Our Healers

Silvia Marin Garcia

Master Healer

Silvia Marin Garcia has been working with plant medicine for over 25 years, since she was 14 yrs old. She was born in Nueva Avaipa, 8 hours from Pucallpa along the Ucayali river. From a young age, Silvia was guided by her mother and grandparents to understand the plants. As she learned more about their medicinal properties, and the Shipibo artistic traditions, Silvia quickly understood …

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Soi (A smooth luminous light) Ochavano Lopez

Master Healer

Born and raised in the community of Betania, Maestro Soi was born into a family of Maestros. This intimate connection between the plants and his family lineage, gifted him his unique name that’s taken from the feminine aspect of the sacred Tree, Noya Rao. ’Soi’ refers to the soft luminous light – an accurate description of Soi’s energetic essence. 39 yrs old, Maestro Soi’s healing path began …

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Marina Sinti Reategui

Master Healer

Marina Sinti Reategui was born in the Yarinacocha district of Pucallpa, in the Ucayali region of the Peruvian Amazon jungle. She is the daughter of Elias Sinti Magin Doña Exilda Reategui, and her grandmother and mother were both excellent healers. She learned the medicine work of ayahuasca from her mother, and works with her husband Teobaldo help heal people …

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Teobaldo Ochavano Lopez

Master Healer

Teobaldo Ochavano Lopez was born in the Ronuya district of Iparía, in the Ucayali region of the Peruvian Amazon jungle. His father, Teobaldo Ochavano Mahua Doña Luisa Lopez Maynas, was the first bilingual teacher and shaman in his community, and his mother used plant medicines to cure and heal. All of his grandparents, on both sides, were also healers. His entire family …

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Olga Urquia Rengifo

Master Healer

Maestra Olga Urquia Rengifo comes from Roaboya, a small native community outside of Pucallpa, Peru. She has a natural gift for this work, having been immersed in the world of plant medicine since she was a young child.
Olga’s Shipibo name is “Bawan Same.” In her native language, “bawan” is the name of a brightly colored parrot that is known to have the characteristics of intelligence and kindness …

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Americo Lopez Sanchez

Master Healer

Américo Lopez Sanchez is from a town called Roaboya near Pucallpa, Peru. He also goes by the name Pekon Nima, which in Shipibo means “the many colors of nature.”  Américo is one of the healers that has chosen to share his medicine and love here at Soltara.  The story goes that Américo’s mother gave birth to him under a Shihuahuaco tree near a rubber plantation where …

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Our Advisors

Dr. Gabor Maté, M.D.

Advisor

Gabor Maté (pronounced GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly …

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Dr. Dennis McKenna, PhD

Advisor: Eco-Initiatives, Permaculture and Mission

Dennis McKenna is an American ethnopharmacologist, research pharmacognosist, lecturer and author. He is a founding board member and the director of ethnopharmacology at the Heffter Research Institute, a non-profit organization concerned with the investigation of the potential therapeutic uses of psychedelic medicines. Dennis also serves on the Advisory Board of …

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Dr. Bia Labate, PhD

Science and Culture Coordinator

Dr. Beatriz Caiuby Labate (Bia Labate) is a queer Brazilian anthropologist who immigrated to the U.S. in 2017. She has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of plant medicines, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, and religion. She is Executive Director of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines (http://chacruna.net), an organization that …

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Dr. Clancy Cavnar, PsyD

Integration Support

I am Dr. Clancy Cavnar, a psychologist who has been drinking ayahuasca for 21 years in the Santo Daime tradition, as well as having experienced Shipibo and Shuar traditions and neoshamanic ceremonies. I have presented at Psychedelic Science conferences in workshops and lectures and presented at other conferences, including both of the World Ayahuasca …

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Dr. Sharon Rafferty, PhD

Integration Support

Dr. Rafferty is a clinical psychologist licensed in the states of California and New York, with private practices in San Francisco and Oakland, CA and video conferencing capacity for clients in both states. Dr. Rafferty graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology in 2002 and holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Dr. Rafferty is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) …

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Our Staff

Daniel Cleland

Founding Partner | Chairman | CEO

Daniel Cleland is an international entrepreneur, traveller, and author of the book, Pulse of the Jungle: Ayahuasca, Adventures and Social Enterprise in the Amazon. Originating in Walkerton, Ontario, he has spent over a decade globe-trotting and hosting group tours all over Latin America and in the deepest parts of the Amazon to work with traditional indigenous medicine practices. After completing his Master’s of Intercultural …

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Melissa Stangl

Founding Partner | Chief Operating Officer | VP of Communications

After taking a leap of faith in September 2015 to step out of Corporate America and into the Amazon jungle, Melissa has since used her background in engineering, science, and management to help advance the plant medicine and psychedelic movements – first by helping run Pulse Tours as Operations Manager, and then as Director of Business Development …

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Scott Hussa

Director of Retreats | Lead Facilitator

Adopted by an incredibly loving and supportive family at the age of three, Scott’s personal journey of self-discovery truly began in 2014 when he made his way down to the Peruvian Amazon jungle for his first Ayahuasca (Uni in Shipibo) workshop. What was intended to be a month-long deep immersion program transformed into a radical and fundamental shift in …

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Jaymie Braun

Director of Operations

It was 2012 when Jaymie first decided to spend three months living in one of the world’s famed Blue Zones, the Nicoya peninsula of Costa Rica. She came to the land of “Puravida” after leaving a much loved, 10 year career in fashion, marketing and events. She traveled south seeking three things, clean air, clean food and clean water. These same elements continue to be a …

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Todd Micheal Roberts

Facilitator

Todd was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest of Canada.  He is a multi disciplinary visual artist and outdoor athlete. His first contact with plant medicines began in 1994 and in early 2004 he attended his first Shipibo ayahuasca ceremony. In the following month he then attended his first …

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Jocelyn Gonzalez

Facilitator | Translator

Jocelyn started on a healing path when she found herself looking for deeper understanding, lost in the high stress competitive landscape of her former life.

Having a long history working with plant medicine, it was ayahuasca that reconnected her true purpose. She found her calling and dedicated her life …

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Sean Chiddy

Psychotherapist | Integration Support

Sean Chiddy is a psychotherapist providing integration support to guests in preparation for their retreats and when they return home. He has also facilitated retreats at Soltara and specialises in combining applied mindful and other psychological approaches to help people confidently navigate the medicine space and get the most from their experiences …

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Jesse Radford

Chef | Graphic Designer

Jesse grew up in the small town community of Walkerton, Ontario only two doors down from Dan.  Attending the same elementary school together and eventually the same college in London, Ontario where he obtained his degree as a Graphic Designer in 2003.  Without even realizing it, his culinary career began at a very young age in his Grandfather’s kitchen …

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