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Feb 01, 2023, 7:00 p.m. – Feb 12, 2023, 11:00 p.m.

NOVALIS RETREAT CENTER, Jiron Arequipa 281, Puerto Maldonado 17000, Peru

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This song playing with this video is in praising to the Chanupa* "As she is the Divine Mother, in the form of the white buffalo calf woman"... Voices singing in sistar-hood unison in this video are my dear sistars Jessica SimmonsMelanie DizonBreanna Shannon, and myself. Please watch this video to see the Novalis property and retreat center:

"Novalis"...a most Sacred Treehouse Healing Retreat Center owned by Juan Zuniga & his wife Cassandra Zziz... which resides in the Amazon Jungle of Peru. Colleen's heart gives so much praising gratitude to this precious family/community of long time friends of 11years now to have held her deeply upon these lands during some of her most englightning Ayahuasca, master plant journey's.

Novalis is located on 2,000 hectares of Brazil Nut Concession in the district Bajo Piedras of Madre de Dios region, close to the triple border of Peru, Brazil and Bolivia. Surrounded by primary and secondary tropical rainforest in what is considered to be the bio-diversity capital of the world.

Novalis is a habitat to many animal species such as: Jaguar, Tapir, White lipped peccary, black spider monkey and many other animals. Novalis offers Ayahuasca retreats and nature plant dieta retreats with very experienced shipibo medicine woman & men facilitators offering decades of experience whom work in this region, and are eager to continue to support the local and global tribe people initiatives that help support to make this region so beautiful!.

Novalis is also a research base, and a very healing get away into the jungle. Novalis also offers volunteer experiences, so please email them if you are interested to help support in anyway. Novalis is a great team of individuals working professionally in very diverse themes related to ecological sustainability, animal welfare, permaculture, natural resource management, anthropology, linguistics, sociology, natural building, art, design, yoga, cultural preservation, and education.

Juan Zuniga is Peruvian, he is the Inspiration and Owner Of Novalis. He is in charge of all the daily operations and logistics and oversee's community outreach projects. He also holds deep heart felt space as an assistant guide in plant ceremonies with Ayahuasca and Wachuma. Juan was born and raised in Peru. He studied linguistic at PUCP (Pontifical Catholic University of Peru) specializing in quechua. Juan has been living in region of Madre de Dios for over 12 years and has extensive experience in working with local communities.

Cassandra Zziz is Juan Zuniga's wife and is also the Owner of Novalis. She is Canadian/Peruvian - Strategic sustainability planning and Ethnobotanist. Cassandra has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria in Canada. Her focus is on environmental restoration of degraded ecosystems, ethnobotany, and political ecology. She completed her Masters in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden in 2012. Her masters thesis was focused on Danish Social Enterprises and their use of business as a way to create positive social and ecological benefits in their communities.

Loyver is Novalis's Shipibo Medicine man whom works at Novalis and offers very profound healing ceremonies with the plant Ayahuasca. He is from the Alto Ucayali community of San Fransisco and learned to work with rainforest plant medicines under the tutelage of his mother, who learned with her grandfather, father and father-in-law. Loyver's mother recounted her many experiences of Medicine and ceremony to her young son. Loyver sings, play's the flute and guitar and helps oversee ceremonies and is a most connected visionary painter.

Melanie Dizon is from Peru / New York and woks in Design + Permaculture. Melanie is a designer and storyteller in many senses of the word. She holds an accreditation from Cal Earth Institute for SuperAdobe earth building and a permaculture design certification from Midwest Permaculture Group. She aims to create community models that believe in the practice of regenerative systems, permaculture, and responsible design that considers the natural environment and its natives. Currently she lives in the SE Peruvian Amazon where she hopes to bridge cultural knowledge through the lens of art and ecology.

Yuri Yergall Lopez Canelos is Peruvian and is a very dedicated land caretaker at Novalis. Yuri is a local Kichwa man from the neighbouring community of Puerto Arturo, and has been a part of the community for around 4 years. He is Novalis's master tree climber, a very skilled builder, and has learned a lot about medicinal plants of the area from his grandfather. He is a year round resident of the community, works with the medicine with us in his own form of exploring shamanism through integrating his traditional background in relating with the plants alongside some of the western approaches and philosophies he has become exposed to in living in an international setting here in the jungle. Yuri loves to climb trees, play his guitar, and work on creative construction projects

Dioni is Peruvian and is Novalis's land caretaker and kitchen cooking food Master

Dioni is originally from the Puno region of southern Peru and has been working with us for more than 2 years. He is a full time resident of the community and is our dedicated caretaker of the kitchen and facilities. He is a master popcorn chef, and he is a very skilled builder and helper with many of our construction projects. Dioni also works with the medicine with us, and he has a lot of generosity and care to the way that he approaches living in community. Always with a smile on his face and a helping hand to offer, Dioni is one of the fundamental contributors to the way that we receive guests and the service oriented lifestyle that we are always striving to embody here at Novalis

Pablo Carreño is from Peru he has studied linguistics at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, where he also completed his master's degree. His main areas of interest are the ancient Indo-European languages (Greek, Latin and Sanskrit) and the vernacular languages of Peru, especially Quechua. In the field of vernacular languages, in 2010 he introduced as master's thesis Cajatambo Quechua: a grammatical sketch on the Quechua variety of the province of Cajatambo. He is currently preparing to lead a team of latinistas, manual Latin for Peruvianists (which has the working title of Peruvia America); as well as several essays on topics of linguistics and Latin literature.

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