Don Miguel was one of the shamans teaching my 10 week initiation course. All of the Shipibo shamans and staff were absolutely amazing but I connected with him the most by far. He was the most approachable; I found it easy to interact with him, he seemed the most capable of bridging the connection between the Shipibo culture and our western culture. When I wanted a pipe I asked him to make one for me because I wanted his specific energy in it. I felt I had a lot to learn from him. I love his joy, the way he effortlessly expresses it in every moment of his being, the way he laughs without attachment or restriction. He is very comfortable in his own skin, quirky and interesting in his teaching style. He also had a way about him when I interacted with him or watched him interact with others that helped me become conscious of my fears. His singing during ceremony had a profound effect on me. Other shamans had more direct and penetrating energy, he had a way with his singing that induced a therapeutic trance in me that aided my ability to learn how to bring my body into a vibration capable of creating healing. Other shamans did it for me and it didn’t stick. He soothed my mind enough to help me surrender into my intuition and experience a higher vibration on a molecular level that I could uphold long after he stopped singing. I found his style to be feminine in a way, a very good way. He taught me by gently circling the “problem/opportunity” with his singing, giving me an opportunity to unwrap another layer in a relaxed, gentle yet focused way. This feminine way made me feel like I did it myself, I released on a molecular level by relaxing into a trance and reprogramming my brain from that state of mind. I highly recommend experiencing ceremony with him.
Lena Magdalena, California, United States
I was very nervous but excited at the same time as I anticipated the next journey on my spiritual path. I am not usually one for going to new places on my own especially when I don’t know who will be there or what would be happening. When I arrived, I was greeted by Elio with a warm inviting smile and a lovely big hug. He made sure that I was at ease. He explained every detail of how the retreat would unfold and made sure that I was comfortable before doing anything. There was never any pressure. The retreat brought amazing insights from past lives and revealed future ones waiting to be discovered … Wow! My body felt cleansed, relaxed and energised by the time the weekend was over and to be honest, I didn’t want to leave. I felt so safe and loved; a feeling that I will never forget, it was so uplifting, a wonderful feeling of being one with the universe itself. I have no hesitation in recommending this retreat lead by Elio who certainly endeavours to make your experience a most amazing, enjoyable journey in finding your true self. Thank you, Elio, for such a wonderful and caring experience.
Pauline Gallagher, Australia
I feel lucky and honoured to have met Elio, who organized probably the best jungle-trip I have ever had. Elio introduced us to the oldest shamanic family of Peru. Elio appeared not only as a reliable and very empathetic facilitator, but also as a close friend and loving ceremony contributor who openly shares his deep knowledge of the medicinal plants and the shamanic way of life. I look forward to meeting him again for many more magical adventures in the future. Thank you very much!
Henri Vogel , Germany
Drinking Ayahuasca 3 years ago has helped me to find my way back to myself and has opened my eyes to a new understanding of reality and a new perspective on life. Ayahuasca opened a door to a new world that I was scared to enter before. Ayahuasca is a teacher and a tool, once you have the knowledge it’s up to you to create your life and to put the teachings in action. This work is a wonderful ongoing process. Elio is very loving; a happy and balanced person. He radiates a very strong, positive energy that makes you feel completely comfortable. Helping others is his priority in life.
Mark S. , Germany