About The Teacher

Born in the city of Tarapoto, Perú. He started his path and his vocation as a healer 22 years ago. He’s been studying about the teacher plants with Amazonian masters of Shipibo, Cocama, Asháninca as well as Quechua Mestizo ethnics. His family has worked with the knowledge of the Amazonian medicines and through his travels he has en-richened and developed his own form of work based on the traditional rituals. Maestro Chakaruna uses the Andean flute called “quena”, the panflute (zamponia) made of feathers of the condor, the Andean guitar “charango”, the guitar and drums to accompany his healing work.

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  • Christina Christiansen   May 09, 2020

      Experience of a lifetime

    I worked with this healing centre for over a year and a half. Coming from a place of severe trauma in my childhood, this Maestro and the plants helped me to break through the heaviest moments and open my heart more than I ever thought could be possible. It was a divine circumstance that led me to Peru and into the jungle retreat of Katari. I remember the first time I sat in a ceremony at Katari, I recieved the most powerful messages from Maestro Chakaruna and Ayahuasca, forever changed, still 5 years later I use my mantras daily to maintain my inner fire. I am waiting (with patience and excitement) for the day that I will be able to get back to this magical land and healing space. His icaros still play in my head (and in my car), I am honoured to share with others his talent and often send the people that find their way to me seeking assistance over to him and his expert guidance. I highly recommend Katari and Maestro Chakaruna to you if you are having troubles with past trauma or repressed emotions.

  • Tida   November 03, 2018

      Humble & Loving Spirit

    It's been a true honour and pleasure to have maestro introduce me to plant medicine. He has a deep understanding of working with the medicine and is able to share his mindset with the knowledge and traditions of the Quechuan people. He is a magnificent guide and is able to help me during my process of self healing. You instantly feel safe and comfortable in his presence and are able to talk about everything. Apart from being a beautiful human, he is a great musician and singer, you will never forget his Power Icaros, which is highly appreciated during ceremonies. An unforgettable experience working with Maestro Chakaruna. My love and gratitude to you brother, Many blessings to you and Katari Center.

  • Steffi   September 11, 2018

      Infinite gratitude and love

    Infinite gratitude and love for Herbert and his Family for welcoming me to Katari with open arms! This has been the most valuable and sacred experience of my life. Completing my Dieta was not easy, but with the help from the Sacred Plants, the Spirits, PachaMama, the Family and of coarse Herbert, my Master Plant Dieta rewarded me with clarity, peace, love and Healing beyond my years. Herbert is a gifted healer who has the innate ability to speak and connect to the spirits of nature, helping you to feel, see and understand the duality between the physical and spiritual realms and how they co-exist. Shaminism helps to connect you back into your body, into your soul, and most importantly helps you to feel yourself internally and work in your body. Working with the plants and spirits, you can heal and cure the body of dis-ease, trauma, fears, pain and pretty much anything that is not serving your highest good. A plant may not talk, but there is a spirit in it called ‘consciousness’ that sees everything, which is the soul of the planet, it’s essence which makes it alive. Working with the plant medicine allows you to connect to universal intelligence and consciousness present in all beings, including the plant and animal kingdom —in Mother Nature. Thank you Katari for changing my life.

  • Dejan Tomka   June 20, 2018

      Master musician, mind tehnician and the spirit of jungle knowledge

    Maestro Chakaruna is a energetic, positive man and optimistic man! He is the driving force behind amazing ceremonies with processes developing as spiritual fireworks, but with complete sense of deep security, safety and purpose for everyone involved. The music he creates on ceremonies is deep, powerful, transformational. Many world class musicians often participate in his ceremonies all around the world, and they join the creative process with their instruments and voices - and this is a experience to behold. Every time I have participated in one of Chakarunas ceremonies, it was intense, deep and transformational experience, deeply woven in my soul and mind.

  • Acacia Jade   June 20, 2018

      More than I ever imagined!

    My first time with plant medicine was at katari. The maestro was respectful and guided me into the medicine then allowed me to be in my process and prior to completion of the ceremony he brought me back to alignment. This man changed my life forever and I have stepped into my power as a woman. I have received so many gifts... Thank you Katari and Chakaruna!!!!!


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