Phoenix Rose Ayahuasca has a new team member:
Meet our new Owner:
Troy is from Kentucky, USA. He came to the plants looking for help after a series of tragedies in his life. He found peace and understanding through the plants and now focuses on helping others to get the most out of their journeys. Troy continues to diet the plants with Maestro Javier Arevalo.
Javier Arevalo Shahuano
Javier Arevalo Shahuano, was born in the community of Nuevo Progreso, Rio Napo, in the department of Loreto, Peru. The last of a family with four generations of shamans, the Shahuano, in his teens he realised that shamanism was his future. At 20, after his father’s death, he started his apprenticeship. He spent two years in the virgin rain forest, without any contact with the outside world, taking as a teacher his Grandfather, Antonio Shahuano. From him, he learnt the healing properties of plants. For the whole length of his training in shamanism he had to follow a very strict diet. He could not eat spicy foods, sugar and salt, nor fried food, only what the forest offered. These, and good intentions, are the basic requisites to become a plant doctor (shaman). In Javier’s own words:”During my study in the forest, the spirits of plants and animals made me realise that shamanism was to spread out the message of Nature to live with joy, and to do good by curing diseases using our traditional plant medicine.” You can read details about Javier’s work in the book ‘Plant, Spirit and Shamanism’, by Ross Heaven and Howard Charing, and his ceremonies have been mentioned in a number of other books by Ross Heaven: ‘The Journey to You’, ‘Spirit in the City’,’The Hummingbird’s Journey to God’, as well as in the book ‘Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey’ by Rak Razam.
Leonard has 24 years experience as a vegitalista. He has been with us for 6 years. He helps cook our ayahuasca and works closely with Don Javier. He also is a great handyman, friend and one of natures true gentlemen. Incredibly humble with a quiet meditative nature, he loves working with the plants, preparing flower and plant baths and brews for plant dietas.
Clarke St. Dennis
Clarke began his shamanic training in 1984, when he attended a basic journeying workshop led by Dr. Michael Harner. Over the next decade, he continued with Michael and his staff; and was trained in extraction work by Leslie Conton; and soul retrieval and working with death/dying by Sandra Ingerman. During the 1990’s, he was married to a medical herbalist/plant spirit shaman; and they practiced together for over 5 years. All of this occurred while he pursued a career as a psychiatric pharmacist and University professor. An avid mountaineer, he experienced multiple spiritual awakening during trips to the Andes Mountains of Peru and Bolivia. His love for these high places/energies culminated in 2009, when he was initiated as a 4th level Kurak Akulleq wisdom keeper in the tradition of the Q’ero shamans of Peru. Nearly retired, he has focused his healing efforts on blending old and new wisdoms into his own form of energy medicine. He has a long-standing passion/love for plants & their medicines which extends from his home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to the Phoenix in the Amazon. He hopes to visit the Phoenix twice a year.