Otilia Pasmiño

Otilia was born in 1959 in Pucallpa and she has mestizo origins. She moved to Iquitos in the 80’s, during the worst period of the Sendero Luminoso terrorism.

She had a lifelong interest in Ayahuasca use and spirituality, and in Iquitos she could deepen the work with Ayahuasca starting a collaboration with the Sachamama center, managed by the curandero and artist Francisco Montes Shuma, cousin of the visionary painter Pablo Amaringo.

The collaboration with Don Francisco has lasted several years and during this period Otilia got a lot of experience and some interesting meetings. Just to name one, that’s where he met the anthropologist Graham Hancock, author, among others, of the book “Shaman” and cited Otilia among the thanks of his book. While she was working with Don Francisco she also met people who helped her in the purchasing her land, allowing her to start her curandera activities in total autonomy.

Otilia can be defined a curandera ayahuasquera vegetalista. This indicates that she has an extensive knowledge of the world of healing plants, which offers to patients according to the needs she detects into them, and only for the period that the process of the cure needs.

Otilia, as a “curandera mestiza”, has no specific tribal identity. This helps a lot in the understanding of Western thinking style.

His songs – that are called, in ayahuascuero jargon, icaros – are very melodic and narrative, without those repetitive components and those recognizable vibration typical of the Peruvian jungle.

In her ceremonies Otilia permits and encourages participants, in specific moments of the ceremony, to sing some of their own songs, to play instruments and provide a musical contribution to the ceremony that she consider a real celebration of joy.

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  • Brian Page   May 20, 2017

      True Curandera with Premier Healing Camp

    Jungle retreats function as a spiritual hospital. Doña Otilia says that “in the cities everyone is healthy, but in the jungle they are all sick.” Most people have no idea how horribly unclean the inside of their body is. The jungle exposes how you are interacting on every level of life, and it is the principle purpose of Ayahuasca to show you this, to show you Nature’s perspective of “you”. The shaman functions as an intermediary. They facilitate this profound understanding of what is occurring in your body, mind, and spirit – the holistic knowing or “sight”, which is the hallmark of Ayahuasca. Together with your intentions, it can show you any dimension of your self that you need or wish to see. This is a sacred process of coming to know your true spiritual nature and must be honored. Do not approach the Visionary plant teachers unless you truly desire to make a change in your life. Everything within you that is not of nature’s way will be brought up´, showing you the problem, purging it, and leaving you with a clean slated nervous system, highly sensitive and capable of forming new patterns, but you must then do the work to ingrain positive habits. Otilia’s entire being is devoted to helping people make these needed changes at the root level – the physical body, which is the foundation for all dimensions of our experience. Beyond just a shaman, she is a curandera, a healer, who works with all the plant medicines that grow about and around her beautiful camp. Each ceremony she will lovingly show you what is going on in your body and how this relates with your “ceremony experience”, which is like a microcosm of your life on the spiritual plane. She then does healing work to “ground” the ceremony into the healing process, which she also facilitates as per your prescribed diet, other medicines, and general life protocol. This is a very precise science and is critical to adhere to it strictly when working with plant medicines. This is the foundational work to reintegrate your body-mind and spirit into the more wholesome state that the Vision of the ceremony opens up. Otilia gives you all the tools to transform your life into a clear, wholesome human being, and from this clarity, the vision of your heart’s purpose arises naturally. It is a beautiful process. Otilia feels great satisfaction seeing people come into themselves in this way, for this is the true purpose of the work in the jungle. Not every shaman is equal. Care must be given before deciding to work with one. Your spirit and neurological wiring are literally in their hands. If they are at all dirty, so will you be. I give my upmost recommendations to all for Doña Otilia, because she is renowned as being a pure extension of Nature – the very embodiment of grandmother Ayahuasca herself. Much of her work in Iquitos has been to heal those who have been victim of other “shamans’” foul play in the ever rampant abuse of the plant out of greed to capitalize on the foreign interest. In Otilias camp, you will only find the spacious openness of love and the ideal conditions to heal and align with your prayer. Her icaros weave into your very soul uplifting melodies and vibrations of peace and harmony, which some may find a refreshing contrast to the mostly male shamans’ sound. Blessings to all doing this sacred work, proceed with faith that your spirit in infinite, capable of healing ANY and ALL ills, and that you are in good hands.


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