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.
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.
Born in Quillabamba in the mountains, Vito has lived in the Tambopata area since 1990. He has managed projects for some legendary shamans and healers, including the late Maestro Panduro, the Association of Curanderos and Don Oscar Miro-Quesada.
His guardianship of Sipapu stretches back more than 20 years, and he now manages a small team of gardeners and custodians. His innumerable practical skills and knowledge of river and forest are indispensable assets to the project.
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.
ROBIN VAN LOON
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.
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 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.
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
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 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 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 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.
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