Medical Doctor, University of Medicine and Medical Techniques, Nantes (France), Diploma in Tropical Pathology (IMT-Anvers) and Naturopathy (Uni Paris XIII).
After a first experience in Africa in health projects with the Belgian Technical Cooperation and with the “Brothers of Men” association, he arrives to Peru in 1980 to lead the Lampa Hospital (Puno) as head of mission of "Doctors without Borders".
This experience will awake his interest in Peruvian traditional medicine systems and practices, which efficacy is verified by him clinically every day. This orientation is later consolidated (1984-1985) when he assumes other medical missions for NGOs in countries of Asia and Africa. He decides to study these ancestral resources in primal health since 1986, as an associated researcher of the French Institute of Andean Studies (IFEA). Then he went through many years of traditional medical learning in different regions of the Peruvian Amazon.
In 1992, he founded the Takiwasi Center where intercultural medicine is practiced, nurtured by native traditions and modern knowledge. Between 1996 and 2001 he served at the National Institute of Traditional Medicine of Peru as Director of the San Martin region. Because of his research he has been entitled as an honorary member of the Association of Psychologists of Peru, and as an Extraordinary Professor at the Southern Scientific University (Lima). He participates in the board of the Transcultural Psychiatry Department of the Peruvian Psychiatric Association and was elected a Fellow of Ashoka Foundation in recognition of his encouraging work as a "social entrepreneur". He is an honorary member of the Association of Psychologists of Peru (2005), and an associate member of the European Psychoanalyst Association (2014). He has been co-founder (1986), vice president (1986-1989) and president (2012-2016) of the Inter-American Council on Indigenous Spirituality (CISEI).
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of San Martín de Porres (Lima). Post-graduate Studies in Management and Direction of Drug Rehabilitation Centers (Daytop International Inc, New York), and in Drug Dependency (Inca Garcilazo de la Vega University, Lima).
He spends his time between the administration of the Takiwasi Center and the care of the resident patients of the Center with psychotherapeutic methods and with resources of the traditional Amazonian medicine. He has been professor of the Drug Dependency course at the Taculty of psychology, Cesar Vallejo University (Tarapoto). He represents Takiwasi in the Latin American Federation of Therapeutic Communities. He regularly presents lectures at universities and at national and international events, about Amazonian traditional medicine and drug addiction treatment.
Medical Doctor - University Cayetano Heredia (Lima). Post-graduate studies in Epidemiology (Ricardo Palma University), in Health Services Management (Ricardo Palma University) and Natural and Alternative Medicine (Fide Institute). Master’s Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology mention (Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Tarapoto).
She began studying and practicing traditional Amazonian medicines in 1986. She stands out for her important activities and contributions in the socio-medical sphere: former coordinator in the Regional Health Forum of San Martin on the working group "Traditional Medicine and Interculturalism", and in the National Health Forum on "Traditional Medicine"; She has been Dean of the Medical College of the San Martin Region; Directs a Private Medical Centre, "Sagrada Familia", in the city of Tarapoto. She defends the importance and urgency to preserve and integrate traditional medicine into the formal health system with a focus on intercultural respect. She is the author of numerous publications, including the first investigations on the treatment of addicts in the Takiwasi Center and the report of sustenance through which Ayahuasca has been declared Cultural Patrimony of the Nation by the Ministry of Culture of Peru. She has participated in several national and international congresses.
French psychotherapist, graduated in specialized education (Lille 1977), Specific training in sexual abuse. Training and accompaniment of people at the end of life (Nantes, 1990), diploma of psychotherapist (School of Psychotherapist, Psychosynthesis, Paris 2000).
She worked in France from 1977 to 2003, in various institutions: adults with disabilities, children and adolescents with personality disorders, accompanying children victims of sexual abuse, psychotherapist in private practice. From 2003 to 2010 she worked as a psychotherapist at the Takiwasi Center, accompanying resident patients with problems of addiction, and accompanying people participating in personal development seminars, while learning the use of traditional Amazonian medicine.
From 2010 to 2014, she worked in Buenos Aires (Argentina) as a psychotherapist at the Runa Wasi center, accompanying people with addiction and other personality disorders, and as a psychotherapist at Fundación Casa Rafael from 2010 to 2012 (www. Casarafael.org), while returning every two months to Takiwasi to support the seminars of personal evolution with the resources of the traditional Amazonian medicine. Since March 2014, she returned to Takiwasi full-time, as a psychotherapist for the resident patients and assistant in the seminars for francophones.
Graduate of the University of British Savannah. He is also a bioenergy therapist (Berkana Institute, Bogotá, Colombia) and Qi Gong instructor (KF Men Kai Association, Buenos Aires, Argentina).
Since 2003, he worked as a clinical psychologist in private and public institutions, for family and group therapy. He places himself in perspective of global integration and focuses on person-centered approach and the Jungian approach. He has multiple experiences in various rehabilitation centers for addicts in Colombia, Argentina and Peru. He has been working with master plants and its relationship with psychotherapy for 10 years. He joined Takiwasi’s therapeutic team in 2013 and he is currently the therapeutic coordinator.
Degree in psychology from the University of Palacky, Olomouc, Tchékie, Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
Veronika Kavenská is also a Jungian therapist (CSAP partnership, Czech Republic, recognized by AIPA). She includes these approaches in clinical practice. Researcher in the field of traditional medicine in Peru and its possible applications in psychotherapy, she wrote a book and several articles on the subject. She currently works as a psychologist in Takiwasi.
Psychologist by the Iztacala Faculty of Superior Studies of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Clinical Thanatologist by the Mexican Association of Tanatology, A.C.; Diploma in Logotherapy by the House of Studies Víktor Frankl, A.C .; Acupuncture and Massage by the Center for Psychological Studies and Care, A.C .; Existential Psychotherapist with training in Group Management by the Circle of Studies in Existential Therapy, A.C .; Specialist in Group Management by COLABORARE, Community in Group Management, S.C .; Workshop and lecturer in topics related to health, self-care, palliative care, tanatology and existential. He has practiced zen meditation according to Rinzai school for 9 years at Zendo Teotihuacan, Mexico.
Degree in psychology from the UPV (University of the Basque Country), Spain. Master in clinical psychology (AEPCCC), Postgraduate in Gestalt therapy (Bidean Association, Spain).
Specialization in Gestalt therapy with PGI (Pacific Gestalt Institute, California, USA). Specialization in Gestalt and addictions (association APHIN A.C. Mexico). Teacher in Gestalt therapy training programs. Formed in theater, music, art therapy and psychodrama. As a therapist, his clinical practice is linked to work on drug addiction in community since 2009 in different communities in Spain. His private practice was linked to the clinic performing individual, family, couple and group therapy work. At this moment, he is interested in the articulation of the work of traditional medicine with psychotherapy.
Nurse Technician and Empirical Ethno botanist. He is working as an ergo therapist in the Takiwasi Center.
His role is very important to the Center since, in addition to escorting patients in their daily activities, he is also in charge of preparing the purge and diet plants used during the treatment.
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of San Martín de Porres (Lima). Her interest in child and adolescent psychology and in working with children, led her to work as a teacher and tutor.
In the Takiwasi Center she conducts psycho body workshops with music from all over the world. This mind/body technique collaborates with relaxation, “getting in touch” with the body, and the therapeutic surface of repressed emotions.
Professor of Physical Education and Ergo therapist in the Takiwasi Center. Make physiotherapy and dance workshops in different institutions and schools.
He worked in the Prevention and Drug and Alcoholism Abuse Project of DEVIDA (2004-2005). Children's entertainer (1999-2011). Physical Education Professor I.E.I. 303 (1999-2009). Professor of Physical Education and Dance IEP "Cristina Garcia Blanco" (2002-2009). Dance Professor in the "Centro del Adulto Mayor" (1997-2011). Physiotherapy Professor (2005-2011). Psychomotor Professor in Kindergarten "My Little World" (2006-2008). He made the Basic and Intermediate Courses of Volleyball Coaches "Seed BCP - The Trade" with the former international coach of the national team of Volleyball. He is also a member of the BCC organization (Bossa Cofee Club) for general events in the city of Tarapoto.
Coordinator of the ergo therapy area at the Takiwasi Center. Provides aikido workshops.
He practices aikido since 2003, degree: Shodan by the Aikikai of Japan; Nidan: Spanish Association of Classic Aikido. He has worked as an educational technician in a semi-open center for children with conduct disorder in Spain. He has been professor of aikido in dojo Sangenkan, Torrejón de Ardoz.
Degree in Human Psychology, Alas Peruanas University, Peru. Training in integrative psychotherapy.
Professional with extensive work experience in the private sector, who has been dedicating in recent years to social work in the regional area, in topics related to study, management, organization, training, facilitation of social processes, with emphasis on the productive area and environmental management. Proactive and empathic, aware of the idiosyncrasies of the Amazonian rural population. Currently counts with a degree in human psychology and has been undertaking a training in integrative psychotherapy.
Native of the quechua-lamista indigenous community of Santa Cruz, district of San José de Sisa. Apprentice healer at the Takiwasi Center. He received a healer's inheritance from his great-grandfather, an indigenous healer, he consolidated it in the community of Chazuta and exercised it since 2010 in the Takiwasi Center. Coordinator of the area of the Botanical Reserve.
Originally from the community of Chazuta. He has a thorough knowledge of the plant world due to a family inheritance. He’s in charge of preparing the plants for the diets and the ayahuasca. It supports the therapeutic processes in retreat-isolation condition that are carried out in the Botanical Reserve. He has worked at the Takiwasi Center since 1998.
Empirical expert on plants and their properties. In charge of preparing the perfumes used in blowings (exhalations). Performs plant baths for resident patients and visitors. It is responsible for maintaining the botanical garden and conducting guided tours for visitors.
Diocesan Priest from the Jaén seminar. He is linked to the diocese of Moyobamba. He is also chaplain of the armed forces in the region of San Martin.
He has a long trajectory as a social ministry in difficult contexts such as the terrorist period. By order of his bishop, he assumed in 2003 the pastoral role of spiritual guidance to staff and patients of the Takiwasi Center. Participates actively in the psychotherapeutic evolution processes through plant sessions, and offers workshops to promote values. Takiwasi is a non-denominational NGO that however considers essential to extend the overcoming of psycho-emotional problems through the introduction to a spiritual dimension. As the mayor religious context of Peru is Christian, Father Christian assumes the liturgical service in the chapel of Takiwasi and the role of spiritual Christian direction for individuals and patients who request it freely.