Felix Durden - Founder
Felix (Soi Pino in Shipibo) first began his medicine journey attempting to heal from Lyme disease contracted in 2008. At its worst, he experienced a wide array of symptoms: anxiety attacks, memory loss, brain fog, and organ failure. After little success with conventional treatment, his research led him to consider exploring ayahuasca as an alternative. In 2013 Felix traveled to Peru to receive the medicine, and after experiencing relief from his symptoms, decided to stay on long term to learn more about traditional healing modalities. Felix has spent the last five years working closely with the medicine and the Shipibo people. For the first two years of his apprenticeship Felix worked at well-established amazonian center assisting over 1000 people in ceremonies. Felix later left to go to Pucallpa receive more in depth healing and instruction with his maestro. Through the medicine he was able to find incredible healing and relief from the pains of Lyme. Through his maestro’s lineage, he has been given full permission from his teacher to serve medicine and to provide healing diets. With the blessing of his teacher Felix holds this medicine with great love and respect, and has a deep passion for service.,
safah roberts - Founder
Safah (Soi Kete in Shipibo) brings a wide variety of skills to the team and has been dedicated to the medicine for over ten years. She resided in India for several years and acquired extensive training in yoga, breathwork and energy medicine, preferring a more introspective, somatic style of practice.
Safah has been leading yoga trainings worldwide since 2011 and has extensive experience facilitating groups through deeply personal and transformational experiences. She enjoys sharing the tools of yoga as a way to engage more fully with the ceremonial experience and post-ceremony integration.
As a certified Pranic Healer and has been cultivating methods to develop greater levels of energetic sensitivity, and teach them for over 15 years. She has experience facilitating for various medicine centers in Peru, and has acquired a strong repertoire of emotional/mental processing tools that help to bridge western pathologies and understanding with the Shipibo paradigm of healing. Honoring the Shipibo lineage, she continues to study and diet with her maestro Jorge Ochavano Vasquez (Soi) in his community of Nueva Betania.
Scott Hussa - facilitator
As an adoptee from South Korea and raised in the United States, he has been exploring his understanding of identity, family, community, and society throughout his life. Scott spent 6 months in Japan, before making his way to Seoul. What was initially going to be a one-year living abroad experience became an eleven-year exploration of his ethnic background and culture.
While in Korea he was involved in three startup businesses and spent his last five years working as an Executive Coach and Training Program Consultant. He studied Journalism and Advertising at the University of Oregon.
Scott’s innate curiosity lead him to Peru in 2014, and he quickly found himself working at a medicine center facilitating guests in retreat. Known for his compassion and presence, Scott has been working full time as a facilitator for the last several years and is currently apprenticing with his Shipibo maestro Laura Lopez.
Jorge ochavano vasquez (SOI) - onanya (traditional healer)
Jorge Ochavano Vasquez, or Soi, comes from the Shipibo community of Nueva Betania, located in the Ucayali river basin of Peru. He hails from a long family line of traditional healers, beginning his apprenticeship at 12 years of age with his grandfather. Through years of sacrifice, including a year and a half in isolation learning from and about the plants, he became an onanya, which is the Shipibo name for healer meaning “one who knows”. With well over 20 year of experience, Soi has been working with various medicine centers throughout Peru building a strong skill set to treat a wide scope of ailments common to those traveling to Peru for treatment. His passion and dedication to his path comes through in his heartfelt care for the patients he works with. He is currently in the process of opening a diet center named Mexa Nete (beautiful world in Shipibo) in his home community. Here he intends to work with the apothecary at his fingertips, providing extended care for more involved healing cases, such as asthma, epilepsy, cancer, etc.
SEAN CHIDDY - Psychotherapist and integration consultant
Sean is a Psychotherapist and Integration Consultant with extensive medicine experience. He provides remote sessions by telephone or Skype, for individuals, couples and groups. His professional background includes training as a Psychologist, in Australia, where he was registered and in good standing with the NSW Psychologists Registration Board (Now Psychology Board of Australia), from 2007; prior to relocating to the UK in 2010, where he received further training as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist at Kings College London. He is currently registered and in good standing with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP). He has also completed significant additional training and personal practice in mindfulness, healing meditation, life coaching and other approaches to healing and integration.
Ayahuasca Integration sessions are to help you bring what is arising in your life into a sense of harmony and order and to gain traction with new directions. Working with ayahuasca is a potent catalyst for change. It can bring a great sense of inspiration and new potential; but there can be periods when this is accompanied by feelings of doubt, fear, uncertainty or confusion. The transition process is not instant, and sometimes it feels like everything is falling apart even before we have a clear sense of what might replace it.
Things you used to do may not seem interesting or appropriate anymore. Your relationships may be shifting and changing. Your priorities may be changing, sometimes dramatically. It may seem like you can’t quite resolve something that has arisen or you might want to make more sense out of our new ways of being. Sometimes you might just be feeling stuck and in need of some help working through things from a professional who has an understanding of working with plant medicines.
Sean will work with you compassionately, drawing on a range of self-inquiry methods and practical strategies drawn from his professional training, experience as a psychotherapist and his personal understanding of working with plant medicines, to help you confidently process and integrate what you are facing. His goal is that you feel well supported through your integration process and emerge feeling more and more self-confident and living with increasing joy and fulfillment. For more information about Sean or to book a session please visit: www.seanchiddy.com