Francesco Sammarco

Francesco Sammarco studied in the early 80’s palaeethnology and archeology at the University of Lecce (Italy) as part of his BA (Hons) in ‘Classics’. He also holds a BA (Hons) in ‘Classical Archeology’, from King’s College London/University of London (U.K.), from the early 90’s, and a Masters degree (MA) in ‘Public Archeology’ from the University College London/University of London (U.K.). He has a long term professional and personal interest in the issues surrounding shamanism, archeology, ancient rock-art, traditional medicines, religious anthropology, ethnobotany, and ancient and contemporary native cultures. Hopelessly in love with the pre-Columbian cultures of the Americas, Nagualism, Taoism and ancient forms of divination, In the last decade, Francesco has met and worked with many highly respected indigenous and mestizo Peruvian shamans. Among them: Alex Stark, Don Ruperto Pena Shuña, Don Agustin Rivas, Don Julio Gerena Pinedo, Don Alberto Torres Davila, Don Leoncio Garcia Sampaya, Don Adriano Rodriguez, Don Mariano Silvano Sinuri, Don Alfredo Cairuna, Don Pedro Leon and Don Sebastian Quispe Querillo.

Francesco is the main editor of the three  icaros CDs collections that El Mundo Magico produced and published, respectively, in 2001, 2003 and in 2010.  In 1999, Francesco hypothesized the use of psycho-active substances during the celebration of the Mystery cults among the Iapygian-Messapians, the ancient indigenous people of Southern Apulia, in the sanctuary of Monte Papalucio at Oria (Brindisi, Italy). He is the founder of ”El Mundo Magico” (‘The Magical Earth’ or ‘The Magical World’, in Spanish) the idea of which stemmed out of a memorable Ayahuasca ceremony in the Peruvian Amazon, in June 2000. More than for visions, Francesco’s predilection in the use of the magical Ayahuasca brew is for divination and revelations. The medicine let us open to explore different realms of reality, way beyond our wildest dreams: the world we witness when we take Ayahuasca is one of unfathomable magic and mystery, something that can shake to the very foundations our consolidated, social-fabricated idea of reality.

Igni Posadino

Igni Posadino has a BA (Hons) in English and German Literature from the University of Sassari (Italy) and a Masters degree in ‘Linguistics’, from Reading University (U.K.). Ignazia is one of the directors of El Mundo Magico, with interest that range from literature, sacred music to art.

She is particularly keen on the the roots of Peruvian waving arts and contemporary Shipibo textiles. Waiving from the Andes to the Amazon is a way of expression in artistic terms, but not only that, for women waiving is also strictly connected to social organisation. In general it represents a form of economy for the family and the community.


Photo Credit: Francesco Sammarco


It all started with a magical thread from an ancient Peruvian textile that conducted Ignazia on the path of El Mundo Magico. The magical waiving of the luminous tread evolved in a Shipibo mapped textile and a beautiful ever unseen ancient Inca tapestries.

The Shipibo art (textiles and paintings) connection with Ayahuasca visions reinforced the concept that – like the icaros – most of the patterns of those tapestries must have been dreamt about or visualized/given during ceremonies. Ignazia was also involved in the production and art work of our icaros CDs.

David Maggs

David’s passion is to integrate his knowledge of psychotherapy and transpersonal psychology with the shamanic practice. He believes that Ayahuasca and natural plant medicine can be used successfully as a therapeutic means for emotional, physical and spiritual healing. David completed his initial shamanic apprenticeship over a period of six months when he was doing the Traditional Plant Diet under the guidance of Shipibo shamans Don Walter, Don Mariano  and Don Leoncio. He currently lives in Bournemouth with his Shipibo wife Esther Garcia Ramirez.

David comes from a longstanding and broad academic background in the Social Sciences, and has worked in the U.K. for mental health charities for ten years. In 1998 he gained his honours degree in anthropology (Goldsmith College, University of London) for which he wrote his final year dissertation on shamanism and mental illness. Following this he studied for masters degrees in Psychology, having trained at the Metanoia Institute (London) and via the British Psychological Society independent training route. David has extensive experience working as a counsellor with clients suffering from severe health mental health disorders, depression, anxiety, and drug and alcohol addiction, and has practiced in clinical settings and therapeutic communities, with both individuals and groups.