Aubrey Bamdad has emerged as a prominent bridge between the fields of Ayurveda and traditional Amazonian medicine. She is an Ayurvedic practitioner, yogini, herbalist and founder and director of Qori Inti Amazonian Herbals. Aubrey stewards Yacumaman Ethnobotanical Center for Shamanic and Vedic studies in the upper Peruvian Amazon where she leads retreat programs cross-pollinating the ancient disciplines of yoga and shamanism. She travels and teaches worldwide, expounding on a gamut of topics relating to different aspects of Ayurveda and traditional Amazonian medicine; including herbalism, full spectrum nutrition, indigenous mythology and cosmovision, sustainability, nature-based philosophy and shamanism. Her sincerest intention is to inspire and empower each individual towards their own self-mastery, through knowledge of how to be more in harmony with oneself, one’s relations and Nature, live more vibrantly and fulfill one’s highest potential on all levels. She has been a Devi bhakta for many yugas.
Dionisio Santos is one of the first Westerners to have pioneered the field of entheogenic research and explore the world of shamanism in the Amazonian Basin in the 1980s. After co-founding Takiwaki Center for Drug Addiction Treatment and Research of Traditional Medicines in 2000 and co-directing the center for 8 years, he created Yacumaman Ethnobotanical Center for Shamanic Studies, located outside the city of Tarapoto in the upper Peruvian Amazon. Having apprenticed with both famous and anonymous indigenous and mestizo shamans throughout the Amazon Basin, Dionisio has been practicing as a traditional Amazonian vegetalista with the local populace and the world over for more than 20 years. For the last decade, Dionisio has distilled teachings from his experiences in various esoteric lineages, such as hermeticism, traditional alchemy, Buddhism, and Advaita Vedanta and integrated them into his work, which focuses on exploring the nature of consciousness and awakening our innate ability to activate and utilize the light body, through a connection to specific entheogenic plant medicines.