About The Teacher

My name is Dean. My spiritual path began in 2002 when I was 16 through Buddhism, meditation and consciousness exploration and expansion. In 2004 I went to Peru and drank the Medicine for the first time. The blessings and wisdom bestowed upon me were deep enough that, from that moment, I wanted to return to study the healing science that she is at the centre of. 

    In 2011 I moved to Peru and have been studying Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine with a Shipibo family full time since. I have done extensive plant Dietas (the principle training practice within the tradition), facilitated in over 500 ceremonies and assisted over 400 people though intensive plant medicine retreats. The plants are an inextricable part of my life and my work with people. They come through in many different ways depending on the circumstance. I also have extensive experience and training in various meditation methods, both still and dynamic and embodied movement practices.

    It is my observation that deep and lasting change comes from accessing the subconscious mind. This is where the root of trauma lives. One of the reasons the medicine is so effective is that it penetrates into this deeper layer of (Body/)Mind where it does its healing work. Ones conscious mind expands into the subconscious where unique healing opportunities can occur, all guided by the vast intelligence of the medicine. I use other tools in conjunction with the medicine, that also reach this subconscious layer, which greatly enhance the ceremonial experience and solidify the transformations that can occur. They can also provide deep healing in and of themselves. The tools I use mainly are Meditation, Transformational Breathwork and Psych-K. 

    I view healing as a progressive process of recognizing ourselves as source; recognizing and  seeing through all the obscurations that cover this essential truth. The most conceivable quality that source has and emits is love. So immersing ones self in source is immersing one self in love. The plants I work with are deeply seated in this understanding. They, like all plants, live on light. Some even produce their own light. Light is the manifestation of the universes love for itself, hence it creates, in co-operation with the receptive Earth body, all life on this planet.  Thus they help us to align with this.

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