Manai comes from a family of healers as both his grandfather and father were ayahuasqueros. He was born and raised in Requena, a small town about 12 hours away from Iquitos by river. Manain began learning from his father when he was 16 years old, and spent the next 15 years working at his side in his healing practice. When his father died Manain moved to the small community of San Herardo, about 6 hours deeper in the jungle, and spent the next 20 years there as a popular and well respected healer.
Manain is a very generous and caring man devoted to healing. He regularly does extra healing work on clients outside of ceremony staying very involved in their progress.