A native to the Peruvian Amazon, he was first exposed to ayahuasca at the age of ten. A severe heart illness, along with the treatment of ayahuasca, led Pablo toward the life of a shaman. Eventually, after learning the icaros (healing songs) he became a powerful curandero.
Abandoning his vocation as a shaman, Pablo devoted himself to painting ayahuasca visions in 1977. His books, teachings, and seminars soon became a major force in spreading this plant medicine in the West. Currently, he teaches the art of painting at the Usko-Ayar school to students, free of charge.
Brant Secunda has dedicated his life towards preserving the Huichol tradition as a living culture by working to integrate the ancient tools into the modern world. Members of the international medical, religious and educational communities, including the World Health Organization, have recognized Brant’s commitment and knowledge by inviting him to be a featured speaker, workshop leader, and participant at various conferences worldwide. Moreover, Brant Secunda has created and maintains a working model for preserving Huichol culture through the auspices of the Dance of the Deer Foundation Center for Shamanic Studies.
Ipupiara Makunaiman (Dr. Bernardo D. Peixoto)
Anthropologist, Environmentalist, Healer and Teacher. Ipupiara is from the Ure-ewau-wau tribe of Brazil. He is a co-founder of Dream Change, The Native Cultural Alliance and Eco Global Journey organizations which are dedicate to the preservation and sharing of native cultures and wisdom. He has worked for many years with the tribal and “riverine” groups in South America.
Global Eco Journey
Native Cultural Alliance