Tag Archive: Vegetalismo

Ayahuasca Visions

Pablo Amaringo is a  Peruvian painter inspired by sentient spirits of master plants.

Encantu Rumi Painting by Pablo Amaringo


July 25th – August 5th 2009

A Visionary Art workshop and Ayahuasca Retreat in the Amazon Rainforest

Pablo Amaringo is one of the world’s great visionary artists. He is renowned for his highly complex, colourful and intricate paintings inspired by his visions from when he was an Ayahuasca shaman. He trained as a curandero or healer in the Amazon, healing himself and others from the age of ten, but gave this up in 1977 to become a full-time painter and art teacher at the Usko-Ayar School of Amazonian Art which he founded. His book, Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman, co-authored with Luis Eduardo Luna, brought his work and the rich mythology of the Amazon to a wide public in the West.


Vegetalismo is an indigenous shamanic practice that uses master plant medicine from the Peruvian Amazon; Vegetalismo and the accompanying sacred ceremony has been used by Amazonian shamans for thousands of years.

Espiritu de AnacondaIt’s used for a wide range of problems; from depression and advanced-stage cancer to spiritual crisis. A treatment plan combining the use of medicinal plants and sometimes ayahuasca, plus a strict diet restriction is put in place. Vegetalismo offers a unique opportunity of focusing the treatment with a holistic approach to the problem and treating the disease from its SOURCE rather than its symptoms.

The ceremony usually takes place over 5 hours after sunset in a maloka (sacred room) and includes chanting, singing, drumming, sage smudging, and the ceremonial use of tobacco.

During the ceremony, the shaman sings icaros or medicine songs. Each icaro is used to contact a different spirit, for use in healing. In addition, the shaman employs multiple healing practices (i.e. Reiki) to help assist with a participant’s healing.