Meet Christian, Chakra Alegría de Amor, Rainforest Healing Center’s Resident Shaman!
We are very honored to introduce our resident shaman, Christian Llerena, a Peruvian native hailing from the small village of San Gerardo in the remote Upper Amazon Basin. He is the grandson of the legendary shaman Don Julio Llerena Pinedo who was the teacher and mentor of several very well known shamans in this area. Don Julio was one of the last of the old lineage that carried many thousands of years of plant knowledge and wisdom to this day. Christian’s uncle Julio Llerena is also a curandero who is actively working to this day. Christian has picked up the reins and is driving the family legacy with passion and desire to serve the world with the healing power and knowledge of the sacred Plants.
Christian spent his early childhood years following his grandfather and uncle in the jungle absorbing the ancient knowledge of the plants and trees. He has shown a strong desire to follow in the family tradition since he was young. Don Julio told his grandson that he would need many Master Plant diets in order to fully follow the footsteps of his elders and take upon the profound responsibility of being a shaman.
At the young age of 13, Christian expressed an innate desire to participate in Ayahuasca ceremonies and Master plant diets. He was met with opposition from his grandfather, uncle and other family members because of his age. Upset that they would not give him permission to participate, he took matters into his own hands and ventured off on a 2-day canoe trip deep into the jungle on his own. There, he started his first Master Plant diet all by himself after carefully watching his grandfather and uncle and gathering the knowledge needed to do so.
Joining Christian on a walk in the jungle, watching him identify each plant, its purpose and administration shows us his unique knowledge of the Amazonian rainforest and its vast repository of healing medicines. Mother Ayahuasca and the Teacher Plants have clearly chosen him to be a medium, guide, plant language interpreter and facilitator in this powerful planetary healing modality.
Christian aka “Winnie the Pooh” (because of his sweet, soft nature, beaming smile and unconditional love, yet possessing the power and strength of a bear) has a very special relationship with the Medicine, enabling him to hold powerful and sacred space during the ceremonies. His ancient icaros fill the maloca with powerful Plant Spirits, enabling him to bring the healing to a profound traditional level. At times the maloca will be rocked by his booming thunderous songs bringing upon deep purges, yet at other times he will comfort the circle with sweet lilting songs. He is a master at reading indivdual energies and the circle as a whole, and will sing and guide us with grace, strength, love, integrity and support.
He is here to empower us to realign ourselves with our Higher Selves and Purpose with an abundance of love from his bottomless shining Heart, to bring upon a deep healing on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. We are truly blessed to have Christian guide us through the intense yet healing work that is called Ayahuasca Medicina.