Meet Our Healers
Don Lucho is a master Ayahuascero, and reputable Curandero in the Tamshiyacu region who originally embarked on his shamanic path to heal himself of cancer. After his success over the course of a 6 month isolated plant diet, Lucho continued his journey learning with the plants and the jungle spirits. He trained very much on his own for many years, learning directly from the spirits, but also under the guidance of his world renowned shaman uncle Don Agustin Rivas Vasquez & Maestra Adela Navas. Now with over 30 yrs of experience in healing both locals and foreigners alike, with plant medicines like ayahuasca, Lucho has developed quite a strong reputation for himself as well. Producing recordings of his icaros which are available online and worldwide, has helped to spread the word about his work, about Ayahuasca and the ancient traditions of the Amazon. Don Lucho as well, is now a teacher of teachers, training shamans from across S. America and around the world, specializing in facilitating healing through ayahuasca.
Adela Navas-Videyra is an 83 yr old Master Banco Level Curandera. Having started her remarkable journey learning and healing with the plant medicines, ayahuasca included at 11 yrs old, she is now with over 70 yrs experience in the shamanic arts. Adela has been a teacher and peer to some of the most well known and most revered shamans/curanderos in the Iquitos area, and is one of the most highly regarded and respected healers in the region. Carrying a fun and light energy with her everywhere she goes, both appearing and acting at least 20 years younger than her age, Adela truly embodies the energy of the vibrant and loving mother, but with the strength and ability in the astral realms of a great warrior and protector. Her ceremonies are strong to say the least, and her icaros both magically healing and protective. How she carries herself with the medicine, is of the highest integrity and skill, having vast experience with ayahuasca healings both local and at a distance, astral travel, psychic surgery, and more. While Adela is not able to assist with all ceremonies at The Avatar Centre, she is able to be brought in for special groups, where her services are most needed and when her schedule allows.
Celia Panduro Huayta is a traditional Shipibo Healer/Curandera & Perfumera. The Shipibo tribe is thought to be one of the largest and the oldest indigenous groups of the Amazon, nowadays especially centralized around the jungle city of Pucallpa. As a result, the shipibo culture produces more traditional healers than any other tribe in the Amazon. Celia, like many in the shipibo tradition, comes from a long line of healers, and was raised from childhood learning the medicines, singing icaros, taking plants to heal both common and very rare symptoms, as well as drinking ayahuasca and other plants to receive visions and insights into her future. Nowadays Celia facilitates Ayahuasca Ceremonies for both locals and foreigners, both alone and with her partner Pedro who has earned the title of maestro curandero in the Shipibo tradition. She also administers healing remedies, plant baths, and vends her handiworks, which she creates as a sort of meditation in her downtime. All of her creations are a paying of homage to the sacred union between the plants and the healing traditions of her beloved ancestors. Her persona is sweet and jolly, and in ceremony she presents herself with power and conviction, holding a safe,, healing and loving space for all who enter.
Brown is an expressive musician, eloquent writer, a husband & father, a happy plantsman, and an earth medicine healer. At 36 yrs old, Browne humbly and courageously walks the path of his spirit. With each day it unfolds leading to new insights and offerings for the world. He has worked with plant medicines both casually and intensively over the course of 20 years, and has practiced the art of drumming to induce trance for 18 yrs. What he later identified as the ancient art of shamanic drumming, has aided him in reaching altered states of consciousness, helping him to communicate with other realms, facilitate energetic clearings, and gather information from the ether, to bring back to “ordinary” reality, in effort to enhance his own life and offer support to those around him.
As a self-taught musician, he has been practicing his craft for nearly 2 decades, and has recorded and performed in several musical projects, successfully playing approximately a dozen instruments throughout his musical path. You can hear some of the music he recorded from 2004-2010 with the U.S. based, ambient band called "the Pandas."
From early life visions of his future self, to adolescent out-of-body experiences, to becoming a deep listener of ambient sounds, Brown has trained his ear and transmitting/receiving mechanisms to reveal and refine the gift of deep listening, allowing him to hear music and melodies in the ether and environment around him, receiving songs for the purpose of enjoyment, healing, connecting with the earth and communicating with other entities and realms. He first experienced this type of open channel in his mid 20’s, several years after his first experience with Ayahuasca. Through his continued and committed work with Ayahuasca since 2013, he has been working to shed his old programming, which is allowing more doors to open all the time, both in his abilities to channel healing energies into ceremony, and in his relationships.
Browne integrates the teachings from spirit, ayahuasca, and other plant medicines into his daily life, holding them all as sacred offerings from the divine. Being alternatively taught, primarily by the the natural world, the spirits, ayahuasca, and what he calls his higher self, Brown has learned to embrace divine flow and timing. He has learned to release time & form oriented expectations when aligning to intentions, and to surrender to the synchronicities which flow back in response, understanding that right energies, people, opportunities and insights are drawn into our life experiences at exactly the right time they are needed, and if they are not here now, then they are not supposed to be.
Browne has a passion for jungle life, and finds great joy in working with the plants, developing gardens, learning about and identifying the native plant medicines, gathering seeds and baby plantlings from the forest, as he focuses on restoring plant diversity at the Avatar Centre. He’s been a driving force behind planting both food and medicine gardens, with the goal of developing food & medicine independence on the land for the future. His background in community gardening is lending itself well to helping the centre develop an earth service model, where everyone is encouraged to have some hand in caretaking the gardens, as well as harvesting and sharing in their fruits.
He feels it as a significant part of his purpose, to support others on their spiritual journeys, helping them to reveal their highest truth and purpose in each moment. With ayahuasca as his ally, he furthers the pursuit of this mission to help bring man-kind back to a place of harmony with nature.
Pamela had been blessed to be born to a mother in the healing arts, raised in Quebec, Canada. She pursued her studies in the healing arts after moving to British Colombia at the age of 20. She has been called an empath and a clairsentient by her teachers. Her passion and studies has been in yoga, esoteric healing, studies in plant medicines, shamanic dance, and sound healing. She offers integration support, and helps others on their path by offering honest feedback, healing work in and out of ceremonies, visualizations, and Ayahuasca Yoga. To read more about Ayahuasca Yoga, click here. She is also a founder of Eywa Institue, a non profit based in the Peruvian Amazon. To read more about Pamela's lifestory, please check out that blog here.