Meet Your Shamanic Guides

Michele Costa Lukis is a Shamanic practitioner, Transpersonal-Psychotherapist, plant medicine woman, Reiki Master and spiritual healer based in London. She has spent over forty years studying spiritual and psychological healing, including the study of Shamanic traditions from around the world. For over twenty-five years, Michele has run a psychotherapy and shamanic practice in London, in addition to teaching workshops in meditation and Shamanic studies. She holds a monthly spiritual and healing circle and regularly leads plant medicine and shamanic workshops throughout Europe and Peru.
 
Michele is a native Californian who studied at the University of California. At twenty-two, Michele turned to the Berkley Psychic Institute to begin her training in higher awareness and went on to earn a diploma in Psychotherapy from The Psychosynthesis and Educational Trust. She has studied and continues to work with spiritual teachers both indigenous and in core Shamanism. Her spiritual journey has taken her through North America, South America, Hawaii, Europe, Australia, Fiji and to The Sacred Trust in England. Michele’s most influential mentors include Nan Beecher-Moore with whom she studied for twenty years, Dr Rodger Woolger, Simon Buxton, Piero Ferrucci, Dr Gabor Maté M.D and Dr Ruben Orellana PhD of Peru. Michele is deeply indebted to her indigenous teachers of the Amazon and the Andes.
 
Ruben and Michele created Shamanic Space over fifteen years ago after they met in the Amazon. Michele had recently suffered an accident after which she required a life-saving spinal operation. She was in chronic pain and had been told that she would require the use of canes for potentially the rest of her life. In her desperation, she crawled her way to the Amazon to work with Ayahuasca and later to the high mountains of Peru to work with San Pedro. Since what her neurosurgeon calls ‘a miraculous recovery’, Michele and Ruben have formed Shamanic Space to guide small groups to Peru to work with the indigenous healers on sacred sites to allow others to explore the profound healing benefits of the medicine plants and to learn from the traditions that have survived. Michele is actively involved in providing Ayahuasca and other medicine plant aftercare and is committed to helping people to integrate and process their experience of the medicines.
 
Michele’s work reflects her diverse background and her commitment to helping others on their journey to healing and empowerment. With the help of Ruben, Michele works to bridge her clients with the indigenous wisdom keepers of Peru. She is a member of the Society for Shamanic Practitioners and is committed to living and practising the Principles of Integrity as described by the society.

Dr. Ruben Orellana is a Peruvian born and trained shaman who has made significant anthropological and archaeological contributions to the study and understanding of the Andean way of living.  Dr. Orellana is Director of the Institute of Inka Research (Inika) that is dedicated to researching and valuing Andean culture.

Born in Cusco, Ruben has been following the shamanic path since the age of nine. His career as an archaeologist culminated with being named Head of Archaeology at Machu Picchu, where he discovered forty-four new sites surrounding the Crystal City, including the North Inca Trail. For these discoveries, he was on the cover of Time Magazine in South America. He has done extensive research into the mystical aspects of many significant sites and uncovered the true use of many temples in the empire.

Ruben has been interviewed in Ross Heaven’s books The Hummingbird’s Journey to God and Cactus of Mystery in which he is described as the ‘maestro’ of San Pedro, and has also been featured on Medicine Woman among other documentaries for the Discovery Channel. He feels that his role as a scientist and a Shaman is to bridge between the indigenous Ayahuasqueros and Curanderos (Shamans) and the modern world. Ruben has been holding ceremonial tours of Peru since 1976.

Ruben continues to combine his experience with his excitement for the work and his deep love for all people into a vision of subtlety and divine power.

Born and raised in New Zealand, surrounded by the ancient and inspiring beauty that is Tongariro National Park, Leandro shares his core Shamanic teachings in a form that is respectful of all practitioners and cultures; taking a universal approach that is strongly influenced by the work of Michael Harner. Leandro leads our New Zealand tours drawing on his expertise as a scout, shamanic practitioner, chef, men’s group facilitator and wilderness guide. Leandro works with Michele Lukis as a Shamanic Practitioner in London offering one on one healings and holding monthly Andean Circles where he teaches shamanic principles. He also runs weekly men’s groups for personal empowerment and leads shamanic walks of consciousness through the woodlands of the UK.

Apprenticed in Peruvian Shamanism to Maestro of San Pedro, Rueben Orellana (PhD), Leandro has been working with traditional medicine plants, such as Ayahuasca in the Amazon and San Pedro in the high country of Peru. He studies Core Shamanism with Simon Buxton of The Sacred Trust. Leandro’s work is based in a strong belief that we are all connected and therefore we should all show love and respect to one another. His efforts for the future are to bring men back in touch with nature and to fully realise themselves as conscious men.