Don Choque Chinchay was born as Howard Lawler in 1947. He is a genuine maestro curandero (master teacher healer) of the classical Peruvian huachuma mesa in the most sophisticated lineage of all time, the Chavín.
His knowledge and mastery of the mesa art has been honed over four decades of practice as a shaman, healer and seer in service to holistic healing and higher consciousness..He dedicated his shamanic apprenticeship to the Peruvian mesa practice in the early 1970′s, diligently studying the esoteric and anthropological literature to engage the metaphysical principles of duality in the universal order in his constantly evolving mesa practice. He is a wholly plant-taught
practitioner in the original archaic tradition because he understood that the original knowledge of the mesa first came to human beings directly from the Source through the sacred plants themselves.Don Howard is a true caballero of the circular plaza, the original grandmother of the mesa. He has initiated many hundreds of seekers to a deeper
understanding of their spiritual destiny and human potential through his dynamic mastery of the mesa art.A man of high
integrity, genuine human warmth, humility, compassion, and strength not possessed by power, he conducts his work in deep concentration, honestly, straightforward, and without deception. He is a man of his word with a deep sense of commitment and responsibility to those who invest their trust in him. He is a rare find in this day and time, a pure and dedicated practitioner of the original Chavin Mesa style, perhaps the most profound mystical practice ever conceived by man.Don Howard’s extraordinary gift of shamanic knowledge, impeccable good intentions, positive healing energy, rich personal experience in the arts, and impressive ceremonial skill, accrued over forty years of dedication to the ancient mystical paths, guides us in our metaphysical and visionary journeys like no other.He will masterfully and unselfishly share with you the profound experiences of the Chavín Mesa as no other. For the mission of Chavín over 3,000 years ago was to heal and transform the ancient Andean world through sharing the gift of Universal Consciousness with those who sought it with sincerity and integrity. And so it continues today.Don Howard is a citizen of both Peru and the United States. He is an ideal global transcultural bridge. Fluent in Spanish and English, he is respected as a curandero and servant of the people whever he goes in Perú. He conducts monthly huachuma and ayahuasca healing retreats and pilgrimages in the Peruvian Amazon where he resides with his wife and two children. Every three months he leads mesa pilgrimages along the north coast and in the central Andes.