This post, “Cvita Mamic – In the Center of Ayahuasca Work,” is the first in a series of blog posts on the remarkable presenters who’ll be speaking at the 6th annual Spirit Plant Medicine Conference (SPMC), Oct. 29 and 30, 2016, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Cvita Mamic is about as close as you can get to the center of ayahuasca work. For the past 6 years she has been apprenticing under Maestro Shipibo healer Ricardo Amaringo at the center she co-founded and co-owns, the Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual Ayahuasca Healing Center in the now iconic region around Iquitos in the Peruvian Amazon.

Cvita’s on-the-ground experience and vantage point have given her a rare perspective and an invaluable look at the development of work with ayahuasca. One of the most important lessons she has learned and wants to share is the essential role of the master plants that apprentices and committed seekers of ayahuasca wisdom often diet with. This understanding is certain to spread into the wider culture as we come to recognize that ayahuasca isn’t an isolated ‘substance,’ but rather an integral and integrated component of a well developed set of practices within an encompassing cosmology. Here’s a synopsis of Cvita’s intended talk at the SPMC on Oct. 29.


TITLE: Master Plants and Ayahuasca; healing with plant medicine

Plant wisdom has played a role in healing for millennia, but what does it really mean to heal with plant medicine? This talk will explore the value of healing with master plants through a traditional Shipibo healing diet, the important role the shaman plays, and how ayahuasca can be used as a support within this process. We will look at the potential that plants offer in awakening our awareness to the blockages that affect our well being and how plant medicine can foster our healing and empower us to be active participants in our personal transformation. We will also touch upon the importance of proper use and training within this modality as the widespread use of ayahuasca continues to grow in the Western world.


We’re really happy that Cvita has agreed to share this essential knowledge at the SPMC. Please join us as we work together toward a future in which these sacramental medicines are recognized for their remarkable healing and awakening capabilities when used skillfully.

Tickets for the SPMC are now available on the conference website ( As of this writing (early July) there are still tickets available at early bird prices.