For nearly 25 years, Peter Gorman has worked with ayahuasca, the visionary vine and Master Plant Teacher of the Amazon. Since 1984 Peter Gorman has made a point of spending at least 3 months annually in the jungle around Iquitos, Peru, and until recently, at least part of that time with his late teacher, the elderly curandero Julio Jerena.
He has also collected botanical specimens for Shaman Pharmaceuticals and herpetological specimens for the FIDIA Research Institute of the University of Rome. He was the first person to ever work with the medicinal knowledge of the remote Matses Indians of the Peruvian-Brazilian border, and his description of their use of the secretions of the phyllomedusa bicolor frog has opened an entire field devoted to the use of amphibian peptides as potential medicines in Western medicine.
The granddaughter of Don Elijio Panti from San Antonio, a Yucatec Maya village in the Cayo District of Belize. She use traditional Mayan healing techniques passed down from countless generations before her. Her healing system encompassed the use of plants, herbal baths, acupuncture, prayer, massage and the use of the sacred Sastun. Don Elijio passed away on at the age of 103. Throughout his lifetime he was distinguished with several national and international awards such as the “Distinguished Contribution to Science” by The New York Botanical Garden, and “Member of the British Empire” by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Belize for his contributions in herbal medicine. Rosario hopes to keep her heritage alive through her service to others.
Wan Dee Aroonratana
The 91 years old retired Thai Menora performer and shaman has been practising storytelling through his craft since he was 14 years old, a skill not easily acquired and practised. He was given the recognition he deserved when Penang Heritage Trust awarded him the Penang Living Heritage Treasures Award in 2007. Noo Wan is still living in the Siamese village in Pulau Tikus, where he has lived all his life and where his father had lived as well.
Grandmother Kaariina Saarinen
Grandmother Kaariina Saarinen M.Ed.Coun. is holder and keeper of her maternal Grandmother’s Medicine Bundle. Born and raised in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. Grandmother was fully initiated into woman chief of sweat lodges and a receptacle for the medicine ways and shamanic tools of her indigenous root. She has co-created multi-dimensional curricula for the development of a new form of leadership. This emerging universal mystery school invites youth to gather in several locations around the world in order to reactivate the wild heart. This has been acknowledged by a Shell Fellowship in Career Education for Canada. She was honored as Parent Educator of the Year for the Ottawa / Carleton region in 1981. The Way of Council, with a commitment to Non-Violent Communications, grew out of those years of child rearing and Adlerian psychology.
Naba Iritah Shenmira
Naba Iritah Shenmira is a priest/healer from the Dogon bloodline of the Gourmantche region of Meritah (Africa). In Kemetic society, the Naba bloodline of the Dogon was in charge of the spiritual life of the Pharaoh, keeping the highest levels of spiritual and astronomical knowledge. Iritah’s teachings include the technical, spiritual and philosophical components of the Medu language (humanity’s original language secretly preserved as traditional Africa’s initiatic language, commonly known as Egyptian hieroglyphs), Ka’at Ibi (traditional meditation), and traditional healing. As a decedent of the Egyptians and their knowledge, Iritah now leads Ankhkasta Natural Healing which is a network of priest/healers throughout West Africa and initiates of The Earth Center Schools.