- Iquitos, Peru
Jeannie was born in Australia and descends from both Maori and Hungarian families. She's been living in Peru since 2008 and has a strong connection to the Bora tribe who donated some of their land to her.
At the age of five I had a particular dream in which I painted whilst still dreaming. Two Lapuna trees, one old and one new settled at the side of a river bank. Houses resting upon their tops and a big octagonal house at their base. Thirty years later I realised I am at this very place and creating my dream.
I have been gifted something extremely precious in the form of native land which I am using to awaken and enrich the lives of those who would venture here. This project embodies my life’s continuing work of healing and assisting others, it is due to my actions that I’ve become the first westerner blessed with caring for tribal land. The Lapunas speak of majesty, being the grandest and most healing trees in the entire Amazon. They have a wonderful presence within our project.