Our Healers

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 shamans. His entire family was very familiar with plant medicines, particularly ayahuasca …

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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 shamans. She learned the medicine work of ayahuasca from her mother, and works with her husband Teobaldo help heal people together, both within their community and in bringing the medicine abroad

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Wiler Noriega Rodrigues

Master Healer

Wiler Noriega Rodrigues, is 42 years old and originally from the Shipibo culture. He has been practicing with the medicine for the last 22 years. He started dieting mapacho (wild jungle tobacco) when he was 20 years old due to a fishing accident that took the vision from one of his eyes, and from that moment on he has dedicated his life to healing himself until he was ready to take all his knowledge to …

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Angelita Sanchez Rioz

Master Healer

Angelita Sanchez Rioz comes from a very small Shipibo community called San Francisco close to the Ucayali river, near Pucallpa. Before dedicating her life to the medicine she was an artisan who would sell her art around Peru, which she makes in her free time to reflect the essence of Shipibo culture …

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Our Advisors

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 the American Botanical Council; as Founder and Executive Director for …

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Dr. Bia Labate

Science and Culture Coordinator

Bia Labate has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of psychoactive substances, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, and religion. She is Adjunct Facultyat the East-West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco and Visiting Professor at the Center for Research and …

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Dr. Joe Tafur, MD

Medical Advisor

Joe Tafur, M.D., is a Colombian-American family physician originally from Phoenix, Arizona. After completing his family medicine training at UCLA, Dr. Tafur spent two years in academic research at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry in a lab focused on mind-body medicine. After his research fellowship, over a period of six years, he lived and worked in the Peruvian Amazon …

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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 Conferences in …

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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) with the yoga alliance and …

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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 and International Communication, Daniel founded …

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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 – and now as COO and VP of Communications for Soltara. She is passionate about using …

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Kendra Birdsall

Facilitator

As a visual artist and healer, Kendra Birdsall aims to combine her experience with spiritual ceremony, psychology, and artistic expression in elevating the self-healing intuition of others. She believes that our inner wisdom is always communicating with us and that plant medicine and meditation are tools that help us learn the language of our higher selves. Through her experience working with ayahuasca and mindfulness practices, she has felt …

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Sylvia Campbell

Facilitator

Growing up in a military family, in her mother’s native country, Italy, is what sparked Sylvia’s passion for cultures, traveling, and her ability to take calculated risk. Sylvia is first generation American. She attributes her dedication, and resilience to her parents and grandparents who migrated to the US. Sylvia’s love for the outside world didn’t end there. She developed a drive to understand her ‘inner’ world …

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John Hazim

Holistic Life Coach, Certified Yoga Instructor & Facilitator

John Hazim is a Latino American originally from Miami, Florida. His passion for health and well-being began in his early teens as he became more aware of the effects that his diet and lifestyle had on his life. The influence of his grandmother also inspired his curiosity about herbs and the way the foods we eat can influence our health. This would eventually lead him to vigorous self study and experimentation with …

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Alex Althoff

Translator, Facilitator

Alex graduated from the University of Arizona in 2009 where he was an East Asian Studies major and spent three semesters studying Mandarin in Nanjing, China. After a few years working odd jobs in the U.S., his heart called him back to Nanjing, where he taught English and Spanish at an international high school. Alex’s interest in psychedelics began in 2014 after a profound psilocybin experience prompted him to …

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