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Ayahuasca is something you may have only heard about through documentaries or in passing conversation and perhaps see it as psychedelic hippy mumbo jumbo. Indeed, some of you may have never heard of Ayahuasca at all. In this fascinating feature we talk to international shamanic healer, Don Roberto, about the psychoactive plant based brew that is used around the world to heal people’s deep rooted problems such as trauma, mental health issues and addiction.

I caught up with Don Roberto during his visit to the area to learn more about Ayahuasca and the healing ceremonies he hosts. I wanted to know more about this psychedelic concoction that has been used as a healing tool by South American tribes for thousands of years. I am very familiar with the chemical form (DMT) that takes you on a short ‘journey’ into different realms, a powerful spiritual experience that brings about profound visions and a higher state of consciousness, but I was eager to learn more about the wonders of Ayahuasca….

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LVL: So tell us a bit about yourself….

DON ROBERTO: My name is Don Roberto. I’m British but with Mediterranean and Oriental roots, which has given me a natural ability to move between cultures, between worlds, something which has proven a real boon. I am a shamanic facilitator and healer, which means I work with traditional shamanic ways of knowing and healing to help people restore their sense of wholeness and connection to spirit.

A shaman is someone who is able to voluntarily shift their consciousness and move between different modes of perception and realities to find lost or secret information, in order to bring a client’s consciousness and spirit back into its original and fundamental alignment. I primarily work with plants in order to shift vibrational realities and to facilitate healing. I work with an Amazonian plant called Ayahuasca and I facilitate healing workshops all over the world.

For more information about Ayahuasca healing contact Don Roberto at

LVL: For those who don’t know, what is Ayahuasca?

DON ROBERTO: Ayahuasca for those who don’t know is a combination of two plants cooked together which in effect becomes a medicine for the spirit. Western medicine has tools for mending the body or the mind, but since it does not recognise the human spirit as a reality, it has no tools for healing the spirit. For traditional indigenous cultures, however, spirit is very much a real thing, which can get injured or damaged through life and its experiences, and which often needs healing.

This is why people seek out Ayahuasca healing: because they feel the deepest wounds, the wounds of the soul which need to be addressed, and there is nothing out there that can address or remedy this as directly and elegantly as this spirit medicine.

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LVL: How did you begin getting involved in Ayahuasca?

DON ROBERTO: I never intended to be what they call an Ayahuesquero, a practitioner, but the path called me and after my first encounter with this plant, and the mind-blowing encounter with the intelligence it contains that went far beyond anything I had encountered, I realised I had to follow this path.

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LVL: Tell us about your time spent in the Amazon. How did you become a shaman?

DON ROBERTO: I never set out to become a shaman: it’s a path that unfolded as I followed it. I simply continued my explorations and as I did so, people asked me to look after them while they experienced it, and the more I did that and recognised the profound and sacred nature of this work, the more I realised I had to go to the source of all of this: the Amazon, and learn from the tradition itself, to really have a strong foundation and truly have a deep relation with the plant and its healing tradition.

I’ve been going to the Amazon for over ten years now, deepening my relationship with not just Ayahuasca but also other jungle plants as well as European ones like Oak. Each time I go I also expand my healing skill set and am able to facilitate with ever more understanding and expertise.

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LVL: What’s the difference between Ayahuasca and DMT?

DON ROBERTO: Some people note the active ingredient in Ayahuasca is DMT so why not take that instead? The truth is that yes, you will be propelled into higher dimensional realities, but it’s very random: there is no guarantee that it is actually healing or useful: there is no intelligence which knows you and guides you. Also people tend to gravitate towards DMT because they want the experience, the high of breaking through to another level, so the intention isn’t that of healing, it is more in line with a drug experience.

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LVL: Do you see Ayahuasca as a drug or a plant medicine?

DON ROBERTO: Ayahuasca is most definitely a sacred medicine not a drug taken for profane reasons. Those who wish to experience a good time – a high – will rapidly realise that it is not recreational, that you will be called to account for your shadow, your personal delusions, your wounds and how you have trespassed against others. It is a journey into your soul, and often not an easy one.

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LVL: What makes Ayahuasca different from other ‘drugs’?

DON ROBERTO: So when one enters the world of plant spirit medicine it is not for escapist purposes, nor for pleasure: it is to heal, to release illusion, to become engaged, to find purpose, to learn from our planetary elders. It has its moments of transcendence, but a joy ride it isn’t. It demands courage, it demands commitment. It demands searing honesty. The plant spirit will know you and see through you.

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LVL: What happens during ceremonies?

DON ROBERTO: We are each of us unique beings, with our personal histories, wounds, lessons and missions to follow, Consequently Ayahuasca ceremonies are different for each person: some may need to release and cleanse, some may receive visions, teachings, downloads, energy upgrades, some may travel to different dimensions, and some may be reformatted on a deep level while they sleep like a baby.

So not only is ceremony different for each person, it is different each time, with some ceremonies being quiet and internal and some being more dynamic. My role is to create sacred space, a container for the profound healing and energies and to guide participants through the journey. Ceremonies are a rare and unique space in our culture where we can come together as temporary community and bear witness to our own and each other’s deepest healing.

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LVL: What are the benefits of taking Ayahuasca?

DON ROBERTO: I’m a practical person and I wouldn’t follow a path based on wishful thinking. I am constantly encouraged to continue with this healing work because I see the results in people. What does this look like? Well, quite simply people start living a life of choice, no longer held hostage by the past, free to create a life where they can manifest their highest potential on a daily basis.

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LVL: What advice would you give to anyone interested in trying this sacred plant medicine?

DON ROBERTO: There are many paths to personal growth and this is but one of them. But if you are interested in a path that can save you years of searching and which does yield results, and you also have the courage to dive into yourself and be open to the unknown, then this might be something you could bear in mind when thinking about stepping into your power and manifesting your true destiny. If you have an open mind, a courageous heart and are medically suitable to experience this, you may contact me at for more information.

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