The Gringo Shaman of the Amazon
About Ron Wheelock
Don Ron Wheelock is widely known in Peru as The Gringo Shaman of the Amazon. He has been serving the ayahusaca community for over 20 years. Don Ron was born in Independence, Kansas. In 1996 he went to Peru looking for a spiritual teacher. Don Ron first drank ayahuasca in Tamshiyacu with famed shaman Don Agustin Rivas Vasquez. While with Don Agustin, he made arrangements to return to begin the intensive training to become a shamanic healer himself using the South American plant medicine, ayahuasca.
Don Ron stayed with Don Agustin for 5 months doing many plant diets. Don Ron then began working with Don Jose Coral Mori, the teacher of Pablo Amaringo and Eduardo Luna, the authors of “Ayahuasca Visions”. After studying with both ayahuasqueros (shamans who work exclusively with ayahuasca), he began working on his own in 2000.
Don Ron is an ayahuasquero/curandero. An ayahuasquero is someone who has trained under a maestro ayahuasquero and has the ability to prepare the ayahuasca brew, complete the icaros and prayers during the preparation, set up the ceremony space and conduct the ceremony.
As a curandero, Don Ron works with a large variety of plant and tree bark dietas. These dietas form a strong bond between the curandero and the plants dieted. Those plants become allies, and the plants teach the curandero how to work with them during the ceremony and in healing. A curandero can call on one of his plant/tree allies to protect the guest, to bring in the medicine, and help cure a guest.
Don Ron works with various energies and spirits. This skill of managing energies and spirits is particularly important in an ayahuasca ceremony as a person’s energies open up significantly in this space.
Like indigenous shamans have been doing for centuries, Don Ron prepares his ayahuasca by harvesting the vine Banisteriopsis caapi and then boiling it for several days. After continual praying over the mixture, Don Ron’s “tea” is ready to be used in a ceremony. Don Ron’s strong and pure medicine is used by other ayahuasca retreats in Peru.
Ayahuasquero Don Ron (62 years old) lives with his partner Karina Maria Diaz Paredes and conducts ayahuasca retreats at his compound, El Purguero. He has a 43 year old daughter, Christina, living in the U.S., and a 14-year-old son, Quetzalcoatl Luis Wheelock Angulo. Sebastian, 13, and John, 19, complete Don Ron’s family.
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(INFO FROM EL PURGUERO)
We, at New Life Ayahuasca, are honored to be able to host Shaman Don Ron from Iquitos, Peru at our center from September 21 – October 7th for two 7 day retreats.
Our relationship with Don Ron began years ago after the first time we traveled to Iquitos. Since then, our bond with Ron has grown stronger as he provides the medicine for all our retreats and Matt continues to spend time and Ron’s camp, EL PURGUERO, for all his plant dietas. We are very excited to offer two retreats with Shaman Don Ron at NLA.
SEPTEMBER 21- 27 – FULL
SEPTEMBER 29 – OCTOBER 5 $2000
Each retreat includes 3 ayahuasca ceremonies, a private room with queen sized bed and en-suite bathroom, 3 yoga sessions, all meals, a trip to a local beach or waterfall and Kambo (optional for $100).
PLEASE FILL OUT THE FOLLOWING FORM. WE WILL NEED TO COMPLETE A MEDICAL SCREENING AND WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH THE NEXT STEPS
Ron Wheelock on This Is Life with Lisa Ling’s on CNN:
Ayahuasca: Could it be the next medicinal marijuana?
Is ayahuasca a natural remedy for anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder or just another drug fad?
Lisa Ling goes inside an ayahuasca ceremony in the Amazon on this week’s episode.