In this talk Rocio will focus on the plants used in ceremonial processes in Ecuador, where the aim is to engender the movements of conscious intelligence through energy from the plants to humans to assist in physical, emotional and spiritual healing.
To emphasise how this exchange can happen she will discuss and learn about some important plants that are used shamanically from Rocio’s homeland - Cacao (Theobroma Cacao) & Ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis Caapi), in three different combinations.
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Dr Rocío Alarcón
An Ethnopharmacologist, Ethno-botanist, shamanic practitioner and extraordinary teacher and healer, Rocίo has spent over 30 years working with ethnic groups in the tropical rain forest and Andes Mountains of Ecuador and in the Basque Country, Spain. She has contributed to various Amazonian and Andes indigenous communities and has collaborated with international organizations including the Wildlife Conservation Society, Care and The Nature Conservancy establishing economic opportunities for local people with products from the forest. Rocίo is renowned and beloved. She practices and teaches about shamanic healing ceremonies, knowledge coming from her mother and grandmother's lineage, from the Andes Mountains in Ecuador.
Her interests are the practices with Master plants and the techniques of healing ceremonies in Ecuador, the in-depth understanding of plants that are food and medicine and the recovery of local traditions about master plants.