Meet Your Shamanic Guides
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.