cultures, shamanism and spirituality of the world. From Rastafarian camps in Jamaica, voodoo in Haiti and Africa, desert traditions of healing with trance, in Maghreb, Ethiopia, Pakistan, shamanism of Mongolia, Africa, Pakistan, mysticism of Indian subcontinent, transformative Sufi rites on three continents, Bwiti initiation in Cameroon, finally culminating in Amazon and Andes, years of learning its traditional medicine, sampling various sources of knowledge of the world and inspiration, understanding of self and bringing others safely through paths scouted before. Worked with shamans in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, gringos, mestizos and tribes : Shipibo, Siona, Cofan, Tsachilas, Kamsa, Achuar, Kichwa, Witoto.
Traveler, photographer, writer, guide, practitioner. Founder of headquarters of Psychonauta Foundation, medicinal camp in the jungle of northern Peru and a growing collective focused on therapeutic use of psychoactive plants.
Working on fringe area where medicine and art meet, thus reconnecting to primal, ancient shamanism reinterpreted through body, breath and own, unique experience for the moment of NOW, improvisation, techniques of trance, syncretism, song woven continually, rooted in ancient past and in various cultures with fruits here and for each case individually.
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A psychologist, traveler, guardian and one of the creators of the base in the Amazon forest. Fascinated by the potential of plants with psychedelic properties in the transformation process. In his work he mainly helps to safely pass ayahuasca experience, supports the process with modern psychotherapy tools mainly from the narrative psychology branch, is a translator and guide in contact with local healers, conducts integration sessions.
Our headquarters is based in the jungle, 100 km and around 2 hours away from Iquitos in northern Peru. We always pick our guests from Iquitos airport, and from that moment you do not have to worry about any logistics. It is a quiet, off-grid settlement with permanent residents, including children, and private huts for guests coming to our retreats.
There is no road access to the camp, final 20 minutes are done by walking. The place is rustic, designed with intention of maximum immersion in nature, compromised with need for providing safety for humans. All buildings are fully screened from mosquitoes and other insects. Mosquitoes are not a big nuisance here and malaria risk very low ( no cases ever reported among our guests ), so we do not recommend malaria medication.
We are about 30 minutes away from local clinic, in case of emergency, but it has never been needed in our history
We are based at around 25 ha of our private forest that we commited to keep as such forever, and behind it starts another 600 ha of private reserve. Some of our guests join our conservation efforts and decide to invest in buying more forest land to keep it in its natural state, and we can help in that process. Some have already settled with us for good.
There are small streams running through our property, and around 20 minutes walk away, a sacred goddess waterfall, as well as one of largest tributaries of Amazon called Maranon, where pink dolphins can be seen. A few hours away on this river, Pacaya Samiria begins, second biggest protected natural area in Peru and one of the best spots for nature tourism lovers, so you may leave some days after your retreat for extra adventure.
Investigation and practical use of psychoactive and medicinal plants for therapy, personal development and spiritual practice. Rooted in ancient indigenous practices and applied for modern human.