Jessica Bertram/Isá Samë
- Manu, Peru
Jessica Bertram/Isá Samë has been living in the Peruvian Southeastern Andes and Amazon for 22 years, doing traditional plant diets and working with Ayahuasca in the Shipibo tradition for 16 years. She is certified as a "médico tradicional" or Onanya by the "Escuela Superior de Medicina Tradicional Shipibo" (School for Traditional Shipibo Medicine) in Pucallpa and is an active member on the School´s advisory board. As a former Manu National Park naturalist rainforest guide, she has been doing ongoing ceremonial work with the Harakmbut and other indigenous people of the region.
For the last 8 years, her focus has been on providing ethnopsychological assistance to increase people´s self-esteem and revitalize cultural identity both inside and outside ceremonial contexts. As a co-founder, she does not only lead Ayahuasca ceremonies at Parign Hak and facilitates a culturally adapted healing and cleansing process in Ayahuasca´s natural home, but she also provides in-depth knowledge of the cultural and natural environment in which this work takes place, as part of the attempt to foster mutual cross-cultural understanding.