TEAM

CORE TEAM

DAVINA MACKAIL

DAVINA MACKAIL

DIRECTOR

 

Q’ero lineage holder, Feng Shui master and Hay House author, Davina began her shamanic training with Alex Stark and Oscar Miro-Quesada, founder of The Heart of the Healer Foundation and the discoverer of Sipapu.

She was the first teacher of shamanism at the College of Psychic Studies in London, and is the co-founder of Ayni Foundation, where she teaches the Natural Wisdom Leaders programme. She is an IAKP-certified Master Practitioner of Kambo.

A shaman’s shaman, in many ways, Davina is a voice people turn to when the chips are down. She offers her famous Wisdom that Works shamanic consultations to thousands of clients all over the world. 

NIZAMI ELÉ

NIZAMI ELÉ

DIRECTOR

 

Nizami studied AI, psychology and philosophy at Edinburgh and Birmingham universities before working as a designer and producer for the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the V&A, Visa, Virgin, Ogilvy, Wunderman and M&C Saatchi.

An initiate of Amazonian and Andean shamanic traditions and IAKP-certified Kambo Master Practitioner, he brings a unique blend of energies to workshops and retreats all over the world.

He is the co-founder of Ayni Foundation and designer of its Wisdom of the Forest and Natural Wisdom Leaders programmes.

The natural world is the larger sacred community to which we belong. To be alienated from it is to become destitute in all that makes us human. To damage it is to diminish our own existence.

Thomas Berry

The Great Work

ADVISORS

ROBIN VAN LOON

ROBIN VAN LOON

PERMACULTURE

 

Robin is the director of Tambopata NGO Camino Verde, one of our key bioregional partners. Its reforestation center develops agroforestry systems and restoration strategies, with 25,000 trees representing some 400 species of trees planted in over 20 hectares. Camino Verde also conserves more than 250 acres of primary rainforest in Tambopatá.

A Tambopata resident for 20 years, Robin originally found Sipapu as a rainforest ceremonial site for its previous owner, Oscar Miro-Quesada. Robin is especially excited at our plans for Sipapu, and is delighted to share his vast knowledge of the ecosystem and bioregion in all things permaculture.

RACHEL ELNAUGH

RACHEL ELNAUGH

BUSINESS & COMMUNICATIONS

 

Former Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year runner-up, Rachel is a visionary business mentor renowned for her insight, foresight and generosity in sharing her vast experience and expertise.

Since starring as a ‘dragon’ on the first series of the popular TV show Dragon’s Den, she invests her time in evolving business practice to be more spiritual. Author of several books and founder of the Source.TV online publication platform, she brings a wealth of ethical and conscious business experience to the project.

FIONA RADMAN

FIONA RADMAN

BUSINESS

 

Fiona worked in the UK and Japanese textile industry as a designer, director and mentor, before focussing full-time on honing her prodigious intuitive talents. She provides invaluable support to clients all over the world, and brings deep insight and care to her role as a guardian of Sipapu.

A graduate of Ayni Foundation’s Natural Wisdom Leaders programme, she was one of the first to see the role of Sipapu in helping to transform the global consciousness.

MARTIN ARMITAGE-SMITH

MARTIN ARMITAGE-SMITH

FINANCE & GOVERNANCE

 

Martin left Cambridge University in 1986 to pursue a 25 year career in the City of London, including 13 years at Citibank.

He co-launched Motherland Entertainment in 2008, which managed African musicians including Senegalese superstar Youssou Ndour.

He is a co-founder of the Unifying Fields Foundation, which offers integral solutions for planet and climate. He holds a Masters in Psychosynthesis Coaching, and runs a private practice working with groups and individuals. His book Unsplit My Mind, due out later this year, addresses the disintegration of the western psyche and how to heal it.

Martin’s knowledge, experience and network connect Sipapu with emerging initiatives integrating spirituality, ethics, energy and business.

THEO VAN DORT

THEO VAN DORT

BUSINESS & DIGITAL

 

Theo has spent the last two years preparing the launch of Time of the Sixth Sun. It’s a movie and documentary series 11 years in the making about the awakening and transformation of global consciousness and the huge potential we have for change in the world, featuring over 85 Indigenous Elders, Wisdom Keepers, Visionaries and Thought Leaders.

Theo shares his vast experience in creative, production, sales and marketing, gathered in the television and digital industrie, with projects taking big leaps to effect positive change in our relationship with the planet.

ALISA STROBEL

ALISA STROBEL

DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS

 

Alisa studied international relations and economics at Bristol and London universities before opting to dedicate herself to international development, particularly in Africa, where she is a regular commentator on economic affairs.

A Harvard Leadership postgraduate, she brings a wealth of experience to the Sipapu project and is especially interested in the links sacred economics fosters among and between communities and the environment.

PUMA QUISPE

PUMA QUISPE

PUMA ADVENTURES

 

Puma is the eponymous director of our key Peru partner, Puma Adventures, who have orchestrated incredible experiences for worldwide visitors to Peru’s many ancient sites.

An internationally-renowned curandero and master shamanic teacher, Puma’s gift is his ability to open  hearts . Trained by his altomisayoq gGrandfather since age 6, Puma is recognized as a holder of ancient wisdom.

He is a member of the Elders Council in Chinchero, Peru as well as the co-founder of Cusi Huayna, a youth group focused on re-strengthening the community through the remembrance of traditional dance, story, and weaving.

He shares the secrets of the Andes with thousands of tourists each year, bridging between ancient and modern worlds through his speaking and teaching work for several international and indigenous councils including the World Wisdom Council.

He is a major force in strengthening the vision of global harmony and healing.

OSCAR MIRO-QUESADA

OSCAR MIRO-QUESADA

PACHAKUTI MESA

 

Oscar Miro-Quesada Solevo is a respected kamasqa curandero and altomisayoq Peruvian adept, founder of The Heart of the Healer, and Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. An internationally-acclaimed shamanic teacher and healer, earth-keeper and author, Oscar is a faculty member at The Shift Network and educational centres all over the world. He dedicates his life to indigenous wisdom traditions and the restoration of trust between humankind and the natural world.

Don Oscar blew the blessing of custodianship of Sipapu to Davina & Nizami in 2017, and we are deeply grateful for his ongoing spiritual oversight, as well as many years of shamanic ritual and celebration performed on the land.

Don Oscar’s ceremonial work and shamanic apprenticeship programs have been featured on Sounds True, CNN, Univision, A&E, Discovery Channel and The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens.

YOUR NAME HERE

YOUR NAME HERE

EXPERT

 

Sipapu is a big project. If your skills or expertise might help our mission to build a sustainable and regenerative spiritual community in the Lower Amazon, please use the form below to tell us about it. 

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FOR A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE?

MEET NEW CHALLENGES

LEARN NEW SKILLS

ADAPT AND GROW

Madre de Dios is perhaps the world's most diverse bioregion, with countless species of plants, insects, birds and animals. We're in our third year of managing 50 hectares of rainforest on the Tambopata river, where we are building a sustainable community and, one day, a Temple to Nature, celebrating all our relations, seen and unseen, on our amazing planet.

The project has been an amazing adventure, with huge learning curves, from the jungle climate and ever-changing river, to logistics, gardening, chakra (small jungle farm) management, cooking, staffing and surviving the pandemic.

 

2020 has been tough, with many plans put on hold. Nevertheless we have installed solar energy and clean water, are improving food security via banana, citrus, yucca, avocado, pumpkin and inga alley-cropping, and planting traditional Amazonian medicinal plants.

We've come a long way. There’s a long way to go. The Amazon rainforest plays a pivotal role in climate stability. It is under constant threat from deforestation due to mining and logging. It needs custodianship through active, sustainable and regenerative presence.

That’s where you come in. Living, working, exploring and just being in the rainforest is a transformative experience. It will challenge, deepen, strengthen, and soften you. You will adapt to meet its challenges, stretch yourself with new skills and relationships. You will face yourself. You will grow.

If you’re healthy, practical, resilient, happy to work alone or in a small team, and reckon a rainforest adventure might just be your ticket out of lockdown, get in touch now using the form below.

ESSENTIAL

  • Good level of health and fitness
  • Practical, adaptable, resilient
  • Can deal with tropical climate
  • Able to work alone or in small team

NICE TO HAVE

  • Basic Spanish
  • Permaculture/building/DIY skills
  • Communitarian living/working experience
  • Interest in Amazonian flora/fauna/shamanism
  • Photography/social media skills 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Full board accommodation 
  • Travel to/from site 
  • On-boarding training
  • Fun and adventure

WHAT'S NOT

  • Travel to Peru
  • Travel or health insurance
  • Alcohol

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