An Ayahuasca Tale, Working With A Curandero

by Captain Bill

An ayahuasca tale, working with a curandero.

A guest post by Sharie Parsipoor

Jose, the curandero

Jose, the curandero

The Amazon, rain forest and ayahuasca!

That’s what I saw in a vision 3 years back. I was in the middle of an ayahuasca ceremony near Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

The white and brightly lit church started to change shape and before I knew it the whole place had turned into a tropical jungle.

I had to come here!

So when the first opportunity presented itself my partner and I booked our trip to Peru. First destination: Iquitos (through Lima). We arrived with terrible diarrhea contacted in Lima, complete with fever and a bad headache. We stumbled into the first agency we encountered and the next morning we were off to the jungle. Along with a guide and our very own shaman to conduct 3 ayahuasca drinking sessions for us. Little I knew then about the man, the so called “shaman” and his abilities. Jose, a small and friendly looking Indian, was introduced to us as a “curandero”; a healer and medicinal plants doctor, who comes from a lineage of “curanderos” of many generations.

In the Netherlands I had been enchanted by the magic and the healing properties of ayahuasca. I had drunk in the presence of many “shamans”, Dutch, Brazilian and Ecuadorian maestros. None of them were “curanderos”. The difference I must say is huge. A “curandero” uses ayahuasca and other medicinal plants to help his clients cure from their specific problems.

While in trance Jose would perform a healing ceremony on me and my partner (one by one).

He started by patting our whole body with his staff of dried leafs. It was a pleasant experience, and I could clearly feel my energy body become energized and awakened. At one point I saw the light it emitted and the information contained in it. Jose then put his hands on the painful body and searched the area, felt, massaged and absorbed the pain and disease with his hands before removing it. During this process I would feel, hear and see all the related memories, behavioral patterns and negative thoughts. And each time Jose would pull them out of my whole system. I felt relieved. Then he started a ritual to restore the balance and fill the holes with love as I was showered in gratitude.

During the ceremony I never saw him as Jose. Many forms, including a beautiful eagle passed the scene, and it was very clear that it were the great spirits working through him. What was also striking was the communication between us. Once I felt a dark cold energy in the room that frightened me. Without asking it out loud, I requested Jose to clear the room. Immediately he stood up and started clearing the space with smoke and prayers. Another time (the first evening) I heard a clear voice in my head: “Are you ready to be healed?” I found myself hesitating. Parts of me were scared of the results. I didn’t know better than to live in pain and with my health problems. It took me a while, but just when I said “Yes!” Jose stood up and told me to lie down, and started his healing. This was on the first night when I had no clue that this is how he works and that we would get personal treatment. After each session, Jose would tell our guide and translator, what he had seen as the cause of our issues. He was stunningly correct. I had only told him about the pain in my back and my stomach. He told me that my tailbone had an incorrect shape. It bent inwards. An unhealthy situation, which indeed makes it difficult and painful for me to sit. He told me it was related to an accident I’d had with my back. Of course I hadn’t told him anything about how I’d made a free fall in the mountains in India some years back. I had been in the hospital for spine treatment afterward and I was warned about the lasting damage that was done to my back.

While Jose was energetically softening my spine I “saw” how the tailbone started to stretch into a more flexible and straight position! The pain has been gone since, although Jose recommended me to regularly massage my spine to help it maintain a healthy position.

About my stomach he said different things, which were all correct. He described to me that my stomach acid was not working properly and couldn’t fully digest food. Needles to say that he did not know anything about my severe food allergies. There is hardly anything I can eat which my body can digest. Years of clinical research and visiting many different specialists later, I had only recently accumulated the same information Jose got in only 1 session! And then my other stomach ache, headache and diarrhea, he took them out of me without hesitation and they’ve been gone since.

I’m so impressed by this humble man. You should see with how much dedication, love and care he works! Besides the ayahuasca ceremonies he treated my partner for his wounds and a bad infection, with plants he collected in the jungle. His treatment worked fast and he was able to cure a severe herpes infection for which our modern medicine man in the west have not found cure or medicine yet…

I came here for ayahuasca and I leave with the knowledge that there are jems like Jose, hidden in the crowds. His ancient knowledge of medicinal plants and direct ad effective ways of healing are of much value to all humanity, yet I wonder if we know how to honor that. How to use it to it’s full potential.

My dream would be for Jose and his likes to have their own centers where they treat and teach people. Where they would be easily accessible to both local and international visitor’s. I feel awkward about the the way he and his colleagues are “utilized” and exploited by travel agencies for touristic/commercial purposes. How many of us ayahuasca tourists know the difference between the so called ayahuasca shamans’s (which anyone can be) and the real curandero’s?

I for one at least can say that my perspective has changed drastically and I leave Iquitos a healthier and happier person.

Thanks Jose!

Jose, the curandero, Sharie, the cured

Jose, the curandero, Sharie, the cured

An ayahuasca tale, working with a curandero

Jose  Marin Jarama
Cellular 965954945
Telefo   22-23-12

With thanks to Alex @ Ecological Jungle Trips for introducing Jose to us!

A guest post by  Sharie Parsipoor

Sharie (31 years) is a DJ & spiritual coach/therapist from Amsterdam with a masters in sociology of Religion

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 leo jones June 22, 2010 at 10:15 am

Great post, Sharie. Glad you found relief from your pain.

2 Johan June 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Glad you had a good experience. But I really hope that Jose and all his likes dont all start their own centers and lodges like so many others have done.

3 Maria March 22, 2011 at 9:17 am

I would like to know if I can take my son who is ill to see Jose. He has recently asked me to find a shaman to help him. He even wants to do a sweat lodge.

I would really appreciate it if you would response. I’am serious. I know we have true healers in this world. The creator made mother earth for us with all its plants and animals because he loves us. But unfortunally we are destroying what he gave us due to greed. It is hard to find someone that know what the plants are for.

4 Joey September 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm

How do I get ahold of Jose? I want to plan a trip…

5 Captain Bill September 29, 2012 at 8:50 am

Hi Joey, If you get in touch with Mike Collis at Mad Mick’s Trading Post and Bunkhouse, he knows Jose and how to get in touch with him.
Best regards,

6 James October 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm


That was an interesting experience. Unfortunately for me I won’t be able to travel to Peru, however I will be visiting Amsterdam by the end of the month and I’m in contact with: , , ,

I want to do ayahuasca sessions to over come so many issues I am struggling with.
Please can you recommend any of them to me or anyone in Europe. I am not sure if any if those have a curandero?

Hope to hear from you soon. Regards

7 Atiba Taylor May 3, 2013 at 9:54 am

I have partaken in the Ayahuasca ceremony twice, here in the US. Both times the experiences were incredibly liberating and healing. Although, the purgative aspect was very painful the first time and less so the second time. I had a serious issue with the an overactive prostrate and the amount of time it took to just urinate. Ayahuasca healed this issue for me, although when i am fatigued it appears I must urinate more than normal. I am a huge supporter of the Ayahuasca spirit and true Ayahuascaros(sp) , unfortunately it can be somewhat expensive, And maybe having access to this type of holistic healing should be available to everybody that want it and not just those who can afford it. Please note that I honor and cherish you post.

8 chad October 17, 2013 at 11:28 am

Question for Sharie:
Was your partner cured of herpes (meaning testing positive and now testing negative) or did Jose help heal the outbreaks, or both?

9 Alex weill February 12, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Hi. Nice to meet you.

I´m Alex weill from the Amazon Jungle, Iquitos.

All the people want to know abouta JOSE mARIN. wE WORKING TOGETHAER with him. many years, We can help to much.

You can send a E-mail for Us, then we can organize your ayahuasca ceremony.

Have a good Day.

Alex weill
Cell. 965-783-409
E-mail: /

10 mary June 14, 2015 at 9:19 pm

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