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BLUE MORPHO AYAHUASCA + SACRED PLANT MEDICINE RETREATS


Founded in 2002, Blue Morpho Tours is one of the most longstanding, highly renowned shamanism centers in Peru and the world beyond. Our sacred plant medicine retreats help participants achieve personal and spiritual transformation through traditional shamanism, mystical exploration, group dynamic and personal experience. Based in the ancient arts of Amazonian plant spirit medicine, our retreats incorporate modern disciplines of shamanism, community bonding and universal spirituality to help create a unique transformational experience. With retreat centers in both the Amazon jungle and the Andes mountains of Peru, we work with the highest quality local shamans and professional, skilled facilitators in order to help bridge your plant medicine experience into something powerful and life-transforming.

Since our inception, it has been and continues to be our mission to offer initiatory Rites of Passage experiences in a safe, professional and supportive environment. We have always maintained the highest level of quality, fulfillment and expertise in plant medicine shamanism and spiritual transformation, and it is this dedication to upholding integrity in our work that drives us forward today.

MEET OUR SHAMANS AND STAFF

HAMILTON SOUTHER 

Master Shaman and Founder of Blue Morpho, White Morpho Institute, Modern Shamanism, My Little Universe and Source Independent Entertainment (SIE)

Hamilton is a visionary leader, speaker, renowned master shaman, and a valued advisor to extremely successful and influential people worldwide. He guides clients to peak states of consciousness and effectiveness, taking them beyond mere wealth and power to achieve their greatest ambitions. He has mapped and codified consciousness, becoming a leader and international advocate for the use of shifting consciousness as a tool for healing and life improvement. Hamilton was given the title of Master Shaman by Alberto Torres Davila and Julio Llerena Pinedo after completing an apprenticeship under the two.

DON ALBERTO TORRES DAVILA 

Master Shaman, Ayahuasquero, Palero (Tree Specialist), Sananguero (Sanango Specialist), Mapachero, and Medicinal Plant Expert

Alberto leads ayahuasca ceremonies and shamanic healing. He has over 40 years as a spiritual healer and over 4,500 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 and plant expert. After his grandfather passed away, Alberto was taken under the wing of Don Julio Llerena Pinedo, and the two entered into a 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 Ayahuasquero, Palero (Tree Specialist), Sananguero (Sanango Specialist), Mapachero and Maestro De Las Ciencias Magicas

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 with 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.

ELISEO TORRES DAVILA 

Shaman, Ayahuasquero, Palero (Tree Specialist), Sananguero (Sanango Specialist) and Son of Don Alberto

Shaman Eliseo works very closely with his father, Maestro Don Alberto, in our ayahuasca ceremonies during Blue Morpho’s retreats. He began his apprenticeship in the tradition under the tutelage of his father when he was 15. He has participated in well over 1,000 ayahuasca ceremonies, and has completed a number of rigorous plant dietas. As the only one of Don Alberto’s children to have continued their shamanic lineage, Eliseo maintains a presence of humility, strength, and quiet dedication to the medicine.

Maestro Eliseo Master Shaman at Blue Morpho

CHRISTIAN GEARHART

Master Shaman of Ayahuasca, Palos & Sanango, Tour Facilitator and Film Maker

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.

SAMER MOUAWAD

Shamanic Guide, Facilitator and Financial Manager

Samer first came to Blue Morpho in early 2009 as a means to deepen his exploration into shamanism, mysticism and plant medicine. Since then, he continued to visit Blue Morpho to not only satisfy his quest for meaning in life, but to help heal deep-rooted childhood traumas. Throughout his journey and before joining Blue Morpho, Samer has studied and practiced several healing modalities from different parts of the world. He was attuned as a Reiki Master, and certified in Thai yoga massage, crystal healing and sound therapy. Samer continues to draw upon these elements as part of his practice.

With a professional background in finance, Samer has worked as a financial manager in several industries, and currently helps manage the accounting department of Blue Morpho as well as help facilitate Ayahuasca and San Pedro retreats.

TERRI NEWMAN

Shamanic Guide, Facilitator and Logistics Coordinator

Terri began her journey with Blue Morpho in July of 2012 in search of healing from debilitating childhood traumas that were creating dysfunction and unhappiness in her life.  She continued her healing journey as a guest for two years while diving into the teachings within the Modern Shamanism community. In September of 2014, Terri joined the Blue Morpho team full-time to continue learning, sharing the medicine with others, and pursuing her shamanic path.

Terri has a background in legal administration and is also an accomplished yoga teacher. In addition to helping facilitate ayahuasca retreats, she teaches yoga classes and guides breath work sessions. While not on tour, Terri enjoys exploring medicinal plants and is involved in the day-to-day office tasks that help keep Blue Morpho running smoothly.

GUSTAVO PADRÓN

Chief Operations Officer, Bilingual in English and Spanish

Blue Morpho and ayahuasca have been part of my life since its founding in 2002, and it is a great honor to be our new Chief Operations Officer.  I am excited to return to Peru from my native country of Venezuela, where I worked with international companies in the Oil Drilling Industry for more than 10 years.

I now dedicate my passion to the continued development of Blue Morpho, our Rites of Passage Ayahuasca retreats, and our guests. It is an honor to work with our professional team of Shamans headed by Maestro Alberto Torres Davila and to be part of this amazing organization.

CAROLINA ARRUÉ

Office Manager, Bilingual in English and Spanish

Carolina has a Bachelor’s in International Business and Tourism from the National University of the Peruvian Amazon. She studied English for more than 3 years and has worked in the tourism industry since 2004. She has represented companies at international tourism promotion fairs including WTM in London and FITUR in Spain, as well as others in Latin America. She currently manages Blue Morpho’s office, ensuring that all legal, labor and administrative aspects function correctly, and she is in charge of ensuring that all the teams collaborate and communicate effectively in a positive work environment, for both workers and clients. Carolina started working at Blue Morpho in 2009 as part of a process of personal and professional change, and she feels so happy and proud to belong to this great family and contribute with her work so that many people around the world build their true spirituality based on LOVE.

MARK FLAHERTY 

Manager of Reservations, Guest Communications and Professional Astrologer

Since 2004 Mark has participated in around 500 ayahuasca ceremonies with Blue Morpho, as an essential ingredient in his own deep personal healing journey. He has a wealth of knowledge about shamanism and is happy to answer any questions from prospective guests. Mark has been managing Blue Morpho’s reservations and guest communications via e-mail since 2007.

Through ayahuasca he has also discovered his calling in life and now works as a professional astrologer. He uses astrology to guide people to a deeper understanding of themselves, their lives and their place in the Universe, as well as helping them to navigate as smoothly as possible challenging, transitional life periods.

THE BLUE MORPHO STAFF

The Blue Morpho staff is in charge of running camp operations, overseeing the kitchen, cleaning, laundry, grounds maintenance, and offering assistance during ceremonies.

Our team of dedicated staff work hard prior to, during and after retreats to provide excellent service, top-quality food, and a clean environment. They also provide assistance during ceremonies offering general support, helping people to the bathroom in times of need, and maintaining a safe space for our guests. Most of our staff come from nearby communities and have been working with Blue Morpho for years with attentiveness and dedication to our medicine work.

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