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Main guide and facilitator of retreats
Edmund’s studies and practices were initially influenced by the work of Stanislav Grof and Carlos Castaneda. He was exploring the spiritual practice for seven years, with teacher plants, with meditation and Yoga, that were combined later with further studies with Ayahuasca and Peruvian sacred plants.
Even as a young boy, Edmund experienced a series of events that he considers particularly significant and which led him to his current path. He frequently entered states of spontaneous deep inner-silence, an expanded space of non-thought and stillness of Mind. His early encounters with the transcendental became more meaningful about 10 years later, when he began intentional practice of mind exploration.
Edmund’s personal spiritual training is rooted in, but not exclusive to, the Buddhist school of Mahamudra. Mahamudra is a non-religious form of non-dual awareness practice, which he complements with studies of Ayahuasca tradition. He believes that the nature of human spirituality is universal, rather than belonging to any single form in particular. This sense of oneness feeds Edmund’s love of nature, music, and simplicity. He experiences a clear awareness of the social and economic realities of the modern world, and how they define man’s life aspirations and day-to-day struggles.
Edmund’s approach to both modalities of spiritual work—amplified awareness states with the help of teacher plants and mind training—is unconditioned by a fixed framework of a specific tradition. He finds the unique connections between practices and an individual’s personal situation. In his work, Edmund emphasizes finding appropriate way to work with each person’s circumstances). Rather than focusing on the details of one’s experiences (the story), Edmunds emphasizes the need to go beyond the interpretation of the experience, to develop a grounded sense, and continue the spiritual practice through truthfulness and the absence of self-pleasing agendas. He stresses the importance of having genuine intention and motivation, leaving out the materialistic approach so present today in spiritual matters.
Edmund’s passion and vocation are the study of the mind, spiritual awakening, and facilitation of transformational processes in others. His deepest wish is for all people to realize the path to becoming truly human-being, as opposed to human-appearing, and to become aware of their true nature and potential. These things exist in the present moment and are not ‘achievable’ through a specific religion or system of belief. Rather, it is a process, experienced through intermediate inquiry and non-dualistic practice and training of the mind.
Edmund currently serves as the main facilitator at Ayahuasca Prajna, a retreat center for working with Ayahuasca within a context of mind training and spiritual awakening. He views the combination of practicing with Ayahuasca and meditation as a powerful tool that enables people a wisdom of themselves as more whole beings.
Don Juan de Dios (Don Kucho)
Machu Picchu and San Pedro medicine guide
Don Juan de Dios has been studying the Andean tradition for more than 15 years, offering a unique kind of experience of ancestral medicine path blended with a non-religious approach. He facilitates a setting aimed at consciousness growth and awakening of the heart and mind.
Amazon Dieta retreat guide and medicine plant expert
Don Bechin was introduced into the Amazonian shamanism during his early years and took the call to work with the medicine plants and plant healing more than 20 years ago. He facilitates Dieta Retreats with Ayahuasca and other Amazon medicinal plants in his house in Northern Peru, near Iquitos or at the retreats in other locations in Peru.
Sacred Valley community
We are a group of people dedicated to the work with Teacher plants in an integrated practice setting. Some of us are Peruvians, some come from other corners of the world.
Members of our community and staff have an extensive experience regarding Amazon indigenous shamanism (vegetalismo), Andean shamanism, mind training and trans-personal psychology. Our main location where retreats, ceremonies and practices are done is in the Sacred Valley of Peru, near the village of Pisaq and Yucay.