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Village Experience - Brazil Amazon

When and Where


today We put you in contact with Leticia Yawanawa and you organise the dates of your visit.    

place Visiting and staying at the IRPY Instituto Runyn Pupykary Yawanawa - Boca do Acre - Rio Branco

Our work: building bridges of light, and weaving knowledge between people

Meet your hosts

Mana Madija, the Shaman, is the spiritual leader of the Boacu tribe, taught by his father since childhood, Mana is a knowledge keeper of medicinal plants. His father played the hehete, a style of rustic violin and also passed this art down to him. Mana Madija is the Paje' Healer, the Shaman and wisdom keeper you will meet, do ceremonies and work with in the Centre.


Nair Madija (Radzuha) the shaman s wife, is a doula, a healer and a strong leader for her people. Radzuha also holds the knowledge of the plants and she accompanies her husband in all ceremonies.


Leticia Yawanawa (Wusku) is the co-founder of the IRPY Instituto Runyn Pupykary Yawanawa, the Spiritual Centre you will be visiting and she is one of the leaders for the Indigenous women s movement. Leticia is a protector and cultural custodian of traditional cultures, with her work she helps over 18 tribes to preserve their traditions.  


Antonio Apurina (Yakuty) is one of the leaders of the indigenous land of Kamicua, he is Leticia's husband and co-founder of the Centre. Yakuty is an employee of FUNAI National Indigenous Foundation, a Brazilian governmental protection agency for Indian interests and their culture. He is on the way to retire from his position and he is a leader who makes crucial decisions for his people. He has been administrator of FUNAI in Acre and also assistant director of FUNAI in Brazilia in the past.



 I would like to acknowledge elder Tata Txanu Natasheni (Tata Yawanawa) who is now in the Spirit World. Tata was the bridge that connected Brazil and Scotland in 2016. He was 104 year old and the most beautiful soul. It was Tata s spirit who guided Claudia Goncalves back to the Amazon to support the many indigenous groups that the Planetary Healing Centre and the Edinburgh Shamanic Centre started to support with the Indigenous projects.

What Claudia Goncalves says

  I have had the priviledge to meet, visit and work with Shaman Mana Madija, Nair Madija (Radzuha) , Antonio Apurina (Yakuty) and Leticia Yawanawa (Wusku) since 2016. I feel really excited to connect you with them.

Flights and hotels

You can fly to Sao Paulo with an international flight and then take an internal flight to Brazilia and then Rio Branco with the Brazilian Airline GOL. Click here for more info. Please contact Claudia for more information.

Living with the indigenous people

Exchange: £100 a day paid directly to the indigenous people

This exchange includes accommodation, food and one Sacred Medicine Plant Ceremony a week if you choose to do it. Please contact us for more information. In order to secure your visit, a non refundable deposit of £400 is required and paid directly to the indigenous people. The rest is paid 2 months before your journey to Brazil.

More information

Once a week, if you would like to, there will be an opportunity to do a Sacred Medicine Plant Ceremony, offering you the opportunity to go really deep on your healing and empowerment.

Other ceremonies that can be available is Rapeh, Sananga, Herbal Baths and walks to identify medicinal plants.

Bear in mind that things can change depending on the weather and indigenous people do not work in a linear form according to a time schedule. They usually work according to the energies.

Flights can be arranged from Sao Paulo to Brazilia and then Rio Branco. In there you will have one night of rest and following day you will be transferred to "A Boca do Acre", where you will then be picked up and ride a motor-boat and cross the river to the indigenous village.

Fauna and Flora: The Amazon Rainforest houses 10% of the planet s known species, so bring along your binoculars too for a closer look at brightly-billed toucans,scarlet macaws, hummingbirds and all manner of monkeys, to name a few.  Sr Santo and Leticia will offer knowledge of medicinal plants native to the area. As knowledge keepers they will be delighted to share it with you.

Some of the fascinating and unusual species of trees that you will see include the giant Castanhanheira (Brazil nuts tree) amongst so many others amazing trees.


 More details :

Your accommodation will be the same as the indigenous people s accommodation: everyone sharing the same space in hammocks. You can also bring your own tent if you wish to. Accommodation and food will be basic ones and there are composting toilets in the Centre. Hammocks will be kitted out with mosquito nets to keep you protected at night. Baths will be in the river or within what we call the bath house, a space with some privacy where you will use water from the well for your bath. Drinking water can be mineral water or water from the well.

If you really wanted to experience how is it to live in a tribe with indigenous people, than the village  experience is for you. In authentic indigenous ways, everyone comes together, live together, eat together, hunt together. Everything is communal and no one has more than the other.


Have a beautiful stay and enjoy your spiritual experience.