Lila Lopez Sanchez
Lila’s life has featured three of the classic plots of curanderismo: a traditional medicine family, a sudden injury or illness, and resistance to the path. All three have galvanized Lila to become a skillful and respected healer.
Lila is 43 years old. She was born in Roa Bo Ya, but grew up with her grandparents on her father’s side, also respected Onayas. At the age of 13, she was the victim of a serious dano, or damaging energetic attack, which was sent by a jealous neighbour who had wanted to buy a pot for carrying water that was being made for her and had been denied. A tree fell on her right leg and an excruciatingly painful, chronic infection set in that had her bed-ridden for over a year.
By this time, she had moved to live with and be cared for by her mother, Ynes, who started her on a dieta with an extremely powerful tree, catawa. The dieta succeeded in curing her leg, and was the gateway for her path as a curandera to open. Being the rebel that she is, Lila resisted the path on occasion, in favour of leading a ‘normal’ life, but two children later, the plants persisted in ‘calling her back’ to work with them.
Since then, she has worked with her mother and other extremely respected maestros all over Peru, and is also a specialist in warme ikaros. She works with an amazing amount of love and care, and is an absolute joy to have in ceremony.