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joyously announce hosting during Mango Season

A Timeless 10 days / 9 nights

Rainforest Plant Medicine
Council Gathering

“Nature as Teacher, Indigenous Wisdom &
Rainforest Conservation Strategies”

at GUARIA de OSA – “Orchid of the Osa”

Rainforest Ocean Wilderness Discovery Centre and Ethnobotanical Gardens

where the Rainforest kisses the Ocean


APRIL 30 – MAY 9, 2007

Celebrating Mother’s Day,
Mayday, and the full moon

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  • We recognize Mother's Day does not fall on the same date of the year for every country around the world largely because of traditions and culture.
  • All activities are optional.
  • Thank you for networking this event to interested people.

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Join us on an unforgettable adventure of self-discovery, wellness and exploration of rainforest plant medicine traditions with time-honored maestros from the Ecuadorian Amazon, an intrepid Ethnobotanist, together with a Ceremonial Master Counselor, an Iyengar and Movement Yoga Teacher alongside mindful/considerate participants — gathering in the heart of the Osa Peninsula also known as “The Little Amazon by the Ocean” endorsed by National Geographic as “the most biological intense place on Earth!”

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  • To experientially learn from ancient rainforest plant medicine traditions stemming from the time-tested, traditional healing and well-ness practices of Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon.
  • To welcome an alchemic transformation, healing, and re-integration of body, mind, heart and spirit.
  • To receive insight and guidance from these ancient and profound worldviews and thus strengthen one’s essence and improve one’s health.
  • To enjoy and be nurtured by the pristine Pacific Ocean and mighty rainforest ecosystems on the Osa Peninsula and her natural wonders.
  • To support the Biodiversity of Rainforest Conservation efforts because proceeds from your tuition, in part, is channeled to Guaria de Osa’s non-profit Grupo Osanimi’s Cultural Heritage Revalidation and Rainforest Conservation Project in the Ecuadorian Amazon. For more information please go to our web site – - click on Grupo Osanimi Council for Cultural and Biological Diversity where volunteers and donations are needed.

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Themes to Explore

  • Experience the prehistoric origins of Plant Medicine Traditions from the Ecuadorian Amazon as taught and lived by the Secoya elders.
  • Welcome the past, present and future importance of Indigenous Plant Medicines and its healers and gardeners.
  • Appreciate the connection and relationship of plant medicines with the ancient traditions of Tao.
  • Connect the magnitude of these two Indigenous Spiritual Sciences and aspects that nourish renewal and wellness in our personal life, our community life, and the life of our environment, locally and globally.

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Teachers and
Ceremonial Masters

Agustin “Tin Tin” Piaguaje is about seventy years young, a traditional Secoya healer and ceremonial master from the Secoya Community of San Pablo on the Aguarico River in the Ecuadorian Amazon. don Agustin will facilitate deep healing transformation giving participants a first hand opportunity to meet a true deep-forest healer and cultural master. His songs, guiding your meditations, are profoundly and uniquely cherished.

Delfin Payaguaje is a Secoya grandfather and a traditional elder, the son of Fernando Payaguaje, one of the greatest spiritual masters the Secoya People have ever known. don Delfin’s quiet nature and poised grace bring multiple blessings. It is an honor for us that he has accepted our invitation to join in the 2007 council gatherings. This will be the first time don Delfin will travel outside his mother country. At Guaria, he will join us on our forest walks with his eyes that see the visible and the invisible. Don Delfin will also share his experiences of life in the Amazon Forest.

Alfredo Payaguaje dedicates his life to the cultural rescue of his peoples’ ancestral traditions studying the plant lore and mythologies with his elders. The grandson of the most outstanding Secoya plant master, Fernando Payaguaje, the son of don Delfin Payaguaje, Alfredo, a young grandfather, is a Secoya Ethnobotanist, who wrote the first story of don Fernando. He is a long-time friend of ethnobotanist, Jonathon Miller-Weisberger, who in 1998 prepared Alfredo with ethnobotanical field skills. Alfredo will share insights into the Secoya cosmology and be the translator for the Secoya elders at Guaria de Osa.

"My vision awoke when I began to notice that the youth of my community no longer had the interest to learn about the uses of our medicinal plants. Since nobody else was, I began to study with the elders and I found what I was learning to be very interesting. By learning about the deepest knowledge of my elders and the reality of what Nature offers us, I realized the need that we have to keep our relationship with the medicinal plants. Then the inspiration arose within me to make a garden of all of the various useful plants, not just the ones we have in cultivation but also the important forest medicines, to bring these to light and to share the importance of knowing and loving them and of their benefit to humanity.

My vision and purpose for this work is to serve my community, to transmit the wisdom and teachings to the children and students who today are naive about the importance of our true relationship with Nature. What I wish to create is a center for the rehabilitation of our vanishing traditional wisdom so that we can revalidate our relationship with Nature and the Plants which help us learn these truths."

— Alfredo Payaguaje, Secoya ethnobotanist and
author of El Bebedor de Yajé / The Yajé Drinker

Leonell Mendoza is an Ecuadorian from the coastal province of Manabi and father of three. He faithfully sustains the spiritual science of the Secoya, learning with the elders, and has achieved several levels of graduation from more than 5 years of diligent self-discipline and selfless service. Leonell’s dedication to healing is based on a call to social responsibility and service. His ‘day job’ is driving folks home from the market place in his pick up truck. Leonell’s experiences as a traditional healer and ceremonial master are remarkable and his songs are pure and strong.

Victorio Villareal Villareal “Cascarilla” another grandfather – is Guaria de Osa’s non-resident staff. He is a Costa Rican native, a classic and timeless elder from the Osa Peninsula. A Herbologist and Natural Healer, don Victorio explains the complex inter-relationships of species. He comes to Guaria to lead shorter nature walks; identify the local medicinal and useful plants; helps you identify the birds and spot well-camouflaged creatures; and he shares his insightful knowledge of medicinal plants and pre-Columbian archeology. don Victorio's other gifts, talents, and passions include plant healing, story-telling of the region, predicting the weather, and serenading Latin American guitar music of yester-yore. He brings Guaria to life with his all-star marimba band and will challenge you to an unforgettable game of dominoes!

Linda Hjortshoj has been teaching Yoga and movement work for 30 years. After studying Iyengar Yoga for a decade, she began a journey of discovery into intrinsic movement with Emily Conrad. She has most recently worked with Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten and their Inner Body Yoga. She also has experience with Alexander Technique and Ayurveda. Linda has been profoundly affected by her work with the resonance of sound, breath, and movement and the way that it connects us with the natural world. The body as the subconscious mind fascinates her since opening in the body can allow opening in the psyche. She has learned from her practise of Continuum Movement that it is possible to create a “fluid system that does not hold onto disease, trauma, or fixed ideas.” Linda is a mother and grandmother living with her husband on a very rural tree farm in New York State, and, with her husband Howard, they founded North Coast Yoga in upstate New York. Her life in the country has been her best teacher and the source of her spiritual development. Linda has led groups to Guaria de Osa for two years.

Armand Huet de Grenier is from Canada’s east coast Province of Nova Scotia,
where he lives and shares a vision called NOVA QUEST with his partner, Susan Morrison, a homeopathic consultant. He is an experienced Ceremonial Master, Counselor and Teacher and he too is a grandfather. His deep insight and prudent/practical wisdom gained through tireless years of dedication to service, wellness, and ceremonial drumming gives him a unique perspective into the deep pathways of life. Armand studied with Michael and Sandra Harner (Core Shamanism) and began what has become a 26-year immersion and daily practice of the shamanic path of spirit. He has traced his shamanic/healing roots to his ancestors of some 15,000 years ago from the Dordogne region of France: he is of the cave painters' lineage! Armand has been called the grandfather of contemporary shamanism in the Maritime Provinces and he is a student of the Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche in the Shambhala-Buddhist tradition of the Warriors of Enlightened Society. In 1993, Armand, Dahlia and Jonathon met and shared Jaguar Spirit blessing and connection while in Palenque, Mexico at a Botanical Preservation Corps Gathering. Translating his profound life experiences, received in meditation and ceremony, into ordinary life, we welcome “tio Armand”’s much-appreciated presence at the Council Gatherings, where he will be available individually and in group to assist in the intentional preparation and reflections on the teachings of the plant and animal guides: “Our stories are the humble expressions of Spirit Medicine!”

Jonathon Miller-Weisberger (aka Sparrow), Ethnobotanist and student of Traditional Chinese and Indigenous Medicine, a Naturalist, and Rainforest guide, has more than 10 years of ground level experience in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Jonathon is the founder and steward of Guaria de Osa Rainforest Ocean Discovery Centre and the director of the Council for Cultural and Biological Diversity. His friendship and work relationship with the Secoyas date back to 1994. Born in Berkeley, raised in Ecuador with his sister, Jonathon has over 18 years of Rainforest Conservation advocacy beginning from his early years at Humboldt State University. Although he has written and submitted articles in Spanish and English and keeps volumes of excellent journals, Jonathon has been too engaged to write a book – yet. More at:

“Over the years, I have been working on what I call The New Ethnobotany, an emerging discipline that seeks to enact new methods of cultural transmission to revive, validate, and strengthen the vast plant lore among and within Indigenous and rural peoples’ communities. I believe that the preservation and attentive transmission of Indigenous plant knowledge both among forest communities and the world at large are crucial links in ongoing forest protection. Ultimately millions of hectares of priceless tropical Rainforest lie in the hands of Indigenous peoples’ communities undergoing rapid changes and cultural dissolution, and the fate of these forest lies directly in the ability of Indigenous People(s) to continue renewing their relationship and sustainable approach to living in the forest. Consequently much work is necessary among these communities to, at the very least, strengthen traditional plant knowledge. The problems of deforestation are tremendously complex, yet, that shouldn’t stop people from finding practical solutions to this global concern. We are seeking to discover effective techniques and strategies towards these ends.”

Dahlia Kresch Miller (aka Esther Miller) was born and raised in Panama by Polish-Jewish immigrants and has spent most of her life in Latin America. Dahlia lived in Ecuador from 1968 – 1985 where she raised two graceful children: her daughter Ladna - who is an ecologist/biologist, coordinator of Grupo Osanimi’s Rainforest Conservation
and Cultural Heritage Projects in Ecuador, a photographer and an avid practitioner of Capoeira; and her son, Jonathon, who is an ethnobotanist, founder and steward of Guaria de Osa and the director of Grupo Osanimi/The Osa Foundation, and an avid practitioner of Chinese Medicine and its philosophy and Martial Arts. While raising her family in Ecuador, Dahlia taught high school in Quito; and in her home, she gave piano lessons (she went to Juilliard Conservatory of Music in New York), and held vegetarian cooking classes (an original concept in those days in Ecuador). In 1974, with Gilad Zamir from Israel, she co-founded “Hojas de Hierba” a cultural centre named after Walt Whitman’s masterwork, Leaves of Grass, programming live cultural and educational activities like Ecuador had not seen before alongside a restaurant that served the first vegetarian dishes in Ecuador together with other 'firsts' in this beloved country of hers. In 1994 she received her Masters Degree in the Interdisciplinary Studies of Consciousness at John F. Kennedy University in California. Dahlia has been Sentient Experientials’ Liaison for Ecuador since 1994 and Guaria de Osa’s Liaison since 2001 – and continues to be the fulfilled mother of Ladna and Jonathon! During these early years and growth of Guaria de Osa, her Ph.D. degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the California Institute of Integral Studies – with a focus on Living Systems Theory and the Gaia Hypothesis – continues to be a work-in-progress. The well being of the Rainforest and her culture(s) is where Dahlia turns her personal, professional, and passionate attention.

To get to Guaria de Osa effortlessly -
please contact Dahlia to register for this shape-shifting event!
Tel. (510) 235 – 4313 in California

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A ‘typical’ day during a Council

6-7:30 AM: Sunrise meditation and Dao-In Yoga – an ancient energy conducting exercise from the traditions of Tao where we also practice breath work techniques to strengthen one’s health and well being.

  • Presentations and dialogues with themes to explore throughout the week:
  • The traditional context of Plant Medicine Traditions in the Amazon; Indigenous World View, Cosmology and Mythology; comparative study of Amazonian and Taoist spiritual views; and how these traditions translate into a modern context as lessons from Nature.
  • Interwoven throughout the schedule are several Rainforest walks to experience the highlights of the Osa Peninsula – the pristine, ancient and towering gallery rainforest, beach and ocean ecosystems – the wondrous and awe-inspiring world of biological diversity!
  • Several Renewal Methods of fasting, cleansing, and purifying with medicinal rainforest plants time-tested by the Secoya Culture, for example:
    • Plant baths for aura cleansing
    • Purging with medicinal rainforest plants at 3 am to balance the body’s pH crucial to any healing or detoxification program and for preventing disease. Most people in today's modern society are acidic because of diet, sedentary lifestyle (or in some cases, over-exercising), stress, pollution, and the accumulation of chemical and heavy metal toxins. When the acid and alkaline properties are of equal strength, we say the pH is balanced. Purging (vomiting) with medicinal plants with the heavenly stars looking at us – is a very good thing to do!
  • Three traditional healing ceremonies for spiritual and physical self-integration, renewal and wellness facilitated by traditional masters who come from a direct lineage going back generations within the Secoya Community of the Ecuadorian Amazon – while being marinate’ by their heavenly shamanic chants.
  • On exhibit and for sale will be Pablo Amaringo’s visionary paintings.
  • Click on Pablo Amaringo Gallery at
  • Listen to rare recordings of shamanic healing chants from the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon.
  • Enjoy live traditional marimba music by Guaria de Osa’s staff.

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Getting to Guaria de Osa

We make the following round-trip reservations
to get you to Guaria de Osa effortlessly!

  1. Costa Rican domestic round-trip flight; $192 round-trip:
       San Jose / Osa Peninsula
  2. Taxi transfers in San Jose: Juan Santamaria International & Tobias Bolaños Domestic Airport – to & from hotel, if applicable; our taxi staff can also serve you if you want to visit prime areas in San Jose (about $20/run)
  3. Hotel in San Jose: cozy and affordable
  4. Osa Peninsula Transfers by land and water to Guaria de Osa (two boat and one microbus transfers included in tuition; please pay the 4th taxi transfer at the river town of Sierpe - about $20 to Palmar Sur airport.)

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Tuition: $1900/participant
Space available: 22 participants
$1000 pre-payment will reserve your space.
Balance is due by or before March 15.

Payment can be made:
with personal check, cashiers’ check;
money order; American Express Travelers’ check

Note: For extra nights, before and/or after a Council Gathering,
cost is $100/day/person for lodging and meals
plus extra Osa Peninsula transfers - $35 one way.

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To Reserve Your Space

  • Please send your deposit or full tuition accompanied with
    To Reserve Dates
    Travel Document located on our website:
    • click on Fees & Reservations
    • to the right of the sunset photo are 3 travel documents at Travel Documents to Mail

About International Flight Reservations

  • We suggest participants arrive one day before the date of your chosen Council Gathering.
  • On the first day of your Council Gathering, everyone will fly from San Jose on the domestic flight to the Osa Peninsula en route to Guaria de Osa.
  • Costa Rican domestic reservation will be pre-paid directly to Nature Air.
  • For anyone who needs to leave Costa Rica on the last day of the Council of your choice
    your morning transfer from the Osa Peninsula arrives into San Jose at 11 am.
  • Thus, it is very important to book your departure international flight back to your home country anytime after 2 pm.
  • If you have to stay overnight in San Jose, we will reserve a nice cozy and affordable hotel for you.

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Tuition Includes

  • While soaring to new levels of mindfulness and consciousness … shape shifting facilitated with Rainforest Plant Medicines in the company of 8 multi-cultural facilitators together with the flora and fauna nestling Guaria de Osa
  • 10 days/9 nights lodging
  • On non-fasting days: Three scrumptious, home made meals with vegetarian options
  • Osa Peninsula Transfers: from local airstrip to Guaria de Osa; total 2 boat transfers and one taxi transfer; please pay taxi driver directly for the 4th transfer from the river town of Sierpe to Palmar Sur airport
  • Three guided journeys into towering gallery rainforest:
    • Paradise beach and rainforest waterfall walk to Rio Claro
    • Hiking St. Joseph’s Ridge Trail
    • A hike bordering Corcovado National Park
  • Ethnobotanical Plant and Talk Walk through Guaria de Osa’s Gardens
  • Dialogues on ethnobotany, wisdom transmission, Indigenous world-view, cosmology and mythology
  • Renewal Cleansings: Two 3 am mornings of purging to cleanse the body
  • Renewal Ceremonies: Three days of fasting to prepare for evening’s ceremony
  • Please note: One-on-one healing, however, is not included; cost is $75/session (and a long session it is!)
  • Yoga Classes and 15 yoga mats
  • 20% donation to The Osa Foundation’s Rainforest Conservation Projects. To learn more about our rainforest conservation efforts, please go to and our Rainforest Conservation page at
  • Filtered water in the dining room and kitchen; for all other uses at Guaria, there is spring water that gushes pure water – naturally filtered straight from the rocks
  • Solar system lighting
  • Clean linens and towels
  • Costa Rican Tourist Tax on lodging

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Tuition Does Not Include

  • All San Jose expenses: hotel, taxi transfer, meals, including airport exit tax;
    as of 2006, airport exit tax cost $26/person (including children);
    you pay this when you depart Santa Maria International at the airport's tax counter.
  • Costa Rican domestic air flight $192 round trip
  • Gratuity: Guaria de Osa is ready to lend a hand 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week, 12 months/year with quality attention. In gratuity for service rendered, we propose $10/day/person to present to Guaria's administrator who will, in turn, distribute to staff both "on stage" and those "behind the curtain."
  • One on One Healing: $100/session
  • Laundry service - available at:
    • 25 cents/small piece (example: underwear)
    • 50 cents/big items (examples: pants, shorts, t-shirts, beach towels)
  • Special dietary requests - other than vegetarian: $70/week/person
  • Surfboards and boogie boards rental: $15/day
  • Use of internet
  • At Guaria, we accept: Costa Rican Colones, US Dollars, American Expresss Travelers Checks or PayPal with a major credit card.
  • Past guests expressed it was handy to bring extra money - anywhere from $200 to $500 - to cover additional experiences and adventures to supplement activities readily on hand at Guaria de Osa.
  • Please refer to our Price List at
  • What Guaria de Osa can offer is listed at the links below:

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Reflective Golden Lines

“With these few words, I wish to infinitely thank Jonathon for the great assistance that he gives the Secoya People.”
ANGEL CELESTINO PIAGUAJE, Secoya educator and author

“Grupo Osanimi is important work, needs to be supported and is making a real difference.”
TERENCE McKENNA, ethnobotanist and author

“Jonathon Sparrow Miller-Weisberger and his colleagues are doing important work for the preservation of tropical ecosystems, and the indigenous gnosis of the forest inhabitants. They are literally rediscovering the "roots" of humanity's million-year old symbiosis with the plant kindom. Their work is ethical, motivated, and deserves support. In this era of shrinking ecosystems, disappearing species, and cultural dissolution the work of Jonathon and his organization is of incalculable value for every species, and for all species who share this fragile planet.”
DENNIS McKENNA, ethnopharmacologist and author

“The Rainforest Conservation work of Jonathon Sparrow and his Indigenous colleagues
ranks among the most respectful, creative and promising ventures underway on behalf of Earth and ancient Earth ways. This is truly Deep Ecology in action - a privilege to behold.”
JOANNA MACY, Buddhist scholar and Living Systems educator,
author, and, with John Seed, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess, co-founded THE COUNCIL of ALL BEINGS (CAB) - a training in movements for peace, justice and ecology

“Group Osanimi is doing courageous and innovative work. By seeking out ways to assist cultural transmission while organizing to protect Ecuador's forests, they are working to preserve ancient botanical wisdom, not on some dusty bookshelf, but in the hearts of indigenous youths and in the forest itself. This is a bold and crucial step in these times.”
ROBERT HASS, poet, United States Poet Laureate, 1996-1997

“Jonathon's collaboration as an ethnobotanist fulfills important contributions in collecting medicinal plants and fruit seeds of the area and contributing to the National Herbarium of Ecuador from areas not visited, such as Napo-Galeras, slopes of Cerro de La Plata Mountain Range, and the Headwaters of the Shiripuno River. His seriousness, delivery, and professional talent are a valuable assistance in complementing our objectives.”
DAVID NEILL, Curator of the Museo de Cienca Nacionales Herbarium, Ecuador

“Jonathon Sparrow and the rainforest workers in Ecuador are doing invaluable work. Not only with the Huaorani Indians but with many tribal groups. These young people are conscientiously recording botanical medicinals and new species of rainforest plants and bringing hope to Indigenous People. We all have pride in their efforts and support them in their endeavors.”
BILL MOLLISON, originator of Permaculture, author, biologist, farmer, teacher and Australia’s Man of the Year

“Well Jonathon Sparrow, you’ve done yourself proud – big dreams require big beautiful places to happen. See you next time.” SCOTT PITTMAN, Permaculture Institute, New Mexico

"Jonathon is an ambassador of Gaian consciousness. He is one of the jewels of the planet." MICHAEL COTTINGHAM, Ethnobotanist, co-founder of The Herbal Medicine Program at The New Mexico College of Natural Healing

“Well Jonathon Sparrow, you’ve done yourself proud – big dreams require big beautiful places to happen. See you next time.” SCOTT PITTMAN, Permaculture Institute, New Mexico

“Guaria de Osa is where the Spirit of the Rainforest is alive and well…where the vibration of healing and awakening gets into your dreams and makes you feel like anything is possible on this Earth. As if that were not enough Jonathon Miller-Weisberger - a ‘young Schultes’ - is a master with the plants and they speak to him. He helps you listen to their myriad voices, each a wise voice singing a different part in Nature’s chorus. Come to this place and you will be forever changed.” BILL PFEIFFER, Sacred Earth Network

“don Victorio embodies the spirit of the rainforest and the culture of the Osa Peninsula.
Sharing his intimate knowledge of the medicinal qualities of local plants and trees enhanced the special nature of Guaria.”
KAREN TABERSKI, Marine Biologist

“Linda Hjortshoj’s class is the only Yoga class I have ever wanted to go back to.” ED VERMUE, University Librarian

“Working with Linda is the only way I have found to relieve the pain of my scoliosis. The combination of breath, sound, and body awareness makes it different than any other work I have done. Even my orthopedist was impressed!” ADDIE CASTALDO, retired Office Manager

“Their approach to Yoga is so very practical. They have helped me take my Yoga off the mat and put it into my daily life in a way that's nearly eliminated the aches and pains I had thought were just part of being a physical, active person.” FLIP PURVIS, Contractor

“Linda's classes can involve some serious work and she tends to stress fundamentals, but makes them interesting. Leaving the classroom, I find myself feeling greatly improved physically and in my outlook.” ANN HALLINAN, Gardener

“Dahlia Miller brings her gaia/kali spirit to the Council Gathering while invoking the balancing presence of the Great (Feminine) Mystery.”
ARMAND HUET de GRENIER, Spiritual Ceremonial Counselor and Teacher

“As a medical doctor, I have worked with Armand DeGrenier for over twenty-five years.
He has helped clients that I have referred to him with a variety of personal, relational, and spiritual challenges. The shamanic and psychotherapeutic tools he works can inspire deep transformative change in anyone willing to explore the landscape of their inner world. Armand also is very experienced and skillful in guiding ritual and group process, providing a safe and supportive atmosphere for participants to share and connect with each other.”

“Armand is a shaman's shaman. Armand animates everything he touches; explores all that he encounters; learns from all his relations; he is always in motion. He has shared his early encounter with Michael Harner and introduced core shamanism and other spiritual work to Nova Scotia. In this respect he is the ‘father’ of contemporary shamanic practice in Nova Scotia. The students of his first drumming circles are working across Atlantic Canada making their contributions. Armand works tirelessly offering his remarkable individual healing work, drumming circles and ceremonies to all who ask. If you have not been in a circle led by Armand then find one... he is creative, energetic and compelling. Armand's spirits dance in his eyes, flow like a river in his being and entice you to open to the wonders of the sacred. He is teacher, healer, visionary, warrior... a shaman extraordinary!” A. MARGUERITE CASSIN, PhD, professor and shamanic student

“Armand lives a path of openness and surrender. I have danced in the sacred with Armand for almost 2 decades and am witness to his years of committed teaching, dedication and humility. Armand is a man of integrity, a gracious and compassionate “Grandfather”. He honors the way of heart. He inspires by example. He holds the vision of wellness for many. Armand stands beside me. I trust him with my Soul. I am blessed to have him in my life.” C. J. SILVER, Affiliate of the EarthSea Shamanic EcoVillage and co-creator of the EarthSea Society, NS

“Armand DeGrenier’s work as a counselor/shamanic practitioner and group facilitator merits my highest heart-felt support. I have worked with him personally and have referred friends and clients to him. He is compassionate, skilled, creative, focused and competent in assisting those who ask to deep psychological and spiritual healing. His own willingness to “walk his talk” provides an authentic and loving guide for all who open to his facilitation. Armand has a unique ability to provide a safe environment for deep work with a loving sense of honesty peppered with humor to assist transformative experiences. He is expertly skilled in gently eliciting and inclusively facilitating multi-tradition and spirit inspired contemporary shamanic ceremony: for birthing, funeral send off, namings, weddings, separations, health trance-forms, heart healing, soul retrieving, conflict resolution, living, work space and geographical spirit cleansings and for various life transitional honourings and planetary health attendings. It has been an honor to work with Armand both as a friend and as a mentor.” JEAN FOREST, RN, MA

“My journey with Gaia centered consciousness has been greatly enhanced by my participation in shamanic groups, ceremonies, and one-on-one sessions facilitated by Armand DeGrenier. My work with him continues to be deeply healing and transformative. It moves me forward by leaps and bounds on my journey to assist others in becoming stewards of the Earth. In gratitude” GAIAMORE (inspired creator of the EarthDeck and Nature Divination Photography)

“Many thanks for sharing the beauty and wisdom, shining the deep listening and the natural healing vibrations. What an inspiring and uplifting, magical and amazing meeting place. And the sounds … the music …” NERUPA HOFFMAN-PAISS, Yoga teacher, mother, and wife; and AMIR PAISS, Musician, father and husband

Love, Love, Potency. Fabulous eco journey in the jewel of Central America.” GANGA WHITE, founder of White Lotus Foundation, Santa Barbara, California and author of Yoga Beyond Belief

“For Jonathon! Thanks for your work in the world! With best wishes.”
JEREMY NARBY, author of The Cosmic Serpent, DNA, and The Origins of Knowledge

“Jonathon! What good magic here at Guaria de Osa! Presided over by a most benevolent array of plant energies and animal intelligences, leafing and leaping spirits, laughing under a gazillion gleaming stars, accompanied by the steady drumbeat, like a dark heart of the wave on the sloping strand in wilderness and wonder.” DAVID ABRAM, author of The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World

I felt as if I were on my own private South Pacific Island! Everyone is so kind, knowledgeable and helpful! Food is amazing! The orthopedic mattresses were well worth all the trouble it must have caused to get them here. Thank you for helping to make me conscious of my impulses and the power of my intuition. You are a treasure that I will always keep in my heart.” BOBBY SAGER, Sager Family Foundation, Boston, Massachusetts

“Sacred Love.” STING, England

“I came here as one and left as another. Thank you.”

“My trip to Guaria de Osa was a psychospiritual journey that opened up possibilities in my personal and professional life that I had only dreamed of before. And it was exotically beautiful, rejuvenating and fun!” RACHEL HARRIS, Ph.D., psychologist & author

“Beautiful spot, great gardens, fantastic buildings, wonderful forest, very rich people. Thanks for the help, hospitality, generosity, honest, and all around good vibe. And the presence of the plants is palpable.” LINCOLN STOLLER, physicist

don Victorio Villareal Villareal is a wise, warm, and sensitive elder filled with knowledge of the plants, nature, the history and customs of the Osa Peninsula and humor which he readily shares. He cast a spell in the evening as he shared his heart through his singing and guitar playing. It was hard to say goodbye.” PATRICIA HARTIGAN BLOOM, Reg. Nurse/Attorney at Law, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Vibrational Healer, Founder of A Healing Alternative, Mill Valley, California

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Just Some of our Favorite Interdisciplinary Readings

Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman,
by Pablo Amaringo and Eduardo Luna. To order: North Atlantic Books, Berkeley -

Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon’s Sacred Vine, edited by Luis Eduardo Luna and Steven F. White; (read A Huaorani Myth of the First Miiyabu, by Jonathon S. Miller-Weisberger)

Book of Changes and the Unchanging Truth, attaining Unlimited Life, by Hua-Ching Ni

Breaking Open The Head, by Daniel Pinchbeck
(read Ch. 22 on Sentient Experientials in the Ecuadorian Amazon)

Coming Back To Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World,
by Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown; foreword by Matthew Fox

HerbalGram: The Journal of the American Botanical Council

If You Love This Planet: A Plan to Heal the Earth,
by Helen Caldicott, M.D.

In the Rainforest: Report from a Strange, Beautiful, Imperiled World,
by Catherine Caulfield

One River, Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon Rain Forest,
by Wade Davis

Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent,
by Eduardo Galeano

Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual
by Bill Mollison

Riding the Horse Backwards,
by Arnold and Amy Mindell

Seven Life Lessons of Chaos: Timeless Wisdom from the Science of Change,
by John John and F. David Peat

Shaman’s Drum Journal, A Journal of Experiential Shamanism and Spiritual Healing

Shamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man: A Study in Terror and Healing,
by Michael Taussig

Taoist Inner View of the Universe and the Immortal Realms,
by Hua-Ching Ni

The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge,
by Jeremy Narby

The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth, by Steven Harrod Buhner (Please read Ch. 11 Living Biognosis – the work of Sparrow, pgs. 249 – 268 and other writers.)

The Nature of Shamanism: Substance and Function of a Religious Metaphor,
by Michael Ripinsky-Naxon

The Reenchantment of Art, by Suzi Gablik

The Reenchantment of the World, by Morris Berman

The Shaman’s Body, by Arnold Mindell

The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World, by David Abram

The Tao of Physics, by Fritjof Capra

The Three Halves of Ino Moxo: Teachings of the Wizard of the Upper Amazon, by Cesar Calvo and Kenneth Symington

The Way of the Shaman, by Michael Harner

The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems,
by Fritjof Capra

Thinking Like a Mountain: Toward a Council of All Beings,
by Joanna Macy, John Seed, Pat Fleming, Arne Naess

Thought As A System, by David Bohm

Vine of the Soul, Where the Gods Reign, by Richard Evans Schultes

Workbook for Spiritual Development of All People, by Hua-Ching Ni

World as Lover, World as Self, by Joanna Macy; foreword by Thich Nhat Hanh

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