Ritual of spiritual purification
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Amazon Plant Spirit Medicine, Ayahuasca Experience, Shamanic Apprenticeship, San Pedro and Jungle Adventures…

Fruzsina Hara, BELGIUM

I am deeply impressed by this place and very, very grateful for the ‘magic’ that happened to me – my life has changed within just a week. Thank you very, very much Don Heberto, Mother Ayahuasca and all the great Palos Maestros! Looking forward to coming back and working/healing/learning again.

With all my love.


A. Vetstein, RUSSIA

It has been a great experience with a shaman that is real and knowledgeable. Heberto did excellent work to heal me from some black magic that I have had inside me. I really feel liberated from the bad and negative [energy].

I would like to thank all of the people involved in my stay at Ashi Meraya.

Kind Regards

Alexander Vetstein, Moscow, RUSSIA

Susan Brown, USA

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

I have been here for 3 months and it has been the most amazing experience.

Heberto is a excellent shaman and teacher. I have had the best time in my life. Heberto is a teacher that just keeps on teaching. I have learned a lot for just 3 months. If you are looking for a authentic shaman you are in the right place. One who works from his heart and never gives up to help his client. I have seen amazing healings here with so many people.

Besides learning shamanic healing I have seen how great Ayahuasca is. It is a powerful medicine. One thing I will do is go back to the U.S. and pass along information on Mother Aya. It is not for visions, she is for healing. In the 3 months I have seen people come in one way and leave a happier, clearer, more open person. Mother Aya has opened so many people’s heart and minds & soul. Just seeing people leaving feeling fantastic has been one of the best parts of my experiences here.   The people who work here are caring and wonderful people. They really care about you. I thank Charlie for feeding me every day and helping with so many things.

Here you never feel alone. There is always somebody to help you. Everybody is helpful and very friendly. I felt very safe here since the first day I arrived.  For what Heberto taught me would have taken years in any other place, or may be I probably would not have learnt anything. I will be back.

Thank you from my heart. I will never forget you.

Susan Brown, USA

Maha, USA

I have spent 2 weeks here, and I’m glad I came!

Heberto and Ercilia are wonderful loving sincere shamans, who have poured their heart into healing me.

I feel it already, I will always remember them, and be grateful to them.

Thank you Heberto, Thank you Ercilia.


Maha, USA

Noga Meir, PERU

I first want to thank you Heberto for most amazing two months of amazing shamanic training, total care and giving your 1,000,000 percent of your heart, your knowledge and your time to let me become who I am now.

I also want to thank Ercilia for her beautiful baths, healing and ceremonies and her beautiful heart and devotion.

My two months shamanic training and dieta were most fruitful. All plants selected for the diet were selected together with Heberto – but at all times were my own choice.
I dieted first on the Níwe Ráo - the “Wind tree” – which helped me to dream, came in my ceremonies in my visions and gave me messages. During the two months stay I also made my own baths with that tree sometimes accompanied by other plants.
Later in the first month I dieted on Tobacco [Nicotiana tabacum] and stones. The Tobacco was a very powerful experience as I have never smoked, but always had deep respect for that medicine.
Drinking the essence of the Tobacco three times made me very strong on all levels – also opened my vision and helped me to connect with all the different plants and trees. I finally felt I was united with the Spirit of the Tobacco. During my stay at Ashi Meraya I also learnt how to use the Tobacco for ceremonies, for cleansing and purification, and it became an integral part of my days in the jungle.
On the second month I dieted on the Toé [Brugmansia suaveolens]. I drank the Toé, dreamt and have had many experiences with it. I also smoked the Toé cigarette, every second night which brought so many dreams to my consciousness, it also brought a lot of cleansing from the unconscious mind.
I was very blessed to see how the Toé healed two people who shared the same problems – in the jungle language is called brujeria – in the Western World – probably very traumatic experiences, at least for one of those two which has affected all their lives. After the Toé they were released and a total transformation was taking place which I witnessed with awe.
I was in awe to see that Heberto, my shaman and mentor, prepared so many different healing programmes for each of the participants and made sure that when their time was over, they were healed.
Heberto taught me and another dietera, Susan, how to make remedies, how to prepare flower baths, perform our spiritual purification ceremonies and other ceremonies and how to lead an Ayahuasca ceremony. All was done with a lot of dedication and very very methodically.
I also wish to say that all the stuff at Ashi Meraya – the boys – Isaac and Alex, who take care of our casitas [bungalows] and of the water, the kitchen people, Lucy, Anna and Nympha were always so loving and caring for all our needs – always with a smile and good heart.
If anybody is interested in a comprehensive diet experience, if their hearts and mind and soul are open, then Ashi Meraya is the place to do it. I have dieted in the last three years in other centres in the Amazon but never had such a comprehensive diet and an excellent shaman like Heberto.
I thank you Francesco also for coordinating everything.

With love and gratitude

Noga Meir (Nogita), PERU

Tom Jones, FRANCE

I just spent 3 weeks at Ashi Meraya, and it’s been an incredible journey, from beginning to end. I received more that I could ever hope for. Ashi Meraya is a healing and shamanic teaching centre. As a patient of the center, I received Ayahuasca but also many other plants that were necessary for my treatment. There were also spiritual healing ceremonies and many baths, and the diet of course. This was my first time in South America, let alone in Peru, and it has been a blessing to come to such a strong and healing community at Ashi Meraya. The shamans Heberto and Ercilia give 110% to their patients. The shamanic students are also actively involved in assisting the shamans, and this creates a haven of knowledge and information. I am also eternally grateful to [the interpreters] Clever and Alfredo for helping me communicate my feelings to the shamans when I needed to. I am now a new person, and I plan on coming back soon with my sister. Ashi Meraya is an exceptional place.


Tom Jones, FRANCE

Olof Andersson, SWEDEN

My stay here has been very interesting and for anyone who is interested in experiencing an Ayahuasca treatment I recommend a stay. I had a limited knowledge in the in the work of shamans and their respect for the spiritual world prior to my coming here which, to say the least, has changed.

Olof Andersson, SWEDEN

Susan Brown, USA


I have been here for a 1 month now and I am enjoying my dieta. In regards to drinking tobacco before I came here, I didn’t smoke cigarettes. Mapacho was foreign to me.
In this month I did the tobacco diet for 3 days. Given a small amount for those 3 days. By the third day it was an eye opening experience. The first one since I came here. I am very happy with the information I received. Heberto gave us other options but I chose the tobacco and stone ‘dieta’. because I wish to to learn how to read smoke and the get the energy from the stones.

Everybody here at the centre is very kind, sweet and caring. If you need something they are there to help you.

Clever [Hoyos] is my interpreter. He does an amazing job from explaining in detail about the plants and the medicine. He also is concerned how are you doing. He is an asset to this center. He makes you feel comfortable and safe.

Heberto teaches from the heart. All his learnings he is willing to share. He teaches so you can learn what you are doing and doesn’t hold back. He also asks many times how everything is going and if we have any questions.

When you come to a center open minded you get so much more. Even if you are not if you let them help you then you can proceed on your dieta or treatment, knowing that the Shaman knows better than you do. They are all here to help you on your treatment or on your dieta.

Being open and honest you can learn a lot. I believe in being honest and open minded and open hearted.
I also feel that if you are on a treatment plan or a dieta, if you don’t follow the plan, or break your dieta a couple of times, or are not following the suggestion made for you, there is no way this center can help you.
I believe I am getting what I need when I get it.
With regard to the tobacco diet I would probably do it again given the chance but there are so many other wonderful things to do and learn [from].

Thank you.

Susan Brown, USA

Jeremy Martin, USA

I want to thank you for helping me get to Ashi Meraya. I have just finished my 4 week retreat/pre-diet there and I feel wonderful. My experience has been amazing and I feel much better then I could have believed possible.

I went to Ashi Meraya with very little knowledge of what to expect. I had read a little about Ayahuasca and shamanism but had no real clear ideas of what would occur during my experience. The website El Mundo Magico is very informative, but I have learned early in life that what you read about something, and the expectations you build from that reading, is never what you experience. Don Heberto and Doña Ercilia are amazing healers.

Heberto really works with you to help heal you from whatever ails you. He develops and executes a very serious plan to help you make the most progress possible while you are at the center. During ceremony he works non-stop for hours trying to assist you in your journey with the Mother and sometimes, upon seeing him the next day, you could tell how much energy he used to help you, his non-stop singing and sacred gestures and rituals are truly powerful. Ercilia works very hard during ceremony as well and spends everyday attending to you in baths, rituals, and by just sharing her kind sweet energy.  The true healing work has to be done by the individual though, something Heberto is very explicit in sharing with his patients. The shaman is the guide and the plant is the medicine, but the true healing work is done in the mind, and that is the responsibility of the patient.

All the workers at the center were extraordinarily helpful and caring the entire time I was there. All of the staff were a joy to meet and engage with and share this experience with over the last month. Everything was great for me and I wouldn’t change a thing.

I just wanted to thank you again for your help, I also heard that you got the place started, so thanks for that too.

I am going to recommend it to a great many of my friends, some for healing retreats and others, those who are interested, for longer shamanic learning.

Thanks again.

Jeremy Martin, USA

John Stockberger, USA

Ashi Meraya is a unique place for healing and learning. My diets and treatment have been truly transformational. I can’t begin to express my gratitude and love for all the amazing characters that inhabit this magical place. Ercilia and Heberto are the real deal. Clever is irreplaceable and an amazing resource. Alfredo is endlessly entertaining and extremely knowledgeable about the plants and animals. Three and half months was simply not long enough and I will return again for a longer stay.


John Stockberger, California, USA

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