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Cultural Exchange

Indigenous visit to Scotland

Village Experience

When and Where


today 4 opportunities: 31 Aug, 01 Sep, 02 Sep, 03 of Sep 2023

placeAt the Edinburgh Shamanic Centre & The Planetary Healing Centre's community woodland

placeBooking in advance recommended.

todayThis is a great opportunity to meet 3 elders and a young musician.


Meet our guests:

Maná Madhá

Maná has received from his own people, the name of "Santo" (Saint), what already tells us much about his noble mission on the service of healing.

Maná has received a traditional training that very few shamans [pajés] have today. He possesses an extraordinary knowledge of plants and a technique of spiritual healing that allows him in some cases to bring the disease into his mouth and materialize it into small stones that he then spits out.

Well known for his healing gifts, Maná is a great master when it comes to healing of a spiritual nature, being a "complete shaman", both in terms of physical and spiritual matters.


Ratsuhá Madhá

Ratsuhá also has received a traditional training that very few healers have today. Ratsuhá is a birth specialist having attended the birth of approximately 2,800 babies and also a plant specialist. She works together with her husband Maná in the healing arts according to the Madhá tradition.

Vêsku Yawanawá

Vêsku lives in the village of the Apurina people and has dedicated her life to the culture of indigenous peoples from several states of Brazil, especially women, aiming at strengthening the use of medicinal plants. She is the oldest sister of the spiritual leader Putanny and therefore shares with her the connection with her grandfather, a great healer who also knew many medicinal plants.

She is part of the Sitoakore Women's Organization, having organized numerous events to exchange indigenous knowledge between 18 indigenous nations, thus witnessing and learning various healing knowledge with the use of oils, plants, trunks, leaves and roots.

Vesku has also developed a healing centre, the IRPY Instituto Runyn Pupykary Yawanawá, a medicinal plant pharmacy and a seed bank. She is a specialist in childbirth and an apprentice to healing and the use of medicinal plants.


Runuiná Yawanawá

Runuiná carries in his name the mystery of great healing beings of the forest. Grandson of a great leadership Raimundo Luiz Tuimkuru, he is the son of Vesku Yawanawá and Antônio Apurinà, two great leaders within the indigenous movement in Brazil.

He is an apprentice of Maná Madhá and did diet guided by Biraci Nixiwaká and his aunt Putanny in the Holy Village (Aldeia Sagrada). Runu is a very talented musician with a unique voice, bringing songs from a very deep Yawanawá root.


Acknowledgement by Cláudia & Mark:

In heartfelt remembrance, we would like to honor and acknowledge the revered elder Tatá Txanu Natasheni (Tatá Yawanawá), who has transitioned to the Spirit World. Tatá served as a profound bridge, connecting Brazil and Scotland in 2016. With his wisdom and radiant spirit, Tatá, at the age of 104, touched the hearts of many. It was his guiding spirit that led us back to the Amazon, igniting a deep commitment to support the indigenous communities through the Indigenous projects initiated by the Planetary Healing Centre and the Edinburgh Shamanic Centre. Tatá's legacy continues to inspire our work, and we hold his beautiful soul in eternal gratitude.

What Cláudia says:

I have had the priviledge to meet, visit and work with Shaman Maná, Ratsuhá, Vesku and Runuiná since 2016 and always wanted to share these experiences with the people of Scotland.

I feel really excited and deeply honoured that they are coming to visit us for a cultural exchange.

How to book:

Village experience

2pm to 9pm

Exchange: £250 / £230 / £220 / £200 per day.

According to your financial means you choose which one to pay. Payments in instalments is also possible.

Note: This is a village experience and a cultural exchange, not an ayahuasca ceremony. We will have Wisdom and Knowledge exchange, song circles, Rapeh and Sananga circle, medicinal plant baths and traditional artcrafts. The programme is the same each day and the energy is different according to the people present.

Details regarding costs:

All funds raised, after flight and costs, will go to support the Madha, the Yawanawa and the Apurina communities. They are 3 different villages situated in Acre, Brazil that we have been supporting with projects since 2017.

You can book and pay 50% now and 50% on the day. Paypall or bank transfer is good, also cash on the day is fine. All 100% refundable if we cancel from our side, or 40% non-refundable if you cancel last minute without you finding a replacement.

What to bring:

Village Experience: please come in warm clothes ready for all weather. Layers are recommended and outdoors footwear.

Bring a packed lunch, drinking water, a blanket, a small towel and either bathing clothes, sarong or short and t-shirt that you can use for the medicinal plants bath. We will provide vegetarian soup, tea, coffee, water, cups, cutlery, chairs and cushions. If you prefer, you are welcome to bring your own camping chair if you have one.


Village Experience in the woodland: We will have various gazebos, a bell tent and the yurt as shelters if needed, we will be seating confortably around the fire, chairs and cushions will be provided.

Directions and bus:

Cockburnhill Road, Balerno, EH14 7JB.

Please ignore Sat NAV at the end as it takes you to the next farm. Instead keep going straight ahead. We are the only house on the right side of the road about one mile into the countriside.

Bus 44 / 44A. Stop at the third bus stop after the roundabout. From there, proceed to enter Cockburnhill Road and walk for approximately 15 minutes until you reach the V junction, where you turn right and walk for another 2 minutes.


We encourage care share as much as possible. Please arrive 5 minutes earlier and park at Cockburnhill Road, near Pirnie Ha' house. From there, walk straight ahead for one minute and, at the V junction turn right and it is only another 2 minutes walk to the woodland. There will be no parking in front of the woodland during the event except for those with mobility problems. If that is the case, please talk to us to reserve your parking space.

Toilet facilities:

Village Experience: We have a composting toilet in the woodland and if necessary, we also have the alternative of using the toilet at the house which is a few minutes walking from the woodland.


If you have any questions before or on the day, please text us on: 075 0443 8763