About Blue Morpho
The History and Evolution of Blue Morpho
Established in March of 2002, Blue Morpho represents the realization of the dream of its founder, Hamilton Souther, to open a center for shamanism deep in the Peruvian Amazon rain forest. He wanted this center to be a place where traditional shamanic methods and studies could be offered in the environment in which these techniques were developed thousands of years ago.
Blue Morpho offers guests the opportunity to experience the realities of the mystical world while being surrounded by untamed wilderness in a safe, well-organized, and structured environment. Having already welcomed over 1,000 satisfied guests to the camp, the staff at Blue Morpho is excited about the future and about sharing their love and knowledge of the area.
The history of Blue Morpho began in Iquitos, where Hamilton had traveled to continue his search for a Peruvian shaman and a prophesized shamanic apprenticeship in the Amazon. An experienced jungle guide led Hamilton and two other travelers to what would one day become the first Blue Morpho camp locale: a remote spot along the Aucayacu River. This area of the jungle, steeped in traditional belief systems, was home to various shamans actively practicing their shamanic healing practices. After a week of ceremonies, Hamilton and a local shaman agreed to continue the apprenticeship. Thereafter, construction began on a camp in which Hamilton would live during his studies in this isolated place. As construction and Hamilton’s learning continued, it became clear that many people would benefit from similar spiritual work. Hamilton began to receive guests at the camp, and greater infrastructure was added to accommodate their needs.
In 2005 Blue Morpho acquired a 180 acre parcel of forest on Km 53 of the Iquitos Nauta road, and began construction of its second lodge and shamanism center. The new center was designed to provide a permanent home for Blue Morpho and to exemplify its dedication to Amazonian shamanism.
Blue Morpho has blended traditional shamanism, shamanic workshops, and Universal Spirituality into a tour that offers a truly unique and life-altering experience in the heart of the Amazon. Blue Morpho’s mission is to provide a safe, supportive space where individuals can experience personal growth, energetic evolution, and healing through traditional Amazonian shamanism. This mission has been, and always be, Blue Morpho’s goal; it’s what drives us forward today.
Hamilton Souther: Shamanic Guide and Founder of Blue Morpho. Hamilton focuses his work on Universal Spiritual Philosophy. He is bilingual in English and Spanish, has a Bachelors degree in Anthropology, and has studied shamanism in California, Cusco, and the Amazon. Hamilton was given the title of Master Shaman by Alberto Torres Davila and Julio Llerena Pinedo after completing an apprenticeship under Alberto and Julio. He guides ceremonies and leads shamanic workshops, in which he shares Universal Spiritual Philosophy.
Don Alberto Torres Davila
(Master Shaman, Vegetalista, Ayahuasquero)
Alberto Torres Davila: Master Shaman and medicinal plant expert. Alberto leads ayahuasca ceremonies, and shamanic healing. He has over 40 years as a spiritual healer and over 4,000 Ayahuasca ceremonies in his collective experience. He began his healing path at the age of 8 under the constant guidance of his grandfather, who was also a Master Shaman. After his grandfather passed away, Alberto was taken under the wing of Don Julio Llerena Pinedo, and the two entered into lifetime pact of shamanic medicine. When not working with Blue Morpho, he continues his healing practice as a curandero in his local town. Alberto is considered one of the most powerful healers in the Ucayali River region.
Don Julio Llerena Pinedo: Master Shaman and medicinal plant expert. Julio passed away in 2007 at the age of 89. Before passing, he pledged his alliance to the lineage and the mesa. Don Alberto received the inheritance of Julio’s medicine and guides ceremonies in accordance to the 35-year pact of medicine between the two. Julio’s spirit is still present and offers support in ceremonies. Don Julio apprenticed directly under the tutelage of the Doctor Spirits (Genios of the medicinal plants) of the jungle during isolated diets in the highlands outside of Pucallpa. In his collective experience, he has had over 4,000 Ayahuasca ceremonies and has healed thousands of patients in the Peruvian Amazon.
Don Julio Llerena Pinedo
(Master Curandero, Palero, Vegetalista, Ayahuasquero, Maestro de la Ciencia Magica)
(General Manager, Shamanic Guide)
Malcolm Rossiter: Master Shaman and General Manager. Malcolm has been working with people in the health, nutrition, fitness and spiritual well being industries for over two decades, and now at Blue Morpho he combines his years of experience with his love and dedication to the Ayahuasca medicine. In 2006 he started travelling the world drinking and working with Ayahuasqueros with a wide range of heritages and lineages. Until in 2008 he attended his first Blue Morpho tour and realized that this place had the perfect blend of Traditional Shamanism and Universal Philosophy. He returned to Blue Morpho many times over the next few years and finally moved to Iquitos in January 2010 to become a member of the Blue Morpho staff.
Christian Gearhart: Master Shaman and Camp Facilitator. A U.S. Navy Veteran, Christian first began using shamanic practice with Blue Morpho in 2007, seeking relief from years of physical, emotional and psychological pain that had been piling up since childhood. Christian continued the healing work with us as a guest until January 2011, when he accepted his shamanic calling and became a member of the Blue Morpho team. Christian’s highly disciplined practice is accented with his light-hearted, approachable demeanor. His practice fuses serious, powerful personal transformation with fun and humor, helping people release trauma from the past and re-connect with their “inner child” to experience the wonder, love, heart, joy and spiritual connection we all had as children. When not at Blue Morpho in Iquitos, Christian works with the Blue Morpho Foundation in Colorado.
(Camp Facilitator and Shamanic Guide)
(Shamanic Guide and Camp Facilitator)
Matt Toussaint: Shamanic Guide and Camp Facilitator. For the past 13 years Matt has immersed himself in spiritual practice and exploration. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology with a focus on shamanism in the modern world. He has been working as part of the Blue Morpho team in a variety of contexts since 2012, including Modern Shamanism and the Blue Morpho Foundation. In late 2014, he came to Peru full time to continue learning and sharing his love and passion for the medicine and the shamanic arts.
Mark Flaherty: Manager of Reservations and Guest Communications. Mark first visited Blue Morpho in 2004, and since then he has participated in over 200 Ayahuasca ceremonies. He has a wealth of knowledge about shamanism and is happy to answer any questions from prospective guests. Mark manages reservations and guest communications via e-mail.
(Reservations and Guest Communications)
The Blue Morpho Staff
The Blue Morpho Staff: The Blue Morpho staff is in charge of the kitchen, cleaning, laundry, grounds maintenance, and assistance during ceremonies. They work hard during trips to provide excellent service, delicious food, and a clean environment. They are also of great assistance during ceremonies by providing support and helping people to the bathroom in times of need.