Anaconda Woman Maestra Amelia is 65 years old and comes from the Amazonian community of Gusta Legre de Pachitea on the Ucayali River. She began working with plant medicines as a young woman under the tutelage of her Uncle. Amelia has been through many tragedies, as there have been many deaths in her family, and much destruction and contamination of communities she has lived in. These experiences have only fortified her heart of gold, and her desire to be a conduit of healing. In the 35 years she has been working with the plants, Amelia has become an expert herbalist with an encyclopaedia-like knowledge of the medicinal properties of plants found in Shipibo territories. Amelia also served as a traditional midwife for her community for over 20 years. She brings this wisdom of birth and life and womens medicine into her work as a maestra in the ceremonies as well. She has a gentle and loving character, is full of laughter and is driven by a deep passion for her work.
In a rapidly changing and expanding modern world, it is a true blessing that women such as her still exist today. We feel very blessed and grateful to be able to do this type of work with grandmother wisdom carriers who continue to share the knowledge of Spirit and the Earths kindness with us in ceremony.