For this interview, I flew to Peru to meet with Jose Franchini Vasquez, an Ayahuascero from a small village in the Peruvian jungle near Pucallpa. Jose has been working with the plant medicines Ayahuasca and Chacruna for over 13 years. He was taught by his uncle, the highly honored teacher Antonio Vasquez Galarreta, and he is the brother of Pepe Franchini Vasquez who was featured in the movie The Last Shaman. I’ve known Jose for several years and we’re working with him and his brother on a very special retreat for this October.
Jose opens and closes the interview with one of his medicine songs known as an Icaro which makes this meeting even more special. We talk about his journey with plant medicine, the diets, fasting, and challenges he had to overcome. We discuss how he heals others whether they’re from his village or as part of a retreat. We talk about life outside his medicine work as a teacher, dad and respected community leader, the meaning behind Shipibo tapestries and the properties of tobacco as plant medicine.
The interview is both in English and Spanish with many thanks to Kunti Trejo for providing her help as translator. Don’t miss this one. Enjoy.
Connecting with Jose
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