The shaman's role in an Ayahuasca ceremony is of the utmost importance. A shaman is someone who has been extensively trained in the traditional use of plant medicine and is considered an expert in this field. They have a deep understanding of Ayahuasca and its properties and know how to safely and effectively guide participants through the experience.
In the Peruvian Amazon, traditional shamanic training is a lifelong process that often begins in childhood. Young apprentices are selected by the shaman and are put through a rigorous training process that includes living in isolation in the jungle, going on plant diets, and learning from their mentor through apprenticeship. They spend years studying the plants and mastering the art of healing. This training includes learning to work with the plants in a medicinal way, understanding the spiritual aspects of plant medicine, and learning to communicate with the plant spirits.
Shamans in Peru are known for being experts in working with plants and using them for healing purposes. During their training, they learn to identify, harvest, and prepare a variety of plant medicines to treat various physical and mental illnesses. They also learn the traditional uses of each plant, as well as their interactions with other plants and substances.
Shamans work with the plants in a medicinal way, using them to address specific health issues and to promote overall well-being. They are also trained to work with the spiritual aspects of plant medicine, which involves working with the plant spirits or “plant teachers” to help facilitate healing and provide guidance. Through their training, shamans learn to communicate with these spirits, often through the use of icaros, traditional shamanic songs that are sang to call upon the plant spirits. These songs are believed to be taught to the shaman by the plant spirits themselves and are used to help the participants connect with the spirit of Ayahuasca. The Icaros are also used to help guide participants through their experience, provide protection, and facilitate healing.
During the ceremony, the shaman is responsible for creating a safe and sacred space for the participants. They set the intention for the ceremony, help the participants with their Ayahuasca preparation
process. The shaman will also lead the ceremony, and guide the participants through the experience.
After the ceremony, the shaman will often offer counseling and support to the participants as they integrate their experience. The shaman will also work with participants to develop a plan for their ongoing healing and personal growth.