It is a real honour and a great opportunity to be hosting a number of Guayusa ceremonies run by master shaman Kurikindi from the Amazonian region in Ecuador.
Kurikindi will be teaching us and sharing his knowledge about this special plant the Guayusa.
Guayusa has been part of the Amazonian culture and culture for thousands of years. Traditionally, indigenous families of Ecuador wake up at 3 a.m. daily to sit around the communal fire drinking Guayusa tea, in a more watered down form, talking about their dreams.
Guayusa is known to be a good allied in our dream state. In the Guayusa ceremony we will be sharing and interpreting our dreams with the participants. For the Achuar, the dream world coexists with the spirit world and the visible world, and it helps shape decisions about the day ahead. Dreams are also a way of sharing one’s fears and apprehensions with others, which in itself is a sustaining practice that is good for our souls. Ilex Guayusa is a species of tree of the holly genus, native to the Amazon Rainforest. One of three known caffeinated holly trees, the leaves of the Guayusa tree are dried and brewed like a tea or stewed as a medicine.
Kurikindi comes from the rainforest of Ecuador and was born into a shamanic family. Unusually both his mother, father and their families were practicing shamans and he was identified as having the family 'gift' as the child.
His training in the 'art and knowledge' started immediately. He would sit with elders and my grandfathers, meditating, drinking tobacco, Guayusa and other plant medicines with his emotional strength and physical endurance constantly tested.
This training was daily and started when he was five years old. Even prior to that, he had been present in many of ceremonies, curious and absorbing everything bit of knowledge he could. Kurikindi says this learning is a never ending process of discovery and even after more than 40 years of shamanic life, he continues to learn, everyday.
Fasting prior to the event would be required and you should only attend if you are physically fit and healthy and feel emotionally able to undertake such a ceremony