Connections 5 w/ William Llerena Murayari

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Join us for an evening of CONNECTION, CONVERSATION, LEARNING, MUSIC, ART and building RELATIONS with the Peruvian lineages of Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine (TAPM).


This will be an informative conversation with William Llerena Murayari, a Palero Curandero (someone who heals with medicines), inviting our community to receive a first-hand perspective about the medicinal plants of the Amazon as a path promoting a healthy, holistic way of life that is first of all preventative in its approach to disease, while also going deeper in how disease, illness, and so forth can be healed with the help of the plants after it has already manifested in an individual.

The discussion will address the following themes:

-The plant medicine path as a way to holistic long-term health and healing. (Williams father lived to the age of 90, and his grandfather lived to 95.)

-The dieta: what a master plant dieta is and how dieting different plants are used for healing or preventing illness and/or weakness, promoting one's growth and internal education in the path of healing, and the almost magical, spiritual relationship with the master plant that the Maestro shares with those that open a dieta with him, as well as the spiritual responsibility that the Maestro has for his dieters and for those who are choosing a Maestro to diet with.

-Icaros (medicine chants/songs): where they come from, what they are and how they function, and why they are so important to activating the healing power of the master plants and trees.

***William will also be sharing music and his art during this event.

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Don William Llerena Murayari:

William Llerena was born in Iquitos, Peru to a Cocama mother and Mestizo father. His father as well as her maternal grandparents were curanderos, specifically paleros, curing illnesses with the powerful medicinal trees of the Amazon basin.

William is the only one of his twelve siblings to continue this family tradition; however, it was not until 1998 that he dedicated his life to natural medicine. Previously, he earned a bachelor's degree in business from the Universidad de Ucayali, and later worked as a high school art and music teacher.

Beginning in 1998, William studied with, and later worked alongside, Maestros Don Jose Campos, Rony Rengifo, the late Norma Panduro, and Percy Garcia.

A self-taught artist and musician, William has been playing guitar and charango for nearly 40 years, and is known both as a respected curandero and as a contemporary musical artist, having released two albums already and recording two more to be released this year.

William currently lives and operates his practice in Pucallpa, Peru, with his wife and children.

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I.AM.LIFE combines life-affirming art, music & media to create immersive, transformational experiences of interconnectivity. We create and nurture connections with the natural world, each other, and indigenous peoples to support a more thriving, just, and sustainable world.

To foster and nurture a sense of value and respect for the importance of “native wisdom” in the modern world, we create
"CONNECTIONS" events that bring people face-to-face with indigenous cultures to learn, share, and collaborate.


Our aim is to balance the public conversation about psychedelics, spread accurate information, and give a new face to psychedelia.

We feel that this change will occur through connection and relationship, one individual at a time.

We are calling on everyone whose lives have been improved through the mindful use of psychedelics to educate themselves and become ambassadors for the psychedelic experience. Show those around you that people who use psychedelics mindfully cross all social, racial, economic, and political boundaries.

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Other Collaborators:

***Los Angeles Medicinal Plant Society (LAMPS)***

The goal of LAMPS is to create a space to discuss, create and support projects that will lead to eventual legalization and safe integration of entheogens into mainstream health care. The group, which began 2 years ago, meets at UCLA on the first Sunday of every month, unless it falls on or near a holiday. As it is designated a “secret group” on Facebook, new members need to be approved by Brad Adams, the administrator, who can be reached at

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***I.AM.LIFE Guayusa Tea Lounge, sponsored by WARMI*** an immersive environment utilizing the tea lounge setting as an opportunity to promote and encourage interconnectivity, community, sustainability, environmental stewardship, and preservation of indigenous wisdom.

We serve a tea from Ecuador called “Guayusa” (pronounced “Why-you-sa” or “Gwhy-you-sa”):

Traditional Use

This medicinal leaf has its origins in ritual use in several indigenous “dream cultures” from Ecuador. Typically prepared for a morning dream-sharing ritual, this tea is used to facilitate dream sharing, the planning of the days activities, and general counsel and discussion of the mythology and cosmovision that compose the oral tradition of the people.

Medicinal Qualities

“Drinking guayusa has been found to balance the body’s PH and blood sugar levels, detoxify the blood, improve the functioning of the kidneys and urinary tract, improve digestion and elimination while strengthening the lungs, and to remove cholesterol and balance blood pressure.

Many people find drinking guayusa both relaxing and stimulating at the same time. It is sometimes referred to as ‘dream tea’ for its effect of helping promote lucid dreaming and better dream recall.

Many teas are known to contain antioxidants, which fend off cancer-causing ‘free radicals’ in our bodies. In studies of guayusa, this tea has been found to contain twice the level of antioxidants in green tea and to have one of the highest antioxidant levels known in any food or supplement, second only to raw cacao powder …

Guayusa offers a unique synergistic blend of theobromine, theophyline, guanidine (an amino acid), and caffeine, producing smooth, sustained energy.” ~borrowed from Jonathon Miller Weisberger’s book, Rainforest Medicine: Preserving Indigenous Science and Biodiversity in the Upper Amazon