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It is with deep sadness I share the news of Norma's Passing. She passed away on October 6th, 2007 following a massive stroke. The tragedy occurred while she was brewing ayahuasca at her retreat center in the jungle near Iquitos Peru. She was preparing for a ceremony. We will all deeply miss her. We love you Norma!

Curandera Navarro is a shamaness of the Peruvian jungle. Ayahuasca is her medicine. She says "Ayahuasca es no droga. Ayahuasca es medicina". She is knowledgeable in the use of many of the medicinal plants of the area and in the making of herbal preparations for a myriad conditions. Norma's property is situated about 30 Km outside of Iquitos. A half hour hike from the road into the jungle is necessary to reach the retreat center. The environment for the ceremonies is safe and loving and the facility is completely mosquito netted for safety. Much of the food served on the premises grows on the property. Here Curandera Navarro uses ayahuasca to rehabilitate those suffering from substance abuse. Ayahuasca has also proven itself very effective in the treatment of cancer and parkinson's disease. I'm am convinced based on my own experience with Curandera Navarro that she is authentic in every way. Her facilitation of the ceremonies is masterful, her icaros (ayahuasca songs) are magically entrancing, and her connection with all participants is maintained at all times. Curandera Navarro provides an environment that is completely safe and supportive. Ceremonies are held at night and participants sleep in the ceremonial hut on individual mattresses until morning. At daybreak, people discuss there experiences and the curandera offers her counsel and wisdom.
 
Spending a few days in the rain forest with Norma, allowing the earth and the plants to heal you, and being pampered by her and her loving caretakers, could be exactly what is necessary to bring a state of balance back into your life. Ayahuasca is a powerful visionary medicine and works on both the emotional and physical aspects of our being. Ayahuasca will reveal your repressed emotional pain, anger and judgments and allow you to heal them. For this reason, ayahuasca may not always be a pleasant experience, however the therapeutic effects are priceless. When we are healthy emotionally, we are generally healthy physically. As well as revealing our dark nature, ayahuasca can also take us to the light and reveal our true connection to all of creation. The feelings love and bliss one can experience, can sometimes be almost overwhelming. Traditionally ayahuasca has been used by the inhabitants of the rain forest for thousands of years to access non-physical realities for the purpose of healing, expanded awareness, sight and divination.

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